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New Study Compiles Worst Flaws of Anti-Gun Research
New Study Compiles Worst Flaws of Anti-Gun Research
And the winner of the most absurd anti-gun study goes to: �Broadening the Perspective on Gun Violence: An Examination of the Firearms Industry, 1990�2015.�
Alarm Testing the Pro Way
Alarm Testing the Pro Way
In my last piece on testing your security system, something I recommend you do monthly, I detailed how to do this via your system�s built-in test mode, as well as how two employees can quickly and easily do that testing if the built-in test mode isn�t ...
More New Jersey Pardons Demonstrate Need for Concealed Carry Reciprocity
More New Jersey Pardons Demonstrate Need for Concealed Carry Reciprocity
Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in his last week in office�issued more pardons for gun owners who violated the state�s stringent gun laws. Their crime was crossing into the Garden State with a legally-purchased firearm from their home state.
Women May Now Lead in Obtaining Concealed Carry Permits
Women May Now Lead in Obtaining Concealed Carry Permits
For gun control advocates any discussion of concealed carry reciprocity is already over. If they have anything to say about it, you will have no such right. Across America, meanwhile, a growing segment of gun owners aren�t talking about gun rights. The...
Rotary International Relents on Mistaken Firearms Policy Change
Rotary International Relents on Mistaken Firearms Policy Change
We are pleased to report that the Rotary International board, which is responsible for setting policy governing all clubs and more than a million members worldwide, has reversed the decision it made in January to adopt �revisions to the Code of Policie...
Industry Members Join Together for 2018 FICC Conference
Industry Members Join Together for 2018 FICC Conference
Orchid Advisors, a leading provider of FFL compliance solutions, and The National Shooting Sports Foundation� (NSSF�), the trade association for the firearms industry, extends their thanks and appreciation to the many industry member companies that hav...
Another Reminder: Gun Control Doesn�t Prevent Crime
Another Reminder: Gun Control Doesn�t Prevent Crime
There�s no correlation between gun ownership and gun crime, a new analysis once again confirmed.
First-Ever NSSF CMO Summit Ignites Top Industry Marketers
First-Ever NSSF CMO Summit Ignites Top Industry Marketers
The first-ever National Shooting Sports Foundation� (NSSF�)�CMO Summit, which attracted the top firearms industry marketing leaders from across the country to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Sept. 26-27, is receiving high praise for the impressive informat...
Understanding Government Range Ventilation Criteria
Understanding Government Range Ventilation Criteria
A properly designed indoor small arms range ventilation system provides a safe environment for both employees and shooters. Properly designed indoor ranges also protect the surrounding areas outdoors from expelled pollutants.
U.S. House Passes Fix NICS Act and Concealed Carry Reciprocity
U.S. House Passes Fix NICS Act and Concealed Carry Reciprocity
By a vote of 231 to 198 the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38), as amended to include legislative provisions to �Fix NICS,� which have long been a priority for NSSF�, the trade association for...
Seattle�s Gun and Ammunition Tax Isn�t Working, as Violence Surges
Seattle�s Gun and Ammunition Tax Isn�t Working, as Violence Surges
In 2015, Seattle�s City Council passed a �gun violence tax.� In so doing, the council members decided that it would be fine to assess law-abiding gun owners $25 per gun and up to five cents per round of ammunition purchased within the city limits. Thes...
NSSF Praises N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper�s Signing Sunday Hunting Expansion Bill
NSSF Praises N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper�s Signing Sunday Hunting Expansion Bill
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, is praising North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper for his signing today of the bipartisan Sunday hunting expansion legi...
NSSF's Project ChildSafe Named Finalist for Prestigious National Safety Council Award
NSSF's Project ChildSafe Named Finalist for Prestigious National Safety Council Award
Project ChildSafe, the firearms safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), was honored to be named among finalists vying for the National Safety Council�s 2018 Green Cross for Safety Awards, which were presented May 23.
Using Live and Simulator Training to Boost Range Profits
Using Live and Simulator Training to Boost Range Profits
Creating a �Next Generation� shooting range that incorporates multiple profit centers can often be cost prohibitive to build from scratch, but there are many ways to reimagine and retrofit an existing facility with nominal cost. With the basic goal of ...
