Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is the Eddie Eagle Program?
  2. How was the program created?
  3. Are children safe in homes with guns?
  4. Does The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program promote firearm ownership or use?
  5. Have there been any evaluations of the program's impact in published/unpublished literature? If not, how do you measure its impact?
  6. Can I see The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program before I decide to order?
  7. Who can teach The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program?
  8. Do you have to be certified to teach the program?
  9. How long does it take to teach the program?
  10. What does the program cost?
  11. How can I order Eddie Eagle materials?
  12. Is grant funding available?
  13. How do I apply for grant funding?
  14. Are there program materials available in Spanish?
  15. What materials should I order?
  16. How can we get Eddie Eagle to come to our event?
  17. How can I purchase an Eddie Eagle costume?
  18. Is there grant funding available to purchase an Eddie Eagle Mascot Costume?
  19. How do I become an Eddie Eagle volunteer?
  20. Do I have to be a NRA member to be a volunteer for The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program?
  21. What are the benefits of becoming a volunteer?
  22. What are the responsibilities of a volunteer?
  23. Is there a program newsletter?
  24. My child is older than the recommended age for Eddie Eagle, but I am still interested in teaching him gun safety. Does the NRA offer any programs for older children?

What is the Eddie Eagle Program?
The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program is a gun accident prevention program for children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. Using instructional materials including workbooks, an animated DVD, and student reward stickers, the program's safety mascot, Eddie Eagle, teaches children that if they find a gun in an unsupervised situation, they should:STOP! Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.

How was the program created?
The program was created in 1988 by past NRA President, Marion P. Hammer, with a task force that included specialists such as educators, school administrators, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, clinical psychologists, law enforcement officials and National Rifle Association firearm safety experts. Since then, it has reached more than 26 million children in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Are children safe in homes with guns?
A Parent's Guide to Gun SafetyAccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, fatal firearms accidents among children in the Eddie Eagle age group have been reduced by more than 80%. While safety education is obviously effective, gun owners are also urged to follow NRA's long-standing rule on gun storage: "Store your guns so they are inaccessible to unauthorized users, especially children." Parents who are gun owners may also want to call the NRA for the Parents' Guide to Gun Safety brochure.

Does The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program promote firearm ownership or use?
No! The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program neither offers nor asks for any value judgment concerning firearms. Like safety lessons concerning swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poisons, Eddie Eagle's safety lesson is one that children should not miss. With firearms found in about half of all American households, it's a stance that makes sense. Just as Smokey Bear teaches children not to play with matches, Eddie Eagle teaches them that firearms should not be touched.

Have there been any evaluations of the program's impact in published/unpublished literature? If not, how do you measure its impact?
One study published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing Online (October 2001) named The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program the best of 80 gun accident prevention programs evaluated. Beyond that, the effectiveness of the program is evident in several ways. First, fatal firearms accidents in the Eddie Eagle age group have been reduced by more than 80% since the program's nationwide launch, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. NRA feels that gun accident prevention programs such as Eddie Eagle are a significant factor in that decline. Second, we often receive letters from parents whose children have encountered guns in unsupervised situations and avoided an accident by doing exactly what Eddie Eagle had taught them:"STOP! Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult." Third, the program has been honored or endorsed by groups such as the National Sheriffs' Association, the U.S. Department of Justice (through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention), and the Association of American Educators. The program also received bipartisan support from 26 state governors, as well as resolutions from 23 state legislatures, recommending the use of the Eddie Eagle Program. Finally, the fact that 26,000 schoolteachers and law enforcement officers have taught the program to over 26 million children verifies the popularity of the program with those who deal with child safety issues every day.

Can I see The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program before I decide to order?
Yes. The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program can provide you with a sample of materials for your review. Our sample packet includes a copy of a student workbook, testimonials, program statistics and ordering information. To receive a free sample packet, please call 1-800-231-0752 or email eddie@nrahq.org.

Who can teach The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program?
Anyone can teach the program. Law enforcement officers, educators, volunteers and parents can teach the program. The easy-to-use instructor guides walk you through the lesson step-by-step. The program can be taught in schools, civic organizations, or at home.

Do you have to be certified to teach the program?
No. Self-explanatory instructor materials were developed to allow any teacher, law enforcement official, volunteer, or parent to teach the program effectively. Instructor guides offer a flexible step-by-step format to follow.

How long does it take to teach the program?
The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program is adaptable from a five-day plan to a short, one-day lesson. Use all or parts of the program to fit your schedule and meet the needs of your group.

What does the program cost?
Because the NRA is dedicated to making The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program available to everyone, we offer the curriculum materials at a nominal price. Grant funding is also offered in many states for schools, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, daycare centers and libraries to receive program curriculum materials at no cost if grant funding is available.

