March 3, 2010
Governor Rell Congratulates NSSF on Project ChildSafe Award
Recently NSSF received an Award of Excellence for its Project ChildSafe program, the firearms safety education effort that has distributed 35 million gun lock safety kits nationwide.
Today a thoughtful letter of congratulations from Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell arrived at our Newtown headquarters. The letter reads . . .
On behalf of the State of Connecticut, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, as you are a recipient of the American Society of Association Executives' 2010 Associations Advance America Award of Excellence.
You were selected for this prestigious award for your program, Project ChildSafe, out of nearly eighty entries. I commend the National Shooting Sports Foundation for your dedication to providing innovative programs in education, skills training, standard setting, citizenship and community service. This award is truly an honor and reflects the hard work and commitment to excellence that you have displayed. Your passion and dedication is an inspiration to all of Connecticut's residents.
Please know that you have my best wishes for continued success in all your future endeavors. Congratulations again on this tremendous achievement.
NSSF President Steve Sanetti responded by saying, "We appreciate Gov. Rell recognizing a home-state organization for earning this prestigious award, and we appreciate as well her ongoing support for appropriate firearms safety education.”
Any law enforcement agency can request to receive a quantity of Project ChildSafe firearm safety kits, with each kit containing a cable-style gun lock and safety brochure. The kits are provided free of charge to law enforcement, which in turn provide them free to gun owners. The goal is to encourage owners to safely store firearms in their homes, particuarly to prevent children from encountering a loaded firearm. Learn more at www.projectchildsafe.org.
Thanks to Project ChildSafe and other firearm safety programs, fatal firearms accidents have dropped to their lowest levels since record-keeping began in 1903, including a 60 percent decrease in fatal accidents among youth 14 and under in the last 10 years.