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April 28, 2010

Firearms Industry Leaders Head to D.C. for Congressional Fly-in


The National Shooting Sports Foundation is hosting its third annual congressional “fly-in” for executives from industry companies.

These executives will meet with key congressional leaders on legislative and regulatory issues important to the industry, such as reforming the payment schedule for federal excise taxes, safeguarding the rights of sportsmen to continue to use traditional ammunition, improving the ability of U.S. manufacturers to compete in an increasingly global economy by removing export controls (not affecting national security) that impede business and seeking a comprehensive federal study of firearms microstamping – an unreliable technology being promoted by gun-control groups.

As part of the fly-in, a breakfast briefing will be held tomorrow morning on Capitol Hill at which NSSF will release the findings of a newly commissioned report demonstrating the significant economic impact the firearms and ammunition industry has on the national economy and the economies of each state.

NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane put the fly-in's importance into perspective by saying, “For more than 200 years, America’s firearms and ammunition industry has made products that have been part of our country's tradition of freedom, self-reliance and enjoyment of the outdoors. Making our industry’s voice heard in the halls of Congress will help ensure that this great tradition continues and that our industry members can continue to grow their businesses and create good-paying jobs in their communities.”

Read the press release.