Fly-In Team Two meets with Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), who introduced the Concealed
Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R.38). From left: Jade Moldae (FMG Publications), Ryan
Bader (TriStar Arms), Elizabeth Tuason (Armscor Precision), David Nau (Tactical
Gear Distributors), Rep. Hudson, Nando Zucchi (Vista Outdoor) and Justin Moon
(Kahr Firearms Group).
Industry Makes Positive Impression In Nation’s Capital
In early April, executives representing firearms and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, importers and leading retailers attended the 10th Annual NSSF Congressional Fly-In in Washington, D.C. Attendees held a record number of meetings with members of both houses of Congress and discussed such matters as the $51.3 billion national economic impact of the firearms industry and presented firsthand accounts on how proposed legislative bills would affect business.
“This year’s NSSF Congressional Fly-In, our 10th, was important for us because with a friendly administration and a new Congress, we have the opportunity to make real progress in advancing our industry’s legislative priorities that will also benefit our member companies and their customers,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior VP and general counsel. “We were able to make the case to our lawmakers that our legislative priorities would help to grow business, create jobs and open up opportunities for sportsmen and women to participate in hunting and the shooting sports.”
Key Talking Points
The NSSF Congressional Fly-In served to inform members of Congress on several legislative priorities. Three of these priorities would provide immediate benefits to the industry:
The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act (H.R.788, S.593), would give states more flexibility to allow for Pittman-Robertson funds to be used for the development and maintenance of public shooting ranges.
The Hearing Protection Act (H.R.367, S.59) would remove suppressors from the National Firearms Act (NFA) and the purchase of a suppressor would be regulated the same as firearm purchase, including an FBI background check.
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R.38, S.446) would allow handgun owners who are legally permitted and authorized in and by their home state to carry a concealed firearm in other states.
Other important agenda items included support for the Sportsmen’s Act recently introduced in the Senate and advancing export control reform.
In addition, attendees urged senators to confirm Judge Neil M. Gorsuch as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. On April 7, the Senate confirmed Gorsuch as the 113th justice of the Supreme Court by a 54-45 vote, which was achieved after Republicans lowered the threshold on Supreme Court nominations to a simple majority vote.
ZEV Technologies, Mega Arms Merge
ZEV Technologies Inc. and Mega Arms LLC have announced plans to consolidate both companies.
ZEV Technologies designs and manufactures upgrade accessories for pistols, and operates facilities in Oxnard, Calif. and Centralia, Wash. Mega Arms manufacturers high-end AR and other rifle products, and also operates a facility in Centralia, Wash.
Mega Arms President Mike Miller is taking responsibility for both ZEV’s and Mega’s manufacturing operations.
“These two companies fit together like a puzzle. We will bring our quality management system and manufacturing experience, and ZEV brings amazing design, engineering and marketing skills, and the financial strength to facilitate our continued growth,” Miller said.
“Both of our brands are focused on top-tier products, and our customers are very excited about ZEV’s addition of a line of AR and rifle products. I want to emphasize to customers of both companies that, in the near-term, nothing will change in our approach to the market. Both brands and product lines will remain in place,” said ZEV Technologies chairman and CEO Matt Ridenour.
Both companies plan to use 2017 as a time for outreach to their customers as they move forward together.
During the Congressional Fly-In, NSSF honored Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) with its 2016 Legislator of the Year Award. (From left:
Steve Sanetti, NSSF president and CEO; Sen. Murkowski; Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF
senior VP and general counsel; and Rep. Bishop.)
NSSF Honors Legislators
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was presented the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award during the Fly-In. Senator Murkowski worked tirelessly to advance the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act (S.405) in the 114th Congress. With a group of bipartisan senators, Senator Murkowski reintroduced the Sportsmen’s Act of 2017 (S.733) — which was approved out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee less than a week after introduction.
“Ensuring access to our public lands and keeping them open for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting now and for generations to come is one of my top legislative priorities,” said Senator Murkowski.
NSSF also recognized Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, as a 2016 Legislator of the Year. Chairman Bishop shepherded the House passage of the SHARE Act (H.R.2406), which would have included a number of legislative provisions to benefit sportsmen and women. Both bills went to a House-Senate conference committee where lawmakers were unable to come to final agreement.
“It is for Congress and the states to ensure hunters, anglers and shooters are able to count on reliable access to the lands they enjoy,” Chairman Bishop said.
Save The Date
NSSF has already announced the dates for the 2018 Congressional Fly-In, which will take place April 10–11.
Karen Butler, Shoot Like A Girl president, was honored as the WBCNA’s
Entrepreneur of the Year for her efforts in empowering women to join
the shooting sports.
Shoot Like A Girl President Receives Business Honor
Shoot Like A Girl’s President Karen Butler has earned the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama (WBCNA). The award is given to a woman showing success and growth in business, leadership in industry and giving back to other like-minded women starting out in business.
The award automatically nominates Butler and Shoot Like A Girl for the National Small Business Association’s Small Business of the Year Award.
“This award means so much to me. The Women’s Business Center is where my company started. They gave me the guidance I needed to put Shoot Like A Girl in motion, and for that I am extremely grateful. Our mission is to empower women to participate in shooting sports with confidence, and that is exactly what the WBCNA does for women in business — gives them the courage and tools they need to succeed,” said Butler.
“It’s success stories like Shoot Like A Girl that make our work so rewarding. To see someone’s dream of owning their own business become a reality is what drives us to continue to offer quality services,” said Joanne Randolph, president and CEO of WBCNA/The Catalyst.
Shoot Like A Girl has helped grow the number of women in the shooting sports by providing opportunities across the country for them to the experience shooting pistols, rifles and bows in a safe, controlled, women-friendly environment. These events instill in the participants confidence that they can shoot. The company continues to grow with a new, state-of-the-art trailer, a coast-to-coast tour and a sales training program for Cabela’s.