Posted July 21, 2013
Posted February 09, 2014
By Charlie Ely
Imagine yourself standing in a long line with your fellow gun owners, waiting to register your “Assault” (normal semi-automatic) Rifle and your “High” (standard) Capacity Magazines with the State Police. You know that just such a registry has recently resulted in the confiscation of firearms from law abiding citizens in a neighboring jurisdiction, but you don’t want to risk becoming a felon and going to prison in your own jurisdiction. Am I talking about Weimar Germany just before the Nazi take over in 1933? No, I’m referring to the State of Connecticut just last week. Residents of that state had until January 1st to register their rifles and magazines to be in compliance with the state’s new gun control laws. In nearby New York City, the police department recently sent out letters to gun owners demanding the surrender of rifles and shotguns holding more than five rounds. How did the police know who owned such guns? Simple. They had all been registered by their law abiding owners in compliance with previously passed laws. Similar scenarios are being played out in The People’s Republic of Californication and my soon be occurring in the state of Colorado. Think it can’t happen here? Think again. The Astro-Turf group, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, has spent $1.9 million to buy enough signatures to qualify its initiative 594. 594 is seventeen pages long and is so convoluted that it may criminalize the loan of a gun to a friend at the range without a background check. According to the groups spokes persons it’s just the start of a drive to pass “reasonable” gun laws here in Washington State. The competing initiative, 591, though not as well funded has also garnered enough signatures to qualify. 591 is backed by a coalition including the CCRKBA, the Washington Arms Collectors, Hunters Heritage Council, Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association and the Washington State Rifle & Pistol Association and is a bit more straight forward. The entire text of I-591 is as follows;
AN ACT Relating to protecting gun and other firearm rights; adding new sections to chapter 9.41 RCW; and creating new sections.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 9.41 RCW to read as follows:
It is unlawful for any government agency to confiscate guns or other firearms from citizens without due process.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 9.41 RCW to read as follows:
It is unlawful for any government agency to require background checks on the recipient of a firearm unless a uniform national standard is required.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. The provisions of this act are to be liberally construed to effectuate the intent, policies, and purposes of this act.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. This act is known and may be cited as the “Protect Our Gun Rights Act.”
Both of these are Initiative to the Legislature. That means that if the Legislature does not act on them (the likely outcome), that they will go to a vote of the people at the next state general election. We cannot afford to lose this one folks. If we do it may be the start of a long slide toward total gun probation. To quote Brian Malte, national policy director at the Brady Campaign, “You will see the states make a big push on this legislation,”… “It would provide sustained momentum to tell Congress to finish the job.’” Between Bloomberg’s billions and the lies told by the main stream media, none of us can afford to sit on the side lines. We all need to get behind a push to pass I-591. If we don’t, we may be the next ones to be standing in line to register our “Assault” rifles.
So put the beer down, turn off the game and get involved. Remember; don’t let lies and misinformation go unchallenged. Whether you’re at the firing line or the checkout line, speak up!
One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws.
One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all”.
Posted January 24, 2014
Posted July 21, 2013
Tuesday, August 6th is primary election day here in Washington. As this is an off year election without a statewide ballot, many of you will NOT receive a ballot. Those of you who do need to make sure that they are mailed early enough to be postmarked by the 6th. Ballots may also be deposited in one of seven drop boxes.( Click here for the drop box locations )
The race in the 26th district could decide who has control of the state senate. It pits appointed Senator Nathan Schlicher (D) against Representative Jan Angel (R). While Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club neither endorses nor opposes any candidate(s), it should be noted that Jan Angel has a strong record of supporting gun owners and their rights. She received an A+ rating from the NRA's political victory fund and has many other endorsements. Schlicher has no record on gun issues, but is the candidate of choice in the Progressive Voters Guide :: 2013 Primary Election. Schlicher has also been mentioned as being in favor of gun control in the publication the Daily Kos. The choice is yours to make, but please vote!
Posted July 17, 2013
Posted March 3, 2012
The Washington state Supreme Court has declined to review an October decision by the state Court of Appeals, reaffirming that the gun ban in Seattle’s parks is illegal. This order marks a final victory for Seattle-area gun owners, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), who had joined together to block enforcement of the ban.
