Shooting Trade Group Supports Expansion of Background Checks

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a trade association with more than 8,000 members, has taken a step away from the NRA and indicated it wouldn't oppose efforts to expand mandatory background checks.

From the Washington Post:

The trade group for the nation’s leading firearm manufacturers said it will not actively oppose the expansion of background checks, which are designed to prevent guns from reaching criminals or the seriously mentally ill.

“That’s more the NRA’s issue,” Steve Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), said in an interview. “From the commercial side, we’re already there, and we’ve been there, and we were the ones that have been the strongest proponents of an effective, complete background check.”

92 percent of the public supports the idea of universal background checks for gun purchases. The position of the NSSF puts it at direct odds with the NRA, which is completely opposed to increasing background checks and making them mandatory for all gun purchases. This despite the fact they supported allowing instant background checks at gun shows in the wake of the Columbine shooting in 1999.

NSSF, which is based in Newtown, Connecticut, is located just three miles from Sandy Hook Elementary. According to the Huffington Post, the group has focused on marketing military-style assault weapons, like the ones used in the Newtown shooting.

On Tuesday, NSSF issued a press release voicing its anger at Connecticut's General Assembly Task Force, which is trying to reach a bipartisan agreement on proposals to prevent future gun violence.

"An outright ban of the most popular semiautomatic rifle in the United States today, as some are suggesting, for what are essentially cosmetic reasons would make no one safer and is unfair to the millions of people who have purchased them legally and use them responsibly for hunting, shooting competition and home defense."

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