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April 26, 2017
Organizations Work Together to Promote Firearm Safety through 2016 HUNT S.A.F.E. Program and Beyond
 
NEWTOWN, Conn., and TUCSON, Ariz. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced today that Safari Club International (SCI), the nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and the protection of hunters’ rights, will join forces with NSSF’s Project ChildSafe to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage.
 
In addition to SCI, the two other branches of the organization have joined in the Project ChildSafe partnership, including Safari Club International Foundation, which supports worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education, and Safari Club International Foundation Sables, which promotes understanding of the outdoor heritage, including the positive role of hunting, through the creation and support of wildlife and conservation educational programs.
 
As a first step, the organizations will work together to remind Americans to “Hunt S.A.F.E.” this hunting season. Project ChildSafe’s Hunt S.A.F.E. campaign urges hunters and all firearm owners to Secure your firearms when not in use; be Aware of those around you who are not authorized to have access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner; and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage.   
 
“NSSF and Project ChildSafe are pleased to partner with SCI, which has a long and successful history of educating hunters, and anyone with a keen interest in the outdoors, all over the world,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “SCI is well positioned to spread the Hunt S.A.F.E. message, which serves as a strong reminder that the hunt isn’t over until firearms are properly stored when not in use, thereby helping to prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse.”
 
To support the program, SCI will distribute Project ChildSafe’s Hunt S.A.F.E. materials, including tips, videos, social media tools and other resources on safe firearm handling and storage, to its more than 55,000 members.
 
“Our steadfast commitment to serving hunters and providing education about the outdoors includes emphasizing the importance of firearm safety,” said Phil DeLone, CEO of Safari Club International. “There are several steps hunters, and anyone who owns a firearm, should take to make sure firearms are responsibly used and stored. We look forward to continuing to advance this message by providing Project ChildSafe resources to our members across the globe.”
 
Through partnerships with more than 15,000 local law enforcement agencies and more than 3,400 organizational supporters throughout the United States, including SCI, Project ChildSafe has helped educate firearm owners on the importance of gun safety, while distributing more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to communities in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories.  
 
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About Project ChildSafe: NSSF, the trade association of the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home to help prevent unauthorized access. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.
 
About NSSF: The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 13,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit nssf.org.
 
About Safari Club International: Safari Club International is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit safariclub.org or call (202) 543-8733 for more information.
 
About Safari Club International Foundation: Safari Club International Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education. Any contribution may be tax deductible under Internal Revenue Code section 170(c) as a charitable contribution to the extent permitted by law. The tax deductible amount of a gift is reduced by the “Fair market Value” of any goods, services, or advantages that a sponsor receives for the donation. EIN #86-0292099
 
About Safari Club International Foundation Sables: SCIF Sables is a membership organization within Safari Club International recognized as a leader in education and dedicated to continuing our outdoor and hunting heritage through education. All funds raised by SCIF Sables are dedicated to SCIF education programs.

 

July 28, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Jennifer Kross “S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion” in Firearm Safety

 

 The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Bismarck’s Jennifer  Kross, Communications Specialist for Ducks Unlimited, as “Local Champion” for her  efforts to promote firearm safety in her region. The recognition comes as NSSF  launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize  the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from  school and more likely to be unattended.


 Kross was selected for her efforts to teach children the proper respect and safety  information about firearms through community workshops, reinforcing that guns are not  to be shown off or used without adults present.

 

 “Firearms are not something to be played with; many kids don’t understand how  powerful they are,” Kross says. “I want to keep kids safe around guns; I want to help  them see there is a proper way to use guns and that they are a responsibility not to be  taken lightly.”


 S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the number one way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

“S.A.F.E.” serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“Adults who own guns and have children in the house have a responsibility to protect those children by sensibly storing their guns. Guns need to be locked and out of reach of kids when they aren’t in use. Adults need to also teach the kids in their lives about being safe around guns, that they are not toys,” says Kross. “I support Project ChildSafe because it has a goal to help adults talk to their kids about guns and teach them safe handling practices.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Jennifer Kross and organizations like Ducks Unlimited,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits—which include a free gun lock—to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

July 28, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names St. Louis’ Heather Heil

“S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion” in Firearm Safety

 

 

 The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Heather Heil,  Injury Prevention Outreach Coordinator for Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, as  a “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearm safety in her region. The  recognition  comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E.  Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage –  particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.


