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February 4, 2013

Vol. 14 No. 4

This Week:

Skeet-Gate

Government Relations

SHOT Show

News of Note

Research

Southwest Border Campaign Targets
Illegal Firearm Purchases

A "Don't Lie" billboard in Tucson.

NSSF LAUNCHES 'DON'T LIE FOR THE OTHER GUY' IN TEXAS, ARIZONA . . . As part of an ongoing national effort to help prevent illegal "straw" purchases of firearms, NSSF is reminding the public along the Southern border in Texas and Arizona that stiff penalties are in place for individuals convicted of such purchases. Radio and billboard messages for the Don't Lie for the Other Guy program are being communicated by NSSF in English and Spanish in the El Paso, McAllen/Brownsville and Laredo, Texas, markets, as well as in the Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, area. The message: "Buy a gun for someone who can't and buy yourself 10 years in jail. Whatever you do . . . Don't Lie for the Other Guy . . ." The public campaign drives home the message that anyone attempting an illegal firearm purchase faces a stiff federal felony penalty of up to 10 years in jail or up to $250,000 in fines. "Our goal is to raise awareness among residents of Texas and Arizona that there are serious consequences for illegally straw purchasing a firearm," said NSSF President Steve Sanetti. "This warning can help deter an illegal purchase long before a person steps into a licensed retail store." Full Story

Skeet-Gate

  • FROM THE NSSF BLOG . . . We here at NSSF were somewhat bemused over the controversy that sprang from President Obama's assertion that he shot skeet on a regular basis, and the second wave of commentary that attended the White House release of a photo to prove it. There's a reason we're citing the New York Times coverage in the link above -- we'll get to that later. The assertion came as no surprise to us, because NSSF sponsored and oversaw the renovation of the skeet field at Camp David. We provided one of the industry's top facilities consultants, and donated tens of thousands of dollars of machinery, consulting and oversight to build the regulation field. We provided countless hours of shotgun and safety instruction as well. We were honored to provide this service for the office of the Presidency, and our investment appears to be paying off by recruiting new shooters. Welcome, Mr. President. Continue reading at the NSSF Blog.

Government Relations

  • MARYLAND GOVERNOR, LEGISLATORS SEEK SWEEPING GUN CONTROL . . . Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and state legislators are seeking outright bans and onerous restrictions on its residents' rights through an enormous number of anti-gun bills, most notably SB 281 and HB 294. This Wednesday might be the only chance for residents to have their voices heard. Maryland manufacturers will be directly affected by this legislation. Learn more and contact legislators.

  • MINNESOTA: PUBLIC COMMENT ON GUN-CONTROL MEASURES . . . Three days of public hearings will be held before the Public Safety, Finance and Policy of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Feb. 5-7, when testimony will be heard on a range of possible legislation of concern to hunters, target shooters and firearms owners. The committee expects to hear a variety of viewpoints with an eye toward crafting a comprehensive bill that could include any of these measures.

  • MAYORS REPORTEDLY PREPARING BOYCOTT OF GUN MANUFACTURERS . . . Minnesota Public Radio reports that Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis has said that he and 60 other mayors are considering boycotts of gun makers who don't agree to their sweeping list of gun control demands. Taking a page from the Rahm Emanuel playbook, the mayors intend to use their police department purchasing power as leverage. Read more on the NSSF Blog.

  • PROTESTS ACROSS N.Y. TO HASTILY ENACTED SAFE LEGISLATION . . . Protests are coming from grassroots sportsmen and firearms owners, local and county officials and even law enforcement against the hastily enacted New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (so-called SAFE Act), legislation written and passed, almost literally, in the blink of an eye. More exactly, legislators had less than an hour to read the 25,000 words of the bill before voting on it. Eleven members of the Ulster County, N.Y., Legislature sent a lengthy list of complaints, including gripes from the county sheriff, opposing the law and moving for the law's appeal. At a meeting of New York's county clerks in the state capital, the gathering expressed opposition to carrying out provisions of the SAFE Act. Furthermore, the New York Rifle and Pistol Association filed a claim in the state Supreme Court, against the state, saying that the SAFE Act violates fundamental constitutional rights.

SHOT Show

  • SHOT SHOW SURVEYS BEING EMAILED THIS WEEK . . . All SHOT Show attendees, exhibitors and media should keep an eye on their email inboxes in the coming days. We'll begin sending our post-show surveys this week. We made many improvements for 2013 based on last year's feedback, and we'll do so again for next year's show. Please take the time to provide us with your feedback. What did we do right? What could be improved upon? Please let us know. All of your input will be heard.

News of Note

  • NSSF LEADS EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS AT ACUSPORT BUSINESS CONFERENCE; LEAD MANAGEMENT & OSHA COMPLIANCE WORKSHOP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN . . . More than 140 range/retail owners and managers attended educational seminars conducted by NSSF in conjunction with the AcuSport Business Conference. Because of time limitations, however, the information presented represented only a small part of the proceedings to take place at two upcoming NSSF Lead Management & OSHA Compliance workshops, planned for St. Louis, Mo., March 17-19, and Atlanta, Ga., April 7-9. These workshops will provide range owners with vital information to help ensure their compliance with regulatory laws. You can protect your business by being well prepared. Register now.

  • ATK NAMES INTERIM SPORTING GROUP PRESIDENT . . . ATK (NYSE:ATK) announced today that Jay Tibbets will serve as senior vice president and interim president of the company's Sporting Group, effective Feb. 1. He replaces Ronald P. Johnson, who resigned from ATK on Jan. 31. Tibbets is ATK's senior vice president for business development, overseeing both domestic and international market expansion strategies.

  • 'A LOOK INSIDE BROWNELLS' . . . The Des Moines Register ran a business feature story this weekend about Iowa-based Brownells. "Brownells is an economic developer's dream: a fast-growing, homegrown Iowa business that treats workers like the neighbors they are, eagerly donates to a passing community hat, and grooms leaders who sit on city boards and holler from soccer game benches," the article begins. Read the full article here.

  • CSF BOARD ELECTS NEW LEADERS AND MEMBERS . . . New leaders and members of the board of directors have been elected to serve the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation in 2013. The CSF board is comprised of leaders from the sportsmen's community and allied industries. Read the press release.

  • NPR: 'ARE SHOOTING RANGES THE NEW BOWLING ALLEYS?' . . . "Games! Specials! Online coupons! Sign up for teams! Fun for the whole family! Are shooting ranges the new bowling alleys in America?" Read NPR's article on ranges.

Research

  • THIRD QUARTER EXCISE TAXES UP 40 PERCENT . . . According to the latest Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Collection report released by the Department of the Treasury, firearm and ammunition manufacturers reported tax liabilities of $163.4 million in the third calendar quarter of 2012, up 40.0 percent over the same time period reported in 2011. This 2012 third-quarter total is the highest quarter reported since the Alchohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau took over record collection in 1991 -- surpassing the previous highest quarter reported (2nd quarter 2012) by 2.2 percent. Read More.

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