Sessions Stands for Gun Rights at Confirmation Hearing

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 ammunitionrestrict 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

The better your representatives in Washington and in your state capital understand your business and challenges, the more responsive they can be to issues that concern you. Both federal and state office holders are eager to meet constituents (and voters), and are interested in learning about your companies, employment and economic impact. Invite your Members of Congress or state legislators to visit your facility with this easy-to-use “Take Your Elected Official to Work” guide.

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.

Signing Up for NSSF PAC Easy for Member Companies

The NSSF PAC works to support pro-firearms industry, pro-Second Amendment and pro-sportsmen candidates for federal office. Federal law requires a trade association PAC to obtain prior approval from its corporate members before it may send important PAC news, including current political news, election information and exclusive invitations to PAC events and updates, to corporate member executives. Now, signing up for NSSF PAC has never been easier. Just click the link below, fill out the form, add contacts (or email us a list of names) and hit submit! What are you waiting for? Help ensure our industry is heard. Sign up today! Online PAC Prior Consent Form.

NSSF CALLS FOUL ON USFWS DIRECTOR’S PARTING SHOT ON AMMUNITION . . . 

NSSF strongly condemned U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe’s issuance of an order to ban the use of traditional ammunition on Service lands on the final full day of President Obama’s administration. Read the NSSF press release.


2017 SHOT SHOW BOASTS BIG ATTENDANCE, POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY . . . The 39th SHOT Show, held Jan. 17-20 at the Sands Expo, signaled a positive year ahead for the firearms industry. Strong attendance, upbeat buyers and sellers and a series of packed special events that collectively made up “SHOT Week” resulted in one of the top-rated SHOT Shows. Read more.
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  • A unique pre-production Winchester Model 1866 “Yellow Boy” rifle is listed on GunBroker.com to benefit the NSSF’s Project ChildSafe firearm safety program. The auction will conclude on January 30.
  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and NSSF announced at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas a partnership to launch a new firearms and suicide prevention education program nationwide in 2017.
  • At the State of the Industry Dinner, the NSSF Ken Sedlecky Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Alan Mossberg and the Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award to Ashley Hlebinsky.
  • The 2017 SHOT Show Supplier Showcase enjoyed astounding success in its debut with a crowd of nearly 3,000 CEOs, procurement specialists, engineers and others in the firearms manufacturing world meeting with more than 260 OEM suppliers to network and explore opportunities for advancement.
  • Visit shotshow.org for more.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has struck down Chicago’s ban on gun ranges on constitutional grounds. It also threw out age restrictions for ranges. Both measures were contained in city ordinances. The same court struck down Chicago’s concealed carry ban in late 2012.
  • President Donald Trump could, as soon as this week, announce his selection to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The President has pledged to appoint a conservative, pro-Second Amendmentjustice. NSSF will keep you informed.
  • Visit NSSF’s Government Relations section for more.
  • Customer relations expert Hank Yacek has joined NSSF’s Retail Advisory Council. Yacek has nearly a quarter-century of industry expertise and his career has included a number of roles.
  • ATF Q&A: More great questions came in on our 24/7 NSSF member compliance hotline last week. One question asks if an FFL can sell a customer a firearm if that customer only has a social security card for identification.
  • Read more of NSSF’s latest Retailer and Range news.
  • NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti attended the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Chapter Leadership Conference in Irvine, California, last Saturday, where he and AFSP CEO Bob Gebbia introduced the new AFSP-NSSF suicide prevention education national program to 350 chapter members. The program was enthusiastically received.

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NSSF Shooting Sports Fantasy Camp

April 23-25
NSSF Shooting Sports Fantasy Camp

May 8-10
Firearms Industry Compliance Conference

June 5-7
NSSF Industry Summit

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  • Unified Industry signed on to be a Bronze Sponsor of the 2017 SHOT Show University. Smith & Wesson supported the 3rd Annual NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic at the Bronze sponsorship level.

For event sponsorship information, contact Chris Tatulli at ctatulli@nssf.org.

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NSSF Leads Opposition to Ammo Ban Plan Attempt

The National Shooting Sports Foundation led the chorusof opposition to a last-minute traditional lead-component ammunition ban attempt by outgoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Director Dan Ashe.  Director’s Order 219 was published on the last full day of President Obama’s administration, without industry input and without scientific reasoning.

Larry Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel, has called on the next director to immediately roll back the order.  The directive calls for the banning of traditional ammunition on federal lands upon the introduction of any information that suggests wildlife is harmed by its use.  It also bans the use of lead shot for dove and upland bird hunting.

On Thursday, U.S. Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and the Environment, sent a letter to the USFWS Acting Director asking for all documents related to the issuance of Director’s Order 219 by Feb. 13.


President’s High Court Pick to be Named Next Week

President Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday night that he has decided on a U.S. Supreme Court nominee that he will announce on Thursday, Feb. 2. Fox News previously reported that the President had narrowed his short list to Judges Neil Gorsuch of Colorado, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania and William Pryor of Alabama.  There is no question that the choice of a pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia was a leading concern for gun owners in the 2016 election.  You will remember that the make-up of the Supreme Court was the top voter education issue for NSSF’s #GUNVOTE initiative.


