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Our mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
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Our mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
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January 3, 2012

Vol. 13 No. 1

This Week:

College Grants


Government Relations


New Single-Month Record
for NICS Background Checks

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NSSF-ADJUSTED NICS CHECKS UP 24.5% IN DECEMBER . . . According to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), December 2011 set a new record for the most background checks in a single month. The December 2011 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,410,937 is an increase of 24.5 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,133,371 in December 2010. For comparison, the unadjusted December 2011 NICS figure of 1,854,400 reflects a 22.6 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,512,265 in December 2010. This marks the nineteenth straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased when compared to the same period the previous year. Read more.

  • CNBC: FIREARM SALES RING IN 2012 WITH A BANG . . . "Uncertainty in a presidential election year. Warriors returning from the battlefields. The comeback of the hunter. These are just some of the reasons that gun experts and advocates cite as reasons why firearms makers are ringing in 2012 like gangbusters," begins an article published today by CNBC. Read the article.

A Boost for College Shooting Sports

    Video: NSSF is making an impact as new and existing shooting sports programs grow at colleges across the country.

  • $300,000 IN GRANTS . . . Through its Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative (CSSI), the National Shooting Sports Foundation has awarded grants to 41 colleges and universities to assist in the development and expansion of shooting sports programs. Schools receiving awards included well-known Harvard University, Harvard Law, Yale and MIT; state universities such as Vermont, Kentucky and Iowa; and smaller schools such as Ecclesia College of Springdale, Ark., Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College of Tifton, Ga., and Hillsdale College of Hillsdale, Mich. One school, Montgomery Community College of Troy, N.C., in addition to developing a shooting program, offers gunsmithing and hunting and shooting sports management programs. NSSF has been supporting collegiate shooting programs with grants and expertise for three years with the CSSI program. In that time, NSSF has provided a total of nearly $600,000 to foster collegiate shooting programs. View a full list of schools receiving grants and what they will be using the money for.


  • TWO WEEKS AWAY . . . What products will be hot sellers in 2012? More than 1,600 exhibiting companies will help answer that question in two weeks, when NSSF's 2012 SHOT Show rolls into Las Vegas. The industry's annual trade show returns to the Sands Expo & Convention Center Jan. 17-20. If you haven't already done so, get registered and sign up for all of the show's offerings at shotshow.org. Be sure to follow along on the SHOT Show Blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the show's website for updates now and through the show.

  • RAM NAMED OFFICIAL TRUCK OF 2012 SHOT SHOW . . . NSSF and the Ram Truck Brand announced today an agreement that makes Ram the official truck of the 2012 SHOT Show. At the show, the new Ram Outdoorsman will be on display in the Sands Expo lobby. The Ram Truck Brand booth, located on Level 1 of the convention center, will also showcase a custom Ram truck. With its sponsorship, the Ram Truck Brand joins Outdoor Channel (a Pinnacle-level sponsor), GunBroker.com, Budweiser, NBC Sports Network and ArmaLite as major supporters of the SHOT Show.

  • NBC SPORTS NETWORK TO SPONSOR NEW PRODUCT CENTER . . . For many buyers and members of the media who attend the SHOT Show, their first stop is the New Product Center. NSSF is pleased to report that NBC Sports Network has signed on as the official sponsor of the 2012 SHOT Show New Product Center. This is where some of the most innovative products of 2012 will be on display. NBC Sports is a long-established sports brand synonymous with big events and the highest-quality production and outdoor programming, which has been an integral part of this network since 1995, and will continue to live on in its new home, NBC Sports Outdoors.

Government Relations

  • ATF CRITERIA FACES SCRUTINY ON LETTER-RULING PROCESS . . . The case-by-case basis in which ATF determines via private "letter ruling" firearms design and manufacturing regulatory compliance issues is being questioned both by members of industry and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Critics are pointing to inconsistent interpretations of ATF regulations and a process that relies on firearm manufacturers submitting prototypes for examination and evaluation testing to find out whether the item complies with the law and regulations. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) said of ATF's firearms compliance criteria, "When the rules are subjective and continue to change, we cannot expect these business owners to comply with moving target regulations." NSSF has urged ATF to promulgate objective criteria that would provide industry members clearer regulatory guidance.

  • VIRGINIA MAY STREAMLINE FIREARM BACKGROUND CHECK PROCESS . . . Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is considering ending the state's criminal background check program for firearms purchases in favor of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) that is used to screen prospective gun buyers for eligibility. The Virginia Firearms Transaction Program, a 22-year-old state-police-administered system for checking the criminal history of potential purchasers, is unnecessary and redundant since the advent of NICS in 1998. NSSF supports states moving to have background checks performed by NICS. Read more.

  • FORMER ATF HEAD BLAMES SUBORDINATES FOR 'FAST AND FURIOUS' . . . In a confidential deposition with congressional investigators, the then-head of ATF Kenneth E. Melson blamed agents, field supervisors and even his top command for never advising him that for more than a year his agency allowed illegal gun sales along the southwestern U.S. border, The Los Angeles Times reports.

  • VISIT NICS AT SHOT SHOW . . . NICS Section representatives will be on hand to debut new resources and tools developed for FFLs and their customers. Many of the tools have been developed at the request of the firearms retailers to improve their NICS experience. Please allow time to stop by and visit with the NICS Section representatives at booth No. 2809 for live demonstrations of these resources and tools.


  • SCHOLASTIC SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR . . . The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is seeking a new executive director. Applications for those interested in being considered for the position are being accepted now through Jan. 31. View more details.

  • FIREARMS INDUSTRY JOBS . . . Visit www.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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