In January 2020, the National Shooting Sports Foundation launched an initiative called “Gun Owners Care” (GOC) because it believes the 100 million+ members of the firearms community in America care about their neighbors and communities. Professional shooter Julie Golob focuses on the safety aspect of GOC in this video, a piece of a 5-part series.
Sponsored by the NSSF and Project ChildSafe
Golob points out the fact that fatal firearms accidents are at historic lows. She states that proper storage and education is paramount to safe gun handling, and mentions Project ChildSafe. The NSSF’s Project ChildSafe has been credited with creating educational awareness of gun safety and handling in this country. Started in 1999 (formerly called Project HomeSafe), Project ChildSafe has worked with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and provided more than 38 million free firearm safety kits in all 50 states and 5 U.S. territories.
Firearms manufacturers have contributed more than 70 million free locking devices with new firearms, sold since 1998. You can check to see if Project ChildSafe is offered in your area. If you check the Project ChildSafe website, you will find useful resources, including checklists regarding storage and safe gun handling. The site also contains helpful resources to further support safe gun storage and proper education for all age levels.
If you have a business or belong to an organization that would like to become a supporter of Project ChildSafe, please visit this website and fill out the application.
Gun owners may join this national movement by contributing $25, and will receive a GOC hat, window decal and booklet. The NSSF calls these items a “badge of honor” for gun owners who care. Also, gun owners are encouraged to tell their stories of safe gun handling and ownership with this hashtag: #GunOwnersCare.
Learn more about Gun Owners Care here.