NSSF Partners With Oklahoma City To Launch Project ChildSafe Communities
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin speaks at an introductory press conference for Project
ChildSafe Communities. This yearlong effort is supported by NSSF through a two-year
$2.4 million grant — awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s BJA in 2015.
NSSF, along with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma City leaders and law enforcement officials, launched Project ChildSafe Communities in Oklahoma’s State Capitol — kicking off a national initiative designed to encourage responsible firearm ownership with an emphasis on secure firearm storage. The launch marked the first event in the U.S. under this initiative, a yearlong, community-led effort “Aiming for Zero” firearm accidents.
“Like many of my fellow Oklahomans, I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and of the right to own guns. Every member of my immediate family has a conceal carry permit. So I know the great responsibility that comes with owning a gun, and that includes responsible firearm safety,” said Governor Fallin. “I look forward to working together to practice and promote firearm safety throughout our state to protect our children from firearm accidents.”
Project ChildSafe Communities is supported by NSSF through a two-year $2.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). BJA awarded this grant to help promote additional firearm safety efforts on a national level by creating Project ChildSafe Communities in key cities around the country.
In Oklahoma City, the initiative will provide local L.E. agencies with thousands of gunlocks to distribute at public events and at their office locations, complemented by a library of educational resources and information. Additionally, community-wide messaging will appear on social media, in an upcoming PSA on TV and radio and on billboards around the region.
“By making the safety kits and educational resources available, we’ll help promote responsible gun ownership to members of our community … [to] help keep guns safely stored away from children, at-risk individuals and criminals,” said Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty.
The initiative has also partnered with several local organizations representing conservation groups, mental health and suicide prevention advocates, veterans, retailers and hunting and shooting groups to help share messages and information about responsible firearm storage.
“Oklahoma City represents the first Project ChildSafe Community effort under the new initiative and, based on the tremendous local support we’ve seen already, it will serve as a model for similar firearm safety efforts around the nation,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.
Through partnerships with more than 15,000 local law enforcement agencies and more than 3,400 organizational supporters, Project ChildSafe has helped educate firearm owners on the importance of gun safety, while distributing more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to communities in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Hogue Celebrates 50th Year In Business
Hogue Inc. is about to turn 50. In 1968, Guy Hogue created his first handmade wooden handgun grip in his garage.
The Hogue legacy has since passed to sons Aaron and Patrick, grandson Neil and Hogue Tool and Machine president Jim Bruhns.
The company has expanded its product line over the years to include knives, stocks, holsters, gear and tactical components. All Hogue products are still manufactured in family-owned and operated facilities, under the direct supervision of the Hogue family.
Hogue still encourages its customers to purchase Hogue products from local dealers.
SENTRY Products Group Forms, Opens Facility
Mike Noell, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and founder/CEO of BLACKHAWK! has partnered with his executive team — Terry Naughton, Scott Ferros and Eric Yeates — to form SENTRY Products Group. Since Sept. 2015, the group has acquired three industry brands: Scopecoat, Slideboot and Sentry Solutions.
“Each of the acquisitions operated in a very defined space, and we knew we needed to develop the master brand to house and expand product lines as we had done in the past at BLACKHAWK!” Noell said.
SENTRY has also opened a reconfigured production facility in Boise, Idaho, which formerly housed Michaels of Oregon (Uncle Mike’s). The facility will support U.S. manufacturing, global sourcing and distribution of SENTRY’s growing portfolio of products. The company is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va.
“The investment in this facility supports the new product line additions, and will allow for a full complement of production staff,” said Terry Naughton, president of SENTRY.
“We wanted to start with the products our distribution and OEM partners requested first. These products link us back to previous developments with updated materials and manufacturing technologies. We are having a blast working together again. Additional products and category offerings will follow,” said Eric Yeates, VP of product development at SENTRY.
Sid Gray has joined SENTRY’s executive team as VP of manufacturing operations. Gray previously served in engineer and management roles at both BLACKHAWK! and Michaels of Oregon.