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— AWARDS
Lewis Danielson, founder of Wilsonville, Oregon's Crimson Trace Corporation, has received The SHOT Business Person of the Year Award. The prestigious industry recognition noted that Danielson was instrumental in inventing a cutting-edge product category, and then promoting laser sights and their many benefits. | For More...

Browning Ammunition has received a 2017 American Rifleman NRA Golden Bullseye "Ammunition Product of the Year" Award. NRA Publications will present its annual Golden Bullseye Awards and Golden Bullseye Pioneer Awards at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia. | For More...

— BIRDING
See live raptors up close, visit bald eagle nesting and hunting areas, and more during Turkey Run State Park's Eagles in Flight weekend, Jan. 27-29. | For More...

— CHARITY
In celebration of its 150th anniversary in 2016, Winchester set aside 10 pre-production rifles, chambered in 44-40, from the "one of Five Hundred" Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" commemorative rifle collection. This unique Model 1866 "1 of 10" will be sold through GunBroker.com to benefit the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Project ChildSafe firearm safety program. | For More...

— COLLEGIATE FISHING
Collegiate anglers nationwide are now able to register for the first Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series event of the 2017 season -- the Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is raising a word of warning about a "quiet" movement in Colorado seeking to place wolves on the landscape. It also has grave concerns about the tactics used by environmentalists and animal rights groups behind such efforts. | For More...

With funding from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a comprehensive private-public partnership will enhance the long-term business and economic viability of watermen while addressing oyster restoration and water quality goals. | For More...

— DONATIONS
Randy Lee and Scott Folk, the owners of Apex Tactical Specialties, presented a check for $15,000 to Dianne Bernhard, Lauren Crisman, and Spree Hilliard of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), during the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Apex raised the funds through the ongoing sale of their Thin Blue Line Series of triggers. | For More...

— EVENTS
Gus Grissom biographer George Leopold will speak to the public and sign copies of "Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom" on Feb. 4 at Spring Mill State Park. | For More...

Fly fishing aficionados, gear up for trout season and transport yourself to some of the most exotic angling destinations on Earth as the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T), returns March 28-29, to the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. | For More...

The public is invited to a Trumpeter Swan Soiree, celebrating North America's largest waterfowl species at Iowa's Blank Park Zoo Friday, Jan. 27, and at Walnut Woods State Park on Saturday, Jan. 28. | For More...

The Montana Wool Growers Association, the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will sponsor a symposium titled "Sheep in Montana – Domestic and Wild: The State of Things and What We Know About Disease," on February 9 and 10. | For More...

The annual Louisville Deer & Turkey Expo is returning for three days of all things deer and turkey hunting Jan. 27-29 at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds. | For More...

In his seminar at the SCI Hunters' Convention February 1-4, 2017, in Las Vegas, Chris will use a ShotKam and video to demonstrate and explain how one shooter can say he sees three feet of lead, another says he sees five feet, and another one swears he sees no lead at all and yet all three break the clay. | For More...

— HUNTING
Michigan's latest elk hunting season – considered the late or December hunt – is complete, and preliminary hunting results are in. A total of 100 state licenses were available, 30 any-elk and 70 antlerless-only licenses. | For More...

Hunter Education classroom courses are offered by knowledgeable and certified volunteer instructors and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers. Classroom courses are typically 12-15 hours in length and are held over 2 to 3 sessions (days). | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources yesterday announced the availability of winter supplemental deer feeding permits across the southern section of the Upper Peninsula. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Shooting Sports Foundation announced a partnership to launch a new firearms and suicide prevention education program nationwide in 2017. The program was announced at the SHOT Show. | For More...

Ken Jefferies & Associates is proud to announce the promotion of Taylor Childs from Operations Manager to Vice President of Operations effective immediately. Taylor's responsibilities have included management of team members, sales programs, and most recently, working with customers to implement brand-building marketing platforms from social media to influencer outreach. | For More...

AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems and Asymmetric Solutions proudly announce an alliance to offer professional and civilian training courses, conducted by combat experienced special operations personnel, at the ALS training facility located at 4700 Providence Road., Perry FL. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Joining the Mossberg International series of soft-shooting autoloading shotguns is a well-balanced, easy-handling 28 gauge - the SA-28 Field shotgun with handsome walnut stock and 26-inch vent rib barrel. | For More...

