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NSSF, Project ChildSafe Urge Firearm Safety During National Safety Month

Newtown, Conn. (June 2, 2021) – In observance of National Safety Month, following a year of record-breaking firearm sales, NSSF and Project ChildSafe urge new and existing gun owners nationwide to prioritize safe firearm storage — and are providing the resources to do so.

 

In 2020, 21 million FBI background checks were conducted for firearm sales — a record number that makes reminders about responsible storage timely. NSSF encourages first-time gun owners to ensure they have safe storage devices to account for their new firearms and learn about firearm safety best practices. Project ChildSafe provides a vast library of resources — including a host of new materials developed this year — to help gun owners determine the best method to prevent unauthorized access to firearms in order to keep their homes and communities safe.

 

“Every year, National Safety Month is an opportunity to remind gun owners that their most important responsibility is to store their firearms securely when not in use,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF’s President and CEO. “We know that there has been a significant increase in the number of new gun owners in the past year, and that they are looking for guidance on storing firearms responsibly. We’ve worked hard to give them the resources they need to secure their firearms to help prevent accidents.”

 

In the past year, Project ChildSafe updated its resource library with an emphasis on providing information to first-time gun owners, those who may be reevaluating their firearm storage practices and parents whose children were likely home more than ever while schools and other activities were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Project ChildSafe also partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to develop a joint resource on teen mental health and firearm safety — recognizing that the challenges of 2020 made it more important than ever to have discussions on preventing unauthorized access to firearms for youth facing mental health challenges.

 

“The past year, more than ever, showed us the importance of putting firearm safety first in our homes,” Bartozzi said. “As kids spent countless hours at home, we helped parents learn more about youth mental health and storage options such as lock boxes and safes to prevent unauthorized access to firearms when they’re not in use.”

 

Among the top NSSF and Project ChildSafe resources for firearm owners are:

 

A video highlighting How to Have a Conversation with Children About Firearm Safety

 

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About NSSF

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org.

 

About Project ChildSafe

Project ChildSafe is the largest, most comprehensive firearm safety education program in the U.S. It was developed by NSSF, the trade association for the firearm industry, and is committed to promoting genuine firearm safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits. For more information, see ProjectChildsafe.orgProject ChildSafe Foundation is a non-profit that supports the Project ChildSafe initiative.

Outdoor Sportsman Group Donates More Than $100,000 to National Shooting Sports Foundation Firearms Safety Initiative – Project ChildSafe

DENVER – Outdoor Sportsman Group, in conjunction with the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), recently concluded its first annual SHOT Show® New Product Premiere and has donated $102,271 to the foundation’s Project ChildSafe initiative.

 

Project ChildSafe is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation actively promoting firearms safety and education in all 50 states and U.S. territories. The program is dedicated to promoting responsible firearm handling and storage through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits.

 

The SHOT Show New Product Premiere served as a virtual destination for consumers seeking comprehensive, detailed and up-to-date information on products normally introduced during the NSSF’s annual trade show. The SHOT Show New Product Premiere was a multimedia, first-of-its-kind review on the latest new products and technology in the hunting/shooting space and was showcased for the first time on network television. Consumers were able to tune into Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel each night for new product reviews traditionally limited to searching industry websites and social media outlets for product reviews.

 

“Project ChildSafe is a safety and education initiative that all gun owners and citizens should embrace,” Outdoor Sportsman Group Publishing Chief Operating Officer Michael Carney said. “Project ChildSafe has proven to deliver meaningful scale and impact, and Outdoor Sportsman Group is proud to be able to present the NSSF with a check for $102,271 as a demonstration of our commitment to help promote and fund this critical program NSSF has pioneered and been so successful with.”

 

“NSSF and the firearm industry are extremely grateful for this extraordinary donation by Outdoor Sportsman Group,” NSSF President and CEO Joe Bartozzi said. “This support will help NSSF further expand the important work of Project ChildSafe to help reduce firearm accidents, thefts and misuse.”

 

The NSSF’s Project ChildSafe promotes the following, and more, key practices for safe firearms use and storage:

 

  • Keep all firearms locked in a safe place, away from children and other unauthorized persons, when not in use.
  • Store ammunition under lock and key, separately from firearms.
  • Read and understand the owner’s manual that came with your firearm.
  • Treat every firearm as if it were loaded
  • Keep muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  • Keep fingers off the trigger
  • Keep the firearm unloaded when not in use

 

To view full episodes of the SHOT Show New Product Premiere visit: MyOutdoorTV.com (MOTV). Individual segments of the SHOT Show New Product Premiere are available on Guns & Ammo YouTube page.

