Recently, I commented on an article that said the firearms industry employs more people than the automotive industry! I believe this is a very possible fact and however to find out for sure you have to ASK EACH AND EVERY ONE of the firearms manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and shooting instructors and tally the total jobs to find out how many employees are supported by the firearms industry. This is a monumental task as anyone would see because you cannot find those businesses and the number of their employees in any database! You cannot see the thousands of private instructors or firearms professionals because the data is completely hidden. Now on the other hand you can ask the President, any congressman, senator, or state governor the total number of employees that are in the automotive industry and they can find the employee data for the automotive industry inside the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reports where they use the NAICS data for their searches.
This is a sad but true statement, but how can this be true! . The smaller employment base of the automotive industry can be seen because their industry leaders, organizations and unions had the wisdom and took the time to define their industry properly inside the NAICS system! They did not rely on some cubicle jockey in DC that does not know their industry to place their businesses in whatever category the jockey felt was right at the time! NO, they took their industry, outlined and defined them in the proper way to make sure they covered everyone from the wheel and tire manufacturers to the automobile companies! They knew how the NAICS system works, what it is used for in DC and how to use it to protect their Industry, Jobs and the Revenues their businesses generate! The NRA, NSSF, ASA and CSF keep the Outdoor Trade businesses in the dark by using a 5 year old USFW survey that uses a data set that is too small to be accurate in any case. It is the Outdoor Trade industry that is behind the learning curve to have our industry documented properly in the NAICS to see our employees, revenues and businesses as an economic force to be reckoned with in the nation! By being able to use the huge benefits of having well defined NAICS, is not some scary thing, it is the actual way every well organized industry functions and is able to be viewed by the economic data searchers in the state and federal governments.
Take the US Department of Agriculture for example. THE USDA will not let the Census Bureau manage the agriculture NAICS codes because they do not want the DC cubical jockey that knows nothing about the Ag industry to combine things together or place them in the wrong code set that could hurt the Agriculture Industry’s ability to defend it’s assets against the anti’s! For example, Corn Farming has one code number 111150 and one agriculture practice int that code…Corn Farming! That is it Corn Farming! It is not combined with Nudist Camps, Putt Putt Golf, Pool Halls and Ping Pong parlors as Shooting Ranges, Hunting Guides, Fishing Guides and Archery Ranges are! This is not just me whining that I lost my hunting hunting lodge and everything I own and the charter guide services whining that they lost their incomes from hurricane Katrina or the BP oil spill or the recreational fishermen that lost days to fish for Red Snapper from restricted fishing seasons! This is about the economic impact of every sportsman and sportswoman and their economic contribution to the nation. This is about American jobs and businesses being completely eliminated by regulations and they can never been seen disappear! This is about rural Americans losing a source of income that will never return! If you want to see the aftermath go to the old famed waterfowl hunting areas of Sumner, Missouri, Oscar, Kentucky, Horseshoe Lake Illinois and the still famous but not as duck happy area of Stuttgart, Arkansas! Yes you can still hunt in those areas and kill some waterfowl but the booming small towns and businesses that supported those tourists are pretty much ghost towns now with the exception of Stuttgart, Arkansas! Stuttgart is still a booming waterfowl hunting area but it is no where near the quality of years gone by and why is that management changes and regulations!
This is about leveling the playing field for Outdoor Trade business owners in the eyes of potential investors, bankers, SBA, State Departments of Economic Development, insurance companies, healthcare, and being viewed as hard working contributing Americans and not someone making a few bucks from a hobby in their back yards!!! It is time to wake up while we still have a fighting chance to make a change and turn around this downward spiral while the liberals are still worried about losing the election and not focusing on eliminating another segment of our industry quietly while we are hiding in the woods waiting on that huge buck, in a blind after that next duck or on the water and Moby Dick!!! It is time the Sportsmen, Sportswomen and the industry all wake up, combine forces and take a close look at this issue to make the long overdue corrections to the NAICS system and not just have tunnel vision for the second amendment! Without Sportsmen and Sportswomen there is no indsutry and with every hunting season restriction or fishing season restriction or discourgaed hunter or fishermen or shooter the indsutry fails a little at a time! So don’t forget the thousands of businesses and millions of sportsmen that make the industry what it is! Make Being a Sportsman Great Again! Make Rural America Great Again! this will all help to Make America Great Again!
