Volume 25, Number 2 February/March 2017


The outlook is bright for our industry and its customers Much to the surprise of pretty much every pollster and pundit, Donald Trump is now President of the United States of America. Regardless of the many things he said during the presidential campaign that we might not agree with, or which gave us pause, or which were stated in an “inartful” fashion, on the issue for which hunters, target shooters, collectors, plinkers, the firearms industry, and its customers were most concerned—our individual right to keep and bear arms—he stood steadfast. The losing party’s platform promised repeal of the Protection of… [Read More]



Powerful anti-gun forces are organizing and renewing efforts to take our rights away As our new year begins, we can be thankful that the American people in November elected a president who has pledged to protect our Constitutional rights, as well as a majority of both houses of Congress who will work to ensure that our individual right to keep and bear arms will be preserved. While we can be relieved that the candidate who promised to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) and pursue additional infringements on the Second Amendment will not be reassuming residence… [Read More]

A California Appellate Court has reversed the Fresno Superior Court’s dismissal of the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) lawsuit seeking an injunction to block enforcement of the state’s ammunition microstamping law and remanded the case back to the lower court to hear arguments. “We are pleased by today’s ruling because it means we will now be able to prove in court that this ill-considered law must be enjoined because it is literally impossible to comply with its requirements. When we ultimately prevail in this case, law-abiding consumers in California will once again be… [Read More]

NSSF is pleased to announce that Hank Yacek has joined its Retail Advisory Council. Yacek has nearly a quarter-century of industry expertise, ranging from warehousing to owning his own retail establishment. In 2011, Yacek joined AcuSport, one of the country’s leading distributors of firearms, ammunition, and shooting sports goods, as its Retail Solutions Manager. In that capacity, he leads The Edge, AcuSport’s training and management program that works with independent retailers to find solutions to create winning customer experiences in their stores. “We are thrilled to have Hank join our Retail Advisory Council,” said Patrick Shay, NSSF Director, Retail Development…. [Read More]

On December 9, 2016, the anti-gun-message film Miss Sloane was released in 1,648 theaters nationwide—released, yes, watched, not so much. Miss Sloane opened as the 11th most-watched film of the weekend and took in only $1.8 million in its opening week, making it the 75th worst-performing movie release of all time. By mid-month it had tumbled to the 16th most-watched movie and was dropped from 185 screens compared to the previous weekend. Yet again, Hollywood’s liberal elite missed the mark with what Americans consider entertainment, producing a propaganda film for the Brady Campaign while ignoring the fact that nearly 52 percent of… [Read More]

The 114th Congress adjourned without having passed the Energy Conference Report that contained the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act. Congressional leadership didn’t feel important components of energy policy were in place in the legislative package and the measure languished in the conference committee as both sides of Capitol Hill focused on the continuing resolution needed to fund the federal government through April 28, 2017. NSSF would like to thank U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) for their stewardship of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) also deserves acknowledgment for her work on crafting a bipartisan… [Read More]

NSSF announced in December that it and co-plaintiff City Arms East, LLC, reached an agreement with the City of Pleasant Hill, California, to end a lawsuit challenging a 2013 ordinance that sought to impose burdensome and unlawful firearms and ammunition sales restrictions on local firearms retailers. As a result of the settlement, which was approved by the Pleasant Hill council, the City of Pleasant Hill will pay $400,000 to cover legal fees incurred by NSSF and City Arms East, LLC, in bringing the lawsuit. The plaintiffs were able to provide concrete instances of Pleasant Hill’s missteps and “hide the ball”… [Read More]

How to set up and connect your alarm system to maximize its ability to prevent burglaries In the last column I wrote for SHOT Business, I examined the essential components of a modern security system. There are three ways these components work together today: via hardwiring, through a wireless connection, or by use of a hybrid system that utilizes both technologies. Wired Systems Wired systems are convenient when sensors such as passive infrared devices (PIRs), vibration detectors, and others require power to operate correctly, though they may be more costly to install. They are available in varying degrees of sophistication…. [Read More]