What is The Eddie Eagle GunSafe®
The Eddie Eagle
GunSafe® Program teaches children in pre-K through third
grade four important steps to take if they find a gun. These steps
are presented by the program's mascot, Eddie Eagle, in an
easy-to-remember format consisting of the following simple
Leave the Area.
Tell an Adult.
Begun in 1988, The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has
reached more than 26 million children - in all 50 states. This
program was developed through the combined efforts of such
qualified professionals as clinical psychologists, reading
specialists, teachers, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety
officials, and law enforcement personnel.
Anyone may teach The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program,
and NRA membership is not required. The program may be readily
incorporated into existing school curriculum, taught in a one- to
five-day format, and used to reach both levels or simply one or two
grades. Materials available through this program are: student
workbooks, 7-minute animated DVD, instructor guides, brochures, and
student reward stickers. Program materials are also available in
The NRA is committed to helping keep America's young children
safe. In efforts to do so, we offer our program at a nominal fee.
Schools, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, daycare centers, and
libraries may be eligible to receive grant funding to defray
program costs. Grant funding is available in many states to these
groups to cover the cost of all program curriculum materials.
The purpose of the Eddie Eagle Program isn't to teach whether
guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and
safety of children. The program makes no value judgments about
firearms, and no firearms are ever used in the program. Like
swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household
poison, they're treated simply as a fact of everyday life. With
firearms found in about half of all American households, it's a
stance that makes sense.
Eddie Eagle is never shown touching a firearm, and he does not
promote firearm ownership or use. The program prohibits the use of
Eddie Eagle mascots anywhere that guns are present. The Eddie Eagle
Program has no agenda other than accident prevention - ensuring
that children stay safe should they encounter a gun. The program
never mentions the NRA. Nor does it encourage children to buy guns
or to become NRA members. The NRA does not receive any
appropriations from Congress, nor is it a trade organization. It is
not affiliated with any firearm or ammunition manufacturers or with
any businesses that deal in guns and ammunition.