Chairwoman’s Message: Mid Year Check-In

Posted by Laurie Aronson on 6/26/20 2:00 PM

There’s an important lesson from current events that we should all take note of, and prepare for. 

If you’ve been paying attention to the recent protests, you’ve noticed that our freedom of speech has bubbled to the top, and it’s louder than ever before. It doesn’t really matter which issue is being debated or if you personally agree with the subject matter. People just want to be heard. The same goes with the topic of gun ownership. In the next few months, there will be many opportunities for opposers to the Second Amendment to be loud and have their voices heard. However, the same is true for supporters of the Second Amendment. Our voices WILL be heard, and I expect that others will listen, perhaps more now than ever before. They may or may not agree with us, but it is our duty to be respectful of others’ opinions. It’s in our best interest to teach good lessons of gun ownership and to clearly explain why we adhere to the second amendment. We will break through to some but not to all. Let’s remember that with respect and an open mind, others will listen.

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June Legislative Update from the NSSF

Posted by National Shooting Sports Foundation on 6/19/20 2:00 PM

NSSFâ’s Government Relations Team dedicates its time and resources to supporting legislation beneficial to our industry and fighting those bills that infringe on our rights to legally conduct business and compromise everyone’s Second Amendment rights. Team members attend legislative hearings on the federal, state and local levels year-round across the nation, keeping their finger on the pulse of those issues affecting us.

 

Our May column continued to cover the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the firearm industry. Indeed, it seemed the headlines about the public health situation would never cease—and then the rioting started.

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President's Message: The Show Must Go On

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 6/11/20 8:00 AM

In the immortal words of the band Queen, “The show must go on.”

And the 2020 NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting is going to happen. We continue to see movement and changes in the re-opening of our economy and in hotels, event spaces and pretty much every other business and service you can think of. This is true now in many states.

In the case of the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX, they are actually going to be hosting some fairly large events in July, August and September, long in advance of our arrival. The hotel has developed protocols regarding events at their facility. We’ve posted information from the hotel, along with a whole host of information on a SPECIAL COVID-19 webpage as a part of our NASGW Expo website. You can find it here: https://nasgwexpo.org/covid-resources#.

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Chairwoman’s Message: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Posted by Laurie Aronson on 5/27/20 10:40 AM

Here we go; we are doing this. That’s right, the recovery is underway, and we are all trying to return to “normal” slowly. Put down the bag of chips, the beer can, and the pack of Oreos. Step away from the breakfast table. It’s time to get back to your office and a “normal” routine. 

(You may define “normal” as you please.) 

Who could have predicted that we would have had nearly three months of exploring new ways to juggle our workloads, homeschooling, and practicing social distancing?

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May Legislative Update from NSSF

Posted by National Shooting Sports Foundation on 5/22/20 11:00 AM

The Government Relations Team of the National Shooting Sports Foundationâ (NSSFâ), the trade association for the firearm industry, dedicates its time and resources to supporting legislation beneficial to our industry and fighting those bills that infringe on our rights to legally conduct business and compromise everyone’s Second Amendment rights. Team members attend legislative hearings on the federal, state and local levels year-round across the nation, keeping their finger on the pulse of those issues affecting us.

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President's Message: Moms, Dads and Life Lessons

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 5/13/20 1:45 PM

I love baseball.

Ok, so I love a lot of sports, but I desperately want baseball to return this summer. I really hope it does. I don’t care if it’s a shortened season. The crack of the bat and ball coming together is a sound I’ll never get tired of hearing.

 Growing up in the ’70s and '80s just outside a small town in North Dakota, baseball was our life in the summer. And my small town was actually rather well-known for its baseball prowess. There are probably state championship banners still hanging from the rafters in the old school gymnasium, right there next to the words of our old school fight song.

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NASGW Offers Retailers Access to SCOPE CLX

Posted by NASGW on 5/11/20 9:47 AM

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) invites shooting sports retailers to get free access to SCOPE CLX reports.

SCOPE CLX, is an industry-owned, distributor-led initiative to collect and analyze data that helps businesses in the shooting sports industry. FFLs can use the reports to understand which products are in demand based on anonymous data from brick-and-mortar stores across the country.

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Chairwoman’s Message: Eyeing the Recovery

Posted by Laurie Aronson on 4/29/20 2:58 PM

We have all had extraordinary experiences that we’ve learned from over the past several weeks.  We all have heart-warming and heart-breaking stories to share.  One of the most significant eye-opening realizations for me has been, “what are the needs vs the wants.”  As we begin to introduce our team back into the walls of our Baton Rouge office and warehouse, we have to ask ourselves, “What are those things that we must have that are crucial to our operations and what are those items that fall into the bucket of “well it would be nice if…?”  Don’t get me wrong.  The “wants” are quite important too; they make up our culture and they round-out our daily lives.  Just make sure the needs are met first.  Right now it boils down to masks, gloves, clean air, hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, and the list continues.

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NASGW Expo - See You Soon

Posted by NASGW on 4/23/20 10:43 AM

I think we all agree that this year has been difficult. Though we've seen some really good sales in our industry, COVID-19 has made it very challenging to run our businesses.

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President's Message: Standing Together, Standing Strong

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 4/17/20 11:17 AM

I want to go back in time just a few months, to October and our annual NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting in Orlando. Every year we kick off our show with an annual banquet and awards show. For those of you in attendance, you’ll remember I talked rather candidly about the tough year for shooting sports distribution in 2019.

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