How can I order Eddie Eagle materials?
Eddie Eagle materials can be ordered through the Eddie Eagle Program by calling 1-800-231-0752.

Is grant funding available?
Friends of NRAGrant funding is easy to use, no application necessary. Materials available under the grant include: student workbooks, instructor guides, an animated DVD, student reward stickers, and brochures. If you are with a school, law enforcement agency, hospital, daycare center or library and you would like to obtain program materials, call the sales office at 1-800-336-7402 to see if grant funding is currently available in your state.

The Friends of NRA are dedicated volunteers who work with the NRA field representatives in their state to organize fundraising events that support programs such as The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program.

How do I apply for grant funding?
If you are eligible for grant funding (school, law enforcement, hospital, daycare center, or library only), simply call 1-800-231-0752 and ask if there is grant funding in your state. If funding is available, then place your order.No grant application is necessary.

Are there program materials available in Spanish?
Yes. Program materials available in Spanish include student workbooks, a Big Book, an animated DVD, stickers, posters, and the Parents' Guide to Gun Safety brochure.

What materials should I order?
When ordering for a group of children we suggest a workbook (level appropriate), sticker, and a "Parents' Guide to Gun Safety" brochure for each child. These items all come in packs of 25. In addition, we suggest an instructor guide (level appropriate) for each teacher, a poster for each classroom, and a videotape or DVD per school or department.

If you are ordering Spanish materials, note that the workbooks are sold individually, not in packs of 25. Stickers are in packs of 10 and Parents' Guides are in packs of 25.

How can we get Eddie Eagle to come to our event?
Every year The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program receives hundreds of requests for Eddie Eagle to appear at events all across the country. With a limited program staff, it is impossible to attend all these events. Therefore, several years ago, The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program began selling the Eddie Eagle mascot costume to law enforcement agencies to reach many more children. Please check with the Eddie Eagle Department to see if an Eddie Eagle costume is in your area.

How can I purchase an Eddie Eagle costume?
The Eddie Eagle mascot costume is available for purchase to law enforcement agencies only. To purchase a costume, you must complete an Eddie Eagle costume application and be approved prior to purchasing. For more information or to receive an application, please call 1-800-231-0752.

Is there grant funding available to purchase an Eddie Eagle Mascot Costume?
Yes. Law enforcement agencies can receive grant funding from the Friends of NRA to purchase an Eddie Eagle mascot costume. Grants are only issued once a year, and it is up to your agency to apply for the grant funding. Call us at 1-800-231-0752 and we will be glad to help you with this process.

How do I become an Eddie Eagle volunteer?
Becoming a volunteer is easy! If you think you would like volunteering and promoting the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program in your area, please call us at 1-800-231-0752 or email us (eddie@nrahq.org) to find out more on becoming a volunteer. You can also visit the Volunteer Opportunities page to download the Eddie Eagle Volunteer application form. Simply fill it out and mail or fax it to:

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program
National Rifle Association
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Fax - 703-267-3993
Email - Eddie@nrahq.org

Do I have to be an NRA member to be a volunteer for The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program?
No. We welcome all those who are interested in assuring that our young people are taught gun accident prevention. We are constantly updating our nationwide volunteer network and welcome your help. Please email us (eddie@nrahq.org) or call us at 1-800-231-0752 for a volunteer application.

What are the benefits of becoming a volunteer?
All of our volunteers are entered into our Eddie Eagle volunteer database at NRA's National Headquarters as Eddie Eagle Representative for your area. Volunteers are also receive a Volunteer handbook, a valuable resource with in-depth information about the program; become eligible for free Eddie Eagle materials; and are also signed up for a subscription to The Eagle Eye newsletter, to keep you informed about current events in the program.

What are the responsibilities of a volunteer?
Volunteers serve as instructors and promoters to present the Eddie Eagle Program throughout their community. Instructors educate children with Eddie's lifesaving message through the use of our program materials. Promoters present program materials to local school boards, law enforcement agencies, state legislatures, etc. encouraging them to incorporate the program in their community. Promoters also can attend community functions to hand out Eddie Eagle literature to parents and children.

Is there a program newsletter?
Yes. The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program offers a free newsletter, The Eagle Eye, which keeps our volunteers and supporters informed of current events and program trends. Each issue featuresFriends of NRA state grant availability and acknowledges outstanding volunteer work. To receive this free newsletter, call the Eddie Eagle Department at 1-800-231-0752.

My child is older than the recommended age for Eddie Eagle, but I am still interested in teaching him gun safety. Does the NRA offer any programs for older children?
If your child is only slightly older, the Eddie Eagle Program can still be worthwhile. Call 1-800-231-0752 to request a sample packet for you and your child. If your child is well above third grade, we suggest that you contact the NRA's Youth Programs Department (703-267-1505) for safety information that is more suitable for your child's age.