Firearms Industry Honors U.S. Rep. Luetkemeyer as 2014 Legislator of the Year
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, honored U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) as NSSF’s 2014 Legislator of the Year at the organization’s recent annual dinner this week in Washington, D.C., preceding the firearms industry’s annual Congressional Fly-In.
“We salute Congressman Luetkemeyer for his outstanding leadership in the U. S. House of Representatives and Financial Services Committee in investigating and working to halt “Operation Choke Point” and are honored to present him with the 2014 NSSF’s Legislator of the Year Award,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “Congressman Luetkemeyer was quick to recognize the essential unfairness to an entire lawful industry and the abuse of power inherent in the overreach of the federal financial services regulators involved. His own significant prior experience in financial services allowed him to cut through the bureaucracy and motivate regulatory agency heads to disavow and end the abusive practices.”
Operation Choke Point involved the Department of Justice, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and other executive branch financial service regulatory agencies in an initiative to restrict the provision of financial services deemed at “high risk” of conducting illegal activity, that that were in reality simply out of favor with a highly political Obama administration. The operation targeted negatively affected many businesses, including those in the firearms, ammunition and related industries.
“I am honored to receive this distinguished award from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. It is because of foundations like NSSF that stay committed to the cause and educate its members that we have been able to accomplish what we have so far in turning Operation Choke Point into a program of the past,” Luetkemeyer said. “I’ve been working on issues related to Operation Choke Point for the last year and a half, and more work needs to be done to ensure that federal agencies cannot arbitrarily eliminate industries based on the political motivations of the Executive Branch. With the help of organizations like NSSF who are educating their members, many more Americans are more informed. I want to thank NSSF for being committed to combating Operation Choke Point and I will continue to fight regulatory overreach from this administration.”
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 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit nssf.org.