The ESSF is an informal platform where representatives exchange information and dialogue with European institutions to discuss issues of common interest, in particular the environmental, legal, political and socio-economic aspects related to their activities.
The sectors employ more than 600,000 people in Europe and the annual turnover is around € 40 billion, when including the revenues generated by hunting and shooting activities, as a whole. All in all, this includes 14,000 retailers, 300,000 collectors and over 10 million hunters and sport shooters in Europe.
The ESSF is composed of the following European organisations:
Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Firearms (ESFAM);
Association of European Sporting Ammunition Manufacturers (AFEMS);
European Association of the Civil Commerce of Weapons (AECAC);
European Shooting Confederation (ESC);
Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU (FACE);
Foundation for European Societies of Arms Collectors (FESAC);
Institut Européen des Armes de Chasse et de Sport (IEACS).
The following International organisations are accorded Observer status:
Federation Internationale de Tir aux Armes Sportives et de Chasse (FITASC);
International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC);
International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).