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NSSF: Lots of New Customers? First Shots Sets Them on the Right Path

The NSSF suggests gun shop owners and range officers point new shooters in the right direction early.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Our retail and range industry members, with the exception of those in a handful of states, have been fortunate in remaining open during the coronavirus situation. So fortunate, in fact, that we know those ranges and retailers have acquired tens of thousands of new customers who have become firearm owners for the very first time.
As states begin to lift their stay-at-home orders and businesses beyond ours reopen, we know you’ll be reaching out to those clients and start the work to convert them to regular, loyal customers. In doing that, you’re going to start with the basics—safe handling, safe storage, and basic marksmanship skills.
While many of our member retailer/ranges have basic safety, marksmanship and CCW classes as a part of their instructional curriculums, those same ranges also include NSSF’s First Shots introductory events. CrossRoads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa, is one of those that immediately made plans to put First Shots to work for them as the health crisis shows signs of easing.
“‘I’m here to purchase my first gun’ has become a common interaction at the counter over the past two months, fueled by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic,” said Ethan Settle, CrossRoads Program and Training Coordinator. “Initially, the flurry of firearms sales was seen in AR-15 platform rifles, home-defense shotguns and a steady stream of handguns while products remained in stock. As supply chains began to dry up, pistol-caliber carbines and semi-automatic handguns continued to drive sales, along with rationed supplies of 9mm ammo. Throughout this period of panic buying, a constant forethought for the staff at CrossRoads was delivering proper training to first-time gun owners and developing their relationship with the firearm community. Enter the First Shots program.”
First Shots – CrossRoads Shooting Supply
“Our indoor range has had a relationship with the First Shots program for the better part of a year now, as we’ve found it to be an exceptional introduction into the fundamentals of firearms handling. The provided First Shots materials and Powerpoint presentation that NSSF developed gives our students a solid basic understanding of the firearms they handle in the range portion of the class.”
Settle noted that First Shots has been an excellent way to impart the topics of safety and responsibility to those who’ve purchased a firearm for concealed carry and home-defense.
“Iowa has no set standard to qualify for a permit to carry, other than some form of instruction by a certified instructor. We use the First Shots program as the backbone of our training curriculum, including that for CCWs. It supports the goals of those in training, be it for sport, self-defense or simply an empowering hobby. We believe this is because First Shots helps us to present firearms and their ownership in a simple and tangible way that redirects the nervousness of a first purchase to the excitement of owning and shooting a first firearm. Many of our class attendees become repeat customers and members after their First Shots experience at CrossRoads.”
Though sales were booming during the early months of the health crisis, demand for firearms by first-time purchasers was hampered by Iowa’s permit-to-buy process. CrossRoads staff eased that burden with a creative sales process coupled with the incentive to return to the range after those new clients made it through the purchase process.
“With many first-time buyers, the need for training and a permit to purchase a firearm was a challenge. Especially with firearms flying off the shelf, the possibility of having a gun in stock ‘next week’ became unlikely,” explained Settle. “We helped ease that situation by offering purchase on layaway or to purchase a firearm and receive half off of a training course such as First Shots. This customer-centric approach not only assured our customers that they could still acquire the firearm they wanted once they received their permit, it gave them an avenue to do so.”
With that approach gaining traction, CrossRoads quickly ramped up its post-pandemic training plans.
“In Iowa, we haven’t been placed under restrictions as strict as what those in other states have experienced. Our main restriction limited gatherings to 10 people or less. We took our governor’s directive on that and limited our First Shots classes to six or seven participants, spaced out around the classroom. At times, we offered as many as three separate First Shots classes per day,” Settle said. “We also maintain social distancing between our students during the range portion of the class while disinfecting surfaces and training materials throughout the day to protect our staff and customers. Our First Shots courses generally receive steady interest throughout the year, but we’re continually adding courses to keep up with the demand, wait-listing and adding new courses as necessary.”
Settle emphasized that this uptick in First Shots classes isn’t a one-time thing for CrossRoads, rather it’s an integral part of the range’s success and one that’s critical to properly servicing the wealth of new firearm owners.
“All in all, the model that First Shots has given us has been a positive for Crossroads and, ultimately, our customers,” said Settle. “For our staff members, one of the most satisfying firearms sales to make is someone’s first purchase. After that, it’s seeing them return to the range with a smile on their face each time they shoot. Crossroads has been very pleased to work with First Shots and NSSF to deliver the best the shooting community has to offer to its newest members.”
NSSF’s First Shots—Get Involved
If you have instructors, available range time and an interest in growing your customer base while nurturing the new gun owners who have entered your marketplace, then First Shots is the easiest way to accomplish these goals. As a First Shots host range, you’ll receive support in the form of targets, ammo, participant handouts and more. NSSF even sends your participants a $25 reward coupon to return to your range for more shooting fun.

