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Shooters & Hunters: Help Prevent Wildfires.

Release Date: 5/24/2013

Here's a timely message from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) now that we are getting into the hot, summer fire season.

NSSF Poster Urges Wildfire Prevention


NEWTOWN, Conn. -- With the fire outlook in the West already being called severe, the National Shooting Sports Foundation is getting the jump on reminding target shooters and hunters to be cautious when using firearms in hot, dry environments and to share its fire-prevention poster with others in the outdoors community.

The poster is available in two sizes--the standard 8.5 x 11 inchesand a larger 11 x 17 size--and is suitable for displaying at shooting ranges, firearms retail shops and outdoor-equipment stores, as well as sharing on websites, blogs and social media sites.

The poster encourages firearms owners to know the rules and regulations related to shooting in fire-prone areas; to minimize the risk of fire by not using ammunition that is steel-jacketed or has steel-core components, and by not using tracer rounds or exploding targets; to remember that a vehicle or ATV's hot exhaust pipes could ignite a fire; and to properly extinguish campfires, among other fire-prevention measures.

Wildfires have many possible causes, and target shooters and hunters who are aware of their surroundings, cautious and responsible can make sure they are not among them.

For more information, visit www.nssf.org/education/PreventWildfires.cfm

The target shooting and hunting community prides itself on being safe and responsible with firearms in all situations— from using them outdoors to storing them safely at home. Sometimes, however, unusual conditions such as extremely dry environments require an extra level of awareness and safety on the part of shooters.

Wildfires have many possible causes. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, reminds all shooters that during dry and hot weather conditions their use of certain ammunition and targets could accidentally ignite a wildfire. NSSF reminds all target shooters and hunters, as well as other outdoor enthusiasts, to consider the potential consequences of their activities in fire-prone environments.

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