NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is honoring the nation’s fallen law enforcement officers by contributing $25,000 to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Foundation. The donation was announced at the organization’s 63rd biennial national conference.
“The consistent strong support of the NSSF is invaluable in our effort to ensure that officers killed in the line of duty are never forgotten and that their families are always cared for,” FOP President Chuck Canterbury said.
“Members of the firearms industry are proud to stand with the brave men and women of law enforcement across this great nation who every day put their lives on the line to serve and protect our citizens,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “As a former prosecutor and son of a New York City policeman, I am especially thankful for the opportunity to have our industry contribute to this worthy cause.”
The ongoing professional relationship between law enforcement and NSSF members extends well beyond the purchasing of firearms, ammunition and related products. NSSF has long partnered with law enforcement on programs to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms and to encourage the safe handling and storage of firearms. Programs include
“Don’t Lie for the Other Guy”, the firearms industry’s anti-straw purchasing campaign that has both retailer education and public awareness components.
NSSF’s matching rewards program with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in thefts from firearms retailers.
Project ChildSafe supplies police departments with firearm safety kits for distribution in their communities. More than 39 million kits, which include a free firearm lock, have been handed out through 15,000 law enforcement organizations.
Firearms manufacturers have long recognized the importance of giving back to the law enforcement community — a community that is an important and growing segment of the firearms industry market. The law enforcement segment of the NSSF-owned and sponsored Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show represents 28 percent of the show’s floor space at nearly 180,000 square feet. If the segment were broken out as a stand-alone show, it would be the largest law enforcement show in the country.