A new survey by McLaughlin & Associates, a nationally-recognized polling firm based in Blauvelt, New York, shows overwhelming public support for the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and a clear majority belief that more gun control laws would not have prevented recent mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado. According to the survey results, 52.2 percent of the public thinks better enforcement of existing gun laws is the right approach to reducing violent crime, and 55.5 percent want politicians to focus on current laws rather than enact more laws (36.1%). Importantly, 58.1 percent of Americans believe any proposed firearm policies should be debated and enacted through a democratic process, while only 31 percent think the president should enact policy by executive order.
West Marine, an omni-channel provider of aftermarket products and services to the boating, fishing, sailing and watersports markets in the U.S. announces it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by L Catterton.
The Civilian Marksmanship Programhosted the 2021 Talladega Spring Classic at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. Over 400 rifle and pistol entries flowed throughout the 500-acres of the facility, logging a successful turnout to launch the CMP’s spring schedule.
SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG Captain and professional shooter Max Michel for his first-place finish in the Carry Optics Division at the Inaugural 2021 Team Motley Dragon’s Cup.
This week, Bassmaster launched a second fantasy game — Mercury Bassmaster Drain the Lake Challenge. Fans can set their rosters by 6 a.m. ET on April 22 to play along during the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork.

The Western Regional in Phoenix, Arizona, last weekend was the first stop of the 2021 National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) Championship Tour. It was also the first opportunity for lady shooters to compete for the new Winchester Ladies Cup and added prize money.
Team Krieghoff Sporting Clays members triumphed in Arizona and Florida as they captured numerous championship titles in the 2021 Western Regional and 2021 Florida State Shoot.
Registration is open for Patoka Lake’s Full Moon 5K, which will start on the beach on Friday, July 23 at 9:30 p.m. Participants will race 3.1 miles through the woods on roadways, a well-maintained gravel path, and a paved bike trail lit by the moon and tiki torches.
- GEAR -
The Plano AW2 Pistol Case is made in the USA. It features a Dri-Loc seal to keep dirt, dust, debris, and moisture out while the interior features pluckable foam. An over-molded handle allows for easy transport and is airline approved.

Galco offers an array of ankle holsters, a carry method that can be ideal in warm weather. These include the Ankle Glove, Ankle Lite and the Ankle Guard.
Captain John Irwin excels with a variety of different tackle and techniques, but catching quality fish on a fly is his favorite. Plano® gives him the EDGE™ he needs to keep all of his tackle organized and protected, including his prized possession- his flies.
The wait is over as the Montana deer and elk permit drawing is complete, just 12 days after the application deadline.
RISE Armament, manufacturer and supplier of triggers, components, and firearms announced that the company was presented the Gold Medallion Award from the HIRE Vets Medallion Program. The national award recognizes employers for their efforts to recruit and employ veterans.

Safariland announced the formation of a new breed of brand ambassadors: CADRE. The CADRE brings first-hand expertise in product application, life dependent scenarios and training capabilities.
The High Road with Keith Warren and Wildlife Research Center, Inc. have renewed their long term relationship for 2021.
Primary Arms Optics has announced the hiring of Katie Ryan as the new U.S. Field Sales Manager. Formerly of VLTOR Weapon Systems and Safari Club International, Katie brings a wealth of experience in firearms sales and customer relationship management.
Hornady has been named an Official Sponsor of the 2021 National Rifle League Hunter Series. As an Official Sponsor of the NRL Hunter Series, Hornady will provide products as match donations and help promote the series through its various platforms.

- JOBS -
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is seeking candidates for two Regional Director positions: Northern California and Nevada
"For America’s 150 million gun owners, much of our law enforcement community, and many rational people everywhere, President Biden’s recent call for more gun control measures dangled like the punchline to a bad joke.”
Safariland announced new 575 Slim Pro-Fit holsters equipped with Safariland’s Grip Locking System. It is designed for the GLOCK 43, 43X and 48, Springfield Armory Hellcat and XD-S, Sig Sauer P365/P365X, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield/Shield Plus, and similarly sized pistols.
For anglers searching out their next reel that offers a high level of performance to value, now available, Daiwa’s Laguna LT was built for you. Abbreviated “LT” for “light” and “tough”, the Laguna LT offers everyone from panfish and trout anglers to bass, walleye, and inshore a solution that won’t leave your wallet empty.

