Friday 24 January 2014
With more bills still expected, several bills have already been introduced in this year’s regular session of the Colorado General Assembly. Here’s a quick summary of the bills and their content:
Eliminating permits for concealed carry by Colorado residents
This bill would adopt CCW policies similar to those passed in Alaska, which eliminate the requirement for special permits for state residents to carry concealed in lawful areas. Assigned to Judiciary Committee.
Include businesses in locations covered by “Make My Day” self-defense law
This bill would exempt from both criminal and civil liability persons who use deadly force against an unlawful intruder of a business. Assigned to State, Veteran and Military Affairs Committee.
Repeal of magazine capacity limit
Would repeal HB13-1224, which placed a 15-round limit on firearm magazine capacities. Assigned to State, Veteran and Military Affairs Committee.
Permitting school districts to authorize CCW by school employees
Would allow school districts to authorize lawful concealed carry by designated school employees, including teachers. Assigned to Judiciary Committee.
Require CCW renewal in county of residence/real property
Would change CCW renewal requirements to allow persons who change counties of residence to renew in their new county of residence without re-initiating a completely new application. Assigned to Local Government Committee.
Prohibiting confiscation of private firearms in declared emergencies
Would prohibit the governor, or any state agency, from confiscating private firearms during periods of declared emergencies. Assigned to State, Veteran and Military Affairs Committee.
Add exception of step-relatives for firearms background check requirements
Would add step-children and step-parents/grandparents to those exempted from background check requirements for firearms transfers. Assigned to State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.
Repeal of background check requirement for private firearms transfers
Would repeal HB13-1229, which mandates FFL background checks for all firearms transfers. Assigned to State, Veteran and Military Affairs Committee.
Repeal of magazine capacity limit
Would repeal HB13-1224, which placed a 15-round limit on firearms magazines. Assigned to State, Veteran and Military Affairs Committee.
Note that, with three exceptions, all bills have been sent to the notorious State, Veteran and Military Affairs Committees, often referred to as the “Kill Committee.” This is where the Democrat leadership sends bills to ensure that they will NOT receive consideration by the entire body of that house of the General Assembly. The “Kill Committee” is stacked with a majority of Democrats in “safe” districts who have little to fear politically from staunch, partisan votes. The fact is that those bills listed above in the “Kill Committee” will likely die a very quick death and have no chance to be debated and voted on by the entire house, where Democrats who support gun rights could actually cause some of these great bills to be placed on the desk of Gov. Hickenlooper, who would be forced to veto them in a year where his approval ratings have plummeted and he’s facing re-election. IT DOES MATTER WHAT PARTY CONTROLS THE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT. One only has to look at Washington for further proof.
The election season has begun, and it’s never too early to start preparing to VOTE FREEDOM FIRST!
webmasteronFriday 24 January 2014 - 20:17:19
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has released a major new report about the importance of target shooting activities to the economies of Colorado and the nation. NSSF is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.
The report, Target Shooting in America: Millions of Shooters, Billions of Dollars, was released today in conjunction with a press conference at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), the largest trade show of its kind in the world and a showcase for the firearms and ammunition industry.
The report provides a first-ever look at U.S. target shooting-related expenditures. Also included are state-by-state statistics for the number of target shooters, retail sales, taxes and jobs. The target-shooting report complements the Hunting in America report released by NSSF and the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies in March 2013.
In Colorado, target shooting-related spending contributed $286,941,648 to the state's economy and supported 2,574 jobs.
Nationally, the money target shooters spent in 2011 resulted in $23 billion being added to the nation's economy and supported more than 185,000 jobs.
"More people target shooting is good news for the industry, and it is equally good news for America’s economy," said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.
Retail sales related to target shooting account for nearly $10 billion, with rifle and handgun shooting being the leading contributors, followed by shotgun and muzzleloader shooting. California and Texas are the top two states ranked by retail sales.
Combining data from Target Shooting in America and Hunting in America shows that target shooters and hunters together poured more than $110 billion into the nation’s economy, fueling more than 866,000 jobs. “Communities and businesses of all sizes benefit from these activities,” said Sanetti.
Target shooters ($8.2 billion) and hunters ($8.4 billion) spend nearly equal amounts on equipment common to both pursuits, such as firearms, ammunition and accessories. Hunters spend more overall than target shooters when factors such as fuel, food, lodging and transportation are included.
“The Target Shooting in America and Hunting in America reports give us a more complete understanding of the economic importance of the shooting sports to America,” said Sanetti. “We’ve long known about the recreational benefits of these activities, and now we know how much they contribute to our country’s financial well-being.”