About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports 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. www.nssf.org
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Senators Warn Banks Not to Use Recovery Funds to Starve Gun Business

By Larry Keane
The NSSF reports that US Senators are warning politicians not to use COVID-19 to shut down businesses they don’t like.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- U.S. Senators are warning big banks not to use the recent pandemic recovery funds as a bludgeon against industries they find out of fashion. In other words, don’t use taxpayer funds as a weapon to score political points at the next corporate cocktail party.
U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), along with 18 additional senators, authored a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, warning them not just that this could happen, but they fully expect it to happen. That’s because they have seen it happen before.
“A small but vocal minority has weaponized federally-backed banks against politically-disfavored businesses that operate in good faith and compliance with the law, by denying them financial services based on political reasons that have nothing to do with creditworthiness,” wrote the 19 senators who signed the letter.
Disfavored Industries
The senators didn’t pull punches. They listed the worst offenders, including Citibank, Bank of America JP Morgan Chase among others. Each of these banks has taken discriminatory stances against the firearms industry, denying financial services unless manufacturers and retailers adopt their views on gun control. It isn’t just the firearm industry that’s been victimized by the corporate virtue signalers. These banking institutions, along with credit card processors and financial service providers, also targeted the oil and gas industry, coal, private corrections and other politically disfavored industries.
These are all banking institutions which use taxpayer funds not only to bail them out but to insure them against losses. They are literally playing politics with American’s taxpayer dollars – again – at a time when America is in a financial crisis.
Specifically, the senators are asking Sec. Mnuchin and Chairman Powell how the White House and the Small Business Administration is going to ensure the Paycheck Protection Program and SBA disaster relief funds are distributed in an “unbiased manner.” The senators also want to know how the Trump Administration is communicating to the banks that now, more than any other time, isn’t when banks should be playing favorites with money that isn’t theirs and what the administration and SBA will do when it learns these banks do it anyway.
Abusive History
The senators have reason to be wary. They watched these taxpayer-protected banks do this before, with no accountability. In 2008, taxpayers came to the rescue when the banking industry was crashing. A cool $16.8 trillion dollar check was paid out by taxpayers to keep banks afloat because they were considered “too big to fail.” But they turned around and failed the taxpayer. They used those funds that came from everyday taxpayers, from the firearm and ammunition industry, from oil and gas and private corrections among others, and wrote new policies that said if these industries didn’t adhere to their “social standards,” they’d lose out on the financial services they need to survive.
That’s why Sen. Cramer introduced the Freedom Financing Act, S. 821. This bill, along with the U.S. House of Representatives companion bill, H.R. 2079 by Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas), would work to end discriminatory lending practices of major banking institutions that seek to circumvent the legislative process and set social policy from the boardroom. But banks don’t seem to be getting the message. They continue to scoff at lawmakers’ warnings that they’re abusing their authority and crushing free commerce by picking winners and losers like it’s a popularity contest.
Citbank’s CEO Michael Corbat actually tried selling his bank’s policy of discriminating against Second Amendment-protected businesses as “good practice.” This is the same bank that got at $45 billion bailout on the backs of taxpayers, only to turn around and attempt to push policies that went beyond the law. That decision cost Citibank a $600 million Louisiana road improvement investment project because they interfered with the lawful commerce-in-arms.
Still Happening
Other banks weren’t paying attention. In 2018, Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan refused to buckle under political pressure to deny firearm manufacturers financial services, saying, “I don’t know if banks or credit card companies or any other financial institution should be the arbiter of what an American can buy.” That changed, though. Sloan retired in June 2019, just two months after Wells Fargo and other banks got “failing grades” from gun control radicals Guns Down America. This week, the new CEO Charles Scharf reported the bank’s relationship with the NRA is “declining,” adding the bank would no longer participate in line of credit or mortgage commitments. It’s not coincidental that Wells Fargo got the failing grade, backed off financing with gun-related organizations and at the same time gave $10 million over three years to the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research, a gun control research program.
Big banks continue to benefit off the backs of American taxpayers, even as they pick winners and losers outside of the framework of the legislative process. Public policy is decided by those who are elected by the people and remain accountable to the people for their decisions. Banks have demonstrated an antipathy to taxpayers and their concerns, instead shoving their politically-driven ideas down from their high-rise corporate boardrooms.
The 19 U.S. senators are right to demand answers and accountability. Banks have proven they won’t use tax dollars to benefit taxpayers. They will use them, though, as a way to crush businesses they despise.

