Cabela’s and NSSF Join Forces To Help Prevent Illegal Straw Purchases of Firearms

Promoting Don’t Lie for the Other Guy Program at 60 Stores Nationwide

Don't Lie For The Other Guy
Don’t Lie For The Other Guy
National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Shooting Sports Foundation

Newtown, CT -(Ammoland.com)- Cabela’s Incorporated, one of the nation’s leading specialty retailers of hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor equipment, is partnering with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, to help prevent illegal “straw” purchases of firearms by bringing increased attention to the firearms industry’s Don’t Lie for the Other Guy program.

Don’t Lie” was formed as a cooperative program between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and NSSF more than 12 years ago to help ATF educate federal firearms licensees to be better able to identify and prevent illegal straw purchases of firearms and to raise public awareness about the seriousness of the crime of purchasing a firearm for someone who cannot legally do so.

“As a leading retailer in the firearms industry, Cabela’s is proud to partner with NSSF to increase awareness of the Don’t Lie for the Other Guy program to help prevent straw purchases and enhance public safety across the country,” said Michael Copeland, Cabela’s chief operations officer.

All Cabela’s stores already display Don’t Lie for the Other Guy point-of-purchase displays and use a program video and printed material to help train employees to better detect and deter straw purchases. Starting this fall, the retailer is adding informational mouse pads and an educational card at all of its 250 computer kiosks where each customer seeking to purchase firearms must electronically complete the ATF Form 4473 with correct responses including that he or she is the actual buyer and not acquiring the firearm on behalf of another person.

The messaging on program materials explains that anyone attempting an illegal firearm purchase faces a stiff federal felony penalty of up to 10 years in jail or up to $250,000 in fines.

To legally purchase a firearm, a person must be able to pass an FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check and fully comply with state and local laws. When a criminal knows he cannot pass this check, he may try to induce a friend or other person to make the purchase on his behalf, which is known as a straw purchase and is a felony.

“Federally licensed firearms retailers are on the front line every day working to prevent illegal purchases,” said Stephen L. Sanetti, NSSF president and CEO. “We are pleased to work with Cabela’s to bring additional Don’t Lie for the Other Guy awareness into their stores to help advance the goal all of us in the firearms industry share.”

“The firearms industry is proud of its longstanding cooperative relationship with the ATF and the entire law enforcement community by assisting them in their efforts to combat the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms,” said NSSF Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel.

About Cabela’s Incorporated

Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty retailer, and the world’s largest direct marketer, of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter. Through Cabela’s growing number of retail stores and its well-established direct business, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program.

About The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers.

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Doug
Doug
7 years ago

I could be mistaken, but a straw purchase is buying a firearm for an know felon, not for a gift for family member or someone who is not a felon.

Goldar
Goldar
7 years ago

I agree with Dave.
Tom, I don’t think you understand what a “right” is.

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” – Thomas Jefferson

Tom
Tom
7 years ago

Well Dave, i believe the straw purchase law has been around for decades(i could be wrong tho). If you wish to purchase a firearm as a gift why not give that person either cash or a gift certificate and let them legally purchase the firearm ? Your right is not infringed and neither is theirs.

dave
dave
7 years ago

“Shall Not Be Infringed” There should be no background checks, form 4473, and especially no BATFE. Cabela’s and the NSSF cooperating with the ATF, they’re traitors to freedom and liberty. MOLON LABE

Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine
7 years ago

What a shame they should have to go to the trouble and expense! Especially when the “President” and Atty. General” are with the Sec of State the biggest arms straw purchasers in the world! Mexican drug cartels, ISIS, Al Quada etc. Lies and scam dont begin to address the level of criminality ! And its also become clear that its not really an issue otherwise prosecution numbers for attempted straw purchases wouldnt be so low. What a sham.

Dallas
Dallas
7 years ago

I would be more impressed with Cabelas if they would check the serial numbers of all firearms traded in to them to see if they are stollen or not. Right now, the only ones required to do this are those gun businesses labeled as pawn shops. No wonder gun theft is so lucrative.