Thursday 12 March 2015
The National Rifle Association (NRA) was instrumental in stalling the Obama Administration’s initial attempt to ban commonly used ammunition for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15. The announcement that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) will suspend its proposed framework to ban M855 ammunition validates the NRA’s assertion that this effort was nothing more than a political maneuver to bypass Congress and impose gun control on the American people.
"Today’s announcement proves what we have said all along – this was 100% political. President Obama failed to pass gun control through Congress, so he tried to impose his political agenda through executive fiat. But every gun owner in America needs to understand Barack Obama’s hatred of the Second Amendment has not changed," said Wayne La Pierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association.
Chris Cox, Executive Director of NRA-ILA criticized the dishonest campaign to ban this common ammunition: “The lies used to justify the ban were shameful. This proposal was never about law enforcement safety – it was about the Obama Administration’s desire to pander to billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his gun control groups. Since they haven’t been able to ban America’s most popular rifle, they are trying to ban the ammunition instead.”
Since the BATFE announced its plan to ban commonly used ammunition less than a month ago, the NRA rallied its five million members and tens of millions of supporters across the country in strong opposition. In addition, the NRA worked with congressional leaders in both the U.S. House and Senate to oppose this misguided proposal.
“The NRA would like to thank House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson for leading the fight against this unconstitutional attack on our Second Amendment freedoms,” continued Cox. “This was a significant victory for our five million members and tens of millions of supporters across the country.
“Make no mistake, this fight is not over. We will remain vigilant and continue to fight against President Obama’s attempt to dismantle the Second Amendment,” concluded LaPierre.
To view the congressional letters to BATFE, along with the Member signatures, click here and here.
To view recent op-ed in the Daily Caller by Chris Cox on the proposed ammunition ban, click here.
webmasteronThursday 12 March 2015 - 12:16:41
SB15-175, which would repeal the 2013 15-round limit on magazines, will soon clear the Colorado Senate and will be headed to the House, which is led by anti-gun Democrats seeking to kill this bill. The bill’s future hinges on its committee assignment, which will be determined by House Speaker Dickie Lee Hullinghorst.
Colorado gun owners are urged to call Speaker Hullinghorst at (303) 866-2346 or email at email@example.com and urge her to send the bill to a committee where it will get fair consideration rather than a rubber-stamped political death.
webmasteronThursday 12 March 2015 - 12:16:41
Monday 09 March 2015
Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is offering 300-round bags of Lake City (LC headstamp) M855 5.56mm NATO ammo for $165.00 with free shipping to the continental U.S.. This is the ammunition that ATF has scheduled to be banned for civilian sale/transfer.
To order items from CMP, you must be a member in good standing of a CMP-affiliated club or association such as CSSA.
Here’s the CMP link for ordering this item:
webmasteronMonday 09 March 2015 - 12:16:41
Monday 23 February 2015
The following was sent by CSSA President Tony Fabian to ATF regarding the announced ban on sale/import of M855 5.56mm ammunition:
“On behalf of the Colorado State Shooting Association, the official state association of the National Rifle Association and the oldest firearms organization in Colorado, I urge you in the strongest of terms to rescind this proposed regulation/restriction banning the import and sale of M855 5.56mm ammunition. It is an established fact that the AR-15 rifle, in all of its various forms and configurations, is one of the most popular and common firearms in the U.S. The M855 cartridge was designed specifically for this rifle and adopted over three decades ago. Neither the ammunition or the rifle which uses it is new, which begs the question as to why now, all of a sudden, this regulation is necessary and proper. Since its adoption, this cartridge has been used extensively by shooters and sportsmen throughout the country, including Colorado; literally millions of rounds are expended every year for hunting, target practice and competition. A federal law enforcement agency should not have to be reminded of the prevailing law pertaining to the Constitutional right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms, particularly the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases of D.C. v. Heller and Chicago v. McDonald, which held that acquisition/ownership/possession of firearms and their essential accoutrements in common use cannot be unreasonably/unnecessarily restricted. There is no firearm/ammunition combination that is in more common use than the AR-15 rifle and the M855 5.56mm cartridge. In light of this simple fact, it is difficult not to conclude that this proposed regulation is an attempt to restrict the access by law-abiding Americans of popular sporting/target ammunition, a blatant violation of the Second Amendment.
It has been reported that the justification cited for this proposed regulation/restriction is a provision of the infamous 1968 Gun Control Act that refers to “legitimate sporting purposes”. Again, one should not have to remind a law enforcement agency that this provision was written four decades before Heller and McDonald, and is therefore mostly inapposite--two very recent major provisions of the 1968 Act have been struck down by federal courts under standards set forth in those two aforementioned seminal cases. Even a casual reading of those recent decisions striking down provisions of the 1968 Act would lead to the conclusion that “legitimate sporting purpose” is inapposite to the purpose and scope of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms set forth in Heller and McDonald. The Second Amendment is not about hunting, or even target shooting; it is about retaining the means and ability to defend oneself against unlawful intrusion/assault, no matter the source.
