OKLAHOMA CITY – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Kanda Keepers of The Well Armed Woman, a resource for women gun owners that educates, equips, and empowers women interested in firearms in Oklahoma City, as a “Local Champion” for her commitment to firearms safety and responsible storage in her community.
“Safe and responsible storage of firearms is a fundamental rule of firearm safety,” Keepers said. “You should always ensure your firearms are safely stored whether people are in your home or when you’re gone.”
The Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign is an annual campaign that recognizes people who are making a positive impact in their communities by supporting responsible firearms ownership. The campaign emphasizes the importance of responsible firearms storage – particularly in the summer when children are home from school and more likely to be unattended – and is a reminder that proper firearms storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearms accidents, theft and misuse.
"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearms safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearms 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 for each person introduced to Project ChildSafe to become an advocate for the principle of safe and responsible firearms storage,” Keepers said. “While one voice can be effective in a limited way, when we bring our voices together, we can make a major impact.”
“Kanda Keepers has shown a deep commitment to Project ChildSafe and our mission to prevent firearms accidents by encouraging safe firearms storage,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “She demonstrates how the firearms-owning community is committed to firearms safety, and her work plays a vital role in helping reduce firearms accidents.”
About NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Program
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 primary focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help children and adults practice greater firearms safety. 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, which is in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.