 

For more information, visit: https://www.gunsandammo.com/editorial/osg-donates-nssf-project-childsafe/390291

 

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About NSSF

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org.

 

About Project ChildSafe

Project ChildSafe is the largest, most comprehensive firearm safety education program in the U.S. It was developed by NSSF, the trade association for the firearm industry, and is committed to promoting genuine firearm safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits. For more information, see ProjectChildsafe.org. Project ChildSafe Foundation is a non-profit that supports the Project ChildSafe initiative.

 

About Outdoor Sportsman Group

Outdoor Sportsman Group is comprised of the world’s foremost media and entertainment brands for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. It includes three leading multichannel networks: Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network, as well as Sportsman Channel Canada and MOTV, the world’s leading subscription-based video-on-demand outdoor television content platform. The Group also consists of a number of established publishing assets: 16 outdoor magazines including Guns & Ammo, Game & Fish, Petersen’s Hunting, In-Fisherman and 20 top websites, including OutdoorChannelPlus.com. Additionally, Outdoor Sportsman Group includes television production operations, Winnercomm. For more information, visit www.outdoorsg.com. #MyOutdoorTV

Leaders in Albuquerque City Government, Public Schools, Law Enforcement Join NSSF’s Project ChildSafe to Promote Gun Safety, Suicide Prevention

 

               

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Albuquerque City Councilors Brook Bassan and Klarissa Peña, representatives from Albuquerque Public Schools and local law enforcement today distributed hundreds of free gun locks, firearm safety materials and suicide prevention resources at two local drive-through events.

 

NSSF provided the free locks and resources through its Project ChildSafe initiative, which focuses on helping prevent firearm accidents, thefts and misuse, including suicide. Today’s event comes as attention on teen mental health and suicide prevention has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as schools remain closed and young people continue to face separation from peers, increased feelings of isolation and other stressors.

 

“We want to equip parents with resources and tips to have a conversation about mental health with their children and take steps to secure firearms and other potential lethal means,” Councilor Bassan said. “I look forward to continued collaboration with these organizations and hosting more of these events.”

 

The event is part of a larger “Project ChildSafe Albuquerque” community campaign, developed in partnership among NSSF, city leaders, law enforcement agencies, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, local retailers, conservation groups and other local stakeholders.

 

“It is vital that we get these tools and information to our communities in an effort to prevent tragedies,” said Councilor Peña. “It’s been an honor working with my colleague Councilor Bassan, NSSF, APD, and APS, to give out the gun locks, but most importantly, working with families and connecting them to resources to help prevent suicide.”

 

NSSF will support the initiative by providing law enforcement agencies and other partners with thousands of free gun locks and safety resources to distribute across the city in the coming months. The central theme of the effort is safe and responsible firearm storage, so guns can’t be accessed by at-risk individuals, stolen from homes or vehicles or found by a child.

 

“We’re supporting this effort because safe firearm storage works,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF’s President and CEO. “In recent years, fatal firearm accidents have dropped to historic lows and that’s a trend we want to see continue in the right direction. That starts with a community-shared responsibility and emphasis on firearm safety. We’re grateful to Councilors Bassan and Peña, and all our local partners for taking on this initiative.”

 

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About Project ChildSafe: NSSF, the trade association of the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (originally as Project HomeSafe). Since 1999, the program has provided more than 38 million free firearm safety kits and gun locks to firearm owners in all 50 states through partnerships with thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included, and continue to include, with new firearms sold since 1998. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.

 

About NSSF:  The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org.

CROSSBREED HOLSTERS, CUSTOMERS SUPPORT NSSF’S PROJECT CHILDSAFE THROUGH SHOPPING CART DONATIONS

NEWTOWN, Conn. – In a show of support for responsible gun ownership, CrossBreed Holsters provides its customers the opportunity to donate to the nation’s most influential firearm safety education program, Project ChildSafe®, through its online shopping portal.

 

Crossbreed HolsterThe checkout-donation initiative has been a big success, with customers generously giving back to their community by supporting Project ChildSafe, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®).

 

“Encouraging responsible gun handling and storage is very important to our company,” said Carolyn Craighead, CEO of CrossBreed Holsters. “The work NSSF is doing through Project ChildSafe to help prevent firearm accidents, thefts and misuse couldn’t be more valuable to our industry. We began giving our customers this online donation option more than a year ago, and the level of support they have shown has been extraordinary. We encourage all businesses to join us in supporting the NSSF and help raise the next generation of shooters to be safe and responsible firearm owners.”

