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.