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GTW WELCOME [John Hunter]

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JohnHunter Editor in chief E: John hasmore than 20years’ experience of the shooting and fishing trades and is a regularvisitor to international events.He co-ordinates themagazine.

BartManganiello US Sales E: Barthas beenselling on trade magazines for all ofhisworking life and has helpedmore companies growtheirbusiness than anyone else we can thinkof!

MarkPeacock RoWSales Markhas spentmany years in B2B marketing and has a long history of helping companies build brands.

SeanO’Driscoll Publisher E: Sean really is the driving force behind DHP’s trade division.Having been in the gun trade formore than 20years, he understands howit allworks!

What away to go

years at the helm of Gun TradeWorld (and 21 years at parent company DavidHall Publishing), it is time for me to move on to a new challenge. Tat said, it does not mean


I will be leaving the industry entirely – far from it – and I would not wish to leave, if I am honest. I have enjoyed my time

enormously running GunTrade World and meeting clients, colleagues and friends around the world. I look forward to that

continuing – I will certainly be at IWA with my new media consulting company HunterMedia and its clients – and the intention is to build up a portfolio that allows me to travel to other events throughout the year, as necessary. As I look back, the thing

that strikesme themost is how resilient the shooting and hunting industries are.Tere

s you will read elsewhere in this magazine, after six

aremany who would see our businesses fail but,when the chips are down,we all rally round and prove our doubters wrong. We have witnessed terrible

gun massacres in many parts of the world, often the most prominent being in the USA. However,when President Obama tried to control the sale of certain guns in America, the industry responded by buying more, reminding him of the Second Amendment rights and preventing him from destroying our trades. In fact, the industries enjoyed a boom time. When the UK government

banned internet sales of guns and all sales of realistic imitation firearms, the trades reinvented themselves and encouraged people into shops to buy real guns, such as air weapons, for themselves. When terrorists started using

sometimes legally held weapons to wage war on Europe, there were huge concerns over what would happen to our sport and yet we have just learned that the European Union intends to

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fight them and not law-abiding citizens;many of the firearms we use for hunting or target shooting will remain. When European

‘conservationists’ claimed that lead was a terrible poison that destroyed wildlife and the only way forward was to remove it from ammunition,we fought back and vowed not to be beaten down. Te upshot, of course,was

that no real evidence could be found for such a ban and in countries across the world, not just Europe,we have been able to continue with our preferred cartridges and shells. And so, as I prepare to

step aside fromrunning this auspiciousmagazine, I am heartened by what the future holds for us all. I will still be involved in the

gun trade and will stillmeet many of you regularly, and I look forward to doing so with smiles all round and stories of success.

JohnHunter Editor in chief


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