 

CrossBreed Holsters, founded in 2005 by the late Mark Craighead, gained national recognition as a leading manufacturer of innovative, functional concealment holsters.

 

“We salute CrossBreed Holsters for its leadership in providing this donation opportunity, and we thank their customers for supporting our firearm safety efforts, which we know are saving lives,” said NSSF President and CEO Joe Bartozzi. “We encourage all outdoor sporting retail businesses that have an online shopping platform to consider adding a similar donation option to their checkout screen.”

 

Founded in 1999 by NSSF (and originally known as Project HomeSafe), Project ChildSafe is a firearm industry program that provides firearm safety education for adults and children, along with free gun-locking devices, in every state and the U.S. territories through more than 15,000 program partners.

 

For more information about NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program or the Project ChildSafe Foundation, contact Bill Brassard, NSSF Senior Director, Communications, at bbrassard@nssf.org.

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About NSSF
NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org.

Gun Sales Reach Record Highs in 2020 Especially Among African Americans and First-time Gun Buyers

NSSF, Project ChildSafe and NAAGA Emphasize Gun Safety, Training And Responsible Storage

 

NEWTOWN, Conn. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), Project ChildSafe® and the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA) are responding to record high gun sales in 2020, particularly among African Americans and first-time gun buyers, by providing free educational resources and tips on firearm safety and responsible storage for all new gun owners.

 

According to data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), 21 million background checks related to the sale of a firearm were conducted in 2020—a 60 percent increase over the previous year.

 

“NSSF estimates that 40 percent of those gun sales were for first-time gun buyers, totaling 8.4 million new gun owners in the United States in 2020,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO. “That kind of growth validates the relevance and importance of the Second Amendment, but also speaks to an increasing need for firearm safety education. As a community of firearm owners, we all have a responsibility to use, transport and store firearms safely, and NSSF is committed to getting this information in the hands of all our newest community members.”

 

Firearm ownership is also increasingly diverse as sales among women accounted for 40 percent of all sales, and purchases by African Americans increased by 56 percent compared to 2019.

 

“We’ve seen a trend of more African Americans choosing to express their Second Amendment rights to own a firearm, especially for personal protection,” said Philip Smith, President and founder of NAAGA. “Purchasing a firearm is one step to protecting your family, but it also means safely storing your gun away from children, so they don’t hurt themselves.”

 

Programs like NSSF’s Project ChildSafe are addressing this growing demand for firearm safety education by providing gun owners with the resources needed to keep safe storage practices top of mind, and to help teach this information. These include:

 

 

“As parents, we all have ‘the talk’ with our kids about things like drugs, sex and making good decisions,” Smith says. “Talking about gun safety and responsibility is just as important, even if you don’t own a gun.”

 

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About Project ChildSafe

NSSF, the trade association of the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (originally as Project HomeSafe). Since 1999, the program has provided more than 38 million free firearm safety kits and gun locks to firearm owners in all 50 states through partnerships with thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included, and continue to include, with new firearms sold since 1998. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.

 

About NAAGA

The National African American Gun Association is a 2nd Amendment Organization that educates and trains our community on the rich legacy of gun ownership of African Americans, offering education, training, support, safety standards, and cultural inspiration. The long-term goal of the National African American Gun Association is to have every African American introduced to firearm use for home protection, competitive shooting, and outdoor recreational activities.

 

About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org.

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Sweepstakes: Donate for a chance to win a Benelli Shotgun and other prizes from CrossBreed, Brazen and Yeti

Donations Support America’s Most Influential Firearm Safety Program

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Project ChildSafe® Foundation has launched an exciting Sweepstakes to raise funds in support of the National Shooting Sports Foundation®’s Project ChildSafe program, which works to prevent firearms accidents and misuse by promoting safe handling of firearms and secure storage when not in use.

PCS SweepstakesThe Sweepstakes features a variety of prizes contestants could win by making a “qualifying donation.” Funds raised will then go to provide free gun locks and safety information to communities across the country in support of Project ChildSafe, which was developed by gun owners for gun owners and launched by NSSF® in 1999. Now in its 21st year, Project ChildSafe is the leading firearms safety program in the country.

“Project ChildSafe is a real safety program that genuinely saves lives and helps keep families and communities safer,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO, and Chairman of the Project ChildSafe Foundation. “We’re always grateful for the support we receive from the gun-owning community, and now through this sweepstakes we can also give a little something back.”

