Wednesday 18 June 2014
Last Friday, June 13, Governor John Hickenlooper (D) spoke to a gathering of Colorado sheriffs in Aspen during the bi-annual County Sheriffs of Colorado Conference.
During this conference, Hickenlooper admitted that he and his office failed to meet with the sheriffs when they showed up en masse at the state Capitol in Denver and also admitted that he and his office failed to do their homework on the impact and importance of background check legislation that now unnecessarily affects hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens across the Centennial State.
Hickenlooper stated that “[t]here were a thousand things going on and other issues we were dealing with, I guess I didn’t get it.” Hickenlooper went on to say that by the time he was aware of the criticism against the background check legislation, he had already signed it.
This seems not only unfortunate but also highly unlikely. Thousands of freedom-loving supporters of the Second Amendment showed up to express opposition to this bill and others like it. Individuals across the state made their presence and opposition known on a daily basis throughout the 2013 legislative session.
When pressed with further questions by the sheriffs, Hickenlooper interrupted the audience by saying “What more apology do you want? What the f---? I apologize!” Hickenlooper, along with the other anti-gun extremists in Denver who voted in favor of passing the most egregious anti-gun legislation in Colorado history, continue to show just how out of touch they are with the state and the people who live here.
This failed attempt at redemption with the sheriffs by Hickenlooper is just one more example of why focusing on the polls this November is so critically important. The outcome of this fall’s elections will directly impact what happens during the legislative session next year.
Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates.
webmasteronWednesday 18 June 2014 - 12:16:41
Sunday 18 May 2014
Last year’s universal firearms transfer restriction law, HB13-1229, has been an abysmal failure. CBI’s own statistics have shown that is not working, as fewer individual private transfer checks were performed AFTER the law went into effect. The latest proof of how harmful this law really is to law abiding gun-owners is detailed below, in a report from NRA-ILA:
Last year, the state legislature passed the most egregious gun control laws in Colorado history. These laws were railroaded through the legislative process by anti-gun legislators in Denver bent on imposing their own personal agenda on law-abiding citizens.
Almost a year after its passage and enactment, the absurdity of the private transfer background check law is yet again at the forefront of media scrutiny.
Sara Warren was in a serious automobile accident on March 28, 2014, and had to be transported to a local hospital by ambulance for her injuries. Local police authorities seized her legally possessed firearm for “safekeeping overnight” during her stay at the hospital.
Almost two months have passed since this “overnight” seizure took place and Mrs. Warren has yet to have her firearm returned to her. All of this due to the new private transfer or “universal background check” law that was enacted last year.
This story is just another example of the anti-gun extremists in Denver fudging the numbers to spin a fictional tale of unsubstantiated claims, so they can continue to impose their minority ideals on a majority of Coloradoans.
Stories, such as this, continue to highlight the absolutely critical importance of this year’s elections. Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your e-mail inbox for further updates
CSSA is a chief combatant in the legal challenge to this law, as well as the magazine ban enacted last year, but the best way to ensure that these egregious injustices do not continue is to elect a governor and legislature that will repeal these horrific laws. Register to vote, and make sure your fellow shooters and gun owners are registered as well. Then watch for the candidate grades and endorsements issued by CSSA and NRA before the election this fall.
webmasteronSunday 18 May 2014 - 12:16:41
Saturday 17 May 2014
SAFE needs YOU to show your support now!
Help bring this world-class, multi-million dollar firearms education and training center to Colorado just a few minutes north of Denver. There are opposition and anti-gun forces mobilizing now that are trying to block this project and your help is needed.
Please read this article and follow the steps below to send email, leave a voice message AND post your comments in support of SAFE!
SAFE will feature a 64,000 square foot SportsPlex™ structure covering 7 firearms training bays with extensive sound reducing and sound absorption materials including space-age products developed by NASA to create a much more enjoyable shooting and training experience. SAFE will also have 4 outdoor range bays.
Finally, SAFE will also feature an almost 12,000 square foot Education Center with multiple indoor classrooms, a full stocking firearms dealership, pro-shop, onsite gunsmith, retail merchandise area, law enforcement video training simulator, plus a cafe and seating area with dramatic mountain and outdoor training area views.
Here's how you can help right now ...
1) Send a very polite email to the Trustees in the Town of Frederick stating your support for SAFE!
2) Click here to watch Cam on the NRA Cam & Company Show interview Ron Abramson, SAFE Managing Partner, and email the link to the video, AND the email above for the Board of Trustees in Frederick, to everyone you know that supports the Second Amendment and the need for quality firearms training.
Please send your polite emails stating your support for SAFE in Frederick, CO right now!
For more information, visit the SAFE website:
webmasteronSaturday 17 May 2014 - 12:16:41
Saturday 29 March 2014
Since 1996, the so-called "Lautenberg Amendment" (named for its sponsor, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)), has banned the acquisition or possession of firearms by anyone convicted of a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence." Applicable crimes are limited to those that have "as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon" and that are committed by persons with a specified relationship to the victim, such as a current or former spouse or a parent. The prohibition applies no matter when the offense occurred and can include convictions that predated the 1996 law.
Over the years, federal appellate courts have differed on what degree of "physical force" is necessary to trigger the disability. Questions have also arisen over whether a conviction could count if it occurred under a statute that covered both acts requiring force and those that did not (such as simply scaring the victim). Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last Wednesday in United States v. Castleman, one of these questions has now been resolved in a way that gives the federal prohibition its broadest possible reading.
