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Shooting Industry August 2011 Digital Edition - Page 8

Industry Industrynews he NSSF announced July 12 it would file a lawsuit challenging the legal authority of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the ATF under the Gun Control Act. At issue is the new DOJ requirement that compels 8,500 federally licensed firearms retailers in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas to report the sale of two or more semiautomatic rifles larger than .22 caliber and capable of accepting a detachable magazine that are purchased following an FBI background check by the same individual within five consecutive business days. The new requirement was announced July 11 by the Justice Department. NSSF points out that at the time Congress authorized the reporting of multiple sales of handguns, it could have required the same report for the sale of long guns, but it did not. ATF is clearly exceeding its lawful authority under the Gun Control Act, NSSF officials say, and indicate that current ATF Acting Director Ken Melson has previously questioned ATF’s legal authority to impose this new requirement. “While we encourage all retailers, not just those along the southwest bor- Ammo Prices Cheaper Than 25 Years Ago! — pg. 16 Industry Files Suit Against Justice Department, ATF T der, to continue to cooperate with ATF and report any suspicious activity, this is the proverbial ‘slippery slope,’” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “If ATF can require this record keeping and reporting requirement of law-abiding retailers in these four states simply by sending a letter demanding the information, then there is no record or report ATF cannot require of any licensee, anywhere in the country, for as long as ATF wants. They simply need to send a letter demanding it.” The new DOJ reporting requirement has been criticized by lawmakers, and comes at a time when the DOJ and ATF are under investigation for encouraging dealers to sell firearms to straw purchasers, and then purposely allowing as many as 2,500 firearms to cross into Mexico. “In Operation Fast and Furious, gun dealers didn’t need this regulation, as they voluntarily provided ATF agents with information about suspected straw purchasers. In return for this voluntary cooperation, the Justice Department betrayed them by offering false assurances they would closely monitor sales of weapons that dealers otherwise did not want to make,” said Rep. Darrell E. Issa (RCalif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said the new requirement would not prevent gun trafficking into Mexico. “It is the height of hypocrisy for the Obama administration to restrict the gun rights of border state citizens, when the administration itself knowingly and intentionally allowed guns to be trafficked into Mexico,” Smith said. “Limiting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens is not going to solve the problem of guns being trafficked into Mexico. An additional reporting requirement won’t stop drug cartels from getting weapons. This rule unfairly punishes citizens in border states who have the right to purchase firearms to protect themselves and their families from dangerous drug traffickers and human smugglers.” For more information, visit www. 5.11 Tactical Unveils New Ad Campaign 5 .11 Tactical launched its new “Boots on the Ground” ad campaign July 1. “‘Boots on the Ground’ is a term that usually refers to U.S. military occupation in a given territory. It is likely that many of the military personnel who fulfill their duty then go into public safety service, which is why 5.11 Tactical is excited about the new advertising campaign that will feature users in the boots in different public safety and military situations, including the new Tactical Trainer 2.0,” according to company officials. The ad campaign was launched in conjunction with a month-long sweepstakes in July, which gave one lucky winner “Boots for Life.” “Our new lineup includes the new Tactical Trainer 2.0, which is perfect for training or off-duty wear. This new model means 5.11 Tactical now has footwear for on- and off-duty occasions — the sweepstakes winner might never have to buy footwear again!” said Joel Alarcon, SBU of Footwear director. According to officials, the Tactical Trainer 2.0 will begin a series of more frequent new product introductions in the market. For more information, visit AcuSport Adds New Products See page 10 4,400 $600,000 Glock Supports SOWF See page 12 NICS Background Checks In June See page 46 679,840 Subscribe to SI Digital: 8 AUGUST 2011 Subscribe to SI DIGITAL It’s Free!

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