Smith & Wesson, formed in 1852, is a leading manufacturer of firearms and a provider of quality accessory products for the shooting, hunting and rugged outdoor enthusiast. They were recently awarded with the Medal of Freedom for donations made towards the #GUNVOTE campaign by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Smith & Wesson earned contributions totaling $500,000, which was the largest sum #GUNVOTE has received to date. Lawrence Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel, commended Smith & Wesson for exceptional leadership and drive.
In a statement, Keane said, “Smith & Wesson really stepped forward with a generous half-million dollar contribution to our #GUNVOTE campaign. This commitment to help raise awareness that our citizens’ rights need to be protected for generations to come demonstrates true dedication to our industry and to our American heritage of hunting and the shooting sports.”
Smith & Wesson has stressed the importance of voting in this election and the role education plays in the gun rights fight. Smith & Wesson CEO, James Debney replied, “We felt it imperative that citizens across our nation become informed about their rights, their candidates and the importance of their vote in this critical election year. Our industry is under assault like never before. The decision to support #GUNVOTE of behalf of our customers, employees, distributors and suppliers was clear to us a leading manufacturer.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), launched #GUNVOTE as a voter registration and education platform for the firearms industry. The initiative has been supported by many manufacturers to include big gun makers. #GUNVOTE is a voter registration and education platform for use by firearms industry manufacturers, wholesale distributors, retailers, ranges and media members that help gun owners and shooters to register to vote. Their main goal to ensure voters are informed on where the candidates in 2016 stand on gun control and conservation issues and arms them with important facts as they head to the polls.