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.