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December 7, 2009

Vol. 10 No. 49

This Week:


Industry News



A Milestone for NSSF

MEMBERSHIP TOPS 5,000 . . . The National Shooting Sports Foundation reached a milestone last week when its membership grew to include more than 5,000 industry businesses, organizations and individuals. "More than ever, our industry recognizes the importance of unity in addressing the challenges we all face. This milestone underscores that fact," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president. "Businesses from all walks of our industry are becoming increasingly aware of NSSF and are joining in support of its mission to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports." NSSF's diverse membership now includes more than 5,000 manufacturers, distributors, shooting ranges, retailers, sportsmen's organizations, publishers and many others.


  • RETAILERS: DON'T MISS SHOT SHOW UNIVERSITY . . . All firearms retailers are encouraged to attend SHOT Show University, planned for Monday, Jan. 18. This year's keynote address will be delivered by highly sought after speaker George Whalin, who will focus on strategies for a changing retail world. Rates for the full-day session are $50 for NSSF members. Non-members may register for $100 and receive a free, one-year trial membership. Learn more and get registered.

  • ONLINE TOOL HELPS MAP YOUR SCHEDULE AT THE SHOW . . . Did you know you can "MapYourShow" right from the comfort of your computer? At shotshow.org, the 2010 Floor Plan Navigator allows you to review the entire SHOT Show layout, search the entire list of exhibitors, search their products and get a facility overview. Then you can map out your own planned schedule and route with the My Show Planner feature. View a round-up of the application's features.

  • COUNTDOWN: 6 WEEKS AWAY . . . NSSF's 2010 SHOT Show is approaching quickly. If you haven't already done so, get registered, make travel plans, buy tickets to NSSF's annual State of the Industry Dinner, register for SHOT Show University and more at www.shotshow.org. Also, tune in to the SHOT Show Blog and follow the show on Twitter and Facebook for news and updates.

Industry News

    NSSF President Steve Sanetti talks with a reporter following the press conference in Phoenix today.

  • NSSF SUPPORTS ARIZ. EFFORTS TO GROW HUNTING AND SHOOTING . . . With the assistance of NSSF, Arizona Fish & Game Department is working to secure the future of hunting by tapping the enthusiasm of youths and seniors. The department announced new programs at a press conference today, with two initiatives made possible by grants provided by NSSF totaling $82,500. NSSF President Steve Sanetti, Responsive Management's Mark Duda and Craig McMullen of the Arizona Game and Fish Department were presenters at the press conference. Full Story

  • NOVEMBER BACKGROUND CHECKS ON FIREARM SALES . . . Data released by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,223,252 checks in November 2009, ranking the month in the top 10 for most NICS checks of all time. This figure, while being a 20 percent decrease from the record high 1,529,635 checks in November 2008 -- the start of the ongoing surge in firearm and ammunition sales -- is an increase of 13.3 percent over reported checks in November 2007. Year-to-date background checks for 2009 total 12,626,669, an increase of 12.9 percent over the same time period last year. The total number of background checks reported since the beginning of NICS is 108,610,677.

  • MIDWAY USA EARNS PRESIDENTIAL HONOR . . . President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced that five organizations, including industry member MidwayUSA (Columbia, Mo.), are among the recipients of the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for innovation and performance excellence. "The road to greatness in America has been, and always will be, traveled by those who embrace change and work hard every day to be the best; the organizations we honor today with the Baldrige National Quality Award exemplify that spirit," Obama said. "This year's recipients have shown how quality, innovation, and an unending quest for excellence help strengthen our nation and brighten the future of all Americans."

  • SMITH & WESSON SALES, PROFIT UP IN SECOND QUARTER . . . Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. reported sales of $108.8 million for the second quarter, up 48.6 percent compared to the same period last year. Net income for the quarter was $13.3 million, or 21 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $76.2 million, or $1.62 per share, for the same period last year.

  • GANDER MOUNTAIN REPORTS THIRD-QUARTER RESULTS . . . Gander Mountain Co. reported that third-quarter sales were up 2.5 percent to $276.6 million, compared to $269.9 million during the same period last year. Same-store sales -- or sales at stores open for at least a year -- were up 1 percent. The company said that firearms, ammunition, fishing, apparel, marine and camping categories all experienced above average comparable store sales gains during the quarter. Gander Mountain reported earnings per share of 13 cents, compared to 3 cents during the third quarter of 2008.


  • THREAT TO AMMUNITION AVAILABILITY; ACTION NEEDED . . . As demand for ammunition continues to outpace supply, it is critically important that an amendment authored by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) to a seemingly obscure hazardous material bill (HR 4016) be attached to the legislation during consideration on the House floor. The amendment being pushed by Graves will help protect the shipment of materials necessary for the manufacturing of ammunition. Without the Graves Amendment, the rate of production will slip, perhaps precipitously. In turn, decreased production of ammunition will lead to decreased availability. This will lead to an increase in ammunition prices directly affecting consumers. Floor action on the bill is anticipated within the next three weeks. Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, intends to bring HR 4016 to the floor prior to the end of the session. NSSF is encouraging all hunters and sportsmen to contact Rep. Oberstar and urge him to support the Graves Amendment. He can be reached at 202-225-6211.

  • N.J. LAWMAKERS MOVE TO EXEMPT FIREARMS RETAILERS FROM GUN-A-MONTH LAW . . . In testimony before the Firearms and Advisory Task Force earlier this year, NSSF testified that pending one-gun-a-month legislation provided no exemption for firearms retailers or manufacturers doing business in the Garden State. As such, the law would restrict law-abiding businessmen and women from obtaining inventory. NSSF is pleased to announce that the Task Force has taken NSSF's concerns and recommendations seriously, and consequently legislation has been introduced to correct this issue.

  • SUPREME COURT SETS ORAL ARGUMENTS IN GUN-BAN CHALLENGE . . . The long-awaited challenge to Chicago's handgun ban will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 2, reports Dave Workman in the Gun Rights Examiner. Read Workman's recent column.

  • CONGRESS MEMBERS FILE BIPARTISAN AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF . . . Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus members Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Tester and Rep. Mike Ross and Mark Souder joined 58 senators and 251 House members in filing a bipartisan amicus curiae brief asking the Supreme Court to hold the Second Amendment applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment in the case of McDonald v City of Chicago. The case will decide whether the Second Amendment is a fundamental right that applies to states in the same way the Supreme Court found that it applied to the federal government in last year's District of Columbia v Heller decision.

  • ANOTHER MAIG MAYOR CONVICTED . . . Baltimore Mayor Sheila A. Dixon, a founding member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition -- an anti-gun group led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- has been found guilty on one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary. When asked whether the mayor would step down from office, Dixon's attorney said, "All things are being considered."


  • USA SHOOTING LOOKING FOR NATIONAL SHOTGUN COACH . . . Applications are now being accepted for the position of national shotgun coach. Learn more about the job responsibilities and application process.

  • WINTER AIRGUN CHAMPIONSHIPS CONCLUDE . . . The three-day 2009 Winter Airgun Championships ended on Friday at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with Matt Emmons, Jason Turner, Sarah Beard and Sandra Uptagrafft claiming the top spots on the final day. Two-time Olympic medalist Emmons, from Brown Mills, N.J., won the Men's Air Rifle title all three days of the match. Get the complete Day 3 Winter Airgun Championship results.


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