Christensen Arms announces the new A4 (4 inch barrel) and A5 (5 inch barrel) aluminum-framed 1911 pistols. Currently available in 9MM, each A4 and A5 frame is machined from lightweight 7075 billet aluminum and assembled using only premium components. | For More...

Stack-On Products expands its line of Quick Access Safes with two new options. These low-profile Quick Access Safes feature an auto open drawer and are available with either an electronic lock (Model #QAS-1510), or biometric lock (Model #QAS-1510-B). | For More...

Streamlight Inc. has introduced a TLR-6 weapon light for use with non-rail 1911 firearms. Featuring both a light and an integrated red aiming laser, it is designed to maximize visibility and targeting capability in a variety of home defense and tactical applications. | For More...

Burris introduces a new line up of one-piece Xtreme Tactical 25 MOA Canted Bases that are compatible with all Weaver-style or Picatinny-style rings. | For More...

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917), Uberti USA is introducing a limited-edition, fully engraved version of the famed Western icon's 1858 Remington black powder revolver. Exclusively available for 2017, a maximum of 500 of the 1858 Buffalo Bill Limited Edition revolvers will be produced. | For More...

Propper introduces the Kinetic Pant. Built with revolutionary NEXstretch two-way mechanical stretch fabric, the Kinetic pant is designed to keep you moving. Features include unique durable and rugged ripstop nylon, gusseted crotch for ease of movement, internal gripper waistband to keep a shirt tucked in and ambidextrous pocket configuration. | For More...

Weatherby created the Vanguard Camilla -- designed entirely for women, by women. For 2017, a new cartridge has been added to the Camilla line: the flat-shooting, hard-hitting 6.5 Creedmoor. The rifle is also available in .243 WIN, .308 WIN and 7mm-08 REM. | For More...

Springfield Armory is pleased to announce the new XD Mod.2 Service Model, chambered in .45 ACP. Now, buyers don't have to choose between large caliber and large capacity - this new handgun offers both in a surprisingly compact package. | For More...

Nosler's successful AccuBond Long Range bullet line is welcoming two much anticipated bullets to the existing lineup with the 30-168gr and 338-265gr ABLR. The design of the AccuBond-LR allows for the highest B.C. possible in a bullet of the same caliber and weight. | For More...

Bianchi announced introduction of the Model 155 Subversion inside-the-waistband Concealment Holster at the 2017 SHOT Show. New to the Allusion leather/laminate series, the Subversion features an antibacterial/anti-microbial foam padding and adjustable cant. | For More...

RCBS, a manufacturer of ammunition reloading equipment for rifles and pistols, will launch several new products to dealers at booth 14551 at the 2017 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, January 17 to 20. | For More...

The new Stoeger M3000 Sporting is a 12-gauge, semi-auto shotgun equipped with a 30-inch barrel topped by an elevated rib, making it ideal for sport shooters | For More...

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. is pleased to announce that five of their bolt-action rifles are now chambered in 6.5mm Creedmoor. Mossberg is introducing three 6.5mm Creedmoor rifles from its MVP Series and two from the Patriot classic hunting line. | For More...

Avian-X, Plano Synergy and the National Wild Turkey Federation have teamed up to bring hunters high-tech turkey gear featuring the NWTF logo. | For More...

Ultimate Wild® introduces two new high powered infrared spotlights for use with your infrared scopes and optics. The Black Op and Dark Op infrared spotlights light up the night with-out compromising your position and location. | For More...

The new Ashbury JÄEGER Rifle is a classically designed custom hunting rifle built with precision machined stainless steel actions, match grade hand lapped barrels and advanced technology premium grade wood stocks. | For More...

As the Official Camo of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Mossy Oak introduces the new Obsession pattern that includes the NWTF logo and true-to-nature elements from the spring woods. | For More...

Outdoor Edge has put a sharp new twist on the popular survival paracord bracelet with the introduction of the new Para-Claw, featuring a 1.5-inch hawkbill blade ground from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a stealthy BlackStone™ finish. | For More...

AirForce International is introducing the fully shrouded Orion pre-charged pneumatic air rifle. The wood stock Orion has a hammer forged, fully shrouded barrel for a sleeker look and surer handling in the field. | For More...

frogg toggs expands upon its highly popular Pilot Series Ultra-Performance Rainwear line with the introduction of the new Pilot II Guide Series and new Co-Pilot zip-in liners. | For More...

