NSSF Annual Summit Draws Experts to Georgia


The National Shooting Sports Foundation debuted a new on-line jobs resource page, declared its commitment to wildlife conservation and discussed the impact of greater numbers of women in shooting sports at the organization’s Industry Summit that took place June 1-3.

Women are the fastest growing group of gun owners in America. Around 120 million Americans own guns and last year, 74 percent of gun purchasers were  women, based on a report released last year by the NSSF. In a survey as part of the report, researchers found the primary reason women own guns was for self-defense.

“The women’s market is a force in our industry, and manufacturers, retailers and shooting ranges are making changes to their products and services to satisfy women’s tastes and needs,” Jim Curcuruto, NSSF director of Industry Research and Analysis said in May. “This report will assist anyone interested in knowing more about women’s enthusiasm for and attitudes toward firearms.” 

The need to partner with more women shooting organizations was discussed further this week at the group’s annual summit held in Savannah, Georgia. 

At the summit, the foundation also signed a memo of understanding with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and members of the hunting and shooting industry to continue its commitment to conservation and wildlife preservation.

“Combining efforts and increasing communications will give us all the ability to better market outdoor recreation and increase recruitment, retention and reactivation of our customers for generations to come,” said Dan Forster,  director of the Wildlife Resources Division.

Those in attendance were from every area of the shooting and hunting sports, including many of the decision makers in the shooting world. The foundation also unveiled a new on-line job resource page designed to help the firearms industry recruit qualified professionals. 

“The goal of the 2015 NSSF Industry Summit will be to share dynamic and reputable models of success that contribute toward a common Industry goal of increasing participation in hunting and target shooting,” according to their website.

The Industry Summit has been credited in the past to help the gun and shooting industry move forward and help the attendees reach their united goals. Those who attend the conference are given access to the latest research acquired by those who are experts in their field.

The three day event is filled with excellent speakers, some of whom were made famous on television, such as the season 4 Top Shot winner Chris Cheng. The conference also hosts speakers from various gun blogs, The Well Armed Woman, US Sportsman’s Alliance and many others.

If you would like more information about the Industry Summit put on by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, or to see a list of everyone who is involved, check out their website at nssf.org.

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