The NSSF will use the DOJ grant to fund Project ChildSafe.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has announced that it has been awarded a two-year, $2.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

The funds will be used to provide firearm safety education and free gun locks through NSSF’s Project Childsafe program to communities throughout the country, according to a press release.

Project ChildSafe’s mission is to encourage responsible firearm storage and help reduce firearm accidents, theft, and misuse, the NSSF said.

“We thank the Department of Justice for its recognition of this important program,” Steve Sanetti, NSSF’s President and CEO said in the release. “We’ll work to build on previous efforts and further raise awareness of the simple precautions gun owners can take to store firearms securely when not in use.”

NSSF said it sees the grant award as a strong endorsement of the effectiveness of programs like Project ChildSafe, which has distributed more than 37 million free firearm safety kits, which contain a cable-style gun lock, across the country through law enforcement agencies since 1999, according to this post on

Thousands of hunting and conservation groups, firearms retailers, and law enforcement agencies already participate in Project ChildSafe and have helped the program expand.

“Programs like Project ChildSafe work because proper storage of firearms when not in use is the number one way to help prevent firearm accidents, misuse, and theft,” Sanetti said. “We’re honored to be recognized by the DOJ in our efforts to promote that message and going the extra step to make a means of safe storage redly available to gun owners.”