For immediate release | October 4, 2019
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation®(NSSF®) today unveiled a new podcast series, “The Gun Industry Speaks,” to help inform the national conversation on firearms.
“Our goal is to have a frank and ongoing conversation that addresses some of the major concerns about guns in America,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF’s President. “It’s important to highlight what is already being done by law, policy and industry action to help keep guns out of the wrong hands. This series will explore the pros and cons of some of the potential solutions being discussed today.”
NSSF developed the series in part as a response to the lack of information being shared by the media regarding the industry’s perspective on everything from background checks and trends in gun crime to suicide prevention and bans on certain types of firearms. The podcast is also meant to articulate the industry’s position that it is possible to enhance public safety and protect Americans’ rights simultaneously.
The program is hosted by Elizabeth McGuigan, NSSF’s Director of Legislative and Policy Research. The first three episodes, covering NSSF’s gun safety and crime prevention programs, background checks, and gun store security, are live now. New episodes will be added in the coming weeks, covering subjects such as bans on modern sporting rifles and so-called “high-capacity” magazines, Smart Guns, NSSF’s Project ChildSafe® Program, Firearms and suicide prevention, and the current laws in place that are meant to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
“We do share the concerns of all Americans, and while there may not be agreement on some ideas, discussions like this are needed, because the national conversation around guns is too often a shouting match, and that is a disservice to everyone,” Bartozzi says. “No one wants crime or gun accidents to occur, and everyone is looking for meaningful solutions. Our hope with this podcast is to get us all closer to that goal.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is 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. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.