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NSSF Expels Dick’s Sporting Goods

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, Board of Governors today unanimously voted to expel Dick’s Sporting Goods from membership for conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Foundation.

Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired a Washington D.C.-based government affairs firm, for “[l]obbying related to gun control.” Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward W. Stack announced earlier this year the Field and Stream stores in the retail chain would end sales of modern sporting rifles, voluntarily raise the age to 21 to purchase firearms in their stores and called for more restrictive legislation. Dick’s later announced they would destroy the remaining modern sporting rifle inventory. NSSF responded that business decisions should be individually made, but was nonetheless disappointed and the decision does not reflect the reality of the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners.

Springfield Armory Severs Ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods

Perhaps thinking that people forgot about Springfield Armory selling out already-beleaguered gun owners in Illinois, the company today took a stand against a major sporting goods chain based on their anti-Second Amendment stance with the following statement:

Springfield Armory is severing ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring a group for anti-Second Amendment lobbying.

This latest action follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to remove and destroy all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their inventory. In addition, they have denied Second Amendment rights to Americans under the age of 21. We at Springfield Armory believe that all law abiding American citizens of adult age are guaranteed this sacred right under our Constitution.

It is clear where Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, stand on the Second Amendment, and we want to be clear about our message in response. Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company. At Springfield Armory, we believe in the right and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question. We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.

Remington Set to Emerge from Bankruptcy

Creditors Take Ownership, Day-to-Day Business to Remain Undisrupted

We had been hearing rumors about the imminent demise of Remington Outdoor Company for some time before it was officially announced in March. Many were unsurprised at the news given the changes made in management, product lines, and customer support over the past several years, but it was tough to see the two-century old “Big Green” circling the drain.

“Fake News” sources cited fallout from lawsuits surrounding the Sandy Hood killings in Newtown as one of the driving factors behind Remington’s problems, despite broad protections for manufacturers. More likely, the money troubles stem from product recalls, failed product launches, and slumping sales of the few new product lines that did launch.

Before a federal judge yesterday, Remington Outdoor Company Inc gained approval for its reorganization plan – which was largely completed at the time of the original filing – that intends to cut debt and boost their cash position and cancel over $775 million of their debt. The company says that the plan was supported by more than 98% of voting Term Loan Lenders and all voting Third Lien Noteholders.

Remington plans to exit bankruptcy as early as this month, with some of its creditors, including JPMorgan Chase and Franklin Advisors receiving ownership stakes in the company in exchange for forgiving debt with Cerberus Capital Management abandoning their equity in the company.

As a result of the deal Remington will take on a new Asset Based Loan of $193 million which will fully refinance the current ABL, as well as a $55 million First-In, Last-Out Term Loan and a new $100 million Term Loan.

NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits Kicks Off Friday in Dallas

Visit Industry Members, Attend Classes, Vote for the Board of Directors

The 147th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits (NRAAM) begins its four-day run today at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, with exhibits running Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6.

More than 80,000 attendees are expected to turn out to visit with over 800 exhibitors from the shooting and hunting industries. The exhibits aren’t the only draw, however, with numerous other events on the schedule, including seminars, banquets, musical performances, the annual meeting of members, and the Leadership Forum featuring speakers such as President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Ted Cruz, Benghazi survivor Mark Geist, Dana Loesch, social media hotshots Diamond & Silk, as well as many others.

The NRAAM is free to all NRA members and their families (including spouses and children under 18 years old), although there are paid ticketed events, so be sure to check the schedule for details of specific events.

To keep track of exhibitors you want to visit, events you want to attend, and more, you can download the official NRAAM mobile app for Android and iOS.

Firearm Policy at NRAAM

A perennial question surrounding the NRA show is whether or not attendees can carry their personal firearms at the show, either openly or concealed. The NRAAM website states that “During the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, lawfully carried firearms will be permitted in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and the Omni Dallas Hotel in accordance with Texas law. When carrying your firearm remember to follow all federal, state, and local laws.

So, yes, you can carry your firearm, BUT… Due to the attendance POTUS and VPOTUS at the NRA-ILA Leadership Conference, the U.S. Secret Service will be responsible for event security at this portion of the event in the Arena at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. As such, firearms and firearm accessories, knives or weapons of any kind will be prohibited in the Forum prior to and during his attendance. For more details, check out the Secret Service notice.   Continue reading

NRA: YETI Adds Insult to Injury Over Cut Ties

The Cooler (and Tumbler) Wars

The National Rifle Association is, again, calling out YETI as “Fake News” after the cooler company issued a statement that called out the NRA for calling out YETI for cutting ties with the gun-rights organization. Confused yet? It’s getting deep, so watch where you step as we wade into the online peeing match that other cooler companies are cashing in on.

Last Friday, NRA past-president and current head of United Sportsmen of Florida, Marion Hammer sent out a letter laying into YETI for allegedly “cutting ties with NRA”. In the letter, Hammer describes the youth and educational programs that are supported by Friends of NRA Foundation banquet and auction events. The letter continues:

Suddenly, without prior notice, YETI has declined to do business with The NRA Foundation saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor, and refused to say why. They will only say they will no longer sell products to The NRA Foundation. That certainly isn’t sportsmanlike. In fact, YETI should be ashamed. They have declined to continue helping America’s young people enjoy outdoor recreational activities. These activities enable them to appreciate America and enjoy our natural resources with wholesome and healthy outdoor recreational and educational programs.

YETI returned fire with a statement of their own, calling Hammer a liar:   Continue reading

Cabela’s Outdoor Fund $50,000 Grant Will Provide Free Project Childsafe Gun Locks to State Agencies

Thanks to a generous $50,000 grant from the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will provide its Project ChildSafe gun locks and firearm safety education materials to state departments of natural resources to promote secure storage of firearms to students in hunter education classes and other venues.

This is the second grant provided by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund to the Project ChildSafe Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports NSSF’s firearms safety efforts, most notably those of the Project ChildSafe program. “NSSF is extremely grateful for this Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grant that allows Project ChildSafe to continue providing gun locks and firearm safety education materials to state agencies,” said Bill Brassard, NSSF Senior Director, Communications, who oversees NSSF firearm safety initiatives. “Thanks to Project ChildSafe and other genuine firearm safety programs, fatal firearms accidents have declined to historic low levels.”

Project ChildSafe firearm safety kits include a gun lock and a firearms safety brochure that discusses safe handling and secure storage procedures, and how to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.

Shipments of the firearm safety kits will begin later this year, with the kits accompanied by supporting materials such as NSSF’s Safe Storage Options infographic, a firearm safety DVD, and NSSF’s new suicide prevention brochure.

NSSF looks forward to working with state agencies again on this important firearm safety initiative designed to help prevent accidents, theft and misuse of firearms. For questions or more information about this program, contact Bill Brassard at bbrassard@nssf.org.

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