Government Relations and Other News



UK: Growing Support for Arming More Police


The UK’s fear of firearms, and potential weapons of all kinds, is well-documented. Subjects are urged not to carry any item, such as pepper spray, that might be adapted for self-defense. Officers take to social media to boast of “weapons sweeps” that turn up old kitchen knives, baseball bats, and sharpened sticks.



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.



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.