Attorney General Confirmation Stalled

The U.S. Senate is temporarily stalled on the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as the next U.S. Attorney General.  Sessions was expected to be confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but that vote was held up by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) after protest marches mostly over immigration policy issues.  Sessions provided 190 pages of written answers to questions submitted by the Senate committee and Feinstein insisted more time was needed to review those answers.

Sessions is on the record as a strident supporter of the Second Amendment, calling it a “personal right,” during his confirmation hearings.  He also voiced concern about universal background checks, pledged to end practices such as “Operation Choke Point” and vowed to be tough on criminals for the misuse of firearms instead of targeting industry.  NSSF signed a letter supporting his quick confirmation which was entered into the Congressional record.


NSSF-Endorsed Interior Secretary Pick Vote Delayed

Congressman Ryan Zinke’s (R-Mont.) nomination to be the next Secretary of the Interior was delayed one week by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  The vote was expected this week in order to advance the nomination to the full Senate.  Instead, it is now slated for Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, is a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman.  NSSF’s endorsement of Zinke was entered into the record during his confirmation hearing.  In his testimony, he told the committee he was “an unapologetic fan of Teddy Roosevelt.” He voiced concerned about the limitation of public lands for hunting, worrying that it would soon become a sport of an elite few.  Zinke also said a new spirit of understanding must come from Washington with regard to state and local concerns when crafting policy.  This need for more input was highlighted by the Obama Administration’s parting shot to ban traditional ammunition in just five years without dialogue with industry, the scientific community or hunting and conservation groups.


Hearing Protection Act Needs Your Help

Advancing the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) introduced earlier this month by U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and John Carter (R-Texas).  The Hearing Protection Act is and strongly supported by NSSF will require the active grassroots support of Americans who understand the benefit to gun owners of reducing the long wait time and burdensome paperwork now required for a law-abiding citizen to acquire a suppressor. The long road to eventual passage in the Senate will likely take several months, perhaps years, and is not assured.  For that reason, it is not too early to contact your Senators and Congressman to ask them to support the Hearing Protection Act (S.59 in the Senate / H.R.367 in the House). Become informed.  See the NSSF factsheet on suppressors. Email your Senators or Congressman today. NSSF will keep you informed of all developments, but contacting your Senators and Congressman early in the legislative process will help establish that there is a large and growing base for the Hearing Protection Act,


Sound of Gunfire Now a Safety Feature?

In their loud opposition to the Hearing Protection Act, gun control advocates are now claiming that the sound of gunfire actually is a safety feature. Instead of learning how suppressors work, their effect on hearing retention and ignoring the fact they are legal in 42 states for recreational shooting and in 40 states for hunting, they now argue that guns should make as much noise as possible. The NSSF’s Larry Keane shares observations on the opposition to the HPA.


Governors, Officials at SHOT Show Looking for Companies

As the firearms industry continues to grow, its companies become more and more sought after by many states’ economic development departments and elected officials due to their positive economic and employment impact. Numerous states already exhibit at the SHOT Show, but we also had a number of statewide elected officials personally visit the 2017 Show.  This year, the NSSF had the pleasure of hosting Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos López-Cantera, and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes.


Washington State to Consider Bill for ‘Assault Weapon’ & ‘Large-Capacity’ Magazine Registration

On Thursday, Feb. 2, at 1:30 p.m., the Washington House Judiciary Committee will consider House Bill 1387, an extremely convoluted bill requiring registration and licensing for all “assault weapons” and “large capacity” magazines in the state. The 28-page bill, introduced at the behest of Attorney General Bob Ferguson, is eerily similar to the California licensing and registration schemes of the past. California originally grandfathered “large-capacity” magazines, but last year required confiscation of all magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Additionally, the licensing of such legally-owned items would be left up to the chief local law enforcement officer and would require proof of a safety training program. See the full text of the proposed legislation.


Update on Lawsuit against Mass. AG’s Action

NSSF and plaintiff firearms retailers are continuing the legal battle against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s July 2016 enforcement notice that banned several semi-automatic rifles that have been sold in the state for nearly two decades.  NSSF believes that the notice and “interpretation” are illegal, unconstitutionally vague, invalid and unenforceable.  In September, NSSF and firearms retailers filed our complaint in district court.  The Attorney General in November filed a motion to dismiss the complaint and oral arguments are scheduled to be heard April 7.  NSSF will continue to provide updates as the case moves forward in the coming months.

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action on Wednesday announced it would provide financial and legal support of Massachusetts Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL) lawsuit against Healey’s action.  “Banning firearms because of the way they look or operate is unconstitutional and undermines the fundamental, individual right to self-protection,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.


Indiana Looks to Reform Armor-Piercing Ammo Law 

Indiana State Rep. Woody Burton (R-58) recently introduced legislation that would reform the definition of “armor piercing ammunition” to conform to federal law. The state’s current statute strictly prohibits the sale or possession of any “plastic coated” ammunition. House Bill 1095 will allow target shooters to use the same ammunition already allowed in the 49 other states. NSSF supports this bill as it will allow for technological advances in ammunition, while allowing Hoosiers to use such rounds for recreational shooting.


