President Obama Calls for Gun Control Measures
President Obama on Sunday used a rare address to the nation
from the Oval Office to acknowledge that the deadly attack in San
Bernardino was a terrorist act `” and he called for banning popular
semi-automatic rifles. He also advocated using a troublesome government
watch list to prevent individuals from buying firearms, a proposal defeated procedurally
Thursday in the U.S. Senate. NSSF issued a legislative alert to help
defeat that and another measure. We will continue to keep you informed
of developments and NSSF actions.
hearts go out to the family members of those killed and injured in the
unforgiveable San Bernardino attack. We salute the bravery and expertise
of the law enforcement and emergency medical personnel who responded
and who exhibited the professionalism and selflessness on which we as
Americans know we can rely.
Setting the Record Straight
BLOWING THE WHISTLE ON NEWS BIAS . . . A one-sided Nov. 29 news story in the Hearst Connecticut newspapers was described by NSSF's Lawrence Keane in an op-ed response
as an "unbalanced, incomplete and rather sophomoric account" of the
industry trade association's work. "Sadly, it seems that the Hearst news
organization has lost all journalistic objectivity and has seemingly
succumbed to adopting the views of those groups that seek to vilify this
organization as a strawman enemy," Keane wrote.
- TERRORIST WATCH LIST FACTS FULLY EXPLAINED . . . Even
before the San Bernardino attack, Americans were expressing concern
that Jihadi terrorism was far from contained and likely to occur here,
whether directed or inspired. But conversation about terrorist and
no-fly lists constitutes more of a public-relations play than it does
constitutionally sound public policy formation. NSSF's Lawrence Keane
explains the facts about the trouble-ridden terrorist watch list in
this NSSF blog post, re-printed by The Daily Caller.
- MINNESOTA LEAD SHOT BAN PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE NEARS . . . The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) 60-day comment period on proposed rule changes to ban use of lead shot on farmland zone wildlife management areas ends Friday. According to the Star Tribune,
the ban would affect nearly 600,000 acres of land. If approved, this
would be the second-largest statewide ban, behind only California.
Minnesota residents should submit comments to DNR this week. Comments
can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
or mailed to: DNR Wildlife, Box 20, Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020. For NSSF's
position on traditional ammunition, click here.
- SUPREME COURT WON'T HEAR CASE CHALLENGING HIGHLAND PARK, ILLINOIS BAN ON MSRs . . . The U.S. Supreme Court today denied review in the case of Friedman v. City of Highland Park.
NSSF submitted amicus briefs in the Supreme Court and Seventh Circuit
Court of Appeals against the city's ban on AR-style firearms and "large
capacity" magazines. In a rare dissent from the Court's denial of
review, two justices argued the Seventh Circuit's legal analysis was
foreclosed by the Heller opinion and the Court should have summarily
reversed the Seventh Circuit ruling.
Read NSSF's latest Government Relations Update for more.
- NSSF-ADJUSTED NICS BACKGROUND CHECKS . . . The
November 2015 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check
System (NICS) figure of 1,432,451 is an increase of 7.7 percent
compared to the November 2014 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,329,688.
For comparison, the unadjusted November 2015 FBI NICS figure of
2,236,457 reflects a 24.4 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS
figure of 1,797,163 in November 2014. To learn more about last month's
NICS report, log in to the member side of nssf.org.
- UPCOMING EXHIBITOR DEADLINES ON DEC. 11, 14 . . . Just
a handful of exhibitor deadlines coming up, most on Dec. 11 and one on
Dec. 14. Here's what's on the schedule: Fabric Solutions Early Bird
Pricing Deadline, "No Soliciting" Sign Order Deadline, Press Conference
Room Application Deadline, Visa Letter Submission Deadline for
International Exhibitors, and First Day Advance Freight Accepted at
Freeman Warehouse. Get more details.
- RESERVE THE PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE SHOW . . . A
great way for exhibitors to reach media attending the SHOT Show is to
schedule a press conference in the Press Conference Room, located next
door to the Press Room at the show. Reservations can be made online on a
first-come, first-served basis. Don't delay. Reserve a day and time for your company's press event.
- SHOT SHOW UNIVERSITY SEATS SOON TO SELL OUT . . . Register today to reserve a seat at the 2016 SHOT Show University,
which will take place Jan. 18. The educational day-long event addresses
the unique challenges of retail business and range operations.