In a phone conversation with me Jeff Crane finally admitted why he would not support Outdoor Trade’s proposal to change the NAICS coding. After years of trying to get him to even return my phone call he finally answered when I called. Mr. Crane stated that he likes the idea of documenting every dollar spent by the sportsmen and that it would be good for the outdoor related businesses but he could not agree to support something in front of the NRA, NSSF and ASA. Now explain to me how the Congressional SPORTSMEN’S Foundation has to do what is best for the NRA and NSSF and not what is best for the Sportsmen by giving them more strength to defend their rights to Hunt, Fish and Shoot! The answer is simple. Money if Jefff Crane gets in front of the NRA they could pull back some of the funding they provide to the CSF. So the strong arm of the NRA again takes steps against the sportsmen. Yes they do some good works for the sportsmen and help defend some major issues nationally while outdoor trade businesses struggle and fail locally under new regulation and season length changes that are devastating to the the sportsmen and the local economies across the country.
Changing the NAICS codes is a very simple thing to get done and the new changes will have huge benefits for Sportsmen and Sportswomen across the United States! If the industry powerhouses of the CSF, NRA, NSSF and ASA would not oppose the one change that would document the existence of every Outdoor Trade business, Job and dollar generated in the US economic accounting system! Just think of it this way, if a liberal left congressman, senator or animal rights activists proposes shortening a season in the name of conservation what argument do you actually have?
Can you call your congressman and tell them the number of jobs that are supported by the industry in his state with documented proof? NO!
Can you call the NRA or CSF for every action in your state? NO!
If it is not a national issue they don’t seem to want to fight those small battles! Just ask the recreational Red Snapper fishermen in the gulf who lost 95% of their season under the watchful eyes of the ASA, NSSF, CSF and NRA! The Recreational sportsmen tried to fight it without any factual data to prove their claims!
The game and fish almost always side with the preservation and conservation thought process and not the economic impact. Yes if there is a true conservation issue then there is not a sportsman alive that would not want to conserve the species and support that same cause. However when the Red Snapper is so easy to catch in their natural habitat and the numbers of fish were misreported by the NMFS. Over the years the Game and Fish agencies have changed season lengths, limits, dates and start/stop times and that has had detrimental impacts on wildlife and fish populations and activities the Sportsmen and Sportswomen enjoy every year.
So I ask you this who is it that supports the outdoor industry professional yet they do not support the sportsmen and sportswomen that provide the revenues for the salaries and businesses to operate yearly or in the seasonal times where so many small towns and rural areas of the US use the season income to survive! If you allow a season length to be shortened you reduce the local incomes by the same percentage and the ripple effect of that income is also reduced by the same amounts!
There are millions of sportsmen across the country that spend their hard earned money for hunting, fishing and shooting gear from stores all across this great land. That produces a need for manufacturers, and wholesalers to provide the products needed to refill those shelves. So I ask you again to explain to me why the NRA, NSSF, CSF, SCI and ASA have all opposed the correction to the NAICS coding so that the industry and its jobs can properly be seen.
Yes the NRA, NSSF, ASA and CSF have tried to put lipstick on a pig by taking the details of an existing survey putting it in pretty glossy booklets and reports. The USFW uses this process to do a survey every 5 years to justify their budgets but the NRA does not have some magical ability to see the actual economic impact of the Hunting, Fishing and Shooting industry! The data is currently invisible in the economic accounting system called NAICS and until it is corrected we lose rights and have regulations imposed without being able to see the economic impact of those restrictive regulations.
I know, I know I keep saying this! Well I am saying it in hopes that some of you will get your head out of the clouds and quit listening to the so called experts and take a short venture and look for yourself. If not one state or federal congress or senate cannot see the outdoor trade industry how is it that you think that the NRA, NSSF, ASA and CSF can! The fact is they CANNOT!
Take a look at this copy of the NAICS coding page. What you are looking at is the code sets that the Bureau of Economic Analysis run their data from and like the codes 713990 that is titled “All other amusement and entertainment” yes that is a miscellaneous category for the Amusement and Entertainment industry code. So when the outdoor trade businesses are blended in a code that says “All Other” it means that you can only see the totals of all of those industry items and uses the average data from that total. So Nudist Camps and Putt Putt golf are the same as Shooting ranges, Skeet, Trap and Sporting Clays Ranges, Archery Ranges and hunting and fishing guide services! This code has over 100 various industries listed in it and every Outdoor Trade industry listed in there is CONCEALED inside!Just to be clear below is the actual code set of 713990.
