Attendee Registration Now Open
for 2016 SHOT Show
Registration for the National Shooting Sports Foundation's 2016 SHOT Show is now open for attendees. The show — Jan. 19-22 in Las Vegas — will be here before you know it. While registering, attendees can also easily enroll in SHOT Show University and other educational sessions. Registration for members of the press will open in September. Register now at shotshow.org.
- DONATE TO PROJECT CHILDSAFE FOUNDATION . . . New this year, while registering for the SHOT Show, attendees can donate to the Project ChildSafe Foundation, which supports the Project ChildSafe program, our industry's firearms safety education initiative. Project ChildSafe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit charitable organization. All donations to the organization are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
- PROJECT CHILDSAFE FOUNDATION . . . Project ChildSafe, Inc., the industry's firearms safety education charity, is now operating as the Project ChildSafe Foundation. The name change symbolizes the growth the 501 (c)(3) organization has experienced and better reflects its mission to support Project ChildSafe's safety messaging and free gun lock program. Tax- deductible contributions to Project ChildSafe Foundation can be made by visiting projectchildsafe.org/donate. Also, shop using Amazon Smile, which allows you to select Project ChildSafe as your charity of choice. At Project ChildSafe, every $2 helps put a gun lock in someone's hands.
- NSSF, NRA, SAF SUE SEATTLE OVER GUN, AMMO TAX . . . NSSF joined the National Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation, Seattle-based retailers and gun owners in filing a lawsuit today in King County Superior Court challenging Seattle's recently approved sales tax of $25 on each firearm and five cents for each round of ammunition (two cents for .22 caliber). "The Seattle ordinance is nothing but a 'poll tax' on the Second Amendment and an effort to drive Seattle's firearms retailers out of business," said NSSF's Larry Keane. Read the NSSF press release.
- CALIF. CITY COUNCIL DROPS FIREARMS RETAILER ORDINANCE . . . The Scotts Valley, California, City Council last week rejected a proposed ordinance that would have set new local standards for federally licensed firearms retailers seeking to open, expand or relocate their existing business. The ordinance would have mandated a city "dealer license" on top of the federal and state license FFLs must already obtain. NSSF adamantly opposed the ordinance, coordinated with Scotts Valley firearms retailers and sent a letter of opposition to the city council.
- FEDERAL AND STATE ROUNDUP . . . U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy does not regret calling gun violence a public health issue prior to his confirmation. New Jersey has become the 39th state to enact Families Afield Legislation. Figures released by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission show that the Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety spent $764,232.35 on lobbying in that state, more than all other organizations in the reporting period, including state teachers. All the pro-Second Amendment organizations combined spent a grand total of $88,000. Read NSSF's latest Government Relations Update.
- FIRST SHOTS BIG CITY TOUR ROLLS INTO PHILADELPHIA . . . Participation in target shooting is at an all-time high, and newcomers will be able to see what all the excitement is about by attending a First Shots seminar at one of six Philadelphia-area target-shooting facilities Aug. 28-30. Facilities taking part include Classic Pistol,
Delaware Valley Sports Center, Inc.,
Heritage Guild of Easton, Ready Aim Fire and The Sportsman's Shop. For more information, visit firstshots.org.
- FBI NICS E-CHECK SECURITY UPGRADE . . . The FBI Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Division has taken on a security initiative to better protect the bureau, as well as retailers and their customers' information. CJIS is currently in the process of implementing a requirement that all incoming traffic be secured with a certain level of encryption. This change may affect retailer who are a current users of the NICS E-Check service. How will you know if you are impacted? Click here.
- ATF Q&A . . . More great questions came in on our 24/7 NSSF member compliance hotline last week. One question asks if a licensee can return a consigned firearm to a different individual than the person who originally placed the firearm on consignment. Another question asks what responsibilities an FFL has to respond to a request to trace a firearm.
- DID YOU KNOW? . . . NSSF has partnered with a highly respected U.S.-based company to provide its range members discounts on newly designed filter solutions specially designed for the shooting range industry. For more information on our newest affinity member benefit partner, click here.
