U.S. Appeals Court Remands Decision
for 'Strict Scrutiny' of Second Amendment
in Maryland Gun Law Challenge
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has overturned a federal district court decision that upheld the 2013 State of Maryland Firearm Safety Act as constitutional under intermediate scrutiny review. The court vacated the district court's denial of the plaintiffs' claims and remanded the case to the lower court, ordering that it apply the appropriate strict standard of review. NSSF is one of the lead plaintiffs in this case. "As this important case goes forward, NSSF will continue to work with our co-plaintiffs to ensure that our citizens' Second Amendment rights are protected and that the lawful commerce in firearms is restored in support of this constitutional protection," said the NSSF's Larry Keane. Read the NSSF press release.
- HOUSE BILL WOULD STEM 'OPERATION CHOKE POINT' ABUSES . . . The U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR 766, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, with 10 Democrats joining 240 Republicans to ensure overwhelming approval. The NSSF-supported bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), with whom NSSF has worked diligently to ensure that the Department of Justice and federal banking regulatory officials end regulatory overreach practices that negatively impacted several types of business, including those involved in the firearms and ammunition industry.
- NSSF, 50 GROUPS SEEK U.S. HOUSE VOTE ON SHARE ACT . . . NSSF and 50 sportsmen's groups representing millions of American sportsmen and hunters are urging the House leadership to schedule HR 2406, the SHARE Act bipartisan sportsmen's legislative package, for floor time and a vote. The SHARE Act passed the House in the previous Congressional session. Use this action alert or call the U.S.House at 202-224-3121, ask for your Representative and request they urge House leaders to schedule a floor vote on the SHARE Act.
- FEDERAL AND STATE ROUNDUP . . . The U.S. House Committee on Small Business will hold a Thursday hearing on Export Control challenges for Small Business. The NSSF-supported Firearms Industry Nondiscrimination Act will be before a Georgia state senate committee on Tuesday. The Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee has approved a NSSF-supported bill to guarantee Kansans the right to hunt and fish, creating a permanent safeguard for future generations of sportsmen and for conservation.
Read NSSF's latest Government Relations Update for more.
Firearms Industry Compliance Conference
- REGISTRATION OPENS FOR FIREARMS INDUSTRY COMPLIANCE CONFERENCE . . . Registration is now open for the third annual Firearms Industry Compliance Conference, May 2-4 in Atlanta. The program is composed of three learning tracks and will include timely discussions of how the regulatory environment has evolved over the past two years. Seating is limited, so register now.
NSSF Industry Summit
- REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2016 NSSF INDUSTRY SUMMIT . . . NSSF is pleased to announce that registration for the 2016 NSSF Industry Summit is now open. Taking place June 6-8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, this year's summit will provide attendees with the latest research related to the firearms and ammunition industry, hunting and target shooting, while delivering cutting-edge information from experts in their field.
- ATF Q&A . . . More great questions came in on our 24/7 NSSF member compliance hotline last week. One question concerns transferring a firearm to a dealer out of state and recording proper information, and another question asks about replacing a lost 4473 form.
- DID YOU KNOW? . . . NSSF Members receive a discount on specialty closure systems designed to restrict access to your store, warehouse, outbuildings and other structures. Learn more.
- NEW NSSF INDUSTRY REFERENCE GUIDE AVAILABLE . . . With more than 190 pages of valuable trend data and information, this comprehensive report encompasses the shooting sports industry into one, easy-to-reference resource!
The new 2015-2016 edition includes data on the following industry trends: Hunting License Sales and History, Excises Taxes, NICS and NSSF-Adjusted NICS, FFLS, Firearms Production, Imports and Exports, Firearms-Related Injury Statistics, Participation Trends and more. Learn more.
- NSSF-ADJUSTED NICS BACKGROUND CHECKS . . . The January 2016 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,362,847 is an increase of 29.5 percent compared to the January 2015 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,052,441. For comparison, the unadjusted January 2016 FBI NICS figure of 2,540,146 reflects a 44.1 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 1,763,233 in January 2015. To learn more about last month's NICS report, log in to the member side of nssf.org.
News of Note
- BDT LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE . . . Beretta Defense Technologies, an alliance of four industry-leading manufacturers under Beretta Holding—Beretta, Benelli, Sako and Steiner—recently launched an entirely new comprehensive website. The site shows BDT defense offerings and capabilities, providing a clearer view of individual products, weapons systems and the latest innovations. Visit the site.
- TREAD LIGHTLY FUNDS 25 RESTORATION PROJECTS . . . To mark its 25th anniversary year, Tread Lightly! has awarded funding for 25 stewardship projects through its Restoration for Recreation initiative thanks to funding from Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, Federal Premium Ammunition, Bushnell and the Dallas Safari Club. Projects focus on keeping recreational areas healthy and accessible, including educational signage, trail system expansion, trail resurfacing, volunteer cleanups, fencing, recycling collection and trail repair. Shooting ranges and hunting areas are among the sites that will benefit.
- JOHNNY MORRIS IS NHF DAY HONORARY CHAIR . . . National Hunting and Fishing Day has named national conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris to serve as the honorary chair for NHF Day 2016. A lifelong sportsman, Morris is one of the country's foremost leaders working to ensure that natural habitats, wildlife and the outdoors remain healthy for future generations.
- NSSF IN THE NEWS . . . CNN Money, National Review, Townhall.com, Roll Call, The Hill, The Baltimore Sun, TheBlaze, The Truth About Guns and many other news outlets across the country included NSSF in their coverage in recent days. Popular topics included the 2016 SHOT Show, NSSF Shooting Sports Fantasy Camp, government relations 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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