U.S. District Court Dismisses Lawsuit to Ban Traditional Ammunition

by Editor 23. May 2013 16:44
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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.

"There is quite simply no sound science that shows the use of traditional ammunition has harmed wildlife populations or that it presents a health risk to humans who consume game taken with such ammunition," said Keane. "Banning traditional ammunition would cost tens of thousands of jobs in America and destroy wildlife conservation that is funded in part by an 11 percent excise tax on the sale of ammunition. The protection and management of wildlife is properly handled by the professional biologists in the state fish and game agencies, as it has been for over a hundred years.

In addition to NSSF, the National Rifle Association, Safari Club International and the Association of Battery Recyclers intervened in the case.

Organizations that joined CBD in its lawsuit were the Cascades Raptor Center of Oregon, the Loon Lake Loon Association of Washington, Preserve Our Wildlife of Florida, Tennessee Ornithological Society, Trumpeter Swan Society and Western Nebraska Resources Council.

NSSF was represented by Roger Martella and Christopher Bell from Sidley Austin.

Learn more about traditional ammunition.

For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

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NSSF Indoor Range and Retail Compliance Workshop June 2-4

by Editor 30. April 2013 15:21
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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Shooting range owners and operators must manage and protect their businesses from risks and liability related to health and the environment. To ensure your business practices are in regulatory compliance and to improve management practices, the National Shooting Sports Foundation encourages you to enroll in its Indoor Range and Retail Compliance Workshop June 2-4 at the Black Wing Shooting Center in Columbus, Ohio.

NSSF is the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry.

Failure to comply with the regulations applicable to your range business can expose you to significant fines and penalties, cleanup costs and potential criminal prosecution. All of this can potentially put you out of business.

The NSSF Indoor Range and Retail Compliance Workshop will feature a team of experts with hands-on experience in the fields of environmental law related to shooting ranges, OSHA compliance and inspection, and lead reclamation and range maintenance. Their years of experience will open your eyes to what can happen and provide you with recommended compliance strategies to protect your business for many years to come.

You'll also get first-hand knowledge of the workings of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from members of NSSF’s team of retired ATF consultants, each with over 33 years of experience in ATF.

NSSF member retailers and state and federal agency employees should take advantage of the special early-bird registration by May 8 for significant savings on attending the workshop. Non-members can save on the price of both NSSF membership and the workshop by signing up for both before the early-bird deadline.

Learn more about speakers and how to register at the NSSF Indoor Range and Retail Compliance Workshop’s website.

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Comp-Tac Unveils New Single Magazine Pouch Design at NRA Show

by Editor 30. April 2013 12:41
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Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters and accessories, invites outdoors enthusiasts to visit them at the 142nd National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings & Exhibits, taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas, May 3-5, 2013.

During the show Comp-Tac’s newest Single Magazine Pouch design will be unveiled and on display at the Comp-Tac booth, #1808. The Single Magazine Pouch is one of Comp-Tac’s most popular products and the new design provides several additional features:

  • Sleek new look with narrower footprint allowing more magazine pouches on your belt.
  • Single Magazine Pouch is now reversible allowing user to swap from left or right side - depending on situation - with no adjustment.
  • Improved molding leads to cleaner, smoother draw.
  • Same great Kydex material for easy carry and use.
  • Available at the NRA show.

In addition to the new Single Magazine Pouch, Comp-Tac’s product experts, as well as Comp-Tac Shooting Team members Gregg Garrett, Gordon Carrell and Randi Rogers, will be on hand to answer questions and help attendees select the right gear for their shooting needs. Comp-Tac will have all the most popular holsters and accessories for sale at special NRA show prices.

Visitors to the booth are invited to load up on giveaways as well as register for a chance to win a Minotaur MTAC holster being given away each day of the exhibit. Daily winners will be selected by random drawing and will be notified by phone and email.

Comp-Tac’s owner and president, Gregg Garrett, will also be walking the show floor looking for attendees wearing a Comp-Tac Button (available at the Comp-Tac booth #1808) and awarding gift certificates throughout the three-day event.

