The Impact of Firearms eCommerce to the Distribution Channel

Posted by Orchid Advisors on 9/28/20 1:32 PM

Many, if not most, US firearm distributors have live data feeds connecting their on-hand inventory and one or more eCommerce platforms. Those online shopping destinations become more popular every day, especially with the increase in drop ship capabilities reducing the time from order submission to product receipt. But connecting distribution facilities to an eCommerce provider involves various state and local laws that have direct and indirect considerations. The following is a fresh look at how those laws affect the distribution channel.

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CSF Encourages BLM to Keep Improving Recreational Shooting Opportunities

Posted by Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation on 9/22/20 2:47 PM

On September 14, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and roughly 30 partners from the sporting-conservation community sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) thanking the Bureau for their efforts to improve opportunities for recreational shooters.

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September Legislative Update from the NSSF

Posted by National Shooting Sports Foundation on 9/21/20 1:38 PM

NSSF’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.

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President's Message: Listen More, Speak Less

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 9/14/20 12:02 PM

Today I’m wondering, how exactly is it that television news operations are still in business? When last I worked in television news, revenues were derived from advertisers. And businesses only part with marketing dollars to advertise during programs actually being watched. There was a very sophisticated way of measuring viewership and costs of ads varied depending on just how popular the show was.

At least that’s how it used to be. I know I’m starting to get old (I’m reminded of it often by “family and friends”), but I’m not THAT old.

I imagine there’s a very similar advertising structure in place today. But can someone please explain how they pay all these reporters and know-it-all commentators on TV today? If ratings still determine advertising revenue, there can’t be much profit.

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Chairwoman’s Message: Onward and Upward

Posted by Laurie Aronson on 8/26/20 2:10 PM

As I write this column, those of us in Louisiana and Texas are bracing for Hurricane Laura. By the time you read this, let's hope we've all come out of it unscathed. Of course, we had a hurricane coming; it's 2020. I suppose Laura wanted to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Katrina (almost to the date). We are used to hurricane season down here and often have time to prepare. We buy lots of food, dry goods, paper goods, bottled water, and plenty of alcohol. It's the same grocery list as the COVID-19 quarantine. We've now transitioned from quarantine drinking to hurricane drinking.

But, as we transition out of the summer months and into the fall with COVID still lingering, things look a little different than they have in the past. We should all be asking ourselves, "Had we known this pandemic was coming, what could we have done differently?" Or better yet, "What can we do in the future to better prepare us for such uncertainty?"

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First-Time Gun Buyers Grow to Nearly 5 Million

Posted by National Shooting Sports Foundation on 8/25/20 1:30 PM

NSSF®, the trade association for the firearm industry, updated retail survey-based estimates and concluded that nearly 5 million Americans purchased a firearm for the very first time in 2020. NSSF surveyed firearm retailers which reported that 40 percent of sales were conducted to purchasers who have never previously owned a firearm.

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Historic Opening of 2.3 Million acres to Hunting and Fishing

Posted by Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation on 8/25/20 11:30 AM

Last week, the Department of the Interior announced a final rule to increase public access opportunities for sportsmen and women across more than 2.3 million acres, marking the largest opening and expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities on federal refuges and hatcheries in the history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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President's Message: Make Hay When the Sun Shines

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 8/13/20 8:30 AM

I don’t know who coined the phrase, “You’ve got to make hay when the sun shines,” but they were absolutely a genius.

When I was younger, and how shall we say this… not really eager to help out every single day in the field… I didn’t really understand the point of that saying. I mean, I had things to do, you know, like sleeping, partying with friends, and of course more sleeping. So when good ‘ol Dad would trot out the phrase, I would often cover my head with a pillow and pretend it really wasn’t sunny. As you can imagine, that didn’t go over so well. So off to the field I would go.

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Chairwoman’s Message: Say It Ain't So

Posted by Laurie Aronson on 7/28/20 4:30 PM

If you’ve been in business long enough, you know that not all decisions are easy. As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact every aspect of our lives, we have all been forced to make difficult decisions. On Monday, the NASGW Board of Directors voted unanimously to cancel this year’s Expo. This was a decision that none of us wanted to make, but it was the right decision. With mounting cases in the state of Texas and increased travel restrictions in numerous states, particularly in the northeast, we could not leave things to chance in hopes that cases would subside or that states would ease restrictions. We’re not blaming Texas. The biggest reason this decision had to be made was for the health and safety of our members, our colleagues, our employees, and the entire shooting sports industry.

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President's Message: Simple Things

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 7/13/20 2:45 PM

Sometimes, it’s just good to be reminded of the simple things.

For example, I was on a call the other day with a variety of colleagues who are also actively involved in the National Association of Wholesalers, when one of my colleagues mentioned, “I’d rather be wrong than not try.”

I’m certain you’ve heard that statement, or some variant of the axiom, throughout your life and career. I know I have. Shakespeare said it like this: “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

My friend’s reference to this concept was said about her attempt to return to normal (as much as possible) and getting things back on track in their office for the clients she represents in the association world. And you know what, she’s absolutely ‘spot on’ with the notion.

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