"When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether they should let them hunt, I have answered, yes - remembering that it was one of the best parts of my education - make them hunters."

Henry David Thoreau, 1854


“A citizen who shirks his duty to contribute to the security of his community is little better than the criminal who threatens it.” - Robert Boatman


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

LOCAL ANTI GUN STORY

Local Paper does a story mimicking the National story I posted yesterday.

Daily Sentinel

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Group sues to reinstate firearms ban

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence sued the Bush administration Tuesday...

"The Bush administration's last-minute gift to the gun lobby, allowing concealed semiautomatic weapons in national parks,...

...under a rule to take effect in January, visitors will be able to carry a loaded gun into a park or wildlife refuge — but only if the person has a permit for a concealed weapon and if the state where the park or refuge is located also allows concealed firearms.

The lawsuit said members of the Brady Campaign will no longer visit national parks and refuges "out of fear for their personal safety from those who will now be permitted to carry loaded and concealed weapons in such areas."

Link to full article

Sunday, December 28, 2008

International Defensive Pistol Association (Jan 3, 2009)


Action Pistol Group January 2009 Shoot


Grand Junction, CO
USA
1st Sat. of every month
January 3, 2009

Ricky Barnes
Home: 970-245-9857
Work: 970-216-8633
Fax: 970-243-0073

Thursday, December 18, 2008

OBAMA WANTS YOU

In an extraordinary outreach effort, the president-elect is actively soliciting input from special-interest groups with no holds barred. Shockingly, not a single firearms group has responded (there are 39 pages just listing groups that have filed reports). Have we become so set in our fears that we might fail to ask our president for those values and laws that more than half the country would want? Reach out to your local and national pro-rights groups and make your voice heard. The president-elect's website is loaded with opportunities, but they mean nothing if we don't use them. I'm working on a proposal, will release it soon. Go here to start yourself:
http://change.gov/open_government/yourseatatthetable

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A strong message

- Would that we had a few such in government today, as opposed to what we see and hear in the news media..............

This is a video that is worth the time it takes to download and watch!!

LINK

LADY Educates U.S. Senators On The 2nd Amendment

This will make your blood boil. This lady does a great job of explaining herself and the 2nd amendment. This is good.

This is a must watch video
; after watching the video all I can say is: Watch their faces as she speaks. She understands the 2nd Amendment in a way that they never will. Pass this clip to everyone you know.
LINK HERE

Sunday, December 14, 2008

BILL OF RIGHTS DAY CELEBRATION

Pro Second Amendment Committee

Veteran’s Hospital

(Transitional Care Unit)

2121 North Avenue

Grand Junction CO

Bill of Rights Day Celebration

December 15, 2008

Entertainment

12:45– 1:00

Program

1:00 – 1:45

Welcome

Sandra Caskey, President of the PSAC

Invocation

Commissioner Janet Rowland

Present the Colors

VFW Posts 1247

Pledge of Allegiance

Commissioner Craig Meis

Guest Speaker

Representative

Laura Bradford

Reading of the Proclamation

Presentation

Chess Neff, PSAC

“The Past Relevant to the Present”

“God Bless America”

Lead by Sharon Armstrong

Retire the Colors

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Can you have too many guns? According to BOH: Yes you can but you shouldn't!!

From an article in the Chicago Sun times by ABDON M. PALLASCH

As gun sales shoot up around the country, President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that gun-owning Americans do not need to rush out and stock up before he is sworn in next month.

But National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said it's not Obama's words — but his legislative track record — that has gun-buyers flocking to the stores.


"Anyone who thinks they need to rush out and buy a firearm clearly has not been paying attention to how quickly we make progress on this issue. We don't think these are first-time buyers. We think they are people who already have more than enough guns at their homes to protect themselves and are buying more."


LINK FULL ARTICLE


Thanks to THE WAR ON WRONG--blogspot

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Mesa County Ranch on Hold while State Tests for Pseudorabies in Animals

http://www.nbc11news.com:80/localnews/headlines/35339984.html


A ranch that's been open to families for hunting in Mesa County for 40 years can't do business right now because psuedorabies was found in some of its pigs. Operations are on hold while state veterinarians test their animals.The Little Creek Ranch in Collbran is facing not only business troubles but an investigation by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Department of Agriculture.

It all started when the DOW stopped a truck taking pigs to the ranch last Friday. The state says its illegal to transport the exotic hogs and ordered the hogs to be tested.

But as 11 News Reporter Jessica Zartler explains whatever happens with the investigation, the business may not be able to stay out of the trough.

Nestled away in Collbran, the Little Creek Ranch offers breathtaking scenery and hunting for families.

"It's a nice place to bring families and enjoy Colorado while its still wild," ranch hand Steve Cook told 11 News on Monday.

Cook says Little Creek is about the only high fence ranch in Colorado to hunt wild animals like buffalo, elk and pigs.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ammunition Accountability Act

Newer Post with information on this Act.


This is what the anti-gunners are going to do in the next 4 years!

If they can deprive you of ammo they do not need to take your gun!

This legislation is currently pending in 18 states: Alabama, Arizona,
California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland,
Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.

To find more about the anti-gun group that is sponsoring this legislation
and the specific legislation for each state, go to:
http://ammunitionaccountability.org/Legislation.htm

CORRECTIONS:

In case it wasn't perfectly clear, the proposal to put serial numbers on every round of ammunition and ban all older ammo that isn't numbered was cockamamie nonsense from ignorant deluded dreamers, and did not pass anywhere (it showed up in 20 states). The idiotic/clever scheme would have banned ammunition, and everyone recognized that, especially its proponents. The National Shooting Sports Foundation made it clear: "Bullet serialization -- the process by which each individual round of ammunition is identified and marked with a laser engraved serial number -- is not feasible from a practical standpoint and any legislation mandating such action could rightfully be considered a de facto ban on ammunition." http://www.nssf.org/media/ The most dangerous part of the proposal is that there are people out there thinking that way -- and they have worse ideas, if that's possible -- http://www.gunlaws.com/Left-wing%20Gun%20Plan.htm



