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Got a Firearm in the Home? Learn About Project ChildSafe

In 2014, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) ramped up its efforts to support safety and education campaigns, such as Project ChildSafe, with its Own It? Respect It. Secure It. (ORS) initiative. If you have a firearm in your home, you must read about this initiative.

Women’s Outdoor News played a small part in the launch of the initiative back in 2013, by discussing with the marketing firm and designers about what women want to see in such a program.

Now, the NSSF needs all gun owners to help get the message out about the initiative, and also, Project ChildSafe – of which The WON is a proud supporter – can always use a mention or share, too.

Marti Davis Muddy Girl camo rifle Project ChildSafe

Marti Davis shows her niece how to safely shoot a Muddy Girl Savage Arms Trophy Hunter-XP rifle. (Jason Baird photo)

What is Project ChildSafe?

First of all, let’s look at Project ChildSafe. The NSSF, the official trade association of the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (called Project HomeSafe then until 2003). Not only does the program promote safe and responsible firearms ownership, but it also distributes kits that include gun locks to gun owners in the U.S. and in 5 territories.

Gun owners can learn about safe handling, safe storage and how to find a safety kit from Project ChildSafe at its site. Law enforcement agencies distribute the firearm safety kits and you can find out if your local law enforcement has partnered with the program, too.

I found the Gun Safety Quiz to be a great resource, especially if you have new shooters or hunters in your midst. Go over the questions and answers with them. It’ll spur lively conversation and also, refresh your memory on the rules, too. You might also want to visit the Safe Handling section of the site, along with your children and friends.

Are you wondering how to store your guns? Project ChildSafe offers a Safe Storage area, with guidelines, options and a special “message for your children.”

Project ChildSafe

Women’s Outdoor News is a proud supporter of Project ChildSafe.

Own It. Respect It. Secure It. 

The NSSF offers a toolkit for this new initiative. The organization wants the “Own It. Respect It. Secure It.” (ORS) message out there, for gun owners to embrace and for the general public to see in action.

Here are some simple ways to show you support the ORS, and you do not have to run a website or own a business to do so:

  • Place the ORS logo and tagline on your website.
  • Print the NSSF’s template artwork for ORS and distribute as stickers, flyers, banners and use as a sign at your place of business.
  • Use logos on your social media sites.

Logos and artwork are available online. Visit ORS.

  • About Barbara Baird

    Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. She is a contributing editor at "SHOT Business," and her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications, including NRA, NSSF and Field & Stream.


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