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July 6, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Magnum Shooting Center “S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion” in Firearm Safety

 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Colorado Springs’s Magnum Shooting Center as a “Local Champion” for its efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.


Magnum Shooting Center was selected for its role to promote firearm safety by offering free training courses to the community. Magnum Shooting Center has also adopted a “family culture” with a modern “open range” concept, encouraging parents to bring along their kids to participate and learn about firearm safety.   

 

“At Magnum Shooting Center we are very much committed to our community and to helping people learn right, be safe and shoot well,” says co-founder, Kim Shugart. “We strive to bring gun safety to our neighbors, friends and family, which is why we have given away so many free training sessions and continue to do so every year.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm 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.

 

“Safety is the top priority here at Magnum Shooting Center, teaching people how to be safe anytime they see a gun. We are pleased to be a part of the greater goal Project ChildSafe serves,” says Shugart. “Safe adults equals safe children, and our goal is to make everyone as safe as possible.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of organizations like Magnum Shooting Center,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

 

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 focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits –which include a free gun lock– to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 30, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Jenn Jacques “S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion”

in Firearm Safety

 

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Green Bay’s Jenn Jacques as a “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Jenn Jacques was selected for her efforts to promote firearm education and safety within her community, especially for children. As a mother, gun owner and concealed carry advocate, Jenn Jacques raises awareness through her personal blog, the Bearing Arms website, NRA News and media interviews.

 

“When children learn gun safety and are confident on what to do if they see a gun, they won't be tempted to allow curiosity to place that gun in their hands. With all the firearm safety tools available to parents, we need to teach our children about gun safety while taking necessary measures to protect those who are too young to comprehend danger,” Jacques says. “I have taught my three children about firearm safety so I know firsthand how to ensure they and those around them remain safe.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm 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 to make more people aware of how true gun safety programs like NSSF's Project ChildSafe can and do save lives,” says Jacques. “Project ChildSafe provides great tools for parents to use at home as children learn the rules of gun safety, including firearm safety kits, informational videos and educator resources.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Jenn Jacques,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

 

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 focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. 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. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 28, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Oakland County Board of Commissioners
 “S.A.F.E. Summer” Local Champion in Firearm Safety

 

Pontiac, Michigan– The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized the Oakland County Board of Commissioners as a “Local Champion” for its efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Following its Third Annual Gun Safety Awareness Day, The Oakland County Board of Commissioners was recognized for its multi-faceted efforts to address gun safety and firearms misuse, including implementation of two wide-reaching programs – the Gun Safety Lock Giveaway and LOCK-IT-UP, introduced earlier this month.

The Board has developed partnerships with more than 30 local law enforcement agencies (including Oakland County Sheriff) as well as local businesses and organizations such as Crime Stoppers. The Board has conducted a series of informational sessions on gun violence prevention and mental health first aid training for peace officers and the public. In addition, the Board aired firearm safety public service announcements featuring broadcast personalities Diana Lewis and Mojo in the Morning on local radio and television stations including ABC 7, CBS 62 and CW 50.

 “Our goal is to continue to create various outreach efforts from developing public service announcements to holding our annual free gun lock giveaway,” says Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer, Chair of the Public Services Committee and its’s Study Group on Gun Violence. “We want to encourage gun owners to be responsible as well as help to protect our children and our community by locking up and properly storing firearms when not in use.”

“We want to encourage and ensure that the conversation about gun safety is ongoing,” says Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson. “We encourage the public to follow our efforts on social media and visit our website at www.oakgov/boc.”

S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm 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 of its exceptional work to educate the public on firearm safety,” says Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson. “Project ChildSafe has been an outstanding partner and a wonderful resource as we address this multi-layer issue.”

Sharing this sentiment, Oakland County Board Vice Chairman Michael Spisz stated, “When I envisioned the free gun lock giveaway effort and the partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe, I hoped for success, but my expectations have been exceeded. We have been able to giveaway nearly 10,000 free safety gun locks since 2014 as a result of our collaborative effort.”

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like those who serve as members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

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 focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. 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. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 22, 2016

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) as the “Local Champion” for its efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Connecticut Citizens Defense League was selected for its work to educate the community on the importance of properly storing firearms to ensure safety.

“Having been a victim of an accidental shooting when I was a kid myself, due in part to an improperly stored firearm, I understand very well the value and importance of firearm safety and education,” says CCDL President Scott Wilson Sr.