Ammunition Accountability Act
SAMPLE LEGISLATION
An ACT relating to firearms and ammunition; requiring [AGENCY] to establish a statewide
database to track coded ammunition manufactured and sold for handguns and assault rifles.
Section 1. Legislative Findings.
The State Legislature hereby finds the following:
Each year in the United States, more than 30% of all homicides that involve a gun go
unsolved.
Handgun ammunition accounts for 80% of all ammunition sold in the United States.
Current technology for matching a bullet used in a crime to the gun that fired it has
worked moderately well for years, but presupposes that the weapon was recovered by
law enforcement.
Bullet coding is a new and effective way for law enforcement to quickly identify persons
of interest in gun crime investigations.
Section 2. Definitions.
For purposes of this chapter, “coded ammunition” means a bullet carrying a
unique identifier that has been applied by etching onto the base of the bullet projectile.
Section 3. Prohibition on possession or sale of non-coded ammunition.
1. All handgun and assault weapon ammunition manufactured or sold in the state after
January 1, 2009, shall be coded by the manufacturer.
a. The calibers covered by the coding requirement shall include: [LIST
CALIBERS].
2. No later than January 1, 2011, all non-coded ammunition for the calibers listed in this
chapter, whether owned by private citizens or retail outlets, must be disposed.
Section 4. Authority to establish an Ammunition Coding Database.
1. [AGENCY] shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining an Ammunition Coding
Database (ACD) containing the following information:
a. Manufacturer registry – Manufacturers shall:
i. Register with [AGENCY] in a manner prescribed by the department
through rule; and
ii. Maintain records on the business premises for a period of seven
years concerning all sales, loans, and transfers of ammunition, to,
from, or within the state.
b. Vendor registry – Vendors shall
i. Register with [AGENCY] in a manner prescribed by the department
through rule; and
ii. Record the following information in a format prescribed by the
[AGENCY]:
a. The date of the transaction.
b. The name of the transferee.
c. The purchaser’s driver’s license number or other
government issued identification card number
d. The date of birth of the purchaser.
e. The unique identifier of all handgun ammunition or
bullets transferred.
f. All other information prescribed by [AGENCY].
iii. Maintain records on the business premises for a period of three
years from the date of the recorded purchase.
2. To the greatest extent possible or practical, the ACD shall be built within the framework
of existing firearms databases. The ACD shall be operational no later than January 1,
2009.
3. Privacy of individuals is of the utmost importance. Access to information in the ACSD is
reserved for key law enforcement personnel and to be released only in connection with a
criminal investigation.
NEW SECTION: Section 5. Penalties
1. Any vendor that willfully fails to comply with, or falsifies the records required to be kept
by this bill is guilty of a public offense punishable by imprisonment not to exceed one
year, and a fine of $1,000.
2. Any manufacturer that fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be liable for
a civil fine of not more than one $1,000 for a first violation, not more than five $5,000 for
a second violation, and not more $10,000 for a third and subsequent violation.
3. Any person who willfully destroys, obliterates, or otherwise renders unreadable, the
serialization required pursuant to this bill, on any bullet or assembled ammunition is
punishable by imprisonment not to exceed one year, and a fine of $1,000.
NEW SECTION: Section 6. Funding.
1. Establishing and maintaining the ACD shall be funded by an end-user fee not to
exceed [COST NUMBER, ESTIMATED AT $0.005 PER BULLET OR ROUND
OF AMMUNITION].
2. There is hereby established the Coded Ammunition Fund for deposit of the enduser
fees described in this section. Moneys in the fund, upon appropriation, shall
be available to the [AGENCY] for infrastructure, implementation, operational,
enforcement, and future development costs of this chapter.
3. Ammunition manufacturers based within this state may submit a one-time tax
credit application for cost of purchasing ammunition coding equipment. All
applications must be submitted by January 1, 2009.
-- END --
NOTE: To view a more detailed version of Ammunition Coding Database legislation that was proposed in other
states, visit www.ammunitionaccountability.org. Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs can also
provide drafting guidance. Contact Briahna Taylor at (253) 620-6640 or btaylor@gth-gov.com

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Anti-gun agenda

Agenda--Urban policy


Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.
Click in the above article to be transported to the Obama web page concerning this statement.

Information on the Tiahrd Amendment from NRA-ILA Click


The "Tiahrt Amendment" on Firearms Traces: Protecting Gun Owners' Privacy and Law Enforcement Safety

For more than five years, cities suing the gun industry and anti-gun organizations have sought access to confidential law enforcement data on firearms traces. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) compiles these records when it traces firearms in response to requests from law enforcement agencies.
Every year since 2003, the U.S. Congress has passed increasingly strong language to keep this information confidential. The legislation—a series of "riders" to the appropriations bill that funds BATFE—is widely known as the "Tiahrt Amendment," after its sponsor, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.).
There are good reasons for keeping this information confidential, and for strengthening the Tiahrt Amendment and making it permanent:
· Releasing the information serves no useful purpose. The Congressional Research Service has repeatedly said "firearm trace data may be biased" and "cannot be used to test for statistical significance between firearm traces in general and the wider population of firearms available to criminals or the wider American public."[1] These limitations exist because the "tracing system is an operational system designed to help law enforcement agencies identify the ownership path of individual firearms. It was not designed to collect statistics."[2]
· Traced guns aren’t always “crime guns”; firearms may be traced for reasons unrelated to any armed crime. The BATFE trace request form lists “crime codes” for traffic offenses and election law violations, among many others.
· Trace information remains available for law enforcement use. The FY 2007 version of the Tiahrt amendment ensures that trace data is available to federal, state, and local agencies "in connection with and for use in a bona fide criminal investigation or prosecution" or for use in administrative actions by BATFE—which is, of course, the principal agency responsible for overseeing the conduct of federally licensed firearms dealers.The language and history of the Gun Control Act are clear: Congress always intended to keep this information confidential, and to allow its use only for legitimate law enforcement purposes. The firearms trace database includes information such as the agency requesting a gun trace, the location from which the gun was recovered, and the identity of the dealer and original retail buyer.
· Both BATFE and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) oppose release of trace data. In fact, BATFE has fought for years in the federal courts to keep the databases confidential, because they contain information (such as names of gun buyers) that could jeopardize ongoing investigations—not to mention law enforcement officers’ lives. For example, a suspected gun trafficker could search databases for names of "straw purchasers" he had used to buy handguns, or for traces requested on guns he had sold. That information could lead him to names of officers, informants and other witnesses against his crimes. (View commentary by FOP President Chuck Canterbury from April 24, 2007)
· Even the current language has allowed too many disclosures of sensitive information. For instance, anti-gun groups and the media have repeatedly received confidential trace data from government "leaks." And Judge Jack Weinstein of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, who presides over New York City's lawsuit against the firearms industry, has "creatively" ruled that the riders do not protect the information that Congress so clearly intended to protect.
NRA is committed to ensuring confidentiality of sensitive law enforcement information, on two fronts:
· NRA supports continuing and strengthening the annual appropriations riders that prevent abuse of this information outside legitimate criminal investigations.
· In the 109th Congress, NRA supported H.R. 5005 by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), which would make the disclosure ban permanent.