Minn. Sees Traditional Ammo Protection Bill

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 2015 proposed a ban on the use of lead shot for all hunting in the Farmland zone. This rule was proposed will no scientific evidence to support such a ban. Now the legislature will intervene and multiple bills have been introduced to prohibit the Commissioner of Natural Resources from further restricting the use of lead shot. NSSF will work to ensure the passage of SF 263 and HF 256 to protect your ability to use traditional ammunition when hunting and will keep you informed of developments.


Has Your Tenn. Business Been Discriminated Against?

Has your firearms business been refused credit or other financial services solely because you’re involved in the firearms industry? The NSSF is currently working with Tennessee legislators to put a stop to this practice. If you have experienced such discrimination, please reach out to us and tell us your story. Contact Trevor Santos at tsantos@nssf.org or 202-220-1340 ext. 205, and let him know about your experience.


Illinois Suppressor Hearing Postponed 

This past Wednesday the Illinois Senate Criminal Law Committee hearing dealing with Senate Bill 50, which would legalize the possession and use of suppressors in Illinois, was canceled.  At the present time we are unaware of any future hearing dates but will update you as soon as one is scheduled.


N.M. Senate Hearing on Expanded Background Checks

The New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 31 on Senate Bill 48, which would require background checks on all private firearms sales and transfers.  This legislation is another attempt by anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety, funded by ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to impose his ideas of gun control across the country.  Senate Bill 48 would require that all private party transfers be conducted through a licensed retailer, absent an exemption, and could mandate the fee the FFL can charge. Dealers will be forced to take time away from their customers and be saddled with additional record-keeping and potential liability.  SB 48 would also restrict temporary firearm transfers or loans.  NSSF is urging state residents to contact their state senator and urge them to oppose SB 48 when it comes up for a vote.


Montana AG Nixes Missoula City Ordinance

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox this week determined that the ordinance passed by City of Missoula’s city council requiring background checks on virtually all private firearms transfers is prohibited by the state’s preemption law. The nine-page opinion followed Montana House Speaker Austin Knudsen’s request that Fox look into the matter.  “… the Montana Legislature has prohibited all forms of local government from exercising any regulatory power over the purchase, sale or transfer of firearms,” Fox wrote.


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.


Invite Your Elected Officials to Visit Your Facility

The better your representatives in Washington and in your state capital understand your business and challenges, the more responsive they can be to issues that concern you. Both federal and state office holders are eager to meet constituents (and voters), and are interested in learning about your companies, employment and economic impact. Invite your Members of Congress or state legislators to visit your facility with this easy-to-use “Take Your Elected Official to Work” guide.


Signing Up for NSSF PAC Easy for Member Companies

The NSSF PAC works to support pro-firearms industry, pro-Second Amendment and pro-sportsmen candidates for federal office. Federal law requires a trade association PAC to obtain prior approval from its corporate members before it may send important PAC news, including current political news, election information and exclusive invitations to PAC events and updates, to corporate member executives. Now, signing up for NSSF PAC has never been easier. Just click the link below, fill out the form, add contacts (or email us a list of names) and hit submit! What are you waiting for? Help ensure our industry is heard. Sign up today! Online PAC Prior Consent Form.

New Congress Offers Fresh Opportunity

ALMOST SHOW TIME . . . NSSF’s 2017 SHOT Show is only one week away. If you haven’t already done so, sign up for the show’s education sessions, build your show agenda and more at shotshow.org. Also, get the latest news and updates by following the SHOT Show on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Safe travels to everyone attending. We look forward to seeing you all soon in Las Vegas.

NEW CONGRESS OFFERS FRESH OPPORTUNITY . . . The 115th Congress has been sworn in with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) re-elected to hold the gavel in the House of Representatives while Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.) will again lead the majority in the Senate. The new Congress offers fresh opportunity to ensure that the industry’s legislative priorities with regard to the lawful commerce in firearms, hunting and the shooting sports are advanced.

