NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT — The National Association of Firearms Retailers (NAFR), a division of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) — the trade association of the firearms and ammunition industry — announces the formation of its new Illinois state chapter, the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers (ILAFR).

ILAFR will represent the rights of the 1,750 federally licensed firearms retailers in the Prairie State, specifically seeking to combat the many challenges facing these law-abiding business owners.

“Whether facing anti-gun legislation, overzealous regulations or frivolous lawsuits, firearms retailers in Illinois have been bullied into a corner,” said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. “With the birth of the ILAFR, retailers in the Land of Lincoln will now have an opportunity to more effectively combat anti-gun entities seeking to legislate or regulate them out of existence.”

The ILAFR will provide firearms dealers in the state with a unified voice in Springfield and includes professional government relations representation.

“There is no escaping the challenges facing the firearms retailing community these days,” said John Mann, president of the ILAFR. “But with these challenges comes opportunity: for direct input in the regulatory and legislative process, for more effective management, for professionally designed and administered programs to enhance participation by traditional and new user groups in outdoor sports, and for restoration of our image as responsible community leaders.”

Illinois is one of many states that have organized a state association under the umbrella of the NAFR. On a national level, NAFR provides dealers with a unified voice in Washington, D.C., on regulatory and legislative affairs that impact your business. NAFR represents your interests to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which runs the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), through regular quarterly meetings with these agencies.

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