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10 February 2017


COLORADO DEM HOUSE “KILL COMMITTEE” DOES ITS JOB ON SELF-DEFENSE BILLS


As expected, the anti-gun Democrat-controlled Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed three self-defense bills in a marathon session Wednesday night. Despite strong, expert testimony from the bills’ proponents, each was defeated on a straight party-line vote.

The bills were ...

HB 17-1036, Concealed Carry in Public Schools, Rep. P. Neville (R-HD 45) and Rep. Ransom (R-HD 44). This bill would have allowed school districts to permit qualified teachers and other non-uniformed school personnel to carry concealed on school property. Current law forbids carrying of firearms on public school property except for law enforcement and authorized security officers.

HB 17-1037, Use of Deadly Force Against an Intruder at a Business, Rep. Everett (R-HD 22). This bill would have expanded Colorado law granting legal immunity to persons who use deadly force against in intruder to include businesses as well as residences.

HB 17-1097, Repeal Ammo Magazine Prohibition, Rep. Saine (R-HD 63) and Rep. Humphry (R-HD 48). This bill would have repealed the 2013 restriction on magazine capacities to fifteen rounds. Colorado sheriffs have deemed the law unenforceable and only two prosecutions have occurred statewide in the more than three years the law has been in effect.

In case you haven’t kept up on current political events, unlike most of the rest of the nation, Colorado continues to elect anti-gun Democrat politicians who, with the help of the likes of Michael Bloomberg, have stifled all attempts at improving the ability of Colorado citizens to defend themselves and their families from violent crime. Testimony at these hearings demonstrated that Democrat legislators not only will continue to fight common-sense self-defense laws, but will seek to expand restrictions on individual firearms ownership in Colorado, effectively turning our state into another California or New York when it comes to firearms rights.

These hearings have demonstrated once again to Colorado gun owners that elections have consequences. Look at the latest electoral map…the only wide swatches of blue in the Rocky Mountain region are in Colorado and New Mexico, where a slew of gun-control bills are currently being pushed by that state’s Democrat legislature. If we are to stem the tide of gun-control here in our home state of Colorado, we must support and elect candidates who support our rights to keep and bear arms and of self-defense.

Otherwise, the future of gun rights in Colorado is bleak…


27 October 2016

SPORTSMEN SEE GUN/AMMO SURCHARGE RETURNED TO COLORADO FOR RANGE DEVELOPMENT/IMPROVEMENT


The Colorado Shooting Range Development Program, supervised by the state Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Wildlife, has announced the recipients of over half a million dollars in grants, primarily funded by the federal surcharge money collected on the sales of firearms, ammunition and other outdoor sporting goods.

These funds are returned to the states for use in advancing and promoting the shooting and outdoor sports, primarily through range development. For many years, CSSA has remained a very interested member of the Grant Selection Advisory Board, which reviews applications of range managers/developers and then makes recommendations for distribution of the grant funds to the Parks and Wildlife Director, who makes the final determination regarding the amount and schedule of fund distribution.

Each year funds are made available to shooting facilities that are open to the public for expansion/improvement of existing ranges or construction of new ranges, so if your public shooting facility is in need of improvement/expansion, organize your management team to apply for these funds. The number of public shooting facilities in Colorado continues to grow thanks to this funding program.

Details regarding this year’s distribution and the program in general may be found ... HERE.


15 June 2016

URGE YOUR FEDERAL REPS TO OPPOSE NEW GUN-CONTROL PUSH IN CONGRESS!

From NRA-ILA:

Your Action is Needed NOW! NRA has just learned that Senators Schumer, Feinstein and other anti-gun elected officials are going to offer several anti-gun bills and amendments this week in the U.S. Congress, possibly as soon as today!

These measures are wide-ranging and include an attempt to reinstate the failed federal ban on semi-automatic firearms, commonly referred to as the “assault weapons ban.”

It doesn’t matter that the Clinton gun ban did nothing to reduce crime. This is about YOUR freedoms and YOUR Right to Keep and Bear Arms. But it doesn’t stop there. In fact, one amendment will attempt to strip the Second Amendment Rights from those on secret government lists while another will require federal registration and licensing of all gun owners.

And, they’re also planning on pushing for increased federal funding of anti-gun research.

This is an anti-gun package that we must defeat.

What’s obvious is that many who want to destroy our firearm freedoms are using the terrorist attack in Orlando to push their anti-gun agenda. They’re trying to strike while the nation continues to grieve and many Americans look for answers. It’s clear that Obama’s continued failure to protect us from radical terrorists is the problem and leadership is what we actually need, not gun control on law-abiding Americans.

But they’d rather blame you as a law-abiding gun owner than make Obama answer for his failures in the global war on terror. We can’t let them succeed in this depraved attempt to politicize a tragedy so they can destroy our freedoms.

You can reach your U.S. Representative and Senators by calling 202-224-3121 or go to www.act.nraila.org.

