Welcome to the 40th Anniversary SHOT Show! I don’t know how our staff does it, but each year it seems that the SHOT Show is better than ever,” says NSSF president Steve Sanetti. “This year, we meet respectfully in the shadow of the recent tragedy at Mandalay Bay, with all the special challenges that horrific event brings to the show. Mindful of those challenges, yet recognizing the rightful place that the lawful commerce in firearms for law-abiding citizens holds in our American democracy, we are determined to begin the new year by putting our best foot forward.
“You will note many changes as we continually strive to improve the SHOT Show experience for exhibitors and attendees alike. We have increased security, expanded the Supplier Showcase and the New Product Center, modified our State of the Industry presentation, expanded our SHOT Show University and law enforcement education and compliance programs, created outdoor access to food services, and undertaken many other incremental improvements to the show. We hope you like them.
“Rocky Rohlfing, a former executive director of the NSSF, famously said at the opening bell of the very first SHOT Show, in 1979, ‘Well, boys, I hope someone shows up!’ Clearly, they showed up, as they have every year since. This year, we have record advance registrations and expect more than 65,000 attendees at this milestone event. So please enjoy the show, and let us have your comments and suggestions so we can keep this eminently successful 40-year trade show vibrant and compelling for our entire industry.”