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May 31, 2019

Project ChildSafe® Emphasizes Gun Safety as Summer Kicks Off

Firearms Safety Program Highlights Resources for Gun Owners during National Safety Month

Project Childsafe - 20 years of genuine firearms safetyNEWTOWN, Conn. – Project ChildSafe®, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation®, is making a national call to action urging firearms owners to make safe firearms storage a priority this summer and beyond. To help reinforce this effort, Project ChildSafe provides a library of videos and tools that can help families facilitate important conversations about gun safety — regardless of whether they have a gun in their home — in an effort to help prevent firearms accidents.

“Storing firearms responsibly, in homes and vehicles, is the number one way to help prevent firearms accidents, theft and misuse,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF’s CEO and Chairman of the Project ChildSafe Foundation. “As summer begins, it’s a time of year when kids spend much more time in the home and in the car, so it’s especially important for gun owners to make sure they’re properly securing firearms.”

Project ChildSafe and NSSF are launching the effort to coincide with National Safety Month, observed every year in June. The call to action goes beyond asking individual gun owners to store firearms responsibly when not in use and urges the entire gun-owning community to share and promote Project ChildSafe resources that can help educate adults and children everywhere on how to practice firearms safety.

“We have numerous online resources including videos, infographics, tip sheets and other tools we hope gun owners will use, discuss with their families and friends and share on their own social media pages, blogs and websites,” Sanetti said.

These tools include:


Interactive Content

Brochures and Tip Sheets

“Although the number of fatal firearms accidents is at historic lows, the fact remains that these accidents are almost always preventable,” said Sanetti. “If you have a gun, be sure your family understands the safety rules, and please, always store it responsibly.”


About Project ChildSafe
NSSF®, the trade association of the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (originally as Project HomeSafe). Since 1999, the program has provided more than 38 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

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 thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit


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