April 22, 2020
NEWTOWN, Conn. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearm, ammunition, hunting and recreational shooting sports industry, recognized U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) as the 2019 National Shooting Sports Foundation Legislator of the Year for her unwavering commitment to protect one of our nation’s most cherished traditions and for fighting to uphold our constitutional rights.
Senator Capito sponsored the bipartisan Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, S. 94, which provides states with greater flexibility to use Pittman-Robertson funds derived from excise taxes paid by firearm and ammunition manufacturers for the development and maintenance of public shooting ranges. The “Range Bill” paved the way for increased safe recreational target shooting opportunities after it was enacted. Senator Capito also championed efforts to ensure that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is adequately funded to provide quality customer service to firearm retailers.
“We are honored to present Senator Capito with the 2019 NSSF Legislator of the Year Award for her perseverance and steadfast leadership in the U.S. Senate, particularly for playing a key role in the passage and enactment of the ‘Range Bill,’ as well as her tireless efforts to help ensure FBI NICS is equipped to provide customer service to federally licensed firearms retailers,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “Senator Capito has been an invaluable partner to the firearm and ammunition industry within the Halls of Congress. NSSF appreciates her commitment to invest in responsible firearm ownership and wildlife conservation, and we applaud her continued efforts in support of hunting, the shooting sports, and the Second Amendment, which stand to benefit not only West Virginians but Americans all across this nation.”
“West Virginia has a proud Second