The National Shooting Sports Foundation‘s noted in a press release its #GUNVOTE 2014 initiative was the most comprehensive voter information and education initiative the firearms industry has ever undertaken — and a success!
It said in key races for the U.S. Senate, including those in Colorado, Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa, Georgia, and Louisiana (runoff election pending), the results mean a change in party control and added protection against any likely passage of federal legislation that would further restrict Second Amendment rights or the lawful commerce in firearms.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, additional members were elected who will add to the Republican majority already supportive of America’s hunting and sports shooting traditions and firearms’ freedoms. NSSF said it will reengage and provide leadership in a renewed coalition effort for passage of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act early in the 114th Congress.
The NSSF said in the elections for control of state governorships, the results were decidedly more mixed. It said anti-gun Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the hand-picked successor to anti-gun Governor Martin O’Malley were both defeated, while Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker prevailed for the third time in four years in a hard-fought challenge. It noted that unfortunately, Colorado’s John Hickenlooper and Connecticut’s Dannel Malloy prevailed in hard-fought contests, urban areas in those states delivering the margins needed for their narrow victories. Also, in Washington State, a ballot initiative calling for expansion of background checks to private firearms transactions passed.
On the other hand, the NSSF noted, there was extremely good news for hunters nationwide in the defeat of Maine’s Question #1 that would have restricted bear hunting in that state. It added that millions of dollars were poured into that effort by the “radical anti-hunting” Humane Society of the United States. Also, in West Virginia, two additional counties approved Sunday hunting, and Alabama and Mississippi both approved ballot initiatives further protecting hunting and firearms rights.
The NSSF also announced that its Political Action Committee has exceeded its 2014 fundraising goal and has now raised more than $500,000. It said reaching this record enables those involved in America’s shooting, hunting and outdoor trade industry to have an even bigger voice in helping to elect candidates supportive both of the hard-working mean and women who work in its member companies’ factories, distribution centers and retail outlets and of the customers who buy our products.
The NSSF concluded “Thank you for support, your involvement and your continuing commitment to making a difference.”
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