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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Gun industry group gets US support for safety drive

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Gun industry group gets US support for safety drive

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The gun industry’s Newtown-based national trade association and lobbying organization has received a $2.4 million federal grant to promote gun locks and firearm safety. In the months after the December 2012 shooting deaths of 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, demonstrators protested at the site demanding […]

Gun industry group gets US support for safety drive

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The gun industry’s Newtown-based national trade association and lobbying organization has received a $2.4 million federal grant to promote gun locks and firearm safety.

In the months after the December 2012 shooting deaths of 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, demonstrators protested at the site demanding tougher gun laws.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation considered leaving town because of hostility from some critics and worries that its connection to the town might undermine its work promoting hunting and shooting sports.

Elected officials who helped rally the effort for new gun laws say they still differ with NSSF on the need for control, but can support its work on gun safety.

Opponents are asking the Justice Department to cancel the grant.

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