A PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION

News Archive, July 2017

July 31, 2017

ST. LOUIS – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Robert Hurst of Delta Waterfowl as a “Local Champion” for his efforts to promote firearms safety in his region. Delta Waterfowl is a duck hunter’s organization centered around conservation and preserving the waterfowl hunting tradition.

“Safe storage of firearms is a direct responsibility of the owner,” Hurst said. “There are simple ways to secure your firearms, when not in use, by applying a trigger lock or cable-style lock on your firearms or by securing them in a gun safe or gun cabinet.”

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.

“Project ChildSafe promotes responsible firearms ownership to ensure the safety of our children and the community,” Hurst said. “If you ‘own it, protect it, and secure it,’ you are showing the community that gun owners are responsible and committed to safety and keeping guns away from those who shouldn’t have them.”

“Robert Hurst 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. “He demonstrates how the firearms-owning community is committed to firearms safety, and his work plays a vital role in helping reduce firearms accidents.”

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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.

 

July 31, 2017

ST. LOUIS – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Barbara Baird, a publisher for Women’s Outdoor News, as a “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearms safety in her region. Baird is also the leader of The Well Armed Woman, Top of the Ozarks Chapter, a certified National Rifle Association pistol instructor and continuing student of personal defense shooting skills.

“Safe storage of firearms is an integral part of gun ownership,” Baird said. “It is essential to keep firearms secured, so they don’t end up in the wrong hands—children, criminals and other unauthorized persons.”

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.

“Project ChildSafe has done a tremendous job growing its grassroots support and getting boots on the ground in areas where it needs to be,” Baird said. “I look forward to seeing the growth continue as more people become aware of this program and the important role it plays in raising awareness of firearms safety.”

“We’re very grateful for Barbara Baird’s efforts to raise awareness of 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.”

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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

July 24, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized John Westerfield as a “Local Champion” for his efforts to promote firearms safety in his region. Westerfield represented major hunting, fishing, and firearm companies for 30 years before taking over at Yeager’s Sporting Goods.

“We in the firearms industry should do everything in our power to encourage our customers to secure their firearms in ways and places that make it impossible for a criminal or child to get their hands on it,” Westerfield said.

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.

“NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program helps continue the downward trend of accidents involving firearms and children,” Westerfield said. “We are so convinced of it at Yeager's that we now supply three healthcare clinics in our area with gun locks to hand out to families that visit them.”

“We’re very grateful for John Westerfield’s efforts to raise awareness of safe firearms storage,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “He demonstrates how the firearms-owning community is committed to firearms safety, and his work plays a vital role in helping reduce firearms accidents.”

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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

July 24, 2017

DETROIT – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Eddie Rimanelli, CEO of Brazen Sports, a Detroit-based watch company inspired by the passion of shooting sports enthusiasts, as a “Local Champion” for his efforts to promote firearms safety in his region.

“Proper firearms storage, such as storage in a gun safe or utilization of a gun lock, can be the best defense to the unwanted consequences of accidents,” Rimanelli said. “Simply stated by NSSF and Project ChildSafe: if we choose to own it, we should respect it and, therefore, it is critical to secure it when not under our direct control.”

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.

“The principles of gun safety curriculums and community-support programs, such as Project ChildSafe, truly make a difference,” Rimanelli said. “An informed community, collectively supporting responsible gun safety, can save lives.”

“We’re very grateful for Eddie Rimanelli’s efforts to raise awareness of safe firearms storage,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “He demonstrates how the firearms-owning community is committed to firearms safety, and his work plays a vital role in helping reduce firearms accidents.”

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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

July 19, 2017

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

July 19, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Suzi Rouse of DIVA Women Outdoors Worldwide (DIVA WOW) in Oklahoma City as a “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearms safety in her region. Since taking up shooting in 1996, Rouse has been an active advocate for responsible firearms ownership and safe firearms storage. She is the first female president of the Oklahoma City Gun Club, which was founded more than 60 years ago and now has about 2,300 members.

“Safety and education is the first step in responsible firearms ownership,” Rouse said. “Everyone who owns a gun should have a clear plan for safe gun storage. No matter if you live by yourself or have a family, your firearms must be safely secured when not in use, because keeping guns out of the wrong hands is your primary responsibility.”

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.

“The fact that Project ChildSafe provides safety devices for firearms at absolutely no cost to the public is a true testament to the firearms industry’s commitment to gun safety,” Rouse said. “I am proud to be a part of this initiative to educate and empower gun owners to uphold firearms safety and proper use by securing and preventing unauthorized access to firearms.”

“We’re very grateful for Suzi Rouse’s efforts to raise awareness of 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