The versatile new Tenzing TX 15 is the superstar of the all-new TX line. Providing 2,000 total cubic inches of storage in eight pockets and compartments, the TX 15 is a right-sized hunting daypack available in either Realtree Xtra or Kryptek Highlander camouflage patterns. | For More...

— ONLINE
Iowa DNR staff will be offering ice fishing tips and techniques, along with ice safety information, live from the ice of Badger Creek Lake on Wednesday afternoon. | For More...

— PARKS
The Painted Desert Community Complex at Petrified Forest National Park is the newest addition to the 45 other properties designated as National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) in Arizona. | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
Just in time for spring turkey season, YETI and the National Wild Turkey Federation have teamed up to bring turkey hunters high-tech turkey gear featuring the NWTF logo. | For More...

— POACHING
Two Minnesota men and one North Iowa man have pleaded guilty to illegally taking deer in Emmet and Kossuth counties in Iowa in October and November 2015. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
Stack-On Products introduces two new Home Defense Safes, providing compact, stealth designs to fit within any home or office environment. These safes – one with an electronic lock and the other with a biometric lock-- offer a small footprint, making them ideal for storing in a closet, behind a door or in a corner of a room. | For More...

Viridian Weapon Technologies announced a new product category when introducing FACT – Fast Access Camera Technology – a weapon mounted camera system for law enforcement, concealed carry and self-defense. | For More...

O.F. Mossberg and Sons, Inc. is pleased to bring a precision trigger to the market for standard AR15 and AR10 rifles. Working with world-renowned, 3-Gun shooter, Jerry Miculek, Mossberg engineered the new JM Pro Drop-In Match Trigger to meet the rigors of pursuing a championship week-after-week with your competition rifle. | For More...

For 2017, Steiner is pleased to announce a new riflescope designed for patrol and tactical situations – the P4Xi 1-4x24mm. It offers clear images and a fast-action P3TR reticle to tackle everyday use or sudden combat action. | For More...

Break Free announced that its Break Free CLP cleaning lubricant preservative liquid is now officially approved for military use in the U.S. It has been added to the U.S. Department of Defense qualified product list. | For More...

Named "Best Buy" in the most recent Outdoor Life Gun Test, the versatile and durable Stoeger P3000 enters its second year of production by adding additional configurations to meet the needs of hunters and shooters who believe that quality shouldn't cost a fortune. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
MidwayUSA is excited to announce the release of "Cold Weather Pheasants" a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. | For More...

— RECOGNITION
Otis Technology proudly presented their 2016 Sales Representative of the Year award the opening day of SHOT Show 2017 in Las Vegas. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
Umarex USA expands their Axeon Optic Solutions product line with a revolutionary new way for shooters to hit their long distance targets. Axeon's new, patented Second Zero optical device will change the way hunters and AR shooters think about taking that 300+ yard shot. | For More...

— SHOT SHOW
frogg toggs adds an innovative new product to its Migration Series wade wear line, the Grand Refuge 2.0 with a new patent-pending 120-gram quilted insulation liner. The liner can be easily inserted and removed based on conditions and temperatures. | For More...

Hoppe's welcomes competitive shooting icons to the Vista Outdoor booth (#14551) at the 2017 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. Show attendees will have the opportunity to meet "Shooting USA" host John Scoutten and world-champion shooter Jessie Duff, as well as long-range standout Missy Gilliland and practical shooting expert Maggie Reese. | For More...

Smith & Wesson Accessories will be showing new products at the SHOT Show. Among these are the M&P by Smith & Wesson Magazine Pouches, AR Parts Kits and Shooting Glasses. | For More...

The Mako Group is showing the new AK-Podium by FAB Defense at the SHOT Show. The AK-Podium enables the operator to install a steady and durable bi-pod platform without adding front-end weight and saving valuable rail space. | For More...

This year, the UTG Team celebrates 25 years of committed excellence and innovation while at the SHOT Show. UTG is occupying Booths 2146 and 2246. | For More...

GSM Outdoors, an industry leader in outdoor related products and accessories announces their 2017 SHOT Show celebrity booth appearances. Stop by booth, 1019 and meet some of today's best shooters in the industry. | For More...

Thompson/Center Arms announced that it will host a photo opportunity with all of the company's T/C Pro Hunters on Wednesday, January 18th from 2:00-3:15 at the Thompson/Center booth at the 2017 SHOT Show. Visitors to the T/C booth (#13729) will also be able to enter a drawing to win a T/C Compass rifle. The winner of the rifle will be chosen at the end of the event. | For More...

