NEWTOWN, Conn., and LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF) named champion shooter and safety advocate Julie Golob the winner of its first-ever “Woman of the Gun Award” during the 2022 SHOT Show® in Las Vegas. The award recognizes Golob’s achievements and contributions to the shooting sports, as well as her work to promote the mission and message of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program.
“Julie is a mom, veteran, hunter and one of the most decorated handgun shooting champions in the world,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF’s President and CEO. “For more than a decade, she’s also been an invaluable partner to our Project ChildSafe program, giving of her time, her talents and her energy to promote firearm safety education.”
Julie’s career in competitive shooting started when she took top honors in several matches as a junior competitor, leading up to her recruitment by the U.S. Army Shooting Team. Since then, she earned more than 150 major championship titles, including more than 50 world and national titles, over the past 30 years. She is also the first woman in history to win U.S. Practical Shooting Association Championships in all seven handgun divisions.
Golob began working with NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program in 2013, lending her name and expertise to a host of firearm safety education efforts, including guests columns, social media campaigns, public appearances and videos—including a feature video on how to talk to kids about gun safety.
“I’m a huge advocate of passing on the tradition of safe and fun enjoyment of the shooting sports—they’re an indelible part of our heritage as a nation,” Golob said. “My whole family shares that heritage and all of us can take pride in the results of our collective work to promote gun safety and responsibility.”
NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 as a nationwide program to promote secure and responsible storage of firearms when they are not in use to help prevent accidents and thefts, and help play a part in suicide prevention. In that time Project ChildSafe has been recognized by the National Safety Council and the U.S. Department of Justice, among others, for its effectiveness in educating gun owners. Most importantly, over the past 20 years, fatal firearms accidents have dropped to historic lows.
More information is available at www.projectchildsafe.org.