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2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas Contrasts with Clown Show in D.C.

Friday, January 22, 2016

2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas Contrasts with Clown Show in D.C.

On Wednesday, residents of the National Capital area were treated to the unseemly spectacle of the country’s seat of government being hobbled by 7/10 of an inch of snow. Those same locals are now bracing themselves for an incoming blizzard projected to dump at least 18 inches of snow, and perhaps considerably more, on Washington, D.C.

To some degree, the fecklessness and panic of D.C.’s officials in the face of entirely predictable winter weather illustrates the dynamic of the Obama Administration’s attempt to impose national gun control on an unwilling American public. Never one to understand those who “cling to guns,” Obama has appeared dumbfounded by the continued resistance to his designs for Australian or British-style gun control in America. Faced with disappointment, he has reacted with petulance and vindictiveness, insisting that he will act to curb gun ownership without Congress.

And while his flailing efforts in that regard do have the potential to inflict real harm, they also have an even more predictable outcome: they prompt Americans to buy guns and ammunition in droves. Thus, Obama's latest executive actions have also coincided with a blizzard of activity for America's firearm industry.

Members of that industry have been meeting this week for the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. By all accounts, it has been a banner year for the event, with manufacturers, military and law enforcement officials, celebrities, and industry professionals all converging to celebrate the Second Amendment and to promote the businesses that make exercise of that right, as well as the peace and security of the nation, possible.

This year’s show features more than 1,600 exhibitors spread out over 630,000 square feet of space at the Sands Expo Center. Businesses from all 50 states, as well 100 countries, are represented. From duck calls, to gun safes, to concealed carry handguns, to the latest in military and law enforcement gear, a staggering amount of innovation, as well as technical and manufacturing expertise, are on display. Stay tuned to NRA’s websites and magazines as we bring you the latest and the greatest from these offerings.

SHOT is strictly a trade show, and is limited to the commercial sector, as opposed to the general public (who can still look forward to NRA’s Annual Meeting and Exhibits this May in Louisville, KY). Nevertheless, the energy and enthusiasm on display at SHOT demonstrate that for most, the decision to work in the firearms, outdoor, or securities industries is as much a calling as a business proposition. Indeed, attendees at the traditional SHOT Industry Day at the Range kicked off the proceedings on Monday by firing more than half a million rounds.

Even with the recent volatility in financial markets, gun manufactures have experienced strong gains.  According to a CNN Money article, while Apple investors failed to get into the black in 2015, S&W stocks surged over 80%, with Sturm Ruger up 70% for the year.  The same article reports those stocks have performed four times better in the past five years than the S&P 500.

While we’re not here to provide financial advice, it’s obvious that as the White House, Hillary Clinton, and certain other presidential hopefuls have renewed calls for gun control, the American public has been voting with their wallets in the opposite direction.

Make no mistake, however, that the Second Amendment needs more than just consumers’ dollars to remain viable and robust. It takes the dedication and commitment of American voters who keep up with the news that affects their Second Amendment rights and cast their ballots accordingly.

Your NRA is at the center of that effort, and with your help, we will succeed. By investing in freedom in 2016, we can ensure dividends of liberty for ourselves and future generations.

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The Washington Post Gives Gun Control Group and U.S. Senator Three Pinocchios on Suppressors

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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Washington Post Gives Gun Control Group and U.S. Senator Three Pinocchios on Suppressors

Last week, we wrote about Americans for Responsible Solutions’ irresponsible misinformation about The Hearing Protection Act on Twitter.  Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who took notice of ARS’s complete disregard for the facts on ...

Seattle Gun Tax Fails to Generate Projected Revenue, Succeeds in Burdening Rights

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Seattle Gun Tax Fails to Generate Projected Revenue, Succeeds in Burdening Rights

On March 16, 2017, the Seattle Times reported that Seattle city officials were reluctant to release data on the revenue generated by the city’s firearms and ammunition tax, citing taxpayer confidentiality concerns. Less than a ...

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Embraces Heller and Originalism During Senate Hearings

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Embraces Heller and Originalism During Senate Hearings

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme court, asserted during his confirmation hearings this week that Scalia’s landmark Second Amendment opinion in District of ...

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House

Friday, March 24, 2017

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House

This week, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed multiple pro-gun bills, including House Bill 1721, House Bill 2323, and House Bill 2322. 

Continuing to Fight in California

Friday, March 24, 2017

Continuing to Fight in California

We are excited to inform you of our new California specific webpage – Stand and Fight California.   On this page you will find State Legislation, Legal Updates, and How to Get Involved, among other California ...

More Firearms, More Firearms Owners, Fewer Fatal Accidents

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Friday, March 24, 2017

More Firearms, More Firearms Owners, Fewer Fatal Accidents

The National Safety Council released the 2017 edition of its annual Injury Facts report this week, and it contains welcome news about firearm safety. 

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Today, the Arkansas Senate passed Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249.  SB 724 is now headed to the ...

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

The Illinois House of Representatives could consider House Bill 2354 at any time.

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Tonight, Governor Gary Herbert signed House Bill 198 into law.

West Virginia: House Passes Park Carry Legislation

Friday, March 24, 2017

West Virginia: House Passes Park Carry Legislation

Today, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 2679 by an overwhelming 94-4 vote.

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