About the RSSA
The RSSA is a collection of individuals and companies that wish to preserve the enjoyment of airsoft and airguns within the United States. Each member whether an individual or company is involved for their own reasons. It can be a passionate player to a company that profits from the sales of equipment. Regardless of the reason(s), the protection of the industry is the common denominator. Each country on the globe has challenges with a gun/rifle-based sport. Some countries outright ban all sorts of guns, while others look to restrict the growth of shooting sports. One just has to look across the pond to know that threat is real.
Many years ago, the United Kingdom came to a settlement with the lawmakers on how airsoft/airguns are going to be handled within the public rank and file. They are now concerned again as their beloved shooting sports are under attack again, this time with a new range of demands from the politicians who are against shooting sports where airsoft and airguns are central. There are national organizations established in the U.K. that were created to fight these challenges and they are on the case.
The United States for the longest time, has not had an organization that will protect the interest of shooting sports enthusiasts. The closest organization of any size is the NRA, but they are focused on firearms. With the increased number of terrorist attacks and mass shootings, they have their hands full defending the second amendment which is being tested from numerous angles and states.
The RSSA owns its roots to the Airsoft Safety Foundation (ASF) and many other dedicated advocates to the shooting sports industry. The ASF was actively involved in fighting the proposed bills in the state of California. Many of the people who were involved in the California fight are now involved with the RSSA because they see the work that needs to be done on a national level.
In 2014, the legal assault in the original form of California’s SB199 was just the start. Without quick and prompt action by many of the now-RSSA members, the originally proposed version of the law could of seriously threatened airsoft as we know it today. Today in certain states, the political environment is becoming a breeding ground for more senseless legislation at an alarming pace. Airsoft and airguns has never been in a more precarious situation in this country as they are now. There are now more than four states with proposed bills in process that will be detrimental to our beloved sport! We need action now and continued vigilance against future legislation. Just because a bill gets defeated once, does not mean that it will not reappear the next session. Don't think so? Ask Californians and people in the U.K!
The Airsoft and airgun communities are made up of some of the most passionate people in the country. They love their sport, gear and they love to compete. Because of this unique passion, the country is littered with support groups all wanting to make an impact. Unfortunately they are scattered, and by themselves, cannot perpetually stand up to the unique challenges that face them today. The RSSA needs your help!
The formation of the Recreational Shooting Sports Association or the RSSA is to create the national voice of shooting sports in the United States. Another objective is to build an education base that anyone can use to learn about our beloved sport. Additional resources and programs will be developed that will help make airsoft and airguns become one of the safest recreational sports in the land. Additionally, the RSSA we will reach out to lawmakers and educate them about any proposed legislation so common ground that balances safety with common sense can be discovered. The RSSA intends to Educate, Protect and Defend!
The RSSA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that is based in Washington DC and was conceived after the California call to action on SB199. It was formed by the leaders, principals or owners of Airsoft Megastore, American MilSim, Evike, Pyramyd Air, Soft Air USA (Includes Cybergun, Palco and Spartan Imports), Valken, Umarex (Elite Force) and Xtreme Airsoft. Over time the RSSA intends increase the board representation as the needs expands. In addition, A support structure that provides everyone with a voice will be built over time.
The RSSA is up to the challenges ahead and the good news is that the shooting sports communities has plenty of gas in the tank; the resources just need to be pooled properly. The RSSA will be reaching out to the community to take roles within the RSSA soon. When they do, they hope everyone... players, organizers, distributors, retailers, teams, local fields and shops will volunteer to answer the call.
Visit our website (www.rssagroup.org), sign up and donate whatever you can to the cause! The RSSA needs resources, leaders and activists from all over this country to effect change. They want and need you!
It can often take a crisis to bring people together. While we all wish that we could have come together as a nation several years ago, it’s better late than never. If we unite now, we can certainly build something that can protect and empower us. Please do not wait, take action now!