"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

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

SAF Sues Eric Holder over Gun Rights of Non-Resident American Citizens

Business Wire 2009
2009-03-30 23:11:03

The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking an injunction against enforcement of a federal law that makes it impossible for American citizens who reside outside the United States to purchase firearms while they are in this country.

SAF is joined by two natural-born citizens, Maxwell
Hodgkins and Stephen Dearth, who have been denied the opportunity to buy firearms because they do not currently reside in the United States

Click in the article to go to PR inside.com

Gun and ammunition sales way up in Southern Colorado

Story By: Bill Folsom
Source: KOAA

A lot of the discussion is based on the president's involvement in stricter gun legislation in his home state of Illinois. Gun dealers think if an official plan from Washington surfaces there will be even more of a run and even higher prices.

Click in the article to go KOAA-dot-com for the full article.

A Gun Ban Gets Shot Down

Michael Isikoff
From the magazine issue dated Apr 6, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the second member of President Obama's cabinet to get shot down by the White House over the politically sensitive issue of assault weapons. After meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, Clinton said that reinstating the U.S. ban on assault weapons—which was passed in 1994 and expired in 2004—is one step this country could take to curb the flow of guns to Mexico's drug cartels.

Click anywhere in the article above to be transported to the complete article at Newsweek online.

A different article about HC and her gun banning bent.

Are You Hoarding Ammo?

by: Ross Kaminsky 03/31/2009

It’s not just a couple of stores seeing a run on guns and even more so on ammunition. From local gun shops to WalMart to sporting goods stores, the story is the same: When the store gets a shipment of ammo, particularly .45, 9mm, and .38 handgun ammunition, “people come in and they buy it all.”

Colorado is several months behind in processing concealed carry permits because of demand. Last month, it was reported that Florida “is buried under a backlog of 95,000 applications for concealed-weapons permits and it needs to hire a lot more people to handle the paperwork.” In Georgia, firearm permits were up 79% in 2008 over 2007. In Oklahoma, the number is around 90%. In Ohio, the number of concealed carry licenses issued in the 4th quarter of 2008 was 111% higher than the 4th quarter of 2007.

In his 2004 Senate campaign, Barack Obama said he would like to ban concealed carry permits. Now that Obama is President…“People are petrified…afraid for their rights that Obama is going to attack. And while Obama says he doesn’t support banning guns, a 500% tax would effectively be a financial ban on both guns and ammunition.

“Barack Obama is right about one thing. We are clinging to God and our guns, and I defy him to try to take either one from us.”

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Colorado 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 application received, the number of permits issued, the number denied and the number revoked.

This is that report compiled by County Sheriffs of Colorado.

Link to this years report (2008)

Link to last years report (2007)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Results from the Saturday, March 21st IDPA match

Thanks Ken for getting these to me. Find them posted at


As usual, results are posted first by division and then by classification. Top shooters in each division/classification are highlighted in bold.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Justice Dept. Defends Bush Rule on Guns

But Interior Is Reviewing Measure, Which Allows Concealed Firearms in Parks

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 17, 2009; Page A03

It is our old Buddy Ken that is obstructing freedom in our country.

In its reply, the Justice Department wrote that the new rule "does not alter the environmental status quo, and will not have any significant impacts on public health and safety."

But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has asked for an internal assessment of whether the measure has any environmental impacts the government needs to take into account, Interior spokesman Matt Lee-Ashley said yesterday.

Click in the above paragraph to be transported to the full article in the Washington Post.

Judge Blocks Rule Permitting Concealed Guns In U.S. Parks

Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, March 20, 2009; Page A09

A federal judge yesterday blocked a last-minute rule enacted by President George W. Bush allowing visitors to national parks to carry concealed weapons.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by gun-control advocates and environmental groups. The Justice Department had sought to block the injunction against the controversial rule.

The three groups that brought the suit -- the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees ...,

So much for freedom in these United States...Click anywhere in the article to go to the full article in the Washington Post.