NSSF Q&A: U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)
NSSF Q&A: U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)
Editor�s Note: We are pleased to post the latest of our occasional Q&A features with an elected official who supports hunting and the shooting sports. NSSF thanks Congressman Henry Cuellar for agreeing to talk with us.
NSSF, Project ChildSafe Remind Gun Owners to Practice Safe Firearms Storage, Help Save Lives
NSSF, Project ChildSafe Remind Gun Owners to Practice Safe Firearms Storage, Help Save Lives
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the National Shooting Sports Foundation� (NSSF�), the trade association for the firearms industry, and Project ChildSafe�, NSSF�s national firearms safety education program, are reminding g...
The Wisdom of the Founding Fathers is Clear this Father�s Day
The Wisdom of the Founding Fathers is Clear this Father�s Day
My father was a tough guy. He was an Irish-Catholic New Yorker who fought through the Chosin Reservoir battle of the Korean War alongside his fellow Marines. When he spoke, I listened.
What to Do with Firearms and Ammunition Affected by Flood Waters
What to Do with Firearms and Ammunition Affected by Flood Waters
Firearms owners who have seen their guns and stored ammunition submerged by flood waters in storm-wracked areas are probably wondering if their firearms and ammunition can be salvaged and safely used.
NSSF Statement on Texas High School Tragedy
NSSF Statement on Texas High School Tragedy
Our hearts go out to victims and their families of the Santa Fe, Texas High School tragedy.
Project ChildSafe Memphis Launches, Encourages Gun Owners to �Own It? Respect It. Secure It.�
Project ChildSafe Memphis Launches, Encourages Gun Owners to �Own It? Respect It. Secure It.�
The National Shooting Sports Foundation� (NSSF�), along with Mayor Jim Strickland, D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, City of Memphis leaders and law enforcement officials today announced the kickoff of Project Ch...
Beware the Straw Purchase!
Beware the Straw Purchase!
Recent highly publicized shootings have heightened concerns over firearms purchases and the background screening processes required by FFLs. Now more than ever there is a heightened level of public awareness focused on how firearm retailers include pro...
NSSF Q&A: U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho)
NSSF Q&A: U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho)
We are pleased to post the latest of our occasional Q&A features with an elected official who supports hunting and the shooting sports. NSSF thanks Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) for agreeing to talk with us.
NSSF Welcomes Georgia USA as 2018 Industry Summit Silver Sponsor
NSSF Welcomes Georgia USA as 2018 Industry Summit Silver Sponsor
The National Shooting Sports Foundation� (NSSF�), the trade association for the firearms industry,�is pleased to add the Georgia Department of Economic Development as a Silver Sponsor of its 2018 Industry Summit. This annual event takes place this year...
Insights to Curriculum Development: Building a Basic Pistol Course
Insights to Curriculum Development: Building a Basic Pistol Course
In previous articles, I�ve explained the importance of training offerings that support your niche market as a firearms range. I�ve also discussed the immeasurable benefits to creating a level of excitement in every class. In this article, I want to pro...
The Success of Safe Storage Programs, by the Numbers
The Success of Safe Storage Programs, by the Numbers
Programs promoting safe firearm storage practices work. There is no other way to explain the fact that with over 380 million firearms in the U.S. today, accidents with firearms have dropped to historical lows.
NSSF, Project ChildSafe Elevate Call for Responsible Gun Storage During National Safety Month
NSSF, Project ChildSafe Elevate Call for Responsible Gun Storage During National Safety Month
Project ChildSafe�, the nationwide firearms safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation� (NSSF�), is urging all gun owners to make responsible firearms storage a priority � and providing the tools to do so � with the launch of i...
U.S. House to Vote on Fix NICS Act and Concealed Carry Reciprocity
U.S. House to Vote on Fix NICS Act and Concealed Carry Reciprocity
The House is expected to vote as early as this week (Dec. 4) on H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. Currently varying state-by-state concealed carry laws are making unwitting criminals out of law-abiding firearms owners for simply mak...
