George Kollitides

George Kollitides (Nominating Committee Member)

George Kollitides - Nominating Committee Member
CEO of Freedom Group, Inc.

George Kollitides received a B.A. in Economics from Lafayette College in 1991 and an M.B.A. in Finance and Management of Organizations from Columbia Business School in 1998. He is the CEO of Freedom Group, Inc., which made the Bushmaster military-style assault rifle used to kill 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. Kollitides has been a Director of Remington Arms Co. Inc. since 2007. He currently serves as a trustee of the NRA Foundation and Director of the NRA’s Hunting and Wildlife Committee, Presidents Committee on Advancement, and Nominating Committee. He made several failed attempts to be elected to the NRA Board of Directors. He is also a Director of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and Bushmaster Firearms.

Controversial Actions and Statements

Controversial Actions and Statements:

George Kollitides (Nominating Committee Member)

On the October 18, 2023 broadcast of “Cam & Company,” Cam Edwards spoke to George Kollitides, CEO of Remington Arms. Discussing the upcoming 2012 presidential election, Kollitides stated, “I think this will be the most important election of our lifetime. The next president is going to be in an incredibly powerful position to appoint {U.S.] Supreme Court justices. It’s one thing to legislate a gun ban. That can always be overturned by a future president, a future Congress, and Congress can fight it, of course, and hope they don’t get vetoed and overruled. We’ve had the benefit of a strict interpretist Supreme Court which has been conservative and really held up the core traditional values of our country. So, I don’t necessarily just worry about the next four years of an Obama presidency, I worry about my kids’ and my grandkids’ futures, because if we change face of the Supreme Court, we’re looking at a 30-plus-year uphill battle … Not only will the Second Amendment be under attack if we go to a liberal non-strict-interpretative court, but it’ll be the entire American way of life. When we appoint liberal judges, they take it upon themselves not to interpret the laws but to legislate the laws and there’s a lot of liberal courts doing that. So, the appeal needs to be not just to gun owners, although that’s obviously critically important…but I think many of the things we think about, all of our freedoms will be at risk. You know the liberal courts and the liberal politicians believe they know what’s best for Americans. They’re gonna tell us when we have to get health care. They’re gonna tell us what time we have to get out of bed every day. They’re gonna tell us where we have to go to work. They’re gonna take our money and redistribute it. This is an issue that every American needs to be worried about.”

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