NSSF Bullet Points 02-23-09 – Action is the Agenda

NSSF Bullet Points 02-23-09 – Action is the Agenda

SAVE THE DATE: 2009 SUMMIT SET FOR JUNE 1-3 . . . The National Shooting Sports Foundation will hold its 2009 Shooting Sports Summit June 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure in Weston, Fla. Leaders from throughout the firearms industry, shooting sports and wildlife conservation organizations are invited to attend and should keep an eye out for more details on registration, speakers, schedule and more. At the core of this year’s summit will be the key efforts identified by Task Force 20/20 members, with emphasis on turning the ideas generated by the latest research into real and measurable action.

Inside the Industry

  • FIREARMS CONTRIBUTE TO RISE IN CABELA’S SAME-STORE SALES . . . Outdoor retailer Cabela’s Inc. reported Thursday that same-store sales — or sales at stores open at least a year — rose 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter. It was the company’s largest increase in same-store sales in more than a year. “Our improved retail execution with a particular emphasis on sales of firearms and related accessories, along with an aggressive merchandise strategy to take market share, increase inventory turns and improve cash flow, is working,” said Cabela’s President and CEO Dennis Highby. The company said it expects first quarter same-store sales to be positive as well. Cabela’s fourth-quarter performance topped Wall Street estimates.

  • FIREARMS, HUNTING GEAR HELP GANDER MOUNTAIN IN 4TH QUARTER . . . Same-store sales at Gander Mountain Co. declined 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter, the St. Paul, Minn.-based company reported last week. The decline was an improvement over the 6.5 percent drop in same-store sales in the third quarter. “Firearms, ammunition, seasonal hunting and footwear categories all experienced strong sales performance during the quarter,” the company said.

  • SHOT SHOW MEDIA LIST READY FOR PURCHASE . . . Listings for 1,300 media members registered for the 2009 SHOT Show are now compiled in an electronic Excel file and may be purchased by SHOT Show exhibitors and their agencies. The list, which includes each person’s company, title, address and e-mail address, costs $75 for NSSF members and $150 for nonmembers. Voting members of NSSF may receive the list for free upon request. Requests and questions can be directed to Glenn Sapir, NSSF director of editorial services.

  • FLORIDA CAN’T KEEP UP WITH CONCEALED-CARRY REQUESTS . . . Florida is buried under a backlog of 95,000 applications for concealed-carry permits, and it needs to hire a lot more people to handle the paperwork, reports the Miami Herald. Floridians in record numbers want to carry concealed firearms, a trend linked to a surge in crime, economic anxiety and fears of stricter gun laws, says the paper, and a legislative panel has given the state’s agricultural commissioner permission to spend $3.9 million more to hire 61 temporary workers.

Retailers

  • ILLINOIS FIREARMS RETAILERS TO MEET MARCH 24 . . . All firearms retailers in Illinois are invited to attend an important meeting of the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers on March 24 in Rosemont, Ill. The meeting is aimed at bringing together the state’s dealers as a unified group. Illinois lobbyists, representatives from NSSF and ILAFR’s president will be in attendance. The meeting will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Rosemont, 6350 North River Road, Rosemont, Ill. A free lunch will be provided.

  • RETAILER SEMINAR COMING TO CHICAGO AREA . . . Illinois firearms retailers are invited to attend a one-day Retailer Education Seminar March 24 at the Hyatt Rosemont. The seminar is a joint effort of ATF, NSSF, FBI NICS and the Illinois State Police Firearms Services Section. Agenda items include regulatory requirements, people prohibited from possessing firearms, how to recognize and deter straw purchases, firearms tracing, security of inventory, E-Form 4473, FOID permit requirements, NICS services to FFLs, ATF/NSSF partnership and the Don’t Lie for the Other Guy program. To register, contact [email protected] or visit www.nafr.org.

  • ATF: NEW FORM NOW AVAILABLE . . . ATF has announced the availability of the newly revised ATF Form 4473 Part I – Firearms Transaction Record Part I-Over-the-Counter (5300.9) (2008 Spanish Version). To order copies of this form, contact the ATF Distribution Center at 301-583-4696 or order online. All Federal firearms licensees (FFLs) may begin to use this form upon receipt. The previous edition of the ATF F 4473 (2006 Spanish Version) is obsolete. There is a limit of 20 copies per order.

  • MICHIGAN OUTDOORS SHOP FINDS SUCCESS WITH FIRST SHOTS . . . “The First Shots program went over with such a bang that Glenn Duncan knew he had to offer it again this year,” reports the Bay City Times. Duncan, the owner of Duncan’s Outdoors Shop in Bay City, says the NSSF program has proved to be very successful in attracting new faces to his business. “I was surprised with the interest last year,” said Duncan. “I was hoping it would fill, but I never thought it would three different times.”

