NSSF Launches SHOT University Online for FFLs, Ranges

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry and producer of the annual SHOT Show, is pleased to announce the launch of its all-new SHOT University Online education resource.

Available at no charge to NSSF members, SHOT University’s easy-access curriculum allows members to take advantage of industry-leading educational content when it’s convenient to them, wherever they choose to use it. Provided by experts in retail strategies, marketing, security and technology, regulatory compliance and a host of other relevant topics, some of the numerous courses being offered include:

  • Inventory Management and KPIs
  • Range Training Equipment and Program Design
  • Marketing Range Training Programs
  • The Guide to New Range Start-Ups
  • Membership Trends
  • Social Media 101

“We have seen an increase in the demand for the specialized content we provide across the host of educational events NSSF holds throughout the year,” explained Mike Vrooman, NSSF Managing Director, Member Services. “We have a wealth of resources that help our retailers and range owners do business better, from regional ATF training sessions and live webinars to forums such as our Industry Summit, Import/Export Conference and our annual in-person SHOT University at SHOT Show®. But we wanted to create a one-stop resource that was both comprehensive and more readily available. SHOT University Online’s 24/7-365 presence accomplishes that while putting convenience and ease of access in sharp focus.”

SHOT University Online is available only to NSSF members. To learn more and view the courses, visit nssf.org/education. New courses will be added regularly.

Need to join NSSF to take advantage of this new resource, in addition to the many other benefits NSSF membership enjoys? Simply visit NSSF.org.

Over 300 Firearms Seized and Firearms Dealer Closed Down

G2 Sports Violated Numerous Federal Laws

BATFE LogoUnited States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that approximately 390 firearms, silencers and receivers were seized from Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL), G2FS LLC (G2 Sports Products/G2 Firearms Sales) on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Months of investigation into the FFL, located at 8255 Indy Court in Indianapolis, revealed numerous regulatory and statutory violations of federal law. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) found evidence that the FFL knowingly transferred handguns to an out-of-state resident, made false entries in records, failed to report multiple sales of handguns and knowingly transferred firearms to a prohibited person.

The FFL agreed to an enhanced surrender of its federal license. As a result, none of the owners will be eligible to reapply for their license or engage any further in the business of dealing in firearms. The owners also agreed to the seizure of approximately 390 firearms, silencers and receivers including rifles, shotguns and handguns with a total estimated value of $224,000.00.

This seizure follows an Indictment against Scott Genung for being a Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm. The investigation revealed that law enforcement made several undercover purchases of firearms at G2 Sports from Genung, a convicted felon, who personally processed the sales. Scott Genung was observed carrying a firearm on his person during those transactions. Genung, who indicated he was responsible for much of the store operations at G2 Sports, also placed an order from a distributor for a firearm, despite the fact he was prohibited by law from doing so.

“This prosecution, firearms seizure, and license surrender represent our commitment to reducing violent crime in the Southern District of Indiana by keeping firearms out of the hands of individuals who have no legal right to possess firearms,” said Minkler.   Continue reading

Buyer Registration Opens for 2020 SHOT Show

Welcome to Las VegasBuyer registration is now open for the 42nd Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). Set for January 21-24 at the Sands Expo Center, the SHOT Show will attract more than 60,000 professionals to Las Vegas for the firearms and outdoor industry’s annual main event. Registration for media will open later this week. Exhibitor registration will open later this month.

Owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry trade association, the SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the world. The show is open to trade members only and not to the public.

Many official show events cluster around the four days of SHOT Show itself, creating “SHOT Week.” These include the 6th Annual NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic in support of Honored American Veterans Afield, a firearms industry-run charitable organization that helps the healing of disabled combat veterans and their reintegration back into normal life through participation in hunting and shooting sports.

The two-day Supplier Showcase is a show-within-a-show, with hundreds of OEM third-party suppliers meeting with exhibiting manufacturers and exploring their needs for extrusions, fabrication, fabrics, machinery, metal, plastics, software, logistical support and tools.

