NSSF Launches 'Don't Lie for the Other Guy'
Campaigns in Albuquerque and Nashville
NSSF today launched "Don't Lie for the Other Guy" public awareness campaigns in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Nashville, Tennessee. Billboard advertisements were purchased by NSSF throughout the metro regions with the message "Buy a gun for someone who can't, buy yourself 10 years in jail. Don't Lie for the Other Guy." Nearly 28 million weekly impressions will be delivered via billboards while 800 radio spots will air weekly in both markets. "Don't Lie" is a decade-old cooperative program with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The effort raises public awareness about the seriousness of the crime of purchasing a firearm for someone who cannot legally do so. More about Don't Lie for the Other Guy.
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- NSSF ANNOUNCES FIRST SHOTS '10 YEARS & 10 PRIZES SWEEPSTAKES' . . . NSSF is pleased to announce the opening of the First Shots “10 Years & 10 Prizes Sweepstakes.” Created to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of NSSF’s First Shots program, the sweepstakes is open now and runs through Dec. 15. The First Shots “10 Years & 10 Prizes Sweepstakes” is open to anyone 21 years or older. Learn more.
- MISSOULA COUNCIL SETS BACKGROUND CHECKS ORDINANCE HEARING . . . The Missoula, Montana, City Council will hold a hearing on a proposal requiring "universal" background checks for most firearms transfers on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at City Council Chambers. The NSSF-opposed ordinance requires "criminal background checks on all gun transfers, with exceptions for family, hunting and emergency self-defense." NSSF urges city residents to please contact members of the city council and Mayor John Engen. Urge them to oppose this misguided effort.
- HSUS FUND-RAISING INVESTIGATION SOUGHT . . . NSSF and 29 other sportsmen's and conservation organizations have sent a letter to Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams urging his office to take a close look at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) fund-raising practices. The letter follows submission of an official complaint and serves to represent the interests of millions of sportsmen who provide the vast majority of conservation and wildlife habitat management funding. This Colorado Springs Gazette.com editorial explains the concerns.
- FEDERAL AND LEGAL ROUNDUP . . . President Obama signed a short-term spending bill averting a government shutdown, giving Congress 10 weeks to pass a longer-lasting budget deal. The legislation includes provisions favorable to the industry. NSSF has submitted a comment letter against a plan to increase regulation on interstate commerce in legal ivory. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals last week heard oral arguments in the challenge by NSSF and several pro-Second Amendment groups to Colorado's highly restrictive gun laws enacted in 2013.
Read NSSF's latest Government Relations Update.
- TICKETS ON SALE TO ANNUAL STATE OF THE INDUSTRY DINNER . . . Tickets are now on sale to NSSF's State of the Industry Dinner at the SHOT Show, set for Tuesday evening, Jan. 19, in the Palazzo Ballroom, Level 5 of the Venetian Hotel and Casino. The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, the annual State of the Industry presentation and a live performance by legendary comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Join us as we celebrate and recap the industry's accomplishments for 2015. Learn more.
WEBINAR WEDNESDAY . . . To help exhibitors get the most out of their SHOT Show, NSSF is providing a series of free webinars. Join us this Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Eastern time, for "Building Market Awareness & Driving Qualified SHOT Show Booth Traffic" with Jefferson Davis of Competitive Edge. A preeminent tradeshow expert, Davis will walk you through an eight-step pre-show marketing planning process aimed at getting your fair share of qualified booth traffic. Register today and mark your calendars for these other upcoming Webinar Wednesdays.
SHOT Show University
- MARK DYE JOINS 2016 SHOT SHOW UNIVERSITY LINEUP . . . New for the 2016 SHOT Show University roster, we've added a discussion on the value an on-staff gunsmith can add to a firearms retail establishment. Mark Dye will headline this talk. Dye will be delivering his presentation "Add a Gunsmith to Your Business" as part of the New Operator learning track. Read more.
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- SIG SAUER SIGNS AS BRONZE SPONSOR OF 2ND ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC . . . NSSF is pleased to announce that SIG SAUER® has agreed to sponsor the 2nd Annual NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic at the Bronze support level. Founded in Switzerland in 1853, SIG SAUER is a leading manufacturer of handguns, rifles, optics, ammunition and silencers for consumer, military and law enforcement use. Part of a worldwide firearms manufacturing conglomerate that includes J.P. Sauer and Sohn and Blaser Gmbh (Germany) and Swiss Arms AG (Switzerland), SIG SAUER bases its U.S. headquarters in Newington, New Hampshire. Read more.
- DID YOU KNOW? . . . NSSF has partnered with a leading integrator, installer and service provider for a wide variety of life safety and asset protection technologies to offer NSSF members a special discount on alarm monitoring services. Learn more.
- LEAD MANAGEMENT AND OSHA COMPLIANCE WORKSHOP COMING TO ORLANDO . . . NSSF will hold a Lead Management and OSHA Compliance Workshop Dec. 13-15 in Orlando, Florida, open to all shooting range owners and operators. The two-day workshop will cover a variety of topics, including environmental risks to shooting ranges, environmental laws and regulations pertaining to shooting ranges, OSHA code enforcement, safety and health strategies, recordkeeping, hazard response and communication and more. Learn more.