GUN LAWS UPDATE

This from Gun Law Update LINK HERE Alan Korwin’s Page Nine web log.


Gun Law Update -- Early Brady Plans Revealed


Plenty of gun-ban speculation is flying.I have this quote direct from Sarah Brady in a letter addressed to me:

On Election Day, we helped deliver a strong victory for President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice-President-Elect Joe Biden. They will be two of the most powerful allies we have ever had."

This is what Obama meant when he told you to your face that he respects the Second Amendment. He is the acknowledged champion of the anti-rights gun-ban movement.


POINT ONE

Most of you already know that phony talk about "gun-show-loopholes" was a smokescreen. Sarah and her team now confirm this. They are planning for: "universal background checks for EVERY gun sold in this country." (Her emphasis, not mine).

Gun shows, she says, are now merely "included" in that plan, this will appear as proposed legislation shortly after inauguration day.

POINT TWO

Campaign talk about making the phony "assault-weapons" ban permanent has morphed into "enact a stronger, comprehensive federal ban on military-style assault weapons." They're drafting it right now (Congress doesn't draft these things, interest groups do and hand it to them on platters).

The only thing that could be "stronger" than Clinton's total ban on the sale of new products would be to go after existing firearms in civilian hands, which Clinton left alone. That would require contrabanding, outright confiscations or at a minimum, registration schemes. We'll have to wait for the bill to drop to see what they plan.

"Comprehensive," and "military-style" seem like code words for "more guns banned," far greater lists and categories than Clinton was able to get enacted. Normal capacity magazines like police use will undoubtedly be included, and if the past is prologue, the lists of guns will include standard household firearms the public has safely owned for decades, with little concern for criminals who misuse firearms (already strictly illegal and widely unenforced). Never forget -- "assault" is a type of behavior, not a type of hardware.

POINT THREE

Sarah Brady is asking Obama to "close the deadly holes in our current laws that allow terrorists to buy guns." This is a solution in search of a problem, since terrorists already can't legally buy guns. Brady president Paul Helmke talks instead of blocking "suspected terrorists." That could mean anyone.

It's a back door way to vastly expand the NICS Index -- the list of prohibited possessors that reportedly includes more than ten million Americans. Once you're on, it can be next to impossible to get off, so making it larger serves the goal of the gun banners wonderfully. Many (but not all) currently in the NICS index are violent felons and other low-lifes who belong there.

It's not completely clear who they'd like to add, but in the past, an effort was made to grant arbitrary authority to the Attorney General to add names to terrorism "watch lists." This would prevent those people from air travel and place other restrictions on civil liberties. Sort of like Guantanamo detainees without the need to be caught shooting at Americans on a battlefield. Anyone on that list would be automatically banned by a NICS check, and those checks would no longer be limited to retail purchases from dealers.

FYI, if you're placed on the NICS list, it suggests you're a prohibited possessor whether you are or not, so any guns or ammo you already own or even touch could then constitute a felony. To a zealous cop or judge, a NICS listing might require you to prove your innocence, a nightmare of legal problems. That list should be scrupulously accurate and easily corrected, tasks government is known to do worse than their "management" of the economy.

POINT FOUR

Sarah (Brady, not Palin) included one bald deception in her message by saying "we achieved a major victory when the first federal gun law in over twelve years passed." She refers to the NICS improvement act, for which both the Bradys and NRA took credit. It expands the NICS index by helping states add nut cases (the non-technical description) to the list (a rule Brady rightly applauds). It also lets falsely accused or no-longer-ineligible people get off the list, which you couldn't do previously (a rule NRA rightly applauds).

The 12-year part is laughably inaccurate, but no one expects the media to point out the lie so I will, for just this century, including:

--The PATRIOT Act (which redundantly disarms terrorists and broadens the definition of who the government can label and treat as a terrorist);

--The Aviation and Transportation Security Act (which arms passenger pilots and eventually cargo pilots);

--The Homeland Security Act (which arms all sorts of new federal agents);

--The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (HR218, which arms retired, off-duty and traveling police officers of every description across all state lines, exactly what the Second Amendment is supposed to but no longer protects for the public);

--The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Firearms Act (which protects firearm manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits);

--The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act (which stops authorities from gun confiscations after storms and disasters like Katrina);

--And that's just the bigger ones in the past eight years.

Friday, November 28, 2008

MESA COUNTY RANCH QUARANTINED FOLLOWING DISCOVERY OF SWINE DISEASE



News from the Colorado Division of Wildlife


Media Contacts:
DOW Randy Hampton (970) 255-6162
CDA Christi Lightcap (303) 239-4190


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A Mesa County ranch has been quarantined by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Colorado Department of Agriculture following the discovery of a serious and contagious disease that poses risks to wildlife and livestock.

The quarantine order follows the Nov. 17 seizure by state wildlife and agriculture officials of a livestock trailer containing 20 exotic sheep and 16 feral hogs as it was about to enter the Little Creek Ranch in Collbran. The exotic hogs are illegal to transport in Colorado and the driver did not possess required permits for importation or transportation of any of the animals.


Fourteen of the 16 hogs tested positive for pseudorabies, a disease that poses threats to livestock, wildlife and pets. All of the seized animals are being held by the state at a secure location.

Pseudorabies is a contagious viral disease of animals that primarily affects pigs. However, the disease is also a threat to domestic pets and to wildlife, such as raccoons, opossums, fox, skunks and small rodents, which can contract the disease by coming in contact with infected swine.

“This is the first case of pseudorabies discovered in feral hogs in Colorado and it’s important to stress that our livestock industry is not at risk,” said Dr. Keith Roehr, the Assistant State Veterinarian, “Our department is working quickly and cooperatively with the Division of Wildlife to ensure that this virus is not allowed to spread.”

Currently, all 50 states are considered free of the pseudorabies virus in commercial production swine herds. This detection in feral hogs does not jeopardize that status. Colorado and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have pseudorabies eradication programs in place. The Department of Agriculture, the Division of Wildlife and USDA Veterinary Services are working cooperatively on a timely response.

The DOW quarantine order for the Little Creek Ranch specifies that no animals, alive or dead, may be removed from or enter the ranch until further notice. The Little Creek Ranch is a licensed DOW commercial wildlife park subject to strict rules for the importation of exotic wildlife species. Because the ranch's wild boar hunting operation existed prior to state regulations banning importation or possession of wild boar and feral hogs, it was 'grandfathered in' with an exemption allowing for a limited number of wild boars on the property. Strict animal health and fencing requirements were dictated as part of the licensing process.

