Materials for the Wisconsin Gun Shop Project And Safe Storage Program 

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What is safe firearm storage? Firearm safety is not only about the handling of a firearm, but that responsibility also extends to secure storage. Safe storage consists of keeping firearms locked and unloaded, and separating firearms and ammunition when not in use. It also involves making sure household members understand the safety guidelines concerning firearms. This is from the: Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business: A Toolkit for Safe Firearm Storage in Your Community (VA, NSSF & AFSP.)

Wisconsin Gun Shop Project And Safe Storage Program To Prevent Suicide Materials

Program developed by Safe Communities Madison-Dane County Wisconsin and promoted by the Captain John D. Mason Veteran Peer Outreach Program:

Additional Resources Provided

  • PREVENTION Checklist for Retailers and their staff


Gun Shop Projects throughout the United States

the following is found at:

The following states have created safe storage maps for the public:


In summer 2019, the Colorado School of Public Health, Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER), the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition developed the first of its kind state gun storage map to share with community members the businesses and law enforcement agencies in Colorado that are willing to consider requests for temporary, voluntary gun storage.


In spring 2020, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health created a Maryland safe storage map to share the businesses and law enforcement agencies in Maryland that are willing to consider requests for temporary, voluntary gun storage.

New York

In winter 2020, the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County created an interactive map of firearm storage locations, to share where gun owners can voluntarily and safely store their guns within the county. They also created an accompanying video to share how to use the map and why this tool is important for suicide prevention.


In February 2020, the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program (FIPRP) at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, University of Washington created their own safe storage map to share the businesses and law enforcement agencies in Washington that are willing to consider requests for temporary, voluntary gun storage.







For Veterans: VA releases safe firearm storage toolkit in suicide prevention effort

VA has released the Safe Firearm Storage Toolkit, which was developed in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry. The toolkit guides communities through the process of building coalitions to raise awareness about safe storage practices.

VA Toolkit for Safe Firearm Storage

For Ranges and Retailers: Safe Gun Storage Materials at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)

We can provide you one of these kits or you can order your own below.

By participating in the AFSP-NSSF Suicide Prevention Program, you will be connected to a nationwide effort developed by AFSP called Project 2025, which seeks to reduce the annual U.S. suicide rate by 20 percent by the year 2025. It is an effort that NSSF fully supports. We encourage that your staff read the Welcome Letter and view several short videos providing an introduction to this program. 

Check out the NSSF toolkit website!

After a Suicide For Ranges and Retailers

Suicide at ranges or where guns are sold is a rare but devastating event. The AFSP-NSSF Suicide Prevention Program Toolkit includes an After a Suicide booklet developed to help prepare you and your staff to handle immediate concerns following a suicide, as well as look ahead to help those who have been affected. Additional materials in the toolkit will help educate staff and customers about risk factors and warning signs related to suicide and how to help someone who is going through a difficult time.

After a Suicide Booklet

NSSF: Own It? Respect It. Secure it.® Initiative toolkit.

This initiative, created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, is built on the firearm industry’s long-standing 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 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners through partnerships with law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and five U.S. territories.

NSSF toolkit:  Own it? Respect it. Secure it®