 Heil was selected for her efforts to educate her community about gun violence and  safety, to partner with local agencies, and to distribute gun locks throughout the  area.

 

 “One of my closest cousins was killed accidentally with a gun long before I realized what guns were. This issue is close to my heart and I know we can save lives if we continue to educate the community on injury prevention,” says Heil. “Gunshot injuries  can be prevented. People need to know the risks and dangers of leaving guns unlocked when they’re not in use. There has been a rise in accidental shootings in our area and all of those could have been prevented.”


 S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help  prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

S.A.F.E. serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“Project ChildSafe has the same goals and visions as I do,” Heil says. “The program ensures individuals are educated and provided with materials on gun safety. Project ChildSafe is also impressive in its efforts to support local police and issue gun locks at no cost.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Heather Heil,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits—which include a free gun lock—to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

July 20, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Judy Rhodes of DIVA Women Outdoors Worldwide

“S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion” in Firearm Safety

 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Judy Rhodes, Founder of DIVA Women Outdoors Worldwide (DIVA WOW) in Dallas, as a “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearm safety in her region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.


Rhodes was selected for her efforts to encourage safe and responsible ownership of firearms for women and youth, including secure firearm storage to reduce accidents and access by unauthorized individuals.

 

“Distributing thousands of gun locks at events and promoting responsible gun ownership and education of firearm handling and storage is our mantra,” says Rhodes. “Proper firearm storage is the number one way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse.”

 

S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is key to helping prevent firearm accidents. 

 

“S.A.F.E.” serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“As a result of the amazing Project ChildSafe program, our organization has given away more gun locks than any organization or individual in our great state of Texas. We are proudly known as ‘Gun lock DIVAS’,” Rhodes says.

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of Judy Rhodes and organizations like DIVA Women Outdoors Worldwide,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits –which include a free gun lock– to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

July 20, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Cassie Shockey and Jared Sloane of Shoot Smart

“S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champions” in Firearm Safety

 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized the Shoot Smart team, Cassie Shockey and Jared Sloane as “Local Champions” for efforts to promote community firearm safety. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended. 


Shoot Smart, with locations in Grand Prairie and Fort Worth, was selected for increasing firearm safety awareness and preventing accidents within the community through multiple campaigns, including law enforcement partnerships, public educational presentations, and implementation of the local “Own it. Protect it. Secure it.” pledge which gained hundreds of supporters.  

 

“If we can keep just one kid from accidently accessing and discharging a firearm, we’ve succeeded. There are too many accounts of kids getting hurt or killed because they found a gun and played with it,” says Sloane. “We cannot teach or train the curiosity out of children (nor should we), so we have to take other measures to raise gun safety awareness and to make sure guns are locked and safe when not in use.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

S.A.F.E. serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“The Project ChildSafe program was created as a tool to help provide firearm safety to the community and those the industry serves,” says Shockey. “It is our job to take the ball and run with it.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of organizations like Shoot Smart,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits –which include a free gun lock– to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

July 13, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Kyle Lairmore “S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion” in Firearm Safety

 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Owensville’s Kyle Lairmore, Hunter Education/Shooting Range Coordinator for the State of Missouri and Executive Director of the Mid-Missouri Outdoor Dream as a “Local Champion” for his efforts to promote firearm safety in his region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.


Kyle Lairmore was selected for his multi-faceted efforts within the community to raise awareness about the safe and responsible handling of firearms and the importance of proper and secure storage.

 

“It is our responsibility to educate anyone handling a firearm how to do it properly and safely so that we can prevent any future firearm incidents,” says Lairmore. “It is also important to be aware of how to properly store firearms so that children or individuals without knowledge of firearm safety don’t have access to them.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

“S.A.F.E.” serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“Project ChildSafe has developed the tools needed to spread the firearm safety and storage message,” Lairmore says. “Project ChildSafe helps educate my community about the importance of firearm safety and proper firearm storage which will help reduce firearm accidents.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Kyle Lairmore,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits –which include a free gun lock– to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

July 6, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Magnum Shooting Center “S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion” in Firearm Safety

 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Colorado Springs’s Magnum Shooting Center as a “Local Champion” for its efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.


Magnum Shooting Center was selected for its role to promote firearm safety by offering free training courses to the community. Magnum Shooting Center has also adopted a “family culture” with a modern “open range” concept, encouraging parents to bring along their kids to participate and learn about firearm safety.   

