Colorado: Senate Committee Defeats Anti-Gun Bill and Passes Pro-Gun Bill

Yesterday, the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee defeated anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 51 on a party line vote.  At the same time, the committee passed magazine ban repeal legislation, Senate Bill 52.  SB 52 will now go the Senate floor where it will await full consideration. Please contact your state Senator and strongly urge them to support Senate Bill 52.

Senate Bill 51, sponsored by Senator Michael Merrifield, would make it a crime to knowingly possess a “multi-burst trigger activator” that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm.  The broad and overreaching provisions in this legislation could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.

Senate Bill 52, sponsored by Senator Owen Hill, and Representatives Lori Saine and Stephen Humphrey, seeks to repeal the misguided 2013 law that limited the amount of ammunition a firearm magazine can hold.  By removing this restriction, law-abiding Coloradans are not limited in their ability to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Again, please contact your state Senator and strongly urge them to support Senate Bill 52

Colorado: Monday Hearing Scheduled for Gun Bills in Senate Committee

On Monday, March 19, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider two gun bills. Please contact committee members and strongly urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 51 and to SUPPORT Senate Bill 52.

Senate Bill 51, sponsored by Senator Michael Merrifield, would make it a crime to knowingly possess a “multi-burst trigger activator” that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm. The broad and overreaching provisions in this legislation could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.

Senate Bill 52, sponsored by Senator Owen Hill, and Representatives Lori Saine and Stephen Humphrey, seeks to repeal the misguided 2013 law that limited the amount of ammunition a firearm magazine can hold. By removing this restriction, law-abiding Coloradans are not limited in their ability to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Please contact members of the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee and strongly urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 51 and to SUPPORT Senate Bill 52.

Action Alert: Don’t Let the Media and Gun Control Activists Blame You for the Actions of Criminals — Contact Your Lawmakers Today!

Rather than address our broken mental health system, our inability to provide proper school security, or numerous failings by law enforcement and others to identify a clearly dangerous individual, all solutions that NRA supports, gun control activists want to blame the NRA, its members, and America’s 120 million law-abiding gun owners. Make no mistake, the NRA will not let the media elites get away with blaming its members and the gun-owning public for the acts of a single deranged person or the culture of inaction that allowed him to operate unchecked. The NRA is resolved to stand up to whatever forces seek to erode our freedom. Stand with us. Together, we are freedom’s last, best chance.

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Emergency First Aid Course Will be Offered March 11th

NOTE: The East Range will be closed both of these days during the classes. The West Range will still be available.

CCGC is sponsoring an Emergency First Aid course on Sunday March 11th, starting at 10AM. The class is $75 and includes a first aid manual that retails for $35.

You can find more information at the following link:
http://www.foothillsfirearminstruction.com/emergency-first-aid.html

To register for the class please email b-denison@comcast.net

Two Juniors Qualify for National Junior Olympics This Spring

From Robert Oberle, Board Member and Juniors coach:
 
Two CCGC juniors have earned first round invites to the USA Shooting National Junior Olympics which will be held in Colorado Springs this April. Juniors shooting athletes in the USA competed in their state to get invited and two of our Juniors made the cut. Now the countries best will compete head to head to see who is the best. Nearly 1000 juniors will be in Colorado Spring in a 3 week period in April competing in rifle and pistol. It a very exciting time for junior athletes in shooting. Our two junior athletes will compete in air rifle.
 
Stay tuned for an update!

First Aid and Concealed Carry Courses to be Offering Next Month

Sorry for the short notice, but CCGC is sponsoring two courses in the upcoming weeks:
 
Hosting an Emergency First Aid course on Sunday February 4th, starting at 10AM. The class is $75 and includes a first aid manual that retails for $35.
 
You can find more information at the following link:
 
To register for the class please email b-denison@comcast.net.
 
Also hosting a Concealed Carry course on Sunday February 11th, starting at 9AM. The class is $75 and includes a Concealed Carry & Home Defense Textbook that retails for $30. This course has no live fire, but live fire can be arranged separately (on request).
 
You can find more information at the following link:
 
To register for the class please email b-denison@comcast.net.

First Meeting of 2018 is This Friday – ALSO, Help Needed to Replace Magnum Lane Backstop!

Mark your calendar!!
 
The first Membership/Board Meeting of 2018 is this Friday evening, January 12, 7 p.m.
 
The Board was busy the past several months, and this year doesn’t appear to be any different, so drop by for an hour or so and find out what YOUR Club is doing.
 
