New Report Available
UPDATED NSGA SHOOTING SPORTS PARTICIPATION REPORT . . . The 2014 edition of the NSGA Shooting Sports Participation report is now available. This 100+ page report provides the industry with a detailed look at participation in nine different hunting and shooting sports activities. New this year, when members purchase the NSGA Shooting Sports Participation 2014 Edition, they'll receive a complimentary copy of the new Industry Intelligence Report, Hunting and Target Shooting Participation. Read the press release.
- BEING A GUN CONTROL ADVOCATE MEANS NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU'RE WRONG . . . Gun control groups and their political allies for decades have worked to take Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) out of the hands of law-abiding Americans. Recently, several of these groups have shifted focus from banning what they mislabeled "assault weapons" to other gun control measures. The NSSF's Larry Keane takes on this change in tactics and what it reveals about these groups' credibility.
- IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH: A TALE OF TWO EAGLE STUDIES . . . Two studies of lead levels in eagles were released in recent weeks. With two very different methodologies and findings, even a quick look at both studies shows the importance of asking the right questions and not assuming to already know the answers. Larry Keane analyzes how a study out of Iowa State University succeeds where a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study fails in this A Tale of Two Eagle Studies blog posting.
- GOV. BROWN SIGNS NSSF-SUPPORTED YOUTH HUNTING BILL . . . California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed NSSF-supported AB 1709 (Frazier) into law. The measure will ensure that young hunters can continue to pay lower license fees until they reach the age of 18. Read the NSSF letter to the governor urging him to sign this legislation to encourage and support young hunters in California.
- D.C. COUNCIL PASSES STRICT CONCEALED CARRY RULES . . . The Washington, D.C., City Council voted last week to grant residents and visitors the right, in theory, to carry concealed firearms. Under a federal court order to do so, the Council members voted with great reluctance to approve a stringent "may issue" regulatory structure and to put it into effect on an emergency basis. Up next: The drafting of permanent regulations involving public hearings, more city council votes and review by Congress. Read a news account.
- PHILADELPHIA MOTHER WHO TOOK HER HANDGUN INTO N.J. NO LONGER FACES JAIL . . . A young, single Philadelphia mother no longer faces prison time for bringing her legally registered handgun into New Jersey and will be allowed into a pre-trial diversion program, after the state attorney general clarified a directive. Shaneen Allen was arrested last year after a motor vehicle stop on the Atlantic City Expressway in which she told a state trooper that she had her loaded gun and a concealed carry permit with her. She said she didn't know that the permit was not recognized in New Jersey.
For more Government Relations news, read NSSF's latest Government Relations Update.
- NSSF MEMBER COMPANIES HELPING GET OUT THE #GUNVOTE . . . Coonan, Inc., Cor-Bon/Glaser LLC, Hodgdon Powder Company, North American Arms and Remington Outdoor Company are the
latest NSSF member companies helping to spread the word about #GUNVOTE, NSSF's voter education and information initiative, by displaying the #GUNVOTE button on their websites and other materials. 2014 is a crucial Congressional midterm and gubernatorial election year. We are encouraging all industry members to download the #GUNVOTE button and use it in print publications and on your website, blog and social media platforms to get your customers engaged. Other NSSF companies displaying the #GUNVOTE button are Colt's Manufacturing Co., Hornady Manufacturing Co., O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Smith & Wesson Firearms, Sturm Ruger and Co., Taurus Holdings, Trulock Tool and Volquartsen Custom.
- THANK YOU TO OUR LATEST NSSF PAC CONTRIBUTORS
- President's Club ($5,000): No new contributors to report
- Cabinet Club ($2,500 or more): No new contributors to report
- Capitol Club ($1,000 or more): Barry Bauer, Robert Delfay and Joyce Rubino
- Congressional Club ($250 or more): Rex Gore, Lawrence Keane, Deborah Kenney and Noah Miller
- Industry Club (up to $249): Sidney Beddow II, Douglas Mayhall, J.D. Pflager, Linda Pilgrim, William Vencill and Lanier Woodrum
- LIMITED NUMBER OF EXHIBIT SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR INDUSTRY DAY AT THE RANGE . . . With the support of NSSF, SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range will be held at the Boulder Pistol and Rifle Range in Boulder City, Nevada, on Jan. 19. Industry Day will provide invited media and buyers the opportunity to test new products. Recently, the available rifle shooting lanes sold out, but pistol, shotgun, airgun, archery, non-shooting and demo track exhibit spaces are still available in limited numbers. To reserve your exhibition space at this important SHOT Show event, click here.