Environmental Impact??? Someone has got to be kidding...But the Judge says:

She noted that the government justified its decision to forgo an environmental analysis on the grounds that the rule does not "authorize" environmental impacts. Calling this a "tautology," she wrote that officials "abdicated their Congressionally-mandated obligation" to evaluate environmental impacts and "ignored (without sufficient explanation) substantial information in the administrative record concerning environmental impacts" of the rule.

It won't be long until the anti-rights groups rule this land.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Rifle Colorado IDPA Match March 21-09


Spring is almost here - and will be by the time the March 21st IDPA Match gets underway this Saturday at the Rifle Sportsman's Club.
Some important particulars:
  • Sign-ups at 9:30 am; match starts at 10:00 am with a brief safety meeting.
  • Bring a concealment garment.
  • Four stages are planned with a $20.00 entry fee.
  • Be prepared to show proof of IDPA membership. (Does not apply to first-time shooters.)
But wait, there's more!
Per Match Director Terry Veldboom, an extra bay will be set up for the Classifier, and up to six shooters will be allowed to shoot for classification. Those shooting the Classifier will not be able to shoot the regular match, and will also pay the $20.00 fee. Terry will choose shooters "eligible" to shoot the Classifier based on either your likely ability to shoot at least a Marksman classification or likely ability to move up in your classification. (If you are not able to reasonably demonstrate a Marksman's level of proficiency, there is no reason to shoot the Classifier. You are essentially a Novice level shooter.)
By the way, you must be an IDPA member to shooter the Classifier!
If you would like to shoot the Classifier and need more information, feel free to call Terry at (970) 379-0237 or email him at terob3@sopris.net.
Best regards,
Ken Andrews

Monday, March 9, 2009

Gun Makers and Retailers Post Strong Sales Increases

Despite the weakest holiday season on record, outdoor-products retailer Cabela's turned in strong fourth-quarter sales, largely as a result of an increase in firearm and ammunition sales.

On the manufacturing side, publicly traded firearm manufacturers, such as Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. are enjoying strong sales and relatively steadier stock prices. Smith & Wesson said aside from the 40% growth in pistol sales in its most recent quarter, tactical rifle sales soared 308%. Sturm, Ruger & Co. reported an 81% increase in firearms revenue. In a message on its website, Rock River Arms, which specializes in custom rifles and pistols, cites an "overwhelming increase in orders" in explaining why it can no longer provide estimated delivery dates, and notes that it is increasing production.

Link to the complete article by clicking on this sentence.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A marksman in Iraq; No gun permit in Omaha

Sgt. Tim Mechaley trained fellow Marines to fire .50-caliber machine guns. He qualified as a marksman. He fought in the battle for Fallujah, Iraq, and received a combat medal with a "V" for valor.

Sgt. Tim Mechaley
Back home, he uses a rifle for target shooting.

Yet, when Mechaley sought to buy a 9-mm Ruger pistol for protection at his midtown apartment, the Omaha Police Department rejected his application for a gun permit.

Link to the full article at the Omaha World Herald by clicking on this sentence.

Gun Control I can Live with

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Is bill lying in wait to ban handguns?

Activists worry another Columbine will spark end of 2nd Amendment

By Drew Zahn
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill.

Tucked away in committee on Capitol Hill is a firearm licensing bill that Second Amendment advocates worry may just be waiting for the right "Columbine moment" to emerge and effectively ban handguns in the U.S.

As WND reported, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., sponsored H.R. 45, an extensive licensure law that creates a national database of current firearm owners, requires psychiatric testing and fingerprinting to obtain a license and places new restrictions on gun use and storage.

Mike Hammond, legal advisor with Gun Owners of America, told WND that H.R. 45 gives the federal government so much power over gun ownership, that the wrong administration could use it to "bring gun ownership in America to an end."

"It takes semi-automatic firearms and handguns