Blog Archive, September 2015

September 15, 2015

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced that it has been awarded a two-year, $2.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Justice. Funds will go toward providing firearm safety education messaging and free gun locks through Project ChildSafe to communities throughout the country, to encourage responsible firearm storage and help reduce firearm accidents, theft and misuse.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the DOJ in our efforts to promote that message and going the extra step to make a means of safe storage readily available to gun owners,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF’s President and CEO.

Since 1999, Project ChildSafe has distributed more than 37 million free firearm safety kits across the country and in five U.S. territories.  Thousands of law enforcement agencies, hunting and conservation groups, and firearms retailers already participate in Project ChildSafe and have been instrumental in expanding the reach of the program’s safety messages. The new grant from DOJ will likewise be instrumental in making free gun locks available to more gun owners nationwide.  Visit our map to see where firearm safety kits and gun locks are available near you.

September 9, 2015

We’d like to give a shout out to the state of Louisiana for doing its part to create a culture of firearm safety.  

Not content to be ranked as number two in the country for unintentional firearm-related fatalities, Louisiana has programs like the Louisiana Law Enforcement for Gun Safety Group, led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baton Rouge. Through this program, law enforcement officers visit schools to teach students about the dangers of a loaded gun and advise parents about how to securely store their firearms when not in use. Additionally, more than 50 law enforcement agencies throughout the state are Project ChildSafe partners and distribute the program’s free gun locks and safety literature to gun owners in their communities.

One way to improve firearm safety in your own community is to publicly (and frequently) emphasize the message of personal responsibility. Securing firearms when they’re not in use is the best way to help prevent accidents, theft and misuse. A host of safe storage options are available that suit various home circumstances and budgets. To find out where to pick up a free safety kit in your area, visit our Safety Kit page.  

Thank you, Louisiana, for continuing to spread the Project ChildSafe message. Keep it up the great work, especially during this upcoming hunting season.