I apologize for the delay in reporting from the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. It’s been all work and no play since I hit the ground. Well, maybe a little play, but no gambling.
I had OWAA-related business until about 2 p.m. yesterday, then finally got to hit the floor. Trying to describe the SHOT Show in writing is kind of like trying to describe the Grand Canyon. Words just can’t do it justice. I tell people to imagine the biggest Bass Pro Shops, then multiply the size by 50. And then add a crowd that makes Black Friday look child’s play. This is not a good place if you have claustrophobia or agoraphobia.
I hit just a few vendors yesterday. Today is the busy day.
Last night I attended the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s State of the Industry dinner, where Elvis on stilts hung out during the reception. It wasn’t all “They are coming for our guns!” fire and brimstone. NSSF president Steve Sanetti had a super speech during which he addressed the challenges ahead as our country’s leaders seek to address gun ownership. The concern is that there is a lot of fear and misunderstanding about guns among non-gun owners and politicians, and that media coverage doesn’t exactly help.
There is no way I can capture everything he said in this brief entry. The summary is that the gun industry supports meaningful and sensible rules that keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them while those of us who own and use firearms responsibly shouldn’t be penalized. I feel the same way, of course.
All for now. Off to the show.