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Shooting Industry March 2011 - Page 15

Industry Eyes New ATF Study T he ATF’s “Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns” is being scrutinized by the industry. Based on the provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), the study would likely prohibit the importation of some shotguns used in new sporting events. The NSSF issued a statement shortly after the study was released. “NSSF’s initial reaction to the study is that if the shooting public deems a certain activity to be ‘sporting’ through participation, even if that sport is new and seems unconventional to the uninitiated, NSSF does not believe the federal government should say that the firearms law-abiding citizens use to participate in that shooting sport activity are neither ‘particularly suitable for nor readily adaptable to generally recognized sporting purposes’ pursuant to the Gun Control Act of 1968,” the NSSF statement reads. The ATF invites comments on the study, which must be submitted no later than May 1, 2011. Comments may be submitted by e-mail to: or by fax to: (202) 6489601. Faxed comments may not exceed five pages. All comments must include a name and mailing address. To download a copy of the study, visit, click “Industry,” then “Firearms.” See “Firearms Industry News.” L Leatherman Tool Group Acquires Zweibrüder Optoelectronics GmbH eatherman Tool Group Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Zweibrüder Optoelectronics GmbH & Co. KB. The Solingen, Germany, company manufactures LED Lenser flashlights. Company founders and brothers, Rainer and Harald Opolka, will remain in partnership with Leatherman as minority shareholders in Zweibrüder Optoelectronics. Jake Nichol, CEO of Leatherman, will head both Leatherman Tool Group Inc. and the new subsidiary that will become the majority shareholder in Zweibrüder Optoelectronics. “By combining Leatherman’s advanced manufacturing capabilities with LED Lenser’s innovation and product ideation process, the entire team becomes that much more agile and our business practices that much stronger,” Nichol said. LED Lenser will continue to operate their existing German design and Asian manufacturing facilities, and sell their products under the LED Lenser brand. For more information, visit MARCH 2011 15

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