Federal Premium introduces Punch 22 LR, a new load using a first-of-its-kind 29-grain nickel-plated lead-core bullet, pushed at maximum velocities for the deepest penetration through short-barrel handguns.
Known for accurate and fast long-range firing solution in optics with its riflescopes, Huskemaw Optics has added Huskemaw 10x42 HD binoculars to its lineup.
Nebraska's Hunters Helping the Hungry program is surveying meat processors that take deer in order to improve the delivery of the program to the public.
More than 250 youth in the Bannock County, Idaho, 4-H Program will have the opportunity to learn about archery and practice their bow-shooting skills thanks to a $4,200 donation, in cash and equipment, from the Southeast Idaho Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC).

Offered in partnership with The Nature Conservancy in California, the $219,000 in grants to 18 land trusts will allow these nonprofit land conservation organizations to identify and implement the best solutions to monitor land in their care using tools such as satellite imagery and machine learning.
Nomad’s Leafy ¼ Zip Pullover and Leafy Pants deliver the best of both of those features in a lightweight package that’s designed for run-and-gun turkey hunting.
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Nelli Williams, Alaska Director, Trout Unlimited & Tia Shoemaker, Alaskan hunting guide to talk about Pebble Mine and Bristol Bay.
This week, Outdoors Radio features incoming Wisconsin Wildlife Federation executive director Mark LaBarbera, charter captain “Dumper Dan” Welsch, “Tick Terminator” Brian Anderson and pro angler Duffy Kopf.

Of the nation’s nearly 12 million registered recreational boats, those owners who federally document their vessels, or about 165,000 boats, will be spared the hassle of renewing their U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation every year as a result of recent rule change that now makes documentation valid for five years.
Manufactured from a solid piece of 4140 Chrome-Moly steel, hardened and coated, the Securis is useful for any task from cutting to breaching, making it the perfect addition to any go-bag.
DIY taxidermy products maker BIG 8 PRODUCTS has recently released a new product––Turkey Beard Hanger.
The National Wild Turkey Federation surprised Nicole Croushore of Smithton, Pennsylvania with a $10,000 check for being the winner of the 2021 Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship.

Kolar Arms, USA firearms manufacturer specializing in competition shotguns has renewed its sponsorship of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP).
Long Pine State Recreation Area has reopened to the public after a cedar tree removal project finished early.
Representatives from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Ducks Unlimited, the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, the Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and USA Rice stood in unison with Gov. Asa Hutchinson Wednesday to announce the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 1014 in support of efforts to boost waterfowl and waterfowl habitat in The Natural State.
Ohioans are asked to help preservation and restoration efforts for eastern hellbenders and other vulnerable wildlife by donating all or a portion of this year’s state income tax refund.
Right now, oak trees are at high risk for oak wilt, a serious fungal disease that can weaken white oaks and kill red oak trees within weeks of infection. Residents are asked to avoid pruning or wounding trees between April 15 and July 15.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department urges poultry owners to use electric fencing and follow other precautions to protect their birds from predation.



Genetic testing results recently confirmed a large canine killed Jan. 28, 2021, near Ueling, was a gray wolf.
Seeing young wild animals, such as deer, possums, ducks, rabbits and song birds, alone is common this time of year. Though the inclination may be to intervene, the best choice is to leave the animal alone.

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature was written by the NSSF’s Larry Keene and is reproduced with permission.

It’s hard to think of a worse possible nominee than David Chipman to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). President Joe Biden could have nominated Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, as he infamously promised him a gun control job at an El Paso campaign appearance. Or maybe even given the nod to Michael Bloomberg. It seems President Biden’s primary qualifications for the job are “must hate guns” and “belittle those who buy guns.”


The nomination of Chipman is a troubling reversal of years of pro-active safety cooperation between ATF and our industry. It is an undeniable targeting of a Constitutionally protected industry by President Biden who called us “the enemy.” It is also a reckless betrayal of the brave men and women of the ATF who have a difficult enough job without the politicization of the ATF. Under Chipman ATF will pivot from enforcing the laws enacted by Congress to political activism.

Chipman is wholly unqualified to lead the men and women of the ATF. He surrendered any notion of being able to execute the duties the office requires when he became a lobbyist for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and later for Giffords gun control group, along with his position as senior policy advisor at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Among the bills he lobbied Congress were universal background checks, handgun licensing and registration, banning modern sporting rifles (MSRs), instituting age-based gun bans and to establish a national firearm transfer delay period.

That’s an unacceptable starting point for any nominee for this position. It’s putting the fox in charge of watching the hen house. The inverse would be if President Donald Trump had nominated Wayne LaPierre to take the job during his administration. The mainstream media and gun control camp would have howled, and not without cause. That’s why NSSF won’t passively simply oppose this nomination. NSSF is adamantly opposed. It will treat this nomination, and any senators who vote in favor of it, as the threat to the firearm industry and Americans’ ability to exercise their fundamental Second Amendment rights that it is.

Chipman is unqualified and unworthy of this position of public trust. The U.S. Senate has a role to advise and consent, and it must examine the factors that make Chipman unacceptable as the ATF director.


Chipman’s nomination is the thank-you card for which gun control groups have been waiting. Several groups made it clear they expected President Biden to deliver big for them, because they delivered big for him on the campaign trail. Bloomberg’s March for Our Lives demanded $1 billion in spending for gun bans and gun control, along with a Cabinet-level position to emphasize the Executive Branch’s seriousness on gun control. Just weeks ago, Giffords gun control was emphasizing their desire for action.

Gun control just got paid back in a big way. They didn’t get “a” man for the job. They got “their” man.

It was also a political play with Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz). He’s the co-founder of Giffords gun control, along with his wife and former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, for who the group is named. It is his organization that would be at the point of enacting a gun control agenda and it would be a favor that President Biden would likely call in later.


President Biden made a show of talking up Chipman’s 25 years as an ATF agent. The president didn’t explain that those years weren’t without lingering questions. Chipman was “case agent in [the] Branch Davidian trial” while stationed in Waco, Texas, from 1993 to 1998. Chipman reportedly claimed Branch Davidians downed two helicopters with .50-caliber rounds during the 51-day siege. A U.S House of Representatives report indicated that no helicopters were downed or any crew hurt.

A photo published in The Daily Mail shows Chipman standing in front of the smoldering remains of the burned compound, holding a rifle and wearing camouflaged clothes. In the background is the skull of one of the 76 men, women and children killed in the botched raid. It is important to note, these were Americans, some innocent children.

Chipman’s antipathy wasn’t limited to Waco. He derided the 8.4 million first-time gun buyers who purchased a firearm last year for self-protection during the pandemic. Chipman dismissed the buyers as fearful and preparing “for end times scenarios and zombie apocalypses.”

“If you didn’t think you needed a gun prior to March of this year, you certainly don’t need to rush out and get one now,” Chipman added.

He said new gun owners “might think they are die-hard, ready-to-go, but unfortunately, they’re more like Tiger King and they’re putting themselves and their families in danger.”

“Secure that gun, locked and unloaded and hide it behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you have stored in a cabinet and only bring that out if the zombies start to appear,” he said.

Only in President Biden’s mind, are these statements somehow better than “Beto” O’Rourke’s “Hell Yes” announcement on wanting to confiscate 20 million MSRs.

ATF deserves a leader, not a former gun control lobbyist with a political agenda. The Senate must reject this nomination.

—Larry Keane
Keane is the Senior Vice President for Government & Pubic Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation
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