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Although the human fatalities of the Coronavirus pandemic seem (knock wood!) to not be as bad as initial fears, COVID-19 continues to kill…and the latest victim is the National Rifle Association‘s 2020 Precision Pistol Championships, High Power Championships, and Smallbore Championships for 2020. Although the championships were initially scheduled from July through August, a time when the nation’s doctors and scientists expect the pandemic to have “cooled” a bit, a recent notice from the NRA indicates that the effects of a March through May shutdown are continuing to propagate for many months in the future. Here’s the memo we received from the NRA:
Due to the current state of affairs surrounding COVID-19, the uncertainties associated with this pandemic at present, and shutdowns across our country that have impeded vital preparatory work, the National Rifle Association has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NRA Precision Pistol Championships, July 1 -5, 2020, 2020 NRA High Power Championships, August 9 -25, 2020 and the 2020 NRA Smallbore Championships scheduled for July 23 – August 4, 2020.
We are trying to make the best of the current situation by moving forward with range construction and other improvements as we look towards the 2021 NRA National Championships season. The NRA is also exploring the feasibility of hosting a variety of new NRA events at Camp Atterbury (if conditions are favorable) with the state of Indiana later this year.
We share your disappointment that we had to cancel these competitions. The NRA wishes everyone good health and the best of luck. Stay safe and healthy. For more information: https://competitions.nra.org
Here at Guns & Gadgets Daily, we’re keeping a close eye on the shooting and shooting-industry events that are falling victim to the pandemic. For NRA shooting events, the website we watch is called Shooting Sports USA.