About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports 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. www.nssf.org
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Revisiting RAND’s Gun Law Research Review on Gun Control

By Elizabeth McGuigan
A 2018 RAND study found that gun control is largely useless at preventing crime.
In 2018, the RAND Corporation released a review of available research on various gun-related laws and their impacts on a range of eight outcomes. RAND has recently released an update of the report, adding five new categories of gun policies, and examining an expanded research period of 1995-2018.
Weighing in at over 400 pages and accompanied by additional extensive information on the RAND website, we have read through the report and want to share a few thoughts and comments, without undertaking a line-by-line critique. Yes, there are some issues with bias as the authors recommend certain policies that they do not find evidence to support. But overall, the update shows a well-intentioned, herculean effort on the part of the RAND researchers.
As with the initial report, the key takeaway is that there is no solid body of empirical evidence to support the common gun control wish list items such as bans on modern sporting rifles, magazine size limits, minimum age requirements for purchasing a firearm, universal background checks, licensing and permitting requirements or mandatory sales reporting and registration. Also, the methodological quality of the existing body of research is low at best. As the report concludes, “the scientific literature we reviewed shows that many of the best recent studies suffer from important methodological limitations that should be addressed in future research,” and, “with a few exceptions, there is a surprisingly limited base of rigorous scientific evidence concerning the effects of many commonly discussed gun policies.” We know this already, of course.
Changes in 2020 Report
There are a couple of notable changes from the first edition of the report. For example, the authors concluded in 2018 that there was “limited evidence” that background checks decreased total suicides and “moderate evidence” they decreased firearm suicides. Upon re-evaluating the earlier reports and considering additional studies, the new, downgraded conclusion is that there is “inconclusive evidence” for either. The same downgrade was found for the impact of background checks on violent crime.
Unfortunately, the report still excluded policies such as mandatory minimum sentences for crimes with firearms, enhanced prosecution of crimes, and the types of law enforcement/community partnerships that the Department of Justice’s Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice point to as effective.
One type of gun law that the authors believe may have an impact on firearm suicides and unintentional injuries among young people are child-access prevention laws. Part of the problem here is that the report does not study the effectiveness of other approaches, such as public education campaigns and training programs that cover safe use and storage practices. For example, NSSF’s long-standing Project ChildSafe initiative has received federal grant funding and is widely acknowledged to be an effective voluntary program nationwide. In 2019, RAND (conducting research for the National Institute of Justice), noted that Project ChildSafe is the only program that offers freely available gun locks at a national level and concluded that Project ChildSafe is a “noteworthy component of national efforts to improve safe storage.” Yet these types of voluntary programs are merely referenced in passing, and not studied here, so there is no evidence that laws are more effective than such programs.
This is a concerning limitation to the report. It means that the report doesn’t tell us the most effective answer to the problem of unauthorized access, rather just that some variations of the laws may or may not have an impact. We do know that unauthorized child-access is a fortunately rare event and unintentional firearm injuries and fatalities continue to decline. This suggests that additional laws may not further this trend and perhaps could have unintended consequences such as creating a false sense of security for gun owners that as long as they follow the letter of the law, they do not have to abide by the best practices for safe storage that fit their unique household needs.
The authors also note that even the limited research examined in this area does not show the whole picture of the safe use and storage of firearms. They write, “The lack of research on a wide range of outcomes makes it difficult or impossible to conduct a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the gun policies. For instance, some of the strongest evidence we found suggests that child-access prevention laws could reduce firearm injuries or deaths among children. But restricting access to guns could also prevent gun owners from accessing their weapons in an emergency. The lack of research on defensive gun use means that we do not have a way of directly estimating how the benefits of these laws (in terms of the number of child lives saved) compares with the possible costs (in terms of foregone opportunities for self-defense).”
Research Quality Should Trump Quantity
The RAND report does reach the natural conclusion that more research is warranted. Unfortunately, they do call for that to be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an inappropriate venue for criminal justice research, and by private entities. The very fact that RAND was unable to find any research on defensive gun use (DGU) demonstrates that the vast majority of research conducted on gun-related issues is driven by a pre-determined conclusion. DGU does not fit the narrative that all guns are bad, rather illustrates that the problem is criminal activities, regardless of tool illegally used as a weapon. (Fortunately, the Heritage Foundation is stepping in with a database of DGU incidents.)
Further, another conclusion RAND reaches is that the existing body of research on firearm-related policies is riddled with terrible methodology, which we know. As the authors state, “In conclusion, with a few exceptions, there is a surprisingly limited base of rigorous scientific evidence concerning the effects of many commonly discussed gun policies…it reflects the absence of scientific study of these policies or methodological shortcomings in the existing literature that limit rigorous understanding of policy effects.”
If the federal government and private entities are going to continue to fund such shoddy research, it will not serve any purpose except generating headlines to support gun control efforts. Forgive the firearm industry from being suspicious of recommendations such as eliminating the restrictions on the use of gun trace data for research purposes and having the CDC collect data on gun ownership and use.
More data, used improperly, will not help address the very real problems in our communities. The industry cares about finding real solutions for the problems driving criminal violence, suicides, and unauthorized access and stands ready with evidence of the effectiveness that these solutions have across the country.

