Since February's tragic shooting in Parkland, Fla., the industry has faced an avalanche of anti-gun attacks from organizations, politicians, companies and students. In response to the onslaught, industry companies have taken leadership positions by getting involved in support of the Second Amendment and opening the dialogue with some of these entities.
On a national level, NSSF has played a central role in facilitating discussions with both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill. In addition to releasing timely fact sheets on topics like age-based gun bans, NSSF has come out in support of President Trump's school safety plan initiative, as well as championing the successful passage of the Fix NICS Act of 2017.
"We support proposals that bolster school security and respect constitutional rights including the right to due process and the rights of young adults to purchase fi rearms for hunting, sports shooting and their own self-defense," said Larry Keane, NSSF SVP and general counsel, in support of the president's initiative. "We expect the commission announced today [March 12] will return recommendations for meaningful reform."
In the weeks following the tragedy, American Outdoor Brands Corp. (AOBC) responded to a number of questions from BlackRock, a global investment management company.
AOBC's nine-page response--signed by Chairman of the Board Barry M. Monheit and President and CEO James Debney--was posted on the company's website under the Investor Relations section. Additionally, AOBC provided several downloadable PDF attachments, including NSSF's Don't Lie for the Other Guy Fast Facts, FixNICS report, Operation Secure Store, Project ChildSafe and more.
"It is important to tell you we respect the national debate currently underway regarding fi rearms and safety," Monheit and Debney said in the letter. "We share the nation's grief over the incomprehensible and senseless loss of life at Parkland, Fla., and we share the desire to make our communities safer."
Regarding a solution, Monheit and Debney identifi ed several areas in need of refi nement and advised against "politically motivated action" restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens.
"We believe the fi rst course of action must be to enforce existing laws, address the challenges of acute mental illness in our society and the pervasive depiction of violence in movies and video games and improve the NICS background check system, the very purpose of...