  • From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, manufacturers can see what more than 250 suppliers have to offer at the first-ever SHOT Show Supplier ShowcaseLearn more and RSVP for free here.
  • The 2017 SHOT Show’s Executive Management Seminar will feature a live one-on-one interview with Ken Schmidt, former Director of Communications for the iconic motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson, conducted by C-Suite Network Chairman Jeffrey Hayzlett. View the agenda.
  • NSSF and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention invite media attending SHOT Show to an important press event announcing a new national suicide prevention education program for firearm retailers, shooting ranges and the firearms-owning community, Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. in Marcello #4504.
  • Visit shotshow.org for more.
  • As an FFL, employee background checks can be considered an essential component of your store’s overall security planning. NSSF Security Consultant Team Member John Bocker lays out the reasons why you should consider adding this component to your hiring processes.
  • The December 2016 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,845,847 is a decrease of 17.4 percent compared to the December 2015 figure of 2,235,560. NSSF members can log in to view more data.
  • ATF Q&A: More great questions came in on our 24/7 NSSF member compliance hotline last week. One question asks what a customer must do if he or she mistakenly answers “No” on Question No. 12 on Form 4473 when the question does not apply to him or her.
  • Read more of NSSF’s latest Retailer and Range news.
  • NRATV’s Colion Noir interviewed NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti to find out what’s making headlines at this year’s SHOT Show. Watch the full CN Live interview.
  • The Columbus, Ohio, NBC affiliate station has taken note of the rising number of female hunters. The local station cited NSSF’s estimate of over 3 million female hunters in the U.S.
Jan. 15 NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic
Jan. 16 SHOT Show University
Jan. 16 SHOT Week Supplier Showcase
Jan. 16 SHOT Show Executive Management Seminar
Jan. 17-20 SHOT Show

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For event sponsorship information, contact Chris Tatulli at ctatulli@nssf.org.

California Moving Forward on Magazine Ban Regs

The California Department of Justice on Dec. 15 issued a Notice of Proposed Emergency Action as the result of the passage of Proposition 62 by voters in November. The department is seeking to move forward with fast adoption of regulations to carry out a ban on possession of magazines of more than 10-round capacity.

More Americans Bought Guns than Saw Anti-Gun Film

After two weeks in the theaters, the box office receipts for the movie “Miss Sloan” clearly demonstrate that Hollywood is out of touch with the American people. In fact, fewer Americans saw Miss Sloan than purchased firearms on Black Friday. The movie, made in cooperation with the Brady Campaign, has been widely panned by critics for being unrealistic. As for the American people, maybe they’re just sick of being lectured to by cultural elites. Read the blog post by the NSSF’s Larry Keane.

Mark your Calendars: 2017 NSSF Congressional Fly-In

With the House and Senate calendars released, the 2017 NSSF Congressional Fly-In has been locked down and 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.

Invite Your Elected Officials to Visit Your Facility

The better your representatives in Washington and in your state capital understand your business and challenges, the more responsive they can be to issues that concern you. Both federal and state office holders are eager to meet constituents (and voters), and are interested in learning about your companies, employment and economic impact. Invite your Members of Congress or state legislators to visit your facility with this easy-to-use “Take Your Elected Official to Work” guide.

Signing Up for NSSF PAC Easy for Member Companies

The NSSF PAC works to support pro-firearms industry, pro-Second Amendment and pro-sportsmen candidates for federal office. Federal law requires a trade association PAC to obtain prior approval from its corporate members before it may send important PAC news, including current political news, election information and exclusive invitations to PAC events and updates, to corporate member executives. Now, signing up for NSSF PAC has never been easier. Just click the link below, fill out the form, add contacts (or email us a list of names) and hit submit! What are you waiting for? Help ensure our industry is heard. Sign up today! Online PAC Prior Consent Form.

CONGRESS STRANDS BIPARTISAN SPORTSMEN’S ACT

The 114th Congress came to a close without passing the Energy Conference Report containing the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, due to leadership’s concerns with inadequate components of energy policy as both sides of Capitol Hill focused on last-minute continuing funding of the federal government.

CALIF. CITY SETTLES, PAYS FEES IN NSSF LAWSUIT . . . The City of Pleasant Hill, California, has reached agreement with NSSFand a retailer, City Arms East, LLC, to end a lawsuit over a 2013 ordinance that sought to impose restrictions on firearms and ammunition sales. The City will pay $400,000 in plaintiffs’ legal fees.

WARM UP FOR SHOT SHOW AT THE 2017 NSSF/HAVA GOLF CLASSIC . . . Organized to support Honored American Veterans Afield, the NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic raises money to support disabled veterans with their healing process through guided hunts, target shooting events and other outdoor sports activities. Learn more about the event, taking place Sunday, Jan. 15, and register to help raise money for our industry’s veteran’s charity.