Regardless of the manner or angle which one may view this proposed regulation/restriction, it is in direct violation and contravention of the U.S. Constitution, particularly the Second Amendment. It cannot be made plainer than that. Therefore we strongly urge you to rescind this proposed regulation/restriction forthwith.
President, Colorado State Shooting Association”
webmasteronMonday 23 February 2015 - 12:16:41
Monday 09 February 2015
Claiming it was for the benefit of Colorado shooters and gun owners, CBI recently tried to pad its budget by an extra $300,000.00 in the General Assembly’s Joint Budget Committee. CBI claimed that it was trying to reduce turnaround times on concealed carry background checks, which it claimed currently average eight weeks. These numbers did not compare with turnaround times in several major counties, including Jefferson, Douglas and Weld, where the turnaround time for that northern Colorado county has routinely been only a couple of days. CBI’s request was rejected by the JBC, and subsequent attempts by Democrat members to sneak it back in also failed.
This is not the first time we’ve seen CBI disingenuously try to plump its budget by playing fast/loose with the numbers. In 2013, CBI said it would need funding to conduct an additional 100,000 transfer background checks due to the universal background check law that was passed that year. Subsequent figures demonstrate that the number of checks actually conducted as a result of that law have been far less than one-tenth of that estimate, resulting in CBI having to admit that it must now reduce the check fees being charged in order to comply with the law mandating that checks be paid for by purchasers rather than the state.
Of course, firearms rights groups such as CSSA have consistently maintained that the cost of CBI background checks should be borne by the state, since gun owners have opposed such redundant checks from their inception. Far, far more legal firearms purchasers have been wrongfully denied firearms purchases under this system than actual ineligible purchasers have been prevented. Federal funding already pays for the NICS database/system, which is exclusively used by 90% of states, and Colorado literally throws away millions each year on these unnecessary and redundant checks.
webmasteronMonday 09 February 2015 - 12:16:41
In a clear and sweeping re-affirmation of commitment to their radical anti-gun, anti-self-defense agenda, Colorado House Democrats on Monday killed five Republican-sponsored bills focused on expanding self-defense and rolling back needless restrictions on law-abiding Colorado gun owners. On a strict party-line vote for each, the following bills were postponed indefinitely (killed) by the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee:
HB15-1049, sponsored by Rep. Justin Everett—Legal Immunity for Use of Deadly Force Against Unlawful Intruders In Businesses
HB15-1127, sponsored by Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt—Immunity from Legal Liability For Businesses Permitting Concealed Carry
HB15-1009, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Humphrey--Repeal of HB13-1224 Large Ammo Magazine Ban
HB15-1086, sponsored by Rep. Pat Neville—Requiring Prompt CBI Action on Requests for Certificates for Class III Transferees
HB15-1050, sponsored by Rep. Janak Joshi--Repeal of HB13-1229 Universal Gun Transfer Background Check Requirment and Fee
Committee Democrats voting to kill these bills were Reps. Su Ryden (36), Joe Salazar (31), Dianne Primavera (33), Susan Lontine (01), Max Tyler (23) and Mike Foote (12).
For those new to Colorado legislative politics, the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee is commonly referred to as the “Kill Committee”, as it is the repository for bills the majority party seeks to keep from a full vote in the House. It is normally stacked with majority party members from “safe” districts who are not expected to suffer any political consequences from their votes. The truth is that we had sufficient votes in the House as a whole to pass most of the bills mentioned above, as only two Democrat representatives were needed for passage. Pro-gun and pro-self-defense bills that are expected to pass the Republican State Senate are destined for the same fate once they go to the Democrat House. Colorado gun owners need to understand that elections matter…party matters…it is important to keep that in mind when you vote.
webmasteronMonday 09 February 2015 - 10:16:41
Friday 23 January 2015
Several pro-gun bills introduced in the Colorado House will be heard on Feb. 2nd by the State Affairs Committee located in Rm. 271 of the Capitol Building at 1:30pm.
Here is a quick summary of the bills that will be heard:
HB15-1009: The bill repeals statutory provisions prohibiting the transfer/possession of ammunition magazines of more than 15-rounds and requiring identification markings to be places upon those magazines that are manufactured in Colorado.
HB15-1049: The bill extends legal protections in the use deadly force against an intruder under certain conditions to include owners, managers, and employees of businesses.