Read Target Shooting in America: Millions of Shooters, Billions of Dollars or view the report as a printable PDF.
webmasteronFriday 24 January 2014 - 20:15:10
Friday 03 January 2014
It’s time to get off the sidelines and into the game! Plan on attending your party’s precinct caucus meeting on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 PM. The caucus is the very first step in each party’s nomination process for this year’s important elections in November. Each county is comprised of precincts, or voter zones; these are the smallest units of political areas in the state. Each precinct holds a party caucus every two years to elect delegates to nominating assemblies for county, district, state and federal offices. You cannot become a delegate to ANY nominating assembly/convention unless you are first elected as a delegate or alternate to your county assembly, which is usually held 2-4 weeks after the caucus.
To be eligible to participate in your precinct caucus, you must be a registered AFFILIATED (Democrat or Republican) voter who has resided in your precinct for at least sixty days prior to March 4. You can find out the location of your caucus by contacting your county political party or state party office. The nominating process is critical in every election…you can play a great role in whom your party nominates for every political office in the upcoming November election. But you must attend your party caucus March 4 and run for delegate.
If you’re tired of candidates who don’t support your First Freedom to keep and bear arms, do something about it!
Attend your party caucus March 4!
webmasteronFriday 03 January 2014 - 12:16:41
Friday 20 December 2013
A trial date has been set in the federal court challenge to HB13-1224, which bans magazines of greater than 15-rounds, and HB13-1229, which requires background checks on all firearms transfers regardless of the nature/origin of the transaction, for March 31, 2014. CSSA and club member Family Shooting Center at Cherry Creek State Park, along with several other plaintiffs including several county sheriffs, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Magpul, Inc., several Colorado FFL dealers, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Outfitters Association, and other non-profit groups and private individuals, are asking the U.S. District Court to invalidate both laws as violative of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Earlier this fall, the federal court ruled that Colorado county sheriffs, nearly all of which were original plaintiffs in this lawsuit, could not sue the governor in their official capacity as county sheriffs. Eleven of the original 55 sheriff plaintiffs, however, including John Cooke of Weld County, have been allowed by the court to remain as plaintiffs in their individual capacity as citizens. In the same decision, the court also ruled that a technical guidance letter from the Colorado Attorney General, prepared to head-off a preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs, had clarified any ambiguity regarding the language “designed to be readily converted” as it applied to magazines of 15-round or less with removable floorplates. The technical guidance letter states that magazines are not in violation of that particular clause unless/until they are actually modified to accept a capacity greater than 15 rounds. At trial, in addition to the Second Amendment claims, the court will decide whether the continuous possession requirement of the “grandfather clause” permitting continued ownership of magazines over 15 rounds is unconstitutionally vague, and whether HB13-1224 violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by improperly restricting a means of self-defense for disabled persons.
CSSA, represented by President and Castle Rock attorney Tony Fabian, has been proud to be one of the litigants challenging these egregious encroachments on our Second Amendment liberties. Our participation is but one example of a long history of fighting for gun rights and expanding shooting opportunities in Colorado. Your continued support of our efforts is critical to our success. Please end this year by striking a blow for freedom—renew or upgrade your membership, give a membership as a gift, or make a special contribution to aid our court battle—federal litigation is expensive.
The federal lawsuit is but just one front in the war to protect and preserve the Second Amendment. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, we will fight on ALL FRONTS in this upcoming election year to protect the rights of law-abiding Colorado shooters, hunters and gun-owners!
As many posters reminded during WWII, it’s time to “DO YOUR PART!”
webmasteronFriday 20 December 2013 - 12:16:41
Tuesday 17 December 2013
The CMP has been notified by ammunition manufacturers and distributors to expect price increases and significant delivery delays for all calibers of ammunition, especially for .22 rimfire. The price increases and delays apply to orders we have already placed with the manufacturers. Prior to 2013 CMP received deliveries of truckloads of ammo within a few weeks of placing orders. We are now being advised, as in the case of Aguila .22, that it may take several years to receive all of the 35,000,000 rounds of Aguila ammo we have on order.
As a result of this situation, CMP has placed orders with several different manufacturers for large amounts of ammunition in various calibers. We expect to receive only a few pallets at a time because manufacturers and distributors are rationing the ammo to their customers. As we receive ammo, we will contact customers with oldest orders already in place with the option to purchase whatever we receive at the new prices, cancel the order, or remain on the list for the manufacturer they originally requested. All price increases to CMP will be passed on to the customer. CMP will not be profiting from the increase in prices.