About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports 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. www.nssf.org
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For 2020 Democrats, Veepstakes Decided by Gun Control

By Larry Keane
Former Obama VP and openly populist Democratic Presidental frontrunner, Joe Biden will have his VP candidate chosen based on numerous foolish metrics. Including Intersectionality, identity politics, and of course, strict gun-control policies.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Former Vice President Joe Biden has been coronated “2020 Presumptive Democratic Nominee” but it looks like gun control groups will get to decide his vice-presidential pick in a gun control beauty pageant. It’s no surprise. The only thing left to do is place a tiara and hang a sash.
Just in time for millions of new gun owners to start paying attention, two gun control groups funded by former billionaire Michael Bloomberg, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, announced they will host a series of “virtual town halls” with prospective Biden running mates. It’s an interesting move for Bloomberg to insert his influence in the race. After all, it’s the same Bloomberg who stumbled on the runway of his own presidential campaign after a disastrous Fox News town hall. He told Virginians he was worth protecting with guns because he’s rich and was running for office before repeating his desire to ban the sale of America’s most popular selling centerfire sporting rifle. He capped off the display with his gross misunderstanding of the Second Amendment and continued to recite firearm fairytales.
Now, both Everytown and Moms Demand, the “Karens-of-gun-control,” have endorsed Biden and pledged to support his campaign. That’s the one area Biden doesn’t need help. Biden already has a gun-control history a mile long that could prove problematic.
Veepstakes 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden already proclaimed he would likely name a woman to join him on the 2020 ticket. If he keeps his word, the candidates to fill the role should cause millions of first-time and longtime firearm owners concern. Many who bought guns for the first time recently got a glimpse of what each candidate’s gun control platform could mean for their safety and the protection of their loved ones and property. Some were alarmed to learn they had to wait as long as 10 days to take home their handguns.
Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams worked as a state legislator to pass policies that would turn law-abiding Georgians into felons by forcing them to either turn in modern sporting rifles or destroy them. At 17.7 million MSRs in circulation today, that’s a lot of confiscation if her gun control ideas for Georgia are tried out on the national stage.
Failed 2020 presidential candidate U.S Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would likely impose new taxes on American sportsmen and women and supports reinstating the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, which did not reduce crime. That’s not the only thing. She’s got lots of plans, including a catalog for gun control which she touted on the campaign trail.
Biden is also said to be considering his former 2020 presidential rival Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Uncle Dick might need to hang out in the deer stand a little longer. Her laundry list gun control platform includes repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, as well as supporting “red flag” laws that deny the accused due process under the law.
Failed 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is the last announced participant in Everytown’s gun control virtual townhall series. The senator from the Golden State would wave the magic wand of “Executive Action” to enact sweeping gun control policies if she could, including limiting the number of firearms a licensed retailer could sell each year and removing existing legal protections for firearm manufacturers. There may be additional participants announced in the future.
#GUNVOTE
Law-abiding Americans who value the Second Amendment, including those who recently jumped off the fence to legally purchase their first firearm, understand any of these potential vice presidential nominees are problematic when paired with Biden on the 2020 ticket.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, NSSF worked to promote and protect responsible and safe firearm ownership. One of the most important ways for law-abiding Americans to do their part is to be educated and active. NSSF launched its #GUNVOTE voter registration and education initiative to provide voters with candidates’ own words and backgrounds surrounding firearm-related issues so they can make an informed choice on election day. This important resource will be updated frequently in the coming days as the “veep” candidates take the stage.