S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm 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 believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to for solutions to any potential risks, and avoid them as much as we can,” Wilson said. “Project ChildSafe offers those solutions. The Executive Committee of CCDL took note of what the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Project ChildSafe was doing, and we wanted to be a part of that effort.”

“We’re very grateful for the work of organizations like Connecticut Citizens Defense League,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

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 focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. 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. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 22, 2016

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Scottsdale’s Carrie Lightfoot, founder of The Well Armed Woman, as “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe “S.A.F.E. Summer” campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Carrie Lightfoot – the 2015 GLOCK Safety Ambassador Award Winner – was selected for her role in communicating, demonstrating and teaching firearm safety. Through her organization, she provides exhaustive resources (including training videos) in all areas of gun safety, storage, ownership, training, concealed carry and more.

“In my desire to become a responsible gun owner, my own lack of knowledge and the lack of resources available for women motivated me to start The Well Armed Woman,” said Lightfoot. “As women and mothers, we have unique perspectives and needs. There was so little information and training that spoke respectfully and directly to us, so I said to myself - someone needs to do something. And I did.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm 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.

Lightfoot explains, “It is critical that accurate information, products and training be a part of every woman’s journey into gun ownership. Project ChildSafe is all of this – the materials and safety kits are fabulous and very well produced, and NSSF’s work to make them available across the country is outstanding. I want to help get them in every home! We all must do everything we can to educate and equip gun owners with the information they need to practice firearm safety.”

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Carrie Lightfoot,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

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 focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. 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. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

October 22, 2015

BENTON, LA — The Benton Police Department will be giving away free Project ChildSafe gun locks on Thursday, Oct.1, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Benton (on Hwy. 3 next to the Country Junction Shell Station).

Officers will be on hand to demonstrate the correct way to secure a firearm with the gun locks. Police Chief Charles Pilkinton says “only through a combined effort, can we expect to have success and protect our most precious resource, our children, for the future of our community.”

“The law is a deterrent, but education is our best protection,” Pilkinton added. “Problems cannot be solved, and lives cannot be saved by law enforcement alone; it takes the active support and resources of the entire community.”

In addition, the Benton Police Department will be distributing literature on the following: domestic violence, drug awareness, bullying, natural/manmade disasters, and coloring books for children on bicycle safety, safety in the home and stranger awareness.

Full article on Bossier Press.

October 20, 2015

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – A shocking statistic that no parent wants to hear. According to the FBI and Centers for Disease Control, more pre-schoolers are dying from guns.

Most incidents involve children finding their parent’s guns. WCBI’s Renae Skinner talks to local experts about the importance of Gun safety.

” It’s not enough to just hide the gun. You have to explain what the gun is for”

Gwendolyn Gray is an Outpatient Children’s Therapist at the Community Counseling Center… and she’s a mom.
When she and her husband bought a gun for protection, they all sat down for a talk.

“Explain to them what they see in the movies or TV or in video games even…is not real”

It’s something she suggests all parents who have guns in the home do with their kids.

“When we watch TV and people get shot they may get back up. In real life that doesn’t happen. A gun is not a toy.”

A recent study says there’s been a lack of explaining when it comes to gun safety in the home.

Reports done by the FBI and the CDC show in 2013 more preschool children from newborns to 5 years old  were killed than police officers in the line of duty.

The report cited children getting a hold of their parents’ weapons and not knowing the dangers.

Conversations that could have saved precious lives.  But there’s one project that is aimed at saving little ones from tragic accidents.

“If you don’t know how to talk gun safety with your child, Project “Child Safe”can give you some pointers. You can log on to the website projectchildsafe.org and there’s even an instructional video on where to begin the conversation.”

Project Child Safe is a nonprofit organization that promotes firearm safety in the home by using trigger locks.

“If it avoids one injury or accidental shooting that will be worth it no matter how many we give away.”

Gun range officer James Hanson is hoping a partnership between project child safe and the Columbus Police Department will help prevent senseless shootings.

“With that partnership, we’ll be able to give away two gunlocks per household.”

In the mean time Officer Hanson says parents not only should talk to their children about firearm safety..but also walk the walk.

“Leave it unloaded, keep the ammunition somewhere else. Use Child safety locks use gun locks, use gun safes.”

 

Full article can be found on WCBI.

