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News Archive, October 2017

October 18, 2017

Community-led effort focuses on preventing firearms accidents, thefts and misuse

 

MEMPHIS, TENN. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), along with Mayor Jim Strickland, D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, City of Memphis leaders and law enforcement officials today announced the kickoff of Project ChildSafe Memphis, joining a national initiative designed to encourage responsible firearms ownership with an emphasis on secure gun storage. Several kickoff events throughout Memphis mark the start of a year-long, community-led effort encouraging gun owners to “Own it? Respect it. Secure it.”

 

“It is heartening to see just how many of our community leaders and organizations have united in support of this program to launch Tennessee’s first Project ChildSafe Community in Memphis,” said Mayor Jim Strickland. “I look forward to taking on this challenge by working together as a community to practice and promote firearms safety.”

 

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 firearms safety efforts on a national level by creating Project ChildSafe Communities in key cities around the country. In Memphis, the initiative will provide local law enforcement agencies with thousands of gun locks to distribute across the city.

 

“It’s a program that works, and the role it plays in keeping our kids safe is to be commended,” said D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. “I encourage our citizens to join me and responsible gun owners everywhere in taking the steps to properly and safely store their firearms when they aren’t in use.”

 

The initiative is partnering with several local organizations representing the education community, mental health and suicide prevention advocates and hunting and shooting groups to help share messages and information about responsible firearms storage. 

 

“As we can all agree in the wake of recent news in our city, it’s time for all of us to come together to advance the very important community priority of practicing and promoting safe firearms storage,” said Michael Rallings, Memphis Police Director. “Through safety kits and educational resources, we can reach more members of our community, and have a larger impact in promoting smart habits that will help keep guns safely stored away from children, at-risk individuals and criminals.”

 

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 Memphis region.

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“The National Shooting Sports Foundation and its Project ChildSafe Program are doing a lot right now to help put information and tools into the community at a time when we really need it,” said Tonia Howell with the Memphis Chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “None of us want to see another accident happen in our community again.”    

 

In addition to NSSF, BJA, the City of Memphis, the Memphis Police Department and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, other local stakeholders supporting the program include, 4-H Shooting Sports, Delta Waterfowl,  Range USA, The Well Armed Woman, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, and the Shelby County District Attorney.

 

“Memphis represents the first Project ChildSafe community effort in Tennessee and, based on the tremendous local support we’ve seen already, it will serve as a model for similar firearm safety efforts across the state and 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 firearms 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.

 

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.

 

October 18, 2017

October 17 marked the successful launch of a community-led effort focused on preventing firearms accidents, thefts and misuse.

 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Project ChildSafe distributed more than 2,000 free gun locks and several thousand more flyers and handouts on firearms safety and secure storage during its Project ChildSafe Communities citywide kickoff event yesterday. Mayor Jim Strickland, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee, City of Memphis leaders, law enforcement officials, local media partners, site directors and volunteers all contributed to raising awareness about responsible firearms ownership.

 

“Yesterday was truly a collaborative effort, and we thank everyone who dedicated their day to visiting the six distribution sites between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., providing instruction on how to use the Project ChildSafe gun locks, talking to residents about additional safe storage options such as lock boxes for the home and vehicles, and in general helping spread the message about being a responsible firearms owner,” said Bill Brassard, Senior Director, Communications, for NSSF, the trade association for the firearms industry.

 

The kickoff event was the start of a year-long, community-led effort encouraging gun owners to “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” With funding from a $2.4 million federal grant, NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program will be further engaged in firearms safety education in the Memphis region into next year. Working with local stakeholders, Project ChildSafe will continue to remind residents to take steps to securely store their firearms when not in use to help prevent accidents, thefts and misuse, including suicide.

 

Please note that residents who didn’t have the chance to receive a gun lock and educational literature yesterday can pick one up at their convenience from the Memphis Police Department precinct offices.  

 

 

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Through partnerships with more than 15,000 local law enforcement agencies and more than 3,400 organizational supporters, Project ChildSafe has helped educate firearms 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.

 

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.