BeSafe brochure (.pdf file)
BeSafe is a story about how one typical Montana family deals with
firearm safety issues in their home. This story is designed to be
read to children of ages in first through third grades.
Usually, the presenter will read the story to kids, then will pass out
a copy of the BeSafe brochure to each child and ask them to take it
home and ask a parent to read it to the child and brothers and sisters
one more time before the children's bed time. This helps initiate
a family dialog about gun safety, and helps establish family standards
for gun safety.
Some parents may say, "But we don't have any guns in our home."
Fine, but nearly all children will sometimes play at a friend's or
neighbor's home. We estimate that about 90% of the homes in
Montana contain firearms. We want all children to understand the
first principle about gun safety for kids - don't touch. If
children should come into association with a firearm, anywhere, they
will need the inoculation of some firearm safety preparation, just like
water safety, fire safety, or traffic safety.
Copyright. MSSA has specifically abstained from any copyright
protection for this material. MSSA considers it to be in the
public domain and available to anyone to reproduce. We do ask
that you maintain all original content.
Printing. This is just one sheet of 8 1/2" X 11" paper, printed
both sides and folded once. Most local sporting goods stores and
some other businesses will be pleased to have copies of this printed
for the children you wish to reach, especially if the business can have
its name on the piece. On the cover page is a line "Printed
courtesy of SPORTSMAN'S WAREHOUSE." Just ask your local printer
to white out or cover "SPORTSMAN'S WAREHOUSE" and place there the name
of the local business paying for your printing. Hey, this comes
out of the business's advertising budget, and is probably both a small
and good ad investment for them.
Color. MSSA always prints BeSafe on salmon colored paper.
For any questions, email MSSA at: mssa AT mtssa.org (replace " AT " with @ - done this way to foil spam bots).
Gary Marbut, president, MSSA
Letter from OPI supporting Be Safe (.pdf file) CLICK HERE
Senate Joint Resolution 15, 1991, firearm safety in schools (MSWord file) CLICK HERE
20-7-132, M.C.A. encouraging firearm safety instruction in schools (MSWord file) CLICK HERE
Senate Joint Resolution 16, 2007 endorsing Be Safe (.pdf file) CLICK HERE