October 13, 2015

Las Vegas, NV -(AmmoLand.com)- Las Vegas Bass Pro Shops, Tactical West Las Vegas and the Nevada Department of Wildlife will present two free seminars on firearm safety and training to help gun owners take steps to handle and store firearms responsibly.

Nevada Department of Wildlife representatives will also be on hand to distribute free gun locks and safety information, provided by Project ChildSafe, to each family that attends (while supplies last). Attendees will also have a chance to win a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card.

Family Firearm Safety Seminars

These seminars are developed to educate residents on the concepts of firearm safety  – especially safe handling and secure storage. Knowing about these practices is important whether there are guns in the home or not.  Whole families are encouraged to attend these free seminars, which will include instruction, videos and informational materials to take home.  Each family will also receive a free gun lock and safety kit provided by Project ChildSafe, and will be entered to win a $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card.

Seminars will be conducted by Kevin McNair, owner of Tactical West, member of Bass Pro’s Hunting Pro Staff and an instructor for the Nevada Department of Wildlife Hunter Education Program. McNair was named a Project ChildSafe “Local Champion” this year for his work to promote firearm safety.

Full article can be found on Ammoland.
October 7, 2015

The James City County Police Department is offering two free firearm safety classes to the public. Each one-session class will cover basic safety, handling, storage and basic laws related to carrying a concealed handgun in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

The class does not include hands-on training and personal firearms should be left at home in a secure location. A certificate of attendance will be provided to attendees.

The classes will be held on Oct. 26 from 6:30-9 p.m. and Nov. 21 from 9-11:30 a.m. Both classes will be held at the Law Enforcement Center at 4600 Opportunity Way.

Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. Contact Master Officer Alan McDowell at 757-603-6026 to register.

Grant funding received from the National Rifle Association Foundation and Project ChildSafe was used to purchase class materials and gunlocks for this free class.

Full article can be found on The Virginia Gazette.

 

September 22, 2015

Whether he's teaching a concealed weapons class or coaching one on one, Kevin McNair emphasizes safety first.

That diligence is why McNair, 50, has been recognized as a "Local Champion" by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

"Some people you have to tell over and over again," McNair said. "It's all about safety."

Always keep the firearm's muzzle — McNair called it "the business end" — pointed in a safe direction and away from people. Keep your finger off the trigger until you're going to shoot. Always treat a gun like it's loaded. Understand that the gun's safety is a mechanism that can fail.

"It's the person holding the firearm's responsibility, not the firearm," McNair said. "It doesn't have to be a problem if it's done safely."

McNair, owner and founder of the Tactical West shop in the southwest valley, preaches that message to everyone he teaches, whether a person who's never fired a gun before or a veteran shooter getting a license renewed.

McNair, who lives in Las Vegas, teaches hunter education classes through Nevada's Department of Wildlife and does firearm classes and hunting seminars for groups and individuals. He's a licensed concealed carry firearm instructor for Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Florida. He is the local chapter chairman for the Mule Deer Foundation, a conservation group that pushes to protect deer habitat and supports hunting, and he instructs local Boy Scouts seeking to earn firearm-related badges.

McNair grew up around guns and has been hunting all his life, he said. Even after he graduated from UNLV and started doing marketing for major casino companies, he always knew he would end up in this field.

The husband and father of two teenagers was working for a casino in Northern Nevada when he started taking National Rifle Association classes to become a certified instructor in the early 2000s. He started his own training business and in 2010 became Bass Pro Shops' go-to gun guy.

McNair said he joined the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearm manufacturers' trade group most famous in the valley for its annual SHOT Show convention, because he is a Second Amendment enthusiast and loves the kinds of safety outreach that it does.

McNair will be recognized at a foundation event today at Bass Pro Shops at 8200 Dean Martin Drive. It's part of the foundation's third annual Project ChildSafe "S.A.F.E. Summer" campaign. McNair will lead two seminars, designed to educate both children and adults about the importance of keeping weapons out of the hands of vulnerable children.

The S.A.F.E. Summer campaign aims to remind people that proper firearm safety prevents accidents, theft and misuse.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation says Project ChildSafe, which launched in 1999, has provided 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners. Manufacturers have included free locking devices with more than 70 million new firearms sold since 1998.

Such kits will be distributed at today's event. McNair hosts concealed weapons classes the first Saturday of every month at Bass Pro Shops for about $100.

Original article on Las Vegas Review Journal.