S.A.F.E. SUMMER CHAMPION: MAGNUM SHOOTING CENTER
NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Magnum Shooting Center “S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion” in Firearm Safety
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Colorado Springs’s Magnum Shooting Center as a “Local Champion” for its efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.
Magnum Shooting Center was selected for its role to promote firearm safety by offering free training courses to the community. Magnum Shooting Center has also adopted a “family culture” with a modern “open range” concept, encouraging parents to bring along their kids to participate and learn about firearm safety.
“At Magnum Shooting Center we are very much committed to our community and to helping people learn right, be safe and shoot well,” says co-founder, Kim Shugart. “We strive to bring gun safety to our neighbors, friends and family, which is why we have given away so many free training sessions and continue to do so every year.”
S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse.
“S.A.F.E.” serves as 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. 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.
“Safety is the top priority here at Magnum Shooting Center, teaching people how to be safe anytime they see a gun. We are pleased to be a part of the greater goal Project ChildSafe serves,” says Shugart. “Safe adults equals safe children, and our goal is to make everyone as safe as possible.”
“We’re very grateful for the work of organizations like Magnum Shooting Center,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”
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 –which include a free gun lock– 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.