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December 15, 2021

NSSF to Host Governors’ Forum at SHOT Show 2022

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearm industry trade association, will host several governors at SHOT Show® 2022 to speak about the importance of the firearm industry to their state, efforts to attract firearm and ammunition-related businesses, and the benefits of firearm-related businesses to their state economies.

NSSF’s Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), will take place at the Venetian Expo in Las Vegas from Jan. 18-21, 2022. The Governors’ Forum, hosted by NSSF’s Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs and General Counsel, will take place in Palazzo M – 5th Floor of the Venetian Expo from 1-2 p.m. (Pacific Time), Jan. 19, 2022. The forum is open to media and will include questions from media.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from several governors of the importance of the firearm industry to their state,” Keane said. “NSSF has hosted governors in previous shows, but we wanted to be able to give each of the governors an opportunity to talk about why they want to bring this growing and vibrant industry to their states.”

Confirmed for the Governors’ Forum are (in alphabetical order of states):

Alaska – Governor Mike Dunleavy

Arkansas – Governor Asa Hutchinson

Georgia – Governor Brian Kemp

Idaho – Governor Brad Little

Montana – Governor Greg Gianforte

Nebraska – Governor Pete Ricketts

Oklahoma – Governor Kevin Stitt

South Dakota – Governor Kristi Noem

Wyoming – Governor Mark Gordon

More governors may be added to the forum as schedules permit.

Several companies recently announced moves to relocate headquarters and expand production to new states including:


  • Alabama
    • Kimber expanded production to Troy, over Yonkers, N.Y. It later relocated the corporate headquarters to Alabama.
  • Arkansas
    • Sig Sauer established ammunition production in Jacksonville in 2017 and recently announced it would expand production.
    • Fiocchi Ammunition announced in 2020 it was establishing production in Little Rock.
  • Florida
    • Dark Storm Industries is relocating production from Oakdale, N.Y. to Titusville, Fla.
  • Georgia
    • Remington Firearms announced the company will establish a new headquarters and expand production in LaGrange.
    • Taurus USA moved to Bainbridge, Ga., in 2019 from Florida.
    • Check-Mate Industries moved from Babylon, N.Y. to Thomasville in 2018.
  • Iowa
    • Les Baer moved from restrictive Illinois to LeClaire, Iowa, in 2007.
    • Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT) left Illinois after 40 years to relocate to Iowa in 2019.
  • Mississippi
    • Olin Corporation’s Winchester Ammunition moved some of its production from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford in 2011.
  • North Carolina
    • Sturm, Ruger and Co. expanded production in Mayodan in 2013.
  • Pennsylvania
    • Kahr Arms moved their headquarters to Greely, Penn., from New York after the state rushed through passage of the SAFE Act. They also moved production from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania due to the anti-firearm environment in the Bay State.
  • South Carolina
    • American Tactical Imports relocated 100 jobs and its manufacturing from Rochester, N.Y., to Summerville, S.C., in 2013.
    • PTR Industries left Connecticut for Aynor in 2013, where it set up shop.
  • Tennessee
    • Beretta moved firearm production and engineering and design to Gallatin, Tenn., from Maryland in 2015 over concerns of increasingly strict gun control legislation.
  • Texas
    • Mossberg expanded production in Eagle Pass, Texas, in 2013, instead of growing its North Haven, Conn., plant.
    • Colt Competition moved from Canby, Ore., to Breckenridge, Texas, in 2013.
  • Wyoming
    • Magpul Industries left Boulder, Colo., after the state passed magazine restrictions and moved production to Laramie, Wyo., and their corporate headquarters to Austin.
    • Weatherby Inc.’s Adam Weatherby announced at SHOT Show 2018 he was moving the company from California to Sheridan, Wyo., a move that is now complete.
    • Accessories maker HiViz announced in 2013 they were leaving Fort Collins, Colo., over restrictive gun control legislation to Laramie.
    • Stag Arms announced in 2019 they were opening their new facility in Cheyenne, Wyo., after leaving their former headquarters in New Britain, Conn.


About NSSF
NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit


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