Canadian House Votes to Nullify Long-Gun Registry
DESPITE FAILED SYSTEM, CALIFORNIA PROCEEDS WITH ITS OWN . . . Canada's House of Commons last week voted to nullify a long-gun registry law that had been in place since 1995. The bill still needs to be ratified by the Canadian Senate. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said of the registry, "It does nothing to help put an end to gun crimes, nor has it saved one Canadian life. It criminalizes hard-working and law-abiding citizens such as farmers and sport shooters, and it has been a billion-dollar boondoggle left to us by the previous Liberal government." Read more about this long overdue action, as reported in Canada's National Post. Despite this example of such legislation being not only ineffective and costly, but also an erosion of personal freedom, California passed its own long-gun registration law in the fall of 2011.
Retailers & Ranges
WHAT'S SELLING WHERE? . . . SHOT Business magazine regularly interviews store owners and managers across the country to find out what products are selling. Stores in four regions provide insight on current trends they're seeing. Take a look at what's been selling recently.
INDUSTRY INTELLIGENCE REPORT ON FIRST SHOTS . . . The results keep getting better for member ranges hosting First Shots events. NSSF's introductory shooting program has an impressive track record of recruiting new customers and members to host facilities. NSSF has updated the First Shots Industry Intelligence Report with the most recent figures from participant follow-up surveys. The report provides an overview of participant profiles and quantifies the value of developing new target shooters. NSSF members that log in at nssf.org/members may access this and other reports.
THE RANGE REPORT: WHAT'S NEW IN GUN RESTS? . . . The Range Report, NSSF's magazine for shooting facilities, provides a look at what's new in gun rests and what one range manager says works for his customers. Read the article.
TUCSON TO HOST SHOTGUN WORLD CUP . . . USA Shooting has announced the selection of the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club as the host site for the 2012 International Shooting Sports Federation Shotgun World Cup, where more than 250 of the world's best shotgunners are expected to compete. The competition in Arizona is set for March 24-31. The event will be one of two final World Cup stops prior to this summer's Olympic Games in London.
CABELA'S REPORTS RECORD RESULTS, EYES EXPANSION . . . Outdoor retailer Cabela's (NYSE:CAB) reported record fourth-quarter financial results. Net income was up 25 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Comparable-store sales, or sales at stores open for at least a year, rose 1.7 percent. "During the quarter, we saw a significant strength in the firearms and shooting categories," CEO Tommy Millner said during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call. The company also said that in 2012 it expects to open five next-generation stores in North America in addition to its first "outpost" store, which will be about 40,000 square feet and serve smaller markets.
TIME-LAPSE: SHOT SHOW IN 1 MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS . . . The SHOT Show may have seemed to come and go quickly this year, but not as fast as this. NSSF captured a time-lapse video of the show floor over nine days. Here is the 2012 SHOT Show in 1 minute and 30 seconds. Play Video
Q&A WITH COLT DEFENSE . . . The Hartford Business Journal recently interviewed David Ridley, vice president of sales and marketing at West Hartford, Conn.-based Colt Defense. Topics ranged from the recent SHOT Show to the current state of the firearms industry. Read the interview here.
PETITION TO BAN LEAD FISHING TACKLE FAILS AGAIN . . . The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a second petition by the Center for Biological Diversity to ban lead in fishing tackle under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). In 2010, EPA denied a CBD petition to ban traditional ammunition containing lead components. Despite these favorable decisions, NSSF and the American Sportfishing Association continue to stress that such bans are unwarranted due to lack of supporting scientific evidence, that species populations are not adversely impacted by use of these products and that such bans would reduce hunter/angler participation and funding for conservation. Bipartisan legislation -- the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act (S. 838/H.R. 1558) -- has been introduced to prevent a federal ban on lead in ammunition and fishing tackle. The Outdoor Sports Protection Act (H.R. 1445) also has been introduced. Help support the legislation.
ANOTHER LOSS FOR SUNDAY HUNTING IN VIRGINIA . . . Legislation to end Virginia's ban on Sunday hunting failed by a 4-3 vote in a House subcommittee last week. The measure, which had previously sailed through the Senate and enjoyed broad bi-partisan support amongst rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats in the House, was killed by an apparent absence of GOP leadership. The full House never had an opportunity to express the will of its constituents statewide. Read more about the future of the legislation on the NSSF Blog and from The Roanoke Times' Mark Taylor.
BUDGET WILL HELP HUNTERS AND SHOOTERS ACCESS PUBLIC LANDS . . . Reduced access to federal lands is cited as a primary reason that hunters, anglers and target shooters stop participating in these traditional sports. Given this, NSSF is pleased that the Fiscal Year 2013 budget includes a total of $7.5 million for improving hunting and shooting access to federal lands administered by the Departments of Agriculture and Interior. Read more.
STOP TRADITIONAL AMMUNITION BAN IN IOWA . . . Pro-sportsmen legislation (House Joint Resolution 2001) that would stop Iowa from banning traditional shot for dove hunting must be brought up for a vote in the state Senate -- an effort that is being vigorously opposed by anti-hunting forces. This legislation has already cleared the House. NSSF is encouraging all sportsmen, gun owners and firearms enthusiasts to contact these state senators today and urge them to help secure a floor vote on HJR 2001. Please take a few additional minutes and contact your state senator as well.
DECEMBER FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IMPORT AND EXPORT DATA . . . NSSF reports that overall U.S. imports (in units) in six sporting arms and ammunition categories increased 3.2 percent in December compared to the same month the previous year. December imported units in tracked categories totaled 130.1 million, up from 126.1 million reported in December 2010. December exports were down 41.3 percent compared to December 2010. December exported units in tracked categories totaled 64.7 million, down from 110.3 million reported in December 2010. Additional detailed import and export data on handguns, shotguns, rifles, muzzleloaders, cartridges and shotshells is available to NSSF members by logging in at nssf.org/members and clicking NSSF Industry Research then selecting Monthly Firearm Import / Export Data.
QDMA RELEASES 2012 WHITETAIL REPORT . . . The Quality Deer Management Association has released its 2012 Whitetail Report. The annual report on the status of white-tailed deer contains information on state/provincial deer harvests during the past three seasons, recent trends, the most pressing issues facing whitetails and more. View the report.
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