Volume 25, Number 7 December 2017


Suppressors – legislation is cutting through the noise A lot of noise was made in 2017 about a device designed to make guns a little quieter. Legislation to regulate suppressors like the average pump-action shotgun or bolt-action rifle was introduced before last year’s SHOT Show and, as expected, it was hit with a chorus of false claims, outright lies, and unexpected criminal events that opponents have attempted to exploit in order to derail the effort. The Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 367) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) with more than a third… [Read More]



SHOT Show funds work for the industry year-round By the time this December issue of SHOT Business hits your mailbox, we will be less than eight weeks away from the 2018 SHOT Show. This show is our 40th—quite a milestone, and one that underscores just how important this weeklong event is to our industry. It’s no secret that SHOT Show is the one place each year our industry members can reunite with old friends, make important new connections, and conduct essential business that sets the tone for the months ahead. SHOT Show is also the one singular event that generates… [Read More]

Green Top is a retailer that continues to evolve Opened in 1947, this independent dealer is located in the northern suburbs of Richmond, just off I-95 above I-295. Of the facility’s 60,000 square feet, 40,000 are dedicated to retail floor space. The store sells a diverse mix of fishing, outerwear, camping gear, and, most notably, firearms—they stock an average of more than 3,000 new guns and an additional 1,000 used guns. In the last calendar year, this retailer turned more than 15,000 firearms. Quite the way to celebrate its 70th anniversary this year. Green Top staffs about 130 full- and… [Read More]

Emily Dahl does what many consider to be a minor miracle: She keeps one step ahead of NSSF’s Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. And she does it in high heels. With a smile. Dahl, 33, from Lincolnshire, Illinois, is Keane’s executive assistant. She’s also the keeper of board minutes, legal updates, meeting notes, and a Rolodex of contacts for congressmen and senators, heads of federal agencies, and leaders in the firearms and ammunition industry. She’s a newcomer to the world of firearms but is quickly proving that she’s a powerhouse on the NSSF Washington, D.C., office’s… [Read More]

A home-run lineup of 2018 SHOT Show University and retailer education As the senior director of retailer services for NSSF, I, along with my team, spend months curating the topics for SHOT Show University and SHOT Week’s Retailer Seminars, and then recruiting top-level speakers who can pass on their subject-matter expertise to our retailers and range owners. Both educational forums are always sell-outs (with many of the Retailer Seminars at standing-room only), and they both have overwhelmingly positive reviews post-show. That makes each year hard to improve upon—but we think we’ve done just that with the 2018 lineup. SHOT Show… [Read More]