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At RSR, we strive to keep you up to date on the latest industry news and developments. Please visit our archive for past copies of the NSSF Bullet Points. Simply select the edition you wish to see by date from the following list:

Vol. 13 No. 16 - April 23, 2012

Vol. 13 No. 15 - April 16, 2012

Vol. 13 No. 14 - April 9, 2012

Vol. 13 No. 13 - April 2, 2012

Vol. 13 No. 12 - March 26, 2012


N.Y. Budget Committee Strikes Down Ballistics Imaging and Microstamping

Vol. 13, No. 12 - March 26, 2012

COMMITTEE APPROVES BUDGET MINUS ANTI-GUN PROVISIONS . . . NSSF is pleased to announce that a joint New York state budget committee today voted on a revised budget (AB 9055D) that repeals the ballistics-imaging (COBIS) requirement from state law. Anti-gun legislators had also tried to include a provision in the bill that would have mandated microstamping throughout the state. Remington Arms Co. and Kimber Manufacturing, both New York-based manufacturers, voiced strong opposition to microstamping in Albany. This is a tremendous victory for law-abiding firearm owners, retailers and manufacturers. NSSF encourages all New Yorkers to contact members of the Joint Budget - Public Protection/Criminal Justice/Judiciary Committee and thank them for their votes today.

NSSF Releases iPhone App

  • 'WHERE2SHOOT' FINDS SHOOTING RANGES NEAR YOU . . . NSSF today announced the launch of "Where2Shoot," a mobile app now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app -- available for free in the iTunes App Store -- puts North America's most comprehensive directory of shooting ranges in the palm of your hand. It also includes video tips for shooters, news and firearm safety information. Where2Shoot gives users the ability to search for ranges near their current location as well as by zip code and state. It also provides specifics about each range, including shooting activities offered, accessibility and contact information. The app is modeled after NSSF's popular website and is updated frequently with range information in every U.S. state and Canadian province. New tips for hunters and shooters are also added regularly. Click here or scan the QR code above with your device to learn more and to download the app.

Industry News

  • RUGER BACKLOG LATEST EVIDENCE OF STRONG INDUSTRY SALES . . . Sturm, Ruger & Co. (NYSE:RGR) announced Wednesday that it received orders for more than one million units in the first quarter and that the company has temporarily suspended the acceptance of new orders. The announcement sent Ruger shares up about 13 percent in trading Thursday, while shares of Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC) rose about 11 percent. Read more from The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch.
  • FIREARMS RETAILER EDUCATION SEMINARS BEGIN APRIL 10 IN S.C. . . . NSSF will kick off a nationwide series of Firearms Retailer Education Seminars on April 10 in West Columbia, S.C. The seminars will provide federally licensed firearms retailers (FFLs) with guidance and education on the rules and regulations governing the sale and transfer of firearms. The free seminars are only for FFLs and their employees. Those FFLs interested in attending may register by contacting Cathy Walker at 203-426-1320 or emailing or registering online at For more information, read NSSF's press release.
  • FREEDOM GROUP NAMES NOVIN PUBLIC AFFAIRS/RELATIONS DIRECTOR . . . Freedom Group Inc. has named Ted Novin as its director of public affairs and relations. Novin most recently served as NSSF's director of public affairs. Read the company's press release.


  • SHOT SHOW'S PRESENCE AT IWA HELPING TO GROW INTERNATIONAL BUYER ATTENDANCE . . . The SHOT Show team recently returned from exhibiting at the 2012 IWA & Outdoor Classics Show -- specifically the International Weapons Exhibition (Internationale Waffen Ausstellung) in Nuremburg, Germany. In 2011, the SHOT Show exhibited at IWA for the first time and saw a 20 percent increase in qualified international buyer attendance. NSSF's Diedra Cauley provides a recap from the 2012 show on the SHOT Show Blog.
  • TRADE SHOW MARKETING WEBINAR TO FEATURE NSSF SVP & CMO . . . "What do Retail's BIG Show, the National Shooting Sports Foundation's SHOT Show and AHR Expo all have in common? All three shows not only had attendance increases at their recent events, compared with last year, but each one broke all-time attendance records," reads the description of an upcoming Trade Show News Network webinar for marketers. NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Dolnack will sit in on the live panel on April 10. Learn more.

Government Relations

  • SANETTI VIDEO INTERVIEW ON INTERNATIONAL GUN CONTROL . . . At the World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities meeting in Nuremberg, Germany, NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti said in an NRA News interview that the U.S. serves as a shining example to other countries for the way it values and protects firearm ownership rights. He discussed how NSSF, the World Forum on the Future of Shooting Sports Activities and other groups are participating in United Nations Small Arms Treaty negotiations in order to prevent international gun control. Watch the video.
  • FOX NEWS: 'GUN SALES EXPLODE AS ELECTION LOOMS' . . . "Sales of handguns and ammunition are booming across the country, and retailers say it's all about the November election," begins a report. The network talked to firearms retailers and others about the recent spike in firearm sales.
  • NSSF CONGRESSIONAL FLY-IN APRIL 18-19 . . . Officials from NSSF and executives from the Foundation's Voting Member companies will travel to Washington, D.C., April 18-19 to meet with key lawmakers and help advance the industry's federal legislative priorities. Participation in the Fly-In is a Voting Member benefit. All Voting Members are strongly encouraged to attend this key government relations effort. This year's Fly-In will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. If you are interested in attending and receiving additional details as they become available, please contact


  • RECOMMENDED READING . . . The Future of Hunting and The Shooting Sports, from Responsive Management and National Shooting Sports Foundation, is a 261-page, research-based book that condenses the findings of one of the largest, most comprehensive studies ever conducted on factors related to hunting and shooting participation, motivations of hunters and shooters and satisfaction with recruitment and retention programs. Click here for a free PDF download.

Shooting Sports

  • SEVEN FORMER SCTP SHOOTERS TO COMPETE IN WORLD CUP . . . Seven former Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) athletes are competing at the 2012 International Shooting Sports Federation Shotgun World Cup in Tucson, Ariz., which kicked off Sunday. Developed by NSSF and managed by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, SCTP has not only introduced thousands of youths to the shooting sports, but it also continues to feed new talent into USA Shooting's ranks. Read more.