HB15-1050: The bill repeals the requirement that before any person who is not a licensed gun dealer transfers possession of a firearm to a transferee, he or she must require that a criminal background check be conducted of the prospective transferee and must obtain approval of the transfer from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
HB15-1086: For transfers of machine guns, destructive devices, and certain types of firearms, federal law requires prospective transferees, in addition to submitting to a criminal records background check, to acquire a certificate from a law enforcement entity. This bill requires prompt (within five business days) action by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation regarding certificate requests.
HB15-1127: Limits legal liability for owner or operator of a place of business that makes its premises available to the public for damages in any civil action that are alleged to have occurred as a result of the place of business adopting a policy that allows the carrying of a concealed handgun by a person who possesses a permit to do so."
Some information regarding testifying at committee hearings:
You need to sign in in order to be called to give testimony. If you do not sign in, you cannot be called.
Be brief, direct and to the point; observe any time limits set by the committee. Relate specific facts as they PERSONALLY affect you. Personal stories/circumstances are much more persuasive than generalities and platitudes that have been recycled a million times over. For example, don’t sign up just to tell the committee “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, which has been heard a million times over. Instead, tell the committee about a time when a gun saved your life of the life of another and/or why it was important to have a full/standard capacity magazine.
Be civil, courteous and respectful in your remarks. As they will be recorded, speak clearly and wait for legislators to finish their remarks/questions before responding.
webmasteronFriday 23 January 2015 - 12:16:41
Thursday 08 January 2015
Yesterday, the 2015 legislative session kicked off and brought a solid list of pro-gun legislation to benefit law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen across the state.
House Bill 1009, introduced by state Representative Steve Humphrey (R-48), would repeal the rights-infringing legislation passed into law during the 2013 legislative session that arbitrarily limits the number of rounds of ammunition you can use to protect yourself and your family to 15 rounds.
House Bill 1049, introduced by state Representative Justin Everett (R-22), would extend the protection and right to self-defense you currently have in your home to your place of business.
House Bill 1050, introduced by state Representative Janik Joshi (R-16), would repeal the onerous and ineffective private transfer background check law that passed during the 2013 legislative session.
Senate Bill 32, introduced by state Senator Vicki Marble (R-23), would allow all law-abiding Colorado residents to legally carry concealed without having to possess a concealed carry permit. This bill would also keep in place the current permitting system so that people who obtain a permit will still enjoy reciprocity in states around the country when legally carrying concealed.
The bills listed above have already received committee assignments, but no hearing dates have been scheduled. Please stay tuned to www.cssa.org and www.nraila.org for further updates on these bills and others as the 2015 legislative session progresses.
webmasteronThursday 08 January 2015 - 12:16:41
Monday 17 November 2014
CSSA has joined twelve other state associations/organizations in filing an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief on behalf of the appellants in Kolbe v. O’Malley, an appeal to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the federal court challenge to Maryland’s draconian gun control laws enacted in last year’s rash of Democrat-sponsored state gun restrictions. In summary, earlier this year the federal district court in Maryland ruled that the state’s ban on semi-automatic rifles did not violate the Second Amendment. That ruling is being appealed to the Fourth Circuit in the same manner that this summer’s ruling by the Colorado U.S. District Court is being appealed to the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. CSSA was a plaintiff in the Colorado action and is an appellant in the appeal which has been filed; briefing in that case is expected to conclude next spring. Amicus briefs are provided by entities that are not parties to the case, but nonetheless believe they have information that would be of benefit to the court in deciding issues or processing evidence/information. It is the sole discretion of the court whether to consider all or even part of any amicus brief filed in a case. Similar amicus briefs are expected to be filed in the Colorado appeal.
Cases filed in federal court are first heard at the District, or trial, level. Rulings can then be appealed to the appropriate circuit Court of Appeals, which reviews the district court ruling for errors. Decisions from the Court of Appeals may be reviewed, on a discretionary basis, by the U.S. Supreme Court. If a case is not forwarded to the Supreme Court for review, or the Supreme Court declines review, the Court of Appeals ruling becomes final.
The Maryland case info is: Kolbe v. O’Malley, 14-1945, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
The Colorado case info is: Colorado Outfitters Ass’n et al. v. Hickenlooper, 14-1290, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
webmasteronMonday 17 November 2014 - 12:16:41
Friday 14 November 2014
Yesterday, during the scheduled Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting, the Commission members voted against a proposal that would have banned the use of lead ammunition for your sporting purposes. This misguided proposal was offered due to an emotional reaction, not one based on sound science and biological data.
We thank all NRA members across Colorado who respectfully contacted Commission members and expressed their opposition to such an unfounded and unnecessary action.
Please stay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.org for further updates.
webmasteronFriday 14 November 2014 - 12:16:41