Hundreds Introduced to Shooting in Atlanta Metro Area
11 RANGES HOLD 77 FIRST SHOTS SEMINARS . . . Casey Retterer, the director of training at Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range, summed it up best this past weekend: “There are a lot of barriers for people to learn about firearms. It can be intimidating, it can be overwhelming. This is a huge opportunity for us to educate the community about what firearms are actually about. People come in overwhelmed, they come in intimidated, and they leave very happy.” Eleven ranges around the Atlanta metro area teamed up with NSSF to hold 77 First Shots seminars Friday through Sunday. All in all, more than 600 people took their First Shots. The seminars were part of NSSF’s First Shots Big City Tour, which over the past couple of years has also visited the Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Sacramento, Miami and Houston areas. Read more on the NSSF Blog.
- IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH ON ELECTION DAY . . . With tomorrow being election day, NSSF’s Director, Industry Research and Analysis, Jim Curcuruto, would like to share a brief story on how research played an important part in last year’s presidential election. Click here for the article. Don’t forget to vote tomorrow. Visit the NSSF website to get more information on who your elected officials are.
- CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS PUSH TO RESTORE SEQUESTERED SPORTSMEN TRUST FUNDS . . . In an effort to exempt vital sportsmen trust funds from budget sequestration, the bipartisan Senate leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) sent a letter to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget requesting that the $50 million sequestered from the Wildlife Restoration, Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Safety Trust Funds in 2013 be returned to the states. Read the CSC press release.
- U.S. REP. SCALISE INTRODUCES NSSF-BACKED FIREARMS INTERSTATE COMMERCE REFORM ACT . . . U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) has introduced the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act (HR 3335) to allow for the out-of-state sale of handguns to law-abiding citizens. This NSSF-supported measure corrects an antiquated restriction on the purchase of legal products from federally licensed retailers located in a different state. NSSF urges you to contact your congressman and urge co-sponsorship of HR 3335. To take action, click here.
- VOLUNTARY NON-LEAD AMMO PROGRAM EXPANDED IN SW UTAH . . . A non-lead ammunition program, implemented with the intention of reducing the number of California condors that are said to get lead poisoning after eating the remains of big-game animals, has been greatly expanded in southwestern Utah this year. Hunters who use non-lead ammunition on the Zion hunting unit, as well as those who remove from the field the viscera of the animals they tag, will be eligible for prizes. Utah’s non-lead program is patterned after a program the Arizona Game and Fish Department started in 2005. Since 2007, the Arizona department reports 80 to 90 percent of those who hunt in areas where condors live in Arizona have taken similar voluntary actions. NSSF supports voluntary measures, but opposes California’s new law that will prevent hunters from using traditional ammunition with lead components anywhere in that state. Greg Sheehan, director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, has said, “We don’t have any intentions of proposing or supporting legislation that would ban the use of lead ammunition in Utah.”
- NSSF TAKES PLEASANT HILL, CALIF. CITY COUNCIL TO TASK IN PRINT AD . . . The City Council in Pleasant Hill, Calif., is considering an ordinance that would require all firearms dealers to obtain a city police-issued permit and to comply with additional unneeded and burdensome requirements despite the fact that the police chief has said “his department has not had any problems with the four firearms dealers in Pleasant Hill.” The City Council could vote on this ordinance at its meeting today. See the ad that NSSF took out in the Contra Costa Times.
- NEW YORK AMMO BACKGROUND CHECKS DELAYED INDEFINITELY . . . New York State Police announced that there will be no background checks on ammunition sales until a system exists to handle them. This key provision of the state’s SAFE Act was originally scheduled for implementation on Jan. 15, 2014. It now has been delayed indefinitely by State Police officials because there is no system capable of handling this provision. Read more about this development.
- NEW JERSEY SPORTSMEN RALLY FEATURES GOV. CHRISTIE . . . During his barnstorming tour leading up to the gubernatorial election in New Jersey tomorrow, Gov. Chris Christie addressed a gathering of hundreds of supporters, which was followed by a twilight rally organized by an alliance of hunters and other sportsmen. The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance President Anthony Mauro introduced Gov. Christie, praising him for recognizing “the numerous conservation and economic contributions made by anglers, hunters, trappers and outdoor enthusiasts.”
- NEW ATF PROCEDURE 2013-2 FOR NON-OVER-THE-COUNTER FIREARM SALES . . . The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has issued a record-keeping procedure for non-over-the-counter firearm sales by licensees to unlicensed in-state residents that are NICS exempt. The purpose of ATF Proc. 2013-2 is to give guidance to licensed importers, manufacturers and Federal Firearms Licensee retailers “on how to record the sale of a firearm to an unlicensed person who: a) Has a valid alternate permit or otherwise is exempt from National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) requirements; b) Resides in the same State as the licensee; and c) Does not appear in person at the licensee’s business premises.” Basically, this procedure follows the out-of-print requirements of the old ATF Form 4473, Part II, for non-over-the-counter transactions.
