September 22, 2019

Jay Leno Cancels Appearance at SHOT Show

From the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

NSSF Statement on Jay Leno Cancellation of SHOT Show Appearance

We are clearly disappointed by Jay Leno’s decision not to perform at the 2015 SHOT Show State of the Industry Dinner. He unilaterally cancelled his promised appearance due to pressure from the anti-gun lobby, which included false statements about our industry and its commitment to genuine firearms safety, which we attempted to personally correct with him, but to no avail.

We are not deterred by their publicity seeking nor are we unfamiliar with the bullying political tactics of the gun control groups that seem to have as little respect for the First Amendment as they continually demonstrate with regard to the Second Amendment.

We are proud of the many programs that we run that meaningfully contribute to public safety including our long standing Project ChildSafe and Don’t Lie for the Other Guy initiatives in addition to our members everyday work in compliance with comprehensive federal and state laws. We will not allow the lawful commerce in firearms nor our industry to be demonized and we will continue to speak out for the Second Amendment rights of the millions of law-abiding citizens who are our customers.

Despite Mr. Leno’s cancellation, we look forward to having our biggest and best State of the Industry Dinner to date with a performer that respects the contributions of our industry and the customers it supports.

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Female Hunting Participation Increasing, RMEF Hails Growth

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation applauds recent research that indicates more female hunters are heading into the woods, mountains and backcountry than ever before.

“Hunting is not just for ‘good old boys,’” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “More and more young girls, teenagers and women of all ages are getting out in the field. That’s a great thing and not just for them personally, but also because it bodes well for ensuring the future of conservation and our hunting heritage.”

Data accumulated by the National Shooting Sports Foundation from participation studies conducted by the National Sporting Goods Association shows a combination of 3,346,000 women, toting either a rifle or a bow, actively hunted in 2012 compared to 3,041,000 in 2008. That growth of 305,000 represents a 10 percent increase in just four years. In contrast, hunting participation over that same time period was just 1.9 percent for males.

Those numbers also mirror the overall growth of hunter participation on a larger scale in other recent research. The 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation showed a nine percent increase among American men and women 16 years and older from 2006 to 2011. Over that same time period, the percentage of female participation among all hunters jumped from 9.6 percent in 2006 to 11 percent in 2011.

“Hunting is an American tradition. That way of life holds true despite gender, ethnicity or location. The fact that more girls and women are making their way in the woods or on the water only increases our ties to the wildlife and land around us,” added Allen.

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Major Milestone for Families Afield – 1 Million New Hunters!

National Program Reduced Barriers, Created Opportunities for Newcomers

NEWTOWN, Conn. –The future of hunting is brighter today than it was nearly a decade ago thanks to the extraordinary success of Families Afield, an innovative program that has introduced 1 million newcomers to hunting.

This impressive number demonstrates that interest in hunting remains high and that what’s needed to spark a lifelong passion for hunting is a proper introduction enabled by state regulations. With success in hand, Families Afield’s call to action is this: If your state offers an apprentice hunting license, make it a point to bring a newcomer along this hunting season; or if you’ve never gone hunting before, seek out a mentor and give it a try.

Launched in 2004, Families Afield was developed to increase the number of hunters to ensure a promising future for the tradition of hunting and conservation. Hunters provide the lion’s share of support for conservation through the purchases of hunting licenses and excise taxes paid on sales of firearms and ammunition.

“I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to be a hunter, so my dad told me we can get this apprentice hunting license and we can see if you like it,” said youth apprentice hunter Seth Wasilewski in a new Families Afield video that features youth and parents who have taken advantage of the program. Seth, who took his first deer that day, went on to complete his hunter education course and continues to hunt—a progression followed by so many other mentored hunters.

Families Afield is a model of cooperative effort by several major organizations. The program was founded in 2004 by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. The National Rifle Association and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation are also coalition partners in the Families Afield program.

To achieve its mission, Families Afield focused on removing barriers such as age restrictions that were preventing sportsmen and women from passing hunting on to the next generation. Families Afield also encouraged states to establish an apprentice hunting license—a “try before you buy” concept that allowed newcomers to go afield with an experienced mentor before completing a hunter education course. Cumulative sales of apprentice hunting licenses have surpassed 1 million.

Today, 35 states have approved legislation making it easier for newcomers to try hunting with an experienced mentor.

“I don’t know that sitting in a classroom for two or three days would have sparked the same interest [in my son] as getting out in the woods and getting experience deer hunting,” said Greg Wasilewski, Seth’s father and mentor.

Added parent Andrew Wecker, who mentored his daughter and son, “If you have a parent out with a child, something good is going to happen from that, and for this family hunting has been a good thing for us.”

Program organizers say adding 1 million new hunters has had a ripple effect on overall participation because having a new hunter in a family often means other family members and friends become more active hunters or are reactivated.

Nearly 200,000 apprentice licenses were sold in 2012, according to a survey of state fish and wildlife agencies commissioned by the Families Afield partners. That brings the total since 2006 to 1,006,269 apprentice hunting licenses, making Families Afield one of the most successful hunter-recruitment programs.

Most apprentices are youth, but increasingly adults have taken advantage of apprentice licenses to determine if they enjoy the activity enough to complete the hunter education course required to purchase a hunting license on their own.

The Families Afield partners will be celebrating this “1 million milestone” in the coming weeks by releasing key findings regarding the effectiveness of the program. As noted by the latest Families Afield video, “It took five years to reach 1 million new hunters, but with your help we can reach 2 million a whole lot faster.”

Experienced hunters and those who want to try hunting should check their state’s hunting regulations for information about apprentice hunting licenses. More information about Families Afield can be found at www.FamiliesAfield.org.

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NSSF Dumps Reed Exhibitions, Will They Dump Connecticut?

Most of you are probably already aware that earlier this year, the Eastern Outdoor Expo in Pennsylvania was canceled when Reed Exhibitions, who host the event, banned guns in the show. Mass numbers of exhibitors pulled out of the show eventually forcing Reed Exhibitions to cancel.

When you combine the questionable tactics of Reed Exhibitions with the anti gun efforts by this administration and groups bent on ridding the world of guns, things happen that leave one to question the sanity of some businesses such as Reed Exhibitions. The backlash and fallout from Reed’s gun banning is still showing up.

Recently the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced it was dumping Reed Exhibitions, who have been doing their SHOT Show for over 30 years.

Some NSSF members say this announcement took too long in coming but in addition to that, are questioning why NSSF doesn’t pull it’s operation out of Connecticut, which recently implemented several anti gun and anti gun business regulations.

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