Established in 1973, the National Association of Federally Licensed Firearms Dealers (NAFLFD) represents those individuals who have obtained a license from the federal government to sell firearms. The organization provides its approximately 12,000 members with information about legislative action important to firearms dealers and disseminates material supporting the gun rights position. The NAFLFD distributes to members production and sales information regarding the firearms industry, descriptions of new products, and advice about conducting a retail business. In addition, the organization gathers data on the import, export, and domestic production of firearms. The Association publishes the American Firearms Industry, a monthly magazine that reports on firearms and outdoor sports, cutlery, and archery. The magazine reports on the current political scene with regard to firearms policy.
Although officially opposed to further gun control legislation, the organization assists its members in complying with existing rules and regulations in federal firearms law that are administered largely by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF). The organization sells its members a Firearms Record Book to assist them in keeping accurate records of serial numbers, and the makes and models of firearms in case any are stolen, thus protecting the dealer from possible liability.
The Association supports claims that firearms possession by law-abiding citizens results in less, not more, crime. The NAFLFD asserts that gun ownership can give women an advantage against an attacker who likely is much stronger than his victim. The organization has cited approvingly the work of University of Chicago Law School Professor John R. Lott, Jr., whose research indicates that concealed carry laws deter crime. Lott has concluded that rarely do gun owners with concealed handgun permits commit violent crimes. Further, the claim is made that the number of accidental deaths attributed to firearms is minimal and that lenient state concealed carry laws add little to accidental firearms deaths, while deterring many more acts of violence.
The NAFLFD contests many of the claims of pro-gun control groups. The organization notes that since 1970 fatal gun accidents among children have declined 65 percent even though the number of firearms available to Americans has greatly increased. Citing gun researcher Gary Kleck, the organization disputes the estimate that 135,000 school children carry guns to school every day. The Association claims that the actual figure is closer to 16,000-17,000. The group also challenges the claim that the leading cause of death among all older teenagers