Ducks Unlimited Partners with Project ChildSafe

Project ChildSafe
Project ChildSafe has provided more than 36 million free gun locks across the nation.

Ducks Unlimited (DU) has teamed up with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) as an  organizational supporter of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program to help further promote the importance of firearms safety in the sporting community.

“We have a common goal to promote firearm safety and educate the hunting community – both the current and next generation – on their role in ensuring safe and responsible enjoyment of the shooting sports,” said Steve Sanetti, president and CEO of NSSF. “We’re thrilled to have Ducks Unlimited working with us in this important effort.”

NSSF Launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was known as Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide program to provide firearm safety education to gun owners and their families. Through its partnerships with more than 15,000 local law enforcement agencies across the United States, Project ChildSafe has distributed more than 36 million free firearm safety kits,including a free cable-style gun lock, to communities in all 50 states and five U.S. territories.

Since its founding, DU has been committed to upholding the highest standards of gun safety, hunting ethics and responsible firearm ownership and use. The organization’s Youth and Education programs work regularly to provide firearm safety education to kids 12 and under, in high school and in college.

“Responsible firearms ownership falls first on the parents and mentors of these young hunters and firearms enthusiasts,” said Dale Hall, DU CEO. “By joining forces with Project ChildSafe, we hope to continue to promote safe firearms education to not only the younger generations, but to all gun owners.”

Through this cooperative effort, DU will promote Project ChildSafe’s safety initiative, “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” to DU members and their families.

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Richard Simms is a professional journalist and fishing guide in Chattanooga. (See He is also a former wildlife officer for TWRA, a book author and a self-proclaimed "River Rat" with a sincere desire for spreading the message about our bountiful natural resources and the people charged with using, or protecting them.


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