The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that comedian Jay Leno, who was scheduled to appear at the SHOT Show State of the Industry dinner in Las Vegas, has cancelled due to pressure from anti-firearm groups.

We are clearly disappointed by Jay Leno’s decision not to perform at the 2015 SHOT Show State of the Industry Dinner. He unilaterally cancelled his promised appearance due to pressure from the anti-gun lobby, which included false statements about our industry and its commitment to genuine firearms safety, which we attempted to personally correct with him, but to no avail, said NSSF in a press release.

The anti-gun groups launched a petition drive urging Leno to cancel his appearance.

According a release issued by the Newtown Action Alliance Leno called chairman Po Murray and told her that he was unaware that the NSSF was a pro-gun lobbying group based in Newtown, CT.

Im grateful that Jay has seen the NSSF for what it really is: a corporate lobbying group that puts money over morality, no matter how many families are destroyed by its products, said Jennifer Fiore, the executive director of the Campaign to Unload, another anti-firearm group.

We are not deterred by their publicity seeking nor are we unfamiliar with the bullying political tactics of the gun control groups that seem to have as little respect for the First Amendment as they continually demonstrate with regard to the Second Amendment, said the NSSF.

We are proud of the many programs that we run that meaningfully contribute to public safety including our long standing Project ChildSafe and Dont Lie for the Other Guy initiatives in addition to our members everyday work in compliance with comprehensive federal and state laws. We will not allow the lawful commerce in firearms nor our industry to be demonized and we will continue to speak out for the Second Amendment rights of the millions of law-abiding citizens who are our customers, added NSSF.