The Armscor-Rock Island Armory product lineup is about to have some new faces in 2017. The company is unveiling its latest product rollouts, including a new tactical rifle, an officer-style Rock Ultra, an XT magnum, and the introduction of the 22 TCM9R to the MAPP Series of pistols. | For More...

TruckVault Pro and USA Shooting Team Member Kim Rhode will be in the 2017 TruckVault booth #12979. She will be signing autographs and answering questions Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. | For More...

Bushnell welcomes an all-star cast of hunters and competitive shooters to the Vista Outdoor booth (#14551) during the 2017 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, January 17-20. Show attendees will have the opportunity to meet the Bone Collectors—Michael Waddell, Travis "T-bone" Turner and Nick Mundt—as well as "Shooting USA" host John Scoutten and world-class competitive shooters Jessie Duff, Missy Gilliland and Maggie Reese. | For More...

Appearing at the Taurus USA booth during the 2017 SHOT Show will be world-famous competitive shooter, Jessie Duff. She will be signing autographs daily in the Taurus, booth #14240 from 2 – 3 pm. | For More...

Caldwell Shooting Supplies introduces the Mag Charger Universal Pistol Loader. It works on almost any style pistol magazine and will load 9mm, 10mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, .45 cal ammo, and some .380 magazines. The new Caldwell Pic Rail Fixed XLA Bipod provides a stable shooting platform that conveniently attaches to almost any pic rail forearm. | For More...

Bushnell have announced several new scopes and red dot sights to dealers at booth 14551 at the 2017 SHOT Show. There are new models in the Elite Tactical and AR Optics lines. | For More...

Springfield Armory is pleased to announce the XD Mod.2 Tactical Model. The new pistol offers a large caliber option without sacrificing capacity. The XD Mod.2 Tactical packs 13+1 rounds of .45 ACP into a surprisingly compact form factor. | For More...

Otis Technology proudly presented their 2016 Sales Agency of the Year award the opening day of SHOT Show 2017 in Las Vegas. This year, Otis Technology recognized Sokol Associates as the leading agency for 2016. | For More...

ELEY Ammunition announces that shooting champion Jessie Duff will make an appearance at their SHOT Show booth. She will be available in the ELEY booth #13610 to answer questions, sign autographs and take photos with fans. | For More...

 The Performance Center by Smith & Wesson announced a number of new products including pistols, rifles, revolvers, and slide kits for 2017.   Small, mid-frame and large frame revolvers, M&P Slide kit and an M&P10 in 6.5 Creedmoor are included in the new products. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
SwampButt Underwear™ has signed on to be one of the sponsors of the outdoor television program "Rugged Nation." | For More...

The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) is pleased to announce CZ-USA has become the organization's newest "Platinum" business alliance supporter. | For More...

— STATE PARKS
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has contracted with a new vendor to manage reservations for the state park system. CAMIS, a company with 17 years of experience providing reservation solutions, is scheduled to start providing services in Maryland this spring. | For More...

— STATES
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on the development of a general management to guide the Cheyboygan State Park entrance signfuture of Cheboygan State Park. The public is invited to share their opinions and ideas for the draft plan through an online survey. | For More...

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission (NRC) approved nature preserve status for three sites during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning. The move increases to 277 the number of state-designated sites protected by the Nature Preserves Act, which turns 50 years old this year. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Watch as Shooting USA goes to the World Speed Shooting Championship, the Steel Challenge. Also, a first look at new guns from Colt – the Cobra double action revolver and a period-correct M16A1. | For More...

There's more to cooking deer than wrapping it in bacon for popular 'deer poppers,' says Chef Scott Leysath, host of The Sporting Chef TV show presented by Camp Chef. | For More...

Country music rising star, Morgan Mills, is "On Location" with NRA TV's newest series gaining backstage passes into country music and outdoor industries most sensational events. | For More...

FEATURE
SHOT Snaps
While you're cursing the aisles of a massive trade show, you may be inclined to tune out the fact that the people you encounter are just that, people. Yesterday, as SHOT Show formerly got underway, editor Jim Shepherd went out with the intent of looking at people first, and then their products. Here are a few of the "faces in the crowd."