  • NSSF commissions a quarterly Hunting License Sales Index Report that provides an unusually early preview of hunting license sales data than is otherwise available. NSSF members can log in to access quarterly reports now current through 2016-Q3.
  • Visit NSSF’s Research section for more.
  • NSSF 2014 Legislator of the Year U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) has written the Controller of the Currency that banks are continuing to feel “Operation Choke Point” type pressure to terminate accounts with businesses arbitrarily deemed by federal regulators as being at “high risk” of conducting illegal activity.
  • Visit NSSF’s Government Relations section for more.
  • During this busy time of year for retailers, NSSF’s FFL Security Team Member John Bocker provides a quick checklist of things you can do to prevent inventory loss during the holiday rush.
  • Always held the day before the official show opening, SHOT Show University is a great way to kick off your show experience. View the lineup and descriptions for all of the 2017 sessions and save your seat today.
  • The SHOT Show Retailer Seminar “Ask the FBI/NICS” will take place on Jan. 17 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. NICS Expert Joann Garrison and her colleagues will answer questions about the New NICS, the NICS E-Check, and NICS processing.
  • ATF Q&A: More great questions came in on our 24/7 NSSF member compliance hotline last week. One question covers whether an employee who is prohibited from owning a firearm can become employed by an FFL.
  • Read more of NSSF’s latest Retailer and Range news.
  • Apex Tactical Specialties, manufacturer of aftermarket firearms parts, cited the regressive business climate of California toward the firearms industry in its announcement to leave the state and relocate to Peoria, Arizona. The move, to a new 50,000 square foot facility, will create 28 new jobs.
  • The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW) recently named Glenn Sapir, an accomplished outdoor writer, editor and former NSSF director of editorial services, as the winner of the Golden Glow Individual award for 2016 at the AGLOW 60th Annual Meeting.
  • The Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) announced last week that its executive director, Tom Sadler, will be leaving. OWAA member Colleen Miniuk-Sperry will serve as interim executive director until the position is filled.
  • In “Who’s Afraid of the Great Outdoors,” Sporting Classics columnist Doug Painter takes a look at the disconnect between today’s youth and spending time outside, with some even experiencing “biophobia,” a fear of the natural word.

NSSF, SAAMI Will Get Day in Court in Microstamping Suit

A California Appellate Court has reversed the Fresno Superior Court’s dismissal of the NSSF and SAAMI lawsuit seeking an injunction to block enforcement of the state’s ammunition microstamping law and remanded the case back to the lower court to hear arguments.

“We are pleased by today’s ruling because it means we will now be able to prove in court that this ill-considered law must be enjoined because it is literally impossible to comply with its requirements, and the law never requires the impossible. We have long maintained that this nascent, unproven and unreliable technology should not have been mandated. When we ultimately prevail in this case, law-abiding consumers in California will once again be able to purchase new models of pistols this law currently prevents our industry members from selling in the state,” said Larry Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. NSSF and SAAMI were presented by Lance Selfridge of the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP”

Read the Associated Press Story

Read the California Appellate Court Ruling

See Fast Facts on Microstamping from NSSF

Becerra Tapped to Replace Harris as Calif. AG

U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-Calif., 34th), who has a long anti-gun voting record,  has been chosen by California Gov. Jerry Brown to succeeding U.S. Sen.-elect Kamala Harris as state attorney general. The 58-year-old Becerra is the highest-ranking Latino member of Congress, having first been elected in his Los Angeles-area district in 1992. His Democratic leadership post as caucus chairman was limited to two terms. Read the Roll Call story.

Contact Congress: Urge Vote for Energy Conference Report Containing Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act 

The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, the most important legislation in a generation for America’s hunters and target shooters, is a week away from a crucial deadline in Congress. NSSF is asking that you call your U.S. Representative’s office and politely insist that Congress act on the Energy Conference report that contains the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act. Calls are urgently needed in the one week left before Congress takes up the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government past Dec. 9.

It would be shame to see Congress punt the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act into the new Congress that begins in January.  We have come too far to go back to “square one” and begin anew. Help protect and preserve our cherished outdoor traditions that will be bolstered by provisions of the Act. Call now.

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N.J. Legislators Withdraw Range Bills

New Jersey anti-gun legislators for now are taking their sights off the ranges where military, law enforcement, target shooters and hunters go to safely practice their skills.  A.4179 and A.4180, sponsored by Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D), would require showing a state-issued ID along with an FID card or a purchase permit before using a range. The legislation also affects what would constitute a transfer in firearms safety education or hunter safety classes, at family days at the range or new shooter events. The bills were scheduled to be heard by the New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee on Monday, but have been pulled for now. Thank you to the New Jersey resident who called committee members. NSSF will keep you informed of developments.

Ill. Bullet Serialization, Dealer Licensing Bills Contained for Now

NSSF would like to thank Illinois residents who reached out to their state representatives this week to oppose two extremely onerous bills dealing with ammunition serialization and dealer licensing in their state. At the present time, it appears that neither of these bills will be moving forward during the special veto sessions and will remain in committee. Anti-gun Chicago legislators seem to be more concerned with conducting a “test run” of these bills before the new session starts in January. Continued vigilance is required since both of these bills are expected to return. NSSF asks that Illinois residents remain ready to take up the fight again in 2017. We will keep you informed.

NSSF Participates in Sportsman-Legislator Summit

Elected officials from more than 30 states gathered this week in Biloxi, Miss., for the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses 13th Annual Sportsman-Legislator Summit. In addition to legislators, representatives from the firearms, hunting, and fishing industries presented on a wide range of topics. NSSF Director of Government Relations-State Affairs Trevor Santos presented on the threats against using traditional ammunition for hunting and at shooting ranges. Such a conference allows interested parties to discuss an array of issues prior to legislative sessions beginning in early 2017.

NSSF Attends Kansas Governor’s Pheasant Hunt

The Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic was recently held in Oakley, Kan. and NSSF Director of Government Relations-State Affairs Trevor Santos had the privilege of attending on behalf of NSSF. Now in its sixth year, the Ringneck Classic has been Gov. Sam Brownback’s flagship event proving his commitment to preserving Kansas’s rich hunting heritage, as well as habitat management and conservation. Through this event, Brownback also showcased Kansas’s outstanding pheasant hunting. NSSF salutes Gov. Brownback for his continued support of the firearms industry and the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.

