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Firearms Trade Group Carries Messages To Nation’s Capital

April 5, 2011 by  

Firearms trade group carries messages to nation's capitalA prominent trade association for the firearms industry will launch an educational advertising campaign this week to coincide with its annual "fly-in" event in Washington, DC.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which was formed 50 years ago, has arranged meetings between business executives and Congressional leaders to address several issues threatening the firearms industry. The NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers.

In addition, the group's advertising campaign will highlight the gun industry's influence on the economy. According to the NSSF, more than 183,500 jobs have been created by firearms and ammunition providers, which has an overall economic impact of $27.8 billion per year.

"The economic growth of America's firearms and ammunition industry continues to be a bright spot in our country's still ailing economy," said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. "Our ads will help remind America's lawmakers of this important fact."

During their "fly-in" sessions with legislators, executives will cover a variety of topics, such as maintaining the rights of sportsmen to use traditional ammunition and modernizing the United States' export control system to bolster national security.

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