Contact other gun owners you know to tell them this threat is real. Action is needed now.


09 March 2016

ANTI-GUN DEMS TORPEDO SLATE OF PRO-SELF-DEFENSE BILLS


As expected, the Colorado House has killed no less than five pro-self-defense bills that would have helped make Colorado citizens and their families safer. On a strict party-line vote, the House State, Veteran and Military Affairs Committee killed each of the following without amendment or serious debate:

  1. A bill that would have eliminated the need for concealed carry permits for Colorado residents over age 21 who were otherwise qualified to possess firearms.
  2. A bill that would have allowed licensed concealed carry in public schools by school employees.
  3. A bill that would have allowed active-duty military personnel to carry concealed without a permit.
  4. A bill that would have expanded Colorado’s “Make My Day” law to include places of business.
  5. A bill that would have repealed the unnecessary restriction on firearm magazine capacities; which dangerously limits the defensive capacity of anyone using a firearm in self-defense, but especially those who are at-risk or have disabilities.

Every one of these bills was a very simple, basic measure to afford Colorado citizens a better opportunity to defend themselves and their families against violent crime. Only one of these bills, the one pertaining to military personnel, was appropriately heard in this House committee. These bills were sent to this committee by the anti-gun, anti-self-defense Democrat leadership of the Colorado House.



ELECTIONS MATTER, FOLKS! The unfair and improper treatment and demise of these bills by House Democrats prove that important point. This November, be sure to check the candidate grades promulgated by CSSA and NRA and VOTE FREEDOM FIRST!


23 February 2016

NO-PERMIT CONCEALED CARRY BILL PASSES STATE SENATE


A bill that would allow Colorado residents to carry concealed without a permit has passed the full State Senate and will now go on to the House. SB16-17, sponsored by Sen. Tim Neville (R-16), would change state law regarding carrying concealed handguns to allow state residents 21/older to carry concealed without obtaining a permit under the current system managed by county sheriffs. The bill passed on a strict party-line vote, 18-17. This legislative success, while far from fully achieved, is a great example of why elections are so very important to Colorado firearms owners.

A similar measure has previously gone down to defeat after being purposely sabotaged by improper committee assignment by the House Democrat leadership. Bills that modify Colorado criminal laws (concealed carry is contained under the criminal code at title 18, article 12) are traditionally and properly heard in the Judiciary Committee of each house of the General Assembly. Recently, Democrat leadership of the House has sent this and similar bills to the infamous “Kill Committee” (State, Veteran and Military Affairs) dominated by anti-gun Dems from “safe” districts where their anti-gun votes are not a political liability.

Call and write Speaker Hullinghorst at 303-866-2346;

E-mail: dl.hullinghorst.house@state.co.us and tell her to do the right thing and give this bill a fair and proper hearing in the Colorado House!


05 February 2016

Fourth Circuit: Strict Scrutiny the Rule in Judging Gun Control Laws


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today overturned a federal district court decision that had upheld the 2013 State of Maryland Firearm Safety Act as constitutional under intermediate scrutiny review.

Writing for the three-judge appellate court panel that heard the case, Kolbe v. Maryland, Chief Judge William B. Traxler wrote: "In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment - 'the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home, District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570,635 (2008), and we are compelled by Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), as well as our own precedent in the wake of these decisions to conclude that the burden is substantial and strict scrutiny is the applicable standard or review for Plaintiffs' Second Amendment claim."

The court vacated the district court's denial of the plaintiffs' claims and remanded the case to the lower court, ordering that it apply the appropriate strict standard of review.


11 October 2016

VOTE FREEDOM FIRST!


Colorado mail ballots will start going out this week. Before you mark your ballot, make sure that the candidates you vote for back your First Freedom to keep and bear arms!

Candidate grades may be found at the NRA Political Victory Fund website at:
https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/Colorado

Don’t trust your vote to someone who doesn’t trust you! Be sure to cast your ballot, but make sure that you VOTE FREEDOM FIRST!


14 August 2016

TAKE ACTION THIS ELECTION SEASON—JOIN NRA FRONTLINES!


Your NRA will be at The Bristlecone Shooting Range in Lakewood hosting an Election Action Meeting on Wednesday, August 24th, at 5:30pm. NRA-ILA staff will give an update on what we are doing in Colorado and show what you can do to help elect pro-Second Amendment candidates. Bring your smart phone, or tablet and ear buds! We will be teaching you how to use our voter contact app to make calls on behalf of NRA-PVF endorsed candidates. Light refreshments will be served while you volunteer.

When:
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Where:
Bristlecone Shooting Range
12105 West Cedar Drive
Lakewood, CO 80228

Please RSVP if you plan to attend--questions, more information or volunteers--please contact Jerry Kraus at 720-355-6774 or Jerry@nrailafrontlines.com

If you are unable to volunteer at this event but would like to learn more about getting involved with future events, feel free to reach out. We will need your help this year to ensure we defeat anti-gun politicians. We look forward to seeing you there!


