Project ChildSafe® is a nationwide program whose purpose is to promote safe firearms handling and storage practices among all firearms owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits. The kits include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure that discusses safe handling and storage practices.
The program was developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation®, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry. For years, Project ChildSafe was a component of “Project Safe Neighborhoods,” a federal gun violence-prevention initiative, and was supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Justice with additional funding from NSSF®. Today, due to federal budget tightening, Project ChildSafe is sponsored solely by the firearms industry through NSSF.
Formed in 1961, NSSF manages a variety of outreach programs for its more than 7,000 members, with a special emphasis on efforts to promote firearm safety education. Project ChildSafe is an expansion of NSSF’s Project HomeSafe program that was created in 1999 to educate gun owners about their responsibilities to safely handle and properly store firearms in the home with the goal of preventing accidents involving children.
Project ChildSafe operates in cooperation with law enforcement departments that provides the firearm safety kits free of charge to gun owners. Since 2003, Project ChildSafe has distributed more than 35 million safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and in the five U.S. territories.
Project ChildSafe’s success is attributable to law enforcement, elected officials, community leaders, state agencies, businesses and individuals who have worked to help raise awareness about the importance of securely storing firearms in the home.
Gun owners who wish to receive a free Project ChildSafe safety kit should contact a participating law enforcement agency in their area. Law enforcement agencies that want to participate in the program by distributing free firearm safety kits in their communities should contact NSSF here.
Project ChildSafe reminds gun owners to:
Project ChildSafe provides safety kits that include:
For more information visit the Project ChildSafe website here.
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