About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports 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. www.nssf.org
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Congressional Ally Updates Firearm Industry Association Members

By Matt Manda
It’s good to have friends in high places on your side, like US Rep. Ted Budd of NC.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)-It’s good to have friends in the fight. The coronavirus pandemic is causing economic hardship and worry for millions of Americans. Fortunately, the firearm and ammunition industry has allies in Congress to protect Americans’ rights and support small businesses.
U.S. Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) joined NSSF’s Larry Keane for a virtual town hall hosted by NSSF PAC with dozens of members of the firearm industry trade association. Congressman Budd brings a unique perspective. Along with serving as a Member of Congress, the second-term U.S. Representative from North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District is a gun store and range owner. He is in a rare position that offered participants updates on COVID-19 relief and current firearm and small business-related legislation being considered in the nation’s capital. The hour-long conversation covered several important topics impacting firearm and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and shooting range operators.
Keeping Doors Open and Lights On
Rep. Budd kicked off with a congressional update. A major concern at the top of minds of gun store owners and employees has been how to remain open for business during the pandemic. Governors have issued “stay-at-home” orders and “non-essential” business declarations. Millions are out of work. However, Rep. Budd highlighted NSSF’s efforts and success to secure an “essential” business listing on the DHS critical infrastructure guidance.
Securing the “essential” listing was vital and governors mostly followed suit, allowing firearm and ammunition retailers to stay open. This not only means Americans can continue to exercise their Second Amendment right during a critically important time, but also that nearly 330,000 Americans can still go to work. Keane highlighted the firearm industry had $60 billion in economic impact last year, an industry high-water mark.
Safer Communities and Well-Supplied Law Enforcement
Rep. Budd described his own background as a firearm business owner. He was encouraged to take the reins of an existing North Carolina gun store when the former owner called it quits. It was an opportunity to support law-abiding Americans’ ability to purchase firearms and offer customers and members of the law enforcement community a place to practice safe firearm handling. Congressman Budd recalled advice he was given upon purchasing his retail and range facility, stating “Never underestimate the desire of the public to have a safe place to shoot.”
Politics in D.C. and the 2020 Campaign Ahead
Rep. Budd also provided participants Congressional insights and forecasted what the political landscape may look like in the months ahead. Congress passed the “Phase 3.5” economic relief package providing $484 billion for small businesses to weather the coronavirus-induced economic storm. The bill included additional assistance provisions. Rep. Budd remains concerned about ballooning national debt, dependence on overseas supply chains, and the United States’ dependence on Chinese manufacturing of goods ranging from construction equipment to pharmaceuticals.
Rep. Budd and Keane also discussed the importance of financing for small businesses in the firearm and ammunition industries. The conversation included credit card processing, financial discrimination by corporate virtue-signaling banks, the Freedom Financing Act, as well as technology discrimination such as Google search and social media platforms. Discriminatory practices damage the ability of lawful firearm businesses to stay afloat.
Regarding the 2020 campaign in the months ahead, Rep. Budd was optimistic that pro-firearm, pro-Second Amendment champions could win back the U.S House of Representatives but cautioned it would take hard work by candidates. On the presidential campaign trail, Rep. Budd noted presumed Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden’s gun-control history and proposals. The Congressman said President Donald Trump’s accomplishments put him in a strong position to win re-election in November.
Keane wrapped up the virtual townhall by stating millions of gun rights supporters and the thousands of firearm and ammunition-related businesses across the country are fortunate to have such strong allies in the halls of Congress as Rep. Budd, and encouraged everyone to be a #GUNVOTE supporter to keep the industry strong and lasting.

About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports 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. www.nssf.org
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NSSF on NY Gov’s Comments: King Cuomo Should Look in the Mirror