The quarantine orders also require veterinary inspection of all animals currently being held at the ranch. At this time, the investigation of the incident is continuing.

The establishment of feral hog populations has become a major concern for state wildlife agencies across the country. Packs of these hogs can devastate wildlife habitat by rooting up areas of ground and destroying native vegetation. Diseases from the wild hogs can also be passed to wildlife species, impacting populations and spreading throughout an area. In Colorado, feral hogs have been confirmed in the southeastern part of the state. Feral hogs have also been killed by landowners and wildlife officers on the Grand Mesa, near Collbran.

In response, the Division of Wildlife and the Colorado Department of Agriculture have signed a memorandum of understanding to coordinate efforts to eradicate these populations.

The Division of Wildlife considers feral hogs to be an invasive pest. State wildlife regulations allow the killing of feral hogs at any time of year and without need of a hunting license.

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For additional information on Pseudorabies, a USDA fact sheet is available at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_dis_spec/swine/f_a_q.shtml


For more news about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us/news/index.asp?DivisionID=3

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.


For more information about Pseudorabies go to Pseudorabies

S.C. firearm purchases are tax-free today

Gun bargains this weekend S.C. firearm purchases are tax-free today, Saturday in recognition of Second Amendment

- joconnor@thestate.com

Hunters and collectors can save some money on gun purchases today and Saturday as the state waives sales taxes on firearms.

The tax-free weekend is likely the first of its kind in the country.

State Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Greenwood, said he proposed the tax-free sales to celebrate the Second Amendment and respond to a then-pending U.S. Supreme Court decision on a Washington, D.C., handgun ban, which the court overturned.

Complete article here!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Grand Valley Training Club 2009 Schedule Set

NRA Basic Firearms Courses (Basic Pistol--Basic Personal Protection in the Home)

Grand Valley Training Club, the only firearms training club in the Grand
Valley that adheres to NRA training standards.


Many years ago, a number of Grand Valley residents worked diligently
with the then Mesa County Sheriff to establish a concealed weapons
program for residents of Mesa County, Colorado. I was not a part of that
negotiation or privy to the intricacies involved in the outcome of it.
However I do know that through these discussions Mesa County, Colorado
established a comprehensive program that would allow the Mesa County
Sheriff to issue a permit for an individual to carry concealed firearms
in the State of Colorado. This program included several training
requirements. One was the completion of the NRA Basic Personal
Protection Course. Also required in this training was a three hour
lecture on the Colorado Revised Statutes pertaining to firearms.

Since that time the Colorado Legislature adopted a "SHALL ISSUE" stance
and law providing the citizens of Colorado who meet the requirements of
the law (noted is paragraph VI).

18-12-203. Criteria for obtaining a permit
(VI) A training certificate from a handgun training class obtained
within the ten years preceding submittal of the application. The
applicant shall submit the original training certificate or a photocopy
thereof that includes the original signature of the class instructor. In
obtaining a training certificate from a handgun training class, the
applicant shall have discretion in selecting which handgun training
class to complete.


What the law requires is much less than what is sensibly important for
an individual to be prepared to responsibly carry a concealed handgun.

Grand Valley Training club offers the sensible training and a reasonable
cost. One of their volunteer instructors, a retired law enforcement
officer and explosives expert, worries that, without adequate training,
some with concealed-carry permits may lapse in safe, effective
practices.

To register for a Grand Valley Training Club NRA Basic Pistol & NRA
Basic Personal Protection in the Home course, call Sharon Armstrong at 464-5177.

Other Links pertaining to CCW permiting



18-12-201. Legislative declaration.


18-12-203 Criteria for obtaining a permit

Article 12
OFFENSES RELATING TO FIREARMS AND WEAPONS


Grand Valley Training Club BLOG






Monday, November 24, 2008

IF you buy a gun...car...truck...skis...ATV...

I am convinced that the principles that Linn points out in he and Ari's article today in the FREE PRESS (excerpt below) apply to nearly everything we use in our lives....(Get some instructions on how to use your spa). Yet firearms training for some gun owners seems to be the last consideration when it should be the first!!

The media have reported a spike in the sale of firearms. The number of people signing up for classes to qualify for concealed carry also has increased. Firearms instructors have seen more interest since 9/11. Local instructors also have seen the fraction of women in class rise from a quarter to half.

Your elder author Linn serves as an instructor for the National Rifle Association’s Basic Pistol and Personal Protection classes. In a recent class, a student asked what the difference is between NRA classes and ones lasting only three or four hours. Linn offered to take up the question at the end of class. We’ll start to answer it here.

Before carrying a gun for defensive purposes, one must answer a crucial question: Am I prepared the take the life of another human being to save my own life or the life of a family member? Do my religious and philosophical beliefs allow me to potentially take a life in self defense? Am I prepared to accept or tolerate the judgment of my family, friends and neighbors if I must defend myself with lethal force?


Click anywhere in the article above to be transported to the entire article at the FREE PRESS.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Local News (the Grand Valley of Colorado)

Run on guns driving up prices at stores and pawn shops alike

LINK

Monday, November 17, 2008

' Battle Hymn Of The Republic.'

Get a load of these high school kids singing.
At the conclusion listen to the high notes on the trumpet, played by a high school kid! One of the fathers recorded it, added some graphic enhancements to the recording, and posted it on the web. The song, of course, is the ' Battle Hymn Of The Republic.' Be prepared - it could send a few shivers up your spine. CLICK HERE

Friday, November 14, 2008

From USCCA Newsletter



If You Bought a Gun This Week ...
If you bought a gun this week, you're not alone. While exact figures aren't yet available, gun stores across the nation reported record-breaking sales in the days following the national election.
[snip]
Admit the Truth. The truth is that there's a gun-grabber in the White House. And the party most traditionally associated with the loss of firearms rights is most definitely and assuredly in complete control of both the House and the Senate. And the majority of the voting population put them there.

LINK: http://www.usconcealedcarry.com/

Some additional links for fun and for useful information :

http://www.corneredcat.com/TOC.aspx

http://wethearmed.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=66fd7e18433893406cf6454938d2b612&

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

NRA Instructor Course (Basic Pistol--Personal Protection in the Home)


Grand Valley Training Club
839 Rapid Creek Rd.
Palisade, CO 81526
(970) 464-5177
linnarmstrong@gmail.com

Class Dates: December 19, 20,21


The NRA Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Course provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude for safe firearm handling. The continued success of these classes depends on the participation of instructors. You are invited to attend the next NRA Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Instructor Class, which will be held at the Division of Wildlife Hunter Education Building at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19, 2007 and will continue all day Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21 starting at 7:30 a.m. both days. The fee is $225.00 per person.

