Colt Defense LLC and Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC
announced today their endorsement of Owen “Buz” Mills for election to the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

In announcing Colt’s support, LtGen William M. Keys, USMC (Ret.), President and Chief Executive Officer of Colt Defense and Colt’s Manufacturing, stated, “Buz Mills has been a firm supporter of
the firearms industry for many years and is fully committed to the protection of gun owners’ rights. At this critical time for the firearms industry, we need Buz’s experience, knowledge and judgment on the board of the most influential firearms organization in the country.”


Gen. Keys further noted that Mills is the President of Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona, the oldest and largest privately owned firearms training facility in the world, and an NRA Benefactor Member, having been an NRA member since 1962 and a Life Member since 1984. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mills also is a member of the NRA Heritage Society, and a Charter Member of the Ring of Freedom Harlon Carter Society.


He is a lifelong hunter, gun collector, competitive shooter and IPSC national competitor. He has recruited thousands of NRA members and has long been a supporter of shooting events, youth groups, scouting, the Olympic Shooting Development Fund and other endeavors aimed at increasing support for the shooting sports.Colt Defense LLC is the world’s leading manufacturer of automatic rifles, carbines and related weapon systems for military and law enforcement use.