By Larry Keane
Gov. Cuomo’s hypocrisy is on full display with comments condemning alleged Trump tyranny.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Three-term New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo recently bemoaned President Donald Trump’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, stating “We don’t have a king in this country. We didn’t want a king, so we have a Constitution and we elect a president.”
Perhaps “the Guv” should look in the mirror before opening his mouth.
Gov. Cuomo has used his daily time in front of press conference bright lights to knock the president. But he has his own king-like history of overstepping as the Empire State’s top elected official. That’s especially true now during the pandemic, and especially when it comes to the Second Amendment and the Constitutional rights of New Yorkers.
Shutters Gun Stores, Shuts Them Out
One of Gov. Cuomo’s earliest actions to combat the spread of coronavirus in New York included shuttering hundreds of firearm manufacturers and retailers by deeming them “non-essential,” despite the fact that the Department of Homeland Security specifically included gun stores and those workers as “essential” in its guidance. The firearm and ammunition industry in New York has a significant footprint with 5,500 jobs generating $1.44 billion in economic impact. Across the nation, that figure is more than 330,000 jobs and $60 billion in economic impact. But Gov. Cuomo didn’t think twice, instead using his authority to close them down. It’s no wonder he ranks among the least popular governors in America.
What’s worse than unnecessarily leaving thousands of New Yorkers in the lurch? How about refusing their offer to help save the lives of their neighbors? Nope – King Cuomo couldn’t be bothered to even respond. It’s not surprising. This is the same governor who despises pro-Second Amendment, law-abiding Americans, infamously mocking “Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are…pro-assault-weapon…? Because if that’s who they are…they have no place in the state of New York….”
Long Antigun Track Record
Gov. Cuomo’s disdain for the Second Amendment is deep and his king-like antigun record is long. Most notably he utilized the “never let a crisis go to waste” mantra and forced New York’s infamous gun-rights-restricting New York SAFE Act through in the middle of the night, the most restrictive anti-gun law in the country. It includes limits on magazine capacity that was too far even for a federal judge in New York who struck down the provision in 2013, and Gov. Cuomo was again denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2015. His SAFE Act also included red flag laws that deny due process and bans on America’s most popular-selling centerfire rifle – the modern sporting rifle. Second Amendment rights groups across the state roundly disapproved. But once again, Gov. Cuomo displayed his animosity to the legal process and protecting the Constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners, stating “You become sort of lawsuit immune,” when challenged on his order shuttering firearm businesses.
Even Gov. Cuomo’s neighbor to the south recognized the limits to his executive authority. New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said he “wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights,” when he initially shut down gun stores, before relenting when faced with a lawsuit.
But Gov. Cuomo’s antigun bona fides traces back to his time as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration where he threatened to have over 3,200 public housing authorities sue members of the firearm industry for a crime committed in those housing projects. Congress quickly put a stop to his threatened litigation. He also violated antitrust law in 2000 by conspiring with several big-city mayors to politicize law enforcement purchasing by collectively refusing to buy from any handgun manufacturer that didn’t sign a so-called “code of conduct” that sought to implement gun control that Congress would never pass. NSSF sued Cuomo and his allies in federal court prompting putting a stop to their illegal antitrust conspiracy.
Twenty-five years ago, New York’s venerated Republican U.S. Congressman Gerald B. Solomon took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and boomed in support of law-abiding gun owners. Now more than ever America needs more of that – and Gov. Cuomo should take notice while running for a fourth term.

About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports 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. www.nssf.org
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Pandemic Induced Cabin Fever? Check Closures Before Headed Outdoors

By Mark Oliva
The NSSF warns hunters to check closings around you before venturing out for a hunt.
Work from home sounded like a great way to steer clear of infection and maybe slip out to the back forty for a morning turkey, spring bear, wild hog, or even a predator hunt. After all, hours are gained back without commutes and if you’re working from home across from your spouse, it’s likely they’re looking to call Human Resources to file a complaint on their new office mate.
Besides, hunting is the perfect social distancing activity, as was noted here before. This time of year, it’s not like hunters are cramming into duck blinds. Some of the best spring hunting is better six miles apart, rather than just six feet.
Busy at Home
Admittedly, NSSF has been busy. Just a few weeks ago, it was noted about some states announcing restrictions on hunting. Most of the focus for the firearm industry trade association, however, was on keeping the industry open. After all, manufacturers still had orders to fulfill, especially for Department of Defense contracts. Local retailers still needed to supply the majority of police departments with their own firearm and ammunition needs. Most importantly, though, fundamental God-given rights still count, especially during a pandemic. America thought so too. In March, more than 2.3 million background checks were conducted for the sale of a firearm. That’s the highest number on record since the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) began in 2000.
Like most hunters, though, there’s the urge to get outside, getaway, and reconnect with nature. It’s time to take our place in the food chain, put some well-earned wild game in the freezer.
Thank You, MeatEater
While NSSF was busy keeping gun stores and ranges in business and updating NSSF’s COVID-19 Resources for FFLs with how closure notices were affecting business, the good friends at MeatEater have been keeping a close eye on what the restrictions mean to hunters and anglers alike. They’re updating it as often as possible, so check it out.
It can be a little tricky, so be sure to stay on the right side of the law and regulations. Most of the restrictions are for nonresident hunters, for obvious reasons. State governments are trying to minimize the transmission of infection. Before facemasks start fogging shooting glasses, read the fine print.
Know Before You Go
Kansas stopped selling nonresident hunting licenses for turkey season, but those who already bought a nonresident license can still hunt. Nonresident hunters might want to settle in, though. Those who travel from states listed on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s “Travel Quarantine List” must adhere to a 14-day quarantine after arriving in the state. In Michigan, there’s no issue with getting out on the water as long as it’s done with paddle power. The use of a motor is restricted. In New York, all public boat launches are closed. Montana closed nonresident turkey and bear hunts through April 24, but the state is offering refunds for hunters who already purchased tags. Washington State postponed spring turkey and bear hunts until May 4.
It’s a tricky time. Every hunter wants to make the most of each day they can get into the woods and fields. The pandemic made it even trickier. Still, hunting is open for the most part. Get out, and if possible, take someone else and join NSSF’s +One Movement. Chances are every hunter knows someone else who is itching to get out of the house and now is the perfect time to introduce someone new to the hunting heritage.

