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Industry Industrynews By Russ Thurman he NSSF lawsuit challenging the ATF’s legal authority to require reporting multiple rifle sales is proceeding. Legal arguments are scheduled for Oct. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. On Aug. 22, NSSF filed the lawsuit to counter the ATF’s new requirement directed at 8,500 federally licensed firearms retailers in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. As of Aug. 14, the ATF began requiring dealers in those states to report multiple sales of any semiautomatic rifle larger than .22 caliber and capable of accepting a detachable magazine to the same person within five consecutive business days. NSSF officials say the ATF is clearly exceeding its lawful authority under the Gun Control Act. “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 Gateway To Women’s Clothing Market — pg. 24 Industry Lawsuit Against ATF Moves Forward T 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 industry is taking a wait-and-see position concerning the White House nomination of B. Todd Jones to lead the ATF. In late August, the White House announced Jones would replace Acting Director Ken Melson, who was reassigned within the Department of Justice. Melson’s reassignment comes at a time when the Justice Department and ATF are under scrutiny regarding the highly criticized Fast and Furious operation. Jones, a former U.S. Marine Corps JAG officer, is the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. In a statement released on Aug. 30, NSSF said it “looks forward to meeting with Mr. Jones and to continuing our in- New ATF Leadership dustry’s cooperative relationship with ATF in helping them to curtail the illegal acquisition and misuse of firearms. “Though NSSF is still reviewing Mr. Jones’ record on Second Amendmentrelated issues, NSSF hopes to find in him an effective leader who can move the ATF forward and be supportive of the bureau’s cooperative relationship with America’s firearms industry.” On the legislative front, the fight to protect traditional ammunition continues. In Congress, bills are advancing that will clarify the exemption of ammunition and its components under the Toxic Substance Control Act. The legislation has been introduced in the Senate (S. 838) and House (H.R. 1558). Everyone is urged to contact their senators and representatives, requesting support of the legislation. To learn more about issues facing the industry, visit www.nssf.org/govrel. Traditional Ammunition S W.Va. Police, Wyo. Patrol Select S&W mith & Wesson Holding Corp. announces the West Virginia State Police and the Wyoming Highway Patrol recently upgraded their department-issued sidearms with new pistols from Smith & Wesson. The West Virginia State Police selected the Smith & Wesson Model 4566 TSW and has received 750 pistols chambered in .45 ACP. The department also recently procured Smith & Wesson M&P15 patrol rifles. The Wyoming Highway Patrol selected and has received 237 M&P40 pistols. “We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with the men and women of the West Virginia State Police, and we are pleased to begin a new relationship with the officers at the Wyoming Highway Patrol,” said James Debney, president of firearms for Smith & Wesson. For more information, visit www.smith-wesson.com. ushnell Outdoor Products has announced the creation of the Bushnell Eyewear Division. This new division will oversee the Bollé, Bollé Safety, Cébé and Serengeti premium eyewear brands, and will include regional business units in North America, Europe/MEA and Asia Pacific. Bushnell reports no jobs will be lost by this reorganization. The company does plan to add positions globally as part of its expanded investment in the eyewear division. Olivier Ciaravino is Bushnell Eyewear’s president. “The creation of the Bushnell Eyewear Division represents a wholesale commitment throughout the organization to our growing eyewear business,” Ciaravino said. For more information, visit www.bushnell.com or call 1-800-423-3537. B Bushnell Forms Eyewear Division Square Footage Of New Jerry’s Sport See page 11 198,000 NSSF Grants Awarded To Ranges See page 13 $435,000 NICS Background Checks In August See page 54 815,858 Dealers: Thunder Ranch DVD Giveaway — page 51 8 OCTOBER 2011 Subscribe to SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com