Teaching experience of instructors:
· Extensive training in U.S. military in both firearms and tactics.
· Professional teachers.
· NRA Certified Training Counselors.

Why you need this class: Grand Valley Training Club is one of the oldest and most professional in Colorado. You will have the opportunity to team teach with those with high teaching standards and are serious about your training environment.

Please call me at 464-5177 for more information. To sign up, send a check for $225.00 by December 12, 2008 to confirm your class seat:

Grand Valley Training Club
839 Rapid Creek Rd.
Palisade, CO 81526

Sincerely,
Linn Armstrong, NRA Senior Training Counselor

Alon Stivi’s Phase One Shooting Course


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Phase I Instinctive Shooting Survival Course: November 16th, 2008.

Fee: $350.00 per person. Make check out to DMI and mail to 839 Rapid Creek Road, Palisade CO. 81526. Must be received by November 12, 2008.

Call Linn Armstrong at (970) 464-5177 or (970) 234-0444 for registration information.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Obama's record on firearms triggers run on sales in state

By Jason Blevins and Nancy Lofholm The Denver Post


Chris Walker, left, an employee at Jerry's Outdoor Sports in Grand Junction, shows an AR-15 assault rifle to Chuck Porter of Fruita. Porter and other gun enthusiasts have concerns about President-elect Barack Obama's record on firearms. (Photo by Barton Glasser, Special to The Denver Post )





GRAND JUNCTION — John Faulkner and his wife, Brenda, thought Wednesday was a good day to buy a handgun.

[Snip]

By midday Wednesday, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's "Insta- Check" background check — required for the sale of a firearm and typically about 8 minutes long — was jammed with waits lasting more than two hours.
Gun-shop owners and buyers said the urgency was fueled by Barack Obama's presidential win and Democrats' increasing their majority in Congress.
"I'm here because of Obama," Wickham said. "I think he's misinterpreted the Second Amendment. It's not about the right to hunt. It's about the right to defend yourself."

The Grand Junction pawnshop is decorated with bumper stickers: "Obama 08" with hammers and sickles on each end, "Obama for President of Afghanistan" and "Don't Be a Victim. Buy a Gun."

Complete Article Here

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Short Video About A Woman Who Defended Herself!!

"This Woman was Prepared when the Rapist Returned..."


watch

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hunting in Colorado

I went up into the mountains last week to do some hunting. I thought I would share these photos that my son took of the area and our camp.




Thursday, October 23, 2008

Open Letter to Sportsmen / Illinois State Rifle Association

This is one you should read!

Click on this link Please


Open Letter to Sportsmen

From: Richard A. Pearson / Executive Director / Illinois State Rifle Association

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Watch the ad that Obama tried to censor

Hunter - Obama TV Ad

"...just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right..."
Barack Obama, 2008 Philadelphia primary debate



Learn More

Monday, October 6, 2008

Obama Wants NRA Ads Banned


Saturday, September 27, 2008 8:10 PMBy: Newsmax staff


(sorry this is a tad old, but still interesting--dean0)


The Obama camp has been threatening television and radio stations to keep them from airing anti-Obama ads.

The latest target is the NRA and stations in Pennsylvania.

Earlier this week, the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund released a series of radio and television spots to educate gun owners and sportsmen about Barack Obama's longstanding anti-gun record. In response to the NRA-PVF ads, a clearly panicked Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are doing everything they can to hide Obama's real record by mounting a coordinated assault on the First Amendment.

They have gone to desperate and outrageous lengths to try to silence your NRA by bullying media outlets with threats of lawsuits if they run NRA-PVF's ads.

The Obama camp is particularly angry with an NRA ad entitled 'Hunter' which lays out Obama's record on gun control.

You can see the 'Hunter' ad -- Go Here Now.

Other NRA ads include 'Way of Life' and another focusing on Joe Biden's record, 'Defend Freedom, Defeat Obama.'

This week, Obama's campaign general counsel Bob Bauer wrote seeking to censor the ads at stations in Pennsylvania.

'Unlike federal candidates, independent political organizations do not have a 'right to command the use of broadcast facilities,'' Bauer writes. 'Moreover, you have a duty 'to protect the public from false, misleading or deceptive advertising.''

'This advertising is false, misleading, and deceptive,' Bauer continued. 'We request that you immediately cease airing this advertising.'

The NRA says Obama's camp are sending out these 'intimidating cease and desist letters' to cable operators and television stations, threatening their FCC licenses if they run the ads.

The NRA charged that 'Obama and the DNC have been using strong-arm tactics reminiscent of Chicago machine politics to try and cover up the truth and silence NRA by forcing the stations to assist them in hiding Obama's radical anti-gun record.'

And now, Obama and the DNC have opened a new front in their assault on your First Amendment rights by calling on their followers to contact these station managers to demand that the stations not run NRA-PVF's ads.

NRA stands behind the accuracy of these ads, and NRA attorneys have responded to the Obama campaign's despicable and abusive attempt to trample on the First Amendment by sending a thorough rebuttal to station managers. This rebuttal clearly and conclusively refutes the Obama campaign's fallacious claims that the ads are inaccurate.

The NRA has set up a web site detailing its position on Obama at http://www.gunbanobama.com/.

And here!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

GUN VOTER DOT ORG

Ladies and Gentlemen,The elections are just a month away and traffic on www.GunVoter.org hasbeen picking up, but we still don't have the level of participation andinformation we need to have a serious impact in November.I am asking all registered users to do 3 things:1. Log in to www.GunVoter.org and post any information you have or can findabout candidates in your state - from Dog Catcher to Governor. Goodsources to tap include, www.VoteSmart.org, www.GunOwners.org,www.NRAPVF.org, local rights organizations, and party and campaign sites. Every bit of information helps.2. Send a note to any activist groups, parties, political organizations,and candidates inviting them to post information on www.GunVoter.org.3. Contact your friends, family, and shooting buddies to invite them totake these three actions.If half of the people on this list make a half-hearted effort to accomplishthese three requests, www.GunVoter.org will be a useful tool and make adifference in the 2008 elections.If more than half of the people on this list make a serious effort toaccomplish these three tasks, www.GunVoter.org will be a valuable resourceand make a serious impact on the 2008 elections.Please take a few moments to help us make a difference for pro-rightscandidates and our nation.Yours for the Second Amendment,Jeff Knoxwww.GunVoter.org-- Thanks, The GunVoter Management

Sunday, September 28, 2008

SULLUM: Revenge of gun owners


Jacob Sullum
Sunday, September 28, 2008

LINK to Complete article

The specifics of Mr. Obama's views may turn out to be less important than the sense he's an urban sophisticate unfamiliar with firearms and does not even understand the gun control laws he supports. In a 2004 debate, Mr. Obama explained the rationale for the "assault weapon" ban this way: "Unless you're seeing a lot of deer out there wearing bullet-proof vests, then there is no purpose for many of the guns." He thereby conflated the "assault weapon" and "armor-piercing bullet" issues, apparently not realizing that ordinary hunting ammunition can penetrate "bullet-proof vests."