"The Washington Supreme Court made the right decision in recognizing that the city violated state law," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. "This decision is a clear indication why it's critically important for states to enact strong preemption laws, to prevent local governments from imposing a patchwork of firearm restrictions."
The case of Chan v. City of Seattle began in 2008, when the city of Seattle and then-Mayor Greg Nickels (D) enacted a rule that banned firearms and "dangerous weapons" from city parks, community centers and other city properties. In 2009, the city added another rule that banned guns from parks where children are "likely to be present."
In October 2009, the NRA and SAF asked the King County Superior Court to strike down the ban as a violation of Washington's preemption statute, which forbids localities from enacting this type of ban. Specifically, the preemption statute says the state preempts the field of firearm regulation, and prohibits cities from regulating firearms—a position supported by an Oct. 2008 legal opinion from state Attorney General Rob McKenna (R).
In response, the city claimed the ban wasn’t a "law" or a criminal regulation, and that it was acting in its "proprietary capacity" as a property owner.
In February 2010, the Superior Court of King County struck down the Seattle rule banning firearms from city parks, including possession by Right-to-Carry permit holders. The city appealed.
In its Oct. 31 ruling, the Court of Appeals panel wrote: "We hold that under the plain language of RCW 9.41.290 and RCW 9.41.300, the City’s attempt to regulate the possession of firearms at designated park areas and park facilities open to the public by adopting the Firearms Rule, is preempted by state law."
The opinion further stated, "The Firearms Rule regulates the possession of firearms at designated city parks and park facilities open to the general public. [The case law on which the City relies] does not support the City’s position that RCW 9.41.290 does not apply because it is acting as a property owner and setting conditions on use of its property. Except as authorized by the legislature, RCW 9.41.290 precludes a municipality from regulating the possession of firearms at city-owned park facilities open to the general public."
Posted February 9, 2012
We have just received copy of Judge Serko's Decision in the matter of Kitsap County v. Kitsap Rifle & Revolver Club. Click here to read the decision. A special meeting for all members has been called for on Wednesday, 15 FEB 2012 at 7pm. This meeting will be held at :
William H. Upton Naval & Military Lodge No.
Posted January 10, 2012
This is the NRA Alert on Range Protection Bill 1508. Please read and contact your representative immediately!
Posted September 19, 2011
Time is Running Out; Washington Hunters Must Speak Now!
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has imposed a ban on the use of traditional (lead) ammunition for all upland bird hunting on all WDFW pheasant release sites across the state. This restriction was adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission two years ago but its implementation was delayed until this hunting season. The Commission adopted the restriction during the course of its 2010-2012 hunting season-setting process.
With this in mind, it is critical that hunters and sportsmen participate in the 2012-2014 season-setting process. The WDFW is now in the initial public comment phase of the process, which will end this Tuesday, September 20. You can bet that the anti-hunting extremists are participating in the process, so the importance of hunters and sportsmen participating cannot be overstated! Please see below for detail on how to submit your comments.
The current traditional ammunition restrictions pertain to quail, dove, pheasant and any upland bird hunted on the pheasant release sites. No scientific studies have been cited showing population-level impacts of lead ammunition on these species in Washington. Further, published scientific papers elsewhere admit they don’t know that there are any problems associated with the use of lead shot to hunt upland game. The WDFW seems to be acting on emotion and politics, citing the “potential” for problems associated with lead ammunition as the basis for these far-reaching restrictions.
The NRA believes that the current push to ban the use of traditional ammunition in Washington is part of a new strategy being used by anti-hunting and anti-gun activists all over the country to attack our hunting traditions and firearm freedoms. Traditional ammunition bans have a significant, chilling effect on hunting by pricing hunters out of the market while hunters’ ranks are already in decline. Having fewer hunters is a threat to the future of our hunting heritage and means less funding for wildlife and habitat conservation. The opposition’s “next logical step” will be to propose a complete, statewide ban on traditional ammunition in Washington. This is the pattern in other states so don’t think “it won’t happen here!”