James Alvin Castleman was convicted in Tennessee of "having intentionally or knowingly caused bodily injury" to his child's mother. The statute in question could be violated in three separate ways: (1) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another; (2) intentionally or knowingly causing another reasonably to fear imminent bodily injury; or (3) intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another in a manner that a reasonable person would regard as extremely offensive or provocative (whether or not injury resulted). The "injury" requirement of the first offense type was broadly defined to include a cut, abrasion, bruise, burn, disfigurement, physical pain, or temporary impairment of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty. Thus, the statute could be violated with no physical force whatsoever or very minor, non-injurious physical force.
Castleman claimed that his conviction did not trigger the federal disability, because Congress only meant to prohibit those convicted of domestic violence. Thus, he claimed, the only statutes that could count were those that could only be violated by committing violent (or more than nominal) physical force. A statute that could be violated by mere offensive touching (pushing, shoving, poking, grabbing, etc.) should not count.
The Court disagreed and found that as long as the statute required some degree of offensive physical contact for a violation to occur, a conviction under that statute would trigger the federal disability. It did not, however, reach the question of whether broad statutes like Tennessee's, which could be violated with or without force, would always be counted. This was because Castleman had admitted he was convicted under the most demanding test of the statute, that requiring actual physical injury. The Court reasoned that any injury, no matter how slight, must require the use of at least some "physical force."
The Court provided a number of rationales for its holding. It reasoned, for example, that that "domestic violence" is not violence in the commonly understood sense but in the broader sense of an accumulation of acts over time that established one person's control over another. Thus, it could include not just injurious abuse but more minor physical acts including hitting, slapping, shoving, pushing, grabbing, pinching, scratching, shaking, twisting, spitting, or restraining. The Court acknowledged that "most physical assaults committed against women and men by intimates are minor …." Nevertheless, it also opined, "If a seemingly minor act like this draws the attention of authorities and leads to a successful prosecution for a misdemeanor offense, it does not offend common sense or the English language to characterize the resulting conviction as a 'misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.'"
Importantly, the Court did not resolve the important question of whether so broad an application of the statute (and the resulting lifetime loss of the right to acquire and possess firearms) would violate the Second Amendment. Essentially, it ruled that question was not properly before it and would have to be resolved in another case.
Besides applying to a broader range of convictions in the future, this ruling also means that prior convictions will become subject to the new rule in those jurisdictions that had embraced a narrower reading of the federal statute. Federally licensed dealers are thus being notified that some customers who had formerly passed NICS checks may now be subject to denials.
The Court's interpretation of the statute is final and authoritative. It can now only be changed by Congress. Whether that will happen or whether a Second Amendment challenge will be brought to a broad application of the statute are questions only time will tell.
CSSA note: Colorado has several misdemeanor criminal offenses that prohibit unlawful touching or minimal physical injury (as little as causing pain), including harassment and third-degree assault.
webmasteronSaturday 29 March 2014 - 12:16:41
Wednesday 19 March 2014
Please call your U.S. Senators and Ask Them to Oppose the Confirmation of Vivek Murthy for U.S. Surgeon General
The National Rifle Association strongly opposes the confirmation of Vivek Murthy, as Surgeon General.
Click here to see a recent interview with NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox on Fox News.
The Surgeon General has the important tasks of providing the American public with information to better inform decisions related to their health and directing much of the federal government's public health efforts. In order for these roles to be carried out effectively, the public must trust that the Surgeon General's actions are based on empirical and scientific evidence, rather than political or ideological motives. In this regard, Dr. Murthy's record of political activism in support of radical gun control measures raises significant concerns about his ability to objectively examine issues pertinent to America's 100 million firearm owners and the likelihood he would use the office of Surgeon General to further his preexisting campaign against gun ownership.
Vivek Murthy agrees with President Barack Obama, Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Senator Dianne Feinstein's radical anti-gun agenda. Dr. Murthy advocated on many occasions for the banning of lawfully-owned firearms and even worse - using tax dollars for the federal government to buy them back. Furthermore, Dr. Murthy proposed stripping the vital privacy protections for gun owners in the "Affordable Care Act" so that doctors and insurance companies can keep information on lawful gun owners. It's clear that Dr. Murthy would be a prescription for disaster for America's law-abiding gun owners.
Please call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121 and let them know that you oppose the confirmation of Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General.
webmasteronWednesday 19 March 2014 - 12:16:41
Wednesday 12 March 2014
This week, the Colorado House of Representatives is expected to consider House Bill 1253 (CLICK) for a second time. HB 1253, introduced by state Representative Elizabeth McCann (D-8), is a potentially volatile piece of mental health reform legislation that could result in additional gun owners losing their fundamental, constitutional rights. HB 1253 seeks to remove the option of a jury trial in certain civil commitment and substance abuse adjudications. Removal of this route could lead to a loss of firearms rights for many individuals.
In addition, this bill seeks to alter the current definitions and reporting processes of individuals committed for mental health or substance abuse issues. HB 1253 would expand the instances when those individuals must be submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to include emergency holds. Further, it removes the requirement that danger to self or others be imminent in order to issue a mental health hold. The expansive provisions in HB 1253 would increase the number of individuals submitted to NICS and therefore prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm.
Expansion of instances when a mental health hold can be issued and removal of the option to choose a jury trial in civil commitment and substance abuse adjudications will only work to harm individuals in Colorado. This is a thinly veiled attempt to infringe on your Second Amendment rights. Please contact your state Representative NOW and urge him or her to OPPOSE HB 1253.
Contact information for members of the Colorado House of Representatives can be found by CLICKING HERE.
webmasteronWednesday 12 March 2014 - 12:16:41
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