Through the sweepstakes, contestants can be entered to win one of several prizes, including:

  • A Benelli Montefeltro 12 Gauge Shotgun ($1,129.00 value) for a qualifying donation of $125.00 or more,
  • A Brazen Sports Watch with 20th Anniversary Project ChlidSafe engraved case back ($550.00 value) for a qualifying donation of $75-$124,
  • A CrossBreed Holsters prize package ($366.70 value) for a qualifying donation of $35-$74, or
  • A Yeti 20-ounce tumbler with MagSlider lid ($40.00 value) for a qualifying donation of $15- $34.

Every qualifying donation receives a chance to win. To enter, or to see full sweepstakes rules, visit nssf.org/pcs-sweepstakes.  The Sweepstakes will be open through February 26, 2021. Donations made through the sweepstakes support the Project ChildSafe Foundation and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law (please check with your tax advisor).

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 About Project ChildSafe
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association of the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (originally as Project HomeSafe). Since then, the program has provided nearly 40 million free firearm safety kits and gun locks to firearm owners in all 50 states through partnerships with thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included, and continue to include, with new firearms sold since 1998. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org. 

About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org .

New and Expanded Project ChildSafe Brochure Provides a Comprehensive Resource on Gun Safety

Digital publication delivers NSSF program’s newest and most popular firearm safety materials

 

NEWTOWN, Conn. – Project ChildSafe®, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation®, now offers a new digital publication that provides easy access to its key educational resources on firearm safety and suicide prevention. The enhanced digital resource is one of the most comprehensive guides on gun safety available to the public today.

 

Project ChildSafe’s “Guide to Responsible Gun Ownership, Safe Handling and Secure Storage” is available for viewing and downloading.

 

“This expanded firearm safety resource will be of value to anyone wanting to educate themselves and others about nearly all aspects of gun safety,” said NSSF® President and CEO Joe Bartozzi. “We believe it will be particularly useful to first-time gun owners—and there are many of them—who need a comprehensive resource on gun safety for themselves and their families.”

 

The resource includes links to gun safety videos for adults and children, infographics, public service announcements and additional safety content that can help prevent accidents, thefts and misuse of firearms, including suicide.

 

Topics include safe firearm handling, options for secure storage, what to consider when owning a firearm for home security, and the importance of preventing access by at-risk or prohibited persons.

This new, enhanced version adds content and links to many of Project ChildSafe’s most-requested safety resources, including:

 

  • first-time gun owner educational materials
  • overview of safe storage options such as lock boxes and their features
  • storing guns securely in vehicles video and brochure
  • a suicide prevention resource designed to help parents better understand youth mental health and deter unauthorized access to firearms
  • safety messages for children, including NSSF’s award-winning McGruff videos on gun safety, and a child safety pledge.

 

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program has provided nearly 40 million free firearm safety kits that include a gun lock and educational materials to communities in every state and the U.S. territories since its inception in 1999.

 

Learn more at ProjectChildSafe.org and help support Project ChildSafe’s efforts to keep communities and homes safe at ProjectChildSafe.org/donate.

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About NSSF

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

 

About Project ChildSafe

NSSF, the trade association for the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (originally as Project HomeSafe). Since then, the program has provided nearly 40 million free firearm safety kits and gun locks to firearm owners in all 50 states through partnerships with thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included, and continue to include, with new firearms sold since 1998. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.

NSSF, Project ChildSafe Promote Firearm Safety this Holiday Season

Project ChildSafe offers safety resources, educational materials to help keep families safe

 

NEWTOWN, Conn. – With the holiday season upon us, the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) reminds Americans to practice responsible safety measures at home, including safe and responsible firearm handling and storage.

 

“It’s important to remember that the holidays can be a challenging time of year for many, and that may be especially true this year—particularly for those who are unable to see loved ones due to the pandemic, or who may be feeling isolated or alone for other reasons,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO. “We want to ensure families are practicing safe firearm storage habits to reduce the chance of a firearm accident this holiday season.”

 

Recognizing this, NSSF has launched its Project ChildSafe® 2020 Holiday Safety campaign to remind Americans of the importance of firearm safety and secure storage, and provide tools to help keep families safe this holiday season. This includes safe and responsible firearm handling and storage information for current and new gun owners, home safety tips and guides on mental health and suicide prevention.

