Biggest Month in Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program History

I enjoy volunteering time to teach gun and hunting safety. I’ve written and spoken about the NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe program many times. That’s why I’m excited to share this great news with you!

July 2018 Marks Biggest Month in Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program History

MAC WordPress Feature (7)FAIRFAX, Va. – The NRA Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program reached another milestone in its 30th anniversary year, as the program fulfilled more requests for Eddie Eagle program materials in the month of July 2018 than any other month in program history.

The NRA provided more than 250,000 Eddie Eagle student workbooks throughout July primarily to law enforcement agencies throughout the nation, many of whom will use the materials to teach firearm accident prevention during community events, such as the National Night Out ™ this summer.

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In the program’s three decades of outreach, more than 30 million children across the United States have learned NRA’s simple, effective firearm accident prevention principles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional firearm fatalities among children of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program’s targeted age group have declined almost 80 percent since the program’s debut.

Created in 1988 by NRA Past President Marion P. Hammer, the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program is a gun accident prevention program developed by a task force made up of educators, school administrators, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, clinical psychologists, law enforcement officials and National Rifle Association firearm safety experts. The program was founded with one mission: to teach children four simple, easy to remember steps so they know what to do if they ever come across a gun — STOP! Don’t Touch. Run Away. Tell a Grownup.

Impacting approximately a million children a year, the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has been utilized by more than 28,000 schools, law enforcement agencies, and civic groups. The governors of 26 states have signed resolutions recommending that the program be used in their school systems and the legislatures of 25 states passed resolutions recommending the use of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program.

Funds raised through Friends of NRA and distributed through The NRA Foundation enable schools and police departments to teach the program at minimal or no cost. The NRA encourages citizens nationwide to participate in heightening gun accident prevention awareness within their local communities. School administrators and faculty, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, and others interested in more information about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program should contact the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program by email at eddie@nrahq.org or call (800) 231-0752. Parents can visit http://www.eddieeagle.com to begin learning today!

About the National Rifle Association

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Nearly six million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit http://www.nra.org.


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Keeping Firearms and Protecting Children [Video]

Teaching kids firearms safety at the range.LG and I are happy to hear more gun owners are protecting their kids. Banishment isn’t the answer but education is. Thank you to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), firearms retailers, sporting clubs and conservation organizations for providing necessary safety equipment and education.

Mia & LG are supporters of the promotion of safe gun-handling. Before you strike out in fear, educate yourself.

Project ChildSafe Gains 500 Supporter Organizations

Firearm industry program distributes free safety kits
in 47 states since January

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced today that more than 500 retailers, sporting clubs and conservation organizations have signed on to support its Project ChildSafe program and promote the message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” to help prevent firearm accidents.

“Reaching 500 supporter organizations for Project ChildSafe speaks to how the shooting sports community understands the importance of safe firearm storage,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF president and CEO. “This broad spectrum of support amplifies our industry’s safety message and lets people know there are resources available to help firearm owners take action – right now – to help prevent firearm accidents.”

The program began recruiting supporter organizations last summer to expand the reach of its safety message nationwide. The Wild Sheep Foundation, a national organization dedicated to enhancing wild sheep populations, promoting professional wildlife management and providing public education on hunting’s role in conservation, became the program’s 500th supporter this week. It joined a host of local and national organizations including USA Shooting, the Mule Deer Foundation, Law Enforcement United, National Association of Sporting Good Wholesalers, US First Responders and USA YESS, among others.

“As an organization dedicated to ethical hunting and safe shooting, we believe any discussion on the importance of gun safety and responsibility must include storing guns responsibly when they are not in use,” said Ryan Brock, Ph.D. and youth education coordinator for the Wild Sheep Foundation.  “Project ChildSafe is the nation’s leading program in getting that message out, and providing the means firearm owners can use to help prevent accidents.  We’re glad to be partnering with them.”

Together, Project ChildSafe and its supporting organizations are reaching out to the firearm-owning community to stress the importance of proper and responsible firearm storage.  Central to that program are the Project ChildSafe Firearm Safety Kits, which include a free cable-style gun lock.  NSSF, which launched Project ChildSafe in 1999, provides the safety kits and locks to more than 15,000 law enforcement partner agencies across the country at no charge.

Thanks in part to the work of Project ChildSafe supporters to promote the “Own It? Respect it. Secure It.” message on their websites, advertising, storefronts and in social media, demand for the safety kits has surged.  More than 53,000 safety kits have been shipped to local law enforcement agencies in 47 states nationwide since January, adding to the more than 36 million safety kits donated throughout the U.S. and in five territories since Project ChildSafe began.

“We’ve partnered with Project ChildSafe and NSSF to distribute locks and educational materials at several events in the past year. At each event, the response from the community has been tremendous, demonstrating that Project ChildSafe is the right approach to firearm safety,” said Joe Huggins, Hunter Education Coordinator with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. “Reaching this milestone shows that the vast majority of gun owners are committed to being safe and responsible. We look forward to continuing our work with Project ChildSafe to provide resources and tools to help them do that.”

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About NSSF
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 more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

About Project ChildSafe
NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. The program was originally supported by federal grants provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2008, when this funding was cut, the firearms manufacturing industry has solely funded the Project ChildSafe program through the members of NSSF.

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