High-profile keynote speakers will help attendees gain a deeper
understanding into important topics that impact business every day.
- PSSST! CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? . . . Theft
of trade secrets, commonly known as "industrial espionage," occurs when
someone knowingly steals or misappropriates a trade secret to the
economic benefit of anyone other than the owner. For companies whose
trade secrets are their lifeblood, the stakes are too high for them not
to have a trade secrets protection program. Read more.
- NSSF DEBUTS 'STARTING POINT' RESOURCE CENTER FOR NEW FFLs . . . NSSF
is pleased to announce the debut of Starting Point, a comprehensive
resource center for entrepreneurs beginning the process of entering the
firearms industry marketplace. Intended to provide a business planning
and compliance policy foundation for new FFLs and shooting range
operators, Starting Point offers several benefits. Read more.
- 'TIS THE SEASON FOR GIFT CARDS . . .
With Christmas approaching at a rapid pace, gift buying is about to
be, if not already, in full swing. Gift cards allow you to reach the
non-firearms consumer and provide them a way to shop with you, and they
solve a lot of issues for a lot of people, but especially for people
who are not "gun people." Read more.
- ATF Q&A . . . Many great questions came in on our 24/7 NSSF member compliance hotline last week. One question concerns transferring a firearm to a dealer out of state and recording proper information. Another question asks about replacing a lost 4473 form. Click on the links to get answers to these and many other great questions.
- EN.RANGE SPONSORS NSSF LEAD MANAGEMENT AND OSHA COMPLIANCE WORKSHOP . . . NSSF is pleased to announce that En.Range Inc.
has become a sponsor of the NSSF Lead Management and OSHA Compliance
Workshop, slated for Dec. 13-15 in Orlando, Florida. Miami-based
En.Range Inc. is a specialized environmental and range services firm
fully licensed and insured and operating in accordance with the EPA,
DEP, OSHA and all applicable regulations and guidelines. Read more and register today.
- BEARINGARMS.COM SPONSORS 2016 SHOT SHOW UNIVERSITY . . . NSSF is pleased to announce that BearingArms.com
has agreed to sponsor the 2016 SHOT Show University at the Bronze
level. Bearing Arms is an online publisher of Townhall Media, a
conservative news organization leading national discussions on political
commentary and analysis. Its other web properties include Townhall.com,
HotAir.com and RedState.com, among others. Read more.
- DID YOU KNOW? . . . NSSF
members receive a discount on hardware designed to reduce liabilities
associated with mechanical keys and locks.Properly securing your store,
warehouse and outbuildings are paramount to the success of your
business, and a robust controlled access program can enhance your
compliance policies. Learn more.
News of Note
- IN MEMORIAM . . . The
firearms industry mourns the loss of two great men: Jim Clark Jr. and
Frank Baron. Clark, proprietor and chief gunsmith of Clark Custom Guns,
passed away this past weekend. Baron, founder of Baron Technology,
passed away on Thursday. He would have been 89 on Christmas Day. NSSF
extends its thoughts and prayers to the Clark and Baron families.
- NATIONAL DEER ALLIANCE NAMES PINIZZOTTO PRESIDENT AND CEO . . . The National Deer Alliance (NDA) announced Nick Pinizzotto
as its first President and CEO. Pinizzotto most recently served as CEO
of the Sportsman's Alliance. The nonprofit NDA's mission is to serve as
the unified voice for wild deer, deer hunting and deer management in
the United States. NSSF is a founding member.
- NSSF IN THE NEWS . . .
The Washington Post, National Review, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
BuzzFeed and many other news outlets across the country included NSSF in
their coverage in recent days. Popular topics included business trends,
government relations, ATF/NSSF Matching Rewards program, Project
ChildSafe and more. View a full wrap-up of NSSF in the News.
- FIREARMS INDUSTRY JOBS . . . Visit jobs.nssf.org
for current employment opportunities in the shooting, hunting and
outdoor industry. Unmatched job listing exposure, easy online job
management, rÃ©sumÃ© search and rÃ©sumÃ© uploading for job seekers gives
NSSF members and non-members more opportunities than ever before.
"To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports."
Visit the NSSF website and see how we accomplish this mission.
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