P.O Box 41194 Eugene, OR 97404

FAQ’S

Our Answers to Your Questions

What age should a child learn gun safety?

We recommend that you start teaching gun safety as early as possible for your kids to comprehend. They should know what NOT to do if the they ever come across a unsecured firearm.

Can kids get into gun safes?

We have heard horror stories of this happening. We believe education will take the novelty away from your firearms through proper education will help prevent your kids from being so inquisitive.

Can a 12 year old shoot a 9mm?

It can be done. Proper supervision is very important. This is not an option that we offer. We strictly teach the kids with rimfires.

What is trigger discipline?

Trigger discipline is something that is taught to children to ensure that their fingers are straight and off of the trigger until their sights are on the target. We then give them a command to FIRE. This teaches safety, discipline, and respect for firearms.

What is the Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation?

The Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Oregon. The Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation offers gun safety classes for children. It is the goal of the foundation to protect children from a tragedy inside of the home through proper education. Since our founding back in 2016, we have reached over 29,000 kids in 5 states. ZERO firearm accidents is the only acceptable goal!!®

How does the Foundation promote firearm safety?

The Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation empowers our youth on how to be safe if they are ever put in a dangerous situation in all of our gun safety classes for children. We promote firearm safety in a factual and safe environment, without fear or emotion. We understand that this topic can be difficult for some. It is our goal to give the public a safe environment to learn and grow in. 

Is this program intended to encourage firearm use among children?

The Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation takes an apolitical approach to gun safety in all of our gun safety classes for children. Our program is designed for ALL children, not just the ones with firearms inside of their homes. We have modeled our program similar to water safety. We teach every child in this country how to swim because we don’t want them to drown. This is our same concept for our gun safety classes for children. We respect all positions on all sides of this debate, just because your family may not own firearms, don’t think for a second that your kids can be exposed to a firearm somewhere.

What age group does the Foundation target with its programs?

The Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation works with children as young as 4 years old in our gun safety classes for children. If we look at the data, children between the ages 4-8, they are the ones most vulnerable to a firearm accident inside of the home. This mainly occurs because that child has NOT been properly educated and that firearm wasn’t properly stored. We are working diligently to help prevent this.

Do I need to own a firearm to attend a program?

In all of our gun safety classes for children, owning a firearm is not a requirement to attend any of our classes. It is our goal to help families understand how to be safe around firearms, how to incorporate them in their lives. We also want them to understand the responsibility of gun ownership and the purposes that they serve in our society.

How can I register my child for a program?

You are able to register your family for all of our gun safety classes for children on our website. You can also find the class descriptions there and find a class listed on our calendar. 

Are the programs offered by the Foundation free?

ALL of our gun safety classes for children are FREE!! It is our belief that gun safety is so important to society, we want to make sure that there is no barrier preventing families from joining our classes.

Can I volunteer or donate to the Foundation?

The Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation is always looking for volunteers to help with our gun safety classes for children. It takes many different resources to be able to do what we do. We need funding as well to continue the important work that we do. As a 501c3 nonprofit, all donations are tax deductible and all money raised stays within our program, to help us continue the work.

What are the 4 basic rules of gun safety?

  1. Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
  2. Keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  3. Finger straight and off of the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Make sure of your target, backstop and what is beyond.

Can kids learn how to shoot?

Yes! Kids can learn how to shoot in a safe and controlled environment under the watchful eye of trained professionals. Typically we recommend the kids be 6-7 years old depending on their maturity.

What age should a child start shooting?

We normally recommend the kids be at least 6 years old depending on their maturity. Each child is different and we try to recognize that each child learns a little bit differently. Safety is paramount.

Why do kids use guns?

It is completely NORMAL for kids to shoot. It is part of our culture and should be encouraged not demonized.

What should a firearm owner teach their family?

They should teach their kids that guns are TOOLS not TOYS. They are not dangerous if treated safely and with respect.

Where are the programs usually held?

Our gun safety classes for children are held anywhere! All that we need is a power supply and kids wanting to learn. We have taught on the islands of Hawaii or in the desert of eastern Oregon. There is no place that we won’t go to help protect children. 

Is the Foundation affiliated with any political or firearm sales organizations?

The Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation is NOT affiliated with any political organization due to all the work that we do is apolitical in nature. We are supported by a few different firearm manufacturers. Their support in no way influences the positions that we take in regards to the safety of children. We have chosen to receive funding from companies that we agree with morally and believe in the products that make. A manufacturer that invests in our safety organization is one that chooses to take corporate responsibility for the safety of children. There is an in depth process of selecting and vetting the companies that we represent. It is a matter that we take seriously. 

How can I get the Foundation's program to come to my community or school?

The best way to get the Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation to come to your community to teach our gun safety classes for children is by sending us an email from the contact form on our website. We can discuss the particulars necessary to provide a safety class for the families of your community.

How did the Foundation start?

The Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation originally started from an idea back in 2014. I had the thought that it was important to teach gun safety classes for children because, as a new instructor. I quickly realized that I was exposing children to a potential accident inside of the home. From that idea, I started to develop my own program. In 2016, we became a nonprofit and now we have reached over 29,000 kids in 5 states with plans to reach a million more.

What should my child expect during a program?

What you can expect to learn at our gun safety classes for children is safety, discipline, and respect for firearms. It will be a safe and comfortable environment for them to grow. It will be a fun and engaging way for them to learn the importance of gun safety. 

Does the Foundation provide resources for parents as well?

The Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation provides resources to parents on our website through our blog. We also help support parents on all social media platforms as well. There are good video resources on our YouTube channel as well. We strive to only put out positive information that is a benefit to society.

How effective are the Foundation's programs?

29,000 kids reached 5 states. ZERO accidents or incidents, our programs work, period!!

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