September 2, 2010
NSSF Begins Planning for 2011 Congressional Fly-In
The NSSF Government Affairs team has begun planning for the 2011 Congressional Fly-In, tentatively scheduled for April 6-7. Preparations for the Fly-In follow one of the industry’s most successful legislative years in history – success largely attributable to the work undertaken during our 2010 Capitol Hill meetings. Consider the four issues raised by Fly-In attendees this year and the legislative actions that followed:
- We emphasized the importance of passing the Excise Tax Improvement Act.
Result: This legislation passed both houses and was signed into law by the president this summer.
- We talked about the need to preserve and defend traditional ammunition.
Result: After the EPA considered banning traditional ammunition last month, members of Congress flooded the agency with calls to reject any petition calling for such a ban.
- We educated key congressmen and women about the flawed concept of firearms microstamping and the need for a formal federal study to set the record straight.
Result: Just last month a federal study bill was introduced. This study bill coincided with the defeat of a microstamping bill (6005A) in New York that was backed by Mayor Bloomberg.
- We discussed the need for export control reforms.
The result: The White House is currently working on the very reforms that we advocated.
Clearly, the importance of the NSSF Congressional Fly-In cannot be overstated. So as we begin planning for our 2011 Fly-In, we encourage all NSSF voting members to make their attendance a priority. More details will follow regarding this voting-member benefit.