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About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports 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. www.nssf.org
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Researchers Unhappy with Good Research, Publish Junk Instead

By Elizabeth McGuigan
When research pertaining to gun violence went against their narrative, anti-gunners used bad data instead.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- There are many policy topics worthy of study in the area of criminal justice and the criminal misuse of firearms. That’s why it is mind-boggling to read a recent article in the journal Violence and Gender that takes a well-researched issue, how criminals obtain firearms and creates a terribly-designed study on the topic. It’s like the researchers decided to reinvent the wheel and came up with a rectangular design.
The article, titled “Baltimore’s Underground Gun Market: Availability of and Access to Guns,” reviews a survey conducted by the anti-gun authors in 2016. Reading through the survey design and the results, it should come as no surprise that the effort was funded by the gun control activists at Everytown for Gun Safety.
The premise of the study makes sense. The authors want to understand how individuals who are prohibited by law from owning firearms end up acquiring guns illegally. The first issue here is that there is a solid body of research that shows time and time again how criminals illegally obtain their firearms.
In 2019, the Department of Justice published their periodic survey of prison inmates, showing that criminals rarely obtain their firearms from retailers. Over time, the share of firearms acquired outside of retail stores has risen to 90 percent. Other studies have confirmed the same fact: criminals frequently obtain firearms by buying or trading from a friend or acquaintance.
Not to be stymied by the fact that the answer is already known, the gun control researchers decided to hang out in “public spaces directly outside of seven parole/probation centers across Baltimore City” and offer men who were exiting the centers a $50 gift card to take a survey. This survey couldn’t possibly be less randomized and is riddled with sources of bias and error.
Biased in Every Way
They talked to 448 men about the survey. Only about half were interested and the final sample ended up at 195 men over 18. The sheer level of sampling bias here is enormous. The sample was limited to those on parole or probation who are complying with their terms and checking in with the centers. So we know they were caught, convicted, released, and are now complying with at least part of their sentence. The experience of this particular subset of criminals excludes anyone female, under 18, those who did not receive parole/probation as part of their sentences and those who did but are not in compliance. We know that 80 percent were African American and 74 percent were unemployed, but not how that compares to a broader sample of criminals in Baltimore.
This design also excludes any criminal not interested in telling random strangers on the street outside of their parole/probation center how they acquired their firearms. One could assume this would be more likely to filter out those who stole firearms, for example, especially if they have not been caught or prosecuted for the theft. Or, given the 30 to 45-minute process, may have also screened out anyone with somewhere else to be such as work, school, or other activities.
The compensation alone biases the willingness to participate and even the responses. What is the impact of offering compensation on the selection bias? It’s not known because there was no control group asked to participate without compensation. And naturally, the “brief overview” that the men were greeted with was not published, so it’s not clear if the bias of these known-anti-gun researchers was evident right off the bat. If there were clear “right” or “wrong” answers, there was likely an element of social-desirability bias and the men may have been answering according to what they believed would secure their $50.
We do know that the participants were only asked about their activities within the prior six months. For those on parole/probation, the six months prior to the survey may have looked dramatically different than before their convictions.
Clearly the non-randomized, compensated reports of 195 men is not even slightly generalizable to Baltimore’s illegal underground gun market. The researchers didn’t let that stop them from arguing that “the results of this study highlight the role of gun laws in creating barriers such as limiting the supply or sources of guns.” If that were true when this survey was conducted back in 2016, it would follow that all of the gun control laws imposed in Maryland since that date are irrelevant and should be repealed. Seeing how 90 percent reported that they have access to handguns, not rifles, the so-called “assault weapon ban” should be the first to go.
Results
It’s barely worth noting the results of this junk survey. Of the 195 men who agreed to participate in the survey, only 58 had attempted to acquire a firearm in the prior six months. They were asked a series of questions about how they went about their attempts. These were direct questions such as “have you tried to buy a gun from someone who is known for selling guns on the street?” (Yes: 45 percent).
But when it comes to the accusations the survey makes about the ease of obtaining firearms from retailers, it doesn’t even ask whether the participants bought a firearm from a retailer. It asks whether the participant is aware of gun shops in the state that are known to be easier to get guns without background checks (Yes: 24 percent) or whether there are certain gun shop employees that will sell guns “off the books” (Yes: 31 percent). Awareness of rumors is different from actual “success” in illegally obtaining a firearm from a heavily-regulated retailer. Respondents were also not asked to identify any of these supposedly corrupt licensed retailers.
What really comes out of this survey is a strong connection between drugs and criminal activity. Rather than irrationally targeting the legal purchases of law-abiding Americans, gun control groups, and the “researchers” they fund should take a look at addressing how to actually help make communities safer. The firearm and ammunition industry is in Baltimore and across the country, working with law enforcement and offering resources to help retailers prevent thefts and straw purchasers as well as how the firearm industry encourages the safe storage of all firearms. There are real problems in communities and the firearm industry supports Real Solutions. Let’s stick with the wheels we have, rather than artificially constructed rectangles.