GOVERNMENT REPORT SUPPORTS PROJECT CHILDSAFE EFFECTIVENESS
GOVERNMENT REPORT SUPPORTS PROJECT CHILDSAFE EFFECTIVENESS
A new�Government Accountability Office (GAO) report�has confirmed what we know to be true. The distribution of free gun locks helps to increase the use of safe storage practices. Having doctors talk to parents about safe storage and firearms in the hom...
Do You Know Your Duress Code?
Do You Know Your Duress Code?
How would you discreetly summon the police if approached at gunpoint when opening your store?
YouTube�s New Policy Provides Cause for Concern
YouTube�s New Policy Provides Cause for Concern
YouTube�s announcement this week of a new firearms content policy is troubling. We suspect it will be interpreted to block much more content than the stated goal of firearms and certain accessory sales. Especially worrisome is the potential for blockin...
Of Eagles, Chicken Littles and Snipe Hunts
Of Eagles, Chicken Littles and Snipe Hunts
Ever been invited on a snipe hunt? If you have or don�t know about a snipe hunt, politely smile and walk away. If you�re unfamiliar with this particular hunt, it�s a hunt for a quarry that doesn�t exist.
Gun Buybacks: Ineffective Wastes of Tax Dollars
Gun Buybacks: Ineffective Wastes of Tax Dollars
As we have said here before, gun buyback programs don�t reduce crime. Amazingly, gun control groups continue to call for these programs, and communities keep running them, despite a complete lack of evidence that they are effective.
IS SOS INVENTORY KILLING YOUR PROFITS AND CASH FLOW?
IS SOS INVENTORY KILLING YOUR PROFITS AND CASH FLOW?
A retailer�s inventory has both sweet and sour properties. It can sweeten your bottom line or significantly sour profits and cash flow. It all depends on how much of your inventory investment is tied up in A-grade (in strong demand) merchandise and how...
Cabela�s Outdoor Fund $50,000 Grant Will Provide Free Project ChildSafe Gun Locks to State Agencies
Cabela�s Outdoor Fund $50,000 Grant Will Provide Free Project ChildSafe Gun Locks to State Agencies
Thanks to a generous $50,000 grant from the Cabela�s Outdoor Fund, the National Shooting Sports Foundation� (NSSF�) will provide its Project ChildSafe� gun locks and firearm safety education materials to state departments of natural resources to promot...
How to Get Started In 3-Gun
How to Get Started In 3-Gun
Target shooting sports are enjoying a resurgence of popularity across the country these days. But while many people find a sport that �rings their bell,� so to speak, and generally dedicate themselves to that particular activity, there are some who ask...
Unpacking the Pew Research Center�s Latest Gun Survey
Unpacking the Pew Research Center�s Latest Gun Survey
Some might see it as a magazine half full � or half empty. Better yet, the findings of a Pew Research Center survey report titled America�s Complex Relationship with Guns�shows it�s not time to step off the firing line, but to reload.
CONNECTICUT GOV. MALLOY SOUNDS A LOT LIKE KING GEORGE III
CONNECTICUT GOV. MALLOY SOUNDS A LOT LIKE KING GEORGE III
The Connecticut governor�s latest temper tantrum demonstrates why firearms owners don�t trust him when he calls for a national conversation. He only listens to himself.
Lead-Containing Material Disposal Considerations for Firearms Ranges
Lead-Containing Material Disposal Considerations for Firearms Ranges
Shooting range owners and operators retain responsibility for all lead waste and materials derived from their range. This is what is commonly known as �cradle� (generating the potentially hazardous waste) to �grave� (disposal of the potentially hazardo...
Firearms Industry Economic Impact Rises 169% Since 2008
Firearms Industry Economic Impact Rises 169% Since 2008
The total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $51.4 billion in 2017, a 169 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from approximately 16...
NSSF, SAAMI File Briefs in California Supreme Court in Ongoing Microstamping Lawsuit
NSSF, SAAMI File Briefs in California Supreme Court in Ongoing Microstamping Lawsuit
NSSF and SAAMI filed a brief�in the California Supreme Court in the ongoing microstamping suit against the State of California. In December 2016, the Court of Appeals found that NSSF and SAAMI had the right to present evidence that dual placement micro...
NSSF on CNN Headline News: FixNICS | Gun Background Checks
NSSF on CNN Headline News: FixNICS | Gun Background Checks
America�s firearms retailers are on the front line of preventing firearms from getting into the hands of those who should not have them. The system is only as good as the records in the database. Appearing on CNN Headline News Network�s S.E. Cupp Unfil...
