Volume 26, Number 2 February/March 2018


Profiles of two members of the NSSF’s GR team Kayla Berube & Mark Oliva Kayla Berube Political Action Committee Manager Now that Kayla Berube has settled into one location long enough to establish residency, she can start to think about her first personally owned firearm. Until she joined the NSSF staff in 2017 as manager for its Political Action Committee, she’d barely had enough time to unpack her bags. “Time has been an issue,” confesses the 28-year-old from Millbury, Massachusetts.  Since she graduated from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, it’s been a whirlwind. She cut her teeth working for the Connecticut Republican… [Read More]



Highly visible signage detailing your FFL’s security features can send criminals to an easier target What a difference a sign makes! Call me crazy, but when I was overseeing more than 100,000 firearms as a corporate security director, I learned fast that security awareness signage was a critical element in preventing thefts. With more than 90 locations across 17 states, I was constantly aware that a burglary or firearms loss could occur at any moment. Take my word, you need to experience only one bad burglary—followed by the public outcry for more security—before you’re quickly looking for ways to increase… [Read More]

NSSF recently announced the release of an all-new “Introduction to Range Safety and Etiquette” video. Designed to provide guidance for firearms use on shooting ranges both indoors and out, the video is available to both industry members and the general public through the Vimeo streaming site (vimeo.com/220814809) and on nssf.org (nssf.org/ranges/). The new video replaces an older version on the subject and is set against the backdrop of a brightly lit, well-appointed shooting range. The female moderator articulates the basic rules of gun safety, especially as they apply to use on an indoor firearms range, before covering an array of range… [Read More]

Understanding the state laws affecting our members’ businesses is crucial. Each business owner will want to ensure compliance with state statutes so that they and their employees do not inadvertently run afoul of state officials. Our members also need to plan for their future success with a complete understanding of the legal environment in which you operate. For these reasons, NSSF is pleased to announce that our members may now access a compendium of state laws relevant to our industry. NSSF members will be able to access an interactive map to search the statutes in any state, starting with overview… [Read More]

This fall, NSSF’s Hunting Works For America Program expanded its reach by adding three new chapters: Hunting Works For Illinois, Hunting Works For New York, and Hunting Works For South Dakota. These are the 15th, 16th, and 17th states to join the program, which works to utilize each state’s unique and diverse network of businesses, conservation and shooting sports organizations, and other non-traditional supporters of hunting, such as convention and visitors bureaus, to raise awareness for the economic impact of hunting. All told, the Hunting Works For America program, begun in 2010, today represents more than 2,800 business, organizations, and… [Read More]

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 announced in October the kickoff of Project ChildSafe Memphis. Several kickoff events mark the start of a year-long, community-led effort encouraging gun owners to “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” “It is heartening to see just how many of our community leaders and organizations have united in support of this program to launch Tennessee’s first Project ChildSafe Community in Memphis,” said Mayor Strickland. “Memphis represents the first Project ChildSafe community effort in Tennessee and it… [Read More]

In mid-December, NSSF announced that West Coast Armory was the newest range to be awarded the organization’s top Five-Star rating for range excellence. This Washington State company has two footprints: A dual-purpose range and retail facility in the bustling suburb of Bellevue, across Lake Washington from Seattle, and a second retail-only storefront a few miles southwest in the town of Issaquah. The Bellevue location, commonly known as the Bellevue Gun Club, consists of Bay 1’s twelve 20-yard lanes for pistol calibers and ten 25-yard lanes with wider stalls and touchpad carrier controls in Bay 2. Bay 3, a tactical bay,… [Read More]

From the Counter” is the NSSF’s timely industry perspectives from firearm retailers across the country. Our goal is to identify and highlight innovative market strategies to help retailers compete more successfully. Lessons learned will be drawn from an array of regions with diverse market economies in an era of political change. While this column has focused on larger retailers in the past, this month we’ll visit an independent retailer in the Deep South – Sidney’s Department Store owned by Steven Fisher. Sidney’s Department Store and Uniforms, Augusta, Georgia The firearms side of this business keeps more than 1,000 guns in stock,… [Read More]