Saturday, January 13, 8 am, is the next scheduled Workday. Volunteers are being sought to help install the new steel on the backstop of the magnum lanes. Workdays are a good time to do some good for the Club, and make back some of the dues you just paid for your renewal.

You’ve Got Fail: Investigation into Online Gun Sales Backfires on Gun Controllers

In yet another embarrassment for the gun control lobby, a government investigation of online gun sales designed to determine “whether private sellers would knowingly sell a firearm to an individual prohibited from possessing one” determined that … no, actually, they would not. In 72 attempts undertaken over 2 ½ years, undercover agents trying to buy guns through readily-accessible Internet sites failed exactly 100% of the time to complete a sale when the seller had reason to believe the buyer was prohibited or lived in another state.

Ironically, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report — “Internet Firearm Sales: ATF Enforcement Efforts and Outcomes of GAO Covert Testing” – was commissioned by three staunchly anti-gun members of Congress. Leading the charge was Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, who was joined by Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

The legislators were apparently banking on GAO to replicate the results of three earlier “studies” bought and paid for by über anti-gun sugar daddy Michael Bloomberg, beginning with 2011’s “Point, Click, Fire.” Using a similar methodology to the GAO study (responding to online sales ads with the suggestion they couldn’t pass a background check), Bloomberg’s investigators claimed that 62% of private sellers were nevertheless willing to proceed with the sale.

Two later Bloomberg-backed effortsone specifically timed to support the Bloomberg-funded “universal background check” initiative campaign in Nevada – claimed to prove that prohibited criminals were posting “want-to-buy” ads for gun. This was supposedly ascertained by comparing information the posters provided with their ads to criminal history records.

Combining the results of the studies, Bloomberg’s lackeys extrapolated that hundreds of thousands of dangerous criminals were acquiring firearms through “unregulated” online sales every year.

Needless to say, Bloomberg and his constantly-rebranding gun control empire – variously known as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Everytown for Gun Safety – argued the results of these publicity stunts “proved” the need for more gun control. The number one policy prescription was a federal “universal background check” law.

Of course, this narrative was picked up and eagerly pushed by the anti-gun media.

But the GAO report also reinforced what the NRA has said all along, that online sales are not “unregulated” but subject to the same federal laws that apply to any other commercial or private gun sales. These include licensing for commercial sellers (with the attendant responsibility to identify buyers, keep transaction records, and run background checks), restrictions for all sellers on transacting across state lines, and a ban on selling to anyone with reason to believe the person is prohibited.

GAO’s findings showed nothing so much as that private sellers advertising online are knowledgeable about the law, conscientious, and self-policing. Fifty-six of the sellers (78%) “outright refused to complete a transaction once our undercover agents revealed either that the shipping address was across state lines or that the agent was prohibited from owning firearms.” In five other cases, the forum on which the ad was posted “froze” the prospective buyers’ accounts and blocked the transaction once information on their prohibited status was revealed. The agents failed to complete the remaining 11 cases because they determined the sellers wanted to take their money without actually making delivery of the firearm.

In every single case, however, the sellers would not deliver a firearm to a buyer they had reason to believe was prohibited or lived in a different state. The GAO report also showed that websites and legitimate sellers were willing to freeze out suspicious actors and cooperate with law enforcement officials to identify and successfully prosecute criminals operating online.   

So much for the “Wild Wild Web” that Bloomberg has spent so much time and money trying to conjure in the public imagination.

The investigators went even further, however, and also tried to purchase guns on the so-called “Dark Web,” which the report said “contains content that has been intentionally concealed and requires specific computer software to gain access,” thus affording users “little risk of detection.” The ATF put it more simply, explaining the Dark Web is “designed to facilitate criminal activity online.”

But even on the Dark Web, and even dropping the ruse that they were prohibited purchasers, GAO’s undercover agents were still only able to complete two of seven attempted transactions. One involved a semi-automatic Uzi that had been (apparently falsely) advertised as a machine gun, and the other was an AR-15 with an obliterated serial number. Both cases were referred for further criminal investigation.

Yet in sharp contrast to Bloomberg’s previous efforts, the GAO did not substantiate that most private sellers advertising online are willing to break the law. To the contrary, the GAO results showed that sellers operating on readily-accessible websites understood the law about restricted firearm sales and scrupulously followed it (even if some were seemingly willing to scam apparent criminals out of their money).

In Bloomberg’s world, you get what you pay for, and that includes “investigative” outcomes and fawning attention from the press. But GAO is not on his payroll. To their credit, they did a professional job with their investigation, and the results speak for themselves. Just don’t expect to hear about it from the media this time.