Traffic Ticket Won�t Stop Gun Purchase If We Fix NICS
Traffic Ticket Won�t Stop Gun Purchase If We Fix NICS
Last week we made the case for supporting reform legislation that will do the most to help keep firearms out of the hands of those who should not have them. �Fix-NICS� legislation was attached to Rep. Richard Hudson�s (R-NC) national reciprocity legisl...
Behind the Firing Line: OnTarget�s Community Giving Impacts the Bottom Line
Behind the Firing Line: OnTarget�s Community Giving Impacts the Bottom Line
Welcome to NSSF�s column for firearms range owners, managers and staff. �Behind the Firing Line� works to accomplish two things. First, it recognizes ranges that have met the stringent requirements necessary to achieve an NSSF Star rating for excellenc...
Supreme Court Won�t Hear Peruta Case
Supreme Court Won�t Hear Peruta Case
With Justices Thomas and Gorsuch dissenting, the U.S. Supreme Court announced today it would not grant review�in the Peruta v. California case. Applicants for California concealed carry licenses must demonstrate �good cause� to obtain one, but in San D...
NSSF Expands Hunting Works For America to Include the Rushmore State
NSSF Expands Hunting Works For America to Include the Rushmore State
For the third time in 2017, the National Shooting Sports Foundation� (NSSF�), the trade association for the firearms industry, is proud to announce that the Hunting Works For America program has expanded its reach. Hunting Works For South Dakota launch...
California City Pays Criminals While State Punishes Legal Gun Owners, Businesses
California City Pays Criminals While State Punishes Legal Gun Owners, Businesses
Sacramento just pledged $1.5 million to combat gun-related gang violence. It was a measure pushed up in the city council�s agenda after a recent deadly gang shooting.
CALIFORNIA EASES UP ON GUN CRIMES, WHILE RESTRICTING GUN RIGHTS
CALIFORNIA EASES UP ON GUN CRIMES, WHILE RESTRICTING GUN RIGHTS
Gov. Brown signed into law a bill that�removed mandatory minimum sentences�for criminals who use guns in their crimes. It came on the heels of him signing into law new requirements for firearms retailers to add to already lengthy packaging and literatu...
NSSF Welcomes New Member, Retailer Services Department Heads
NSSF Welcomes New Member, Retailer Services Department Heads
The National Shooting Sports Foundation� (NSSF�), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce that Mike Vrooman has joined the staff as its Managing Director, Member Services, and John McNamara has signed on as the organizat...
Lead-Impacted Waste Disposal Part I � Documentation
Lead-Impacted Waste Disposal Part I � Documentation
Properly documenting how your firearms range disposes its lead waste is a crucial component of your business� everyday processes. We spoke with MT2 Firing Range Services� Senior Range Engineer Rob Anderson to learn more about how this documentation can...
NSSF Launches Members-Only State Law Database
NSSF Launches Members-Only State Law Database
Your understanding of the state laws affecting your business is crucial. You will want to ensure compliance with state statutes so that you and your employees do not inadvertently run afoul of state officials. But you also need to plan for your future ...
LAST-MINUTE LEAD AMMO BAN RUSH JOB BY OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DEEMED �DISORDERLY�
LAST-MINUTE LEAD AMMO BAN RUSH JOB BY OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DEEMED �DISORDERLY�
The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Committee�s Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas)�reported�that�Director�s Order 219, last-minute lead ammunition ban issued by former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director...
NSSF FACT SHEET ON AGE DISCRIMINATION LAWS NOW AVAILABLE
NSSF FACT SHEET ON AGE DISCRIMINATION LAWS NOW AVAILABLE
In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, tragedy, a few federally licensed firearms retailers (FFLs) have adopted a corporate policy to refuse to sell certain products, e.g. long guns, modern sporting rifles, standard-sized magazines and ammunition, to ot...
Let�s Not Follow Mexico�s Gun Control Example
Let�s Not Follow Mexico�s Gun Control Example
A new report from the gun control advocates at the Center for American Progress is making headlines recently. The report argues that U.S. guns are to blame for violence in other countries. Not Mexican gangs or drug cartels, rather, the legal purchase o...