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Results form OMGC September High Power Match

I will post a few photos when I get them...Thanks guys...Great Season!!
Match Scores here

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Gun control target practice

From the Washington Times: Link to complete article

The freshman Illinois senator has a long record of favoring gun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and a raft of other gun control bills that are anathema to gun owners, hunters and sportsmen alike.

He insists now he supports Second Amendment gun rights to keep and bear arms that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld when it struck down the D.C. gun ban in June. But he refused to join 77 of his colleagues who signed a friend of the court brief to end the weapons ban and remains sympathetic to a broad range of gun ban statutes.

Yet the Obama campaign has been running ads in key states with large populations of gun owners and hunters, insisting he supports the right to own a gun. He cannot run away from his record.

Problems is this: I personally know many a gun enthusiast that support what they call "reasonable gun control". What is reasonable to one person is anathema to another!

Monday, September 15, 2008

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Carry State Clarifications

Note: I received this as a portion of an email from Alan Korwin at gunlaws.com (LINK) (PAGE NINE -- No. 52) This is not a link to the complete email but you can sign up at this link to receive same.


Chris Bird, author of the exceptional Concealed Handgun Manual, reports: The NRA says there are 40 right-to-carry states. That includes Vermont which does not issue licenses so you don't need a license to carry open or concealed. Alaska is a shall-issue state but you don't need a license to carry in the open or concealed under current law. The state has kept the permit process going for Alaskans who want reciprocity with states in the Lower 48. (According to Obamma "lower 55")

There are three other states – Alabama, Connecticut and Iowa -- that the NRA considers right-to-carry because they say permits are almost always issued to law-abiding residents. I have no quarrel with Connecticut and Alabama but I do not count Iowa as I have talked to people in one state gun-rights organization and they say it depends on which county you live in. Some counties issue few if any licenses.

So I say there are 36 states that have mandatory issuance if a person qualifies: AK, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, ID, IN, KA, KY, LA, ME, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY.

I use the terms license and permit interchangeably, though states are generally dedicated to the word they've chosen. Also note that some states issue permits for concealed weapons that include more than just a handgun, some issue licenses for concealed handguns only, or for any possession, or for a specific firearm listed on the permit. In my home state of Texas, the CHL is for a revolver only, or for semi-auto and revolver, at your choice.

For information on how the wonderful firearm licensing laws attack and diminish your right to keep and bear arms, read this: http://www.gunlaws.com/lostcry.htm and this:http://www.gunlaws.com/recsch.htm

Monday, September 8, 2008

Rifle Sight-in Grand Junction Colorado

ATTENTION HUNTERS

IS YOUR RIFLE READY?

PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING HUNTING SEASON!!

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150 32 Rd. (Highway 141)
Grand Junction, Colorado

300 METER RIFLE RANGE, COVERED FIRING LINE, CONCRETE SHOOTING BENCHES, BULLET IMPACT BERMS @ 50, 100, 200 & 300 YARDS. TARGETS AND STANDS PROVIDED. ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE.



SEPTEMBER 21, 2008 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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FOR ADDITONAL INFORMATION – CALL (970) 434-4478.
or email Pat Weber

Friday, September 5, 2008

Why did this drawing strike me as Funny?


Moose hunting in Colorado is becoming a reality!! I am excited about the prospect of hunting for them on the Grand Mesa!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Other Items this weekend!



Shooters, Greetings and happy September! Yup, its time once again to run our monthly match, only difference is that this month we will be having Classifiers only. Due to a high number of unclassified shooters, it is in order to do this.
For the classifier match this month only, we will be requirering "IDPA membership". What this means is that if you have not joined IDPA yet, you will not be able to shoot this Saturday, this match is reserved for the classification of IDPA members.


Shooters will need to plan on shooting a 90 round course straight thru. Bring extra ammo in case of a re shoot (re shoots will be explained if the need arises).All the standard fair applies EXCEPT:*Sign ups will be from 8:00am-8:30am*Entry fee is $20.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call or e mail me Rick 216-8633



The Gunfight at Battlerock
The Windygap Regulators

Colorado State Match
Sept 4,5,6,7 2008
Cortez Colorado


More Info Here and here

Texas Open Carry effort


Found this photo this morning--Thought it was a nifty little sign...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Match Scores

Orchard Mesa Gun Club High Power Matches

July Scores Here

August Scores Here

Orchard Mesa Gun Club August Schuetzen Match

Scores Here

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wonderings

I read these two paragraphs in a Dean Koontz book (The Good Guy). They seemed somewhat telling, and I decided to include them in today’s post, for your introspection.



Contemporary Americans were so prosperous, so happily distracted by such a richness of vivid entertainments, they were reluctant to have their fun diminished by acknowledging that anything existed with fangs and fierce appetites. If now and then they recognized a wolf, they threw a bone to it and convinced themselves that it was a dog.

They denied real threats by focusing their fear on the least likely of armageddons: a massive asteroid striking the earth, superhurricanes twice as big as Texas, the Y2K implosion of civilization, nuclear power plants melting holes all the way through the planet, a new Hitler suddenly rising from the ranks of hapless televangelist with bad hair.
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Friday, August 15, 2008

Texas: Teachers Can Carry Guns

A tiny Texas school district will allow teachers and staff members to carry concealed firearms to deter and protect against school shootings when classes begin this month, provided the gun-toting employees follow certain requirements. The community, Harrold, is about 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Ken Trump, a school security expert in Cleveland who advises districts nationwide, said Harrold was the first district with such a policy. For employees to carry a pistol, they must have a Texas license to carry a concealed handgun; must be authorized to carry by the district; must receive training in crisis management and hostile situations; and must use ammunition designed to minimize the risk of ricocheting bullets.

Link Here

I am adding a new link here for your viewing pleasure!

additional link here


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

DOW offering Huntmaster training this weekend


The Colorado Division Of Wildlife is hosting a two-day seminar on Huntmaster training Saturday and Sunday at the Northwest Regional headquarters, 711 Independent Ave.

Huntmasters are volunteers who have completed the special training and then pass their knowledge on to people who are beginning hunters or maybe never hunted before but want to learn.

