This report by the National Shooting Sports Foundation provides fascinating reading . The number of shooters as well as the money and time spent at the range boggles the mind and should give pause to those who think that gun enthusiasts are a group to be ignored and trampled upon .
” Whether it’s religiously practiced at a range or shooting club each week or participated as an occasional weekend activity in the countryside with friends, millions of Americans go target shooting each year. In fact, more Americans target shoot each year than the number of people who live in the entire state of Florida or New York. Target shooters may be having fun afield with each shot at a clay pigeon or paper target, but with each outing, they are also part of an economic force at work. In fact, their activities generate $9.9 billion in spending each year through the purchase of shooting-specific products and services and create hundreds of thousands of jobs directly associated with the sale and manufacture of those goods and the provision of those services. As such, target shooting provides fun and enjoyment for millions of Americans, but ultimately benefits millions more through its positive economic impact.”
Just take a look at these numbers …
” Target shooting comes in many forms. Participants shoot to test their skills and prepare for competition, hone their defensive abilities, test their marksmanship with new loads and optics or to simply have fun!Just like owning multiple tools to perform different jobs, many target shooters own more than one firearm, each with a particular use or purpose. With 65 percent of all target shooters, rifles are the most often used firearm. Handguns follow closely behind. Shotguns are used by 48 percent of all participants with muzzleloaders used by 18 percent of the shooting public. Although more target shooters use rifles, handgun users actually spend more days shooting, in part due to greater availability of indoor ranges in urban areas where more people live. Participation in target shooting by state roughly parallels each state’s population. Even in largely urban areas, people are keen to try their hand with firearms. Despite restrictions that can make target shooting activities difficult to enjoy, target shooting remains extremely popular and continues to grow everywhere.”
Target shooting generates incredible amounts of revenue for businesses both firearm related and others as well as creating hundreds of thousands of jobs .
Read the whole report , download the PDF and be sure to share it with your friends and fellow shooters .
” March was the third biggest month for firearm background check numbers in the National Instant Criminal Background Check systems history, according to numbers release by the FBI. That number changes when data is adjusted, Guns.com reports.
According to the data, across the country 2,488,842 total background checks were performed in March 2014, which is up by about 200,000 from one year ago and by about 400,000 from February.
Additionally, March 2014 had three of the 10 highest number of checks in a single day, and the first two weeks of the month ranked in the top 10 for highest weeks for gun background checks. “
However, if the raw number is adjusted by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states such as Connecticut, Illinois and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases, it actually becomes the second highest March in NICS history, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the industry’s lobby. […] “
Thanks to the Free Beacon
Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Members:
Senator Brian E. Frosh, Chairman (D-16)
Senator Lisa A. Gladden, Vice Chairman (D-41)
Senator James Brochin (D-42)
Senator Joseph M. Getty (R-5)
Senator Jennie M. Forehand (D-17)
Senator Nancy Jacobs (R-34)
Senator C. Anthony Muse (D-26)
Senator Jamie Raskin (D-20)
Senator Christopher B. Shank (R-2)
Senator Norman R. Stone Jr. (D-6)
Senator Bobby A. Zirkin (D-11)
Visit NSSF’s Government Relations site at nssf.org/GovRel
“NSSF encourages all firearms owners, hunters and sportsmen to immediately call their U.S. Senators and urge them to vote YES on a critically important procedural motion that will allow the Senate to take up the Sportsmen’s Act(S.3525) after the November election.
The bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act is the most important single piece of pro-sportsmen legislation in a generation. This historic legislation includes the firearms industry’s top legislative priority, the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act (S.838), which would clarify that ammunition is excluded from regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act.”
Population then: Very rare
Population now: 5.5 million
“Everyone should know the story of how America created the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration initiative that has returned many species, including the wood duck, to abundance, protected millions of acres of habitat and served as a model of conservation for countries around the world. WSFR is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and to honor the milestone NSSF will feature examples of “un-endangered” species that have been rescued from severe population decline, and some from near extinction, through state and federal wildlife management programs whose WSFR funding has been maximized by firearms and ammunition industry companies.”
“The 2012 Democratic National Convention released its party platform today and it quickly drew fire from several points of the political spectrum for its statement on the Second Amendment and firearms ownership. As we did with the corresponding Republican platform section, we include it in its entirety:
“Firearms. We recognize that the individual right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms. We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation. We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms. We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements – like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole – so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few.”
” What The Left Won’t Tell You About The Boom In U.S. Gun Sales “
” As gun sales surged in early 2009 the going joke among employees of gun manufacturers was that President Barack Obama was the “greatest gun salesman of all time.” The trouble with this backhanded complement, however, is Left-
leaning news outlets have since used it to avoid something that really scares them.
As ABC put it, Americans are buying more Glocks and Berettas simply because they fear “a
second Obama administration might restrict gun ownership.” Their reporting conveniently stops
right there. “
” This week’s outrage comes to us from our nation’s capital, where D.C.’s decidedly anti-gun mayor is apoplectic over a billboard ad placed last month by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
So what was it about the billboard ad that so raised the ire of D.C.’s mayor, Vincent Gray? Well, the billboard says “Hey D.C. — It’s time for your first shot,” and features a picture of a woman holding a paper target. The billboard, which is simply an advertisement for NSSF’s “First Shots” gun safety and training seminars, so incensed Mayor Gray that he called the sign “offensive” and “irresponsible.” “