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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today praised the bipartisan House leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) for introducing the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013.
CSC Co-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), joined by Vice-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), introduced the SHARE Act as a package of pro-sportsmen's legislation designed to safeguard and promote America's hunting and fishing traditions and that is expected to garner wide support from both sides of the political aisle.
by Jeff Knox
When Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz posted a public letter asking gun owners not to bring their guns into Starbucks stores, some in the media and anti-rights crowd declared it a victory, while some in the gun-rights crowd called it a declaration of war. It was neither.
As a company, Seattle-based Starbucks tends to lean left, supporting "progressive" causes and candidates, but when the professional hoplophobe lobby got upset about seeing some Starbucks customers legally, open carrying firearms, Starbucks offered a reasonable response. They refused to give in to demands that they ban the practice. The anti-rights lobby was furious and several different groups decided that Starbucks must be punished, so they called for boycotts. In response, pro-rights advocates called on gun owners to show their appreciation for Starbucks' reasonable position by making it a point to do business with the company, especially during the antis' boycott periods. The result was that on the designated boycott days, Starbucks locations around the country did more business than normal.
(Columbus, OH) – The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance 17th Annual "Save Our Heritage" Rally, sponsored by the Ithaca Gun Company, will be held on Saturday, September 21st at the Aladdin Shrine Temple in Columbus, Ohio. The special invited guest for this year's rally is Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.
The night features one of the largest gun drawings held each year in Ohio. Quality guns from names such as Ithaca, Browning, Remington, Benelli, Ruger and Glock will be up for grabs. The event is also one of, if not the largest gathering of sportsmen annually. That fact is why this event is so important to USSA.
"I look forward to meeting the leadership of Ohio's sportsmen's community," said Nick Pinizzotto, USSA president and CEO. "Their tireless work to support USSA is key as we continue our mission to protect and advance our hunting, fishing and trapping rights."
Doors open at 3:00 p.m. with raffles, live and silent auctions, games and dinner to follow.
Tickets are now available for $50 each with a table of ten reserved seats for $500. Seating is limited, so act now! To purchase tickets, contact USSA at (614) 888-4868 or visit www.ussportsmen.org/rally to purchase online.
First held in 1997 to fight anti-hunting efforts, the USSA “Save Our Heritage” Rally is a celebration of Ohio’s rich outdoor heritage and strong hunting community.
Group Expands Project ChildSafe with New Message; 500,000 Firearms Safety Kits
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is kicking off a "S.A.F.E. Summer" effort to focus attention on the importance of safe firearm storage--particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended--and has pledged an additional $1 million to provide half a million free firearm safety kits, including a gun lock, to firearms owners throughout the U.S. as part of the campaign.
NSSF is implementing S.A.F.E. Summer to further spread the message of Project ChildSafe and help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. With "SAFE" serving as an acronym for Secure your firearms when not in use; Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage, the effort is focused on providing education and tools that helps gun owners take responsible action to keep their families and communities safer.
"Our primary message is that if you own a firearm, respect it and secure it," says Steve Sanetti, NSSF president and CEO. "Proper storage is the number one way to help prevent firearm accidents in the home; it has an instant effect in making homes and communities safer, and saves lives. If you can't or won't accept that responsibility, we strongly urge you not to own a firearm."
Expanded site offers new tools to encourage firearm safety in the home
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) has launched a new Project ChildSafe® website as part of its "S.A.F.E. Summer" campaign. The new site, and the campaign, are designed to focus attention on the importance of safe and responsible firearm storage, to reinforce that anyone who is going to own a firearm should respect it and secure it, and to provide educational resources that can help prevent firearm accidents and misuse.
The enhanced site at www.projectchildsafe.org features several new interactive tools to help educate visitors on how to properly store forearms when not in use. Visitors can also make a commitment to be a responsible gun owner. Examples of these new tools include:
- An interactive quiz to help owners determine how safely their firearms are stored
- An online pledge to practice and encourage responsible firearm ownership, shareable on social media
- A new infographic designed to help firearm owners choose a safe storage option based on their lifestyle and needs
- Links to information on where to get a Firearm Safety Kit in their area
- Tools for law enforcement agencies looking to partner with Project ChildSafe in distributing firearms safety kits and encouraging firearm safety
"We want to do as much as we can to help responsible firearms owners become powerful voices in sharing safety messages with family members and others in their communities," says Steve Sanetti, NSSF president and CEO.
Editor's Note: As the battle between New York Second Amendment advocates and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has escalated, it has appeared that Mr. Bloomberg, with his wealth and position pretty much had carte blanche to do what he pleased as he campaigned against guns in the hands of private citizens. But has Mr. Bloomberg used public funds or resources to augment his private efforts? That's a question the Second Amendment Foundation and our friend Tom Gresham have decided to use the Freedom of Information Law to answer. With the Mayor's bus tour coming under increased criticism, this FOIA request may mean additional scrutiny of Mr. Bloomberg and his organizations.
BELLEVUE, WA - The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request with the City of New York for all records relating to Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns, after newspaper allegations that city resources have been used for MAIG's gun control efforts.
SAF is being joined in the request by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and Tom Gresham, host of the nationally-syndicated "Gun Talk."
"It was bad enough to learn via CBS News that the MAIG website was being hosted on a city-owned server, and administered by city employees," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb, "but it also appears that a special counselor in the mayor's office was sent to lobby in Nevada on behalf of MAIG's gun control agenda."
The New York Post and Politico both published reports that Mayor Bloomberg sent Christopher Kocher to Nevada, and that in an apparent attempt to conceal who he worked for, Kocher "scrubbed his City Hall e-mail address from the state of Nevada lobbying-registration Web site early this month."
