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NFACTA Report: V21N4

By Jeffrey Folloder

The Presidency of Donald Trump is a little over a month old at the time of the writing of this article. Thus far, President Trump has signed a dozen executive orders. And while the Second Amendment community holds high hopes for progress on rolling back restrictions on firearms ownership, none of Trump’s ink-signed edicts addresses gun control. What do we have now?

If sales at the recent SHOT Show are any indicator (and they usually are), it would appear that the pressure is off and that the fear associated with the prospect of another Clinton presidency has vanished. Dealers have stopped laying in supplies of at-risk firearms, and customers have stopped their anticipatory binge buying. The prices of AR-style weapons are in free fall. The “business” of the firearms world is ironically lamenting the exit of the salesman of the decade, President Obama. On the NFA side, things are unsettled. Suppressor exhibitors at SHOT reported huge crowds and low orders. Many pointed to a general reaction by the customer community to the reintroduction of the Hearing Protection Act (HPA). It would seem that customers are convinced that President Trump will be signing the HPA in a matter of moments and that there is no reason to buy a suppressor now, when they will soon be able to do it without the inconvenience of NFA paperwork or tax. It would seem as though those customers have forgotten the lessons learned in grade school civics.

The HPA is a sorely needed beginning to a conversation that the legislators of this country need to start. But right now, it is just a start. Our friends at the American Suppressor Association have embarked upon a Herculean journey, and we applaud them and support them for their needed efforts. But make no mistake: this isn’t a done deal. The HPA is in committee right now, and it has to get out of committee to get voted upon in the House. If it does get out of committee in the House, prospects are good that there are enough votes to get it approved. Then...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N4 (May 2017)
and was posted online on March 17, 2017

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