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Big Jump in Hunting License Sales

NEWTOWN, Conn.—The National Shooting Sports Foundation, trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, calls the 3.6 percent rise in paid hunting license holders for 2009 one of the most encouraging signs for hunting in recent years.

Firearms Industry Matches ATF Reward

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for the firearms industry --announced a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Atlantic Gun and Tackle, 5425 Northfield Road, Bedford Heights, Ohio. This reward offer matches a $2,500 reward offer by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Firearms Microstamping Study Bill Introduced in U.S. House

U.S. Congressman Dan Boren introduced legislation this week (H.R. 5667) to direct the U.S. Attorney General to work with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a comprehensive study of firearm microstamping. NSSF supports this bipartisan legislation as a means of ensuring adequate research of microstamping is completed, and the concept is proven to work reliably, prior to states mandating microstamping through the legislative process.

Strong Demand Drives Winchester Ammo Sales

Olin Corp. (NYSE:OLN) reported that sales in its Winchester division were $132.9 million in the first quarter, up 20 percent from $110.8 million in the same period a year ago. "Winchester achieved the highest level of quarterly earnings in its history, reflecting the continuation of the stronger than normal demand that began in the fourth quarter of 2008," said Joseph D. Rupp, Olin chairman, president and CEO.

Ruger Sales Surge in First Quarter

Sturm, Ruger & Co. (NYSE:RGR) reported that firearms sales were up 55.5 percent in the first quarter to $62.2 million, compared to $40 million in the same period last year. "The level of demand for our products during the first quarter of 2009 has been unusually high, with more than 500,000 units ordered," said Ruger CEO Michael Fifer. First-quarter earnings rose to 30 cents per share, up from 7 cents per share in the first quarter of 2008.

Video Interviews Illustrate First Shots Success

A couple in their 70s get reintroduced to shooting after a 50-year hiatus. A pistol shooter expands her horizons by learning rifle and shotgun. In a series of videos produced by FMG Publications, interviews spotlight some of the people NSSF's First Shots program has helped introduce -- and reintroduce -- to the shooting sports. Watch the videos online at ShootingIndustry.com and on First Shots' Facebook page.

Sales Remain Strong For Manufacturers

Firearm and ammunition manufacturers paid more than $98 million in excise taxes in the fourth quarter of 2008, up 31.2 percent over the same period in 2007, according to figures released earlier today by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, $27.6 million was collected for pistols and revolvers, $35 million for long guns and $35.5 million for ammunition. Compared to the same period in 2007, collections were up 70.1 percent for handguns, 11.4 percent for long guns and 31.1 percent for ammunition. Excise tax collections are a key economic indicator for the industry. The taxes are calculated as a percentage of wholesale receipts, paid quarterly by firearm and ammunition manufacturers, and earmarked for state wildlife conservation and habitat restoration programs. A total of $345.2 million was collected in excise taxes in 2008, up 13.9 percent from the $303.2 million collected the previous year. These statistics are based solely on U.S. civilian sales and do not include sales to military, police, etc.View Full Chart for 2007-08

Firearms Industry Lauds Development of Electronic Form 4473 at ATF Press Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Speaking at a press conference Wednesday at the Maryland Small Arms Range in Upper Marlboro, Md., the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced the launch of an electronic Form 4473 -- the Firearms Transaction Record which must be filled out any time a person buys a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for the firearms industry -- hailed the development of the electronic document.

Firearms Industry Launches Blog to Address Inaccuracies Surrounding Firearms

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry -- has launched a blog aimed at hunting down and correcting inaccuracies about firearms and the firearms industry. The blog, titled "Aiming for Accuracy," is updated regularly with news, links and other helpful resources designed to promote accurate communications about firearms issues in the media, among bloggers and with all firearms enthusiasts.

Whitetails Unlimited Starts Shooting Program

The sportsmen/conservation organization, Whitetails Unlimited, has begun a program to encourage youths to try their hand at riflery, using either rimfire or centerfire ammunition, while following the 10 commandments of firearm safety. Youth are rewarded for shooting accuracy, in this Kids on Target program, with a "silver medal" and a personalized certificate. Learn how to get official guidelines and targets.