About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports 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. www.nssf.org
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ATF Responds to NSSF’s Request for Guidance on FFL “Premises” Questions

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ATF Responds to NSSF’s Request for Guidance on FFL “Premises” Questions
USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- NSSF® has heard your concerns about conducting transactions outside of your retail stores in light of the unprecedented restrictions placed on businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been working closely with the ATF to gain clarity on this front for firearm retailers.
Today we thank the ATF for issuing guidance for FFLs regarding sidewalk/curbside transactions.
The guidance has been released as an open letter, available here. In short, the ATF determined: “pursuant to the Gun Control Act (GCA) and its implementing regulations, a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer may engage in the firearms or ammunition business for which the business is licensed on any part of its business premises, provided that the activity otherwise complies with all applicable federal laws and regulations, and any sale, delivery, or disposition would not violate any State law or published ordinance applicable at the place of sale, delivery, or other disposition.”
NSSF appreciates the ATF responding to our requests on your behalf for clarity on this front. As the firearm industry trade association, NSSF has been engaged in all fronts with federal, state and local authorities to ensure manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and ranges were listed “essential critical infrastructure” and able to operate within CDC guidelines during emergency pandemic orders.
VIEW NSSF’S LETTER TO ATF AND NICS

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About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports 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. www.nssf.org
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NSSF: Firearm Accidents Reaching Record Low Level

Project Childsafe provides free gun locks to shooters.
Newtown, CT -(AmmoLand.com)- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is pleased to report that unintentional firearm fatalities reached their lowest level ever, according to the latest data from the National Safety Council’s just-released Injury Facts Report 2018.
NSSF, as the trade association for the firearm industry and leading proponent of safe gun handling and storage, applauded the report, which shows fatal firearm accidents at their lowest level since record-keeping began in 1903. The firearm industry has for the last two decades provided more than 100 million firearm locking devices with new firearms sold and through its award-winning Project ChildSafe program—the largest and most comprehensive firearm safety program in the country. The industry’s educational materials are widely distributed to gun owners by firearm manufacturers, retailers, instructors and others nationwide.
“As an industry that prioritizes firearm safety, it is extremely good news to see this record decline in gun-related accidents,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF’s President and CEO. “It’s gratifying to know that our industry’s gun safety efforts, including our long-running Project ChildSafe firearm safety education program, are contributing to helping save lives.”
With approximately 100 million gun owners in the country, the data demonstrates that firearms can be safely owned and used and accidents prevented as long as secure storage guidelines are followed. “Securely storing firearms when not in use is the No. 1 way to help prevent accidents, thefts and misuse,” said Bartozzi.
The National Safety Council data showed that for 2018 there were 458 firearm fatalities, accounting for less than 1 percent of unintentional fatalities from all principal causes. In the last two decades (1998-2018) accidental firearm deaths have declined by 47 percent. “Even one accidental firearm fatality is one too many,” said Bartozzi. “We’re aiming for zero, and this is great progress.”
With reports of many people purchasing their first firearm due to safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, Bartozzi reminds new gun owners to use the safety device that came packaged with their new firearm when their gun is not under their direct control, to strongly consider using an additional safety device such as a lock box or lockable gun case, and to take advantage of the many gun safety resources at ProjectChildSafe.org, such as this video on the 10 commandments of firearm safety.
Also, with so many children at home because of COVID-19-related school closures, Bartozzi encourages parents to take time to have “the talk” with their kids about gun safety and to use tools such as the McGruff on Gun Safety videos and a video on how parents can talk to their children about gun safety on the Project ChildSafe website.
Learn more at ProjectChildSafe.org.

About 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 11,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit nssf.org.
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