September 5th, 2008

Beretta Pledges $1 Million to Support Gun Rights

The Beretta Group of companies, led by Beretta U.S.A., Benelli U.S.A., and Burris Optics, have pledged to give the NRA $1 million over the next five years. This gift will benefit the NRA Institute for Legislative Action and the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund.

Beretta firearmsThe announcement was made by Cav. Ugo Gussalli Beretta at an event at his home in Clinton, Maryland, on August 20. At this event, Cav. Beretta was inducted into the NRA’s Golden Ring of Freedom, the highest level of the Association’s comprehensive donor recognition society. This new pledge brings the Beretta Group’s gift commitments to the NRA to over $2 million. Previous gifts have benefited the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, NRA Youth Programs, Hunting and Wildlife Conservation, and the National Firearms Museum.

The NRA Institute for Legislative Action mobilizes millions of volunteers nationwide on behalf of candidates who support our Second Amendment freedom, and has been very effective in recent elections both on the state and national level. The Civil Rights Defense Fund, the NRA’s sister 501(c)3 organization, supports litigation involving significant legal issues relating to the right to keep and bear arms.

Beretta firearms

Beretta U.S.A. is part of the Beretta Holding Group. Controlled by the Beretta family, the group includes arms-makers Beretta, Benelli, Franchi and Uberti (Italy), and Sako and Tikka (Finland). The oldest among these companies, Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A., has been operated by 15 generations of the Beretta family, starting in 1526. Cav. Ugo Gussalli Beretta and his sons, Pietro and Franco, run the company today.

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