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NRA Country and the Academy of Country Music announced today that the Second Annual NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot, hosted by ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Blake Shelton, will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2012 as part of The Week Vegas Goes Country® – the week leading up to the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, a star-studded event produced for television by dick clark productions that will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Shelton will also co-host the Awards alongside Reba for the second consecutive year.

The NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot, presented by SoundGear by LaPierre, is a two course, 10 station, 40 target sporting clays competition for 20 teams of five shooters – including a celebrity captain – with prizes going to the top team and top celebrity shooter.  The event, emceed by Storme Warren, host of GAC’s Headline Country, will take place at the Desert Hills Shooting Club and will include celebrity participants including Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Cowboy Troy, Ira Dean, Edens Edge, Craig Morgan, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Outdoor Channel’s Lee & Tiffany Lakosky and Nick Mundt, TNA Impact Wrestling stars Jeff Hardy and James Storm, and more. The Second Annual NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot will support Wounded Warrior Project, The Folds of Honor Foundation and the Nellis Air Force Base Youth Programs.

“It’s great for NRA Country to be back and to continue our partnerships with the ACM and Blake for these righteous causes,” said Wayne LaPierre of NRA Country.  “The fun and spirited competition out there on the range accentuates the many common bonds shared by the country music community and the NRA including love of outdoors, devotion to country and sincere gratitude for the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform.”  

“The Academy is thrilled to continue this partnership with Blake and NRA Country,” said Bob Romeo, Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Country Music. “Many traditions and values are shared among the country music and outdoor enthusiast communities – today we get to have a little fun together while paying our respects to the men and women of our armed forces at the same time.”

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