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NFATCA Report: V22N3

By Jeffery Folloder

Mixed Messages from Shows

As this report is being written, it is December and the show season has pretty much wound down. The NFATCA just returned from the SAR West Show in Phoenix, and there is a mixed bag of news to report. In general, dealer sales at a variety of venues are scattered from dismal to mind-blowing. Commodity items, such as AR models, seem to be in the doldrums, while truly desirable collector pieces are enjoying robust sales. At a recent show, reports separated by mere minutes clearly demonstrated the broadness of the spectrum: one dealer lamented that sales were off by more than 50% at the show while another guardedly reported that they had already done six figures before the public had even showed up. There seems to be a “new normal,” yet nobody is able to define it.

The same holds true for the vagaries of the industry and community, as a whole. The NFATCA dutifully presents news to the community at many events. And although we do seem to cover much of the same territory, it is surprising that there are so many who have not learned what some consider to be “the basics.” For example, at each meeting that we hold, we go over the fact that marijuana is, indeed, legal in many states yet is still illegal at the federal level. We highlight the language on Form 4473 that clearly states, “The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.” We remind dealers that merely seeing a medical marijuana card in the wallet of a potential customer is sufficient grounds to terminate a potential transfer. We remind dealers that merely knowing that a particular customer enjoys an occasional smoke of the banned item is enough to make it unlawful for the dealer to make a transfer. This still comes as a shock to many. Along the same train of thought, it is still surprising to learn that many licensed manufacturers...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N3 (March 2018)
and was posted online on February 9, 2018

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