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Registration for 2016 NSSF Industry Summit Has Begun

NSSFindustrysummitIf you are involved in the firearms industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Industry Summit is an outstanding opportunity to sit in on some educational seminars that will help you continue to grow your business in a market that is constantly besieged by gun control advocates.  NSSF, the firearms industry trade association, announced today that registration for the 2016 iteration of the Industry Summit is now open.

Taking place June 6-8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, this year’s summit will provide attendees with the latest research related to the firearms and ammunition industry, hunting and target shooting, while delivering cutting-edge information from experts in their field.  Those attending the summit are decision makers from all segments of the firearms industry, including firearms retailers, range owners, members of the conservation community and state wildlife agency professionals.

For more information on the 2016 NSSF Industry Summit, visit www.nssf.org/IndustrySummit. NSSF Members, non-members, governmental agency professionals and industry relevant guests are all encouraged to attend, and those registering to attend online will receive a discount. To register, visit www.nssf.org/IndustrySummit/Registration.

Businesses Honor Those Who Served with Meals, Discounts

VeteransDay2015posterThe servicemen and women who step up and voluntarily put their lives on the line to keep us safe deserve our support and respect 365 days a year.  However, one week from today marks the annual day when people across the nation honor those who serve.

Veterans Day 2015 is Wednesday, 11 November and, as usual, many businesses are saying “thank you” by offering free meals, discounts, and more.  The list below details some of these offers.

Note that, although many of these offers are from nationwide chains, participation and details may vary from store to store.  Those wishing to make use of the offers should verify ahead of time to ensure that your location is participating in the offer.  Additionally, some proof of service is usually required, so be prepared to produce a military ID, separation documents such as a DD-214, or other documentation.

Check out the list below:   Continue reading

Amateur Radio Special Event Commemorates NRA’s 144th Birthday

NRA144hamRadio Amateurs Celebrate Second Amendment with On-Air Meetup

The Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) of Prescott, AZ, will operate a special event station November 17, 2015, from 10 AM to 7PM EST (1500Z -2400Z) in celebration of the NRA’s 144th birthday.

The special event station will operate from Gunsite Academy’s 2,000-acre campus in Paulden, AZ, north of Prescott with a special event call sign will be K7NRA.  Operations will be conducted on 7.250, 14.040, 14.250 and 21.335 MHz.  All amateur stations, especially those operated by NRA members and Gunsite alumni, are urged to participate.  Click here to sign up or renew your NRA membership today and save $10 on dues.

A special certificate will be awarded to those stations making contact during the event.  Additional details and QSL information is available on the YARC event page and on p92 of the November issue of American Rifleman.

 

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How Will You Celebrate Independence Day?

640px-MiamifireworksThe Fourth of July is almost upon us and America is gearing up to celebrate the birth of our nation.  Many people may have the 3rd off from work and many are probably planning to extend that long weekend by taking and extra day today and/or Monday.

There are many ways (and reasons) to celebrate this occasion.  From visiting historic sites to watching parades, from setting off fireworks to exercising your right to keep and bear arms at the shooting range, and from backyard barbecues to picnics in the park.

Let us know how you will be celebrating by voting in the poll below and sharing your plans in the comments section.

However you choose to celebrate the 239th birthday of these United States, we hope that you do so safely.  Have a wonderful Independence Day weekend!    Continue reading

So What DID the Nation’s Founders Think About Individual Gun Rights?

There has always been much debate and rhetoric about the true meaning of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and what it’s guarantee of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms really means.  From consternation over the placement of a comma to knee-jerk reactions to discourse over who, exactly, comprises the militia and what well regulated means, it seems like some are having a problem – perhaps deliberately, sometimes – grasping what the intention of our nation’s charter was.

Since we are celebrating the birth and early shaping of the United States of America this week, let’s take a look at what some of America’s architects had to say about gun rights and the necessity of individual firearm ownership.

As you read through these quotes and discussion, do so through the lens of current gun control laws and regulations, as well as those that have been proposed with various levels of success throughout history, and reflect on how you think the Founding Fathers may have felt about them. Continue reading

The Declaration of Independence: 150 Years Later

Calvin_CoolidgeContinuing on with the patriotic theme of this anniversary week of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, we will go back to a previous anniversary of this auspicious occasion:  a speech given by president Calvin Coolidge.  Delivered in Philadelphia for the 150th anniversary, the Vermonter posited that “a century and a half measured in comparison with the length of human experience is but a short time, yet measured in the life of governments and nations it ranks as a very respectable period.  Certainly enough time has elapsed to demonstrate with a great deal of thoroughness the value of our institutions and their dependability as rules for the regulation of human conduct and the advancement of civilization.”  We have now nearly had another one hundred years to vet those institutions and principles and, today, they seem no less good than they did then.

The 30th president went on to reflect that “[a]mid all the clash of conflicting interests, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every American can turn for solace and consolation to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States with the assurance and confidence that those two great charters of freedom and justice remain firm and unshaken.”  Great words in which one could take pride, although some may question whether they still ring as true today – nearly 90 years later – as they did in 1926.  Lately it can seem like the din of those clashing partisan politics can drown out everything else, as basic rights guaranteed by those “charters of freedom and justice” are disregarded in the name of emotion, false “facts,” and agendas.  Those resolute, “firm and unshaken” principles are often treated as living, evolving things – perhaps mere suggestions – or even considered deleterious by some.

Be that as it may, these documents, and those like them, are our founding documents.  They are the charter that codifies what America is all about and what makes it the greatest nation.  Let’s celebrate that this Fourth of July.

President Calvin Coolidge’s full speech from Philadelphia, PA – July 5, 1926:    Continue reading

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