For immediate release | February 3, 2020
Free gun locks, safety resources donated to mayor’s gun safety initiative
NEWTOWN, Conn. — Project ChildSafe®, the firearms safety program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), has provided 1,000 firearm safety kits and educational materials to assist Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s new firearms safety initiative. The effort, which launched Feb. 1, focuses on promoting firearms safety throughout the Denver area.
Central to the effort are the free Project ChildSafe firearm safety kits, which include a gun lock, provided by NSSF as part of its national Project ChildSafe program. Locks and educational materials will be available from the Denver Police Department and other locations throughout the city.
“We’re thrilled to support this effort because safely and securely storing firearms when not in use works – it’s a real solution to help keep communities safer,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF’s CEO and President. “In recent years, fatal firearms accidents have dropped to historic lows. That’s a trend we’d like to see continue; that starts with a community-shared responsibility and emphasis on education and safety training, helping to prevent accidents, theft and suicide.”
In addition to the gun locks, Project ChildSafe also provides a library of resources on a number of gun safety topics, including secure storage options, safe storage and suicide prevention and how to have “the talk” about firearms safety with children. The program’s website has many other gun safety resources available for various audiences with different needs and uses.
Last year, NSSF’s Project ChildSafe marked its 20th anniversary of promoting firearms safety nationwide. For more than two decades, NSSF has partnered with law enforcement and other organizations in all 50 states to distribute more than 38 million free firearm safety kits, including gun locks.
For more information, please visit ProjectChildSafe.org.
*Photo Caption: NSSF President and CEO Joe Bartozzi (second from right) with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (holding Project ChildSafe gun lock), and NSSF Senior Director of Communications Bill Brassard (left) and Denver Executive Director of Public Safety Murphy Robinson.
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 thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.