The SHOT NEXT area is a great spot for people watching while you're checking out new products. One of the most intriguing products is the intelliSCOPE- a smartphone-based device that allows you to turn your phone into a shooting optic. Drop by their space in the NEXT area and you'll likely find company founder Jason Giddings smiling and ready to tell you about his product.



If your name is also the name of your company, you're more than willing to take time to tell booth visitors about your products. Columbian-company Miguel Caballero specializes in body armor that also has lines that offer protection without the "tactical look". Stop by and you may find Miguel Caballero himself waiting to help you out.



And when you're people watching, you'll occasionally find yourself thinking you're looking at a person when you're actually looking at their costume. We don't know this gentleman's name, but we've been coming to SHOT and the NRA Annual Meetings for more than a decade- and we've never failed to notice his coat of many company "colors".
FEATURE
"A New Hope"
EDITOR'S NOTE: Last night, the industry gathered for the National Shooting Sports Foundation's annual State of the Industry Dinner. At that dinner, NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti delivered a keynote address that was certainly different from any in the past few years. Rather than a rallying call to keep fighting, it seems the industry sees something different: "A New Hope"

Stephen L. Sanetti, President & CEO

Good evening ladies and gentlemen!

I confess that, just a few short months ago, I had absolutely no idea about what kind of speech I would be making tonight. Would it be one of resolve, preparing ourselves for a bitter and protracted onslaught that was promised and predicted? Stealing ourselves for a fight that could last for years, with an uncertain outcome at best? That certainly seemed likely in the closing days of the election. But something whispered, "Wait…"

And so I did. The gun controllers lost. As we saw, for all the plans being made to fight the good fight, that strategy thankfully was sidetracked much quicker than anyone anticipated. We are profoundly grateful to those who so generously supported our GunVote voter education and registration efforts in so many ways during the election. And, of course, efforts of organizations such as the NRA were crucial to the victory. Now we look forward with new hope to a period in which we may breathe a bit easier.

Sir Winston Churchill spoke of another time of hope amid conflict:

"A wonderful story is unfolding before our eyes. How it will end we are not allowed to know. But we all feel that we are a part of it, and that our future and that of many generations is at stake. We are sure that the character of our society will be shaped by the resolves we take and the deeds we do."

Our overriding hope is that when it comes to helping stop the misuse of firearms by criminals, and preventing access to them by legally prohibited felons, the violently mentally ill, and the drug gangs who terrorize disarmed inhabitants of our cities, the American public will realize we are all on the same side.

We certainly can't list all our hopes for the coming year, so let me outline just a few.

We hope that the parade of newcomers to the lawful and responsible enjoyment of hunting and the shooting sports will continue, as it has for the past eight years. We welcome the widest possible inclusion of all American citizens of all races, nationalities and orientations, regardless of whether they live in the city, suburbs or countryside, to join our ranks. And we hope that all of you will help encourage and welcome the newcomers – for they too are the faces of America's future.

We hope that our fellow citizens who, like us, are appalled at violent crime, will heed our call – "Law-abiding firearms owners and our industry are not the enemy. Support what works – regardless of the source." We know the messages that resonate with firearms owners and promote responsible and safe ownership and use of firearms. And we, yes, the members of the American firearms industry, are the ones with effective programs and policies that actually work without trampling upon the rights of the law-abiding.

We've got to come together and be smart in curbing firearms misuse –not just stake out a political position that further divides us, or just "do something" proposed out of fear and ignorance of firearms and their lawful owners, which won't prevent tragedies.

The NSSF's Project ChildSafe program works. It has furnished over 37 million free gun safety kits and locks to over 15,000 communities, and we have seen fatal firearms accidents plummet 24% during the last ten years. It deserves additional support and Federal funding, because we can do so much more by working together.

We hope that our new suicide prevention efforts can help stem this terrible waste of lives, including those of our veterans, and will open the eyes of some in the mental health community that they should be our allies in this, rather than demonizing firearms owners and our industry.

We hope that violence prevention efforts focus on all types of violent acts – not just those involving guns – because misnaming such acts such as "gun violence" distracts from the actors, their motivation, and conduct, and wrongly focuses on the tools used. That's not the way to change behavior.

We hope the misuses of firearms in violent crime, accidents, and suicides continue to drop, as they have during the last decade, even as more and more law abiding citizens purchased firearms in record numbers.

