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November 1, 2023

NWTF Partners with NSSF® and Project ChildSafe® to Emphasize Firearm Safety

PCS-NWTF-NSSFWASHINGTON, D.C. and EDGEFIELD, S.C. – NSSF®, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) today announced a cooperative effort to promote firearm safety and secure firearm storage — via NSSF’s Project ChildSafe® program — to NWTF members and their families.

“Our two organizations have a shared mission to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports, and that starts with ensuring everyone who goes into the field comes home safely,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF’s President and CEO. “At the same time, it also means taking steps to ensure firearms are securely stored when they’re not in use to prevent accidents, thefts or any kind of misuse.”

“We take safety very seriously, especially with our new and young hunters,” said Mandy Harling, NWTF Director of Hunting Heritage Programs. “Safe handling and use of firearms at home, at the range, in the field and in transit between them all is central to the safe enjoyment of hunting. The resources and tools Project ChildSafe has developed will be a great addition to the safety resource we provide for our members.”

The partnership involves the sharing of online tools, including all the resources available in Project ChildSafe’s “HuntSAFE” initiative that NWTF has added to its website in time for many states with fall turkey hunting seasons. NWTF will also feature firearm safety messaging in regular communications, events and online promotion, including a newly-released episode of the Turkey Call podcast, featuring NSSF’s Bartozzi. NSSF and Project ChildSafe will continue to freely provide helpful educational resources on firearm safety for NWTF members, including safety fact sheets, infographics and other tools.

Since 1999, Project ChildSafe has been the leading nationwide program providing firearm safety education to gun owners and their families. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 local law enforcement agencies and more than 13,000 organizational supporters throughout the United States, Project ChildSafe has distributed more than 40 million free firearm safety kits that include a gun lock to communities in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories.


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. Since 1999, the program has provided more than 40 million free firearm safety kits that include a 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, 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

About NWTF
Since 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation has invested over half a billion dollars into wildlife conservation and has conserved or enhanced over 21 million acres of critical wildlife habitat. The organization continues to drive wildlife conservation, forest resiliency and robust recreational opportunities across the U.S. by working across boundaries on a landscape scale. Today, the NWTF is investing heavily in wild turkey research to ensure the future of wild turkey populations and is working to secure Healthy Habitats and Healthy Harvests. For more information, visit

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 Media contact:
Bill Brassard
203-426-1320 ext. 212

NWTF Media Contact:
Pete Muller

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