Pictured (L-R): Ryan Bronson of Vista Outdoor, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, and Trevor Santos of NSSF

Mark your Calendars: 2017 NSSF Congressional Fly-In

With the House and Senate calendars released, the 2017 NSSF Congressional Fly-In has been locked down and 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.

Sandy Hook Families Appeal Dismissal Of Lawsuit

The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of the dismissal of the lawsuit brought against the Remington Outdoor Company by some families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy victims. A Superior Court judge had dismissed the suit, citing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) and the inapplicability of state law.  The appeal had been filed in Appellate Court, but the plaintiffs requested the case be heard by the state Supreme Court. Read the Hartford Courant story.

Invite Your Elected Officials to Visit Your Facility

The better your representatives in Washington and in your state capital understand your business and challenges, the more responsive they can be to issues that concern you. Both federal and state office holders are eager to meet constituents (and voters), and are interested in learning about your companies, employment and economic impact. Invite your Members of Congress or state legislators to visit your facility with this easy-to-use “Take Your Elected Official to Work” guide.

Signing Up for NSSF PAC Easy for Member Companies

The NSSF PAC works to support pro-firearms industry, pro-Second Amendment and pro-sportsmen candidates for federal office. Federal law requires a trade association PAC to obtain prior approval from its corporate members before it may send important PAC news, including current political news, election information and exclusive invitations to PAC events and updates, to corporate member executives. Now, signing up for NSSF PAC has never been easier. Just click the link below, fill out the form, add contacts (or email us a list of names) and hit submit! What are you waiting for? Help ensure our industry is heard. Sign up today! Online PAC Prior Consent Form.

News

NEWS
Tumultuous Week Reinforces Importance of Trump’s Election Victory

To say supporters of Hillary Clinton are not taking her stunning loss in last Tuesday’s election well would be an understatement. Their reaction has been more akin to mass hysteria.  Although no legitimate group is contesting the validity of the election results, protests – some violent – have caused property damage, snarled traffic, and involved at least one shooting (by reputed “gang associates” armed with a Tec-9). Agitators have stoked rage and panic with fake “hate” incidents. Democrats are lashing out at senior party leaders. Pro-Clinton college students have collapsed into anguish, unable to handle their academic responsibilities. High school students have walked out of school en masse. People have taken to social media to openly call for Trump’s assassination and the assault of his wife, and a college lecturer talked about shooting white people.   And in one particularly disturbing incident, a mother brutally shamed her 7-year-old son in an online video for voting for Trump in a mock election at his elementary school, insisting he was no longer welcome at home.

NEWS
Right-to-Carry Permit Holder Saves Officer from Violent Attack; Continues Tradition of Armed Citizens Assisting Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is at its best when police can rely on the support of the communities they serve to assist in their fight against crime. This cooperation between citizens and police can come in many forms, however, this week witnessed a profound instance of citizen support for law enforcement when a Right-to-Carry permit holder came to the defense a law enforcement officer in Lee County, Fla.

NEWS
Howard Stern Backs Trump’s Plan for Interstate Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Law

Radio talk show host and entertainment icon Howard Stern used the considerable reach of his SiriusXM platform on Tuesday to voice his support for a national interstate concealed carry reciprocity law.  This law has been NRA’s number one legislative agenda item for several years. And with the election of Donald Trump as president, as well as pro-gun majorities in both houses of the U.S. Congress, the prospects for such a law have never looked better.

NEWS
More JAMA Flim-Flam: Flawed Study Takes Aim at “Stand Your Ground”

This week, the Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA) online Internal Medicine Network published a “study” by a team of academics in England that purports to analyze “the Impact of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Self-defense Law on Homicide and Suicide by Firearm,” with the authors concluding, “implementation of Florida’s stand your ground self-defense law was associated with a significant increase in homicides and homicides by firearm but no change in rates of suicide or suicide by firearm.”

NEWS
Federal “Smart Gun” Standards Set a High Bar

This week, the National Institute of Justice, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, released a document entitled, “Baseline Specifications for Law Enforcement Service Pistols with Security Technology.”

NEWS
Eleventh Hour Changes to Federal Firearm Form

In what will hopefully be one of the final acts of the Obama Administration on firearms, the ATF on Monday announced that its proposed changes to the Form 4473 would go into effect on January 16, 2017, just four days before the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump.  Form 4473 is the federally mandated form that must be filled out by any person who acquires a firearm from a licensed dealer.

NEWS
Recent Study of Physician Political Bias Shows Importance of Florida Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act

In June, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals heard oral arguments in Wollschlaeger v. Florida, a case challenging the NRA-supported Florida Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act, which the Florida Legislature enacted in 2011 to ensure the privacy of gun owners during interactions with health care professionals. The 11th Circuit has yet to issue their opinion in the case, however, a recent study by researchers from Yale University lends credence to the concerns that led to this important privacy legislation.

