Monday 09 February 2015

 DEMS KILL FIVE PRO-GUN, PRO-DEFENSE BILLS


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.
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Friday 23 January 2015

 COLORADO HOUSE PRO-GUN BILLS COMMITTEE HEARINGS FEB. 2


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.

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Thursday 08 January 2015

 NEW GENERAL ASSEMBLY SEEKS TO BOLSTER COLORADO GUN RIGHTS


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.

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Monday 17 November 2014

 CSSA JOINS FELLOW STATE ASSOCIATIONS IN AMICUS BRIEF CHALLENGING MARYLAND GUN BAN


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

 LEAD AMMO BAN EFFORT TURNED BACK—THANKS TO YOU!


From NRA-ILA:

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.
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Wednesday 12 November 2014

 COLORADO PARKS/WILDLIFE HEARING ON LEAD AMMO BAN TOMORROW

From the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission on Thursday, Nov. 13, will consider a Citizen Petition requesting a regulation to prohibit the use of traditional ammunition for hunting all game wildlife within the state.

The hearing will be taking place at the Burlington Education and Community Center, 340 S. 14th St. Burlington, Colorado. NSSF is asking all sportsmen in the area who can attend the hearing to appear to voice opposition to this attempt to ban traditional ammunition, which is part of an ongoing movement supported by anti-hunting organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Don't let HSUS win this battle and accomplish this step in its ultimate goal of a complete ban on hunting in Colorado. Here are some important points to remember:
  • There is no sound science supporting the ban of traditional ammunition used by hunters for generations.
  • Don't allow the Humane Society and other anti-hunting groups to make any progress in ultimately banning hunting in Colorado.
  • There is absolutely no wildlife population impact or human health risk because of exposure to traditional ammunition.
  • Banning hunting ammunition is the first step before a complete ban on traditional ammunition for shooting sports and outdoors ranges can occur.

For more information on traditional ammunition please check out our fact sheet. [click]
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Monday 27 October 2014

 NRA-PVF VICTORY RALLY FOR BOB BEAUPREZ TOMORROW AT BLUCORE SHOOTING CENTER!


The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund invites you to participate in this upcoming Second Amendment Rally for Colorado Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Beauprez, a loyal and proven friend of Colorado gun owners and sportsmen.

Second Amendment Rally
with Special Guest, David Keene and
Colorado Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Beauprez

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
3:00PM-4:00PM

BluCore Shooting Center
7860 West Jewell Avenue
Lakewood, CO  80232

No RSVP needed, for questions please call the Beauprez for Governor Campaign at 303-495-3741.



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Friday 26 September 2014

 BEFORE YOU VOTE, KNOW THE SCORE! CHECK NRA/CSSA CANDIDATE GRADES!


Candidates for national and statewide office, and some other races as well, in the upcoming general election have been assigned grades by NRA-PVF.  These grades were assigned in consultation with NRA state association CSSA, which concurs with the assigned grades.  Ballots will be in mailboxes in a couple of weeks…

DO NOT MARK YOUR BALLOT UNTIL YOU’VE CONSULTED THE NRA/CSSA REPORT CARD to check how your candidate stands on the issue of gun rights.  As we are fond of saying, don’t trust your valuable vote to a candidate who doesn’t trust YOU in the free-exercise of your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms!

Grades and their explanation may be found at the NRA-PVF website at https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/colorado

Now is the time to Stand and Fight for your First Freedom—SO VOTE FREEDOM FIRST!

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Thursday 18 September 2014

 NRA/CSSA-ENDORSED CORY GARDNER HAS OUR BACK!


NRA-PVF recently joined CSSA and endorsed Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO 4) in the Colorado Senate race.  Incumbent Mark Udall, who like many other of his fellow anti-gun Democrat politicians, has tried to portray himself as a “friend of sportsmen”…what the heck does THAT mean? 

This is the same old divide-and-conquer strategy employed by such notorious anti-gunners as John Kerry, Bill Ritter and John Hickenlooper—a strategy meant to fool hunters into thinking that they support the Second Amendment.  But as we know all too well, the Second Amendment isn’t about hunting, it’s about FREEDOM and LIBERTY—to choose our own means of defending ourselves and our families from any potential harm. 

The simple fact is that Mark Udall supports Barack Obama’s severe anti-gun agenda 100%, just like he’s back nearly all of Obama’s failed policies/agenda.  So this election, as ever, VOTE FREEDOM FIRST, and vote CORY GARDNER FOR SENATE! 

See the PVF video on Gardner and his stellar pro-gun record at https://www.nrapvf.org/votegardner

webmasteronThursday 18 September 2014 - 12:16:41

 IN CRITICAL RACE FOR GOVERNOR, COLORADO GUN OWNERS MUST BACK BOB BEAUPREZ


The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) and NRA state association Colorado State Shooting Association are proud to endorse Bob Beauprez for Governor of Colorado.

Based on his support of and commitment to the Second Amendment, Beauprez has earned an “A” rating from the NRA-PVF in the 2014 general election.  An “A” rating is reserved for a solidly pro-gun candidate who has consistently supported the NRA’s position on votes of importance to gun owners and sportsmen.

“This is a critical election in Colorado for Second Amendment rights,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF.  “Incumbent Governor John Hickenlooper betrayed Colorado voters and values when he chose to support former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control agenda.  The Centennial State deserves a strong leader like Bob Beauprez who will govern on principle and defend freedom.”  

“Only an established pro-gun governor can help us finish the work started last year in electing a pro-gun government to roll-back the freedom-stifling, job-killing gun-control laws of the 2013 Session,” said CSSA president Tony Fabian, who represents CSSA and Family Shooting Center at Cherry Creek State Park in the federal court challenge to strike down those laws.  “The court battle isn’t over, but we can short-circuit it with a legislative repudiation of those horrible laws,” Fabian added.

Hickenlooper, earning the moniker of “Governor Gun Control,” infamously drew national attention and scorn when he acceded to pressure from Michael Bloomberg and the Obama Administration and signed multiple gun restrictions passed with no GOP support in the Colorado General Assembly.  He then watched two Democrat state senators recalled for their support of those laws, and a third resign to avoid the fate of the other two in being recalled in favor of a pro-gun Republican.  This spring, Hickenlooper tried to soften the clearly-negative political impact of his support for gun control by flip-flopping on the gun magazine ban, claiming he didn’t have the facts when he signed it into law.  He also was forced to clarify a statement in which he claimed that he had not spoken with Michael Bloomberg prior to signing Bloomberg-backed gun control bills into law – a claim that was proven false by an examination of phone records.  

Beauprez, a former Congressman, has a proven record of support for our individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.  He believes hunting is a valuable tool for wildlife management and an American tradition that teaches young people responsibility and respect for the outdoors.  Beauprez rejects expanded licensing and registration schemes and so-called “universal” background checks, which require federal government approval for transferring firearms between life-long friends and family members.

“We can count on Bob Beauprez to stand up for our constitutional freedoms in Colorado,” added Cox.  “On behalf of the NRA’s five million members, I want to thank Bob for his steadfast support of the Second Amendment and urge all NRA members, gun owners and sportsmen in Colorado to vote Bob Beauprez for Governor on November 4.”

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