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Our mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
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Violent Crime Rate Continues to Drop & Public Believes Having a Gun in the Home Makes it Safer – Spread the News


13violentcrimeoffensefigure-01 The FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report on Monday revealing that the country in 2013 saw the violent crime rate fall another 5.1 percent from the previous year, so it is now at its lowest since 1978.



Thank You to All #GUNVOTE Supporters


We would like to thank all of those companies and individuals who supported the effort and participated in sharing our information with customers, friends and family and went to the polls to #GUNVOTE.



Julie Golob Lends Her Support for NSSF’s #GUNVOTE Initiative


Professional competitive shooter Julie Golob is encouraging all shooting sports enthusiasts and gun owners to inform themselves about the issues and to #GUNVOTE this Nov. 4. The winner of numerous championships, Julie is a veteran of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and now shoots for Team Smith & Wesson and Team Benelli, among other activities. […]



INFOGRAPHIC: The Changing Face of Today’s Target Shooter


A new infographic issued by the National Shooting Sports Foundation tells the story, at a glance, of the growing number of new target shooting enthusiasts and how they’re surprisingly different from established shooters.



Connecticut State Police and NSSF to Promote Firearm Safety at The Big E


At the Eastern States Exposition, Connecticut State Police and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will work cooperatively to encourage firearm owners to securely store their firearms when not in use to help prevent accidents, misuse and theft. Through NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program, state police will distribute free gun locks, safety literature and child safety […]



National Shooting Sports Foundation Opens New Washington, D.C. Office


The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today formally opened its new office in The Hall of the States Building on Capitol Hill. “We are the voice of the firearms and ammunition industry. The challenges we face as well as the positive opportunities that lie ahead require […]



NSSF Members Amplify the ‘Own It? Respect It. Secure It.’ Initiative


In June, the National Shooting Sports Foundation unveiled the “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” initiativeto amplify our industry’s long-standing commitment to firearm safety and build upon decades of successful public outreach and education. We have worked tirelessly to provide firearm owners with educational resources and safety kits that help prevent accidents and unauthorized access […]



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 […]



Gun Industry Sales Reflect a ‘New Normal’


Last year was an extraordinary one for firearm sales, a year unlike any other in the industry’s history. That’s a fact to be mindful of when comparing estimated sales through the first seven months of 2014 with those of the previous year, notes NSSF President Steve Sanetti. Remove the extraordinary 2013 from the rear-view mirror […]



Retailers and Compliance—A Proactive Approach Wins Every Time


As a firearms retailer, how you conduct the business of transferring a legal firearm to a qualified buyer can change in the blink of an eye. New regulations get passed, new controls get put in place—and that makes negotiating the Federal Form 4473 a challenge at times. It’s a challenge to keep up with new […]



Firearms Retailers Now Off ‘Operation Choke Point’ Watch List


In a move prompted by NSSF’s work with assistance from the NRA in getting the issue addressed by key members of Congress, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) last week reported that firearms retailers are no longer on a watch list of businesses deemed at higher risk for fraud.  The FDIC’s list was compiled as […]



Shooting Industry Masters Competition Raises Record-Matching $70,000 for NSSF’s First Shots Program


Year after year, FMG Publications leads the way for a bigger and brighter future for the shooting sports through its Shooting Industry Masters competition. In this year’s 12th annual Masters, held July 18-19 on Florida’s Treasure Coast, a record-matching, all-time high of $70,000 was raised for NSSF’s First Shots program. Included in that $70,000 were […]



NSSF Tries to Respond to New York Times’ Leaden Thinking


A week has passed without word from nary an editor or editorial assistant that the New York Times would deign to publish the within–the-prescribed-word limit letter to the editor we had submitted in response to an editorial that surprised even us for its mistaken assumptions and ridiculous headline. Nonetheless, we feel it is important that […]



NSSF Statement Regarding the Bipartisan Sportmen’s Act


NSSF-SocialMediaSquare NSSF today issued this statement regarding the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, S. 2363, that earlier today, failed to garner the  60 votes needed to move towards final passage: NSSF understands why pro-sportsmen members from both sides of the aisle wanted an opportunity to vote on amendments unique to their respective states. That said, it is disheartening to see […]



Eagles are Soaring


Let’s start with a fact on which both sides in the ongoing debate about traditional lead ammunition can agree. The American bald eagle population is soaring – and not just metaphorically. The removal of bald eagles from the federal list of threatened and Endangered Species list in 2007 is one of the nation’s great conservation success […]



NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Takes Second Annual S.A.F.E Summer into Communities Nationwide


Project ChildSafe, in partnership with NSSF, announces the second annual S.A.F.E Summer campaign, a part of Project ChildSafe’s ongoing program to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage — particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended. Each month, Project ChildSafe will recognize and spotlight local leaders nationwide who are […]



Chicago’s Mayor Knows How to Play Hard Ball


The Chicago City Council with great reluctance in the last full week of June ended its long-standing prohibition and approved an ordinance intended to satisfy a federal court order to allow firearms retailers to open within the city limits. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel made certain that the regulations were written to be extensive, rigid and difficult […]



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 […]



Supreme Court Decision on “Straw Purchases” Does Not Make Gift Purchases of Firearms Illegal


On June 16, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving a Virginia man who could legally purchase a firearm and did so for an uncle from Pennsylvania. Even though the Pennsylvania man who ultimately bought the gun was not legally prohibited from owning a firearm and passed a background check, the Court, in […]



Hunting on Public Lands at Risk!


Man-and-boy-in-sunrise-Words You may have seen the news that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with other anti-hunting groups and individuals, filed a petition with the Interior Department demanding rules against hunting with traditional ammunition on public lands – one-fifth of the total land area in the U.S. We warned this was coming after […]