NEWS
Guinness Refuses to Validate NRA World Record

Biggest barf bag collection; largest dog wedding ceremony; most nationalities in a sauna; fastest toilet. When it comes to the Guinness Book of World Records it seems no feat is too frivolous, or downright silly for their record books. However, it appears there’s simply no room in Guinness’ annals if the achievement is a responsible celebration of the right to keep and bear arms.

2016 Election

The American people have elected a president who has pledged to protect our Constitutional rights and a majority of both houses of Congress that will work to ensure that our individual right to keep and bear arms will be preserved. The work of those who love liberty and our nation’s hunting and shooting sports traditions is never over. Americans need to remain politically involved to help ensure that the defense of our Second Amendment remains strong and the lawful commerce in firearms is protected at all levels of government. View the NSSF video.

A Word about #GUNVOTE

NSSF’s 2016 #GUNVOTE voter education and registration initiative exceeded all previous election cycle efforts by several orders of magnitude and was made possible by the significant commitment of NSSF member companies, the enthusiastic involvement of retailer and media partners and the participation through social media and at the ballot box of #GUNVOTE supporters.

To illustrate the reach of #GUNVOTE social media, #GUNVOTE video views were nearly 20 million on all platforms. Almost 200 million impressions were achieved on #GUNVOTE’s Facebook account, which now has more than 450,000 followers. Average total Facebook reach per day in the last 90 days before the election topped 776,000. On Twitter we saw 30 million impressions and almost 40,000 followers.

In Washington

New Administration, New Tone

Those of us in the firearms, ammunition and related industries can truly breathe a sigh of relief with the results of the 2016 Election so clear to see. We will not have to worry that a new president will nominate a Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia who will be the deciding vote in any challenge to the Heller decision. Nor will we have to worry about a U.S. Senate that would approve that nomination. Similarly, there will be no repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).

In addition, we will not have to face more overreaching executive orders from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or behind-the-scenes, politically motivated bureaucratic rulemaking from departments and agencies intended to erode our industry’s ability to conduct business within the law. That said, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, as one founding father remarked.  Indeed, we cannot become complacent. NSSF will not be letting down its guard in any sense on behalf of the industry and we will continue to keep you informed of any and all developments and when grassroots action will be required to encourage Congress to act or the administration to lead.

On Capitol Hill

The Republican Party has retained control of Congress, keeping majorities in the House and Senate. In principle and eventually in fact, that means President Trump should be able to work with Congress to turn campaign policy pronouncements and Republican Congressional proposed bills into law.

The election began with majority control of the Senate at issue, with 34 of the 100 seats available, and Republicans having to defend 24 of those 34 seats. Democrats gained just two seats in the Senate, with Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, taking Mark Kirk’s place in Illinois and Maggie Hassan replacing Kelly Ayotte representing New Hampshire. In Nevada, Cortez Masto retained Minority leader Harry Reid’s seat for the Democrats, beating Republican Joe Heck.

In other Senate races, Todd Young defeated former Sen. Evan Bayh in Indiana. North Carolina Republican Richard Burr holds onto his seat. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson held off Russ Feingold. In Florida, former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio won re-election. And in Arizona, Republican Senator and 2008 presidential nominee John McCain won his sixth term at the age of 80.

Democrats also failed to significantly dent the Republican advantage in the House, with only five Republican incumbent seats lost.

Across the Nation

Trump Wave Brings In Governors, AGs        

Many state executive offices joined the red column in Tuesday’s election. Republicans started the day Tuesday with 31 Governors and gained at least two top state seats, and possibly a third. Republican gubernatorial candidates won in New Hampshire, Vermont and Missouri. The gubernatorial race in North Carolina, a seat currently held by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, is still too close to call. Going into 2017, Republicans will hold at least 33 governorships, the most in 94 years.

Additionally, Republican candidates for attorney general added two more of those offices to GOP control. Republicans defended incumbent Patrick Morrissey’s chair in West Virginia, secured the open Republican-held seat by electing Curtis Hill in Indiana, and also picked up the top state lawyer’s job in Missouri. There are now a record 29 Republican Attorneys General.

Republican Control of State Legislatures at All-Time High

Tuesday’s election had a tremendous impact on state legislatures across the nation. Republicans now hold an all-time high 68 out of 99 state legislative chambers, and have control of both chambers in 33 states, up from 31.

Kentucky presented one of the more dramatic shifts with the ouster of the Democratic House Speaker along with 15 other Democratic incumbents, ending the 95-year reign of state house control by that party. Similar results were seen in Iowa, as Republicans won control of the state Senate and in the process defeating the Democratic Senate Majority Leader. Republicans also won full control of the Minnesota legislature, by winning the state Senate. They already held the House.

Some Blue States Become a Little Less Blue

The presidential election had impact on some traditionally blue states where Democrats normally hold large advantages. Republicans made important gains in Connecticut, Illinois and, amazingly, held onto control in New York. In Illinois, Republicans won enough seats in the state Senate to sustain Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes and eliminate the supermajority that the Democrats had held, even though they maintain a simple majority.

