A PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION

News Archive, August 2017

August 29, 2017

NEWTOWN, Conn. The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) Project ChildSafe program has recognized 11 people and organizations across the country as “local champions” for their work to promote firearms safety in their communities.

The recognitions come as Project ChildSafe concludes its fifth annual “S.A.F.E. Summer” campaign, focused on emphasizing the importance of storing firearms responsibly when not in use, especially during the summer months when children are home from school and more likely to be unsupervised.

“Storing firearms responsibly is the #1 way to help prevent firearms accidents, theft and misuse” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “S.A.F.E. Summer allows us to recognize local leaders who are helping spread this message and making their communities safer. Each of them is a great example of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and responsibility.”

"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. This year, Project ChildSafe recognized eleven champions across the nation:

·         Suzi Rouse, DIVA Women Outdoors Worldwide, President Oklahoma City Gun Club, Oklahoma City

·         Kanda Keepers, The Well Armed Woman, Oklahoma City

·         John Westerfield, Yeager’s Sporting Goods, Bellingham, Wash.

·         Eddie Rimanelli, Brazen Sports, Detroit

·         Barbara Baird, Women’s Outdoor News, St. Louis

·         Robert Hurst, Delta Waterfowl, St. Louis

·         Bukhari Abdel-Alim, Taasar Group, Richmond, Va.

·         Rich Knight, 4-H Shooting Sports Club, Carson City, Nev.

·         Maj Toure, Black Guns Matter, Philadelphia

·         Mike Rainwater, Lincoln Parish Sherriff Department, Ruston, La.

·         Nicolle Griffin, The Well Armed Woman, Yuma, Ariz.

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 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. Project ChildSafe also provides a full library of videos, brochures and other tools on its website to help gun owners practice and promote responsible firearm ownership.

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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 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.

August 28, 2017

YUMA, Ariz. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Nicolle Griffin of The Well Armed Woman (TWAW) as a “Local Champion” for her commitment to firearms safety and responsible storage in her community. Griffin founded the Yuma, Ariz., chapter of TWAW in 2013. Under her co-leadership, the chapter has become the largest in the state with more than 100 members. Griffin and her chapter leaders also serve as firearms safety instructors and have worked with more than 400 local firearms owners.

“As responsible gun owners, we need to keep our firearms accessible for protection while also ensuring they are safely secured, especially when children and guests are visiting our homes,” Griffin said. “We must also ensure our firearms are not accessible to criminals or people who are not trained in safe firearm handling.”

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 is an important program that provides educational resources for firearms owners,” Griffin said. “Project ChildSafe highlights the importance of responsible firearms ownership, including our obligation to help prevent guns from being accessible to children and other unauthorized individuals.”

“Nicolle Griffin has shown a deep commitment to Project ChildSafe and our mission to help 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.”

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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

August 21, 2017

RUSTON, La. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Mike Rainwater, a Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy in Ruston, La., as a “Local Champion” for his commitment to firearms safety and responsible storage in his community. Rainwater has taught firearms safety for more than 25 years, including 20 years as the lead instructor for Louisiana’s Hunter Education Safety program at the sheriff’s office.

“Habitual and responsible firearms storage is paramount to ensuring safety in the home,” Rainwater said. “I teach the children in my classes that if they find a firearm unattended, they should not touch it and alert an adult.”

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.

“I find Project ChildSafe to be an invaluable program, because safety of firearms in the home is paramount,” Rainwater said. “I believe in keeping firearms locked up when not in use and support any effort to facilitate that critical step in firearms safety.”

“Mike Rainwater 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 a strong dedication 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

August 14, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Maj Toure, the founder of Back Guns Matter, as a “Local Champion” for his efforts to promote firearms safety in his region. Black Guns Matter is an organization focused on educating urban communities about firearms responsibility through education and training.

“Safe storage is important, and we can find a solution for everyone whether is a biometric safe, a trigger lock or a cable-style gun lock” Toure said. “We can assess the dynamics of someone’s home and figure out the best option for everyone—we always find a good middle ground between safety and accessibility.”

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.

“We support Project ChildSafe, because negligence of firearms safety affects children and families too often,” Toure said. “The lack of training, ignorance and carelessness are all preventable, and NSSF’s Project ChildSafe is doing tremendous work to make that point to a wide audience.”

“We’re very grateful for Maj Toure’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

August 6, 2017

CARSON CITY, NEV. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Rich Knight of 4-H Shooting Sports Club as a “Local Champion” for his efforts to promote firearms safety in his region. Knight volunteers with the local 4-H shooting sports club and the Maison T Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skills Camp, both dedicated to teaching youth outdoors and firearms safety skills.

“Proper gun handling and storage is not what you see on TV, and it is a part of my mission to inform gun owners of the proper practices to ensure safety,” Knight said. “As an instructor, I teach safety as the top priority and include family participation in shooting and safety, so the whole family knows the rules of safe handling and storage.”

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.

 “I support any firearms industry program that promotes safety and better understanding of firearms, especially Project ChildSafe,” Knight said. “The program helps educate people about firearms safety and storage, enabling us to protect our children and communities. Firearms owners, instructors and programs like Project ChildSafe are the best resources to promote firearms safety and responsibility.”

“We’re very grateful for Rich Knight’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

August 6, 2017

RICHMOND, VA. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Bukhari Abdel-Alim, founder of TAASAR Group, as a “Local Champion” for his efforts to promote firearms safety in his region. TAASAR Group is a not-for-profit youth development organization focused on outdoor activities including shooting sports. Abdel-Alim also organizes gun safety and awareness seminars for youth and parents to educate them about the importance of responsible storage of firearms in the home.

“As a father of two, I see no greater cause than keeping our children safe,” Abdel-Alim said. “And providing free gun locks through Project ChildSafe to firearms owners allows people to safely store their firearms and begin to change habits immediately.”

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.

“By understanding and implementing firearms safety every time a firearm is present, we are ensuring that the people we love and care about are not put in harm’s way through actions that are  unsafeand avoidable,” Abdel-Alim said.

“We’re very grateful for Bukhari Abdel-Alim’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