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FFLS SHOULD SEEK TO ACHIEVE ACTIVE COMPLIANCE . . . Halloween is just around the corner, but we aren't trying to "scare you" with today's discussion on ATF revocations! It's important for FFLs to learn from our various teachings that include compliance advisory, business performance matters and ATF processes. Just remember, your primary goal should be to achieve proactive compliance and keep yourself free and clear of ATF ROVs, Warning Conferences, and definitely license revocations. Read the new posting from Orchid Advisors. Orchid Advisors is an approved compliance information provider for NSSF members.
- ATF EMPHASIZES COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO REGULATING FIREARMS INDUSTRY . . . For several months, representatives from the Office of Enforcement Programs and Services (EPS) and Field Operations (FO) at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have visited firearms and explosive manufacturing facilities across the country as part of a long-range plan to reinforce relationships with these industry partners. Read more.
- ATF Q&A . . . More great questions came in on our 24/7 NSSF member compliance hotline last week. One question relates to performing NICS background checks on customers who special-order firearms that are not normally in stock. Another question relates to a parent or guardian over the age of 21 purchasing ammunition for a minor.
News of Note
- MOSSBERG ROLLS OUT COLLEGIATE WATERFOWL SITE . . . In blogs and on social media, the Campus Waterfowl Project, supported by Mossberg, is encouraging college-age waterfowl hunters to share their stories and give voice to the collegiate hunter. On Instagram @CampusWaterfowl, more than 17,000 collegiate waterfowl hunters are engaging with one another. Its Twitter site has more than 11,000 followers. Obviously, these young hunters have been waiting for such an outlet. Learn about the effort at the Mossberg Blog.
- ILLINOIS CANCELS EVENTS AT SPARTA SHOOTING COMPLEX . . . Due to a four-month state budget standoff, Gov. Bruce Rauner has closed the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois, according to an article in the State Journal-Register. The facility is home to two of shotgun shooting's most prestigious competitions, the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships and the Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships, both of which have already been conducted for this year. The closing, however, does impact the SCTP collegiate championship, which has been moved to another location.
- IHEA PROMOTING HUNTING SAFETY THROUGH PHOTO CONTEST . . . The International Hunter Education Association (IHEA)-USA is planning to let more people know that "Safe Hunting Starts with Hunter Education" through its Second Annual IHEA-USA Photo Contest. This year's theme is "Hunter Education in Action!" The contest runs Oct. 1-31, 2015. First through third place prizes will be Bass Pro Shops gift cards, complements of Bass Pro Shops. Requests for more information and also contest submissions can be sent to ihea@ChaffinCommunications.com.
- NATIONAL WILDLIFE REGUGE WEEK . . . The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week from Oct. 11-17. National wildlife refuges have been part of America's natural heritage since 1903 when President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on Pelican Island in Florida. Today, you can visit a refuge to fish, hunt, hike, birdwatch or commune with nature. Check the special events calendar for National Wildlife Refuge Week events in your area and around the country.
- JUDGE ALLOWS FLORIDA BLACK BEAR HUNT . . . The first black bear hunt in Florida in 21 years will be allowed to take place after a Leon County judge ruled that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had the right to schedule the hunt because it was based on sound conservation science, according to a CBS Miami story. Several animal protection organizations attempted to prevent the hunt, scheduled to start October 24. Wildlife professionals said the hunt would help stabilize bear populations and reduce encounters between humans and the animals.
- RICK HACKER WINS LITERARY HONOR . . . Rick Hacker, who began his gun writing career in 1976 with Guns & Ammo and extended it to American Rifleman in 1979, has received this year's John T. Amber Literary Award, named in honor of the late John T. Amber, editor of Gun Digest from 1950 to 1979. The award was presented to Hacker for his story, "The Holsters of Arvo Ojala," a profile of the man "whose leather creations were as much a part of the golden age of Hollywood westerns as the guns they carried," said Gun Digest Editor Jerry Lee.
- CHRONICLING THE SHOOTING INDUSTRY MASTERS . . . The October issue of Shooting Industry magazine provides complete coverage of the 13th Annual Shooting Industry Masters, which this summer brought together more than 300 industry professionals to Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, Kansas, to enjoy a unique, friendly competition shooting event and support worthwhile programs. More than $57,000 was raised for NSSF's First Shots program and $14,050 was generated for the USA Shooting Team.
- NSSF IN THE NEWS . . . The Daily Caller, Hartford Courant, Sporting Classics Daily and many other news outlets across the country included NSSF in their coverage in recent days. Popular topics included Project ChildSafe, Government Relations, ATF/NSSF Matching Rewards and more. View a full wrap-up of NSSF in the News.
- FIREARMS INDUSTRY JOBS . . . Visit jobs.nssf.org for current employment opportunities in the shooting, hunting and outdoor industry. Unmatched job listing exposure, easy online job management, résumé search and résumé uploading for job seekers gives NSSF members and non-members more opportunities than ever before.
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