May 12, 2021
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearm industry trade association, wholeheartedly supports Ohio state Representative Scott Wiggam’s introduction of House Bill 297, the Firearm Industry Non-Discrimination (FIND) Act. This crucial legislation would stop corporations from discriminating against the firearm and ammunition industry and diminishing the Second Amendment.
“The legislation protects firearm and ammunition businesses from being canceled by ‘woke’ activists who would unfairly and unlawfully discriminate against an entire industry simply because they disagree with Americans exercising their constitutional rights,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “We have witnessed the highest levels of government abusing their authority to discriminate against the firearm industry when the Obama administration and Department of Justice began Operation Chokepoint to deny services to the firearm industry. That discriminatory practice continues by big corporations and NSSF is grateful for Representative Wiggam’s leadership to end it in Ohio.”
Ohio’s Firearm Industry Non-discrimination (FIND) Act would protect the Second Amendment rights of Ohioans by requiring that government contracts include verification that the company seeking the contract does not have discriminatory policies against the firearm industry and will not discriminate against the firearm industry for the duration of the contract.
Ohio would join Georgia and Wyoming, which enacted their own versions of the FIND Act, to end discrimination against the firearm industry within their borders. This legislation doesn’t force corporations to change policies but enables Ohio to exercise discretion over which corporate entities the state will do business with. Ohio’s legislature has an opportunity to stand with the industry that makes products that are critical for military personnel, law enforcement officers and the Second Amendment rights of Ohioans.
NSSF is the trade association for the firearm 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, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.