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The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute is an association of the nation's leading manufacturers of sporting firearms, ammunition, and components. Since being founded in 1926, SAAMI has been actively involved in the publication of industry standards, coordination of technical data, and the promotion of safe and responsible firearm use. SAAMI currently publishes more than 700 voluntary standards related to firearm and ammunition quality and safety.

Firearm safety has always been a top priority for SAAMI members and in 1997 the Center for Firearms Safety and Responsibility was established by SAAMI to create educational programs to help reduce the number of firearms accidents. The Fraternal Order of Police, Law Enforcement Alliance of America, the Boy Scouts, and the Future Farmers of America, among others, have joined SAAMI in this effort. SAAMI has published and distributed more than 15 million copies of A Responsible Approach to Firearms Safety

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) neither advocates or discourages the use of a firearm for home protection.

If you decide to keep a firearm in your home for self-protection, you need to take special safety measures. Keeping a gun to defend your family necessitates strict adherence to safe and responsible firearm storage and handling techniques. Your most important responsibility is ensuring that children cannot encounter loaded firearms. The precautions must be completely effective. Most fatal home firearms accidents occur when youngsters -- often children who do not live in the home -- discover firearms that have been left loaded and unsecured.

The decision to maintain a firearm in the home for self-protection is a serious, personal matter. The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute emphasizes that maintaining a firearm for home protection is not appropriate for all homes or all individuals. We believe that well-informed adults are capable of making decisions that best suit their individual needs and circumstances.

Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers'Institute, Inc.

Free firearms safety information may be obtained directly from SAAMI at:

Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (
11 Mile Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470-2359

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