- SPECIAL SEMINAR FOR RETAILERS: MERCHANDISING TO WOMEN . . . In case you haven't noticed, the clientele walking through your door is increasingly young, urban and female. Or at least it should be according to new data released in NSSF's latest Industry Intelligence Report, "Hunting and Target Shooting Participation, 2014 Edition." Hosted by top action-shooting pros Julie Golob and Randi Rogers, the "Merchandising to Women" seminar will provide the insight needed to adjust product inventories and marketing efforts to bring more women into your stores and onto your ranges. This seminar will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, from 9 to 10 a.m. Read more on the SHOT Show Blog.
- DID YOU KNOW? . . . NSSF's DVD Introduction to Range Safety and Etiquette is now available, free, to both members and non-members. Perfect for range owners, gun clubs, retailers, hunter ed instructors and other educators, this DVD helps remind everyone that safety depends on each of us. Members may order the DVD through the NSSF member shopping cart. Non-members should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with their request. Shipping charges will apply.
- REPORTING RESPONSIBLE PERSONS TO ATF . . . Historically, ATF has interpreted the term "responsible person" to mean a person who has the power to direct the management and policies of the firearms segment of the overall business. A common situation we encounter is when a firearms retailer fails to designate a store manager as a responsible person. It is important that federally licensed firearms retailers ensure ATF is always informed of changes in the responsible person/s of record working at their store in the capacity of acquiring firearms, maintaining the firearms inventory and keeping A&D records. Read the recent NSSF blog post about responsible person/s policies.
- ATF Q&A . . . Here are two of the many questions we received last week on our members-only retailer hotline. The first one on the time allowed to enter a firearm into your bound book and the second on what to do if you think a customer buying a firearm might be under a restraining order. Click on the links above to get the answers and to view a variety of other great questions from our hotline.
FIREARMS POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND PAPERWORK . . . Paperwork is a big responsibility for FFLs. Typically, when we're talking about "paperwork," we're focusing on content, common errors and improving accuracy. In the new Orchid Advisory, the discussion is about the physical pieces of paper and how you handle them. You can read this also with your electronic files in mind, because even if you e-file your Form 4473, you are required to maintain paper copies of those files. What we also need to talk about is what to do if you can't locate one of these precious pieces of paper that could be requested during an ATF audit or during an ATF gun trace. Orchid Advisors is an endorsed compliance information provider for NSSF members.
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News of Note
- TRAINING TO INVESTIGATE HUNTER ACCIDENTS . . . Fifty-one wildlife officers from 15 states recently attended the 2014 Hunting Incident Investigation Academy—a 40-hour specialized hunting-related shooting incident investigation training program. The academy, which provides skills and knowledge to state and federal wildlife officers, was hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the International Hunter Education Association at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. Learn more about IHEA.
- AFTER MEDIA OUTCRY, FOREST SERVICE TO CLARIFY PERMIT PROPOSAL . . . After intense media criticism of its proposal to require payment for permits to film or take photographs in federally designated wilderness areas, the U.S. Forest last week issued a statement to clarify its intentions related to commercial activity and news gathering. The Outdoor Writers Association of America strongly criticized the proposal, with OWAA President Mark Freeman saying that OWAA "is concerned and disturbed that the U.S. Forest Service would use the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act to ratchet up its attempts to control what information is reported about wilderness areas and by whom." Said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, "The U.S. Forest Service remains committed to the First Amendment." He added that "provisions in the draft directive do not apply to news gathering." Public comment has been extended until Dec. 3.
- STUDENT-ORGANIZED TRAP AND SKEET CLUB RECOGNIZED IN COLLEGE PUBLICATION . . . The Summer 2014 Edition of De Pauw Magazine features De Pauw University's rapidly growing Trap and Skeet Club and the rising interest in shooting sports on campus. Stronger than ever and into its third year, this student club shows how a little dedication and a lot of fun can go a long way.
- FIREARMS INDUSTRY JOBS . . . Visit nssf.org/jobs for current employment opportunities in the shooting, hunting and outdoor industry. Employers: Log in to post a job opening.
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