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Project Childsafe is excited to announce the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) have released a new video series, “Many Paths to Firearm Safety,” to help new and potential gun owners understand their responsibilities if they decide to keep firearms in the home.

https://projectchildsafe.org/educationalvideos

McGruff® Gun Safety for Children

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® and the National Crime Prevention Council Release Two New ‘McGruff® Gun Safety’ Videos for Young Children

Firearm Safety in Vehicles

Firearm Safety in Vehicles

STORING FIREARMS IN VEHICLES TO PREVENT THEFT AND MISUSE

(published by Project Child Safe)

We travel with our firearms all the time, taking them to the range, on hunting trips or carrying them on our person, as permitted by law. As a result, there will be times when you might have to leave your firearm in your vehicle.

This creates a situation that deserves careful consideration—the last thing you want is to have your gun stolen and potentially misused by a criminal. In some states, you could even be subject under the law to serious penalties and fines for failure to properly secure a firearm.

Unfortunately, thefts of firearms from vehicles are on the rise. Thieves commonly steal cars and trucks even when they don’t obviously contain firearms—a reminder that vehicle door locks are not totally secure.

As a responsible gun owner concerned about your firearms falling into the wrong hands, it’s best to always remember this rule: Your firearm must be under your control at all times; when it’s not, it should be placed in locked storage and out of sight. Locking the doors on your vehicle does not constitute secure firearm storage. As one writer put it: “Cars and trucks aren’t safes. And they’re not holsters. They’re not storage containers.”

The glove compartment or console of your car or truck, even if lockable, should not be considered a secure storage device either, as it can be pried open too easily.

If you need to leave your firearm in a vehicle, here are some important safety considerations to keep in mind to help prevent theft and unauthorized access.

Take note of and safely control the muzzle direction of firearms in vehicles. This is one of the main rules of gun safety and applies to the inside of vehicles as well as any other location.

• When finished using your firearm outside your vehicle, unload it before you re-enter your vehicle.

• Even after a long hunt or a day in the sun at the range, always check, and then double check, that guns are unloaded before placing them in a car or truck.

• Be very careful if you must unload a firearm in the confined space of a vehicle so as not to have an accidental discharge. If your location allows, it is safer and easier to unload the firearm outside the vehicle.

• Never leave firearms in an area of the vehicle where they are accessible to children or pets.

• Use secure temporary storage for firearms in vehicles.

• A lockable gun case or a lock box may be the most practical choice to securely store a gun in a vehicle. These come in a range of prices and models.

• If you’re concerned about quick access to your firearm, many types of lockable safes allow for extremely fast access of your gun while at the same time helping to prevent unauthorized access.

• Secure the lock box to the vehicle, if possible. Some companies make custom concealed compartments for specific model vehicles.

• Keep firearms and ammunition out of sight to avoid tempting thieves.

Visit ProjectChildSafe.org and NSSF.org/Safety

for additional firearms safety information.

 

GAO REPORT SUPPORTS PROJECT CHILDSAFE® EFFECTIVENES

REPOST FROM NSSF NEWSLETTER – October 30, 2017 | Vol. 18 No. 43

GAO REPORT SUPPORTS PROJECT CHILDSAFE® EFFECTIVENESS … Government Accountability Office (GAO) report confirms distribution of free gun locks helps increase use of safe storage practices. Read more on how the work of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe in distributing 37 million safety kits with gun locks across the country is making an impact.

NSSF RELEASES NEW RANGE SAFETY & ETIQUETTE VIDEO

Original Post found at: NSSF

NSSF Makes New Range Safety and Etiquette Video Available to Industry, Public

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of an all-new “Introduction to Range Safety and Etiquette” video. Designed to provide guidance for firearms use on shooting ranges both indoors and outdoors, the video is available to both industry members and the general public through the Vimeo streaming site and on nssf.org.

The new video replaces an older, dated version on the subject and is set against the backdrop of a brightly lit, modern and well-appointed shooting range. The female moderator articulates the basic rules of gun safety, especially as they apply to use on an indoor firearms range, before covering an array of range etiquette topics such as range officer commands, how to uncase your firearm on the range when you first arrive and what to do if a firearm is accidentally dropped on the range. There are also safety tips specific to handling either semi-automatic handguns or revolvers.

“More than ever, NSSF is focused on helping our industry better engage their customers. Paramount to that is ensuring all shooters have a pleasant and safe experience every time they head to the range for a practice session,” explained Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Shooting Range Services. “This is particularly important for those coming to firearms ownership and the shooting sports for the first time, and this video will go far to making that first time on the range safe and fun for everyone.”

NSSF encourages its range members to download this video now and make it available to their customers, either through a monitor streaming the video or as required viewing for newcomers. Gun clubs and firearms and hunter safety instructors are encouraged to use it in the same manner, and store-front FFLs are urged to include the video as part of their safety curriculums and first-time firearms purchaser education programs. For more information in NSSF’s many firearms safety and shooting programs, visit www.nssf.org.

 

THE SUCCESS OF SAFE STORAGE PROGRAMS, BY THE NUMBERS

Original Post found at: NSSF

By Steve Sanetti

Programs promoting safe firearm storage practices work. There is no other way to explain the fact that with over 380 million firearms in the U.S. today, accidents with firearms have dropped to historical lows.

