Another successful SHOT Show & Supplier’s Showcase!!

Easy Bound Book attended the SHOT Show® that was held January 18th – 21st at the Venetian Expo Center and Caesars Forum in Las Vegas.
(SHOT®= Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade.)

Background

The SHOT Show is owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF) trade association for the firearm industry. The NSSF expanded the SHOT Show to cover 800,000 square feet to accommodate 2,400 exhibitors this year.

The Supplier Showcase was launched at the 2017 SHOT Show to allow material and service suppliers to meet directly with the manufacturing community. This year it was held on Monday & Tuesday with more than 500 material suppliers participating in the two-day event in 2022.

Easy Bound Book® has participated in the Supplier Showcase since 2017. This year we saw everything from leather goods and knives to machining and metal treating companies. Many of our subcontract manufacturing customers exhibit at the Suppliers Showcase as well.

Meetings with FBI and ATF

I appreciated having the opportunity to connect with customers, other vendors, and industry leaders face to face.

The folks at the ATF booth made themselves available to answer a frequent question we get asked. What is the best way to move from a manual paper bound book, Excel spreadsheet format, or another electronic bound book to using Easy Bound Book? Short Answer: The best practice is to ask your local IOI before you transfer any entries.  The answer will vary by Region and IOI. Get your answer in writing, an email is sufficient.  If they will not send you the information in writing, summarize your conversation and email it to the IOI, keeping a copy for your records.




ATF Long Answer – Click Here

We know the September 2016 ATF newsletter says to Dispose the firearm in your original log to your new bound book with the date of the transfer. Then record the Acquisition in your new book with the original Acquisition information. The issue is that many Regions have an alternative method. Some Regions want you to record the Disposition in the old book and record the Acquisition from yourself with the current date and reference the Book and Line Number for the original Acquisition. Neither of these (newsletter or conversation) is binding. 

The best practice is to ask your local IOI before you transfer any entries.  The answer will vary by Region and IOI. Get your answer in writing, an email is sufficient. If they will not send you the information in writing, summarize your conversation and email it to the IOI, keeping a copy for your records.

I also scheduled an appointment with the FBI to have them answer questions we had regarding electronic National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICs) integration. The FBI personnel were very helpful; their answers were insightful. They commended us on being ahead of the pack on our understanding of the process and requirements. That was great to hear.


Electronic A&D Record-Keeping

It is encouraging to see how much interest electronic A&D record-keeping has attracted over the past six years. 

As with all technological advancements, there is an adoption curve. Add to the mix the rules and regulations required by the ATF, it’s understandable why there was hesitation. It was very helpful when the ATF Ruling 2016-1 lifted the requirement for a variance to use electronic record-keeping. The 2016-1 Rule opened up the opportunity for more businesses to use an electronic A&D record-keeping system. Since then, some early adopters have outgrown their original software and are looking for something to better fit their overall business needs.

With the unprecedented growth the firearms industry has experienced, finding ways to streamline your processes while maintaining compliance, will help you remain competitive. We’ve also talked with some prospective business owners who are researching software before they even open their doors for business; this is very beneficial. 

As the industry has grown so has our product line. The Easy Bound Book product line includes; Lite, Pro, Business (integrated ERP), or Business for Manufacturing (Complete manufacturing functions and reporting). We would be happy to talk to you and help you decide which product fits your needs.


Customer Visits

Wednesday and Thursday I spent connecting with clients who couldn’t attend the show. It’s great to see our clients in person, hear about the progress they’ve made and find out how we can help them continue to grow. Of course, being a “gun guy” I enjoy seeing their products too. In fact, I found my last shotgun by visiting one of our clients at the SHOT Show.

SHOT Show & Supplier Showcase 2023 – January 17 – 20, 2023