Friday, January 13, 2023

NSSF Applauds U.S. Rep. Bergman’s FIND Act Introduction in Congress

NSSF®, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, welcomed the introduction of H.R. 53, the Firearm Industry Nondiscrimination (FIND) Act, into Congress by U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.). The bill has 55 original co-sponsors. This vital legislation will end the ability of corporate entities to profit from taxpayer-funded federal contracts while discriminating against a Constitutionally-protected industry at the same time.

“This legislation will help put an end to ‘woke’ corporations profiting from taxpayer-funded contracts while denying those same taxpayers access to their Second Amendment rights by using their financial might to deny essential services to members of the firearm industry,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “Corporations, in particular financial institutions, have been improperly dictating public policies from boardrooms that throttle Constitutionally-protected firearm businesses. The entire firearm industry thanks Congressman Bergman for his leadership to ensure fairness in business, reasserting Congress’s role in setting public policy and ensuring the federal government isn’t picking winners and losers in the marketplace based on politics. This legislation protects the ability of a lawful industry to compete for services without artificial and agenda-driven barriers.”

Congressman Bergman’s FIND Act does not tell companies with whom they must do business. However, just as companies can choose who they wish to do business with, so can the government when it spends taxpayer money. This bill ensures corporations cannot benefit from contracts and subcontracts funded by taxpayers only to use their financial strength to unfairly discriminate against the firearm industry. For far too long, corporations have engaged in “boardroom gun control” to force firearm businesses to adopt measures that would restrict Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Corporations are free to hold these anti-Second Amendment policies if they choose but would forfeit access to lucrative federal contracts.

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott signed a similar law in Texas in 2021 and similar legislation is being considered in other state capitols. Congressman Bergman’s legislation would bring those same fair business protections to the federal government to ensure corporate entities are not forcing policies that deny American civil liberties through the benefit of taxpayer-funded federal contracts.

For more information, visit nssf.org.