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Colorado State Shooting Association - CSSA
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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.
webmasteronThursday 27 October 2016 - 12:16:41
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:
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!
webmasteronTuesday 11 October 2016 - 12:16:41
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.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
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!
webmasteronSunday 14 August 2016 - 12:16:41
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.
webmasteronWednesday 15 June 2016 - 12:16:41
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!
webmasteronThursday 28 April 2016 - 12:16:41
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.
webmasteronFriday 25 March 2016 - 12:16:41
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:
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!
webmasteronWednesday 09 March 2016 - 12:16:41
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her to do the right thing and give this bill a fair and proper hearing in the Colorado House!
webmasteronTuesday 23 February 2016 - 12:16:41
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.
"We are greatly heartened by the Fourth Circuit panel's ruling today," said Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), one of the lead plaintiffs in this case. "As this important case goes forward, NSSF will continue to work with our co-plaintiffs to ensure that our citizens' Second Amendment rights are protected and that the lawful commerce in firearms is restored in support of this constitutional protection."
webmasteronFriday 05 February 2016 - 12:16:41
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.
webmasteronThursday 14 January 2016 - 12:16:41
Armored Cow Gun Club is seeking founding members for a new shooting club/range in the South Metro area along the C470 corridor between Ken-Caryl and I-25.
Interested persons should email email@example.com
webmasteronWednesday 02 December 2015 - 12:16:41
The Annual Meeting and Election of Officers for Colorado State Shooting Association will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Gander Mountain Sporting Goods, 14000 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora, Colorado, commencing at 7 PM.
Members in good standing as of January 9, 2016 not in attendance at the annual meeting may still vote by marking and returning an absentee ballot available on the CSSA website (www.cssa.org) to the CSSA office at 609 W. Littleton Blvd., Suite 206, Littleton, CO 80120. Members who submit absentee ballots may still attend the Annual Meeting, but may NOT participate in live voting.
In order to be valid, returned absentee ballot envelopes must bear the name and return address of the CSSA member voting and must be received by January 8, 2015. All members are encouraged to participate in the selection of CSSA officers by casting their ballot in this election, regardless of whether they are able to attend the Annual Meeting.
Click here for the official CSSA ballot.
webmasteronWednesday 02 December 2015 - 12:16:41
The Forest Service is currently holding open house meetings to discuss its latest plans to drastically curtail shooting opportunities in our National Forests. This is in response to a large push by anti-gun activists to get shooting banned on public lands in the wake of a few recent sensationalized new reports. It is imperative that shooters attend these meetings so our voice can be heard alongside gun-control advocates.
There are many other ways to deal with careless, unsafe shooting practices in the National Forest rather than blanket, summary shooting bans. Recreational shooting has the LOWEST incidence of injury/death than practically any other activity conducted in the National Forests, including camping, boating, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and 4-wheeling.
For more info, CLICK HERE
Here is the schedule of open houses:
Monday, August 31 from 5pm to 7pm
Nederland Community Center
750 Highway 72, North Nederland, CO 80466
Tuesday, September 1 from 5pm to 7pm
Clear Creek Middle School (Clear Creek School District Administration Building)
320 Highway 103, Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Wednesday, September 2 from 5pm to 7pm
Canyon Lakes Ranger District
2150 Centre Avenue, Building E, Fort Collins, CO 80526
webmasteronFriday 28 August 2015 - 12:16:41
Identifying possible designated shooting areas is a key element of the strategy of the Northern Front Range Recreational Sports Shooting Management Partnership (Partnership). After reviewing multiple possible sites across Boulder County, there are five potential locations that meet preliminary criteria (CLICK) for safe, sustainable designated shooting areas.
These areas are mapped below (click on each entry) and include:
· Ruby Gulch
· West Magnolia
· Allenspark Dump (analysis and public involvement has been completed and is pending a decision)
· Bunce School Road
· Beaver Reservoir Road
Residents can also view a map (CLICK) which shows all of the sites as in relation to one another as an overview.
There are three open house meetings scheduled for residents to discuss these possible locations with county staff members. The meetings will be open house-style with multiple stations set up for interested citizens to obtain information and provide comments. There will be no scheduled presentation, residents are welcome to come and go as they please.
A table with information about the preliminary criteria that was used to select the areas will be set up for attendees to view. There will also be a station which displays the maps of possible designated shooting areas currently under consideration.
In addition, the Boulder County Land Use Department will have a station to explain the process for amending the Land Use Code to include considerations of the appropriate size of a site, setbacks from neighboring properties, and health and safety protections.
All open house dates and locations are listed below:
What: Nederland Open House
When: Monday, July 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North, Nederland
What: Boulder Open House
When: Tuesday, July 21, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd St. Boulder
What: Allenspark Open House
When: Thursday, Aug 6, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Peaceful Valley Resort, 475 Peaceful Valley Road
(between Allenspark and Ward)
Comments and questions can also be sent to Garry Sanfacon at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 720-564-2642.
