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June 11, 2015

Free Trigger Locks, Firearm-Safety Literature for Gun Owners

Local gun owners can get free trigger locks and firearm-safety literature at any San Diego Police Department station as part of a nationwide program, officials announced Tuesday.

“Project Childsafe is about protecting lives and keeping unsecured firearms out of the wrong hands,” SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman said in announcing the service. “When firearms are stored safely in a home, families and communities are safer.”

The department’s involvement in the program was spurred in part by the accidental shooting death of a 10-year-old boy who was playing with a gun along with a 9-year-old neighbor girl at a Scripps Ranch home in June 2013, community- relations Officer Tracey Williams said.

Last year, the girl’s 56-year-old father, Todd Conrad Francis, pleaded guilty to child endangerment for failing to properly store his 9-mm pistol and was sentenced to four years in state prison.

The firearm-safety kits “can help provide responsible gun owners with the tools and education they need to safely store their guns away from children, at-risk individuals and criminals,” Zimmerman said.

“As we have seen for ourselves, the devastating effects of accidental deaths and injuries resulting from unsecured guns, this tragic loss of life can be avoided with proper storage,” the chief told news crews during a briefing at downtown police headquarters.

More than 37 million gun owners have gotten the safety materials since 1998, according to Project Childsafe spokesman Bill Romanelli.

“If you own a firearm, respect it, and secure it,” he said. “A hidden gun is not a safe gun, and hiding a gun is not safe storage.”

Original Story in the Times of San Diego

June 4, 2015

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The 2015 NSSF Industry Summit, held this past week in Savannah, Georgia, is one that will go down on the books. Setting a new attendance record and sold to capacity, firearms industry professionals met for two days of presentations that garnered a wealth of accolades from those who traveled from all across the country to engage in discussions aimed at increasing hunter and shooting sports participation in America.

The central theme of the 2015 Industry Summit, diversity, is one that proved the industry is preparing to significantly change the way it does business.
“We’ve talked loosely about diversity for years,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, “but there’s never been a cohesive effort across the industry as a whole to address this subject and innovate change. This year’s Industry Summit showed us that we’re about to experience a ground-swell shift in that attitude. Summit attendees came fully prepared, arriving with focused, on-point questions about what changes they need to make in their businesses to embrace a new consumer audience. Rewarded with a panel of speakers who presented numerous models of success that that are replicable from manufacturer to retailer, wildlife agency to public range, Summit attendees took away viable avenues of change that will positively impact our industry in the months to come.”

A slew of headlining speakers kept audiences on their toes over the two days of discussions, with presentations such as Rick Tobin’s “U.S. Hispanic Firearms Market.” In that discussion, Tobin stated, “The current buying power of Hispanics is $850 billion and soon to be over a trillion dollars. It is necessity for any industry to connect with Hispanic consumers if they want to grow and this NSSF funded research will help the firearms and ammunition industry obtain a better understanding of this important consumer segment.” Other sessions included “Driving Engagement Across the Generations” and “The Impact of Ethnic Diversity on the U.S. Firearms Market,” as well as panel discussions on partnering with women’s shooting organizations and working with today’s many talented firearms bloggers.

“We have a tremendous cache of current data that shows us what firearms are being produced and purchased, what shooting sports they’re being used with and who’s doing the buying and shooting,” explained Jim Curcuruto, NSSF Director, Industry Research and Analysis. “It’s gratifying to see so many important industry heads investing in that research and the ideas exchanged at the Summit, then using those things to complement their business plans and share what works with others. Industry-wide cooperation that works to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shootings sports is what the Summit is all about.”

NSSF would like to thank its many sponsors for their support of the 2015 Industry Summit, including Georgia USA, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, PolyCase Ammunition, Troy Defense, Blue Force Gear, Daniel Defense, Boy Scouts of America and Magpul.

Original article on the NSSF Blog.

February 24, 2015

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation, trade association for the firearms industry, announces that 1,000 manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, ranges, hunter safety instructors and conservation groups have joined with NSSF to promote Project ChildSafe, the industry’s national program to encourage responsible firearms ownership and provide safety materials to all gun owners.

These 1,000 supporters are in addition to the 15,000 law enforcement agencies that have partnered with NSSF since 1999 to distribute free Project ChildSafe firearm safety kits, which include a cable-style gun lock and safety education literature. Last year alone, NSSF and its partners distributed nearly 240,000 kits throughout the U.S. Since its inception, Project ChildSafe has distributed more than 36 million firearm safety kits in all 50 states and the five U.S. Territories.

