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January 6, 2014

Vol. 15 No. 1

Ready or Not, Here Comes the SHOT Show

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ONE WEEK AWAY . . . The 36th edition of the SHOT Show will take place Jan. 14-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. More than 60,000 industry professionals are expected to attend. Owned and sponsored by NSSF, the SHOT Show is the industry's most anticipated event of the year. The show provides a first look at new products and services used by target shooters, hunters, outdoorsmen and women and law enforcement professionals. The show also provides members of this multi-faceted industry an opportunity to network and attend educational seminars. Read NSSF's pre-show news release.

  • NSSF TO UNVEIL TARGET SHOOTING ECONOMIC IMPACT REPORT . . . On Day 2 of the SHOT Show, Wednesday, Jan. 15, NSSF will announce its first-ever report on the economic impact of target shooting to the nation's economy. The report looks at spending by target shooters at the state and national levels and how that spending supports businesses and jobs. The NSSF "Target Shooting in America" report complements the "Hunting in America" report released earlier this year by NSSF and the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. Credentialed media are invited to join NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti, NSSF Director of Industry Research and Analysis Jim Curcuruto and Rob Southwick of Southwick Associates at 10 a.m., Jan. 15, in the press conference room (3401). See other SHOT Show press conferences in the Online Newsroom.

  • INFOGRAPHIC: HOW BIG IS THE SHOT SHOW? . . . Did you know there are 12.5 miles of aisles at the SHOT Show (a little less than a half marathon)? How about that the show's 630,000 square feet of exhibit space is the equivalent of 10.9 football fields as well as the size of the New Orleans Superdome? These other fun facts about the show are packed into an infographic released today by NSSF.

2014 NSSF Industry Summit

  • SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 9-11, 2014 . . . The firearms industry is stronger than ever before. Let's keep it that way. The 2014 NSSF Industry Summit will be held June 9-11 in Springfield, Mass. NSSF encourages all industry leaders to attend. Connect with your industry peers and hear from influential speakers as we take a look at where our industry stands now and where it is headed in 2014 and beyond. Past NSSF Summits have yielded great results, launched countless positive programs and sparked many ideas. Today, many programs now exist that were born from an idea, a conversation or a need identified at the Summit. Join us in Springfield, where our industry's roots will meet its future. Stay tuned for more information.

Government Relations

  • OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES NICS-RELATED EXECUTIVE ACTIONS . . . The Obama administration on Friday took the opportunity of a slow news day during a holiday week to announce new executive actions ostensibly to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database in two ways. The Justice Department is moving forward with draft regulations to clarify what information should be submitted by states to NICS on commitments to mental health institutions while the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proceeding with regulations to remove legal barriers that prevent certain states from sending information to NICS. NSSF is studying the administration's actions in detail for their impact and implications and will have more to say in the near future. Read the White House Fact Sheet on the announcement.

  • BREAKING NEWS: FEDERAL JUDGE STRIKES DOWN CHICAGO BAN ON FIREARMS SALES . . . Today a federal court judge in Chicago struck down the City's ban on the sale of firearms within the city limits as a violation of the Second Amendment. The lawsuit, filed by Illinois firearms dealers and gun owners, challenged the constitutionality of City ordinances that ban virtually all sales and transfers of firearms inside the City's limits. The judge said that the Second Amendment includes "the right to acquire a firearm, although that acquisition right is far from absolute . . . But Chicago's ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms. . ." Said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. "This is an important decision because the court recognized that the lawful commerce in firearms, in which NSSF members are engaged, is protected by the Second Amendment."

  • NEW STUDY FINDS MORE GUN LAWS DO NOT REDUCE CRIME . . . A study by Quinnipiac University economist Mark Gius published in the latest issue of the academic journal Applied Economics Letters examined nearly 30 years of statistics and concluded that stricter gun laws, including the federal and state-level "assault weapons bans," do not result in a reduction in gun violence. In fact, Gius found the opposite -- that a proliferation of concealed carry permits can actually reduce incidents of gun crime. See a Fox News interview with Prof. Gius.

  • SEN. GRAHAM PRESSES JUSTICE DEPT. & ATF FOR ANSWERS ON AMMUNITION . . . NSSF has been seeking answers from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to several questions concerning what constitutes "armor piercing" ammunition for purposes of importation and sale. These questions are even more important since California has enacted legislation that will ban the use of traditional lead ammunition in hunting statewide once it goes into effect. We brought this to the attention of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and are very pleased by his effort to get answers to these questions from Attorney General Eric Holder. See Sen. Graham's communication to the Attorney General.

  • FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS N.Y. SAFE ACT (MOSTLY) . . . On New Year's Eve, a federal judge issued a ruling that upheld most of New York's stringent new gun-control law known as the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act, rejecting Second Amendment arguments concerning a ban on standard-capacity magazines and limitations on the sale of Modern Sporting Rifles. Judge William Skretny wrote that provisions of the act are constitutional because they serve an "important governmental interest" in public safety. Skretny did rule that a requirement that magazines could be loaded with only seven rounds even if they can hold 10 to be "arbitrary," and he struck down that provision. NSSF has filed an amicus brief in this case that will now go to the federal appellate level. Second Amendment supporters note the legal case against the SAFE Act is far from over.

  • NSSF PAC AT 2014 SHOT SHOW . . . The start of the New Year brings new legislative and regulatory challenges for our industry, not to mention the important midterm election in November. The NSSF PAC, is a non-partisan, multi-candidate, Federal Election Commission registered political action committee of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The NSSF PAC supports pro-industry, pro-Second Amendment and pro-sportsmen candidates seeking election or re-election to federal office. For more information about your industry PAC, please stop by our booth at the 2014 SHOT Show in the NSSF Member Lounge or visit the PAC's website www.nssfpac.org.

NSSF Research

  • DESPITE DECREASE COMPARED TO LAST YEAR, DECEMBER NICS CHECKS SECOND HIGHEST EVER FOR MONTH . . . The December 2013 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,510,529 is a decrease of 32.5 percent compared to the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 2,237,731 in December 2012. Despite the decrease, December of 2013 is the second highest December for NICS background checks. For comparison, the unadjusted December 2013 NICS figure of 2,032,755 reflects a 26.8 percent decrease from the unadjusted NICS figure of 2,776,105 in December 2012. Read more.

  • USITC FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION DATA FOR OCTOBER 2013 . . . NSSF tracks and reports monthly U.S. import and export units for several sporting arms, ammunition and optics categories from the U.S. International Trade Commission. See a complete breakdown of each category's October import and export data. NSSF members can access additional historical import and export data by logging in and clicking NSSF Industry Research.


  • MAGPUL MAKES IT OFFICIAL: MOVING BOTH OPERATIONS AND HEADQUARTERS . . . In a long-awaited move, Magpul Industries in a joint announcement with Gov. Matt Mead confirmed Friday it will relocate manufacturing, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne, Wyo. The company said it plans to lease a 58,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility while the construction of a new 100,000-square-foot facility is being completed in a Cheyenne business park. This approach allows for rapid movement of operations out of Colorado where the company is currently located. Magpul also said it is moving its corporate headquarters to Texas. The company had made it very clear that it would relocate from Colorado following the enactment in 2013 of that state's new gun-control laws, which included a provision limiting the capacity of magazines. The loss of income to the State of Colorado is estimated at $80 million.

  • RUGER ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF KILLOY TO PRESIDENT . . . Christopher J. Killoy, who served Sturm, Ruger and Company, Inc. as its Vice President of Sales and Marketing since 2006, assumed the position of President and Chief Operating Officer on Jan. 1. He is responsible for sales, marketing, manufacturing, product management and new product development. "Chris is one of the industry's most experienced and respected executives, and we are fortunate to have him," said company CEO Mike Fifer. Read the Ruger announcement.


  • ATF PROVIDES PERMIT PROCESSING TIME CHART . . . As NSSF has recently reported, ATF is advising that the volume of NFA forms and import permit applications, combined with staffing shortages, has resulted in increased processing times for ATF NFA forms and import applications. For example, actual processing time for Form 6 Part I (ATF Form 5330.3A) is currently 12 weeks. ATF advises that requests for expedited processing will not be entertained except for permits associated with federal, state and local government agencies and evidenced by a government contract or purchase order, with an immediate need for imported products. Licensed importers should monitor approved permits for expiration dates and submit new applications well in advance of the 12-week timeframe. Applications to import new products should also be submitted with this timeframe in mind. New examiners are being trained to begin work after the first of the year. However, the existing backlog and a growing volume of imports of defense articles into the U.S. may result in continued delays in processing import permits. Importers should consider submitting ATF Form 6 via ATF's e-forms process. Submitting forms in hard copy typically takes four weeks longer than e-forms. The backlog on NFA forms due to the increasing popularity of suppressors for target shooting and hunting, as well as NFA trusts, continues to grow beyond ATF's current resources. See the ATF Chart for permit processing times.


  • RANGES ARE MARKETING THEMSELVES FOR EVENTS . . . Whoever would have thought that shooting ranges would become trendy destinations for corporate events, parties and--yes--even weddings? A number of ranges across the country have caught a wave of popularity; some of them are hosting so many events that they have hired their own event planners. Read all about it on The Range Report website.


  • 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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