For additional details, CLICK HERE!
webmasteronTuesday 14 July 2015 - 12:16:41
Please follow the below link for important information on the USFS’s proposal for recreation shooting in the National Forests! Recreational shooting in our National Forests continues to be besieged by opponents both within and without the Forest Service.
Your attention, involvement and INPUT are vital in preserving and improving shooting opportunities in OUR National Forests!
webmasteronMonday 13 July 2015 - 12:16:41
From our good friends at the Kansas State Rifle Association:
DOCTORS ASKING PATIENTS ABOUT GUNS
Per the NRA, federal law does not require that a question about gun ownership be included in every medical history. In fact, Dr. Timothy Wheeler, head of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO) says physicians promoting an anti-gun agenda are violating medical ethics by committing a "boundary violation" by asking such a question.
When Obamacare was moving through Congress, the NRA acted to ensure that the program could not be used as a formal legal basis for mandating inquiries and record-keeping about gun ownership. Section 2716(c) of the Affordable Care Act is titled "Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights."
Subsection (c)(1) states that "A wellness and health promotion activity" implemented under Obamacare "may not require the disclosure or collection of any information relating to" lawful possession or storage of firearms or ammunition in a person's residence.
The next subsection, (c)(2), states that nothing in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, the formal name for Obamacare) authorizes the collection of information about the lawful possession or storage of firearms or ammunition.
Finally, (c)(3) says that nothing in the PPACA "shall be construed to authorize or may be used to maintain records of individual ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition."
This is certainly a good start, as it prevents Obamacare from being used to mandate gun data collection. But according to the Obama administration, it doesn't prevent physicians from asking the gun question-and recording the answer.
On Jan. 16, 2013, President Barack Obama issued a host of executive actions about gun control. Eight days later, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an FAQ about Obamacare implementation Question five was, "Does PHS Act section 2717(c) restrict communications between health care professionals and their patients concerning firearms or ammunition?"
The Obama administration's answer: "No. ... The statute prohibits an organization operating a wellness or health promotion program from requiring the disclosure of information relating to certain information concerning firearms. However, nothing in this section prohibits or otherwise limits communication between health care professionals and their patients, including communications about firearms. Health care providers can play an important role in promoting gun safety."
NRA informational article on this subject
webmasteronSaturday 27 June 2015 - 12:16:41
Authorities in Jefferson County and the City of Arvada have proposed building a shooting range in western Arvada. Because the proposed site is just 1.45 miles from a housing development, there will need to be noise abatement features considered in the design of the range. Nonetheless, some neighbors oppose the construction of the range citing noise concerns even though adequate noise abatement will be incorporated in the design.
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Next Tuesday, June 23rd, please attend this public meeting and show your support for the proposed shooting range in the City of Arvada.
Cafeteria of Ralston Valley High School (Enter into the School’s front door and turn left)
13355 W. 80th Avenue
6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m. (anytime during this time frame)
Further details about the proposed shooting range and contact information for any questions you may have can be found here.
webmasteronMonday 22 June 2015 - 12:16:41
Barack Obama's anti-gun allies in Congress are moving right now to effectively OUTLAW your freedom to purchase ammunition online. The "Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015" was just introduced last week and it already has 30 cosponsors. This crippling new law would:
Anti-gun forces in Washington know that access to ammunition is just as critical to private gun ownership and the firearms themselves. We’ve already seen efforts by this administration to cripple ammunition supplies and availability. Let everyone who represents you in Washington know that this outrageous attack on your Second Amendment rights will not be tolerated!
webmasteronWednesday 20 May 2015 - 12:16:41
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
webmasteronFriday 23 January 2015 - 12:16:41
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.
webmasteronThursday 08 January 2015 - 12:16:41
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
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.
webmasteronFriday 14 November 2014 - 12:16:41
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:
For more information on traditional ammunition please check out our fact sheet. [click]
webmasteronWednesday 12 November 2014 - 12:16:41
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
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.
webmasteronMonday 27 October 2014 - 12:16:41
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!
webmasteronFriday 26 September 2014 - 12:16:41
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
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.”
webmasteronThursday 18 September 2014 - 12:16:41
The Annual Meeting and Election of Officers for Colorado State Shooting Association will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Gander Mountain Sporting Goods, 14000 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora, Colorado, commencing at 7 PM.
Members in good standing as of October 4, 2014 not in attendance at the annual meeting may still vote by marking and returning an absentee ballot available on the CSSA website to the CSSA office at 609 W. Littleton Blvd., Suite 206, Littleton, CO 80120.