“This milestone is more than a number—it’s further testimony to the commitment on the part of the firearms industry, individual gun owners and the sporting community to make gun safety and personal responsibility a priority,” said Steve Sanetti, President and CEO of NSSF. “These are all organizations that, collectively, can amplify the messages of Project ChildSafe. We’ve made great progress in helping reduce fatal firearms accidents, which are dropping dramatically and make up only 0.5 percent of all accidental fatalities. Our goal is to further reduce accidents, theft and intentional misuse by preventing unauthorized access to guns.”

In the past year, major national organizations including the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, the International Hunter Education Association (USA), The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers and Pheasants/Quail Forever have joined with Cabela’s, Sportsman’s Warehouse, the Mule Deer Foundation, the Wild Sheep Foundation, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and Team USA Shooting, along with hundreds of individual retailers and gun ranges, to promote the messages and mission of Project ChildSafe to their members and through their marketing campaigns. This collective outreach has reminded millions of gun owners to safely and securely store their firearms when not in use.

Central to promoting firearm safety is Project ChildSafe’s “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” initiative, whose logo is used by supporters as a continual reminder to securely storage guns to keep them out of the wrong hands. A program infographic helps gun owners decide on safe storage options for their lifestyles and budgets.

“Proper storage is the number one way to prevent firearm accidents,” Sanetti said. “The more we can get this message out, the more we will continue to see firearms accidents and misuse decrease. With these tremendous supporters on board, and more joining every day, the more Project ChildSafe will succeed in this mission.”

NSSF first launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe). The program’s distribution of more than 36 million free gun locks is complemented by the more than 70 million free gun locks manufacturers have provided with firearms purchased since 1998. Gun owners who want a free firearm safety kit that includes a gun lock can locate participating law enforcement agencies at projectchildsafe.org.

Project ChildSafe was long supported by federal grants provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2008, when this funding was eliminated, the firearms industry has solely funded the Project ChildSafe program.

Project ChildSafe is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity supported through contributions from diverse public sources to Project ChildSafe Inc. To learn more about Project ChildSafe or to make a donation, visit projectchildsafe.org.

Original article from NSSF Blog

 

January 30, 2015

Too often, reporters find themselves covering the same sad, senseless story. While the location and people change, many of the details are strikingly similar.

Here's the gist: A young child somehow gets his or her hands on a loaded gun when an adult isn't paying proper attention. The child accidentally discharges the weapon. Someone, usually a family member and often a sibling, is injured or worse, killed.

That's what happened on Friday evening, when police say a 6-year-old shot her 8-year-old sister in the neck with a rifle while the family was cleaning their home in Flora Vista.

That family was lucky. Often, these stories end with an obituary in the newspaper. In this case, the 8-year-old was in stable condition earlier this week, and we hope she makes a full recovery. At this point, the father hasn't been charged with anything, and the San Juan County Sheriff's Office has referred the case to the San Juan County District Attorney's Office. A decision is expected next week.

While we fully support citizens' Second Amendment rights, those rights come with responsibilities. And now might be a good time to review the basics, which include gun safes and trigger locks.

Check out the safety tips offered by Project ChildSafe, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The foundation is the trade group for the firearms and ammunition industry. All of the project's tips, which are available at projectchildsafe.org, are based on common sense. Point the muzzle in a safe direction. Don't touch the trigger until you plan to fire. When it's not being used, unload the firearm and store it in a locked vault or safe. Keep the ammo in a separate locked location. Invest in a gun-locking device for extra safety.

There's even a pledge on the website that parents can have their children sign to vow they won't touch an unattended firearm without express permission from an adult.

Most topics that even touch on gun rights — or limiting them — ignite emotional responses. But this isn't an issue of gun ownership. It's an issue of safety. In nearly every one of these tragic cases, there's a common thread: somewhere along the line an adult messed up — by not properly storing a gun, by leaving it where a small child can reach it loaded with the safety off.

We can't imagined the guilt and pain the father of the two young girls involved in Friday's accident feels right now. Of course, he never wanted this to happen, and our thoughts are with the family as they recover — physically and emotionally.

But this incident can do some good. Let's use this situation to educate children about gun safety. Let's use this to spark a conversation about safe gun ownership. Let's take responsibility for keeping children in our community safe.

We'd be happy to never have to report another one of these stories.

Original article from Farmington Daily Times