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May 15, 2013

Firearm Safety for Teachers and Students


If you know an educator or school administrator, do them a service by letting them know about NSSF’s free classroom and online firearm safety videos. These age-appropriate videos teach students how to react quickly and make correct decisions if they should encounter a firearm in an unsupervised situation—at school, at home or at a friend’s home.

Many educators show these firearm safety videos to their students before school lets out for summer vacation because during that time children often spend more time at home unsupervised.

The NSSF Firearm Safety DVD offers “McGruff the Crime Dog on Gun Safety” for students in kindergarten through grade 6, “It’s Your Call: Playing It Safe Around GunsSM” for students in grades 6 through 9 and “Firearms Safety Depends on YouSM,” which covers the ten rules of gun safety and is for audiences of all ages.

PCS lock on pistol smallComplementing these safety videos and a way to raise awareness about firearm safety at the community level is NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program. Project ChildSafe provides free firearm safety kits that include a gun lock to firearms owners through partnerships with local law enforcement departments. The program shares with gun owners strategies on how to securely and safely store firearms in the home in order to prevent unauthorized access, including by children, at-risk individuals and persons legally prohibited from owning a firearm.

In the ongoing national discussion about firearms, promoting firearms safety and keeping guns out the wrong hands is a topic on which everyone can agree.

NSSF’s annual offer of free videos to schools also includes its Conservation DVD that educates students on how wildlife and wild lands are protected, and how hunters support this effort with contributions amounting to more than $1 billion annually. These videos never fail to open the eyes of both students and teachers to the reasons behind the resurgence of wildlife across the country, even in urban and suburban settings. All those white-tailed deer, wild turkey and other game and non-game animals that we see are the result of a unique federal program started in 1937 that has provided billions of dollars to every state in the nation for conservation purposes.

Take advantage of these free NSSF-sponsored educational programs!