"The public has a right to know what's been going on between Bloomberg, the city and MAIG," Gottlieb explained. "Gun control is Bloomberg's pet peeve, and he's been pushing an anti-gun agenda since sending so-called private investigators on a sting operation to gun shops all over the country, which got him in trouble with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives."
"There certainly appears to be a serious problem in Bloomberg's administration," Gresham added. "Evidently, the mayor and his staff have a gross misunderstanding of how the taxpayers' money should be spent, and that should not include sending New York employees around the country to lobby for Bloomberg's pet projects."
The request was filed by SAF Special Projects Director Philip Watson, for the following information:
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today dismissed a lawsuit brought by the radical anti-hunting Center for Biological Diversity and six other groups demanding the Environmental Protection Agency ban traditional ammunition containing lead components.
Traditional ammunition represents 95 percent of the U.S. market and is the staple ammunition for target shooters, hunters and law enforcement, with more than 10 billion rounds sold annually.
NSSF filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit last August. The court today agreed with NSSF that EPA does not have the authority to regulate traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
EPA had already twice denied attempts by CBD to have the agency ban traditional ammunition, and the court had dismissed an earlier case brought by CBD seeking the same relief.
"We are gratified that the court has found this second frivolous lawsuit, which is essentially the same as the one dismissed last year, was equally without merit," said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry. "This was a waste of taxpayers' dollars and EPA resources spent in having to defend a baseless lawsuit."
CBD's serial petitioning of EPA and its repeated lawsuits were designed to cripple the shooting sports in America by banning the ammunition that millions of hunters and target shooters choose to use safely and responsibly.
by Larry S. Moore
Robert Ray Preston, OGCA First Vice President; Joe Eaton, BFA;
Fred L. Kolb, OGCA BoD; and Charles D. Rush, OGCA Second
The momentum behind the Buckeye Firearms Foundation's efforts to train our teachers to respond to school violence continues to grow. The program received a major boost when the Ohio Gun Collectors Association (OGCA) Board of Directors stepped up with a very significant contribution to the effort. But the organization wasn't done yet. The OGCA Civil Rights Defense Fund, which is a separate 501(c)3 entity, Board of Directors also approved another contribution to the Armed Teacher Training Program. The OGCA Civil Rights Defense Fund was established in 1995 to fill a niche within Ohio for the education and defense of firearms rights.
Buckeye Firearms Association leaders Larry Moore and Joe Eaton attended the recent OGCA meeting and show to receive the checks. Meeting with the various OGCA Board Members was an absolutely wonderful conversation about the importance of taking bold steps in these times to protect our children. We know that no gun signs and other current methods are not working to protect our most precious ones. While law makers threaten to reduce our rights to the whims of favors from politicians and the President calls for action while emotions are high, the OGCA Directors applauded and encouraged the steps Buckeye Firearms Foundation is taking to address the real world problems we face. The OGCA expressed how thankful they are for the training and what the Foundation is doing.
Everyone at Buckeye Firearms Foundation and Buckeye Firearms Association are very grateful, excited and humbled by the donation from the OGCA. It is exciting to note that so many are overwhelmingly supportive of the efforts to train teachers to respond to active shooter threats. When this support is coupled with the over 1400 school personnel statewide who have responded to be part of the program, we know that we have hit on the right track. Of course we knew a nerve was hit on that fateful night when Buckeye Firearms Association legal chair Ken Hanson made the announcement in Columbus during a Town Hall meeting and anti-gun activist Toby Hoover gasped for air!
NSSF objects to U.S. government abandoning position that U.N. treaty must be based on international "consensus"Submitted by cbaus on April 2, 2013 - 3:00pm.
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation today strongly objected to the last-minute reversal of the U.S. government position regarding the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. In the closing hours of negotiations on Thursday, March 28, the government abandoned its previous insistence that the treaty be approved only through achieving "consensus" of all the member states. Requiring consensus had been the United States position going back to earlier administrations.
At the end of the session, a U.S. government spokesperson told reporters "It's important to the United States and the defense of our interests to insist on consensus. But every state in this process has always been conscious of the fact that if consensus is not reached in this process, that there are other ways to adopt this treaty, including via a vote of the General Assembly." The spokesperson went on to say that the United States would vote "yes" on the treaty in the General Assembly, regardless of the positions of other member states. By abandoning the requirement for consensus the United States is assuring passage of the treaty by the United Nations.
"This abrupt about-face on the long-standing United States requirement for 'consensus' illustrates that the Obama Administration wants a sweeping U.N. arms control treaty," said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. "We are troubled by the timing of the Obama Administration’s decision to abandon consensus on the eve of the Senate debate on pending gun control measures. The United Nations treaty would have a broad impact on the U.S. firearms industry and its base of consumers in the U.S."
BELLEVUE, WA - Thursday's strict party-line vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to move anti-gun Sen. Dianne Feinstein's measure banning so-called "assault weapons" was an insult to millions of law-abiding American citizens who own such firearms and have harmed nobody, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.
"Instead of banning the most popular firearm in the country," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, "we need to ban politicians who assault our rights. We are appalled and disappointed that Sen. Feinstein and her cronies have advanced this measure, which demonizes firearms that are used thousands of times each year to protect lives and property from criminal attack."
Gottlieb noted that FBI crime data says that rifles of any kind are used in only a fraction of violent crimes annually, "yet Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have allowed this legislative travesty to move forward."
"Demonizing certain firearms, and by default the people who own them, has become a scapegoat strategy by politicians who have allowed a broken justice system to release violent offenders back on the street while disarming their potential victims," Gottlieb said. "By focusing their energy on disarming law-abiding citizens, politicians like Sen. Feinstein are perpetuating a myth that firearms cause crime. That's as foolish as believing that cars cause drunk driving."
Sen. Feinstein acknowledged that her legislation faces an uphill battle when it reaches the full Senate.