If you are unable to make it to the industry’s largest show of its kind, be sure to keep an eye on the GunLink Forums, right here on the GunLink Blog, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get all the scoop on the latest products and all of the news coming out of SHOT Show. Our team will be providing our ninth year of coverage again from the opening shots of Industry Day at the Range through the closing of the show.   Continue reading

Extended NICS Hours for Black Friday

Worried about long waits at the gun counter when snapping up those smoking Black Friday deals?  This recent announcement may help to ease your mind.

The FBI NICS Section has announced extended hours of service on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 (“Black Friday”), for E-check Users and state Point-of-Contact (POC) Programs.  Typically, the NICS is available daily from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).  However, in response to requests to bring NICS into service earlier on “Black Friday” to better accommodate typical business-hour extensions throughout the retail industry and due to a long history of record-breaking volume on this day, the FBI will bring the NICS in-service starting at 4:30 a.m. EST for NICS E-check Users and for state POC Programs.  The NICS Contracted Call Centers will open, as normal, at 8 a.m. EST.

For those Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) that do not currently utilize the NICS E-check service and would like to do so prior to NICS Peak Season 2013 or in advance of the earlier-than-normal NICS service hours being provided on “Black Friday,” contact the following for that expeditious, automated firearms background check service: 1-877-324-6427.  Select Option 2 for FFL Customer Service and then option 5 for E-Check enrollment. Continue reading

Make Plans to Meet FFL Compliance Consultants at SHOT Show Reception

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is providing an opportunity for firearms retailers to gather information about FFL compliance.  NSSF Retailer Members are invited to attend a 90 minute reception during the 2013 SHOT Show during which they can meet with four former ATF officials who serve as NSSF FFL Compliance Consultants.
With over 120 years of combined experience with the bureau, Wally Nelson, Nick Scouffas, Fred Gerlach and Harry McCabe are available to visit member businesses to assess ATF compliance, review internal controls and record keeping practices and help prepare for ATF compliance inspections.
Although the compliance program costs can range as high as $3000, NSSF provides subsidies for retailer members to bring the cost below $500.  Retailer members who sign up for the consultation during this SHOT Show reception will receive a further discount, lowering the price to $399.  Further, one reception attendee will be randomly chosen to receive an in-store audit for free.

If you are a firearms retailer who is not already an NSSF retailer member, be sure to see our previous post for information on how you become a member for as little as $35 – a savings of over 50% off the normal price.

Event Details:
Location:  NSSF Member Lounge – Lido Ballroom, Venetian Hotel Level 3
Date:  Wednesday January 16, 2013
Time:  4:30-6:00 PM

For more information about the event or the compliance program, contact Patrick Shay via email at pshay@nssf.org or by phone at (203) 426-1320.

ATF Urges FFLs to Prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac and Other Disasters

BATFE LogoWASHINGTON — In preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac and other natural disasters, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today urged federal firearms licensees (FFLs) and federal explosives licensees and permittees (FEL/Ps) to be prepared and protect their merchandise and facilities. ATF has prepared guidance, which is available online, regarding how to plan ahead before disasters strike.

For FFLs, an ATF brochure and video are available on ATF’s website with information regarding businesses that are affected by flooding or other such incidents. The brochure, “Disaster Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees,” (ATF publication 3317.7), is available at http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-3317-7.pdf. The video, “Disaster Preparedness,” is listed under ATF’s Online Education Seminars at http://www.atf.gov/training/firearms/ffl-educational-seminars/.

FEL/Ps should review the brochure, “Voluntary Steps to Prepare for a Pending Natural Disaster,” (ATF Publication 5400.16, March 2011), which is available at http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-5400-16.pdf.

FEL/Ps that have additional questions concerning preparedness are urged to contact their local ATF field office or the Explosives Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7120. FFLs with additional questions, should contact their local ATF field office or the ATF Firearms Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7190.

For other useful information on planning for a natural disaster, please visit www.ready.gov. Further information about ATF is available at www.atf.gov.





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