Changes in the Heritage Fund
Since 1998 the "Heritage Fund," administered by the Hunting
and Shooting Sports Heritage Fund, Inc. (HSSHF) (formerly the Hunting and
Shooting Sports Heritage Foundation, Inc.), has provided the critical resources
to help the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) meet our industry's
legislative, legal and regulatory challenges. The Heritage Fund's achievements
are many, with highlights including passage by Congress of the Protection
of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, defeats of politically motivated municipal
lawsuits designed to bankrupt our industry, the Vote Your Sport® voter
education and mobilization campaign that helped define a new power in American
politics-the sportsmen's voting bloc, and the award-winning educational programs
Project ChildSafe® and Don't Lie for the Other Guy™.
All credit is due to the far-seeing, dedicated companies that stepped up
to the plate to establish and sustain the Heritage Fund, which became a trailblazing
model of industry unity, commitment and support.
Recognizing that these successes have had an industry-wide benefit, the NSSF
Board of Governors at its annual 2007 meeting decided that our industry's
government relations and legal initiatives should be supported by every member
of the NSSF, rather than by Heritage Fund participants only. As a result,
the boards of NSSF and HSSHF voted to dissolve HSSHF as a separate company
by merging it into NSSF and to make the Heritage Fund a program of NSSF whose
activities are funded by all NSSF members through a portion of their membership
dues. "This ensures that all of our members are partners in our efforts
to protect our industry's rights and the firearms freedoms of all Americans," said
Christopher Dolnack, Senior Vice President of NSSF.
Visit the NSSF Web site at www.nssf.org to
learn more about the progress of NSSF's legal, legislative and regulatory
initiatives and the many other programs whose purpose is to ensure a positive
future for our industry, our traditions and our freedoms.