May 16th, 2018

Good News for Gunsmiths — Major ITAR Changes Coming

ITAR Department of State Commerce Trump administration Rule Changes gunsmithing

This is good news for gunsmiths and small manufacturers who have been threatened by onerous regulations (and huge fees), under ITAR. With a Republican President in the White House, it looks like the Departments of Commerce and State are moving towards removing common gunsmithing activities (such as threading barrels or fitting brakes) that were potentially under the purview of ITAR. In addition, possible Federal rule changes would broadly move firearms and ammunition out from ITAR regulation. Generally speaking, it appears that the proposed rule changes will make Federal law more tolerant, so that producers of small firearms accessory parts would no longer have to register as ITAR manufacturers (with hefty annual fees).

As part of the Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative and ahead of expected publication in the Federal Register this week, the Departments of Commerce and State have posted the new proposed rules transitioning export licensing of sporting and commercial firearms and ammunition from the ITAR-controlled U.S. Munitions List (USML) to the EAR-controlled Commerce Control List. Thus, items removed from the USML would become subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

The NSSF states: “The new proposed rules represent significant change in the regulations controlling exports of our products, and all exporters need to review these important proposed rules.

NSSF is preparing comments on the rules for formal submission. We will be sending out a recap of the changes in the next few days. Please make sure all your export specialists have a chance to review and provide comments. NSSF will be drafting a comments letter for both rules based on this review.”

If you have points that you would like to see included, please email Kim Pritula (kpritula@comcast.net) and Elizabeth McGuigan (emcguigan@nssf.org).

Access New Proposed Federal Rules HERE:

Department of Commerce (click to view)

SUMMARY: This proposed rule describes how articles the President determines no longer warrant control under United States Munitions List (USML) Category I – Firearms, Close Assault Weapons and Combat Shotguns; Category II – Guns and Armament; and Category III – Ammunition/Ordnance would be controlled under the Commerce Control List (CCL). This proposed rule is being published simultaneously with a proposed rule by the Department of State that would revise Categories I, II, and III of the USML to describe more precisely the articles warranting continued control on that list.

Department of State (click to view)

SUMMARY: The Department of State (the Department) proposes to amend the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to revise Categories I (firearms, close assault weapons and combat shotguns), II (guns and armament) and III (ammunition and ordnance) of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) to describe more precisely the articles warranting export and temporary import control on the USML. Items removed from the USML would become subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

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May 4th, 2018

NRA Annual Meetings — What’s Happening Friday, May 4

NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits 2018 Dallas Texas Donald Trump

It’s Friday, which means the exhibit hall of the 147th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits (NRAAM) opened today at 9:00 am at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Check out the 800+ exhibitors, seminars, workshops, special events, and celebrity meet and greets all in one spot. Here’s a quick glimpse of what’s happening today, Friday, May 4. The NRA Show runs Friday through Sunday. The Exhibit Hall is open 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and then 10:00 am through 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 6th.

For more info on events and exhibitors, visit www.nraam.org or download the NRAAM Mobile App.

President Donald Trump will speak today at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.
NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits 2018 Dallas Texas Donald Trump

Special Events
21st Annual National Firearms Law Seminar (ticket required)
Event starts at 8:00 am.

12th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum Luncheon & AuctionSOLD OUT!
Omni Dallas Hotel, Dallas Ballroom (Level 2). Event starts at 10:00 am.

NRA-ILA Leadership Forum (ticket required) – SOLD OUT!
KBHCC, Arena. Event starts at 11:50 am.

NRA-ILA Dinner and Auction SOLD OUT!
KBHCC, Ballroom D. Event starts at 6:00 pm.

NRA Country Jam Featuring Randy Rogers Band & Special Guest Scoot Brown Band (ticket required)
Gilley’s – Southside Music Hall. Event starts at 7:30 pm.

