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Shooting Industry November 2012 - Page 9
Industry news Senate Vote Expected On Sportsmen’s Act B y an overwhelming bipartisan majority (84-7), the U.S. Senate agreed in late September to debate and vote on final passage of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S.3525) as the first item of business after the November election. “The NSSF is pleased the Senate has taken this important step toward the act’s final passage, and thanks those citizens who took the time to call their senators asking them to support this vital and historic legislation,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president, general counsel. Keane says the Sportsmen’s Act is the most important single piece of pro-sportsmen legislation in a generation. The legislation includes the firearms industry’s top legislative priority, the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act (S.838), which would clarify that ammunition is excluded from regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Toxic Substances Control Act. This legislation is strongly supported by the NSSF and more than 40 leading sportsmen and conservation groups. “While we can now expect that a vote on the legislation will take place in the lame duck session, it is important to maintain momentum toward final passage. Call your U.S. senators at (202) 224-3121, or send them an email, and urge them to vote ‘yes’ on final passage of the bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act and against any anti-sportsmen amendments,” Keane said. For information on contacting legislators, visit www.nssf.org and click “Government Relations.” Beretta Awarded U.S. Army Contract T he U.S. Army has awarded Beretta USA a contract for up to 100,000 M9 9mm pistols. The Army has placed an initial order for 4,600-plus pistols. All of the pistols will be manufactured at the Beretta USA facility in Maryland, where an American workforce of nearly 300 employees has been making M9 pistols since 1987. To date, more than 600,000 Beretta 9mm pistols have been delivered to the U.S. military. “We are very proud to continue supplying M9 pistols to the U.S. Army. We look forward to the opportunity of working with the Army to improve the current M9 design with many of the existing solutions available to us in the new Model 92A1 and 96A1 pistol families,” said Gabriele de Plano, Beretta USA’s vice president of military marketing and sales. For more information, visit www.berettausa.com. www.shootingindustry.com NOVEMBER 2012 9