How will Export Control Reform (ECR) Affect the Firearms Industry?

Posted by Orchid Advisors on 5/24/18 1:12 PM

The U.S. Departments of State and Commerce have published proposed new "Export Control Reform" rules that, once effective, will transfer export control of semi- and non-automatic firearms, components and related ammunition, including associated technical data, from the International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR) to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

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House Natural Resources Committee Passes Important Recreational Access Legislation

Posted by Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation on 4/27/18 1:15 PM

On April 18, the House Natural Resources Committee marked up and passed H.R. 788, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act on a voice vote. This bipartisan piece of legislation was introduced by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Member Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA) on February 1, 2017.

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Update On The "Ambush Rule"

Posted by NAW on 4/27/18 1:11 PM

As you know, the Obama-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) several years ago promulgated a new rule designed to shorten the time between a union’s successful organizing campaign and the resulting certification election.  This rule, called the “Ambush Rule” or “Quickie Election Rule” by opponents because, as a result of the rule, an employer could face a successful organizing campaign of which he/she was not even aware, and the abbreviated time between the notice and the election made it very difficult for the employer to adequately prepare for the election, or to communicate with employees on the impact of unionization.

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Vermont and Illinois Legislation Impacting Firearm Distribution

Posted by Orchid Advisors on 4/26/18 12:04 PM

During first quarter of 2018 several new pieces of legislation were adopted that impact firearm distribution. However, April marks a slight downturn in the pace of bills introduced, though new bills are proposed daily. 

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Chairman's Message: We Must Not Be Silenced

Posted by Brad Burney on 3/28/18 10:00 AM

It isn’t just the 2nd Amendment under assault in our nation today.Throughout history the elimination of individual rights is almost always preceded by limitations to free speech and debate. We talk often about the importance of the 2nd amendment but all freedoms equally hang on the 1st amendment.

The anti-gun movement, emboldened by some recent success, seems reinvigorated in pushing corporations to discriminate against younger customers and now to limit speech and content. This is a dangerous tactic in that they seek to limit our ability to communicate and educate people on the misinformation they are spreading. Websites like YouTube and Facebook have now taken measures to restrict content, pages, and channels that focus on firearms. This is a significant challenge to our industry and our ability to educate the public about a lot of very important topics, which include firearms safety.

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CSF Works with Congressional Leaders to Include Sportsmen's Priorities in Omnibus Bill

Posted by NASGW on 3/27/18 2:55 PM

Over the past few weeks, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and partners from the sportsmen’s conservation community worked closely with Congressional leadership to ensure that several funding priorities for the sportsmen’s community were included in the FY2018 Omnibus appropriations bill.“The inclusion of provisions such as a fix to fire-borrowing, reauthorization of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act with enhanced sportsmen’s access, improvements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and addressing disease risks for the benefit our nation’s wild sheep populations, are all victories for the outdoor conservation community as a whole,” said CSF President Jeff Crane. “CSF and partners have been working closely with Members of the House and Senate to ensure that these crucial provisions are included.”Top provisions that were successfully added to the Omnibus package include:

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NAW Working to Improve Driver Shortage Issues

Posted by NASGW on 3/27/18 2:50 PM
I want to call your attention to an issue that will be of interest to your members if they are dealing with the driver shortage that we are hearing abut from many NAW members. Under current Federal regulations, drivers have to be at least 21 years of age to obtain commercial drivers’ licenses for   interstate  commerce.  However, most states allow drivers from 18 to 21 years of age to obtain commercial licenses for   intrastate  commerce.  The obvious result of these conflicting rules is that a licensed commercial driver under the age of 21 has to stop his truck at the state line.California Congressman Duncan Hunter has introduced a piece of legislation that would address this problem by removing the Federal regulation and permitting drivers from 18 to 21 years of age to obtain commercial licenses for   interstate  commerce.  His bill is titled   The   Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE Safe) Act.Our colleagues at IFDA brought this bill to our attention last week, and asked if we would join them and send a letter of support to Rep. Hunter, which we have done.  And I am now following IFDA’s lead and bringing the issue to your attention.If you want to learn more about the regulation or Rep. Hunter’s legislation, and send a letter of support if the issue is of interest to your members, the following links will take you to relevant documents.And, if you do send a letter to the Hill, please send a copy to Jon Eisen at IFDA (cc’d on this message) and me.
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2018 Legislative Year And Potential Impact to Distribution

Posted by NASGW on 3/27/18 9:55 AM

Provided by: Orchid Advisors & FFL BizHub

A large number of state legislatures returned to their respective State Capitols this year and have wasted no time introducing new firearm legislation and moving forward with carryover legislation.  There are well over 3,000 bills pending amongst the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Federal government that in some way, shape, or form impact firearms and ammunition possession, transfer, ownership, and use. Fortunately, there’s a tool available to help you sort through the flurry of activity and keep a close eye on legislation that impacts your business. The OA/NASGW State Firearms Restriction App, available on the www.FFLBizHub.com website, is a great potential resource for you in this constantly moving environment.

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Consumer Demand Was "normal" For Suppressors in 2017

Posted by NASGW on 3/27/18 9:39 AM
The American Suppressor Association (ASA) would like to thank NASGW and its members for your support. For those that may be unfamiliar with the ASA and its mission, it is the unified voice of the suppressor industry. Its mission is to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and consumers. To accomplish this mission, its principal initiatives focus on state lobbying, federal lobbying, and public education.The ASA is the country’s leading subject matter experts on suppressors and suppressor related advocacy. It has helped draft state and federal legislation, including the Hearing Protection Act, hosted countless suppressor demonstrations for legislators, is spearheading efforts to legalize commercial suppressor exportation through non-legislative means, and has actively lobbied in 28 states, as well as in Washington, D.C.Earlier this year, ASA Executive Director, Knox Williams, Director of Outreach, Owen Miller, and representatives from ASA member companies met with BATFE executive leadership. The ASA made an information request for updated registration and transfer statistics on National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms from ATF. ASA combined this information, along with information published in the ATF’s annual   Firearms Commerce in the United States  reports to form its analysis. Suppressors account for approximately 82% of the tax-paid transfer applications received and processed by the NFA Division in 2017. This provides a fairly accurate barometer of suppressor sales across the industry. 
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President's Message: Who Are You Playing For?

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 3/27/18 9:39 AM

Are you playing for the name on the front of the jersey, or the one on the back? There are probably thousands of coaches in the country who’ve asked this question of their players.

I suspect if you’ve played a sport of any kind, or were involved in any group activity, then you know someone who’s forgotten this important lesson. There’s always someone who thinks the name plastered on the back is far more important than the one on the front.

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