Although it is too late to do anything about the existing restriction on traditional ammunition for this season, hunters and sportsmen now have the opportunity to demand that the restriction be withdrawn for the next three years and vocally oppose any further unsubstantiated restrictions on the use of lead in ammunition. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has adopted a traditional ammunition resolution stating that "state agencies should focus regulation efforts where population-level impacts to wildlife are substantiated." (AFWA - 2010 Lead Ammunition and Fishing Tackle Resolution) (emphasis added).. With no population-level impacts cited, it is time to tell the WDFW that emotion and politics have no place in wildlife management.
With that in mind, it is important for you to submit your comments and concerns to the WDFW. Your voice matters! Comments must be submitted by Tuesday, September 20. Please request that the ban on the use of traditional ammunition on pheasant release sites be lifted in 2012 and beyond, and demand that there be no further unsubstantiated restrictions imposed on the use of lead in ammunition in the future.
Comments can be submitted via e-mail, by sending them to Rene Henson at Rene.Henson@dfw.wa.gov; be sure to put “2012-2014 Hunter Comment/Concern” in the subject line. You can also submit comments via regular mail, please address your letter as follows:
ATTN: Wildlife Program
Capitol Way N.
In addition to submitting specific comments by e-mail or mail, you can take the WDFW “2012-2014 Hunting Season Development Survey.” This scoping survey asks a series of questions on issues ranging from the spring black bear harvest to cougar management. At the end of the survey you can choose to submit “additional comments”; from there you can click “Other” and leave a comment relating to the regulation of lead ammunition in the comment box provided.
This alert is posted at: http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?id=7081.
Posted July 09, 2011
Kitsap County v. ALL Shooting Ranges!
Kitsap County Prosecutor and the Department of Community Development have proposed new changes to the shooting range ordinance that constitutes a take over of ALL private shooting ranges to conform to the ever changing political whims of bureaucrats that don't know a sear notch from Shineola!
True colors are coming through as 2 ranges in the last 10 years have been eliminated, KRRC is being sued to be shut down and now the release of proposed rules that will make all ranges subject to political correctness and/or political tyranny. Sedition through syntax is once again being used to turn your rights into government granted privileges!
The Kitsap County Commissioners have scheduled 1 hour to hear about the proposal this next Wednesday, July 13 from 0920 to 1020. Call, email, and go to the Commissioners building to let them know what you think about the proposal!
For those that have a tough time opening the .pdf file above:
ORDINANCE NO. ____ -2011
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING KITSAP COUNTY CODE CONCERNING SHOOTING RANGES
WHEREAS, Kitsap County has experienced a substantial increase in population density in areas proximate to and within range of its existing shooting ranges and the County has an interest in ensuring the compatibility of shooting ranges with their surroundings and in minimizing noise impacts and potential safety hazards created by the operation of shooting ranges; and
WHEREAS,the Washington Constitution, Article XI Section 11, confers upon county legislative authorities police power to adopt regulation as necessary to protect the health, safety and well-being of its residents; and
WHEREAS,the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners (Board) finds the requirement of an operating permit for the establishment, operation and expansion of all shooting range facilities will encourage recreational and educational shooting activities to be conducted in a safe manner; and
WHEREAS,the Board finds that the requirement of an operating permit will protect and preserve the health, safety and welfare of land owners and users and the general public in the vicinity of shooting ranges; and
WHEREAS,the Board finds the Kitsap County Code does not presently regulate the hours of operation for discharge of firearms at shooting ranges in unincorporated Kitsap County and that the enactment of provisions governing hours of operation will serve to protect the public health and well-being of persons living in proximity to shooting ranges.
BE IT ORDAINED:
Section 1.Kitsap County Code Chapter 10.24, Article 3 is hereby amended as follows:
Article 3 – No Shooting Areas Restricted Firearms Discharge
Section 2. New Section.A new section is added to chapter 10.24 Kitsap County Code, "Weapons," as follows:
The purpose of this Article is to provide for and promote the safety of the general public by establishing restricted firearms discharge rules and a permitting procedure for the establishment
and operation of shooting ranges. The standards adopted herein are intended to protect and safeguard participants, spectators, neighboring properties and the public.
