Press Release (ePRNews.com) - PHOENIX - Apr 23, 2017 - Ace Luciano, Outdoor Professional, weighs in on the news that the NRA has withdrawn the application of the US Concealed Carry Association to display at their annual members’ convention.
“In my inquiry of numerous professionals in the industry, the NRA has not given any announcement nor insight into this recent development as of today. Many that were asked are hypothesizing that they (the NRA) do not feel it “appropriate” for the USCCA to be at the convention, as the NRA now offers products that are in direct competition with the USCCA’s product.
We are all anxious to learn the facts, should wait until those facts are presented before making assumptions, and need to keep in mind that we, as firearm owners and 2nd Amendment supporters, are all “on the same side” of firearms, firearm, and 2nd Amendment Rights.”
The following press release content was published by the USCCA, as well as a letter from USCCA President and founder, Tim Schmidt.
“The National Rifle Association Disinvites US Concealed Carry Association from Annual Meeting and Exhibits.
USCCA Will Continue to Support NRA’s Mission
West Bend, WI – The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) today announced that the National Rifle Association (NRA) has disinvited the organization from its 2017 Annual Meetings & Exhibits and the 2018 Great American Outdoor Show because of “concerns regarding its programs.”
The move shocked the leadership of the USCCA because they were given less than two weeks notice that they had been banned from the annual show, even though they had attended for the past several years. This decision also came as a surprise because over the past two months, the leadership from the NRA and the USCCA met twice to discuss the shared goal of the two organizations in support of the Second Amendment.
In a note sent to millions of USCCA supporters, Founder and President Tim Schmidt said that even though the NRA might be fearing the competition, USCCA will still support the NRA’s efforts to protect the Second Amendment.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little perplexed myself. The truth is, I don’t really know the motive behind the NRA’s move. I mean, the USCCA has ALWAYS had a great relationship with the NRA. And the way I see it, we’re all in this together,” Schmidt said.
“If I had to guess, I’d say that perhaps this is a strategic business maneuver,” added Schmidt. “I mean, the concealed carry market has really exploded over the last decade — just look at how long the USCCA has been around! Maybe the NRA recognizes us as the frontrunner in providing the absolute best education, training and self-defense insurance in the industry. And perhaps they’re starting to see us less as a partner and more as a competitor.”
“As much as it sort of stings that we got ‘booted’ from the NRA Show, I believe that this sort of competition is a good, healthy and even exciting thing — especially from a goliath like the NRA.”
“Whether or not the NRA supports us, we will continue to support them,” Schmidt said. “We will continue to believe in their mission. We will continue to respect the historical significance of what they have done to preserve and protect our God-given rights. And we will always support their legislative and lobbying efforts. I personally will continue to donate to the NRA as a proud Lifetime Member.”
About The USCCA:
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) provides education, training and self-defense insurance to responsible American gun owners. Headquartered in West Bend, WI, the USCCA is the largest and fastest-growing, member-owned, private association whose sole focus is the responsibly armed American.”
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Disclaimer: Ace Luciano is an Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association and has been a LIFE MEMBER for the past 30 years.
Ace was also a member of the USCCA for one year and then changed to another protective service that he felt better suited his needs- but still feels that they are a quality organization with a quality product.
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