GOV. MARY FALLIN PROCLAIMS WEEK OF MAY 28 AS PROJECT CHILDSAFE APPRECIATION WEEK IN OKLAHOMA
Project ChildSafe Appreciation Week demonstrates Oklahoma’s commitment to zero firearms accidents.
OKLAHOMA – Gov. Mary Fallin has proclaimed May 28 through June 1 as Project ChildSafe Appreciation week in the state of Oklahoma. Since its launch at the State Capitol, Project ChildSafe, the firearms safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), has distributed more than 5K firearm locks and safety kits containing educational materials throughout the region.
“This week, we affirm our commitment to ‘Aiming for Zero’ firearms accidents,” said Fallin. “Firearms safety is vitally important, and we should continue to work together as a community to foster a culture that practices responsible gun ownership.”
Unsecured guns pose an accident risk to children and create opportunities for firearms accidents, theft and misuse. With more than 42 percent of U.S. households owning at least one firearm, the state of Oklahoma recognizes Project ChildSafe Appreciation week as an opportunity to educate parents and children on the importance of firearms safety and responsible storage to help preserve the safety of neighborhoods, communities and families.
“Support from committed local partners, law enforcement and government officials has made it possible to make thousands of additional locks and safety resources available across the region,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “If we continue to work together, we can do even more to help prevent accidents and keep firearms out of the wrong hands.”
More than 200 organizations throughout the state of Oklahoma have partnered together with Project ChildSafe to promote firearms safety awareness through the distribution of free firearm safety kits, including a gun lock and educational materials, and messages around safe firearms storage. The program has distributed more than 37 million firearm locks nationally since its inception.
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 more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit nssf.org.
About Project ChildSafe
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 focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. 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. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today. Learn more at projectchildsafe.org.