Friday 08 May 2015
USFS ONCE AGAIN CONSIDERING RECREATIONAL SHOOTING RESTRICTIONS IN ROOSEVELT/ARAPAHOE NATIONAL FORESTS
The US Forest Service (USFS) issued a press release, reprinted below, announcing that it is considering amending the existing management plan for the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests in order to address recreational shooting. The Forests are located in north central Colorado and encompass 1.5 million acres. They extend north to the Wyoming border, south of Interstate 70 to Mount Evans, west across the Continental Divide to the Williams Fork area.
The scoping process is the first phase in the development of a federal land management plan or an amendment to an existing plan. During the scoping process the public is invited to comment on the scope of the project as identified in the press release. The NRA is encouraging all shooters and hunters (who shoot on these National Forests) to send comments to USFS by the due date of June 3rd. The most helpful comments will be from those who can speak specifically about areas that should be kept open for continued dispersed recreational shooting and areas that would be suitable as designated shooting areas. Designated shooting areas may be improved with berms, target holders and benches.
Public Scoping Begins on Management Direction for Recreational Sport Shooting
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests announced the public scoping process on a proposal to include Forest Plan management direction for recreational sport shooting activities on National Forest System lands in Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Larimer and Park counties.
Currently, the 1997 Forest Plan does not provide any specific direction on how recreational sport shooting should be managed. Due to increasing residential development, housing density, public use, increased public participation in recreational sport shooting and associated health and safety issues; the U.S. Forest Service is considering amending the Forest Plan to include direction for managing recreational sport shooting. Management direction may include:
The U.S. Forest Service is requesting comments on this proposal. Public comments will help shape the Forest Service’s proposal and identify issues and concerns during environmental review. While comments are welcome at any time, they will be most helpful if received by June 3, 2015.
Comments can be submitted in writing or electronically at:
Information about this project and how to comment can be found at:
For more information about recreational sport shooting visit:
webmasteronFriday 08 May 2015 - 12:16:41
Monday 27 April 2015
Many shooters/hunters may have read recently about serious restrictions on the traveling abroad with firearms imposed by U.S. Customs. Last week, the NRA claimed victory for beating back an Obama administration policy that would have essentially stopped American hunters and sport shooters from traveling internationally with their personal firearms and ammunition.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Thursday that it is returning to its previous system of facilitating the international transport of personal firearms and ammunition, after meeting with representatives from the NRA, firearms industry and sportsmen’s groups, and key members of Congress.
webmasteronMonday 27 April 2015 - 12:16:41
Friday 17 April 2015
Throughout the month of May, the National Rifle Association is encouraging all NRA members to take beginning shooters to the range. Along with encouraging budding shooters to enroll with local NRA Certified Instructors for expert training, mentors can provide actual places to shoot that are safe and welcoming, help new shooters understand firearms safety, handling and range protocol, and help them locate nearby ranges.
Mentors can enter the Mentor Sweepstakes for the chance at valuable gift cards from Bass Pro Shops and the NRAstore. Everyone is urged to enter the Mentor Sweepstakes today!
For more information on the Mentor Sweepstakes, including how to view official rules and how to enter go to www.nrapublications.org/mentor
The April 2015 issues of American Rifleman, American Hunter, and America's 1st Freedom contained an attached Guide for New Shooters that provides useful info about range rules, gun safety, shooting tips, gun cleaning and storage. A free digital copy of this valuable resource can be found along with range and NRA training class locators at www.nrapublications.org/mentor
webmasteronFriday 17 April 2015 - 12:16:41
Wednesday 15 April 2015
As expected, anti-gun Democrat representatives killed several pro-gun, pro-defense bills in the House State, Veteran and Military Affairs Committee, AKA the “Kill Committee”. Rather than give these bills, some of which passed with bi-partisan support in the State Senate, a fair up/down vote on the House floor, anti-gun Dem House leadership made sure these bills would meet certain death in a committee stacked with like-minded anti-gun Dems. Each of the following bills was defeated on a strict party-line vote:
Senate Bill 86
Would repeal universal background checks on all private firearms transfers.
House Bill 1138
Would exempt concealed handgun permit holders from having to undergo background checks when purchasing guns from gun shows or licensed gun dealers, saving the state thousands of dollars each year.
House Bill 1168
Would remove a prohibition against carrying concealed handguns on property if the carrier has a valid concealed carry permit.
Senate Bill 32
Would allow concealed carry without a permit by persons over age 21 who are legally permitted to own firearms.
House Bill 1152
Mirrored Senate Bill 32.
Senate Bill 175
Would repeal the prohibition on magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.
Once again, it is important to note that, while not all Democrat legislators are aggressively anti-gun, their leadership IS, and it was this leadership that made sure these common-sense laws failed to get a fair up/down vote before more fair-minded colleagues. It’s often said there is no difference between the political parties. When it comes to firearms rights, nothing could be further from the truth. One need only look at the speakers at this week’s NRA Leadership Forum…how many Democrat leaders appeared to speak in defense of the Second Amendment and firearms rights? ‘Nuf said.
webmasteronWednesday 15 April 2015 - 12:16:41
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