Speaking on the ground from the Fly-In, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. President and CEO Michael Golden said, “We’re here in Washington, D.C., for the NSSF Legislative Fly-In where there’s several industry leaders, CEOs and presidents of companies that have banded together to go up on Capitol Hill and talk to key legislators both in the House and Senate about issues that are really important to our industry. We create jobs in the United States and it’s important that they understand our point of view.”
Commenting on the success of the Second Annual NSSF Legislative Fly-In, NSSF President Steve Sanetti said, “This was a tremendous opportunity for industry leaders to express their concerns and extend their thanks to lawmakers. Demonstrating a deft command of the issues, participants clearly identified those actions that needed to happen in order to keep America’s firearms and ammunition industry financially sound in an ever-changing global marketplace.”
Fly-In participants heard from Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK), co-chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), the immediate past co-chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, at a breakfast briefing sponsored by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. Attendees also heard presentations from CSF President Jeff Crane, former Congressman Lindsey Thomas, NSSF President Steve Sanetti and Ron Regan of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies before taking to the Hill to meet with congressional leaders.
“It’s really critical that we come to Washington from time to time to tell our story,” said Sturm, Ruger CEO Michael Fifer. “If we’re not here telling our story, somebody else is going to tell it for us.”
Among the many issues affecting industry that were discussed were federal excise tax reform, removing anti-competitive export controls that harm U.S. manufacturers, support for keeping firearms tracing data secure within the law enforcement community (Tiahrt Amendment), increasing funding for the Don’t Lie for the Other Guy anti-straw purchasing campaign and support for protecting today’s modern semiautomatic sporting rifles.
“If we aren’t here supporting our system, supporting our industry and our friends, we’re not going to have much of a future,” said Hornady Manufacturing Co. Vice President and Director of Sales Jason Hornady.
“These face-to-face meetings play an integral role in policy decisions that impact the everyday business of the entire firearms and ammunition industry,” said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. “Engaging legislators directly is a must and our team could not have done a better job representing their companies, employees and this industry.”