In Connecticut, where continual tax increases and a big budget deficit plague the state, Republicans also made impressive gains. In Connecticut’s Senate, Republicans picked up three seats, enough to create a tie. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D) now must break tie votes. It is the closest Connecticut Republicans have come to winning control since Ronald Reagan’s 1984 landslide win carried the party to power. The Republicans also significantly decreased the Democrats’ current 87-64 majority in the House of Representatives, to a 79-72 majority. An automatic recount was ordered in two close House races. It marks a stunning change for the chamber, which Democrats controlled by a dominating 114-37 back in 2009.

In the New York Senate, the Republicans seem likely to hold the majority, based on the most recent election results. This means Republican John Flanagan of Suffolk County will continue to be Senate Majority Leader. There is currently a closely watched race in the 8th Senate District of Nassau and Suffolk Counties with Republican incumbent Sen. Michael Venditto, trails behind his Democratic opponent John Brooks by 33 votes. It looks like the Senate Republicans have a total of 31 seats in the 63 member chamber. But they also add another seat in their conference with Simcha Felder, a Democrat from Brooklyn who will sit with Senate Republicans. In addition, the growing Independent Democratic Conference (a group of Democrats that generally side with the GOP) recently gained two more members.

Sunday Hunting Victorious in West Virginia

The on-the-ground Sunday Hunting movement in West Virginia, assisted organizationally and financially by NSSF, has reason to celebrate after 11 counties Tuesday voted to authorize Sunday hunting on private property.  While NSSF was optimistic about securing passage in most of the counties, wining all 11 provides a clear sign to the state legislature that the time has arrived to implement statewide Sunday hunting. NSSF is grateful to the voters who saw this as a private property rights issue.

While county initiatives in the past saw razor close margins, that was not the case on Tuesday. The margin of approval was nearly 2 to 1 in every county with the exception of Monongalia, where it was approved almost 3-1. Even more surprising are the results from the capitol region of Kanawha County where voters said yes to Sunday hunting, 67 to 33 percent.

Close to 200,000 people in the state cast votes in favor of Sunday Hunting and West Virginia now has 33 counties where it is permitted.

Indiana, Kansas Enshrine ‘Right to Hunt’ in State Constitutions

By overwhelming margins – more than 80 percent in Kansas and just under 80 percent in Indiana – voters approved amendments to their respective state’s constitution that will guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, protecting this rich heritage for future generations. Hunting and fishing are deeply rooted in both state cultures and have a major economic impact.  Indiana’s almost 400,000 hunters and 800,000 anglers spend close to $1 billion annually and support more than 14,000 jobs. Kansas’s nearly 300,000 hunters and 400,000 anglers spend $630 million annually and support approximately 10,000 jobs. There are now 21 states that have constitutionally protected the right to hunt and fish.

State Ballot Initiatives in California, Nevada and Maine

There was no surprise in California as voters approved Prop. 63, the pet project of gubernatorial hopeful Gavin Newsom. The ballot measure was duplicative as it included many provisions adopted by the legislature earlier this year.  California law enforcement opposed the measure as they realized it will do nothing to enhance public safety.

In a close one, Nevadans approved Question 1, a measure that will require all firearms transfers be conducted through a licensed firearms retailer. This includes sales and even the loan of a firearm to a friend. There was just a 10,000 vote difference where more than 1.1 million votes were cast.

On the positive side of the ledger, Gun owners scored a victory in Maine as Question 3 that would have required background checks on private gun sales was defeated. The “Yes on 3” campaign was defeated 48 percent to 52 percent dealing a blow to Everytown for Gun Safety, funded by Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor of New York City who poured nearly $6 million into the campaign in Maine. Rural voters overwhelmingly voted against the universal background check mandate.

Members of Congress Visit Industry Facilities

Two Senators recently visited the facilities of firearms industry member companies in their home states. Sen. Jon. Thune (R-S.D.) visited Dakota Silencer. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) toured the Sig Sauer manufacturing facility in her home state.

The better your representatives in Washington and in your state capital understand your business and challenges, the more responsive they can be to issues that concern you. Both federal and state office holders are eager to meet constituents (and voters), and are interested in learning about your companies, employment and economic impact. Invite your Members of Congress or state legislators to visit your facility with this easy-to-use “Take Your Elected Official to Work” guide

NSSF Issues Post-Election Day 2016 Statement

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today congratulates President-Elect Donald Trump on his historic victory.

The American people have spoken. We have elected a president who has pledged to protect our Constitutional rights and a majority of both houses of Congress that will work to ensure that our individual right to keep and bear arms will be preserved.

The work of those who love liberty and our nation’s hunting and shooting traditions is never over.  Americans need to remain involved to help ensure that the defense of our Second Amendment remains strong and the lawful commerce in firearms is protected at all levels of government.

We thank all those Americans who supported NSSF’s 2016 #GUNVOTE voter education and registration initiative. We know that we can count on you.  You should know that we remain steadfast in our mission to help promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.