Members who submit absentee ballots may still attend the Annual Meeting, but may NOT participate in live voting. In order to be valid, returned absentee ballot envelopes (do not put personal info on ballots) must bear the name and return address of the CSSA member voting (to verify membership status) and must be received by 5 PM October 3, 2014.
2014 CSSA OFFICIAL MAIL-IN BALLOT
(click above to open the PDF file)
All members are encouraged to participate in the selection of CSSA officers by casting their ballot in this election, regardless of whether they are able to attend the Annual Meeting.
webmasteronMonday 15 September 2014 - 12:16:41
On Saturday, August 23rd from 11am-8pm NRA will be present at the Centennial Gun Club Firearms Festival. Centennial Gun Club is a phenomenal organization that has everything under one roof, including a Pro-Shop, Shooting Range, and Training Center. This is a great event for the family, with live music, the showing of the movie “The Princess Bride” (begins at 8:30pm), and your chance to meet Pro-Shooters, as well as, Manufacturing Representatives/ Industry vendors.
Supporters are being sought to volunteer and help man the booth--even an hour of your time will go a long way, to get the word out about NRA-PVF endorsed candidates. This is your chance to make an impact during a crucial election year for gun owners in Colorado, and in the process, earn some great NRA gear. To volunteer for this event, please RSVP using the contact information listed below.
Even if you can’t volunteer, please be sure to come out to what should be a great event for you, your family, and friends.
If you plan on attending, please let us know by clicking here.
Centennial Gun Club
11800 E Peakview Ave
Centennial, CO 80111
Campaign Field Representative
NRA-ILA Grassroots Division
webmasteronThursday 14 August 2014 - 12:16:41
Are you currently doing everything you can to help elect pro-gun candidates in 2014? Are you ready to Stand and Fight against the Obama/Bloomberg multi-million dollar anti-gun machine?
NRA-ILA currently has an active Campaign Field Representative here in Colorado and he/she needs your help! Keeping in mind how important this election cycle is, and how easy it is to get involved, we need your assistance. With less than 90 days left until the November 4th general election, and the increasing importance of early and absentee voting, we don’t have time to waste.
First off, visit www.NRAILAFrontines.com. This website has been set up so that NRA FrontLines™ supporters such as yourself can find upcoming events, volunteer for specific activities, register to vote and recruit additional pro-gun volunteers to join our efforts.
Secondly, email your family, friends and fellow firearm owners about FrontLines and help us grow our FrontLines™ volunteer network as we unite to elect pro-gun candidates who will continue to fight against the anti-gun agenda of Obama and Bloomberg.
The activism of NRA’s members and volunteers is our greatest asset and there has never been a more critical time to get involved. There are few things more rewarding than watching the election returns knowing you made a real difference in preserving our freedom for future generations.
Here’s the link to the FrontLines website:
webmasteronMonday 11 August 2014 - 12:16:41
Last week, Governor Hickenlooper (D) was spotted having beers and playing pool with President Obama during his visit to Colorado. The two anti-gun chief executives enjoyed a night out on the town, despite the desperate need for leadership in both Colorado and our country.
It’s no surprise that Governor Hickenlooper and President Obama keep such a close connection. During the anti-gun free-for-all last year led by misguided state legislators in Denver, Vice President Joe Biden and the current administration had a direct line to the state Capitol in an effort to push through their rights-infringing agenda. Hickenlooper has made it abundantly clear that keeping close ties with fellow anti-gun politicians, such as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, outweighs his interest in protecting the rights of law-abiding sportsmen and gun owners in Colorado.
In fact, Michael Bloomberg recently reiterated his support for “universal” background checks in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, a policy that even the U.S. Department of Justice has said will not work without requiring gun registration. Despite the fact Bloomberg and Hickenlooper’s out-of-touch policies are what helped remove two state Senators in a historic recall election, Bloomberg downplays their defeats, saying they were districts in "parts of Colorado where I don't think there's roads. It's as rural as you can get." To be clear, these recall districts are just outside of metro Denver and have plenty of roads, roads that helped enable voters to drive to the polls when these anti-gun legislators were ousted last September.
The 2015 legislative session will be here before we know it, which means that this election cycle is absolutely critical to defend your rights. Hickenlooper, Obama and Bloomberg want nothing more than to completely eradicate your Second Amendment rights. They ignore solutions that would address violent crime and simply go after sportsmen and gun owners. The fight in Colorado to protect and restore your Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one your NRA takes very seriously. We encourage you to pay close attention in the coming months and help to repeal those draconian gun laws next year.
webmasteronTuesday 15 July 2014 - 12:16:41
Recent articles in Colorado newspapers have discussed the subject of shooting restrictions in the Colorado Front Range National Forests. Shooters have been contending with this issue for some time, with many frequented shooting locations being closed by the feds for one reason or another. The latest, and broadest, concern deals with the increasing habitation and populations in and around National Forests. Many may not know, but much of our Front Range National Forest land either encompasses or borders residential areas. Wildfires in recent years, and the residential damage done by them, illustrates this increasing land-use conflict. Complaints from residents, whether part-time or full-time, about shooting near their property have caused the Forest Service to seriously consider implementing a policy that permits shooting in designated areas only. CSSA has always advocated safe shooting practices, regardless of the setting/environment—home, range or general outdoors. Like most shooting organizations, CSSA has continuously supported efforts to create dedicated shooting areas on public lands so everyone who wishes can have a safe, enjoyable place to shoot. As such, we agree that designated shooting areas with well-designed and developed facilities on National Forest land would be a substantial step in alleviating problems caused by residential encroachment in/near National Forests.
