From Smith & Wesson Corp. - National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre Visits Smith & Wesson® Headquarters
Springfield, Massachusetts - Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that Wayne
LaPierre, Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), visited the
company’s Springfield, Massachusetts, headquarters today to meet employees and to tour the
company’s manufacturing operations. During his visit to the 162-year old firearms manufacturer,
LaPierre was presented with a $600,000 company donation by President and CEO, James
Debney. Debney also announced that Smith & Wesson will expand its support of the NRA by
adding a company-paid annual NRA membership to its Employee Benefit Program for all fulltime
employees beginning in 2015.
LaPierre spoke with company employees about the importance of joining the NRA and
commended the company on its continued support of numerous NRA programs and its ongoing
advocacy for the protection of Second Amendment rights. He stated, “On behalf of our five
million plus members and tens of millions of supporters, I'd like to thank the men and women of
Smith & Wesson for their generous support of our fight to preserve our gun rights and hunting
heritage. Freedom needs our continued vigilance and America's 100 million gun owners must
stand and fight to preserve our liberty."
Earlier this year, Smith & Wesson donated safety equipment valued at more than $500,000 to the
NRA Women’s Programs for the Women on Target and Female NRA Certified Instructor clinics.
Last year, Smith & Wesson was inducted into the NRA Golden Ring of Freedom, reserved for
those who have given gifts of cash or assets to the NRA totaling one million dollars or more. As a
member of the NRA Corporate Partners Program, Smith & Wesson has made a long-term
commitment to the Life of Duty Program, with sponsorship of the online network’s Patriot
Profiles and several other initiatives.
“The importance of the NRA and its critical role in the protection of Second Amendment rights in
the United States cannot be understated,” said James Debney, Smith & Wesson President and
CEO. “Through its various programs, pro-gun reform legislation, and grassroots efforts, the
existence of the NRA is crucial to the preservation of the shooting sports and to the entire
firearms industry. Only by joining together, utilizing shared resources, and working toward the
same objectives, will we be able to ensure the preservation of Second Amendment rights today
and for future generations.”
About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.