Upgrading Your Security Equipment? Read This First
Upgrading Your Security Equipment? Read This First
I have spent more than 20 years attending trade shows, meeting with security products vendors and sitting through long sales presentations to research and understand the ever-changing world of surveillance technology. Two valuable lessons have been lea...
Firearms Industry: Get Involved in National Shooting Sports Month!
Firearms Industry: Get Involved in National Shooting Sports Month!
Spring is here and that means summer is just a few short months away � and so is our Second Annual�National Shooting Sports MonthSM! It�s never too early to start planning out your calendar of events for National Shooting Sports Month.
Contact Your U.S. Senators; Urge Support for the Fix NICS Act S.2135
Contact Your U.S. Senators; Urge Support for the Fix NICS Act S.2135
Federally licensed firearms retailers rely upon NICS to be accurate in order to prevent the sale and transfer of firearms to prohibited persons. President Trump has called on Congress to address the deficiencies in the National Instant Criminal Backgro...
NSSF Q&A: U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)
NSSF Q&A: U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)
Editor�s Note: We are pleased to post the first of our occasional Q&A features with an elected official who supports hunting and the shooting sports. NSSF thanks Sen. Heitkamp for agreeing to talk with us.
Taking the Temperature of Urban Violence
Taking the Temperature of Urban Violence
One of the most common themes among the gun control crowd is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isn�t allowed to do research on gun violence. We have of course responded repeatedly to this myth and continue to remind these groups...
Talking Back to Social Media Platforms: The Brownells Case
Talking Back to Social Media Platforms: The Brownells Case
Brownells is a well-known supplier of firearms accessories, gun parts and gunsmithing tools. Visitors to the company�s YouTube page this past weekend were greeted with an all too familiar statement. Yet another channel had been shut off without warning...
NSSF, ATF Jointly Launch Operation Secure Store
NSSF, ATF Jointly Launch Operation Secure Store
The National Shooting Sports Foundation� (NSSF�), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today the launch of Operation Secure Store (OSS), a comprehens...
Firearms Industry Shares Goal of Making Communities Safer
Firearms Industry Shares Goal of Making Communities Safer
The senseless loss of life that occurred on February 14 in Parkland, Florida is unimaginable and heartbreaking.� Members of the firearms industry share the goal of all Americans in wanting to see violence in our society reduced and our communities and ...
From the Counter: Dynamic Design Meets Intelligent Planning
From the Counter: Dynamic Design Meets Intelligent Planning
Opened in 2015, Crossroads Shooing Sports is an independent dealer located in northwest suburban Des Moines, just off the I35-80 corridor. The sizeable facility encompasses over 17,000 square feet. It includes an array of classrooms, a recently designe...
10 Tips for Firearms Retail Workplace Safety
10 Tips for Firearms Retail Workplace Safety
When we hear the word �safety� in the firearms world, like most people, we immediately think of safe firearms handling and keeping guns out of the reach of children. For firearms retailers though, safety is also about keeping your employees working saf...
Secretary Zinke Proclaims August National Shooting Sports Month
Secretary Zinke Proclaims August National Shooting Sports Month
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has signed a�proclamation�declaring August National Shooting Sports Month.
The Latest Anti-Gun Idea: Create an American Gun Cartel
The Latest Anti-Gun Idea: Create an American Gun Cartel
At the intersection of the academic and think tank worlds there is almost no complicated issue that can�t be solved with an outrageous proposal. A new idea from that quarter to solve the �gun problem� is to legally enable America�s firearms manufacture...
Building a Wall of Business Credit � Three Paths to Improvement
Building a Wall of Business Credit � Three Paths to Improvement
In Part I of this article, �Building a Wall of Business Credit � Borrowing Has Benefits,� I discussed why having established credit for your FFL provides your business flexibility, can stave off the wolves when times are lean and even improve your turn...
NSSF Honors U.S. Senator John Cornyn as 2017 Legislator of the Year
NSSF Honors U.S. Senator John Cornyn as 2017 Legislator of the Year
The National Shooting Sports Foundation � (NSSF�), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, awarded Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) the 2017 Legislator of the Year at the organization�s annu...