SCHUYLERVILLE — As the gun control debate heats up following back-to-back mass shootings, the industry has a spokesperson with unprecedented access to U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik, the No. 3 Republican in the House: her husband.
Matthew Manda works as director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, based in Newtown, Connecticut. The trade group – whose stated mission is “to promote, protect and preserve hunting and shooting sports” – was among the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit seeking to block a New York law that increases the potential liability of manufacturers of fire arms. The lawsuit was dismissed by an Albany judge earlier this week, although an appeal is likely.