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Thursday 28 April 2016


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SB16-113 would have repealed the unnecessary and unenforceable restriction on the capacity of firearms magazines imposed back in 2013.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!

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Friday 25 March 2016


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.

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Wednesday 09 March 2016


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!

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Tuesday 23 February 2016


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!

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Friday 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.

"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."

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Thursday 14 January 2016


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.
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Wednesday 02 December 2015


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 armoredcowgunclub@gmail.com
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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.
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Friday 28 August 2015


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

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Tuesday 14 July 2015


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 info@sportshootingpartners.org or at 720-564-2642.

For additional details, CLICK HERE!
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