Section 3.Kitsap County Code Section 10.24.080. last amended by Ordinance 50C-1993, is hereby amended as follows:
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of the ordinance codified in this article:
(1) "Firearm" means any weapon or device by whatever name known which will or is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosion. The term "firearm" shall include but not be limited to rifles, pistols, shotguns and machine guns. The term "firearm" shall not include devices, including but not limited to "nail guns," which are used as tools in the construction or building industries and which would otherwise fall within this definition.
(2) "Shoreline" means the border between a body of water and land measured by the ordinary high water mark.
(3) "Ordinary high water mark" means that mark on all lakes, streams and tidal water which will be found by examining the bed and banks in ascertaining where the presence and action of waters are so common and usual and so long continued in all ordinary years as to mark upon the soil a characteristic distinct from that of the abutting upland in respect to vegetation; provided, that in any area where the ordinary high water mark cannot be found the ordinary high water mark adjoining salt water shall be the line of mean higher high tide.
(4) "Range" or "shooting range" means a place set aside and designated for the safe discharge of firearms for individuals wishing to practice, improve upon or compete as to their shooting skills.
(5) "Range safety officer" means a person or persons appointed by the operators of a shooting range to oversee the safe discharge of weapons in accordance with any conditions of permit approval and any other additional safety specifications which may be adopted by the operators of the shooting range.
Section 4.Kitsap County Code Section 10.24.103, last amended by Ordinance 50G-2000, is amended as follows:
10.24.103 Ranges – Permit required.
(a) The discharge of firearms shall be allowed on ranges which meet the criteria of this section. The property owner shall apply for and obtain a permit for a range. The application shall be
submitted to the Kitsap County department of community development (DCD). An application for a range shall indicate whether the firearms to be used at the range are of the rim fire, elevated shot or other type or variety and whether the proposed range is to be a private or public range. Upon receipt of the application, DCD or its designated agent shall inspect the proposed range to ensure the suitability of the intended use, taking into consideration the most currently available guidelines for ranges promulgated by the National Rifle Association. Notice of the permit application shall be provided as required by the Land Use and Development Procedures Ordinance (Title 21 of this code). In addition, DCD shall post the property on which the proposed range is to be located with a notice of intended use. No permit shall be issued for a range unless the proposed range is first inspected and approved by a certified range technical advisor or equivalent.
(b) Permit applications for private ranges may be processed administratively by DCD. Permit applications for all other ranges shall be processed in accordance with existing procedures for the processing of unclassified use permits.
(c) Ranges shall be divided into two categories as more fully described in this subsection:
(1) Private Ranges. A range shall be deemed a private range it if meets the following criteria:
(A) No fee is charged for use of the range or for membership in the group of individuals allowed to use the range.
(B) Use of the range is limited to family members and up to two guests of the property owner at any one time; provided, however, that the property owner may apply to DCD up to twice annually for a special event exemption allowing in excess of two guests at a shooting event.
(C) A permit has been issued for use of that property as a private range.
The provisions of this subsection shall be available to and apply equally to property being rented on at least a month-to-month basis from the property owner, provided, however, that both the individual renting the property and the property owner shall sign any application for a private range permit or special event exemption as to that property.
(2) Public Ranges. All ranges which do not meet the criteria for a private range shall be deemed to be public ranges.
(a) Shooting ranges shall be established and operated in accordance with an operating permit issued by the Kitsap County Department of Community Development (DCD). The operating permit shall govern the facilities and operations of shooting ranges, and shall be issued, denied or conditioned based upon safety and noise considerations on and off the range. The operating permit may establish conditions of use, including restrictions on types, locations and hours of shooting activities at the range. DCD may immediately suspend or revoke an operating permit
upon the Director’s finding that the permit’s terms have been violated or that any participant, spectator, neighboring property or member of the public has been injured or endangered as a result of range design, operation or management of shooting activities. No shooting range may operate without an operating permit issued pursuant to this chapter, except as provided herein.
(b) Each owner or operator of a shooting range shall apply for and obtain an operating permit, and shall apply for renewal of the permit annually. The owner or operator of any new shooting range shall apply for the range operating permit at the time of application for any necessary building or land use permits. The owner or operator of an established shooting range in active use at the time of enactment of this ordinance shall apply for the range operating permit not later than October 31, 2011, and may continue to operate an existing range pending consideration of the application. However, in no instance may any shooting range operate without a valid operating permit issued pursuant to this chapter after December 31, 2011.
