Lobbying Firms Report Firearms Lobbying

Posted April 4, 2013 at 9:43am

Early lobbying reports for the first quarter of 2013 show the firearms industry keeps on aiming for profits by lobbying.

McAllister & Quinn LLC (DC) reported it was paid $45,000 by Sig Sauer Inc.in the first quarter of 2013 for lobbying the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on firearms, guns and ammunition, including foreign military sales and export trade reform. Sig Sauer manufacturers handguns, rifles, and machine guns. The 2013 first quarter $45,000 payment was an increase from the $36,000 paid in the fourth quarter of 2012. The lobbyists were Brandon Declet, Steve Ham, and Frank Cristinzio.

Winborn Solutions LLC (DC) reported it was paid $45,000 by Remington Arms Co. Inc. in the first quarter of 2013 for lobbying on the issues of defense, environment/superfund, and firearms/guns/ammunition. Remington manufactures firearms and ammunition. This included “monitor legislation concerning assault weapons and background checks and explain the impact of the legislation on manufacturers.” It also included “small arms sales to the Department of Defense and foreign military sales under contracts with the Department of Defense Direct sales of small arms to foreign countries requiring approval of the Department of Defense and State and Congress.” It also included, “the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act (H.R. 322) and similar legislation, which would expand hunting opportunities and clarify that lead ammunition is exempt from the Toxic Substances Control Act.”  Erik Winborn is the lobbyist.  Remington also pays Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough to lobby.