According to NSSF’s latest Industry Intelligence Report, unintentional firearms fatalities are down 60 percent over the last two decades. Among children, that figure drops by 74 percent, while the population of youth 14 years of age and under increased 4.7 percent.

A recent industry survey of gun owners found that safe storage devices are widely used, with over 80 percent reporting use of a gun safe. Nearly all of those surveyed said that firearm safety is “extremely important” to them.

What firearm secure storage method(s) do you use?

Taking Initiative

The firearms and ammunition industry understands that even with broad adoption of safe storage practices and the voluntary inclusion of a free locking device with new firearms sold since 1998, the need for constant education continues.

That’s why NSSF continues to promote best practices through initiatives such as Project ChildSafe. In addition to the key educational components of Project ChildSafe, through the program more than 37 million gun locks have been distributed – free of charge – to more than 15,000 communities in every state and U.S. territory. It’s no surprise that this program is so indisputably successful that even the Obama Administration’s Justice Department awarded the NSSF a grant to help expand the industry’s efforts.

NSSF and our members are proud to have contributed to declines in firearms accidents and remain committed to further reducing incidents of unauthorized access to firearms.

Unintentional Firearms Fatalities Fall 17 Percent

Good news on the topic of fatal firearms accidents. The National Safety Council’s “Injury Facts—2017 Edition” shows that the number of fatal firearms accidents dropped 17 percent from 2014 to 2015 to 489, the lowest total since record-keeping began in 1903. That’s about three-tenths of 1 percent of the 146,571 total accidental deaths from all other listed causes, which are up 8 percent from 2014 to 2015. It should be noted that the decrease, which was the largest percentage decline of any category, came in a year that saw record firearms sales to many millions of Americans.

“This latest release from the National Safety Council shows that the vast majority of the 100 million American firearms owners meet the serious responsibilities which come with firearms ownership,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They store their firearms safely and securely when not in use, and follow the basic rules of firearms safety when handling them.

“The many firearms safety educational programs sponsored by the firearms industry and firearms safety instructors nationwide, such as the NSSF’s Project ChildSafe, are also part of the reason for this ever-downward trend in firearms accidents,” Sanetti added. “We will continue to work with organizations interested in genuine firearms safety to help reduce the number of firearms accidents even further in the days and years ahead.”

Safety in Arms

Originally published in The Progress News by Erin Golden • 

Originally posted here

Gun ownership is among the biggest topics of this election season, heating up emotions and arguments on all sides of the issue.

But no matter where you stand on the topic, there’s one thing nearly everyone can agree on: It’s crucial to store and secure a gun safely, particularly if children are around.

“The most important responsibility of a gun owner is to keep your gun from falling into the wrong hands,” says Bill Brassard, senior director of communications for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “There is no excuse for not securing the firearm when it is not in use.”

Brassard’s organization, a firearms industry trade group, runs a safety campaign called Project ChildSafe. He says it’s important for all gun owners—regardless of whether a child is in the home or not—to think about strong safety measures, because theft or misuse by an adult can also be a problem.

LOCK IT UP

Storage options can range from a cable lock, where a cable runs through the barrel of the gun and requires a key to be unlocked and used, to a full-size gun safe. There are also smaller and cheaper gun boxes and gun safes that require a key or code to be opened—and some that are designed for quicker access. Those options can range in price from $10 or $20 to more than $300.

The most expensive—and most secure—option is a full-sized gun safe. Some now come with biometric technology, which allows the safe to only open for specific people based on a fingerprint scan. High-tech safes can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Brassard says people who opt for a lock or portable safe with keys need to be careful about where they store those keys. And the same goes for the guns themselves, which he said should always be secured before they are tucked away.

“Hiding a gun is not safe storage—that doesn’t fit the safe-storage parameters that gun owners should follow,” he says. “Children are curious and they might find a gun in the home that you think is safely hidden.”

TALK TO YOUR KIDS

In addition to keeping guns in a safe, secure location, Brassard said it’s important to talk to kids about what to do if they find a gun—and then remind them, again and again.

For younger children, he says, the message should be never to touch a gun—and to leave the area if they find one. For older kids, there might be a similar lesson, though with more nuance. Brassard says at an older age, children might have more questions about when guns could be used or how they could get involved in hunting education classes.

And, according to Brassard, those talks are important even in households that don’t own or use firearms, because children could come across a gun while in the home of a friend or relative.

“We encourage parents to have that conversation on a regular basis,” he says. “It’s not a one-time conversation.”

Gun locks are synonymous with safety

Originally produced by Wisconsin State Journal editorial • 

Original Article

A couple of simple gun locks could have prevented the shooting death of Weston School District principal John Klang a decade ago this week.

That’s why the State Journal editorial board launched a gun-lock giveaway after a student shot and killed Klang on Sept. 29, 2006, at the rural school near Cazenovia, about 70 miles northwest of Madison.

Neither the shotgun nor the handgun the 15-year-old shooter took from his father’s house and brought to Weston High School were equipped with steel-cable locks or other devices that prevent guns from being loaded or fired.

