"In yet another unwarranted attack on Remington and the firearms industry, NBC will soon air a report about Remington Arms and several of Remington's most popular shotguns and rifles. In this upcoming story, NBC is using the same producer and reporter who, in 2010, attempted to denigrate our Company and the Model 700, the most popular bolt-action rifle in the world. Now they are at it again, only this time they have set their sights on the most popular shotguns in the world, the Remington Models 870 and 1100. First, they went after 5 million lawfully owned firearms. Now, they're going after over 20 million firearms.
"Gun owners and shooters are all too familiar with NBC's long history of anti-gun reporting. The Network proved its proclivity for sensational reporting and its aggressive anti-gun agenda in its baseless attack on the Model 700, and its suggestion that the Consumer Product Safety Commission should control the firearms industry.
The previous CNBC story was based on rumors, unsubstantiated claims and misstatements, rather than factual evidence of the reliability and performance of the more than five million Model 700 bolt-action rifles produced over 50 years. The misinformation and sensational allegations were clearly addressed by Remington in a point-by-point rebuttal, to which CNBC never bothered to respond. We expect the same disregard for the facts and anti-gun sentiment to be repeated in the upcoming NBC story.
"Unfortunately, NBC continues to push the agendas of plaintiffs' attorneys and anti-gunners, relying on their clearly biased assertions, and upon paid so-called "experts." These "experts" have been repeatedly hired by plaintiff's attorneys to testify against Remington, as well as at least 16 other firearms manufacturers, to suit their own personal and economic agendas.
Model 870 and 1100 owners know the truth. These shotguns are used extensively under the most demanding conditions. Tens of billions of rounds have been fired through these firearms, which are valued for their performance and durability by tens of millions of hunters, shooters, law enforcement and military personnel who have relied on these firearms for over 60 years. The experiences of these users stand as a sophisticated and time-tested proof, to the quality and reliability of these firearm platforms. The facts show that the Model 870 and 1100 are two of the most reliable shotguns ever produced. Despite the efforts of plaintiffs' attorneys to drum up business against these popular firearms, no litigation is pending against the trigger mechanisms of these firearms and only one such lawsuit has been filed in the last seven years.
"When contacted by NBC about this story, Remington provided the Network with a vast amount of information about the true facts of these iconic American firearms and the so-called "expert" witnesses employed by plaintiffs' attorneys. Given NBC's long standing relationship with plaintiffs' attorneys and their paid experts, Remington is not surprised that NBC has once again chosen to ignore the facts to push the Network's anti-gun agenda. In light of NBC's inherent bias, Remington declined to participate in an on-camera interview, which would have exposed Remington to NBC's questionable editing processes.
"No biased and sensational media story can diminish the pride that Remington employees take in our Company and its products. It is disappointing that NBC continues to choose sensationalism over American industry. Remington's parent company employs nearly 3,000 proud Americans across 11 states, producing firearms and ammunition, 99% of which are Made in the USA. Hunters and shooters pump approximately $25 billion annually into the U.S. economy, supporting close to 600,000 domestic jobs, in addition to contributing approximately $2.9 billion annually directly to wildlife and habitat conservation.
"These agenda-driven, sensational stories should be a warning to all lawful and responsible hunters, shooters and gunowners to remain vigilant and steadfast in defense of our Second Amendment freedoms and the right of all Americans to safely hunt, shoot and protect ourselves and our families."