- 2Q 2013 EXCISE TAX OBLIGATIONS UP 40.3 PERCENT OVER SAME 2012 PERIOD . . . The latest Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Collection report released by the Department of the Treasury indicates that firearm and ammunition manufacturers reported tax liabilities of $224.3 million in the second calendar quarter of 2013, up 40.3 percent over the same time period reported in 2012. This 2013 second-quarter total surpasses the previous highest quarter reported (1st quarter 2013) by 12.6 percent. The report, which covers April 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013, shows that $64.6 million was due in taxes for pistols and revolvers, $82.5 million for firearms (other)/long guns and $77.2 million for ammunition (shells and cartridges). Compared to the same time period in 2012, tax obligations were up 23 percent for pistols and revolvers, up 43.3 percent for firearms (other)/ long guns and up 55 percent for ammunition. Read more.
- FLOOR PLAN, EXHIBITOR DIRECTORY ON SHOTSHOW.ORG; EXHIBITORS MUST UPDATE LISTINGS . . . Attendees and media planning their SHOT Show itineraries may find assistance with the recently posted floor plan and exhibitor directory, now both available in the Attendees and Exhibitors sections of shotshow.org. Exhibitors must update, if necessary, and approve their listing on Map Your Show Exhibitor Toolkit by logging into the Map Your Show website. Don’t have your Exhibitor ID and Password? Call 855-355-7468, then press 1 for exhibitor services. Changes made after Nov. 13 will not appear in the printed show directory.
- RETAIL SEMINARS COVER WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS FOR 2014 SHOT SHOW . . . A dozen separate one-hour seminars from Tuesday through Thursday during the 2014 SHOT Show will help retailers grow their business as well as understand current industry issues. Grass Roots Political Organizing kicks off the series on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m., showing the independent retailer’s role in the industry’s front line of defense and teaching how to effectively organize and participate in this process. The excellence of the programs continues with presenters being retired ATF compliance experts, successful independent firearms retailers and other experts in their related fields. The Retailer Seminars sold out at the last SHOT Show, so don’t wait to register. Learn more about SHOT Show Retail Seminars and enroll now.
- GET READY FOR THE 2014 SHOT SHOW . . . Jump start the year by attending the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 14-17. Watch this brief video to discover the value of participating in the biggest industry gathering in the world, where you can see all of the new products, meet company personnel and cash in on show specials.
- NASGW ANNOUNCES AWARDS . . . At its 40th Annual Meeting and Expo in Grapevine, Texas, the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers presented its coveted awards. Manufacturer of the year winners were Leupold & Stevens (optics), Birchwood Casey (accessories), Hornady Manufacturing (ammunition) and Sturm, Ruger (firearms). Awards of Excellence winners were Laserlyte (optics), Crimson Trace (accessories), Winchester (ammunition) and Glock (firearms). The 2013 Innovator of the Year Award was earned by Smith and Wesson.
- TWO GRANTS . . . Also, NASGW Chairman Kent Williams and NASGW Vice Chair Peter Brownell presented a $25,000 donation to the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance and its executive director, Steve Miller. YSSA focuses its efforts in recruiting and retaining new shooters. Another grant of $25,000 was awarded to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, with CSF Development Director David Kulivan accepting. CSF promotes, protects and advances the rights of hunters and anglers, and provides a voice for sportsmen with elected officials.
- NSSF RECEIVES SHOOTING INDUSTRY MASTERS CHECK . . . Russ Thurman, Publisher and Editor of Shooting Industry Magazine, presented a check for $70,000 to the National Shooting Sports Foundation for funds raised during the 2013 Shooting Industry Masters to support NSSF’s First Shots introduction-to-shooting program. Accepting the check was Steve Sanetti, President and CEO of NSSF. The presentation was made at the NASGW Awards Dinner.
News of Note
- AMERICAN TACTICAL IMPORTS ANNOUNCES RELOCATION FROM NEW YORK . . . American Tactical Imports (ATI) announced, with pride, its decision to begin relocating to Summerville, S.C., from its headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., starting this month. ATI has stated its belief that a firearms importer and manufacturer should do business within a state that is friendly to the Second Amendment rights of the people. It also stressed the importance of a location close to a port-of-entry. Hasty passage of the ultra-restrictive gun-control SAFE Act by New York’s legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo prompted the decision to move.
- NRA NATIONAL SMALLBORE RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIPS LEAVING CAMP PERRY . . . For only the third time in more than 100 years the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships will not be held at Camp Perry, Ohio. Instead, the 2014 championships will move three hours west to the Chief Wa-Ke-De Range in Bristol, Ind. Registration begins on April 1, 2014, for the small-bore championships, which will share the spotlight with the NRA National Metric Championships from July 15 to 25.
- HENRY EXPANDS TO WISCONSIN . . . Henry Repeating Arms, the company known for its lever-action rifles and headquartered in Bayonne, N.J., will begin manufacturing centerfire rifles in its Rice Lake, Wisc., facility next year. The Wisconsin plant, which has supplied the Bayonne operation with many components, has been upgraded with several million dollars of new computerized machining equipment.