- NSSF RECOGNIZES GEORGIA GUN CLUB AS NSSF FIVE STAR RANGE MEMBER . . . NSSF distinguishes range member Georgia Gun Club as a NSSF Five Star range. Located in Buford, Georgia, the Georgia Gun Club is the only 100-yard indoor range in the state and is one of three in the entire Southeast. The 38,000 square foot facility recently hosted a Project Appleseed event to teach local and regional shooters about firearm history, marksmanship and safety. Hosting events that provide educational opportunities for shooters is essential for ranges to achieve NSSF's Five Star range status.
SHOT Show University
- CELERANT RETURNS AS GOLD SPONSOR OF 2016 SHOT SHOW UNIVERSITY . . . NSSF is pleased to announce that Celerant Technology Corp. will be returning as a sponsor of its annual SHOT Show University at the Gold level. An NSSF affinity member benefit partner, the Staten Island, New York-based Celerant is a leading provider of real-time point-of-sale and retail management software systems. Read more.
NSSF Rimfire Challenge
- NSSF RIMFIRE CHALLENGE STEEL TARGET GRANTS STILL AVAILABLE
. . . Grants are still available for NSSF's 2015 Rimfire Challenge Steel Target Grant Program. The program provides direct support for shooting ranges wishing to host NSSF Rimfire Challenge events and ensures those ranges are equipped with the proper steel targets necessary to introduce new people to the shooting sports. Ranges applying for a steel target grant must host events that are open to the public at least four times a year. Learn more.
- FIRST WOMEN-ONLY NSSF RIMFIRE CHALLENGE EVENT ENGAGES NEW SHOOTERS . . . The First women-only NSSF Rimfire Challenge event, held at Sanner's Lake Sportsman's Club in Lexington Park, Maryland, attracted 31 participants (a full match) of which 28 had never shot a match of any kind before. The host range has already had a handful of attendees sign up for their next co-ed Rimfire Challenge match, proving the effectiveness of this type of event. "The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive," said Mary Picard, match director for the event.
News of Note
- IN SUPPORT OF HUNTING WORKS FOR MAINE . . .
V. Paul Reynolds, a co-chairman of the newly formed Hunting Works for Maine chapter of NSSF's Hunting Works for America initiative writes that he's "stoked" about this effort. Reynolds says "Maine's hunting heritage and gun rights can no longer be taken for granted," and that Maine businesses and outdoor organizations can, at no cost, join the effort to remind customers and members of the importance of hunting to Maine's economy. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- USDA INVESTS $20 MILLION IN LAND ACCESS . . . Through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is investing $20 million in 15 states to help governments advance recreational opportunities through wildlife habitat and public access improvements to private lands while spurring economic opportunities.
- INDIANA'S DNR PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS LEADING INDUSTRY TOPICS . . . NSSF applauds Indiana's DNR for promoting diversity, safety and the wildlife restoration cycle in its 2015-16 Hunting and Trapping Guide. Resources for these and other important topics are available at NSSF.org.
- STEVE HALL RESIGNS FROM IHEA . . . The International Hunter Education Association-USA has announced that Steve Hall has resigned his executive director post with IHEA-USA to accept the hunter education manager's position with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, effective August 24. On behalf of the board of directors, IHEA-USA President Megan Wisecup said, "IHEA-USA has always been an integral part of Steve's professional career, and we all know that it will continue to be for many years to come." IHEA-USA will seek an interim executive director.
- NSSF IN THE NEWS . . . USA Today, CNN Money, The GunMag, Guns.com, NRA Family and many other news outlets across the country included NSSF in their coverage in recent days. Popular topics included industry trends, ATF/NSSF Matching Rewards, Project ChildSafe, NSSF Hispanics Report and more. View a full wrap-up of NSSF in the News.
- FIREARMS INDUSTRY JOBS . . . One of the most popular features of the recently re-launched NSSF Career Center is the added ability for employers to search uploaded resumes for specific skills and keywords, empowering companies to search for candidates with matching abilities. This enhancement is especially useful when job requirements include unique or special skillsets. NSSF, as the voice of the industry, provides unmatched exposure to the largest audience of qualified professionals in the industry. Learn more the NSSF Career Center.
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