We hope that those who tout the oft-stated goal of "saving just one life" recognize that the life of a loved one saved because a person successfully defended him or herself or a family member from violent attack, is also to be treasured.

We also hope that violent crimes committed by criminals with illegally-owned firearms will stop being considered to be a "public health" issue – crime is a criminal justice issue and should be treated as such.

And that the small number of repeat violent criminals that have caused senseless carnage on the streets of some of our cities face stiff prison sentences by enforcing the thousands of laws already on the books. Project Exile, which mandated strict penalties for criminals who were found supplying or carrying illegal guns on city streets, successfully lowered the homicide rate when it was in effect. Let's hope that big city mayors plagued by staggering instances of violent crime consider that common sense approach!

Because we hope that the failed philosophy of placing ever-more restrictions on the law abiding in the vain hope of controlling the lawless will assume its rightful place in the dustbin of history, as we see support for stricter gun control on the wane.

And that the Judges nominated and confirmed to serve on Federal courts at all levels affirm the Heller and McDonald cases as accepted law – that the U.S. Constitution recognizes the fundamental individual right of law abiding citizens of this great nation to keep and bear arms.

And that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which prohibits senseless lawsuits based on intentional criminal misuses of lawfully sold, non-defective products, which no industry could survive, continues to be recognized as settled law to dismiss any such claims.

We hope that, as a highly regulated industry, our relationship with our regulators, such as the ATF and the State Department, will be that of mutual respect and cooperation, and that some rather puzzling and contorted interpretations of laws and regulations will be rescinded. We look forward to working with them to help stop burglaries and thefts from FFL's, and that ATF receive additional Federal funding to do its important job and reduce bureaucratic backlogs for retailers and their customers.

We are hopeful that Executive Orders banning the import of older firearms for lawful purposes will be withdrawn, and that control of export of firearms and ammunition be transferred from the State Department to the Commerce Department, just like every other category of exports.

We hope that International Treaties and protocols respect the natural right of people everywhere to self-defense, and that the United States will steadfastly oppose the ongoing attempts of some nations and disarmament groups to deprive honorable citizens of their rights in the name of controlling the lawless elements of other nations.

We hope that conservation efforts, supported largely by excise taxes on firearms and ammunition which our industry willingly pays, will be based solely upon sound science and their effects on species populations, and that Federal lands, which belong to all the people, will be kept open for all appropriate outdoor recreation activities, such as hunting and recreational shooting.

And I personally hope for the passage of the Hearing Protection Act, both as a public service to hold down the noise and not disturb our neighbors near shooting ranges, but also to help preserve what little hearing I have left!

Finally, we hope that the unity our industry has shown will continue, even in the face of half-truths, slander, bias, and fearfulness, and that we will continue to work together, not just in times of peril, but in recognition that our cause is right, and true, and enshrined by the drafters of our Constitution. And by doing so, we can turn our hopes into reality.

We must put aside whatever differences we may have had, and look forward, not backward. We have been through this before, and we become unified during the worst of times. My best hope is that we stay unified in the better days ahead.

Now, make no mistake – there remain many who for their own reasons and personal feelings and experiences, are still of the belief that firearms manufacturers, sellers and owners are not entitled to our beliefs, our livelihoods, or our way of life, which differ very much from their own.

We should never be complacent. Their will is determined and their resources are enormous. And when their side lost the election they bristled at the opportunity which they just had struck from their hands. It is in times of peace when we must allocate our resources to prepare for the next battle, whenever it may come.

If those who are immovably against us choose to fight us, we will be ready. But I hope that the measures I've outlined tonight and our outreach efforts will strike enough of a chord with the American public, to command their attention. We know not all will agree, but we ask those who are sincere in the dual goals of protecting the Constitutional rights of all Americans and making America a safer place, to join us, and at least give us a chance to show how we can help, and are succeeding, right now.

Let's renew our determination, our courage, and our hope for the future. For it is upon us to demonstrate to our divided and anxious nation that ours is indeed the best way ahead. It is long past time that our many contributions to the safety of our nation are recognized and supported.

And if we act with fairness, in a spirit of inclusion, then our hope of better days for our industry, our customers, and the general public, will surely be fulfilled.

We need and sincerely appreciate all your help and support. Now is the time to make the things we hope for happen for the benefit of our industry, our customers, and the American people! Thank you.
Jan 17-20
Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 4-12
Pennsylvania Farm Complex, Harrisburg, PA
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