The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is a national trade association for the firearms industry that is based in Newtown, Connecticut in the United States. Formed in 1961, the organization has more than 7,000 members: firearms manufacturers, distributors, retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's clubs and media.
The organization's website states that its mission is "To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports". In addition to promoting gun ownership and the shooting sports, the NSSF helps write safety and instruction standards. The NSSF also sponsors industry's annual Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, the (SHOT Show). The NSSF has advocated specific positions on gun rights, arguing against limits on high capacity magazines and the broad use of the term "assault weapon". It has also supported legislation allowing concealed carry and has offered proposals to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating chemicals in ammunition. According to the Sunlight Foundation, the NSSF has spent $1.7 million on lobbying efforts since 1998, .
Between 2000 and 2003 the Federal Trade Commission conducted an anti-trust investigation of gun industry players including the NSSF. It was alleged that they were boycotting Smith & Wesson due to that company's agreement with the Clinton administration to require background checks on purchasers and provide gun locks. The probe was suspended in 2003 by the Bush administration, with the NSSF's general counsel claiming it had been politically motivated.
The NSSF alleged in a September 2008 letter that Barack Obama's presidential campaign had unlawfully obtained an NSSF proprietary name and address list of media attendees of that year's Shot Show, and that the campaign had then used the list to e-mail a press release concerning National Hunting and Fishing Day.
In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that occurred on December 14, 2012, three miles from the organization's headquarters, the NSSF expressed its sympathies on its website and declined to immediately comment out of respect for those affected.
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