ECSO Sheriff Timothy B. Howard highlights agency’s commitment to educating community residents about secure firearm storage

NEWTOWN, Conn.— Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearm safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), and the Erie County Sheriff’s office today released a new video emphasizing the importance of securely storing firearms when not in use to help prevent accidents, thefts and misuse.

The video features Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, a longtime partner and supporter of Project ChildSafe, and highlights the agency’s commitment to promoting firearm safety in the Buffalo community—including its work to distribute free firearm safety kits that include a gun lock to local residents.

“Project ChildSafe’s law enforcement partners are the backbone of this important program,” said Steve Sanetti, President and CEO of NSSF. “This new video illustrates one of the key ways we work with local communities to help promote safe firearm handling and storage. As respected messengers in their community, law enforcement plays a significant role in helping educate residents and making sure they have the means to practice firearm safety.”

Since it was launched in 1999, Project ChildSafe has partnered with 15,000 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and five U.S. territories to distribute more than 37 million free firearm safety kits, which include a cable-style gun lock. Every day, Project ChildSafe receives up to 10 new requests for firearm safety kits from law enforcement agencies across the country.

“The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is proud to partner with Project ChildSafe to spread the message that firearm accidents are preventable through safe firearm storage,” Sheriff Howard said. “When firearms are stored responsibly in the home, our communities are safer. By working side by side, law enforcement organizations and Project ChildSafe are able to reach many more gun owners with this important message. The work we’re doing together is crucial to educate firearm owners, assist in preventing accidents, and help keep guns from ending up in the hands of those who should not have access to firearms.”

To get involved with Project ChildSafe or access its host of educational materials and safety tips, please visit




About Project ChildSafe: NSSF, the trade association of the firearms industry, 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 helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home to help prevent unauthorized access. More information is available at

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 more than 13,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit

Erie County Sheriff’s Office: The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has been servicing the residents of Erie County, New York since 1821. Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and the men and women of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office provide quality public safety by promoting a safe environment through police and citizen interaction with and emphasis on integrity, fairness and professionalism.