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Industrynews Mossberg Rewards Triple Crown Winners — pg. 22 Pennsylvania Invites Firearm Makers To Relocate T he ongoing threat of microstamping has prompted one Pennsylvania legislator to invite firearm manufacturers to relocate to the state. The Times Leader, the newspaper of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., reports that State Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Newport Township), sent letters to Colt, Kimber and Remington in early October, outlining the benefits the state offers. “Given our geographic proximity to New York and Connecticut, our wealth of hardworking citizens, and our rich gun and sportsman history, I decided to reach out to these companies,” Mullery said in the Oct. 12 edition of The Times Leader. Mullery referred to microstamping as one of the reasons he approached the major firearm manufacturers. Early this year, the New York state budget committee sidetracked efforts to include microstamping as a budget provision. Kimber and Remington strongly opposed the effort. Remington officials said the company could be forced to reconsider its commitment to the New York market. Kimber also indicated that if microstamping became law, it would reconsider its present number of manufacturing jobs in the state. In March, numerous firearm manufacturers held a press conference in Hartford, Conn., announcing their opposition to microstamping legislation. “This feel-good legislation will do more harm than good. Let us not make a mistake with the unintended consequences of driving businesses and jobs out of Connecticut,” said Carlton Chen, Colt VP and general counsel, during the press conference. Rep. Mullery’s efforts on behalf of Pennsylvania are not unique. Numerous states court firearm makers, citing strong workforces, facilities and often-generous financial incentives. For more on microstamping, visit www.nssf.org/factsheets. Masters Rides Into Cody, Wyo., For 2013 Event he 11th Annual Shooting Industry Masters will be held at the Cody Shooting Complex in Cody, Wyo., July 19-20, 2013. “When the opportunity arose to host the Masters in Buffalo Bill’s backyard, we couldn’t pass it up,” said Randy Molde, Masters match chairman. “Cody offers a unique glimpse of our American Western heritage, as well as serves as the home for the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world — the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Once we mixed in the topnotch resources of the Cody Shooting Complex, we came away with all the fixins for an unforgettable weekend.” The city of Cody is located in northern Wyoming, 50 miles east of Yellowstone National Park. “It is appropriate that the leaders of today’s shooting industry gather in the region where the likes of Bill Ruger Sr., Jack O’Conner and Elmer Keith enjoyed shooting, hunting and each other’s company,” said George Dillman, president, Cody Shooting Complex, and advisory board member, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody Firearms Museum. “This Shooting Industry Masters, and time spent in Cody and at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center T — especially at the Cody Firearms Museum — will be time well spent, and will provide memories that will last for years.” A major goal of the Masters is to raise awareness and funds for the NSSF’s First Shots program. The Masters has raised $141,000 for First Shots during the last four events. The Shooting Industry Masters is owned and operated by FMG Publications. For Masters team entry and sponsorship information, contact Elizabeth O’Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888315-3641. For more information on the Shooting Industry Masters, visit www.shootingindustry.com/masters. Sportsmen’s Foundation Unveils New Website T he Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has overhauled its website, www. sportsmenslink.org. With more than 250 pages of content, the CSF website is designed as a one-stop shop for all policy information relevant to sportsmen and women and those actively engaged in advocating for sportsmen’s issues. Beyond providing up-to-date information on the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, the website features policy briefs, legislative alerts, reports and data, press releases and more. View the new website at www.sportsmenslink.org. WWW. 8 NOVEMBER 2012 www.shootingindustry.com • www.facebook.com/shootingindustry • www.twitter.com/fmgpubs Subscribe to SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com Shooting Industry Connection