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.”
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.