Four Gun Measures Defeated in Senate
Last week was notable for renewed, but ultimately unsuccessful, attempts to move gun-related legislation on Capitol Hill. In the Senate last Monday, four proposals failed to receive the votes required to move forward. NSSF thanks all those who responded to the Action Alert to urge their senators to vote against the amendments offered by Sens. Feinstein and Murphy and in favor of those introduced by Sens. Grassley and Cornyn. On Thursday, Senate Amendment 4814 introduced by Sen. Collins survived a procedural vote. NSSF opposes the Collins Amendment because legislation that seeks to prevent terrorists from obtaining firearms must strike a proper balance between the interests of public safety, protecting the integrity of terrorism investigations and the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. NSSF will keep you informed on this legislation's status. Sign up for NSSF Legislative Alerts and/or update your email preferences.
In the U.S. House, a group of Democratic representatives garnered considerable media attention before ending a 26-hour "sit-in" on Thursday to protest not being allowed to have a floor vote on a gun-related bill similar to one rejected by the Senate. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan addressed this tactic in his weekly press briefing saying, "… we are not going to allow stunts like this to stop us from carrying out the people's business." The House is in recess until after the Independence Day holiday.
- CALIFORNIA SENATE TAKING UP GUN CONTROL . . . The California Senate is fast-tracking a number of gun control measures, throwing process and procedure out the window. AB 1664, AB 1673 and AB 1674 could come up for a vote on the Senate floor as early as today. Contact your State Senator and urge him or her to vote "NO" on these bills. For more on these bills read the NSSF Action Alert.
- MASS-PRODUCING PINOCCHIOS . . . U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) has been tagged previously for his tendency to play fast and loose with the facts. The Washington Post Fact Checker looked into the Senator's remarks during his recent filibuster, awarding him six Pinocchios in all for two different conflations that fit the junior senator's narrative, but not the facts. Geppetto is the fictional woodcarver who creates one Pinocchio in the children's story. Sen. Murphy mass-produces them.
Read NSSF's latest Government Relations Update for more.
- 2016 SHOT SHOW EXHIBITOR ACADEMY INVALUABLE TO NEW AND VETERAN EXHIBITORS . . . More than 100 SHOT Show exhibitors last week attended the 2016 SHOT Show Exhibitor Academy, where exhibitors filled seminar rooms at the Sands Expo Center to learn how to maximize their return on investment and exchange ideas to improve the show experience for all in attendance. Read more.
- NEW NICS GO-LIVE DATE IS AUG. 9 . . . The FBI NICS Section has announced a New NICS go-live date of Aug. 9, 2016. Future communications from NICS will include instructions on how to access the New NICS E-Check User Guide to allow FFLs to become familiar with the look of the NICS E-Check prior to deployment of the New NICS. The look of the NICS E-Check after deployment will change; however, the functionality will remain the same.
- SPEAKER LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR 2016 FIREARMS RETAILER SECURITY CONFERENCE . . . Firearms compliance experts and NSSF Compliance and Security team members Bill Napier, John Clark and John Bocker will be the headlining speakers for the 2016 Firearms Retailer Security Conference. Read more.
- ATF Q&A . . . More great questions came in on our 24/7 NSSF member compliance hotline last week. One question asks if federal firearms law requires licensees to comply with state laws and local ordinances when selling firearms. Another question asks who should be categorized as "nonimmigrant aliens."
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News of Note
- NSSF'S PROJECT CHILDSAFE SPOTLIGHTS 'LOCAL CHAMPIONS' . . . NSSF has named Scottsdale, Arizona's Carrie Lightfoot, founder of The Well Armed Woman, a "S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion" for promoting firearm safety in her region. Additional local safety champions will be announced during NSSF's fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign. Read more.
- AMA DOESN'T SPEAK FOR ALL DOCS . . . The American Medical Association (AMA) represents 22 percent of the nation's physicians and pursues a public policy agenda directed by professional staff. Recently, the AMA renewed its call for the Centers for Disease Control to study "gun violence" as a public health issue. In response, Dr. Robert B. Young writes, "… there is nothing about guns or 'gun violence' that can be addressed as a 'public health issue.' Labeling gunshot injuries and deaths as a 'public health crisis' is a ruse."
- SAAMI WELCOMES SIX NEW MEMBERS TO ORGANIZATION
. . . Six new companies have joined the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) member roster. Joining as new Associate Members are PolyCase Ammunition and Rio Ammunition, Inc. New Supporting Members include Armscor Cartridge, Inc., BPI Outdoors, Inc., L-Tech Enterprises, Inc., and Specialty Cartridge, Inc. Read more.
- SAAMI ANNOUNCES ACCEPTANCE OF THE 6.5-300 WEATHERBY MAGNUM CARTRIDGE . . . The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute recently announced the acceptance of a new cartridge and chamber standard, the 6.5-300 Weatherby, introduced by Weatherby, Inc. Read more.
- 2% FOR CONSERVATION . . . Founded in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Wild Sheep Foundation and SITKA Gear, 2% for Conservation encourages businesses to commit to giving back 1 percent of their annual sales and to volunteer 1 percent of their time to conservation causes. Learn more about 2% for Conservation, a 501(c)(3) organization, at its website, www.fishandwildlife.org.
- NSSF #GUNVOTE VIDEO: WEAPONS OF WAR? . . . NSSF has launched an informative #GUNVOTE video in response to anti-gun politicians, celebrities and the media elites repeated attempts to single out the AR-15 and labeling the semi-automatic civilian rifle a "weapon of war." Help get the facts out. Watch and share the video on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
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