The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has always been a catalyst for positive growth within the firearms industry in regards to protecting our 2nd Amendment rights and ensuring the future of the shooting sports. Typically, when our rights come under scrutiny, they are at the front lines for us with multiple other stalwart organizations.
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) has a primary focus of regulating the creation and production of new calibers, firearms and firearm related products. While you might not categorize them as a champion for firearm rights like the NSSF, they still like for people to have the facts. Black and white. No bias. So everyone is safe in whatever capacity they are enjoying or utilizing firearms.
As a result, the NSSF and SAAMI work together on many endeavors to ensure its safe and fruitful for the firearm industry. With the rare and horrific case of the Las Vegas incident, they released a joint statement on the matter:
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and loved ones of all those killed and injured in the criminal attack in Las Vegas. The manufacture, distribution and sale of automatic firearms and their components has been stringently regulated by federal laws since 1934. We believe the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) should interpret and enforce existing laws and regulations. We call upon ATF to conduct a prompt review and evaluation of aftermarket trigger activation devices such as bump stocks to determine whether they are lawful to install and use on a firearm under the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA), or whether, if they have no function or purpose other than to convert a conventional firearm into an automatic firearm, they are regulated items under the NFA. We urge Congress to allow ATF to complete its review before considering any legislation so that any policy decisions can be informed by the facts and ATF’s analysis.
The mainstream media is never regarded as a fountain of truth (I’ll leave my opinions at that…) so the NSSF and SAAMI felt it necessary to issue that statement. Many misconceptions have been floating around surrounding the Las Vegas incident and the American Suppressor Association (ASA) issued a public statement as well as a direct result.