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.”
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.