"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

Friday, February 27, 2009

kick off the 09' IDPA season March 7th

Yuppers, it is time once again to polish up them pistols and join us out
at the range on March 7th to kick off the 09' IDPA season. All the
details will be the same, with 4 stages planned. We will have sign ups
from 9:30am-10am, and entry fee will be $20. Shooting will start asap
after a brief shooters meeting.

I know that ammo is getting hard to come by, so plan ahead and stock up
now! Bring a concealment garment (ie: vest, oversized shirt, jacket,
etc.), extra mags, and all the regular fan fare for a fun day at the range.

Hope to see you all on the 7th!
If you have any questions, feel free to e mail or Rick Barnes
Telephone: 970-216-8633
Email: click here!


NRA, Alaskans slam Obama assault weapons ban proposal

Attorney General Eric Holder says the assault weapons ban is needed again to stop weapons from flowing from US borders into Mexico. The country is currently plagued with such high drug cartel violence state department officials issued a travel warning Friday.

NRA Spokesperson Rachel Parsons, along with AK Machine Gun Association Club Pres. Dave Arieno, point to history. Both characterize as the previous ban as ineffective, and say brining it back would only hurt law-abiding citizens, including subsistence hunters.

Parsons says a new ban would affect guns used for sports shooting, hunting, and self defense, including rifles and handguns.

Full article at KTVA Here

KTVA has archived the article and you must be willing to sign up at this rate which I think is a bogus deal, but I suppose that they must pay for the services they provide somehow.

One year pass, 1000 articles (1995.00)
One year pass, 500 articles (995.00)
One month pass, 40 articles (79.95)
One month pass, 25 articles (49.95)
One month pass, 10 articles (21.95)
One week pass, 3 articles (6.95)
Single article (2.95)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

turkey hunting seminar

The Western Slope Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is pleased to work with the Division of Wildlife to offer a turkey hunting seminar on March 24th for novice and first time hunters. The seminar will cover Colorado laws and regulations pertaining to turkey hunting, basic turkey hunting and calling techniques, basic gear, and hunting tactics. There is a $40 fee for the course, which includes a one year membership in the National Wild Turkey Federation and a friction turkey call. In addition to teaching you the basics of turkey hunting you will be able to network with veteran turkey hunters and other novice hunters. Information will also be provided about local turkey populations and hunting opportunities on public land.

The clinic will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Division of Wildlife Hunter Ed building, 711 Independent Ave., Grand Junction. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register, please call 970-255-6181.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hunters fire back over Basalt range

The gun enthusiasts sent a clear message to the Colorado Division of Wildlife that hours have been pared enough at the state-owned facility and that Basalt residents should learn to live with the noise or chip in funds to dampen the effect.

“It’s kind of a classic problem — we get new owners [moving in] and they’ve got a problem,” said Francis Krizmanich, an Old Snowmass resident who has used the shooting range for 23 years.

Midvalley resident Marty Schlumberger drew applause from the majority of the crowd when he said shooting range users have surrendered enough.“We don’t want to compromise any more. We want the hours to remain the same,” he said.

Link to the Aspen Times article HERE


25-12-109. Exception - sport shooting ranges - legislative declaration.