Daily Events
NRA Booth, Booth #8833
NRATV, Booth #8839
Pyramid Air® Air Gun Range, Ballroom C2
NRAstore, Ballroom C3 & C4
Eddie Eagle, Lobby D – Booth #130
Wall of Guns, Lobby C – Booth #109
Featured Product Center, Lobby D
NRA Country Sound Stage, Lobby F

Celebrity Appearances
Lena Miculek – Booth #6220 – 11:30am-12:00pm, 2:30pm-3:00pm, 5:00pm-5:30pm
Max Michel – Booth #6220 – 10:30am-11:00am, 1:30pm-2:00pm, 4:00pm-4:30pm
Sergeant Sammy L. Davis – Booth #10150 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Mykel Hawke – Booth #10150 – 12:00pm-6:00pm
Norris Jernigan – Booth #10163 – 9:00am-6:00pm
Lou Ferrigno – Booth #8627 – 12:00pm-1:15pm
John “Tig” Tiegen – Booth #8627 – 1:30pm-3:00pm
Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko – Booth #8627 – 10:00am-11:30am
John Correia – Booth #8623 – 2:00pm-3:00pm
Corinne Mosher – Booth #4323 – 1:00pm
Jerry Miculek – Booth #8555 – 11:00am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Jim & John Scoutten – Booth #8555 – 10:00am-11:00am
Cheyenne Dalton – Booth #9556 – 10:00am-11:00am
Anthony Amantine – Booth #9556 – 11:00am-12:00pm
Jerry Miculek – Booth #9556 – 1:00pm-2:00pm
The Gould Brothers – Booth #9556 – 2:00pm-3:00pm
Black Rifle Coffee Company – Booth #7733 – 9:00am-6:00pm

Click here for a complete list of celebrity appearances!

Seminars/Workshops/Special Presentations
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Room D172 – Clubs & Associations Workshop
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Room D170 – Refuse To Be A Victim: Teaching Crime Prevention
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Room D167 & 174 – Guns of Vietnam
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Room C140 & 142 – Concealed Carry Fundamentals
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Room D163 & 165 – Armed Citizen: How to Interact with Law Enforcement
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm, Room C141, 143 & 149 – Concealed Carry Methods
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm, Room C140 & 142 – Survival Mindset: Are You Prepared?
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Room D163 & 165 – Craig Boddington on Great Rifles and Cartridges
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Room D170 – Refuse To Be A Victim: Crime Prevention Strategies
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Room D167 & 174 – Sheepdogs! The Bulletproof Mind for the Armed Citizen
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Room D171 & 173 – National School Shield: More Secure Schools
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, Room C141, 143 & 149 – 14 Factors RE Shooting Under Duress
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Room C140 & 142 – Advancded Concealed Carry Fundamentals

Click here for a complete list of seminars, workshops, and special presentations!

Featured Product Center Demos (Located in Lobby D)
10:00 am – Full Conceal
11:00 am – American Tactical
12:00 pm – American Tactical
1:00 pm – Mantis
2:00 pm – American Tactical
3:00 pm – Full Conceal
4:00 pm – Trijicon

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February 27th, 2018

NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Dallas, May 3-6, 2018

NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits Rifle Association Dallas TX Texas May 2018

With the NRA being shunned by “politically correct” American corporations (STORY HERE), we think it’s more important than ever for firearms owners to support the NRA. If you don’t belong to the NRA yet, consider joining. If you are already a member, renew your membership. And we encourage all NRA members to attend the NRA’s annual convention, to be held in Dallas, Texas this year. The May event is expected to draw over 80,000 members.

NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits Rifle Association Dallas TX Texas May 2018

The 147th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits will take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, May 3-6 in Dallas, Texas. The Exhibit Hall will be open May 4-6, with displays from over 800 companies and organizations. Along with the displays, the event features seminars, workshops, auctions, concerts, demos, and even an indoor airgun shooting gallery.


Exhibitor List | Exhibitor Map | Event Schedule | Event Tickets

If you haven’t attended the NRA Convention before, this 2016 video offers a preview:

CLICK HERE for Exhibitor List and Booth Locations

There will be over 800 Exhibitors displaying products at the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. You can see products from big name companies such as Berger Bullets, Leupold, Nightforce, Nosler, Redding, Remington, Ruger, Savage, Smith & Wesson, and Winchester. You can also meet with top hunting guides and outfitters.

CLICK HERE for a Full Schedule of Special Events

The National NRA Foundation Banquet & Auction will be held May 3 at 5:00 pm. The NRA-ILA Leadership Forum take place May 4 in the Convention Center Arena. The Annual National Firearms Law Seminar, the largest gathering of Second Amendment attorneys in the country, runs Friday morning, May 4.

