NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, announced today that has arranged to donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross to be used in its Hurricane Florence relief efforts in the Southeastern United States. As it has done in the aftermath of previous natural disasters, NSSF has also prepared a relief fund to aid its FFL, range and manufacturing members whose businesses were directly affected by winds, rains and flooding from the massive hurricane that made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Sept. 14.
“Thousands of people have been impacted by the damage wreaked on them by Hurricane Florence, with houses, vehicles, businesses and, most unfortunately, lives lost,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President. “We not only wanted to offer our members financial support to get their businesses back up and running, but also something that helped these tight-knit communities in North and South Carolina make headway with their recovery efforts. The Red Cross and its many volunteers are of critical importance to those efforts, and we’re pleased to make this donation to them.”
In addition to its donation to the American Red Cross, and with the approval of its Board of Governors, NSSF is immediately making dedicated aid available for business loss or damage resulting from Hurricane Florence to qualifying NSSF member businesses. Funds will be available to NSSF members suffering significant financial hardship and unable to pay for critical and immediate expenses that would enable them to resume business.
Applicants for relief should contact NSSF Member Services at 203-426-1320 ext. 209. A Hurricane Relief Fund application is available at nssf.org/relief for affected businesses. Additionally, NSSF strongly encourages any FFL needing assistance with their physical location in the affected Carolina regions to contact their local ATF field office regarding removal of firearms and ammunition inventory, ATF Forms 4473 and 3310.4, and acquisition and disposition records from those business premises to a safe location, as well as remedies for damage to or irreparable loss of these items and required reporting of such losses.
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, log on to www.nssf.org.