The same is true for every other manufacturer, Wholesaler and Retailer in the Outdoor Trade Industry! If you want me to show you your code set or explain more just ask. But ask yourself this question. When 2400 people looked at one of my last post from my contacts on Linked in not one of those Industry professionals made a contradiction to my findings. Not one made a comment, Not one clicked like or shared it! So I ask you this question. Do you believe that the NRA, NSSF, CSF and ASA know a good reason to keep the codes CONCEALED from everyone that the other major industries in the US don’t? Do you think I have wasted the time to learn the ways of the only system that documents every industry in our nation economic system! This is the only system where congress can see the economic impact of the Outdoor Trade or any other industry that choses to take the steps to defines their NAICS coding so it can be seen and protected properly! There are more people working in the firearms industry than the automotive industry from what one article recently said. The answer is yes that is probably true but the automotive unions have chosen to document those industries properly so their jobs can be seen and protected like was done with the automotive bailout. forget whether you think it should have been bailed out or not for one second. How did they know the industry was failing? They could see the economic numbers of the industry falling over a period of time. If they could see the Outdoor Trade Industry jobs, businesses and their economic impact there would be more support against frivolous regulations and season changes. So are you in support of changing the NAICS codes or do you think being CONCEALED from everyone is working for us so far!!!
Here is the link then search the code numbers here or anything you want to TRY to See!!!
If you read this far I am impressed….But the simple truth is the NAICS system is designed to give the President, Congress and the many government agencies the data needed to make good economic decisions for the nation and the health of the industries that make up this great nation! Make America Great Again!!! God Bless!!
When I presented this information to those groups in a special meeting in DC in 2014 at the request of Congressman Robert Latta (R-OH and Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsman’s Caucus) the only people in the room that agreed with my findings were the Chief Economist from the USFW who understood the short comings of the USFW survey data and Bryan Crosswhite of 2AO. The NRA representatives left the presentation after 20 minutes and said they were not interested in documenting the economics of outdoor related jobs and businesses in the one system that was designed to do just that. The NSSF Vice President Larry Keane said in an interview in the Washington Times this was not something their membership would benefit from and the same was said by the attendees of the CSF and SCI. Later in a phone call Jeff Crane, President of the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation, said he liked the idea but would not support it ahead of the NSSF and NRA so I guess we can now call them the Congressional NRA Foundation or Congressional NSSF Foundation! This NAICS coding correction would benefit every sportsmen and Outdoor Trade related business and gun owner in the US more than any other action on the law books at this time. Including the newly singed Rec Act which only says the government will recognize it as a legitimate part of the GDP!
After the presentation was made not one of the people in the major organizations even batted an eye that the very industry and businesses that support them with every dollar they use for their budgets were invisible to the President, State and Federal governments, the public and any regulatory agency! The NSSF lawyers stated prior to this meeting to me on a phone call that they were afraid the new documentation would show less dollars in total than their estimates made once every 5 years! So these organizations would rather use a Census Bureau survey that asked 11,300 people out of the 37,500,000 people that they determined hunt and fish in the US what they planned on spending next year to hunt and fish to make their ESTIMATE, instead of real hard numbers from actual economic data taken anonymously from the NAICS coding for the overall industry! These surveys were taken in the Spring and Fall when most sportsmen are in the fields and on the waters not sitting in their houses talking to Census Bureau representatives about their future spending on hunting and fishing.
Let me break this down further. The USFW says that there are 37,500,000 sportsmen that are 16 and over in the US. They interviewed 11, 800 of them during the spring and fall when the hard core hunters and fishermen are in the fields or on the water! So lets do the math…
11,800/37,500,000 = .000315
.000315 x 100 = .0315% Yes that is a little more than 3 /100ths of 1 percent..
To make this even more simple the Census Bureau is asking 3 out of every 10,000 sportsmen how much they will spend to hunt and fish next year to determining that the 99.97% will spend 90 Billion. This is saying they trust the 3/100ths of 1 percent of the sportsmen and sportswomen sitting in their homes and not the 99.97% of the Sportsmen and Sportswomen out in the field every day actually spending their time and hard earned money hunting and fishing! If you are still a skeptic you can do just what I did and find this data to do your own calculations. The data is in the fine print entry section of the USFW presentation of their economic impact survey of the hunting and fishing Americans.
Every State in the US and their Governors can not see a single economic benefit to Hunting, Fishing and Shooting in their states. So when any economic ideas are being tossed around they rely on the Game and Fish to determine the actions for the hunting and fishing industry and not the actual businesses and their needs in those states! This is why the anti’s can sue the game and fish to reduce seasons and limits and there is not a visible economic reason why these negative laws and regulations should not be done! We are totally at the mercy of these idiotic decision and not able to see any possibility of economic devastation! Not only would these changes make the industry visible it would also allow for better workers comp and business insurance rates, lending rates and banking programs, education programs, disaster assistance availability from SBA, economic support from State Department of Economic development and the list goes on and on!!!