OKLAHOMA CITY – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Suzi Rouse of DIVA Women Outdoors Worldwide (DIVA WOW) in Oklahoma City as a “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearms safety in her region. Since taking up shooting in 1996, Rouse has been an active advocate for responsible firearms ownership and safe firearms storage. She is the first female president of the Oklahoma City Gun Club, which was founded more than 60 years ago and now has about 2,300 members.
“Safety and education is the first step in responsible firearms ownership,” Rouse said. “Everyone who owns a gun should have a clear plan for safe gun storage. No matter if you live by yourself or have a family, your firearms must be safely secured when not in use, because keeping guns out of the wrong hands is your primary responsibility.”
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.
“The fact that Project ChildSafe provides safety devices for firearms at absolutely no cost to the public is a true testament to the firearms industry’s commitment to gun safety,” Rouse said. “I am proud to be a part of this initiative to educate and empower gun owners to uphold firearms safety and proper use by securing and preventing unauthorized access to firearms.”
“We’re very grateful for Suzi Rouse’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.