Improving home gun safety with Project Childsafe

With all of the animosity aimed at gun violence, this could be a good way to get involved in your local community through education, fundraising, and safety kit distribution

In a previous column as part of our SHOT Show coverage, I wrote about the growing number of children who are dying from guns. I wanted to continue on that topic by introducing you to Project Childsafe.

This nonprofit charitable organization is committed to promoting firearms safety among firearms owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits. The kits include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure (also available in Spanish) that discusses safe handling and secure storage guidelines to help deter access by unauthorized individuals.

While there has been a 31 percent decrease in fatal firearms accidents from 2009-2012, Project Childsafe wants to do more. One of their key programs revolves around getting law enforcement involved to distribute kits in their communities either directly or by partnering with individuals, community groups, and businesses. Over 1,000 requests come in per day, and only 30 percent of them can be honored due to lack of funding.

With all of the animosity aimed at gun violence, this could be a good way to get involved in your local community through education, fundraising, and safety kit distribution.

About the author

Ron LaPedis has been a business continuity and security professional for over 25 years and founded Seacliff Partners International, LLC in 2009. Seacliff melds technical expertise and business sense to consult on business continuity, cybersecurity, physical security, and public safety topics.

Ron is an NRA Life Patron member, NRA-certified Range Safety Officer (RSO) and pistol instructor, member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and is licensed to carry in the state of California and dozens of other states. He is a Master Business Continuity Professional, an Associate Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute, a Fellow of the Ponemon Institute, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

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