(c) The initial application for a shooting range operating permit shall include a written evaluation of range safety authored by a National Rifle Association-certified range technical advisor not affiliated with the applicant, and shooting range for which an operating permit has been revoked must submit an updated range safety evaluation as part of an application for reinstatement of the permit.
(d) All shooting ranges permitted pursuant to this article shall, at a minimum, comply with the following safety standards and specifications, which shall be addressed in the application for a shooting range operating permit and subject to inspection by DCD or by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office upon provision of reasonable notice:
(1) Each shooting area shall be designed, operated and maintained to contain the bullets, shot or other projectiles discharged within the range property;
(2) Range site design features and safety procedures shall be installed and maintained to prevent rounds from escaping each shooting area, when designated shooting positions are used in accordance with range safety rules and standards;
(3) Plans shall be submitted with the permit application which depict the location of all structures, shelters, shooting areas, target lines, backstops, berms, parking areas and access points; safety features of the shooting range; elevations of the range showing shooting positions, target areas, backstops and berms; and approximate locations of buildings on adjacent properties. For each outdoor shooting area lacking overhead baffles, the plans shall also depict surface impact areas (or surface danger zones) and shall depict the approximate locations of public roads, parks, residential neighborhoods, schools and other occupied buildings within the surface impact areas;
(4) A safety plan shall be submitted with the permit application which includes rules and operating procedures for each range. This plan should include sign-in and sign-out procedures, restrictions on activities and the use of ranges, restrictions on rapid firing of
firearms, restrictions on types and calibers of firearms and ammunition allowed, training of range safety officers and supervision of range users by range safety officers. Each safety plan shall prohibit loaded weapons on the range, except at shooting positions and except for holstered handguns;
(5) All shooting ranges shall have at least one safety officer on duty at all times shooting activities occur;
(6) Warning signs shall be installed and maintained along shooting range property lines. These signs shall be conspicuously posted at intervals of at least one sign every one hundred (100) feet, and the range shall be fenced, where practical;
(7) Shooting ranges shall be used for the shooting activities they were designed to accommodate unless redesigned to safely accommodate new shooting activities;
(8) Each shooting area shall be designed, operated and maintained to minimize the sound level of noise produced by the shooting range which can be heard outside the range property. The operating permit may be conditioned upon the range adopting and following procedures or a plan to mitigate or reduce measurable sound levels which can be heard in populated areas outside of the range property;
(9) All shooting ranges shall provide a means for range participants and spectators to readily contact emergency services such as fire or medical aid;
(10) A range safety officer or other person responsible for the shooting range shall, within twenty-four (24) hours, report in writing to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and to DCD all accidents resulting from the discharge of firearms on the range;
(11) Ranges shall not allow the use of exploding targets, the use of cannons or the storage of explosives, without issuance of a temporary use permit; and
(12) In reviewing operating permit applications and conducting inspections, DCD shall be guided by the current edition of "The NRA Range Source Book" published by the National Rifle Association.
(e) Upon determining that the application for a new or renewed range operating permit is complete, DCD or its designated agent shall inspect the range operations and facilities to assess potential onsite and offsite safety and noise impacts and to assess the conformity with the permit application and/or with the terms and conditions of any existing permit. DCD shall inform the applicant of any deficiencies or corrective actions to be taken and may re-inspect the range to verify compliance with this Article.
(f) Application for a new operating permit or for renewal of an operating permit shall be processed and reviewed under the procedures for a Type I Director’s Decision pursuant to Title 21 of this code, except that public notice of a new operating permit application shall be provided within 14 days of DCD deeming the application complete and shall be provided in accordance
with the requirements of KCC 21.04.100 as now or hereafter amended. DCD shall post the property that is subject of the application for an operating permit.
(g) The operating permit shall be valid for a period of one year after issuance. The owner or operator of a shooting range shall apply for renewal of its operating permit not later than 30 days prior to expiration of the operating permit currently in effect.