You don’t have to be a Huntmaster to make a difference. Trained volunteers are needed as photographers, shooting instructors, cooks, registration officials and more. Interested volunteers may receive additional training to become certified Huntmasters.

The weekend Huntmaster training simulates a two-day hunt and prospective Huntmasters eat, sleep and work at the training site to get a realistic feeling for what the program demands.

Information about the weekend training seminar is available online here
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Rebecca (Beki) Snyder


Pistol National Team

Three-time Olympian (1996, 2000, 2004)
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Member in Women's 10m Air Pistol and Women's Sport Pistol

Date of Birth: 6/15/76
Birthplace: Didsbury, Alberta, Canada
Hometown: Grand Junction Colorado
Event(s): Air Pistol, Sport Pistol

Competition Highlights

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Shooting (Smallbore), first place in Women's Sport Pistol, qualifying for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, 1st place in 10m Air Pistol, qualifying for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team

2004 Olympic Games, 22nd in sport pistol and 19th in air pistol

2000 Olympic Games, ninth place in sport pistol and 25th place in air pistol

1996 Olympic Games, 30th place in air pistol


Personal:

Beki’s father taught her how to shoot when she was 12 years old

Did You Know?

Beki lettered in diving in high school and has a black belt in taekwondo. She also enjoys snowboarding in her free time.

Link to article in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel here

Callahan finishes 25th, Snyder Takes 28th Place in Women’s 25m Pistol

The Women’s 25m Sport Pistol competition took place today at the Beijing Shooting Range Hall with Libby Callahan (Columbia, S.C.) taking 25th place, while Beki Snyder (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished 28th.

Fifty-six year old Libby Callahan (Columbia, S.C.), who is the oldest known American woman to compete for the U.S. at an Olympic Games (winter or summer), finished with a total score of 575.

“I made some mental airs that cost me from being competitive in the match,” said Callahan after her competition. “I am really disappointed, but I have enjoyed being here in Beijing for the Olympics and overall it’s been a great experience.”

Snyder (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who was competing in her second event of the 2008 Olympic Games, also earned an overall score of 575 points. Both Callahan and Snyder have competed in three previous Olympic Games.

Chen Ying of China won the gold medal with a final score of 793.4, which is a new Olympic record. Mongolia’s Otryad Gundegmaa earned the silver medal with 792.2 and the bronze went to Dorjsuren Munkhbayar of Germany with 789.2.

Entire article here

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Roster



AIRGUN
Emily Caruso (Fairfield, Conn.) - Women's Air Rifle
*Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pa.) - Women's Air Rifle
*Jason Parker (Omaha, Neb.) - Men's Air Rifle
Stephen Scherer (Billerica, Mass.) - Men's Air Rifle
Brenda Shinn (Riverside, Calif.) - Women's Air Pistol
*Beki Snyder (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Women's Air Pistol
Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.) - Men's Air Pistol
*Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) - Men's Air Pistol

RIFLE (Smallbore)
Mike Anti (Winterville, N.C.) - Men's Prone Rifle
*Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) - Men's Prone Rifle, Men's 3 Position Rifle
*Jason Parker (Omaha, Neb.) - Men's 3 Position Rifle
Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pa.) - Women's 3 Position Rifle
Sandra Fong (New York, N.Y.) - Women's 3 Position Rifle

PISTOL (Smallbore)
Libby Callahan (Columbia, S.C.) - Women's Sport Pistol
*Beki Snyder (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Women's Sport Pistol
Daryl Szarenski (Saginaw, Mich.)- Men's Free Pistol
*Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) - Men's Free Pistol
Keith Sanderson (San Antonio, Texas) - Men's Rapid Fire Pistol

SHOTGUN
Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) - Women's Trap
Bret Erickson (Bennington, Neb./Muenster, Texas) - Men's Trap
Dominic Grazioli (San Antonio, Texas) - Men's Trap
Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas) - Men's Double Trap
Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) - Men's Double Trap
Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) - Women's Skeet
Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) - Men's Skeet
Sean McLelland (Mission, Texas) - Men's Skeet

Monday, August 11, 2008

NRA INSTRUCTOR TRAINING--Grand Junction Colorado


NRA Instructor Course (Basic Pistol--Personal Protection in the Home)


Grand Valley Training Club
839 Rapid Creek Rd.
Palisade, CO 81526
(970) 464-5177
linnarmstrong@gmail.com

Class Dates: To be announced. If you are interested contact Linn at the above email address, or Sharon at 464-5177


The NRA Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Course provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude for safe firearm handling. The continued success of these classes depends on the participation of instructors. You are invited to attend the next NRA Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Instructor Class, which will be held at the Division of Wildlife Hunter Education Building at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19, 2007 and will continue all day Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21 starting at 7:30 a.m. both days. The fee is $225.00 per person.

Teaching experience of instructors:
· Extensive training in U.S. military in both firearms and tactics.
· Professional teachers.
· NRA Certified Training Counselors.

Why you need this class: Grand Valley Training Club is one of the oldest and most professional in Colorado. You will have the opportunity to team teach with those with high teaching standards and are serious about your training environment.

Please call me at 464-5177 for more information. To sign up, send a check for $225.00 by December 12, 2008 to confirm your class seat:

Grand Valley Training Club
839 Rapid Creek Rd.
Palisade, CO 81526

Sincerely,
Linn Armstrong, NRA Senior Training Counselor




If you are interested in becoming an NRA Certified Instructor contact:
Sharon Armstrong ---464-5177--

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

IDPA Match Scores


Match scores from the August 2nd match in Grand Junction are posted here:

Just a click away!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

(Colorado) Concealed Weapons Permits Issued by County Sheriffs

In 2004 Colorado enacted Senate Bill 04-24, a law which established clear guidelines for the issuance of concealed weapon permits by sheriffs. One of the requirements of the law is that each sheriff submit an annual report to the legislature listing the number of permit applications received, the number of permits issued, the number denied and the number revoked. County Sheriffs of Colorado collected the data from sheriffs and submitted it in one report. This information was included in County Sheriffs Magazine so that members and other readers may see the permit activity that each county has reported.

To view this table click here.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Colorado 18-12-204. Permit contents – validity – carrying requirements


(1) (a) Each permit shall bear a color photograph of the permittee and shall display the signature of the sheriff who issues the permit. In addition, the sheriffs of this state shall ensure that all permits issued pursuant to this part 2 contain the same items of information and are the same size and the same color.

(b) A permit is valid for a period of five years after the date of issuance and may be renewed as provided in section 18-12-211. A permit issued pursuant to this part 2, including a temporary emergency permit issued pursuant to section 18-12-209, is effective in all areas of the state, except as otherwise provided in section 18-12-214.