We will continue to accept orders for ammunition, with the understanding that the wait time for customers between placing an order and receiving the ammunition may be anywhere from a few weeks to a few years. Most other retailers are in the same situation as the CMP. We suggest that customers leave their CMP orders in place and not cancel until they are able to purchase ammo elsewhere. CMP customers will be contacted as to pricing and manufacturer before any orders are filled. We do not expect to have any additional information until after the annual SHOT Show in mid-January, when we will meet with all of the ammo manufacturers.
webmasteronTuesday 17 December 2013 - 12:16:41
Monday 02 December 2013
An article in the Colorado Springs Gazette reminds holiday gun shoppers that giving that special Christmas gift of a firearm could land one afoul of Colorado’s new gun laws. HB13-1229, enacted this spring, prohibits transferring possession of a firearm unless/until the transferee passes a background check conducted by CBI through a licensed firearms dealer.
There is an exception for a one-time gift between IMMEDIATE family members—spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and first cousins. However, any other firearm gift transfer cannot be legally completed without a background check conducted by a licensed dealer. Naturally, this can be extremely problematic because background checks cannot practically be conducted on minors. Keep in mind that the new law does not REQUIRE dealers to conduct checks between private parties, so purchasers should inquire of the dealers from whom they purchase gift firearms if they will also conduct a background check of the gift recipient.
Violations of the new background check requirement constitute a Class One Misdemeanor, punishable by up to eighteen months in jail and a $5,000 fine. Further, the new law states that a person who illegally transfers a firearm assumes strict liability for any injuries resulting from the illegal transfer.
The Gazette article may be found at
webmasteronMonday 02 December 2013 - 12:16:41
Thursday 28 November 2013
Today’s announcement by anti-gun State Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) that she will resign rather than face the same recall fate as fellow Senators John Morse (D-Fountain) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) is a great victory for gun-owners and freedom-lovers. However, it is likely that Hudak’s replacement will be another anti-gun Democrat, so the state senate will continue to be led next year by strong supporters of this session’s slew of gun-control laws. We can change that next November by removing those legislators who ignored the will of the Colorado voters, along with the Michael Bloomberg-controlled Governor that stood in lock-step with them, and replace them with defenders of our First Freedom to keep and bear arms to protect ourselves and our families.
The election process will begin in early March 2014 with party caucuses on Tuesday, March 4. It is important to affiliate, register, and attend your precinct caucus, where delegates who nominate candidates for local, state and national office are chosen. The caucus is grassroots politics at its core, and one of the best ways to ensure the nomination and eventual election of pro-Second Amendment candidates. Some important dates to mark on your calendar:
Last date to affiliate with a political party in order to participate in the March caucus
Last date to update your address in order to participate in your LOCAL precinct caucus. If you have moved in the last two years, you may still be registered as an elector at your OLD address—this information needs to be updated.
State primary election
If you aren’t registered to vote, REGISTER!
If you are not affiliated with a political party, AFFILIATE! For those who grumble about the two major parties, keep the following in mind. First, unaffiliated voters cannot play a role in the nomination process. If you are unaffiliated, then you will be stuck with choosing between candidates that you played no part in selecting. And, regardless of what you may think about the major parties, one of the candidates they nominate WILL be elected to the office they are running for. And, despite any issues you may have with either or both major parties, there is ENORMOUS difference between them when it comes to the Second Amendment.
So get registered/affiliated and GET INVOLVED!
We here in Colorado know more than most about the consequences of elections—when you put the wrong people in office, you put your rights in peril.
Register and VOTE FREEDOM FIRST!
webmasteronThursday 28 November 2013 - 12:16:41
Monday 30 September 2013
ANNISTON, AL - Over the years, many Civilian Marksmanship Program firearms purchasers have asked if the CMP would consider offering reliable, reasonably-priced and prompt maintenance, repair and upgrade of USGI-issue rifles. The CMP has responded and the answer is "YES" we will.
Effective October 1, 2013, the CMP Custom Shop will open for business, providing a wide variety of repair, upgrade and custom services for a wide range of U.S. Military rifles, specifically those issued in early eras.
The CMP Custom Shop will be able to perform virtually any normal upgrading, accurizing, customizing and refinishing (not to mention regular repairs and troubleshooting) to the types of rifles that we are currently selling or have sold in the recent past.
CMP will specialize in working on the M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, 1903 and 1903A3 Springfield, the 1917 Enfield and the Krag. Other rifles like the Remington 40X, Mossberg 44 and H&R Model 12 can also be serviced if needed. CMP will NOT be working on shotguns, pistols, revolvers, M14/M1A, AR15 style rifles or other commercially-produced modern rifles.
