Government Relations and Other News


Pew Research Releases Survey of Americans & Guns

Pew Research Center GraphSome might see it as a magazine half full — or half empty. Better yet, the findings of a Pew Research Center survey report titled America’s Complex Relationship with Guns shows it’s not time to step off the firing line, but to reload. The Pew Research Center has released an extensive survey measuring Americans' attitudes about gun ownership and the results offer a mixed picture. NSSF’s Larry Keane zeroes on what’s most important in a blog post.


Good Gun Legislation Takes Time, Hard Work

U.S. Concealed Carry LicencesNSSF’s Larry Keane told the Associated Press last week that gaining success in good gun legislation takes time. The AP reported that not much has happened in the way of advancing legislation surrounding guns, including the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and the Hearing Protection Act. Both bills are priorities for NSSF, along with Export Control Reform and the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act. Congress has been focused on the American Health Care Act and is expected to take up take tax reforms. In the meantime, NSSF has been building support for its federal legislative priorities. Carry Concealed Reciprocity has 200 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and 37 in the U.S. Senate. The Hearing Protection Act has 154 House cosponsors and 17 in the Senate.



The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, H.R. 38, introduced by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), has gained 200 House cosponsors. The equivalent Senate bill, S. 446, introduced by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has 37 cosponsors.

A new anti-gun study based on the mistaken premise that the criminal misuse of firearms is a public health issue demonstrates an embarrassing lack of understanding of firearms characteristics, false assumptions and shoddy research.

Seattle’s City Council promised their citizens they would raise $500 million for efforts to study and counter violence within the city. Since the gun tax was put into effect, violence has surged in Seattle and firearms retailers have exited the city.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), who has a history of supporting gun control measures, advises anti-gunners to disguise their intentions by calling gun control by another name: “gun safety.”

The Rotary International board reversed its decision to adopt “revisions to the Code of Policies” that would have prevented local clubs from conducting or sponsoring gun shows and accepting sponsorships from gun companies or stores.



Unintentional Firearms Fatalities Fall 17 Percent

New data from the National Safety Council show that the number of fatal firearms accidents dropped 17 percent from 2014 to 2015 to 489, the lowest total since record-keeping began in 1903. That’s about three-tenths of 1 percent of the 146,571 total accidental deaths from all other listed causes. The decrease came in a year that saw record firearms sales to many millions of Americans.