(2) (a) A permittee, in compliance with the terms of a permit, may carry a concealed handgun as allowed by state law. The permittee shall carry the permit, together with valid photo identification, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun and shall produce both documents upon demand by a law enforcement officer. Failure to produce a permit upon demand by a law enforcement officer raises a rebuttable presumption that the person does not have a permit. Failure to carry and produce a permit and valid photo identification upon demand as required in this subsection (2) is a class 1 petty offense. A charge of failure to carry and produce a permit and valid photo identification upon demand pursuant to this subsection (2) shall be dismissed by the court if, at or before the permittee's scheduled court appearance, the permittee exhibits to the court a valid permit and valid photo identification, both of which were issued to the permittee prior to the date on which the permittee was charged with failure to carry and produce a permit and valid photo identification upon demand.

(b) The provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection (2) apply to temporary emergency permits issued pursuant to section 18-12-209.

(3) (a) A person who may lawfully possess a handgun may carry a handgun under the following circumstances without obtaining a permit and the handgun shall not be considered concealed:

(I) The handgun is in the possession of a person who is in a private automobile or in some other private means of conveyance and who carries the handgun for a legal use, including self-defense; or

(II) The handgun is in the possession of a person who is legally engaged in hunting activities within the state.

(b) The provisions of this subsection (3) shall not be construed to authorize the carrying of a handgun in violation of the provisions of section 18-12-105 or 18-12-105.5.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Excuse Me While I Get My Gun

Some Snippets from an editorial by Jacob Sullum at Town Hall.

Read the entire article Here

D.C.'s political leaders know they are inviting another Second Amendment lawsuit, but they are determined to defy the Supreme Court and the Constitution for as long as possible.(snip)

The new law "clarifies that no carry license is required inside the home" to move a gun from one room to another (snip)

D.C.'s acting attorney general, Peter Nickles, "said residents could neither keep their guns loaded in anticipation of a problem nor search for an intruder on their property."(Snip) “if you see an armed criminal charging your home, or in the event of "an actual threat by somebody you believe is out to hurt you," you're allowed to get your gun, unlock it and load it.(snip)

"I am pretty confident that the people of the District of Columbia want me to err in the direction of trying to restrict guns," D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty told Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher. ---How about erring, just this once, in the direction of respecting civil liberties?

Monday, July 21, 2008

DC Rejects Handgun Application

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- District residents can start registering their guns today. But at least one very high profile application was already rejected.
Dick Heller is the man who brought the lawsuit against the District's 32-year-old ban on handguns. He was among the first in line Thursday morning to apply for a handgun permit.
But when he tried to register his semi-automatic weapon, he says he was rejected. He says his gun has seven bullet clip. Heller says the City Council legislation allows weapons with fewer than eleven bullets in the clip. A spokesman for the DC Police says the gun was a bottom-loading weapon, and according to their interpretation, all bottom-loading guns are outlawed because they are grouped with machine guns.

Read the entire article here.

Friday, July 18, 2008

This from Alan Korwan

link to *PAGE NINE*

11- No D.C. Handguns

The lamestream media told you:

Although we very don’t like it, and our editorial department is in conniptions and working overtime to denigrate it, and even our “news” department is trying to spin it so it doesn’t say what it says, the Supreme Court has ruled that residents of Washington, D.C. can keep handguns in their homes (just like criminals, gang bangers, drug dealers, parolees, ex-felons, miscreants, assorted wackos and police and federal officers) but only for self defense and personal protection. What’s the world coming to, here comes Armageddon, or at least the Wild Wild West.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Although innocent, defenseless, law-abiding, decent, harmless, female, gay, weak, elderly, victimized, abused and other citizens in D.C can now keep and bear arms thanks to the Supreme Court’s glorious ruling supposedly restoring the rights the government had mercilessly confiscated, creating the biggest crime-ridden phony “gun-free” zone in the nation, D.C. residents cannot obtain handguns, which are “the quintessential self defense weapon” according to the Court, thanks to federal law:

18 USC § 922(b) It shall be unlawful for any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to sell or deliver --(3) any firearm to any person who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe does not reside in (or if the person is a corporation or other business entity, does not maintain a place of business in) the State in which the licensee’s place of business is located...

No word yet on whether dealers in adjacent Maryland and Virginia are willing to risk their business licenses and incur prison sentences, to sell legal firearms to residents of D.C. Officials in D.C. implied slightly that it would be OK, but they have no authority over BATFE, the agency that would make the arrests.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

D.C. Council refuses to obey SCOUTS

If the below articles are to be believed, it seems to me that the council in W. DC. doesn't get it...Or are they emboldened by the fact that 4 of the 9 justices on the Supreme Court are unable to read with any comprehension? (Be afraid, be very afraid)

DC to vote on new gun laws after court ruling Staff and agencies15 July, 2008

WASHINGTON The District of Columbia Council planned to vote today on allowing handguns if they are used only for self-defense in the home and carry fewer than 12 rounds of ammunition.
The emergency legislation announced Monday comes as officials try to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month striking down the city’s 32-year-old ban.
The proposal, which maintains some of the city’s strict gun-ownership rules and adds more regulations, was criticized by gun-rights advocates threatening more legal action.
The nation’s capital would still require all legal firearms — including handguns, rifles and shotguns — to be kept in the home unloaded and disassembled, or equipped with trigger locks,with an exception for guns used against the “reasonably perceived threat of immediate harm.”
Police Chief Cathy Lanier will limit registration to one handgun per person for the first 90 days.

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Wanna Load Your D.C. Handgun? Better Be a “Reasonably Perceived Threat of Immediate Harm”

Local gun enthusiasts, note these words: “reasonably perceived threat of immediate harm.”

That there, laid out in a law likely to be passed tomorrow by the D.C. Council, lays out exactly when you’ll be allowed to actually load a gun in the District of Columbia for self-defense purposes.

This policy was announced this afternoon at a Wilson Building press conference featuring Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Interim Attorney General Peter Nickles, police chief Cathy Lanier, council Chair Vincent C. Gray, and various council members. Much of the presser was devoted to the nuts and bolts of actually registering a handgun—you’ll be able to apply for a handgun permit likely later this week, Nickles said, and the whole process should take “weeks or months.” That includes taking a written firearms safety test and getting fingerprinted, plus a ballistics sample for every registered gun. Getting your hands on a gun is a trickier process; you can buy a gun in another state then have it transferred to a dealer in the District (for a fee)—last week, WTOP’s Mark Segraves found the one guy in town who’s willing to do that for you: one Charles Sykes, Jr.

As to where you can load that gun...(snip)

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