NASGW Becomes First
Silver Sponsor of Project ChildSafe
$30,000 Contribution Marks a Historic Advancement in NSSF’s Firearm Safety Program
NEWTOWN, Conn., and NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), representing firearms wholesalers, manufacturers, independent sales reps, and media in the hunting, fishing and shooting sports industry, has become the first Silver Sponsor of Project ChildSafe.
“We’re honored to support this vital program, which has distributed millions of free firearm safety kits across the country and worked tirelessly to educate gun owners on the importance of storing firearms responsibly,” said NASGW President Maurice Desmarais.
Project ChildSafe is an initiative of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which launched the program in 1999 as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. The centerpiece of the program is its free firearm safety kits, which include a cable style gun lock.
When federal funding for the program ended in 2008, NSSF member companies continued to fund the program directly. In the past year, however, demand for the kits and program resources has more than quadrupled. To help meet that demand, NSSF opened sponsorship opportunities for the first time in Project ChildSafe’s history. With its contribution of $30,000, NASGW is the program’s first organizational sponsor.
“NASGW’s generous donation will help Project ChildSafe grow and continue to spread the message of “Own it? Respect It. Secure it.” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF’s president and CEO. “We’re honored that they have recognized the value of this program and want to be a part of it. Proper firearm storage is the number one way to help prevent accidents, and we welcome all the support we can get in that effort.”
More information on Project ChildSafe sponsorship opportunities can be found on the Project ChildSafe website.
About Project ChildSafe
NSSF, the trade association of the firearms industry, 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. Since 1999, the program has provided more than 36 million free firearm safety kits that include a gun lock to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included, and continue to include, with new firearms sold since 1998. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers is a 501 ©(6) trade association comprised of national and international wholesale distributors, manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, media and service providers in the hunting, fishing and shooting sports industries. More information can be found at nasgw.org.
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, visit nssf.org.