Bullet Points - Weekly Firearms Industry Newsletter - 8-1-2018

NSSF VOTING MEMBER SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED … NSSF has announced the winners of its 2018 Voting Member Scholarship Essay Contest, open to the employees and qualifying family members of NSSF’s Voting Member companies. The annual contest awards $60,000 divided between 25 winners, including one grand prize winner who receives $8,000 to apply toward their college costs.

LAWMAKERS SUPPORT INDUSTRY IN COURT Six Indiana legislators are filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the Indiana Court of Appeals to support the industry in a 20-year-old inactive but still pending lawsuit brought by the City of Gary against firearms manufacturers. The lawmakers were key in passage of a statute that prevents lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and dealers for lawful sales and preempts local regulation.

NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS MONTH® PSA In advance of National Shooting Sports Month in August, NSSF is making available a video public service announcement and a 15-second and 30-second audio PSA to encourage participation in this national celebration of the shooting sports. Industry companies can learn how to be part of National Shooting Sports Month at www.shootingsportsmonth.organd throughout August the public can find events, win prizes and more at www.letsgoshooting.org.

More from the NSSF –


  • Connecticut will not reduce the daily hours it will perform NICS checks for retailers, at least for now, as the result of NSSF outreach to state legislators. NSSF will keep you informed.
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit judges denied 8-7 plaintiffs’ petition for the full court to re-hear Mance v. Sessions, a challenge to federal prohibition of handgun sales to non-state residents that a three-judge panel previously rejected. One dissent cited NSSF’s amicus brief that the test should be of Second Amendment text and history, rather than a balancing test.
  • Two recent decisions by three-judge panels of the U.S. 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals perfectly underscore the importance of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to become the next U.S. Supreme Court associate justice. Read more.
  • NSSF has posted the latest of our Q&A features with an elected official who supports hunting and the shooting sports. NSSF thanks U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) for talking with us.
  • Beware of hotel scammers offering a “special unadvertised” rate for SHOT Week. Better than the hotel itself says it can offer? Dozens of attendees to SHOT Show fall victim to them every year.
  • When it comes to the employer’s role in retirement benefits, it is more important than ever to have competitive benefits offerings to both attract and retain the top talent that you need to keep your business growing.
  • ATF Q&A: More questions came in on our 24/7 NSSF member compliance hotline last week. One question asks, “If a customer mistakenly answers Question No. 12 on Form 4473 by checking “No,” how can this be properly indicated on the form?”
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has released firearms trace data for 2017 and its 2018 Firearms Commerce in the United States Annual Statistical Update.
  • The 31st Sportsman’s Team Challenge National Championships attracted 50 two- and three-person teams representing three countries and 14 states to the host venue Big Cedar Shooting Academy in Missouri July 19-21, with Bass Pro Shops sponsoring the event.
  • NSSF supports the Women’s Outdoor Media Association’s She Never Quit Event which brings together women attendees interested in honing their firearm skills, while also raising funds for selected charities. Learn more and register here.


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