28 April 2016

HOUSE DEMS SUMMARILY KILL THREE SELF-DEFENSE BILLS AS LEGISLATIVE SESSION DRAWS TO A CLOSE


This week, as expected, House Democrats killed three pro-self-defense bills that had passed the Colorado Senate earlier this session. The Democrat-dominated House State, Veteran and Military Affairs committee, AKA the “Kill Committee”, summarily rejected on a strict party-line vote Senate Bills 113, 144 and 176 on Monday after a marathon hearing session where these bills were left to last so as to guarantee advocates of the bills would have to remain late into the evening if they wanted to testify.

SB16-113 would have repealed the unnecessary and unenforceable restriction on the capacity of firearms magazines imposed back in 2013. An overwhelming majority of Colorado sheriffs have stated they will not enforce the law because it is simply unenforceable and that it unnecessarily infringes on citizens’ ability to defend themselves against violent criminals. Colorado Democrats still believe that the criminals should be afforded a better capability that we citizens when it comes to the use of firearms, as criminals, by definition, will ignore this ridiculous law.

SB16-144 would have allowed qualified U.S. military personnel under age 21 to lawfully carry concealed in Colorado. This bill was proposed in the wake of deadly terror attacks on military personnel throughout the county earlier this year. Colorado Democrats don’t think trained/qualified military personnel who are clearly being targeted by terrorists should be afforded the opportunity to defend themselves.

SB16-176 would have eliminated the authority of the governor to seize private firearms during declared emergencies. Known as the “Katrina Law”, this is the latest effort to prevent what happened in Louisiana during the Hurricane Katrina disaster when state agents summarily confiscated private firearms without a public safety threat. Thousands were left helpless and at the mercy of armed gangs who terrorized people at a time where the police were unable to keep order in the New Orleans area. NRA’s legal challenge to this action was upheld in federal court, and the City of New Orleans was ordered to return all confiscated firearms and pay damages and court costs. Yet despite this, Colorado Democrats still want your guns confiscated at the time you will likely need them the most!

The results of the House committee hearings/votes provide a stark example of the basic differences between the two parties sharing control of the General Assembly. All similar bills that originated in the Democrat-controlled House failed to emerge from committee, and bills that passed the Republican-controlled Senate passed, some with bi-partisan support.

It’s an election year, folks. The fate of pro-self-defense bills in the General Assembly this year illustrate the basic truth that elections have consequences. Who are YOU voting for this November? No matter what the political office, be sure to get informed on the position of ALL candidates and VOTE FREEDOM FIRST!


25 March 2016

CSSA STATEMENT ON TENTH CIRCUIT RULING IN GUN CONTROL LAWSUIT


From CSSA President Tony Fabian:

On Tuesday, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the plaintiffs in Colorado Outfitters Ass’n, et al. v. Hickenlooper, in which CSSA was a participant, lacked sufficient legal standing to challenge the 2013 ban on standard-capacity magazines and implementation of mandatory background checks on all firearms transfers. Simply stated, the Court did not believe that the plaintiffs in the suit demonstrated sufficient injury/damages from the laws in question. Of course, CSSA strongly disagrees with the Court’s ruling and analysis of the evidence in this issue, which we believe was inaccurately characterized and summarized in the Court’s opinion. While the Court’s ruling is disappointing in that it refused to address the salient legal issues of the lawsuit, it is by no means the final word in this litigation. Since the Court of Appeals vacated (threw out) the ruling by the U.S. District Court upholding the constitutionality of the challenged 2013 laws, the matter remains unresolved and ripe for new litigation by plaintiffs with standing in conformance with the standards outlined by the Court. The parties are currently exploring all of their options, including requesting an en banc hearing in front of the entire Tenth Circuit (Tuesday’s ruling was by a three-judge panel), before proceeding with any renewed legal action.

CSSA will continue to remain involved in this important legal case as long as it is possible for us to do so, and we will continue to fight for the repeal of the onerous, expensive, unnecessary and unenforceable 2013 gun control laws on every front, including the courts, the General Assembly and the ballot box. The continued steadfast support of Colorado gun owners is both necessary and appreciated.



14 January 2016

NEW MONTHLY MEETING LOCATION—SOUTH METRO CABELA’S

Beginning next month, CSSA monthly member meetings will be held in the deli conference room at the South Metro Cabela’s in Lone Tree. Cabela’s is located just off I-25 at the Ridgegate exit. Meetings will still be held the third Thursday of every month, except January and December, at 7 PM.

CSSA MONTHLY MEETINGS

CSSA monthly member meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month, except January and December, at 7 PM in the deli conference room at the South Metro Cabela’s in Lone Tree. Cabela’s is located just off I-25 at the Ridgegate exit.

JOIN OR RENEW YOUR CSSA
AND/OR NRA MEMBERSHIP!


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