The State Journal’s campaign back then resulted in nearly 8,000 gun locks being distributed for free at hospitals across south-central Wisconsin. That means thousands of guns in Wisconsin are more secure today, helping to deter accidental and criminal violence.

But too many gun owners still store their firearms dangerously. Fewer than half of parents with guns in their homes, for example, keep their weapons locked and unloaded, according to the Harvard Injury Control Resource Center. Though a lot of parents hide their guns, a survey found that 70 percent of children with guns in their homes reported knowing where the weapons are, and half of those kids said they had handled the guns.

Most handguns are sold with gun locks. Yet many owners disregard or lose the devices. A sturdy gun lock costs as little as $10. And many police departments — including district stations in Madison — distribute them for free.

So there’s no excuse for not using one. Responsible gun owners should have gun locks on all of their firearms.

Some gun enthusiasts contend a lock defeats the purpose of a weapon. They want to be able to quickly pull their gun from a drawer and potentially use it to impede an intruder.

But disabling a gun lock should take just seconds for an experienced owner, and the technology of locks is constantly improving.

Ten years ago at Weston High School, a freshman brought two guns to school. The teenager’s father had stored them in his bedroom and in a cabinet, which the student pried open with a screwdriver.

At a minimum, steel-cable locks on those guns would have slowed the student, forcing him to think longer about what he was doing. The locks also could have stopped the guns from being loaded and fired.

A school janitor wrestled away the shotgun from the student. Klang then tackled the teenager, knocking the handgun away — but not before being mortally wounded by gunfire.

Weston students, staff and community membersremembered Klang on Thursday during a ceremony at the school. Klang made education fun and believed in all of his students, many of whom he protected with his life.

The anniversary of Klang’s death should prompt every gun owner in Wisconsin to ensure his or her firearms are locked and secure.

Primary reasons to Use Gun Locks

Toddlers in the U.S. average one shooting per week this year

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY YAHOO NEWS

Washington Post: 43 cases of shootings involve children 3 and younger in 2015

Dylan Stableford

Yahoo News

There have been at least 209 unintentional shootings involving children ages 17 and younger in the United States this year, according to Everytown, the gun safety advocacy group dedicated to reducing gun violence in America.

And according to the Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham — who did his own analysis of news reports of such shootings — there have been at least 43 cases of shootings involving toddlers ages 3 and younger in 2015, or roughly one per week.

And in 31 of them, the Post reports, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself, with 13 of those self-inflicted gunshot wounds proving fatal.

The most recent fatal toddler shooting appears to have occurred in August, when police say a 21-month-old toddler in the St. Louis area found a handgun at his grandmother’s house and accidentally shot himself in the torso. The child was taken by his mother to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A week earlier, police in Alabama said a 2-year-old accidentally shot his father in the head and killed him after the boy’s mother had left work. She returned home and discovered her husband dead in their Hoover, Ala., apartment.

“‘Horrible tragedy’ is as close as I can come to putting words to it,” Hoover Police Capt. Gregg Rector told the Washington Post. “You think you’ve seen everything in this line of work and then something like this happens.”

But cases like it are not uncommon, the Post found. There were at least 12 cases in which a toddler shot someone else this year, the Post found, including two that resulted in death. In April, police in Cleveland said a 3-year-old boy shot his 1-year-old brother in the head and killed him.

The vast majority of toddler shootings this year involved boys, according to the Post’s report.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 33,169 total shooting deaths in the United States, including 505 determined to be unintentional.

Last month, the CDC said that there was no nationwide data “regarding the age of the person who pulls the trigger in an unintentional shooting.” Everytown, though, counted 100 unintentional gun deaths of children 14 and under, 61 percent more than reflected by CDC data.

The common denominator in most of these accidental shooting cases is that guns are left unsecured by parents or guardians. According to Everytown, more than 2 million American children “live in homes with guns that are not stored safely and securely. According to the group’s 2014 report “Innocents Lost: A Year of Unintentional Child Gun Deaths“:

About two-thirds of these unintended deaths — 65 percent — took place in a home or vehicle that belonged to the victim’s family, most often with guns that were legally owned but not secured.

More than two-thirds of these tragedies could be avoided if gun owners stored their guns responsibly and prevented children from accessing them. Of the child shooting deaths in which there was sufficient information available to make the determination, 70 percent (62 of 89 cases) could have been prevented if the firearm had been stored locked and unloaded. By contrast, incidents in which an authorized user mishandled a gun — such as target practice or hunting accidents — constituted less than thirty percent of the incidents.

Not depressing enough? The Post’s report on toddler shootings includes a few sad caveats,according to Ingraham:

These numbers are probably an undercount. There are likely instances of toddlers shooting people that result in minor injuries and no media coverage. And there are probably many more cases where a little kid inadvertently shoots a gun and doesn’t hit anyone, resulting in little more than a scared kid and (hopefully) chastened parents.

Notably, these numbers don’t include cases where toddlers are shot, intentionally or otherwise, by older children or adults. Dozens of preschoolers are killed in acts of homicide each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But I haven’t included those figures here.

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