National Shooting Sports Foundation leadership met with leadership at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss regulatory reforms. The meeting with the ATF was the start of discussions to streamline regulations specific to the firearms and ammunition industry.
The ATF meeting was in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order reform regulations to “alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people.” The President’s Executive Order tasked departments and agencies to identify regulations that eliminate or inhibit job creation, are unnecessary or old and impose excessive costs.
“We welcome the opportunity to provide the industry’s voice for these much-needed regulatory reforms,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “It is a unique opportunity to work with an administration that wants to advance the contributions of the firearms and ammunition industries to our national, state and local economies. These are discussions that would allow industry members to continue to grow their businesses and create new jobs.”
NSSF has formed several industry working groups to identify regulations for potential reform. The groups are examining nearly every aspect of the firearms and ammunition industries, including the Department of Justice and ATF, import and export regulations, environmental and occupational safety, product shipment and associated industry taxes.
One of NSSF’s strategic goals is to reduce the regulatory burden imposed on the lawful commerce in our industry’s product when those regulations do simply add cost but do not advance public safety. “It is refreshing to have an administration that looks at government relations from the point of view of business and not from the point of view of a government bureaucrat,” Keane added.