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January 19, 2010

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South Dakota Governor Attends
Firearms Industry Trade Show

Las Vegas, Nev. – South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds (R-SD) attended the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show today to meet with firearms industry executives and learn more about companies he would like to see relocate to the gun-friendly Mount Rushmore State. The SHOT Show, which is owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports and hunting industries.

“South Dakota is the most business-friendly state in the nation, and the strong work ethic of our citizens makes them excellent employees,” Gov. Rounds said. “We are proud to say there is no state income tax in South Dakota, and we also try to make it as easy as possible to start and grow businesses in the state. South Dakota has a growing firearms industry, and we’ll do our best to make others feel welcome.”

Gov. Rounds’ attendance at the SHOT Show underscores the continued importance of the firearms and ammunition industry to the U.S. economy. During a time of great economic unrest, demand for industry products reached unprecedented levels. This sustained growth has fostered strong employment numbers and tax revenue – benefiting states and communities throughout the country.

“We are excited to have Gov. Rounds with us at SHOT Show,” said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. “Time and again, Gov. Rounds has proven himself to be a friend of America’s firearms industry, understanding that through our products the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans are realized.”

Political leaders are no strangers to SHOT show as the firearms industry plays a key role in national and state elections. During SHOT Show, Gov. Rounds stopped by the booths of several major firearms and ammunition manufacturers. As he walked the show floor, the governor also spoke with many show attendees and exhibitors about how they contribute to the success of one of America’s oldest and most storied industries.

“With upward of 55,000 attendees and exhibitors, SHOT Show is a great opportunity for any political leader to visit with the country’s most engaged and pro-active businessmen and women,” said NSSF Senior Vice President Chris Dolnack.

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About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 5,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.