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Gun Group Considered Leaving Newtown

By SUSAN HAIGH
|  Friday, Nov 22, 2013  |  Updated 2:58 PM EDT
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Gun Group Considered Leaving Newtown

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More than 100 people, some for gun control, others promoting gun rights, showed up outside the National Sports Shooting Federation in Newtown on Thursday.

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The gun industry's national trade association and lobbying organization considered moving its offices from Newtown, Conn., after last year's shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, the president and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation said he had to determine whether having Newtown associated with the foundation affects its mission to promote hunting and the shooting sports.

Steve Sanetti said angry neighbors confronted a handful of his employees. Protesters have also appeared outside the headquarters, but Sanetti polled workers and none of them wanted to move, saying they're part of the community and have nothing to be ashamed of.

The NSSF has a membership of 9,500 manufacturers, distributors, retailers and others. Gun safety is a major push for the group.

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