(d) (h) Nothing in this section or any other provision of this code shall be construed as authorizing an application or a permit for a range to be located in whole or in part in an area designated as an area where the discharge of firearms is prohibited; ranges in such areas are expressly prohibited. Nothing in this section shall be construed as permitting the discharge of firearms the ownership or possession of which is otherwise prohibited by law. Nothing in this section shall be construed as permitting the discharge use or possession of a firearm by an individual who is otherwise prohibited by law from owning or possessing a that firearm.
Section 5. New Section.A new section is added to chapter 10.24 Kitsap County Code, "Weapons," as follows:
10.24.104 Ranges – hours of operation.
Shooting ranges may allow shooting only between the hours of 9 a.m. and the earlier of 8 p.m. or one half-hour after sunset, as published by the National Weather Service for Bremerton National Airport. A temporary use permit may be sought for any single use expansion of these hours.
Section 6.Kitsap County Code Section 10.24.105, last amended by Ordinance 50B-1993, is amended as follows:
10.24.105 Review committee.
(a) A review committee is created for the purpose of recommending to the county board of commissioners the appropriate criteria for ranges and for petitions to establish additional "no shooting" areas within Kitsap County. Such committee shall consist of seven persons as follows:
(1) The county sheriff, who shall chair such committee, or his designee.
(2) The director of the county department of community development, or his designee.
(3) The presidents of the Kitsap County Rifle and Revolver Club or the Poulsbo Sportsman Club, or their designees.
(4) Three citizens-at-large to be appointed by the county board of commissioners.
(a) The county board of commissioners may establish a review committee to develop appropriate criteria for regulation of shooting ranges, consisting of the county sheriff or the sheriff’s designee, the director of community development or the director’s designee, the
presidents of all currently permitted shooting ranges or their designees and, at the commissioners’ discretion, other citizens.
(b) Upon the receipt of the review committee’s recommendations, the board of commissioners shall set such matters for consideration at the next regularly scheduled public hearing or as soon thereafter as they may appropriately be heard.
Section 7.Severability. If any provision of this ordinance or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid or unconstitutional, the remainder of the ordinance or its application to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected.
Section 8.Recitals. The recitals herein shall be findings of fact and are incorporated herein by reference.
Section 9.Effective Date. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately.
Posted April 08, 2011
Posted January 18, 2011
Rep. McCarthy's Magazine Ban--Worse Than First Imagined
By James Wesley, Rawles on January 19, 2011 8:35 PM
Here is some
Please contact your congresscritters and insist that this ill-conceived bill be vigorously opposed!
Posted December 27, 2010
Posted September 1, 2010
Posted April 1, 2010
http://oregonfirearms.org/alertspage/Outrage.html - (No Joke!)
Posted May 11, 2009
Commissioners to consider resolution selling KRRC the land our ranges sit on.
Posted April 09, 2009
KRRC beginning negotiations with County over purchase of 130 acres!
Posted March 2009
Gun Owners of America does not sound the "Emergency alarm" often -- and when we do, we mean it. Remember the massive land bill, S. 22, that passed out of the Senate last month? It was expected to pass quickly in the House, but your opposition to an expansion of gun control contained in the bill forced it to be pulled from the floor. GOA has just learned that after some backroom deals, the bill is headed to the floor WEDNESDAY MORNING, without any amendments to truly protect your Second Amendment rights on National Park Service (NPS) land. You have fought the battle over the NPS gun ban for a long time. Unlike U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, which allow for state and local law to govern firearms possession, NPS land is subject to a complete gun ban for any citizen who does not hold a concealed carry permit. The bill coming to the floor March 11 greatly expands NPS land, thus spreading the agency's anti-gun regulations into more areas. S. 22 is actually a compilation of over 190 bills, many of which were never even debated on their own merits. Here are just a few examples of land expansions in the bill:
Posted February 2009
Posted January 2009
It didn't take long for the 111th Congress to get started with what they believe to be a mandate after the election. President Elect Obama has yet to be sworn in and they are already proposing legislation they think they can get signed into law. It is little wonder this legislation comes from the Chicago political machinery. Read this and then be alert, call your rep and let them know that you had better not see them vote for, much less sign on to, this piece of communist garbage! The price of freedom is eternal vigilance!