However, CSSA vehemently OPPOSES the closing of ANY National Forest lands to responsible shooting UNLESS and UNTIL adequate and substantial designated shooting ranges are constructed and OPEN FOR BUSINESS. For too long we have seen federal hostility to gun possession/use on public federal lands and bogus/fallacious excuses to justify shooting restrictions, and we will resist any attempt to use the residential encroachment issue as another excuse to ban shooters from their rightful use/enjoyment of the National Forests. National lands belong to the PEOPLE, not the government, and subversive political maneuvering/posturing to advance a radical, anti-gun agenda will never be acceptable. Call and write your U.S. public servants today and tell them NO federal lands should be closed to shooting without FIRST providing adequate and substantial facilities/opportunities for safe shooting activities on federal public lands. Contact information may be found at the NRA-ILA website www.nraila.org. CLICK HERE for a link to one of the articles on the subject.
webmasteronSunday 06 July 2014 - 12:16:41
This afternoon, the United States Federal Court for the District of Colorado issued its decision in Colo. Outfitters Ass'n et al. v. Hickenlooper, of which CSSA was a plaintiff, which challenged the magazine ban and universal background check laws. The court ruled in favor of the state on both issues and also denied the disabled plaintiffs' claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act as well. To summarize, the court found that both laws affect the Second Amendment rights of Colorado citizens and some of the collective plaintiffs, but that neither law imposed an infringement significant enough on that right to rise to the level of a Constitutional violation. WRT the magazine restriction, the court ruled that such a restriction did not prevent individuals from using firearms in defense of self or others. WRT to the background check mandate, the court ruled that it was not overly-burdensome to require background checks for all firearm transfers, including temporary loans, given the long-standing and entrenched requirement for checks on retail sales.
This ruling is disappointing on many levels. It ignores or gives short-shrift to many of the arguments of the plaintiffs, and seemingly misunderstands those that are addressed. The significance of the Second Amendment as a core portion of the Bill of Rights and its importance has virtually no reference in the decision. It is anticipated that an appeal will be made to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals...notice of appeal is due in one month. Most noteworthy was the court’s focus on the important government interest at hand while ignoring the complete absence of support for same in the legislative record. It must be noted here the excellent and tireless efforts of the legal team assembled to make this court challenge, and despite today's ruling they deserve, as Thomas Paine said, the regard and thanks of man and woman.
It is now up to the freedom-loving Colorado citizens, whether or not they are shooters, hunters or gun owners, to make things right at the polls. Voters threw out three state senators because of their stubborn disregard for the people and their desires. It's time to throw out each and every legislator that voted for these laws, and the governor that signed them. We can do it...we've already demonstrated that we can. It is time to unite under the banner of We the People and finish the work that was started last summer--it's time to CLEAN HOUSE and RE-INSTALL LIBERTY! CSSA will continue to Stand and Fight—JOIN US!
webmasteronThursday 26 June 2014 - 12:16:41
From the National Shooting Sports Foundation:
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case involving the arrest of a Virginia man who purchased a firearm for a relative from Pennsylvania that was upheld as an illegal "straw purchase" under federal law does not make it illegal for a consumer to purchase firearms as gift. However, because the ruling has caused confusion, NSSF has asked ATF to provide clarification. As soon as ATF responds, NSSF will provide the information to all FFLs. As expressly noted in the instructions on Form 4473 for Section 11.a. Actual Transferee/Buyer: For purposes of this form, you are the actual transferee/buyer if you are purchasing the firearm for yourself or otherwise acquiring the firearm for yourself (e.g., redeeming the firearm from pawn/retrieving it from consignment, firearm raffle winner). You are also the actual transferee/buyer if you are legitimately purchasing the firearm as a gift for a third party. Read the NSSF retailer communication.
CSSA notes that, in order to be a gift, the subsequent transfer to the gift recipient must be without compensation or remuneration. That was the essence of the case decided by the Supreme Court—the statement that the buyer was the actual purchaser of the firearm was false, because he was actually “middling “ the gun for another person who reimbursed the buyer for the purchase price.
webmasteronWednesday 25 June 2014 - 12:16:41
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
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
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
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
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
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
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