“We are so excited to have the NRA Show right in our backyard here in Houston. This will be our first time exhibiting at an NRA Show and the entire Comp-Tac team is looking forward to meeting our customers and showcasing our line-up of championship winning gear,” said Garrett.

Admission to the event is free for current NRA members. More information on the event is available at the NRA Meetings & Exhibits website at www.nraam.org.

For more information on Team Comp-Tac and the full line of Comp-Tac Victory Gear holsters and accessories, visit www.Comp-Tac.com, like Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac, or follow @CompTac on Twitter.

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NRA Launches iPad Editions of American Rifleman and American Hunter

by Editor 23. April 2013 16:13
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American Rifleman, NRA's 127-year-old flagship publication, and American Hunter, the world's largest all-hunting magazine, have undergone digital makeovers and are available immediately for iPad users through the new NRA MAGAZINES app in the Apple App Store. Using the latest digital publishing software, NRA is now building American Rifleman and American Hunter magazines especially for the iPad.

"We are committed to providing the best reading experience possible for our members," said Joe Graham, Executive Director of NRA Publications. "The new iPad editions are designed to be convenient, easy to use and, most importantly, fun to read. Readers will notice immediately that the digital magazines have the same look and feel as the print magazines they receive now, but I think they'll appreciate and enjoy all of the additional interactive content you can only get on an iPad. Whether you prefer print, digital or both, we can now provide the very best reading experience in the shooting and hunting market."

The new digital magazines feature the same expert articles and bold graphic design as their award-winning print counterparts, plus bonus content like extra photos, extra sidebars, videos, computer graphics and other interactive features not found anywhere else.

For a limited time, all NRA members who currently receive their magazines in print will be able to download the iPad editions. Members who currently receive their magazines digitally on their desktops will continue to do so, but access to the iPad version will also be included.

To get the new iPad editions of American Rifleman and American Hunter, simply download the NRA MAGAZINES app for free from the Apple App Store. Once downloaded, tap the app and enter your NRA membership number and last name. Your membership number is located on your NRA membership card below your name or on the right-hand side of the mailing label on your print magazine. Membership information can also be verified by contacting NRA Member Services at 1-877-NRA-2000.

Upon verification, the magazine you currently receive as part of your NRA membership will be displayed (only American Rifleman and American Hunter are available for the iPad at this time). Tap "download" to have the digital magazine delivered directly to your iPad and start enjoying all of the exciting new interactive features.

As Official Journals of the NRA, American Rifleman and American Hunter are available exclusively to NRA members. To join the NRA and start receiving either of the new digital magazines as part of your member benefit, please visit http://membership.nrahq.org/ or call 1-877-NRA-2000.

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NSSF Objects to U.S. Government Abandoning Position that U.N. Treaty Must be based on International "Consensus"

by Editor 29. March 2013 19:06
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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.”

Industry analysts have identified three major areas of concern with the treaty text. The treaty clearly covers trade in civilian firearms, not just military arms and equipment. It will have a major impact on the importation of firearms to the United States, which is a substantial source for the consumer market. And it will impose new regulations on the “transit” of firearms, the term defined so broadly that it would cover all everything from container ships stopping at ports to individuals who are traveling internationally with a single firearm for hunting or other sporting purposes.

“We hope that the Members of the U.S. Senate are closely watching the White House abandon its principles and promises in the rush to ramrod this flawed treaty into effect. Not only will they later be asked to ratify this attack on our constitution and sovereignty, but they will also be lavished with new promises from the administration in its drive to push a broad gun control agenda through the U.S. Senate when it returns from recess. They would be right to question those promises strongly,” concluded Keane.

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 8,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

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This Weekend’s A Girl & A Gun National Conference Pulls In Major Support

by Editor 20. March 2013 17:29
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AUSTIN, Texas – Thanks to the early backing from Smith & Wesson, the first ever A Girl & A Gun National Conference taking place this weekend has garnered major support from throughout the firearms industry.

Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, announced that in addition to the support of presenting sponsor, Smith & Wesson, and a host of other major sponsors, the national conference is being supported by Swab-its, gold level sponsor, the Armed Citizens Network, Barnes Bullets and Brownells, silver level sponsors, and Babes With Bullets and Gun Goddess, bronze level sponsors.

“Excitement is building for our sold-out inaugural conference with A Girl & A Gun members from around the country poised to descend on Waco, Texas this weekend,” said Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun. “A lot of work went into putting this weekend together but none of it would have been possible without the incredible and unbelievably generous help of our sponsors. We can’t thank them enough for making the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference a reality.”

Armadillo Concealment, Armed Citizens Network, Babes With Bullets, Brownells and Gun Goddess join the list of firearms industry sponsors backing A Girl & A Gun’s inaugural conference. Additional sponsors include AR15Targets.com, Armadillo Concealment, Cabela’s, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Legion Firearms, Leupold, Mack’s Earplugs, The Massad Ayoob Group, MGM Targets, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network, Packing in Pink, the Resist Attack Foundation, Shaved Secret, Shield Public Safety & Defense, Swab-its, Taurus, Voodoo Tactical, XS Sight Systems and presenting sponsor Smith & Wesson.

The 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, will take place March 22-24 at T.I.G.E.R. Valley, the premiere training facility in Central Texas located in Waco. Bringing together some of the top women in the shooting industry, the conference offers participants training sessions, live-fire instruction and presentations on topics relevant to women participating in the shooting sports today.

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for the pistol, rifle and shotgun sports. Founded in February of 2011 in Austin, Texas, A Girl & A Gun today has more than 1,000 members and 28 clubs in 11 states, making it the fastest growing women’s shooting organization.

For more information on the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find a club near you, visit www.AGirlAndAGunClub.com. You can also join the conversation online on Facebook or by following @AGAGClub on Twitter.

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The Massad Ayoob Group, Shield Public Safety & Defense And Voodoo Tactical Sponsor A Girl & A Gun National Conference

by Editor 18. March 2013 09:10
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AUSTIN, Texas – Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, announced that The Massad Ayoob Group, Shield Public Safety & Defense and Voodoo Tactical have signed on as gold level sponsors of the upcoming 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson.

The Massad Ayoob Group, Shield Public Safety & Defense and Voodoo Tactical join an ever increasing list of firearms industry sponsors supporting A Girl & A Gun’s inaugural conference. Additional sponsors include Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Legion Firearms, MGM Targets, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network, Packing in Pink, Taurus, XS Sight Systems and presenting sponsor Smith & Wesson, among others.

“When we announced our first ever national conference we were not prepared for the outpouring of support we’d receive from the firearms industry. Thanks to the generous support of The Massad Ayoob Group, Shield Public Safety & Defense, Voodoo Tactical and our other sponsors, this weekend’s conference was sold out weeks ago and our members are counting done the hours until we get together in Waco,” said Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun.

The 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, will take place March 22-24 at T.I.G.E.R. Valley, the premiere training facility in Central Texas located in Waco. Bringing together some of the top women in the shooting industry, the conference offers participants training sessions, live-fire instruction and presentations on topics relevant to women participating in the shooting sports today.

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for the pistol, rifle and shotgun sports. Founded in February of 2011 in Austin, Texas, A Girl & A Gun today has more than 1,000 members and 28 clubs in 11 states, making it the fastest growing women’s shooting organization.

For more information on the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find a club near you, visit www.AGirlAndAGunClub.com. You can also join the conversation online on Facebook or by following @AGAGClub on Twitter.

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Packing In Pink, Legion Firearms Join A Girl & A Gun National Conference Sponsors

by Editor 15. March 2013 08:37
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AUSTIN, Texas – Packing in Pink and Legion Firearms are the latest corporate sponsors of the upcoming 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson.

