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Bullet Points - July 5, 2016

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House to Vote this Week on Anti-Terrorism Package with Gun Buy Provision

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote this week on an anti-terrorism legislative package that will include a measure to help prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns and also include due process protections. The House will also vote on a mental health bill sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.). Legislation that seeks to prevent terrorists from obtaining firearms must strike a proper balance between the interests of public safety, protecting the integrity of terrorism investigations and the fundamental, constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. NSSF supports bipartisan legislation that will both protect America from radical Islamic terrorism and respect the Second and Fifth Amendments. NSSF will keep you informed of developments.

First Shots Big City Tour

  • BIG CITY TOUR COMING TO PACIFIC NORTHWEST . . . NSSF's newest First Shots Big City Tour will be held July 15-17 in Oregon’s Portland and Seattle areas. Registration is now open, but space at each range facility is limited, so new shooters are encouraged to register as quickly as possible to ensure their desired classroom and range time. Learn more.

Government Relations

  • CALIF. GOV. BROWN SIGNS ANTI-GUN BILLS . . . NSSF is extremely disappointed that Gov. Brown Friday chose to sign into law several highly restrictive and unneeded gun control measures, all of which will affect law-abiding Californians while doing nothing to stop the criminal misuse of firearms. By acting within 24 hours after being sent these bills — and not allowing the public to voice their opinions — the governor compounded the miscarriage of legislative process while demonstrating disdain for Californians who now face laws that clearly infringe on their Constitutional rights.
  • SENATE REPORT CALLS FOR PROGRESS ON EXPORT CONTROL REFORM . . . The Senate Appropriations committee last week approved the FY17 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Act. The committee report included language addressing the Export Control Reform initiative and the registration fee manufacturers are required to pay DDTC every year. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) led these bipartisan efforts that were a direct result of meetings industry members had with both senators during the NSSF Congressional Fly-In this spring.
  • STATE AND LEGAL ROUNDUP . . . Legislation to require New Jersey firearms retailers to carry at least one model of an authorized-user technology-equipped firearm is on Gov. Chris Christie's for a second time. He is expected to veto it. The Indiana Supreme Court has granted review of a retailer case that calls Indiana's state version of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) into question. Phase 2 of California's non-lead ammunition implementation process began July 1.

Read NSSF's latest Government Relations Update for more.



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  • SPECIAL ATF SESSION TO BE PRESENTED AT 2016 FIREARMS RETAIL SECURITY CONFERENCE . . . Professionals from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will be making a special presentation at the upcoming 2016 Firearms Retail Security Conference. Learn more and register.
  • TWO NEW SPEAKERS JOIN 2017 SHOT SHOW UNIVERSITY SPEAKER LINEUP . . . Ed Santos and Nancy Friedman have agreed to join NSSF as speakers of the 2017 SHOT Show University.
  • ATF Q&A . . . More great questions came in on our 24/7 NSSF member compliance hotline last week. One question asks if the ATF considers a family member picking up a pawned firearm for another family member a straw purchase.
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  • NSSF-ADJUSTED NICS BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR JUNE 2016 . . . The June 2016 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,140,088 is an increase of 28.6 percent compared to the June 2015 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 886,825. For comparison, the unadjusted June 2016 FBI NICS figure of 2,123,334 reflects a 39.8 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 1,518,852 in June 2015. To learn more about last month's NICS report, log in to the member side of

Project ChildSafe

  • NSSF'S PROJECT CHILDSAFE SPOTLIGHTS 'LOCAL CHAMPIONS' . . . NSSF has recently named outdoor writer Jenn Jacques, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League and Michigan's Oakland County Board of Commissioners "S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champions" for promoting firearm safety in the their regions. Additional local safety champions will be announced on the Project ChildSafe website during NSSF's fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign.

News of Note

  • 2016 VOTING MEMBER SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED . . . NSSF has chosen the winners of its 2016 Scholarship Essay Contest. This year's contest received its largest turnout to date, with more than 100 entrants submitting essays. See the full list of the 25 winning entrants and read the Grand Prize winning essay here.
  • GAMO ACQUIRES DAISY . . . Gamo Outdoor SL, an affiliate of New York-based private equity investment firm BRS, along with its U.S. subsidiary, Gamo Outdoor USA, announced today the acquisition of Daisy Outdoor Products. One of the most recognized airgun and accessories brand in the world, Daisy has been introducing generations of young shooters to recreational shooting and plinking with its iconic BB gun and other products since 1886. Read more.
  • SHOOTING RANGE OFFERS FREE COURSE TO LGBT COMMUNITY . . . Just days after the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Shiloh Shooting Range offered free gun classes to the LGBT community and hundreds of people responded. Read more.
  • SURE-SHOT HONORED BY HOMETOWN . . . Known for pioneering the double-reed and triple-reed duck calls during its 60-year history, Sure-Shot Game Calls was honored recently in its hometown of Groves, Texas, when the city placed the company's iconic logo on the local water tower. Sure-Shot's Charlie Holder said the name of the rock band ZZ Top, which also has roots in Groves, is painted on the opposite side.
  • USA SHOOTING ATHLETES TUNE UP AT NATIONALS . . . Olympians competing at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle/Pistol got a chance to prove their Olympic readiness last week at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Georgia. Seven USA Shooting athletes headed to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro earned 14 medals. Read more.
  • LA TIMES INTERVIEWS KIM RHODE . . . Prior to travelling to Rio de Janeiro for her sixth Olympic Games, five-time medal winner Kim Rhode discusses how she and other Olympic shooters must deal with media attention focusing on the criminal misuse of firearms instead of their sporting use. Read more.
  • WIN YOUR HOTEL STAY FOR 2017 SHOT SHOW — ENTER NOW! . . . NSSF has opened its annual nominations contest for the 2017 SHOT Business Awards. The contest was created in 2015 to better engage its members and improve feedback about those industry colleagues who most actively support the NSSF's projects and mission. Read more.


  • NSSF #GUNVOTE VIDEO: WEAPONS OF WAR? . . . NSSF's latest #GUNVOTE video has gone viral. It was in response to anti-gun politicians, celebrities and the media elites repeated attempts to single out the AR-15 and labeling the semi-automatic civilian rifle a "weapon of war." Help get the facts out. Watch and share the video on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.


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