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News Archive, April 2017

April 26, 2017
ECSO Sheriff Timothy B. Howard highlights agency’s commitment to educating community residents about secure firearm storage
 
NEWTOWN, Conn.— Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearm safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), and the Erie County Sheriff’s office today released a new video  emphasizing the importance of securely storing firearms when not in use to help prevent accidents, thefts and misuse.
 
The video features Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, a longtime partner and supporter of Project ChildSafe, and highlights the agency’s commitment to promoting firearm safety in the Buffalo community—including its work to distribute free firearm safety kits that include a gun lock to local residents.  
 
“Project ChildSafe’s law enforcement partners are the backbone of this important program,” said Steve Sanetti, President and CEO of NSSF. “This new video illustrates one of the key ways we work with local communities to help promote safe firearm handling and storage. As respected messengers in their community, law enforcement plays a significant role in helping educate residents and making sure they have the means to practice firearm safety.”
 
Since it was launched in 1999, Project ChildSafe has partnered with 15,000 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and five U.S. territories to distribute more than 37 million free firearm safety kits, which include a cable-style gun lock. Every day, Project ChildSafe receives up to 10 new requests for firearm safety kits from law enforcement agencies across the country.
 
“The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is proud to partner with Project ChildSafe to spread the message that firearm accidents are preventable through safe firearm storage,” Sheriff Howard said. “When firearms are stored responsibly in the home, our communities are safer. By working side by side, law enforcement organizations and Project ChildSafe are able to reach many more gun owners with this important message. The work we’re doing together is crucial to educate firearm owners, assist in preventing accidents, and help keep guns from ending up in the hands of those who should not have access to firearms.”
 
To get involved with Project ChildSafe or access its host of educational materials and safety tips, please visit ProjectChildSafe.org.
 
 
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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.
 
Erie County Sheriff’s Office: The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has been servicing the residents of Erie County, New York since 1821. Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and the men and women of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office provide quality public safety by promoting a safe environment through police and citizen interaction with and emphasis on integrity, fairness and professionalism.
 
April 26, 2017
Community-led effort focused on “Aiming for Zero” firearm accidents, works to prevent firearm thefts and misuse
 
OKLAHOMA CITY – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), along with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma City leaders and law enforcement officials, today launched Project ChildSafe Communities in Oklahoma’s State Capitol, kicking off a national initiative designed to encourage responsible firearm ownership with an emphasis on secure firearm storage. The event marked the launch in Oklahoma City – the first event in the nation under the initiative – starting a year-long, community-led effort that is, among other goals, “Aiming for Zero” firearm accidents.  
 
“Like many of my fellow Oklahomans, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and of the right to own guns. Every member of my immediate family has a conceal carry permit. So I know the great responsibility that comes with owning a gun, and that includes responsible firearm safety” Governor Fallin said. “. I look forward to working together to practice and promote firearm safety throughout our state to protect our children from firearm accidents.”
 
Project ChildSafe Communities is supported by NSSF through a two-year $2.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).  BJA awarded this grant to help promote additional firearm safety efforts on a national level by creating Project ChildSafe Communities in key cities around the country.
 
In Oklahoma City, the initiative will provide local law enforcement agencies with thousands of gun locks to distribute at public events and at their office locations, complemented by a library of educational resources and information. 
 
“By making the safety kits and educational resources available, we will help promote responsible gun ownership to members of our community that will have a larger impact in facilitating smart habits that will help keep guns safely stored away from children, at-risk individuals and criminals,” said Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty.
 
The initiative is also partnering with several local organizations representing conservation groups, mental health and suicide prevention advocates, veterans, retailers and hunting and shooting groups to help share messages and information about responsible firearm storage.  
 
Their collective efforts will be backed up by community-wide messaging that that will appear in social media, in an upcoming public service announcement on TV and radio, and on billboards around the capital city region. 
 
 
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“Oklahoma City represents the first Project ChildSafe community effort under the new initiative and, based on the tremendous local support we’ve seen already, it will serve as a model for similar firearm safety efforts around the nation,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.
 
Through partnerships with more than 15,000 local law enforcement agencies and more than 3,400 organizational supporters, Project ChildSafe has helped educate firearm owners on the importance of gun safety, while distributing more than 37 million free firearm safety kits—which include a free gun lock—to communities in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.
 
In addition to Governor Fallin, and the Oklahoma City Police Department, local stakeholders who attended the Project ChildSafe Communities launch event included Mayor Mick Cornett, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma Mark Yancey, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma City Fire Department, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, the Oklahoma Veterans Council, Honoring American Warriors, the Oklahoma City Gun Club, Hall-N-Hall Consulting and local chapter leaders of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Wild Turkey Federation, Delta Waterfowl and The Well-Armed Woman, Cabela’s and 4-H Shooting Sports.
 
For more information on Project ChildSafe Communities and how to get involved, visit projectchildsafe.org. 
 
 
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This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-FG-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
 
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.