December 16, 2020
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 firearm handling and secure 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 secure 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:
- An infographic for first-time gun buyers
- Tips for Firearm Safety in the Home
- A brochure and two PSAs (available here and here) highlighting firearm safety in vehicles
- An infographic detailing Secure Storage Options
- A guide for parents to help Understand Youth Mental Health and Prevent Unauthorized Access to Firearms
- A resource for military families and veterans highlighting The Role of Safe Firearm Ownership in Veteran Suicide Prevention
- A Firearm Storage and Safety Assessment Quiz
- A video highlighting How to Have a Conversation with Children About Firearm Safety
“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.
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
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.
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