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Shooting ranges invited to apply for $400,000 in NSSF grants

From National Shooting Sports Foundation

-- Public and private shooting facilities are invited to apply for up to $400,000 in grants that can assist in developing strategies to put more target shooters on their firing lines, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry.

By providing this funding to qualifying ranges, NSSF's Range Partnership Grant Program will continue to help local businesses remind firearms owners, particularly the millions who have purchased new firearms in recent years, to take advantage of the training and safety services they provide.

This marks the fifth year for the NSSF range grant program.

"Our surveys tell us that people nationwide are purchasing firearms in record numbers, and that they are enthusiastic about target shooting. We want ranges to tap into that enthusiasm," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "These grants will help shooting-range managers test new initiatives to attract customers."

Owners and managers of target shooting facilities should review the range grant guidelines and, if they have qualifying program, apply for assistance. Private shooting ranges must have a public participation option to qualify.

Guidelines can be viewed online at  http://nssf.org/ranges/RangeResources/grants.cfm.

Shooting ranges applying for a grant can view case studies of previous grant recipients and learn more about NSSF's Range Partnership Grant Program at http://nssf.org/shooting/grants.

About NSSF: The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.

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