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Industry news SAAMI Testifies At UN T he Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) testified at the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in July, pointing out “that hundreds of millions of citizens regularly use firearms for the greater good” and that a “treaty that does not support the positive use of firearms is doomed to cause more harm than good.” SAAMI officials say that the treaty, with its focus on criminal and terrorist misuse of firearms, lacks a comprehensive view of firearms trade and use. SAAMI suggested that a step in the right direction would be to have the treaty focus on “fully automatic military firearms only.” SAAMI also objected to the inclusion of small arms ammunition in the treaty. “Just as you cannot be all things to all people, this treaty can’t either,” said Richard Patterson, SAAMI managing director. “Focus on the real problems that can be managed — focus on military weapons and avoid being distracted by topics like ammunition. Be focused, be specific and draft a treaty with precise definitions that minimize the loopholes of ‘creative interpretation.’” The negotiations concluded in late July without a draft treaty being agreed to by member nations. NSSF says it will continue to closely monitor arms control discussions at the UN. The U.S. State Department said it will support a new round of negotiations in 2013. For more information on SAAMI, visit www.saami.org. Glock Sponsors HAVA, Pledges Multi-Year Support lock Inc. has joined other outdoor and firearm industry companies in sponsoring Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA). Glock has pledged a multi-year program of financial support and products for shooting events, as well as company volunteers to enhance outdoor experiences for the wounded and disabled veterans HAVA serves. “HAVA represents the best of what our industry offers, and allows us to show our gratitude for the enormous commitment of these heroes. Glock is pleased to add our name to the impressive roster of shooting sports companies who are taking responsibility for these Americans who have given so much in the cause of freedom,” said Gary Fletcher, Glock vice president. “Glock recognizes this cause is an essential one, and that all of www.shootingindustry.com G our sponsor companies can make a difference in this vital work. Our focus is all about serving the wounded warrior, and we are honored to walk with Glock in this effort,” said Tom Taylor, HAVA chairman. The other sustaining sponsor companies supporting HAVA are Smith & Wesson, Yamaha Outdoors, Crimson Trace, Leupold & Stevens, SureFire, Mossberg, Hornady, Ruger, Barrett, XS Sights, FMG Publications, NRA and NSSF. There are many other contributing companies. For more information about HAVA, visit www.honoredveterans.org. For more about Glock, visit www.teamglock.com. SEPTEMBER 2012 9