Project ChildSafe and NSSF are emphasizing gun safety as a critical part of home safety as National Safety Month kicks off and as the nationwide surge in firearm sales continues and includes millions of first-time buyers.

“With the start of June and National Safety Month, now is a good time to remind existing and new gun owners of the importance of securely storing firearms when not in use,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF’s President and CEO. “Particularly with children continuing to be at home and many parents returning to work as states open back up, it’s important we all take steps to practice firearm safety as part of our broader home safety efforts.”

Project ChildSafe recently launched a social media campaign with reminders on general home safety tips, including storing firearms responsibly when not in use, with links to resources on how to do so.

“As gun owners, we want to help minimize demand on health care workers and first responders by emphasizing home safety and firearm safety in particular so, together, we can help prevent accidents,” Bartozzi said.

There is also a new section on the Project ChildSafe website for new gun owners along with a resource library of videos, infographics, tip sheets, quizzes, and other material gun owners can use, discuss with their families and share on their own social media pages, blogs and websites.

“As gun owners, we all have a responsibility to learn how to use and secure firearms responsibly,” Bartozzi said. “A big part of that responsibility also involves passing that knowledge on to others. It’s the best thing we can do to protect the people we love.”

Photo courtesy Project ChildSafe