"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

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Liberals ask how they lost gun, Guantanamo votes

Also Wednesday, the House voted overwhelmingly to join the Senate in letting people carry loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges. More than 100 House Democrats and 174 Republicans voted for the gun measure, which was attached to an Obama-backed bill imposing new restrictions on credit card companies.
Earlier this year, gun-rights supporters derailed a bill to give the District of Columbia voting rights in Congress by adding a provision that would repeal the city's strict gun regulations.
The gun votes were less surprising to many Democrats than were the Guantanamo developments. The NRA remains among the most powerful lobbies, and many lawmakers take care to stay off its political enemies list.
"People do not want to be on the wrong side of this particular cultural divide," said Rep. David Price, D-N.C., who supports tougher gun controls. "It's too bad there's not a more responsible national organization" to counteract the NRA, he said.
In some ways, the gun-control lobby is choking on Democratic success in congressional races. "The seats we're picking up come disproportionately from those more conservative areas," Price said, where linking the Democratic Party to gun control can be dangerous at re-election time.
Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California is another Democrat frustrated by the gun debate. When she asks colleagues why they don't support tougher restrictions, she said, they reply, "You just don't get it, Woolsey. You don't have our districts."
"It has to do with being afraid they'll lose their election if they stand up against guns," she said

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Ritter shows True Color

Colorado: Governor Vetoes Pro-Gun Reform
Please Contact Governor Ritter!

On Friday, May 15, Governor Bill Ritter (D) vetoed House Bill 1180

Sponsored by State Representative Steve King (R-54), HB1180 would have exempted Colorado concealed handgun permit holders from the background check requirement for the transfer of a firearm.

Please contact Governor Ritter at (303) 866-2471 and express your disappointment in his veto of House Bill 1180. Thank you to all those who contacted their legislators during this process.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rifle Sportsmans Club IDPA Match May 16, 2009

May 16 Match results Here
Time to gather up your gear and join us for another IDPA match at the Rifle Sportsmen's Club this Saturday, May 16th.
Things you should know:
  • Four stages with a $20.00 entry fee.
  • Sign-ups at 9:30 am; Match starts at 10:00 am with a brief safety meeting.
  • Bring a concealment garment.
  • Bring your IDPA membership cards. Please have them in hand and be prepared to show them at the sign-up table. (Does not apply to first-time shooters.)
  • New shooters will be given a special safety meeting prior to the start of the match.
A chance to shoot the classifier will again be offered this month. You must be an IDPA member to shoot the classifier. Up to six (6) shooters will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee will be $20.00 and those who shoot the classifier will not be able to shoot the match. And, conversely, those who shoot the match will not be able to shoot the classifier.
Char Stuart will again conduct said classifier. At least 90 rounds are required for the classifier...more is a good idea to have on hand. If you are shooting the classifier, please tell us at sign-up so we know who goes which direction.
Any questions can be directed to Terry Veldboom at (970) 379-0237 or email terob3@sopris.net.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Colorado House Bill 1180

On Monday, May 4, the Colorado State House concurred with the Senate version of House Bill 1180. HB1180 will now head to the desk of the Governor Bill Ritter (D) for his consideration.

Sponsored by State Representative Steve King (R-54), HB1180 will exempt Colorado concealed handgun permit holders from the background check requirement for the transfer of a firearm.

Please contact the Governor at (303) 866-2471 and urge him to sign House Bill 1180.

Interesting New Law in Montana


HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Gov. Brian Schweitzer has signed into law a bill that aims to exempt Montana-made guns from federal regulation.

House Bill 246 was sponsored by Republican Rep. Joel Boniek of Livingston. It applies only to guns made and kept in Montana.

Text of the New Law Here!

Thanks Bill for the heads up!!