Posted 09 December 2008
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels plans to ban Guns with no regard for your right to self-defense and In defiance of state law. Your Attendance is Critical! Let your voice be heard NOW! On December 15, 2008 a public hearing will be held in the Bertha Knight Landes room at Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, with sign-in beginning at 5:30 p.m. This ban will infringe on your right to carry in these areas:
Please attend this important hearing.
Posted 06 December 2008
Good news for a change!
WASHINGTON – People will now be able to carry concealed firearms in some national parks and wildlife refuges.
An Interior Department rule issued Friday allows an individual to carry a loaded weapon in a park or wildlife refuge — but only if the person has a permit for a concealed weapon, and if the state where the park or refuge is located also allows loaded firearms in parks.
The rule overturns a Reagan-era regulation that has restricted loaded guns in parks and wildlife refuges. The previous regulations required that firearms be unloaded and placed somewhere that is not easily accessible, such as in a car trunk.
Assistant Interior Secretary Lyle Laverty said the new rule respects a long tradition of states and the federal government working together on natural resource issues.
The regulation allows individuals to carry concealed firearms in federal parks and wildlife refuges to the same extent they can lawfully do so under state law, Laverty said, adding that the approach is in line with rules adopted by the federal Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Those agencies let visitors carry weapons consistent with applicable federal and state laws.
The National Rifle Association hailed the rule change, which will take effect next month before President-elect Barack Obama takes office.
"We are pleased that the Interior Department recognizes the right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families while enjoying America's national parks and wildlife refuges," said Chris W. Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist.
The rule will restore the rights of law-abiding gun owners on federal lands and make federal law consistent with the state where the lands are located, Cox said. The NRA led efforts to change gun regulations they called inconsistent and unclear.
A group representing park rangers, retirees and conservation organizations said the rule change will lead to confusion for visitors, rangers and other law enforcement agencies.
"Once again, political leaders in the Bush administration have ignored the preferences of the American public by succumbing to political pressure, in this case generated by the National Rifle Association," said Bill Wade, president of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.
"This regulation will put visitors, employees and precious resources of the National Park System at risk. We will do everything possible to overturn it and return to a commonsense approach to guns in national parks that has been working for decades," Wade said.
The park rule will be published in the Federal Register next week and take effect 30 days later, well before Obama takes office Jan. 20. Overturning the rule could take months or even years, since it would require the new administration to restart the lengthy rule-making process.
Posted September 2008
Washington State Has Lead Ammunition in the Crosshairs!
You think ammunition has gotten expensive??? Just wait till you see what your Governor and DOE have planned!
We have recently posted an alert about a Draft Lead Chemical Action Plan (CAP) that the state's Department of Ecology has released for public comment. We encourage you to read and comment on this document because it covers lead ammunition.
The Department of Ecology has told those who have sent in comments that, contrary to what we say, the CAP does not recommend a ban on lead ammunition. Instead, they say the CAP recommends a voluntary use of non-lead alternatives.
Here is a fact: Page 208 of the CAP states, Products that do not need lead and directly expose wildlife include wheel weights, small fishing weights, and some ammunition." We infer from this that if the CAP suggests some ammunition "does not need lead" then such ammunition should be banned and made from alternative materials. The plan includes a cost analysis of banning lead shot. If a ban is not a consideration then why is the Department of Ecology analyzing the cost of such action? Recommendation 9 on Page 235 of the CAP calls for a phase out of lead shot/projectiles. "Phase out" sure sounds like "ban" to us.
We have been saying for years that "lead" will become the "asbestos" of the coming decades. You can just about
guarantee that lead ammunition bans are on the minds of many people involved with the CAP project. Given what we
are seeing in other states by environmental-leaning government agencies and legislatures, this is not much of a
stretch. And with the discussion of green bullets in the CAP, it is doubtful that the next steps will be far
Please take the time to read the CAP and provide your comments to the Department of Ecology and to Governor
Chris Gregoire (D) by Monday, October 6. The CAP can be viewed by visiting
Respectfully let the Governor know that there is no adequate substitute for lead ammunition and that any affects
on humans and wildlife do not justify a ban as recommended by her Department of Ecology. Governor Gregoire can
be reached by phone at (360) 902-4111, by fax at (360) 753-4110, or click
here to send email. The Governor can also be
reached by U.S. Mail at: Governor Chris Gregoire, Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 40002, Olympia, WA