Project Childsafe: A Resource Every Gun-Owning Family Should Know


Project Childsafe: A Resource Every Gun-Owning Family Should Know

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is an industry-supported promotion and advocacy group based in Connecticut. They’ve made a sincere effort to be responsive to social and safety concerns surrounding gun ownership.

Among the organization’s projects toward that general cause is Project Childsafe, a multi-faceted program that aims to help gun-owning families navigate the sometimes difficult decisions regarding having both guns and youngsters in their households.

This is especially true as the gun community welcomes new members who have no immediate family or cultural connection to guns. A recent post by NSSF reports that 21 million gun-purchase background checks were performed in 2020. That’s a 20 percent increase over 2019, which was also a banner year.


NSSF analysis indicates that 40 percent of those purchases are first-time gun owners, or a stunning 8.4 million Americans owning guns for the first time. Of course, these figures do not represent additional private, yet legal, purchases that did not undergo a background check.

Non-traditional gun ownership burgeons within these numbers. Women represent 40 percent of gun purchases in 2020. The number of African Americans making purchases increased 56 percent compared to 2019. So the need for safety information among new gun owners, both with and without children, is a logical conclusion. NSSF has stepped up to the plate with a number of resources under its Project Childsafe banner. They include:

It is never the business of the government to dictate how and where a peaceful person or family should store their guns. The tips provided by NSSF can help people make good decisions that assist with home security while not drawing negative attention, thanks to incident prevention.

Ways to communicate about firearms with children and teens are also covered in the topics above, which beats no communication in terms of the safe inclusion of guns on the family scene. Check these out and share.


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Eve Flanigan is a defensive shooting and armed security practitioner/instructor who lives in the American Southwest. She is the author of "Ready to Defend: Tips for Living the Armed Lifestyle," and is a contributor to numerous gun-related blogs and print publications.

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