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July 2022

Dear FSSA members,

Happy Independence Day!!  May God continue to bless our great nation as we celebrate…and as we take a moment to honor all those who worked so hard, who risked so much, and especially those who gave their all so that the United States could be and remain the Land of the Free.  Have the best day possible!!  If you took the opportunity to do some hunting, recreational or competitive shooting this past weekend or today, I hope you enjoyed your Second Amendment Freedoms! I know I did.

FSSA was able to support several of our junior shooters, through our grant program, at the recent 2022 National Junior Olympic Rifle Championships at Hillsdale College and at the 2022 Rifle National Championships at the Olympic Training Center.  Congrats to our junior shooters.  In the next few days, the NRA National Championships, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana and the CMP Championship Matches, at Camp Perry, Ohio, will begin.  Good luck to all competitors and especially our FSSA individuals and teams. FSSA is supporting our teams by providing team shirts and paying team fees.  Other individuals from various FSSA affiliated clubs are supporting the NRA National Matches with their time and expertise.  If you have any stories or pictures to share, please send them to: webmaster@flssa.org. Look for pictures and stories on FSSA's Facebook page and Website.

I’d like to take a moment and thank Florida’s Marion Hammer for all her years of dedicated service supporting our Second Amendment.  As many of you may have already read: “After more than four decades of extraordinary service to the National Rifle Association of America, the Second Amendment, and gun owners nationwide, Marion Hammer is stepping down from her position as a state lobbyist for the NRA-Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) in Florida. She will continue to serve as an advisor to the NRA, assisting with Second Amendment advocacy in the Sunshine State and beyond.”

I was saddened to learn of the passing of US Marine, long time competitive shooter and FSSA Director and Officer, Gene Pitts.  Gene was a fine marksman and instructor and served as a tower talker for many NRA National Championships at Camp Perry.  His leadership as a former FSSA Director and Officer were significant in FSSA’s ability to serve our members and affiliated clubs.  Our deepest sympathy to his wife Karen and his family.

Florida continues as a Second Amendment friendly and welcoming state.  We are only able to enjoy our freedoms when we are represented at the Federal, State and Local levels by officials who value and fully support our constitutional right to own firearms.  We’ve seen what happens when good people do not exercise their right to vote.  With the upcoming elections, let’s do everything we can to ensure our local communities, our state and our country remain committed to preserving our Second Amendment Freedoms.  Stay informed!!  Be involved to the extent that you are able!!  Get out and vote!!  Help others register and get out and vote!!  Our founders gave us a country, second to none.  Let July 4th re-inspire us to keep our nation free.

If you are overdue for FSSA annual membership renewal, or are coming due, I ask you to please consider renewing.  A reminder that individual annual membership dues will increase to $25.00 beginning next year.  Your membership fees go toward supporting Florida’s state championships, our teams, our juniors, and our women’s programs. The impact and importance of your membership is very much appreciated.  If you have questions about what we do, I invite you to contact me at president@flssa.org.  Memberships as well as donations can be made online at: https://www.flssa.org/join-us and at: https://www.flssa.org/http/www.flssa.org/Donate

Thanks to all our Directors for their work and dedication supporting FSSA and our shooting programs.  If you have an interest in serving or know someone who might be interested, please contact me.

Again, thank you for your membership in FSSA.  Please continue to encourage others to renew or join.  To FSSA’s affiliated clubs, thank you for your continued support.  Please let us know what is happening at your club, so we can share with our members.

Be well, stay safe, and enjoy our (your) USA’s great Independence Day celebration.


Ted Carter

President – Florida Sport Shooting Association.


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National Rifle Association To Celebrate August As National Shooting Sports Month

NRA announces its support of the sixth annual National Shooting Sports Month

On Wednesday, July 27 the National Rifle Association of America announced its support of the sixth annual National Shooting Sports Month, an initiative of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Created by NSSF to encourage participation in the shooting sports and emphasize firearms safety, National Shooting Sports Month will take place throughout the month of August.

“The NRA is once again proud to partner with NSSF to promote and support National Shooting Sports Month,” said Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr., Executive Director of NRA General Operations. “We implore all NRA members to exercise their Second Amendment rights this month by participating in the shooting sports—whether in competition or for recreational fun. Now is the time to bring a friend or first-time gun owner along to mentor and introduce them to the sports and practice safe, responsible firearm use.”

“Last year’s National Shooting Sports Month was a tremendous success, thanks to hundreds of ranges and retailers across the country reminding people about the fun and excitement of target shooting,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Retail and Range Business Development. “We’re thrilled to have NRA join in continuing the celebration of the shooting sports this year.”

Whether you’re an experienced target shooter, a hunter, or a person just becoming interested in acquiring a first firearm and learning how to shoot, NRA and NSSF invite you to head out to the range during National Shooting Sports Month so you can improve your shooting and firearm safety skills.

Also, be sure to “Like” NSSF’s Facebook page to see how others across the country are celebrating this special event. NSSF and NRA encourage you to share your National Shooting Sports Month experience on social media and to use the hashtag #LetsGoShooting.

Visit letsgoshooting.org to learn more.

The Florida Sport Shooting Association  - June 2017 

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