NSSF is the trade association for America's firearms industry.
Our mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
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NSSF Program Hunting Works for America Adds Another Chapter


And then there were nine. I’m extremely pleased to announce that Hunting Works For Colorado has joined the Hunting Works For America family. Having spent lots of time there chasing Elk the place is near and dear to my heart. With Colorado’s addition, the Hunting Works For America franchise now has a total of nine […]



Hunting Works for America Expands to Include Wisconsin


From the mountains of Utah, to the grassy plains of Iowa, to the forests of Pennsylvania Hunting Works For America has been educating the public and policy makers about the economic impacts of hunting for 4 years now. I am pleased to say that we have added yet another state to our roster and will […]



Exposed: The Humane Society of the United States’ Anti-Hunting Playbook


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has  announced that it will be holding its second  public workshop on June 3 to discuss the implementation of California’s new lead ammunition ban, signed into law last year by Gov. Jerry Brown after being championed by the Governor’s personal dog walker and Humane Society lobbyist. While this […]



INFOGRAPHIC: How Wildlife is Thriving Because of Guns & Hunting


Since the late 1930s, hunters, target shooters and the firearms industry have been the nation’s largest contributors to conservation, paying for programs that benefit America’s wildlife and all who love the outdoors. In fact, the U.S. Department of Interior just announced that firearms and ammunition manufacturers contributed a record $760.9 million in excise taxes in […]



Gov. Brown Signs Lead Ammo Ban; Vetoes Bill to Outlaw Rifles with Detachable Magazines


California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law AB 711, a statewide ban on the use of traditional ammunition in hunting, the first such ban in the nation. NSSF and a coalition of hunting, sportsmen, gun-owners, labor organizations and law enforcement officials had urged him to veto this anti-hunting bill.  Read the governor’s signing statement. […]



NSSF Releases ‘Proud to Be a Firearms Owner’ Pocket Card


With its new “Proud to Be a Firearms Owner” pocket card, NSSF is arming the nation’s 100 million gun owners with facts they can use to demonstrate they are law-abiding, safe, passionate in their defense of the Second Amendment and major supporters of conservation through their purchases of firearms and ammunition. “Firearms owners have been […]



We’ve Added Another Western State to Hunting Works For America Program


Like most of you, I love hunting for a number of reasons. It’s a pastime that people of all ages can  enjoy. It requires a great deal of skill and patience, and hunting is woven into our American heritage. And it’s a tradition that can be enjoyed alone or with a group of friends and […]



Hunting Works for America Expands to Include Pennsylvania


Each year in November, like some of you, I travel back to my home state of Pennsylvania to spend a week in deer camp. It’s a tradition that my father taught me and his father taught him. It’s a week spent hunting, but just as importantly it’s a week spent with loved ones reconnecting and […]



NSSF President Discusses Industry Priorities with Nation’s Wildlife Professionals


A summit meeting last week brought together professionals from state fish and game agencies and leaders of the firearms, ammunition, archery, and fishing and recreational boating industries–all of which pay excise taxes to support the American tradition of outdoor recreation. NSSF President Steve Sanetti urged the audience to keep on telling positive stories that affect […]



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


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 […]



Pennsylvania Mentored Hunting Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk


A bill that would expand the popular Mentored Youth Hunting program in Pennsylvania to allow adult participation recently passed the legislature and is awaiting approval of Gov. Tom Corbett. The bill, Senate Bill 623, introduced by Sens. Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) and Wayne Fontana (D-Pittsburgh), allows those ages 12 and older to try hunting under the […]



Firearm Safety for Teachers and Students


If you know an educator or school administrator, do them a service by letting them know about NSSF’s free classroom and online firearm safety videos. These age-appropriate videos teach students how to react quickly and make correct decisions if they should encounter a firearm in an unsupervised situation—at school, at home or at a friend’s […]



A Day to Celebrate Conservation


Today is Earth Day, a celebration of our planet’s natural resources, so let’s not forget the major role hunters and all other firearms purchasers play in funding protection for our country’s wildlife and wild lands. Since the establishment in 1937 of an excise tax under the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (“Pittman-Robertson”), purchases of […]



Sportsmen’s Activity Report: States Benefit from Economic Impact of Hunting


NSSF has released a major new report documenting the importance of hunting activities to the U.S. economy. The report, Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation, provides detailed information on 40-plus categories of U.S. hunting-related expenditures, which grew 55 percent, as well as state-by-state statistics for number of hunters, retail sales, taxes and jobs. […]



New Mexico Becomes 34th State to Pass Families Afield Youth Hunting Provision


By a unanimous vote, the New Mexico State Game Commission passed a mentored youth hunting measure that will allow a youngster to give hunting a try with a licensed adult before completing the state’s hunter education course. New Mexico is the 34th state to approve Families Afield legislation designed to lower barriers to youth hunting. […]



In Vice President Joe Biden’s Debate Performance, We See the Attitude of an Administration


In less than a month we will know if the Oct. 11 vice presidential debate made any difference in the 2012 election, but we think the bullying and condescending approach of the incumbent vice president itself speaks volumes about the attitude of the Obama administration toward those who hold different political and policy views. During […]



Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 Clears Major Hurdle, Vote Expected in Lame Duck


By an overwhelming bipartisan majority (84-7)  the U.S. Senate early Saturday morning agreed to debate and vote on final passage of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S.3525) as the first item of business after the November election. Eventual passage of this pro-sportsmen’s legislation will promote, protect and preserve our nation’s hunting, shooting and conservation heritage […]



NSSF President Delivers Speech to AFWA on Hunting


NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti last week gave a timely speech to the plenary session of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) Conference in which he discussed challenges to hunting and cooperative efforts to overcome them, and also presented good news such as the nine percent increase in hunting participation from 2006 […]



Hunter Numbers Up 9% Between 2006 and 2011, Preliminary National Report Shows


The number of hunters age 16 and older in the United States increased 9 percent between 2006 and 2011, reversing a previous downward trend, a preliminary report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Department of the Interior shows. Preliminary figures show an increase from 12.5 million hunters in 2006 to 13.7 million […]



An Ill-Wind Toward Sportsmen


Regrettably, in responding to a newspaper column that cited wind turbines as a cause of bald eagle mortality, a wind energy spokesperson misleadingly claimed that the use of traditional ammunition by hunters and illegal shooting were doing greater harm to the species than its equipment. Stories about eagle mortality usually have more to do with […]