 

NSSF and Project ChildSafe have a variety of educational materials and resources available, including:

 

 

“Even though the holidays may be different this year, we want to encourage Americans to take the necessary steps to keep themselves and their families safe by continuing to prioritize safe firearm handling and secure storage,” said Bartozzi.

 

For more information and additional resources, visit www.projectchildsafe.org.

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About NSSF

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

 

About Project ChildSafe

NSSF, the trade association for the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (originally as Project HomeSafe). Since then, the program has provided nearly 40 million free firearm safety kits and gun locks to firearm owners in all 50 states through partnerships with thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included, and continue to include, with new firearms sold since 1998. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.

NSSF Launches PSAs on Storing Firearms Securely in Vehicles

New informational videos offer important safety considerations to help responsible gun owners prevent theft and unauthorized access

 

NEWTOWN, Conn. – In two new video public service announcements, the National Shooting Sports Foundation® encourages gun owners to securely store their firearms when temporarily leaving them in vehicles.

 

Thefts of firearms from vehicles have risen in many parts of the country, but storing firearms securely and out of sight can help thwart thieves. NSSF® reminds gun owners that vehicle door locks, as well as the trunk or glove compartment, are vulnerable to entry—whereas a dedicated safe or lock box offers better protection of your firearm by presenting a more difficult, time-consuming challenge for thieves.

 

“No one wants their gun stolen from their vehicle and to live with the thought that it could be used in a crime,” said NSSF President and CEO Joe Bartozzi. “If you must temporarily leave your firearm in a vehicle, we encourage you to use a secure storage device to keep it hidden from prying eyes and inaccessible to thieves. The new PSAs show the many storage devices available for use in vehicles, including custom models designed to fit into consoles and other places in your car.”

 

Watch and download the full-length PSA and 30-second PSA here. Messaging in the new videos complements NSSF’s Firearm Safety in Vehicles brochure, which covers a complete list of vehicle storage tips, including:

 

If you must temporarily store a gun in your car or truck, for your safety and that of your community, we encourage you to take steps to properly store them. Use a secure storage device, keep it out of sight, try not to be away from the vehicle for an extended length of time and, when you arrive home, take the firearm inside with you to your secure home storage area.

 

For more information on firearm safety, visit NSSF.org/safety and ProjectChildSafe.org.

 

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About NSSF

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

 

About Project ChildSafe

NSSF, the trade association for the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (originally as Project HomeSafe). Since then, the program has provided nearly 40 million free firearm safety kits and gun locks to firearm owners in all 50 states through partnerships with thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included, and continue to include, with new firearms sold since 1998. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.

NSSF PROMOTES SAFE HUNTING AS 2020 HUNTING LICENSE SALES SURGE

Project ChildSafe® offers safety resources, educational materials for first-time and returning hunters

 

NEWTOWN, Conn.— NSSF®, the trade association for the firearms industry, welcomes the millions of Americans who intend to go afield this hunting season – many of them for the first time – and reminds hunters to use, transport and store their firearms safely and help prevent accidents in the field, on the range and in the home.

“Americans have rediscovered the outdoors as COVID-19 has closed off other types of recreation,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO. “Millions have also bought their first firearm and are curious to experience all that hunting has to offer. We want to make sure they have the tools they need to enjoy hunting and the shooting sports safely this season and for years to come.”

The effort comes as NSSF launches its 2020 “Hunt S.A.F.E.” campaign. Hunt S.A.F.E. is a component of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe initiative, which focuses on promoting secure firearm storage and preventing unauthorized access. S.A.F.E. is 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.

NSSF and Project ChildSafe are working with prominent industry influencers and partner organizations, including GAT Marketing for a sponsored giveaway contest to guide hunters toward a suite of hunting safety resources. These include:

First-time hunters will also appreciate the library of hunting tips, tactics and techniques available at NSSF’s LetsGoHunting.org website.

“Hunting is a time-honored tradition for many Americans, one that benefits conservation efforts across the country, and safety remains at the core of enjoying hunting,” Bartozzi said. “With so many Americans discovering and returning to this tradition, it’s a good time to remind all gun owners that storing firearms securely when they’re not in use is the No. 1 way to help prevent accidents and keep guns out of the wrong hands.”

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About Project ChildSafe
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association of the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (originally as Project HomeSafe). Since then, the program has provided nearly 40 million free firearm safety kits and gun locks to firearm owners in all 50 states through partnerships with thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included, and continue to include, with new firearms sold since 1998. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.

About NSSF
NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.