(1) The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares that the imposition of inconsistent, outdated, and unnecessary noise restrictions on qualifying sport shooting ranges that meet specific, designated qualifications work to the detriment of the public health, welfare, and morale as well as to the detriment of the economic well-being of the state. The general assembly further finds, determines, and declares that a need exists for statewide uniformity with respect to exempting qualifying shooting ranges from the enforcement of laws, ordinances, rules, and orders regulating noise. As the gain associated with having a uniform statewide exemption for qualifying sport shooting ranges outweighs any gains associated with enforcing noise regulations against such ranges, the general assembly further declares that the provisions of this section, as enacted, are a matter of statewide concern and preempt any provisions of any law, ordinance, rule, or order to the contrary.
(2) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a) "Local government" means any county, city, city and county, town, or any governmental entity, board, council, or committee operating under the authority of any county, city, city and county, or town.
(b) "Local government official" means any elected, appointed, or employed individual or group of individuals acting on behalf of or exercising the authority of any local government.
(c) "Person" means an individual, proprietorship, partnership, corporation, club, or other legal entity.
(d) "Qualifying sport shooting range" or "qualifying range" means any public or private establishment, whether operating for profit or not for profit, that operates an area for the discharge or other use of firearms or other equipment for silhouette, skeet, trap, black powder, target, self-defense, recreational or competitive shooting, or professional training.
(3) Notwithstanding any other law or municipal or county ordinance, rule, or order regulating noise to the contrary:
(a) A local governmental official may not commence a civil action nor seek a criminal penalty against a qualifying sport shooting range or its owners or operators on the grounds of noise emanating from such range that results from the normal operation or use of the qualifying shooting range except upon a written complaint from a resident of the jurisdiction in which the range is located. The complaint shall state the name and address of the complainant, how long the complainant has resided at the address indicated, the times and dates on which the alleged excessive noise occurred, and such other information as the local government may require. The local government shall not proceed to seek a criminal penalty or pursue a civil action against a qualifying sport shooting range on the basis of such a noise complaint if the complainant established residence within the jurisdiction after January 1, 1985.
(b) No person may bring any suit in law or equity or any other claim for relief against a qualifying sport shooting range located in the vicinity of the person's property or against the owners or operators of such range on the grounds of noise emanating from the range if:
(I) The qualifying range was established before the person acquired the property;
(II) The qualifying range complies with all laws, ordinances, rules, or orders regulating noise that applied to the range and its operation at the time of its construction or initial operation;
(III) No law, ordinance, rule, or order regulating noise applied to the qualifying range at the time of its construction or initial operation.

Source: L. 98: Entire section added, p. 240, § 1, effective April 13.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

February 2009 Grand Junction IDPA match results

Nice day, fun stages, egos "adjusted." Sure beats doing chores around the house!
Hope you had a good time.

To view results click HERE

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Gun dealers experiencing shortages of bullets

Selling bullets may be the most secure job in Florida as long as supplies last.

After months of heavy buying, gun dealers across the state are experiencing shortages.

Some say it began with the election of President Barack Obama. Others say it's about the economic downturn or fear of crime. Whatever the reasons, ammunition has been selling like plywood and bottled water in the days before a hurricane.

____________LINK to full story at the Orlando Sentinel.

Here in Grand Junction, I had to wait a day to resuply. So I am all stocked up for awhile. Maybe it will soon be time to "roll your own" so to speak. A lot of folks are already doing that anyway.

Thanks for the tip Gene.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

HR 45 -- Gun Rights Licensing Test


It is coming--the anti-rights crowd are taking no prisoners and will stop at no thing in order to reduce you to the level of a subject of an intolerant socialist government.

Illinois congressman Bobby Rush, from Obama's home state and with a voting record on gun ownership as bad as Obama's, introduced a bill on the first day of the 111th Congress that shows what we can expect.

HR 45 has an innocent-looking line that says 'strike the second sentence of 18 USC 926(a)'. That's the line that says the federal government cannot make a central registry of gun owners.
The anti-rights people have to repeal that line, because Bobby's bill flat-out creates a central gun registry. Every gun owner must be registered to keep on possessing the guns they already own, and any transfer of any kind must be registered as well.

Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009

Thanks to Alan Korwin for providing the above information.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Please vote on this gun issue question with USA Today.

Please vote on this gun issue question with USA Today.
It will only take a few seconds of your time.

Then pass the link on to all the pro gun folks you know. Hopefully these results will be published later this month.

First - vote on this one.

Second - launch it to other folks and have THEM vote - then we will see if the results get published.

Vote in the USA Today poll - click on the link below.

The Question is:
Does the Second Amendment give individuals the right to bear arms?
Just so there's no confusion, the correct answer is YES!

Vote here: