The wide scope of the attacks on guns, gunowners and the industry since the horrific shooting in Florida in February reveals the extent anti-gun organizations have advanced their agenda, tactics and messaging.
There is a reason for that, beyond their obvious disdain for all things "guns." It's their job. And they've become very good at what they do.
Today, the anti-gun movement is well-funded. Millions of dollars pour into numerous anti-gun organizations. In truth, it's now a major "industry," devoted to redefining gun ownership, mentoring a new generation of anti-gun crusaders and crushing the firearms industry.
Sounds bleak, right? On the surface, perhaps, but the industry is in the fight. And it's having an impact.
In The Fight
First, some good news. In March, the FBI conducted 1,503,967 (NSSF-adjusted) background checks, a 10.8 percent increase over the 1,356,929 checks in March of last year. More importantly, it was the highest March in the history of NICS, and second only to December 2017 (1,621,261) in the number of background checks since December 2016.
The March numbers pulled the year's first quarter out of the negative column, posting a 1.0 percent increase in background checks (3,731,375, NSSF-adjusted) over the first quarter of 2017 (3,693,502). Viewed alone, this may not create much excitement, but given the downward spiral in sales, it's welcome.
On Capitol Hill and elsewhere, NSSF has done a lot of heavy lifting. The foundation has provided much-needed direction to the "run about and shout" insanity unleashed by legislators committed to "doing something!"
Thanks to NSSF, Fix NICS is now a law. It's ironic Fix NICS suddenly became the must-pass legislation on Capitol Hill, given that NSSF created the FixNICS campaign in 2013, and it's been a major topic of every NSSF Congressional Fly-In since its launch.
During NSSF's annual Congressional Fly-In last month, industry leaders met with legislators to address age-based gun bans, the Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, the Hearing Protection Act, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and Export Control Reform.
In other positive news, in March, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed into law SB408, which makes it a Class H felony to make a straw purchase in the state. The penalty: a $10,000 fine and 6 years in prison.
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