LAS VEGAS, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a reception earlier this evening hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) in celebration of the opening of the Clark County Shooting Park (CCSP), members of the Clark County Commission were honored with a handcrafted flintlock Pennsylvania rifle for their leadership in developing the shooting park. Presenting the award to the Commission was Robert Scott, chairman of the Board of Governors of the NSSF, and Steve Sanetti, president of the NSSF.
"We are here to celebrate the opening of the Clark County Shooting Park and to express our sincere appreciation to the Clark County Commission for its leadership, vision and dedication to developing a world-class shooting facility where sportsmen and women, hunters, target shooters and firearms enthusiasts can participate in the shooting sports," said Scott.
NSSF also recognized the important role Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the rest of the state's congressional delegation played in securing the federal assistance necessary to make the park a reality.
The CCSP, which opened last month, includes a pistol and rifle range, trap and skeet fields and a 4,400-square-foot education center.
The reception coincides with the opening tomorrow of the 32nd annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. In his remarks Scott noted how pleased members of the industry were that the SHOT Show has returned to Las Vegas and the importance of the city to the success of the SHOT Show. "Las Vegas has long been considered the home of SHOT Show -- now the 22nd largest trade show in North America -- and the destination of choice for our more than 55,000 exhibitors and attendees."
Accepting the rifle on behalf of the commission was Commissioner Tom Collins. "We are honored to be recognized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for developing the Clark County Shooting Park," said Commissioner Collins. "We built the park because Nevadans enjoy participating in and respect America's hunting and shooting sports heritage and our firearms freedoms. In view of that heritage, and of the economic impact of the SHOT Show, we are pleased to welcome the show back to Las Vegas and look forward to having it here in the years to come."
The Shooting Park is located in the District "B" that is represented by Commissioner Collins who is a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a member of the Boy Scouts Area Council and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 5,200 of America's leading manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.
SOURCE National Shooting Sports Foundation