How sick and tired are you of hearing about the rotten economy? Ever want to really do something about it? Then get your guns out!
Get the word out to your friends that you and your huntin’ buddies account for the vast majority of the economic support to keep parks and recreation going for all mankind regardless of their personal thoughts and feelings about hunting. And, you provide much needed jobs for many.
Anglers also contribute strongly to conservation via their licenses and permits. Most likely, if you’re anything like us, you do both.
According to a recently commissioned report just out in April, from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the report detailed a significant economic impact that the firearms and ammunition industry has on the nation’s economy as well as each state’s economy.
“In 2009 our industry increased its contribution to wildlife conservation by over 37.6 percent, which translates into sportsmen contributing more than $7.5 million dollars daily to conservation efforts,” NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane said.
Oh yeah, taxes are much more than a “four-letter word.” Just look at how much your hard earned dollars contributed to the national economy when you purchased guns and ammo in the last couple of years:
And due to your outdoor passion and your purchasing power your support is keeping workers off the unemployment line.
Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact
Let’s look at a few states to see how many jobs the firearms and ammunition industry supported in 2009:
- Alabama: 1352
- Arizona: 2296
- Arkansas 1208
- California 6980
- Florida 4276
- Georgia 1703
- Illinois 2706
- Kansas 1157
- Michigan 2582
- Missouri 2702
- Nebraska 3299
- Texas 6085.
(For a complete list check out the full NSSF 2010 Economic Impact Study)
So to my fellow gun-toting, ammo-buying buddies, we are obviously doing our part for the “economic stimulus.” What is President Obama doing?
What CollegiateCamo is all about is to promote, protect and preserve shooting sports at all levels but for this initiative, especially at the collegiate level.
How would your collegiate shooting team like to get a piece of CSSI’s grant money to further your team’s awareness at the college level?
Now available is $175,000 in grant money (yet to be dispersed) to collegiate shooting teams. YES, you read right. That is free grant money for your collegiate shooting team. Each team maxes out at $7,500, but think of what you can do with that kind of funding supporting your college shooting sports group.
But you have to hurry. The deadline to submit applications to the NSSF College Shooting Sports Initiative is fast-approaching on September 17, 2010.
There is a CSSI grant application that needs to be completed. For any of you college shooters who have every filled out the dreaded annual FAFSA will breeze through this process, and they pay off is huge!
For more information contact:
Zach Snow, Senior Shooting Promotions Coordinator
National Shooting Sports Foundation
11 Mile Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470-2359
CollegiateCamo, Inc. Customer Service
To keep the money flowing throughout the school year, CollegiateCamo also has an ongoing initiative utilizing collegiate decals for fund raising purposes. Contact CollegiateCamo today to find out more about how CollegiateCamo can help you with a fundraiser to support your sports team, shooting sports team, hunting or fishing team.
Who will be the recipients of this CSSI grant to further your team this fall? We’d love to see the entire $175,000 given to clubs throughout the country. We will be sure to bring you the latest on the NSSF College Shooting Sports Initiative as news comes in!
Good luck, teams!
Any day you can go shooting is a great day! We rounded up the CollegiateCamo team and had a great time this weekend blasting away at clay targets and meeting new friends.
We had way more Kansas State fans shooting in our little group, but we did manage to get some representation from the Mizzou fans and KU fans. (Surprisingly, we were all still friendly and speaking to each other at the end of the competition.)
Statistics say that 19 million Americans safely enjoy target shooting. And we were no exceptions. We were shotgunning and hit the Trap Field with determination. “Trap” is the oldest shotgun shooting sport in America.
On our future outings, we plan to try our luck at Skeet & Sporting Clays as well! With almost equal distribution in our group of half gals and half guys, we had quite the battle of the sexes competition going.
There are several other organizations we believe are important to shooting sports, too. You can find out more about the game of trap from the Amateur Trapshooting Association. The Scholastic Clay Target Program and the ATA’s AIM program provide shooting competition opportunities for young trap shooters.
For those of you who have not tried shotgun sports competition and games, we highly recommend it! We had an absolute blast!