The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, has announced a disaster relief effort to help its members whose businesses were impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
“We want our member companies to know that their trade association stands with them in these challenging times, and that this assistance is another benefit of membership,” said Bettyjane Swann, NSSF Director, Member Services.
With the recent approval of its Board of Governors, NSSF will make $75,000 available in dedicated aid for business loss or damage resulting from Hurricane Matthew to qualifying member companies, with emphasis placed on providing relief to store-front federally licensed firearm retailers and shooting ranges. Funds are available to members suffering significant financial hardship that are unable to pay for critical and immediate expenses to resume business.
“This is a real pick-me-up for businesses that sustained damage,” said Bill Kempffer of Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School in Sanford, North Carolina, and member of NSSF’s Board of Governors. “As a range that was affected by a hurricane in the 1990s and knowing the struggle of returning to normal operations amid the cleanup and repairs that need to be done, I am proud to be a part of an organization like NSSF that is willing to provide such help.”
Applicants for relief should contact NSSF Member Services at 203-426-1320 ext. 209. A “Hurricane Relief Fund Application” is available online at www.nssf.org/relief.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.