 

“At Magnum Shooting Center we are very much committed to our community and to helping people learn right, be safe and shoot well,” says co-founder, Kim Shugart. “We strive to bring gun safety to our neighbors, friends and family, which is why we have given away so many free training sessions and continue to do so every year.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“Safety is the top priority here at Magnum Shooting Center, teaching people how to be safe anytime they see a gun. We are pleased to be a part of the greater goal Project ChildSafe serves,” says Shugart. “Safe adults equals safe children, and our goal is to make everyone as safe as possible.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of organizations like Magnum Shooting Center,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits –which include a free gun lock– to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 30, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Jenn Jacques “S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion”

in Firearm Safety

 

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Green Bay’s Jenn Jacques as a “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Jenn Jacques was selected for her efforts to promote firearm education and safety within her community, especially for children. As a mother, gun owner and concealed carry advocate, Jenn Jacques raises awareness through her personal blog, the Bearing Arms website, NRA News and media interviews.

 

“When children learn gun safety and are confident on what to do if they see a gun, they won't be tempted to allow curiosity to place that gun in their hands. With all the firearm safety tools available to parents, we need to teach our children about gun safety while taking necessary measures to protect those who are too young to comprehend danger,” Jacques says. “I have taught my three children about firearm safety so I know firsthand how to ensure they and those around them remain safe.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“My goal is to make more people aware of how true gun safety programs like NSSF's Project ChildSafe can and do save lives,” says Jacques. “Project ChildSafe provides great tools for parents to use at home as children learn the rules of gun safety, including firearm safety kits, informational videos and educator resources.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Jenn Jacques,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 28, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Oakland County Board of Commissioners
 “S.A.F.E. Summer” Local Champion in Firearm Safety

 

Pontiac, Michigan– The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized the Oakland County Board of Commissioners as a “Local Champion” for its efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Following its Third Annual Gun Safety Awareness Day, The Oakland County Board of Commissioners was recognized for its multi-faceted efforts to address gun safety and firearms misuse, including implementation of two wide-reaching programs – the Gun Safety Lock Giveaway and LOCK-IT-UP, introduced earlier this month.

The Board has developed partnerships with more than 30 local law enforcement agencies (including Oakland County Sheriff) as well as local businesses and organizations such as Crime Stoppers. The Board has conducted a series of informational sessions on gun violence prevention and mental health first aid training for peace officers and the public. In addition, the Board aired firearm safety public service announcements featuring broadcast personalities Diana Lewis and Mojo in the Morning on local radio and television stations including ABC 7, CBS 62 and CW 50.

 “Our goal is to continue to create various outreach efforts from developing public service announcements to holding our annual free gun lock giveaway,” says Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer, Chair of the Public Services Committee and its’s Study Group on Gun Violence. “We want to encourage gun owners to be responsible as well as help to protect our children and our community by locking up and properly storing firearms when not in use.”

“We want to encourage and ensure that the conversation about gun safety is ongoing,” says Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson. “We encourage the public to follow our efforts on social media and visit our website at www.oakgov/boc.”

S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

“We support Project ChildSafe because of its exceptional work to educate the public on firearm safety,” says Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson. “Project ChildSafe has been an outstanding partner and a wonderful resource as we address this multi-layer issue.”

Sharing this sentiment, Oakland County Board Vice Chairman Michael Spisz stated, “When I envisioned the free gun lock giveaway effort and the partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe, I hoped for success, but my expectations have been exceeded. We have been able to giveaway nearly 10,000 free safety gun locks since 2014 as a result of our collaborative effort.”

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like those who serve as members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 22, 2016

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) as the “Local Champion” for its efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Connecticut Citizens Defense League was selected for its work to educate the community on the importance of properly storing firearms to ensure safety.

“Having been a victim of an accidental shooting when I was a kid myself, due in part to an improperly stored firearm, I understand very well the value and importance of firearm safety and education,” says CCDL President Scott Wilson Sr.

S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

“We believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to for solutions to any potential risks, and avoid them as much as we can,” Wilson said. “Project ChildSafe offers those solutions. The Executive Committee of CCDL took note of what the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Project ChildSafe was doing, and we wanted to be a part of that effort.”

“We’re very grateful for the work of organizations like Connecticut Citizens Defense League,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.