Traditional Ammunition Gets Protection


NSSF HAILS ENACTMENT OF PRIORITY LEGISLATION . . . Late on last Wednesday afternoon, the day before Thanksgiving, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015. In an important accomplishment for America's hunters and target shooters, that legislation included a provision precluding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from asserting Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) authority over ammunition and its component parts. Radical anti-hunting organizations have been trying to force the EPA to issue a regulation under TSCA to ban traditional ammunition. Read the NSSF press release.

Black Friday

  • HIGHEST BLACK FRIDAY PERIOD IN NICS HISTORY . . . The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reports that it processed 185,345 transactions on Nov. 27, Black Friday, making the day the highest Black Friday ever and the highest day in NICS history. The highest previous day was Dec. 21, 2012 with 177,170 background checks. For the entire Nov. 26-29 2015 four-day Black Friday period 368,774 checks were completed, a 9.9 percent increase over the 335,555 checks conducted over the corresponding 2014 4-day period. It should be noted that these statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS. They do not represent the number of firearms sold. Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale.


  • NISSAN RETURNS AS 2016 SHOT SHOW PRESS ROOM SPONSOR . . . NSSF is pleased to announce that global auto manufacturer Nissan will return for the third year in a row as the Official Sponsor of the 2016 SHOT Show Press Room. A leading maker of cars, trucks, SUVs and vans for the consumer and commercial markets, Nissan's North American headquarters is located in Franklin, Tennessee. More than 2,500 members of the outdoor press attend the SHOT Show each year. Read more.
  • WEBINAR WEDNESDAY: 'TIPS & TRICKS FOR PODCASTING, VIDEO, INTERVIEWS, PHOTOGRAPHY' . . . More than 62,000 industry professionals attend SHOT Show, but there are a lot more people who wish they were there. In this webinar you'll learn how to use podcasting, live-stream and recorded video, man-on-the-street interviews and photography to reach your target audience and the consumer. This free SHOT Show exhibitor webinar, presented by trade show industry expert and author of The Social Trade Show, Traci Browne, is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. EST. Learn more.
  • NSSF MEMBERS SAVE BIG AT SHOT SHOW . . . All firearms industry professionals should complete their registration to attend the 2016 SHOT Show now to take advantage of early bird pricing. NSSF Members receive additional member-only incentives, some available for only a limited time, so it is critical that everyone who plans to attend the show complete the registration process as soon as possible.

Government Relations

  • TOP COPS TELL CITIZENS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, BUT DENY THEM GUNS . . . In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the top cops of Washington, D.C., and New York City suggested that citizens should take action to defend themselves if faced with a similar attack. These statements make sense to many gun owners, some of whom may already carry concealed, but what makes this astounding is that both of these police chiefs are viewed as two of the most anti-gun in the country. Read Larry Keane's blog post.

Read NSSF's latest Government Relations News.

First Shots

  • ENTER FIRST SHOTS '10 YEARS & 10 PRIZES SWEEPSTAKES' BEFORE DEC. 15 . . . There is still time to enter the First Shots "10 Years & 10 Prizes Sweepstakes." Just submit a photo of you taking your first shots or helping someone take their first shots to be entered into the random drawing for a chance to win great prizes. See official rules for complete details.


  • REGISTER TODAY FOR LEAD MANAGEMENT AND OSHA COMPLIANCE WORKSHOP . . . Time is running out to register for NSSF's Lead Management and OSHA Compliance Workshop. The event will be held Dec. 13-15 in Orlando, Florida, and is open to all shooting range owners and operators. Two new speakers `” Joe Gorman, Comfort Air Product Manager, Camfil, and Scott Kranz, Senior Project Manager, AECOM `” have been added to the workshop lineup. With over 30 years of combined experience in the range community, they add a lot of value to this must-attend workshop. Learn more.
  • FBI ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE OF NEW NICS . . . The planned deployment of Phase 1 of the New NICS on Jan. 12, 2016, has changed. The FBI CJIS Division is in the process of rescheduling the delivery date. Another spotlight will be distributed as soon as the delivery date is scheduled. As always, please reach out to the NICS Liaison staff with any questions at
  • INDUSTRY MATCHES ATF REWARDS IN THEFT CASES . . . When federally licensed firearms retailers (FFLs) are burglarized or robbed, NSSF stands ready to assist the field offices of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and their state/local law enforcement partners. NSSF will match ATF reward offers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms. If violence is involved, as has occurred in some armed robberies, NSSF may double its reward offer. See this video.
  • ATF Q&A . . . Many great questions came in on our 24/7 NSSF member compliance hotline last week. One question asks how a firearm should be recorded into record books when the firearm only has a serial number but no make or model present. Another question relates to a family member retrieving a pawned firearm and whether that constitutes a straw purchase.
  • DID YOU KNOW? . . . SHOT Show University tickets are discounted for NSSF Retailer and Range members. Premium Retailer and Premium Range members receive one free ticket for the event. SHOT Show University is an educational day-long session for retailers and ranges that is held the day before the official opening of the SHOT Show. Learn more.

News of Note

  • OWAA NOTES POSITIVE ACTION ON PUBLIC LANDS FILMING . . . According to a press release from the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has supported an amended Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act with language specifically exempting the "newsgathering" process from permits and fees for commercial filming on public lands. The bill further exempts film or photography crews of three or fewer from fees. OWAA leaders have fought to have changes made in the bill and were invited by Senate committee attorneys to explain journalists' needs and expectations. Read more.
  • FINDING HIS SPORT`”SKEET . . . A story by WIBW out of Topeka, Kansas, focuses on high school senior Wayne Purcell and his practice sessions on a $15,000 custom-built international skeet training range in his backyard, from which he hopes to realize his dreams of making the U.S. national team and possibly compete in the Olympics. The story cites NSSF statistics on firearm safety. Read more.


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