U.S. Senate to Vote TODAY on Gun-Related
Measures; Call Your Senators
In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Orlando and a Democratic filibuster, the U.S. Senate will vote today on four gun-related proposals offered as amendments to the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill. NSSF urges you to call your U.S. Senators to urge them to VOTE No on the amendments being sponsored by Sens. Feinstein and Murphy. Instead, urge them to VOTE Yes on the amendments sponsored by Sens. Cornyn and Grassley because they protect the Second Amendment and due process rights, address the issue of mental health and improve the NICS system. The U.S. Capitol Switchboard is being flooded with calls. Look up your U.S. Senators' office number at www.senate.gov/senators/contact/, then dial direct.
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- NSSF ANNOUNCES NEW STAR-RATING RANGE PROGRAM . . . NSSF is pleased to announce the launch of its completely revamped Star-Rating Range Program. Created to acknowledge those indoor shooting range facilities that excel across a wide variety of criteria, the new program will be will be headed by NSSF's Manager of Shooting Promotions, Zach Snow. Read more.
- ATF Q&A . . . More great questions came in on our 24/7 NSSF member compliance hotline last week. One question asks what importer should be entered into the A&D book when the foreign manufacturer and the importer have the same company name. Another question asks if a United States-issued passport is a valid form of identification for a firearms purchaser to provide to an FFL.
- DID YOU KNOW? . . . NSSF has recently partnered with a top-end security company to offer NSSF members a special discount on alarm monitoring services. Learn more.
- SUPREME COURT WON'T HEAR CONN. LAW CHALLENGE . . . The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal challenging Connecticut's ban on modern sporting rifles. The Connecticut law, similar to those recently challenged in New York and Maryland, previously was upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Because the Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal, the Second Circuit's opinion that a ban on an entire class of commonly used firearms is constitutional remains the law in Connecticut.
- NOT BUYING PUBLIC HEALTH PRESCRIPTION . . . The American Medical Association's latest effort to obtain federal funding for "gun violence" research is not going anyplace on Capitol Hill. The AMA said it would "actively lobby" to lift long-standing Congressionally-imposed restrictions on such research by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, Republican members of Congress, including some belonging to the House Doctors Caucus, say they won't write the AMA's research prescription. NSSF's Larry Keane is quoted in this story in The Hill.
- STATE ROUNDUP . . . The California Assembly and Senate Committees on Public Safety last week approved anti-gun measures: AB 1664, AB 1673, AB 1674, SB 880 and SB 1235. The New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee today passed A1426. The bill would impose a new "smart gun" mandate requiring all retailers in the state to carry in inventory at least one model of an authorized-user technology-equipped firearm.
Read NSSF's latest Government Relations Update for more.
- USITC FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION DATA FOR APRIL . . . NSSF tracks and reports monthly and quarterly U.S. import and export units for several sporting arms, ammunition and optics categories from the U.S. International Trade Commission. See a complete breakdown for April 2016 compared to April 2015. NSSF members may access additional historical import and export data by logging in and clicking NSSF Industry Research.
News of Note
- 2017 SHOT BUSINESS AWARDS NOMINATIONS CONTEST OPENS . . . NSSF is pleased to announce that it has opened its annual nominations contest for the 2017 SHOT Business Awards. The contest was created in 2015 to better engage its members and improve feedback about those industry colleagues who most actively support the NSSF's projects and mission. Read more.
- PROJECT CHILDSAFE AND POMA IN KALISPELL . . . The Flathead County Sheriff's Department, Kalispell P.D. and mayor of Kalispell, Montana, partnered with NSSF's Project ChildSafe program to give away free gun locks and encourage safe storage of firearms in conjunction with the Professional Outdoor Media Association Conference last week.
- NSSF AT POMA CONFERENCE . . . At the Professional Outdoor Media Association conference last week, NSSF sponsored the Shooting Day luncheon at which it promoted its #GUNVOTE initiative, the Project ChildSafe "Own It? Respect It. Secure It" campaign and the many resources NSSF provides to outdoor communicators.
- NSSF IN THE NEWS . . . USA TODAY, New York Times, Reuters News Service, Townhall.com, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and many other news outlets across the country included NSSF in their coverage in recent days. Popular topics included MSRs/Orlando nightclub attack, media/Katie Couric controversy, the NSSF Industry Summit, Project ChildSafe and more. View a full wrap-up of NSSF in the News.
- IMPORTANT RESOURCE IN IMPORTANT YEAR . . . As recent events have demonstrated, 2016 is one of the most important election years ever for our industry. With the voting balance of the U.S. Supreme Court at stake, this election could very well determine the future of our Second Amendment rights. It is crucial that all segments of our industry help our employees, our business partners and our customers become informed about all candidates' positions on our issues and spread the message about #GUNVOTE, NSSF's voter education initiative.
- 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.
- THANK YOU TO LATEST NSSF EVENT SPONSORS . . . NSSF recently announced that Orchid Advisors has agreed to sponsor the 2016 NSSF Import/Export Conference at the Gold level. For more information on sponsorship opportunities for upcoming events, contact Chris Tatulli at email@example.com.
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