NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Kyle Lairmore ‘S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion’ in Firearm Safety
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) has recognized Owensville’s Kyle Lairmore, Education/Shooting Range Coordinator for the State of Missouri and Executive Director of the Mid-Missouri Outdoor Dream, as a “Local Champion” for his efforts to promote firearm safety in his region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage — particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.
Kyle Lairmore was selected for his multi-faceted efforts within the community to raise awareness about the safe and responsible handling of firearms and the importance of proper and secure storage.
“It is our responsibility to educate anyone handling a firearm how to do it properly and safely so that we can prevent any future firearm incidents,” says Lairmore. “It is also important to be aware of how to properly store firearms so that children or individuals without knowledge of firearm safety don’t have access to them.”
S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse.
“S.A.F.E.” serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.
“Project ChildSafe has developed the tools needed to spread the firearm safety and storage message,” Lairmore says. “Project ChildSafe helps educate my community about the importance of firearm safety and proper firearm storage which will help reduce firearm accidents.”
“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Kyle Lairmore,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”
NSSF 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. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits 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 with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.
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 gun owners. Since 1999, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits that include a gun lock to gun owners in all 50 states and 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. Project ChildSafe is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit charitable organization. All donations to the organization are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.
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 more than 13,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.