U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) stood firm on behalf of the firearms industry during two days of confirmation hearings this week to become the next Attorney General of the United States. NSSF has urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to swiftly confirm Sessions to the nation’s top law enforcement post. A letter submitted to the committee was entered into the Senate record. There were several key moments during his testimony where Sessions made it clear that legal gun ownership and the lawful commerce in firearms won’t become a target in the new administration.
NSSF Praises Sen. Crapo’s Leadership on Hearing Protection Act
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) this week introduced the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (S. 59) that would make it easier for gun owners to practice additional hearing safety measures in the shooting sports. NSSF welcomed the bill, noting the legislation would cut wait times that can exceed nine months and burdensome paperwork. Suppressor sales would still be subject to background checks and ATF records and inspections requirements.
Suppressors are legal to own in 42 states and are legal for use while hunting in 40. A House companion bill, the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 367), was introduced by U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and John Carter (R-Texas) and is supported by the NSSF along with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, National Rifle Association and American Suppressor Association.
An NBCnews.com post this week on the state of the industry assessed as likely the chances of hearing protection legislation passing the Congress and being signed into law by President-elect Trump. The NSSF’s Larry Keane is quoted in the post.
NSSF Voices Concerns Over Calif. AG Nominee
NSSF has raised serious reservations over California Gov. Jerry Brown’s nomination to be the state’s next attorney general. Brown nominated U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), to the state’s top law enforcement post after that position was vacated following the election of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to the U.S. Senate. NSSF has long opposed the attorney general’s office for positions taken to require microstamping on ammunition, restrict gun sales and ownership and the use of traditional ammunition.
Indications are that not much will change should Becerra be confirmed to the job. While a congressman, Becerra voted against the Protection for Lawful Commerce in Firearms Act, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 766) and twice against versions of the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreation Enhancement Act (H.R. 3590).
The California’s Assembly Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General voted 6 to 3 to confirm Becerra’s nomination, advancing it to the full Assembly, which was due to vote Friday. The state Senate will also hold a vote.
NSSF’s Sanetti in CBS ‘Smart Guns’ Segment
“Good intentions don’t necessarily make good inventions,” NSSF President Steve Sanetti, told a CBS This Morning reporter for a segment that aired this week on a developer’s work to incorporate fingerprint recognition technology onto handguns. “The firearm has to work. And a firearm is not the same as a cell phone,” Sanetti said. “The consequences of a cell phone not working are inconvenience. The consequences of a firearm not working could be someone’s life.”
Poll: Three-Quarters of Police Officers Support Gun Rights
A recent Pew Research Center survey found that law enforcement officers overwhelmingly say it is more important to protect the rights of Americans to own guns than it is to control gun ownership. By a margin of 3-1, officers supported rights over gun control (74 percent to 25 percent). See The NSSF blog post.
Washington Post Gun Control Commentary Off Target
It is hard to see how the Washington Post’s recent editorial citing gun control as among state political battles won for Democrats in the 2016 election makes much sense, unless it is a matter of confusing activity for achievement. Read the blog post by the NSSF’s Larry Keane.
ATF Form 2 Proposed Changes Open for Comment
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced an additional 30-day comment period for proposed changes to ATF Form 2. See the NSSF Summary of proposed changes.
Invite Your Elected Officials to Visit Your Facility
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Mark your Calendars: 2017 NSSF Congressional Fly-In
The 2017 NSSF Congressional Fly-In will take place Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5. It is critical that our legislators remain abreast of the issues facing our industry, and this premier event, which is limited to voting members and invited guests, affords participants the opportunity to meet directly with Members of Congress and educate them on our legislative priorities and other issues of importance to our industry. Stay tuned for additional details.
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