The CMP Custom Shop can work on rifles that may have been purchased elsewhere as long as they were made by a USGI contractor. Some examples include: Springfield Armory (not Springfield Inc.), Harrington & Richardson, Winchester, International Harvester, Remington, Rock Island, Eddystone, Inland, Underwood, Rock-Ola, Quality Hardware, National Postal meter, Standard Products, IBM, Irwin-Pederson and Saginaw.
There are many NON-USGI copies of the M1 Garand, 1903 Springfield and especially the M1 Carbine that CMP will be unable to work on.
Those wishing to use the CMP Custom Shop must be a customer on file in the CMP system in order for the CMP to receive and work on their rifles. Customers must meet the same eligibility requirements as for rifle purchases from the CMP.
To begin the process of returning a rifle to the CMP Custom Shop, customers must complete the "CMP Custom Shop Request Form" and print a copy. Customers must then contact the CMP Custom Shop Clerk to provide details of their shipment and request form. Once the clerk has recorded the request, you will be provided with a Return Authorization #. The Return Authorization # must be located on the top of the CMP Custom Shop Request Form and on the outside of the shipping box so CMP can verify the shipment when it arrives.
After filling out the form completely, make sure a copy is placed in the box/case with the rifle so CMP will know who it's from and what modifications are requested. Customers must also fill out a CMP Order Form and include the completed forms in their shipment.
Customers are responsible for shipping expenses when sending items to CMP. Standard CMP shipping charges apply for the shipping of the rifle or other items back to the customer. The current rifle shipping rate is $24.95. The shipping charge for barrels, receivers or parts is $9.95. If you would like to request a shipping label to send your items to the CMP, please make your request when talking to the CMP Custom Shop Clerk and you will be charged $29.95 for the shipping label.
The CMP Custom Shop shipping address is not the same as the regular CMP shipping address. Correspondence and items for the CMP Custom Shop must be shipped to:
CMP Custom Shop
1803 Coleman Rd
Anniston, AL 36207
If a customer wishes to purchase a rifle from the CMP and have the CMP Custom Shop make modifications to it prior to shipping, that can be done by adding the desired work and part NLU numbers to the order form page 3A along with the rifle desired.
Customers should expect the CMP Custom Shop to continue the CMP traditions we are known for: customer service, quality and reasonable turnaround for most work.
For a list of services, their item numbers and prices for that work, visit the CMP Custom Shop web page at http://www.thecmp.org/sales/customshop.htm
If you want more information about CMP Custom Shop, please contact the Custom Shop at email@example.com or call (256) 835-8455, ext. 1113.
webmasteronMonday 30 September 2013 - 12:16:41
Wednesday 11 September 2013
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation today issued the following statement after the successful recall elections on Tuesday of State Senate President John Morse and State Sen. Angela Giron:
When legislators fail to represent the beliefs of their constituents, it is up to the voters to fire them. And this is exactly what happened Tuesday in the Colorado Springs district of John Morse and the Pueblo district of Angela Giron. Sens. Morse and Giron chose to forget about their constituents. Instead, Sen. Morse led the hasty effort that led to the passage of a series of highly restricted gun control laws that will do nothing to improve public safety but that did reflect the wishes of national anti-gun organizations, including the one led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Sen. Giron was a key vote in this ill-considered effort.
On behalf of our members, we congratulate the grassroots effort of the Coloradans who stood up for their Second Amendment rights against a well-financed effort that poured a massive amount of money into the effort to save these seats. Congratulations, too, to Bernie Herpin and George Rivera, who now join the Colorado State Senate and whom we are certain will work diligently to represent the will of their constituents, not forgetting all those who worked so hard to put them in office.
webmasteronWednesday 11 September 2013 - 12:16:41
Congratulations to the thousands of First Freedom advocates who initiated, organized, stumped and contributed to the first-ever recall of members of the General Assembly! The dedication and commitment of those who participated in this historic campaign to fire two sitting state senators, one the President of the Colorado Senate, will serve as an inspiration to millions of freedom-lovers across the nation, and as a stern warning to other lawmakers who would seek to systematically dismantle the Second Amendment. Legislators, like all elected officials, are public SERVANTS, and yesterday’s recalls were a bellwether for the People re-asserting their sovereign authority under our constitutions.
Again, to those who gave much in the defense of freedom during these recall efforts: THANKS, and WELL-DONE!
webmasteronWednesday 11 September 2013 - 12:16:41