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NSSF: The Firearms Trade Association Promoting True Gun Safety

Gabriella Hoffman
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Up on my podcast District of Conservation today, I spoke with Mark Oliva—the Director of Public Relations of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

NSSF is the firearms trade association often confused for the NRA, Gun Owners Association, or similar advocacy groups. While the organization strongly believes in the Second Amendment, it’s not an advocacy group.

NSSF annually puts on SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and boasts well over 10,000 members. The organization works to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.

Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide.

In Episode 51 of District of Conservation, host Gabriella Hoffman ventured to the Washington, D.C., office of National…

Posted by District of Conservation on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

On Firearms Industry Involvement in Suicide Prevention

“We partnered with the largest suicide awareness and prevention organization in America,” said Oliva. “They recognized that they couldn’t reach gun retailers or gun owners without any sense of credibility unless they worked alongside folks like us.”

He added, “Through that partnership…we’ve now provided those resources to ranges and retailers for people to be aware of signs, some of the telltale tips of when someone may be having an issue, and know when and how to reach out and have that point of intervention before a crisis.”

“We recognize that most suicides, I think it’s upwards of 66 percent of suicides, are committed with a firearm. We know there is something more that can be done.”

On Corporate Policy Virtual Signaling on Firearms

“The issues that we have with this is, the people who enact policy in our country, our elected officials, we all have a say in who represents us. They’re accountable to us as voters. That boardroom, that CEO, is not accountable to you and I,” he said.

He added, “We have a serious issue when we have unelected, faceless individuals who are representing corporations rather than individual voters dictating public policy in the United States.”

“When businesses start to go after the firearms industry, we start to have serious concerns about this.”

Here’s the full rundown of what Mark discussed:

  • His military career and how he landed in public affairs
  • His role at NSSF
  • How NSSF differs from NRA, GOA, and Second Amendment Foundation
  • What NSSF’s platform is and its various programs
  • What’s on the docket in Congress and elsewhere
  • Pittman-Robertson Act Funds

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