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National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. 11 Mile Hill Road s Newtown, CT 06470-2359 s Tel (203) 426-1320 s Fax (203) 426-1087 s February 4, 2013 Dear Members of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force: As members of Connecticut’s firearms industry, we understand and appreciate that you and your colleagues in the legislature have embarked on a very difficult task on a very complex and emotional issue – and we want you to know we are committed to being part of the solution. We are proud of our history in a state that our industry has called home for over 175 years and we believe Connecticut is proud of your association with us as evidenced by efforts to make the Colt Factory a national park. We have a long history together and we share your goal for a safer Connecticut and a safer America. As you begin your challenging responsibility, we would ask that you consider the following facts: • Our industry is committed to the safe and responsible use of firearms. Instantaneous retail point-of-sale criminal and mental health background checks were the invention of the industry in the late 1980s, years before they became mandatory under federal law. There have been over 147 million background checks since 1998. Over 300 million firearms are owned by almost half the households in America. Firearms ownership among law-abiding citizens has undeniably increased, and over the last 30 years, despite the growth in firearms ownership, the homicide rate has declined by 50 percent. What’s more, violent crime has dramatically decreased to record lows not seen since the early 1960s. Since 1999 we have distributed over 35 million free gun locks, to cities and towns all across this nation – as part of our “Project Childsafe” program –along with even more safety brochures urging gun owners to securely store their firearms away from children and unauthorized adults, as is also the law in Connecticut. Just recently we donated 1,000 locks and safety kits to the people of Bridgeport, Connecticut. We have worked with the Veterans Administration to help ensure that every service member returning from conflict zones during the last 2 years has been offered one of our gun locks and safety kits. We have also exhorted Hollywood to stop its obsession with violent entertainment, which both coarsens our culture and has a desensitizing effect upon impressionable youths. • The firearms industry is a strong contributor to Connecticut’s economy. The firearms industry has contributed over $1.7 billion in economic activity to Connecticut in 2012, employs close to 2,900 people in the state and generates an additional 4,400 jobs in supplier industries. In these difficult economic times, the firearms industry is still one of the few industries that Promote Protect Preserve

Connecticut firearms industry members' letter to Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

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