BANGOR - The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) made an appearance in the Bangor area Sunday promoting it's 'Project ChildSafe', a firearm safety program.
Proper storage and protection of firearms is what drew a crowd to the Bangor mall Sunday, with child safety a primary issue.
"The goal is to get child safety locks in the hands of existing firearms owners who may not have gotten them with the original equipment being shipped from the factory today," Steve Sanetti, President and CEO of National Shooting Sports Foundation, explains.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association of the firearms industry, presented it's Project ChildSafe program to locals.
The message is quite simple.
"You have to own it, respect it, secure it. 'Secure it' means with safe, locks, storage. Storage means separate from the ammunition. Keep it locked up away from children, where mentally disturbed individuals can't get it, and burglars can't steal your property," Sanetti says.
Since 2003, 36-million firearm safety kits have been distributed, free of charge, to gun owners across the country... a number that the foundation hopes to increase.
"If you own a gun you have to be responsible for it, because it can be deadly in the wrong hands, especially a child's," Officer Jason McAmbley, of the Bangor Police Department, says.
Those who attended received a free lock in addition to a bag once the commitment to practice firearm safety was signed.
The lock itself was demonstrated on two hand guns, though it can work on several other weapons as well.
"Revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, bold action rifles, that work on AR platforms, things like that. These locks will do a fine job at making it very difficult to load and fire," Officer McAmbley explains.
Fatal firearm accidents have dropped 22% over the past two decades, now constituting less than one-percent of all fatal accidents in the U.S.A.
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