At a recent meeting with representatives of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, NASGW Board members were provided recent statistics on inspections of wholesaler member locations by ATF.

The Bureau conducted over 10,500 inspections between 2008-2010, thirty six of which were firearms wholesalers (FY 2008-2010). Eighty six percent of wholesale distributors were found to have NO violations, while 5.56% received reports of violations and 2.78% a warning letter. 5.56% were either out of business, surrendered their license or were revoked.

Equally impressive were the Firearms Inventory numbers where initially 8.4% of inventory inspected was found missing but the final count after review and analysis indicated 0% was missing.

By comparison, the industry averages are much higher. For example, there were 12.96% were given violations notices and 23.36% received a “Warning Letter.” Industry averages for missing and final inventory number also indicated 21,041 missing (1.35%) vs. 0% for wholesale distributors. “NASGW members do a great job in complying with regulations governing the commerce of firearms and demonstrate best practices in their role in serving the firearms industry” stated John Badowski, Firearms Industry Technical Advisor and NASGW Liaison.

Chad Yoder, Division Chief, Bureau of Firearms, Explosives, also praised NASGW members for the stellar numbers. “We sincerely appreciate the cooperation and the overall fine job NASGW members do as exemplified by these statistics.”

See the chart below for further details.

The National Association of Sporting Good Wholesalers (NASGW) is a trade association representing the leading wholesale distributors, manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives and media in the hunting fishing and shooting sports industry. For further information, contact NASGW at, 1833 Centre Pointe Circle, Suite 123, Naperville, IL 60565 USA, 630-596-9006 Fax: 630-544-5055,

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