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NSSF does not compete with NRA

In her commentary, "Compete with the NRA? You'll need the right business plan" (Oct. 26), Sonia G. Pandit wrongly cites the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) as a "competitor" to the National Rifle Association.

The NSSF and the NRA are not competitors. We have different missions and members but are generally aligned on policy issues affecting both gun owners and the gun industry.

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The NSSF is the unified voice of the entire firearms industry, with more than 12,000 members ranging from the large manufacturers to small family-owned gun stores. At NSSF, we are proud of our mission to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports, and our membership supports a wide variety of programs aimed at recruiting and retaining shooters and hunters. We believe that the lawful commerce in firearms allows for the free exercise of the Second Amendment. Our efforts not only deal with the right to bear arms but also many of the same issues affecting other trade associations such as taxes, import/export and labor. In addition, we run education programs promoting safe gun ownership and reducing illegal "straw purchasing."

In sum, we are a business trade association while the NRA is the premier Second Amendment grassroots organization, but we are never "competitors."

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Lawrence G. Keane, Newtown, Conn.

The writer is senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.


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