Packing in Pink and Legion Firearms join a growing list of firearms industry sponsors supporting A Girl & A Gun’s inaugural conference. Additional sponsors include Comp-Tac Victory Gear, MGM Targets, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network, Taurus, XS Sight Systems and presenting sponsor Smith & Wesson, among others.

“A Girl & A Gun is thrilled to have the support of our two newest platinum sponsors, Packing in Pink and Legion Firearms. Both companies understand the importance of the growing market for women shooters and their conference sponsorship demonstrates their continued focus on providing women with greater opportunities in the shooting sports,” said Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun.

The 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, will take place March 22-24 at T.I.G.E.R. Valley, the premiere training facility in Central Texas located in Waco. Bringing together some of the top women in the shooting industry, the conference offers participants training sessions, live-fire instruction and presentations on topics relevant to women participating in the shooting sports today.

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for the pistol, rifle and shotgun sports. Founded in February of 2011 in Austin, Texas, A Girl & A Gun today has more than 1,000 members and 28 clubs in 11 states, making it the fastest growing women’s shooting organization.

For more information on the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find a club near you, visit www.AGirlAndAGunClub.com. You can also join the conversation online on Facebook or by following @AGAGClub on Twitter.

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A Girl & A Gun National Conference Picks Up MGM Targets As Major Sponsor

by Editor 13. March 2013 09:23
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AUSTIN, Texas – MGM Targets, a leading manufacturer of targets and target systems for the shooting sports, law enforcement and military, will be a platinum sponsor of the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, according to an announcement by A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League.

MGM is the latest in a growing list of firearms industry sponsors supporting A Girl & A Gun’s inaugural conference. Additional sponsors include Comp-Tac Victory Gear, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network, Taurus, XS Sight Systems and presenting sponsor Smith & Wesson, among others.

As part of their generous support, MGM will be the host of the conference’s Saturday night social hour.

“MGM has proven to be one of the most consistent sponsors of events and programs designed to welcome more women into the shooting sports,” said Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun. “We are extremely grateful to have their support as we head into our inaugural national conference.”

The 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, will take place March 22-24 at T.I.G.E.R. Valley, the premiere training facility in Central Texas located in Waco. Bringing together some of the top women in the shooting industry, the conference offers participants training sessions, live-fire instruction and presentations on topics relevant to women participating in the shooting sports today.

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for the pistol, rifle and shotgun sports. Founded in February of 2011 in Austin, Texas, A Girl & A Gun today has more than 1,000 members and 28 clubs in 11 states, making it the fastest growing women’s shooting organization.

For more information on the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find a club near you, visit www.AGirlAndAGunClub.com. You can also join the conversation online on Facebook or by following @AGAGClub on Twitter.

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XS Sight Systems To Sponsor 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference

by Editor 12. March 2013 08:30
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AUSTIN, Texas – Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, announced that XS Sight Systems, makers of firearm sights that give the user considerable advantages in the highly dynamic world of threat situations, will be a platinum sponsor of the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson.

The 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, will take place March 22-24 at T.I.G.E.R. Valley, the premiere training facility in Central Texas located in Waco. Bringing together some of the top women in the shooting industry, the conference offers participants training sessions, live-fire instruction and presentations on topics relevant to women participating in the shooting sports today.

“Response to A Girl & A Gun’s inaugural conference from the firearms industry has been tremendous and we’re delighted to welcome XS Sight Systems as one of our major event sponsors,” said Julianna Crowder.

XS Sight Systems is the latest in a growing list of firearms industry sponsors supporting A Girl & A Gun’s inaugural national conference. Additional sponsors include Comp-Tac Victory Gear, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network, Taurus and presenting sponsor Smith & Wesson, among others.

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for the pistol, rifle and shotgun sports. Founded in February of 2011 in Austin, Texas, A Girl & A Gun today has more than 1,000 members and 28 clubs in 11 states, making it the fastest growing women’s shooting organization.

For more information on the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find a club near you, visit www.AGirlAndAGunClub.com. You can also join the conversation online on Facebook or by following @AGAGClub on Twitter.

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