The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) earlier this week announced a $25,000 donation to the Fraternal Order of Police in honor of police officers killed in the line of duty.
The NSSF, the trade association for the firearms industry, announced the contribution at the organization's 63rd Biennial National Conference.
"The consistent strong support of the NSSF is invaluable in our effort to ensure that officers killed in the line of duty are never forgotten and that their families are always cared for," FOP President Chuck Canterbury said in a statement.
According to the Officer Down website, 86 officers have died in the line of duty so far in 2017, with 14 of those coming in August, tied with January for the deadliest month for cops.
There were 146 deaths in the line of duty in 2016, according to Officer Down.
"Members of the firearms industry are proud to stand with the brave men and women of law enforcement across this great nation who every day put their lives on the line to serve and protect our citizens," NSSF senior vice president and general counsel Lawrence Keane said in a statement.
"As a former prosecutor and son of a New York City policeman, I am especially thankful for the opportunity to have our industry contribute to this worthy cause," Keane said.
Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers.
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