LOCATION of 2018 NRA Annual Meetings in Dallas:

NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits Rifle Association Dallas TX Texas May 2018

Firearms Policy for the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings
During the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, lawfully carried firearms will be permitted in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and the Omni Dallas Hotel in accordance with Texas law. When carrying your firearm remember to follow all federal, state, and local laws.

NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits Rifle Association Dallas TX Texas May 2018

NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits Rifle Association Dallas TX Texas May 2018

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December 8th, 2017

House of Representatives Passes Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 HR38 H.r. 38 house of representatives Senate
Photo courtesy NRA-ILA.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38) in a 231-198 vote on Wednesday, December 6th. The legislation will next proceed to the U.S. Senate. If a joint version of the Bill is approved by both House and Senate, the new legislation would then go to the President for signature.

Story Based on Report by NRA-ILA.org
The National Rifle Association applauded House Members for passing the most far-reaching expansion of self-defense rights in modern American history. “This vote marks a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves, and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines.”

Next Stop — the U.S. Senate
“This bill ensures that all law-abiding citizens in our great country can protect themselves in the manner they see fit without accidentally running afoul of the law. We now call on the Senate to take up and pass this critical legislation,” Cox concluded.

H.R. 38 — What This Legislation Does and Does Not Do
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 ensures that those Americans who can legally carry a concealed firearm in one state will legally be able to do so in every other state. It eliminates the confusing patchwork of state laws that have ensnared otherwise law-abiding gun owners.

While the bill allows recognition of concealed firearms permits from one state to the next (reciprocity), it does NOT create a federal licensing or registration system or establish national standards for concealed carry. Moreover, H.R. 38 will NOT override current state laws governing the time, place, and manner of carrying concealed weapons.

The bill also makes improvements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, NICS. This bill incentivizes states and government agencies to update the NICS with legitimate records of prohibited persons.

Summary of H.R. 38 — Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
This bill amends the Federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms. A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone; and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in Federally-owned lands that are open to the public.

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October 2nd, 2017

Leupold Scopes Displayed at White House Made in America Event

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President Trump and Vice President Pence review Leupold scopes in the East Room of the White House on July 17, 2017, during the Made in America Product Showcase. (White House photo).

As part of a program featuring American products from all 50 States, Leupold & Stevens proudly represented its home state of Oregon in the “Made in America Product Showcase” held July 17, 2017 in the East Room of the White House. As part of the event, Leupold presented rifle scopes and other optics products crafted in its Beaverton, Oregon, manufacturing plant.

The product showcase, which included one product line from each state, was reviewed by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and members of Congress. Along with Leupold’s optics, a wide range of other products were on display including guitars (Gibson, TN), NASA Space Suits (ILC Dover, DE), golf clubs (Ping, AZ), cowboy hats (Stetson, TX), and even horse-shoes (St. Pierre, MA). CLICK HERE for list of products by state.

“It was an honor to represent our 700-plus dedicated American workers and the state of Oregon at the Made in America Product showcase. We’re a fifth-generation, family-owned company that has been manufacturing in Oregon for 110 years”, said Bob Nees, Leupold’s VP of Marketing. Leupold President/CEO Bruce Pettet added: “Leupold & Stevens has called Oregon home since 1907, and we’ve never wavered in our commitment to American manufacturing”.

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The White House had officially declared July 17th as “Made in America Day”:

Today, we mark the first Made in America Day and recognize the vital contributions of American workers and job creators to our Nation’s prosperity and strength. America owes much of its success to the determination and ingenuity of its entrepreneurs, workers, and farmers, who drive our economy and support our military strength.

American work ethic and quality craftsmanship are the heart and soul of our Nation. We are a Nation of innovators, builders, and farmers. We construct architectural wonders like the Golden Gate Bridge and the New York skyline. We feed the Nation and the world with agricultural products like American wheat, corn, and beef. We drive technological innovation, like the internet and the Global Positioning System, from visions to realities.

My Administration recognizes the critical connection between a strong manufacturing base and a thriving economy. I am committed to promoting American manufacturing, opening markets around the world for our producers, and protecting our businesses from unfair trade practices.

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