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Contact: BOB SCHWALM – (610) 730-6622
BETHLEHEM, Penn. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Bob Schwalm of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, as a “Local Champion” for his efforts to promote firearm safety in his community. The recognition comes as NSSF continues its third annual Project ChildSafe “S.A.F.E. Summer” campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.
Schwalm was selected for his work with the Pennsylvania Game Commission as a volunteer hunter safety course instructor. He also facilitates the Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship (JAKES) program for the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. JAKES is an outreach program designed to train youth in critical firearm safety skills and practical application through supervised range visits.
“For over 15 years, I have been an avid hunter and firearm safety instructor, so I am passionate about teaching young people about how to safely enjoy outdoor sports,” Schwalm said. “In every class I instruct, I am firm and uncompromising about safety standards. I enjoy sparking interest in outdoor sports like range shooting, hunting and archery, but I always reiterate throughout my classes that safety is rule number one.”
S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse.
"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage. The effort is focused on providing education and tools that helps gun owners take responsible action to keep their families and communities safer.
“Project ChildSafe’s mission is the same as my personal mission,” commented Schwalm. “I want to impart a respect and understanding of firearms in the young people I instruct, as well as a foundational knowledge of firearm safety. Project ChildSafe’s materials give me the chance to expose more people to firearm safety and security.”
“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Bob Schwalm,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”
NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners.
While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.