Georgia Nichols

Sunday, June 1st, 1997

Georgia L. Nichols of North Haven, Connecticut is the designated recipient of the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award for June.

In nominating Mrs. Nichols for the Award, John Michael Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, said “I have known Georgia for some time now and have heard her speak several times at the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, cosponsored by CCRKBA and the Second Amendment Foundation.

“She is without doubt one of the most effective spokespersons in the American gun rights movement. Always a lady, Georgia also always is articulate, forthright and absolutely solid in asserting and defending the individual right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms. Georgia is most deserving of this Award.”

Nichols, born in New Haven, Connecticut, is President of the American Shooting Sports Council, Inc. She also is a member of the Council’s Board of Directors.

She is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Mossberg Corporation and its subsidiaries. She has been with O. F. Mossberg & Sons since 1974 where she has held various positions, including Director of Personnel. In 1984, she established the company’s Legal Department.

She is Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Firearms Council, Inc.

Georgia is a Member of the Board and Case Selection Committee of the Product Liability Advisory Council, a Member of the Product Liability Client Advisory Board of the American Law Firm Association, a Member of the Board of Directors of Sporting Activities Insurance Limited, and a Member of Sports Litigators of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association.

Georgia is a graduate of Quinnipiac School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Rider College in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

An accomplished equestrian and shooter, Mrs. Nichols has given numerous speeches and written articles on issues affecting the firearms industry. She has been a frequent speaker at the Gun Rights Policy Conference and the annual SHOT Show, as well as at other meetings concerning the manufacturing, sale and ownership of firearms. In the area of product liability and the firearms industry, Mrs. Nichols is considered one of the leading authorities in the country.

Georgia and her husband, Spencer, have two sons and two grandsons.

In one of her many writings, Nichols stated she had just “attended an annual American Shooting Sports Coalition ‘fly-in’ in Washington, D. C. The purpose of ASSC is to promote shooting sports; to achieve that end, ASSC attempts to spread ‘our’ word, that is that we are honest, deeply patriotic and concerned citizens/business people and a substantial part of our country’s economic, social and political structure. Our views are not radical or dangerous. The fly-in is purposely held in the District so that ASSC representatives can meet with their elected political representatives.

“In an exercise apparently designed to educate the Congress, (New York) Congressperson (Charles) Schumer’s committee was interviewing children. As a parent, I certainly do not denigrate the validity of the old ‘out of the mouths of babes’ saw; however, I feel that businesses, governments, education systems and any other endeavor that hopes to be successful may need more mature advice. Before that august assembly of adolescent intellects (you betcha, congresspersons included), Congressperson Schumer ranted: ‘For the last three days, these adult gun pushers have been twisting arms in their silk suits and Gucci shoes! I invite those lobbyists to look these children in the eye!’ Well now, Congressperson Schumer, I can not only look into the eyes of those children, but yours also. Children need be taught, adolescent congresspersons need be chastised at the polls; considering your taxpayer funded, voted by you for you, best in the universe retirement pension scam, an early return to the real world may not be so painful…

“Does Congressperson Schumer really think that the American Firearms Industry has a concerted and dedicated plan to market firearms to adolescents? Does he believe that General Motors has an aggressive marketing campaign to sell automobiles to teen-aged drunken drivers? Does he believe that McCulloch surreptitiously markets chain saws to young mass murderers? Does he believe that knife, hammer, axe, blunt, sharp and all other device manufacturers have joined in a secret cabal to provide our children weapons of mutual and self-destruction at reduced prices? Does he believe that guns kill people rather people using guns kill people? Schumer is a Congressperson; his yes answer to all the above wouldn’t surprise me…

“For the record, Congressperson Schumer, I didn’t see a silk suit or Gucci shoe in the lot of us. We are working people producing a product much more substantial than hot air. As a consequence, we frequent environments where silk and Italian leather don’t fare well. You must learn to differentiate us from your D.C. West associates. I learned about luxurious hotels, port and truffles by observing junketing Congresspersons expanding the national debt while studying ‘urgent issues.’

“Nothing disturbs me more than arrogant ignorance (or ignorant arrogance) wherever it occurs – in myself, my family or the Nation’s hallowed institutions. There are many congressional Representatives whose brains govern their mouths. To them we are all indebted for their thoughtful insights into the Nation’s problems and their tireless efforts in attempting to solve them. As my law-abiding, noncriminal, tax paying and legally gun-toting children would say, ‘Get a life and a real job, Schumer!.’”

Mrs. Nichols holds memberships in the American Bar Association, the American Business Women’s Association, the American Corporate Counsel Association and the Defense Research Institute.