Fraternal Order of Police Back Grant Award To NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Program
The 330,000-member strong Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) this week announced its support of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs two-year $2.4 million cooperative grant to NSSF that will enable Project ChildSafe to expand its firearms safety efforts. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FOP National President Chuck Canterbury said, “Law Enforcement agencies across the country consider Project ChildSafe gun locks and safety materials to be a valuable component to their community safety and outreach programs.”
Following announcement last week of the competitive cooperative grant award, two gun-control groups stepped forward to announce that they oppose Justice Department funding of Project ChildSafe. Read the NSSF Statement. Learn more about Project ChildSafe.
Governors Proclaim National Hunting and Fishing Day
On Saturday, millions of sportsmen and women across the country will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD). Established in 1972, NHFD recognizes the time-honored American traditions of hunting and angling and the countless contributions made by the original conservationists – hunters and anglers – through the American System of Conservation Funding. NSSF helped establish National Hunting and Fishing Day in 1972 and continues to be a sponsor.
To recognize the important role that sportsmen and women play in the conservation of fish and wildlife resources, and as economic drivers in their states, 25 governors nationwide, predominantly Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) members, have signed proclamations showcasing their support for their state’s hunting and angling community. Additionally, the Ohio Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus passed a resolution recognizing the day. To find NHFD events held in your state, click here.
Californians: Continue to Contact Gov. Brown in Opposition to AB 96 and SB 347
California Gov. Jerry Brown still has time to act on two extremely misguided and anti-gun bills the Legislature sent to him, AB 96and SB 347. Brown has until Oct. 11 but could act at any time on these bills. AB 96 would end the current exemption in state law allowing possession with intent to sell, or sale, of ivory from any elephant or other specified ivory-bearing species legally obtained prior to June 1, 1977. AB 96 would ban the sale of such items, except for antiques at least 100 years old including firearms, knives and jewelry.
SB 347 would add to the list of misdemeanor convictions that would prohibit someone from possessing a firearm for 10 years, such as the inadvertent carrying of ammunition onto school property that could occur when picking up a child from school after target shooting or hunting. In addition, an FFL who unknowingly takes in on trade a used firearm later determined to be stolen could lose their retail license. NSSF stands adamantly opposed to these bills and urges California residents to contact Gov. Brown today and respectfully urge him to veto these ill-advised bills.
Read this Guns.com account of SB 347.
Gov. Brown Contact information: Phone: 916-445-2841; Fax: 916-558-3160, Email: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php. Mail: Gov. Jerry Brown, c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814
Supreme Court Weighs Hearing Highland Park MSR Ban Challenge
The U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2015 term has not yet begun and already one Second Amendment case has been sent to the justices who will decide whether it should be considered on the merits. The case, Friedman v. Highland Park, follows a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision that upheld the Chicago suburb’s ban on modern sporting rifles with certain features, such as a barrel shroud or pistol grip.
NSSF filed friend of the court briefs in both the Seventh Circuit and with the U.S. Supreme Court, which petitioners have relied on in their appellate filings in both courts. Although the Court has not been quick to act on Second Amendment cases, we could know as soon as Oct. 13 whether the case will be heard on the merits.
NSSF’s Microstamping Case Appeal Now on Docket
A California Superior Court ruling this summer dismissed the industry’s challenge to the state’s microstamping requirement, citing the doctrine of sovereign immunity. NSSF’S challenge to that ruling is now on the state appellate court’s docket. NSSF is challenging the provision of the Unsafe Handgun Act that requires dual placement microstamping capability in each new model of semi-automatic handgun before it may be added to the state’s approved roster. A briefing schedule for this case has not yet been provided, but briefing should begin later this year.
Colorado Gun Laws Oral Argument Monday
Next Monday morning, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in the case of Colorado Outfitters v. Hickenlooper. NSSF joined with other pro-industry and pro-Second Amendment groups to challenge Colorado’s expanded background checks on private firearms transfers and restrictions on ownership of standard capacity magazines as an unconstitutional infringement of the Second Amendment. Colorado has argued that the imposed burdens are necessary to promote public safety. We would expect to hear more of these same arguments in court next week.
Cabela’s Reinforces ‘Don’t Lie for the Other Guy’ Commitment
Leading specialty retailer Cabela’s has taken its commitment to the firearms industry’s “Don’t Lie for the Other Guy” program to help prevent illegal “straw” purchases a step further. Now, customers beginning the process of purchasing a firearm in all 60 Cabela’s stores will be shown a new counter card that explains in a clear and concise way just what a straw purchase is and answers questions about the subject. The card was developed by NSSF working with Cabela’s. Cabela’s was recognized as NSSF’s 2015 “Don’t Lie for the Other Guy” Retailer of the Year for its work in creating a customized program to help all its stores’ employees recognize and prevent straw purchases.
#GUNVOTE Re-Loads Often with News of Interest to You
To help gun owners to register to vote and evaluate candidates’ positions on Second Amendment and sportsmen’s issues, NSSF provides #GUNVOTE, our voter education site, which we update several times a week with news of interest. Recently, we posted our first video of the 2016 campaign season, which has proven very popular.
Voting in the 2016 election is a process that culminates in going to your polling place. It begins by making sure to register, then becoming educated about the candidates running for office and discussing choices with family and friends so that they understand the importance of voting to protect America’s firearms freedoms and the lawful commerce in firearms. So #GUNVOTE early and #GUNVOTE often.
Signing Up for NSSF PAC Made Easier for Member Companies
The NSSF Political Action Committee (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 and updates to corporate member’s executives, including current political news, election information and exclusive invitations to PAC events.
Now, signing up for NSSF PAC has never been easier. Just click the link below, fill out the form, add contacts (or email us list of names) – hit submit! What are you waiting for? Help ensure our industry is heard as we approach the crucial 2016 election year. Sign up today! Online PAC Prior Consent Form.