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Our mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
NSSF is the trade association for America's firearms industry.
Our mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
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The Writer's Guide to Firearms and Ammunition

Introduction

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Writers and their readers prize accuracy and fairness. To help ensure these qualities are part of your firearms-related stories, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, has developed the "Writer's Guide to Firearms and Ammunition."

In our experience working with members of the media, we believe the majority make a good effort to report accurately on our issues. Despite having good reporting skills, however, many writers lack knowledge of and experience with firearms and the shooting sports, and that sometimes is reflected in their stories. This booklet can help. The "Writer's Guide to Firearms and Ammunition" provides plain-language reference material about firearms and ammunition, firearms laws, common inaccuracies, a glossary of terms, programs of NSSF and helpful websites.

The booklet can be viewed online at www.nssf.org/newsroom or downloaded. It is available as an e-book as well.

America has an estimated 85 million firearms owners. They are passionate about their Second Amendment rights and about their target shooting and hunting activities. When they read stories that contain inaccurate references to firearms, they are quick to point out errors in comment fields, websites and blogs. Having the Writer's Guide to Firearms and Ammunition by your writing terminal or on your smartphone is a handy way to check a term or a fact and can eliminate inaccuracies.

In addition to providing the "Writer's Guide to Firearms and Ammunition," NSSF is available to assist any communicator with his or her story. You can reach a member of NSSF's communications staff at 203-426-1320 or email info@nssf.org. Have a suggestion to make the Writer's Guide better? Email it to us; we welcome the input.

11 Facts About Firearms and the Firearms Industry

  1. $8.0 billion a year (2013): Size of the U.S. firearms and ammunition industry. Source: Excise tax obligations to Tax & Trade Bureau calculated by NSSF
  2. $110 billion: Total economic impact (with multiplier) of hunting and shooting on the U.S. economy. ($48 .2 billion in retail sales w/o multiplier)  Source: NSSF Report: Economic Impact of Hunting and Target Shooting in America
  3. 50/50  Approximately the annual production ratio of long guns (rifles & shotguns) compared to handguns (pistol & revolvers).  Source: ATF AFMER
  4. Firearms are involved in less than 1.5 percent of unintentional fatalities among children aged 14 and under; the lowest cause listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  5. 300 million: Estimate of how many firearms are in the United States
  6. 85 million: Estimate of the number of firearms owners in the United States.
  7. 49: Number of states that allow concealed carry of a handgun.
  8. Regulation: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulates the manufacturing, transfers and retail sales of firearms.
  9. SHOT Show: Industry's annual trade event and largest trade show of its kind in the world, with more than 65,000 industry professionals, 1,600 exhibiting companies and 2,500 media members attending.
  10. National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF): trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. With a mission to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports, NSSF has more than 11,000 manufacturer, distributor, retailer, range and media members.
  11. Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI): An association of manufacturers that creates and publishes industry standards for firearms and ammunition, coordinates technical data and promotes safe and responsible firearms use.

For additional pictorial and video information on hunting and shooting, visit www.youtube.com/thenssf and www.nssf.org/newsroom.

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