Hunting

  • VERMONT TO OPEN BORDERS TO YOUNG HUNTERS . . . The Vermont House passed a change to its law, so that any licensed youth accompanied by an adult with a Vermont hunting license may participate in the state’s youth hunting weekend, reports the Associated Press. This liberalizes previous conditions, which prevented most New Hampshire young people from hunting in Vermont. Because of Vermont’s previous restrictions, New Hampshire had passed a law last spring that restricts nonresident youth hunters from states that do not give New Hampshire’s young people a hunting opportunity in their states, a move that prompted Vermont’s latest proposed change to its own law.

  • BILL CREATES BEAR HUNTING SEASON IN OKLAHOMA . . . The state legislature has proposed the creation of a bear hunting season in southeastern Oklahoma. A growing number of residents have filed nuisance complaints about black bears coming to their houses and rooting through trash. Legislation calls for a quota of 20 bears that may be taken in a four-county area.

  • PHEASANTS, QUAIL FOREVER ANNOUNCE AGGRESSIVE IOWA INITIATIVE . . . Iowa state chapters of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have announced the “Reload Iowa” campaign to restore the state’s pheasant and quail populations. It adopts an aggressive strategy for establishing and improving 1 million acres of wildlife habitat, increasing the number of upland hunters and increasing hunting-related revenue to local communities.

News of Note

  • NEW JERSEY ONE-GUN-A-MONTH BILL FAILS . . . Today in the New Jersey State Senate, a one-gun-a-month bill — strongly opposed by NSSF and the New Jersey Association of Firearms Retailers — failed to garner the votes necessary to win passage. Rather than have the bill formally defeated, bill sponsor Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City) pulled the bill from consideration. The bill had already passed the Assembly and, had it passed the Senate, would have gone to Gov. Corzine for his signature. By pulling her bill to prevent its defeat, Sen. Cunningham also preserved the possibility of having another vote on the bill later this year. This is a significant defeat for anti-gun advocacy groups in the Garden State like Cease Fire New Jersey. In a related development, as previously reported by Bullet Points, the New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear Jersey City’s challenge to an appellate court ruling that upheld the striking down of Jersey City’s “one gun a month” ordinance as a violation of a state law that preempts local regulation of the sale of firearms. Under New Jersey law, the local police chief has to pre-approve the sale of any handgun and all sales are subject to a background check. “The misguided bill defeated today would have done nothing to reduce crime in New Jersey. Instead, it would have further infringed upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding residents of the Garden State and restricted lawful commerce by licensed firearms retailers,” said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane.

  • SHOOT RAISES FUNDS TO HELP COMBAT ANTI-GUN LEGISLATION . . . The Hill’n Dale Club of Medina, Ohio, used a recent sporting clays tournament as a fundraiser to help protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. The club, an NSSF member since 1993, sent proceeds to NSSF to combat HR 45, legislation that would mandate numerous gun control measures if passed. “We are very thankful for this generous check,” said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. “As we move forward into this legislative session, it is imperative that our financial arsenal stay well stocked.”

  • N.Y.’S NEW SENATOR MOVES RIFLES FROM UNDER HER BED . . . U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s replacement from New York, has been hailed for her pro-gun views, but revealing in an interview with Long Island’s Newsday that she kept two rifles under her bed led not only to criticism from anti-gun politicos but also to the need to move her firearms, reports the Times Union. The senator’s spokeswoman said the guns, always stored in locked cases — with ammunition stored elsewhere — have been moved to an undisclosed location in the house.

  • OWAA GOES DIGITAL WITH ITS NEWSLETTER . . . The Outdoor Writers Association of America is transforming its 82-year-old flagship newsletter — Outdoors Unlimited — into an interactive online publication. The move will save OWAA more than $25,000 in printing and delivery costs, while at the same time allowing the organization to take advantage of a digital edition that will offer enhanced interaction among members and the use of multimedia. OWAA estimates a March 1 launch date with additional enhancements to come later in the year.

Jobs

  • NSSF SEEKS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS . . . NSSF is seeking a managing director, marketing communications, who will be responsible for leading NSSF’s communications, safety and education efforts through a range of public relations and communications and branding functions. The position, which is located in Newtown, Conn., will report to the senior vice president. View job summary.

  • INDUSTRY CAREER CONNECTION . . . Visit www.nssf.org/jobs for current employment opportunities in the shooting, hunting and outdoor industry. Employers: Log in to post a job opening.

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