This hunting season the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is joining with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to remind hunters that safety remains at the core of America’s hunting traditions.
“This is a time of year when a lot of firearms are in use and in transport,” said Walter Lane, hunter development program manager with the Wildlife Resources Division. “We want everyone who enjoys hunting opportunities in Georgia to know that resources are available to provide education and information about how to be safe with their firearms in the field, on the range, at home and everywhere in between.”
NSSF’s campaign, “The Hunt isn’t Over Until You Are S.A.F.E.” is part of the Project ChildSafe program, which NSSF launched in 1998. S.A.F.E. is an acronym for Secure your firearms when not in use; Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to firearms; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage. Project ChildSafe emphasizes safely securing firearms when they are not in use as the #1 way to prevent firearm incidents.
To complement Georgia’s hunter safety programs, NSSF has made several resources available, which can be found at www.projectchildsafe.com. These include:
- Tips and guidelines on safe firearm handling
- An infographic with guidelines on a variety of firearm storage options
- Information on where to get a free firearm safety kit including a cable-style gun lock
And coming soon:
- A new interactive list of safe hunting tips and Hunter’s Safety Quiz
- A Hunting Checklist for Families
“We’re very thankful to have the Wildlife Resources Division’s help in getting this information out to hunters—we want to help everyone hunt responsibly, return home safe and securely store their unloaded firearms,” said NSSF CEO Steve Sanetti. “The more we can get this information in the hands of hunters and others in the shooting sports community, and the more that gun owners can do to share these messages with others, the more we can help prevent firearm accidents.”
For more information on safe hunting in Georgia, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/HunterSafetyTips.
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