Police Department, Cass County 4-H Shooting Sports Club encourage firearm owners to ‘Own it? Respect It. Secure It.’

The Beardstown Police Department and the Cass County 4-H Shooting Sports Club announced on July 12, its involvement in the Own It? Respect It. Secure It. (ORS) Initiative to help raise the public’s consciousness on the issue of firearm safety and responsibility through the core message: “Store Your Firearms Responsibly.”
To generate awareness around this important message, the club enlisted the help of the Beardstown Police Department to acquire firearm safety kits from the National Shooting Sports Foundation through the ORS Initiative. The kits were distributed to the club members and their parents and are also available at the Beardstown Police Department for anyone that is interested.
“Through the ORS Initiative, we want to reach as many people as possible with this message to encourage safe and responsible firearm storage,” said Chief Roy Hurst.

“Our goal is to make proper firearm storage as second nature as keeping medicine in child-resistant containers. And with the ORS Initiative, we can have a positive impact in helping to prevent accidents and unauthorized use of firearms.”
The ORS Initiative, created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, is built on the firearm industry’s commitment to safety and has been developed to give industry members an ongoing platform to promote and encourage firearm safety and storage. It also serves to enhance and amplify the messages of ongoing safety and education campaigns such as Project ChildSafe, which has distributed more than 36 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners through partnerships with law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and five U.S. territories.
“Storing your firearms responsibly is a simple but vitally important message, and we are pleased to have the Beardstown Police Department and the Cass County 4-H Shooting Sports Club’s support for this Initiative,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF president and CEO.
“Together with all our industry partners we can be powerful messengers in encouraging firearm owners to respect their firearm and store it responsibly when not in use.”
For more information on the ORS Initiative, please log on to: www.NSSF.org/ORS