Orange County Shooters
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MARCH 2005 Newsletter
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The final scores that were
shot on 3/15/05 are in and this year's winner of the OCPL are in and Monroe
Chester won again and by a slightly wider margin than they won last year.
The final numbers are:
Highest averages were:
22 Caliber Pistol League is a fall and winter bullseye league that shoots
12 scheduled matches at Master Class in Monroe. It follows the NRA Gallery
Course and we shoot 60 rounds every other Wednesday with weeks off for
holidays. The matches are registered with the NRA so
that you can obtain a classifications. A total of 53 shooters participated
in this years league with a total of 41 of them shooting the required
10 matches for classification. We want to thank all of those who shot
in this year's event and if you want to join call Master Class and have
them put your name on the list for next year. You can use any 22 caliber
pistol and we normally have our first match in the first week of November.
If you know that you will miss a match you can shoot ahead or if something
comes up and you miss a match you can also shoot a make up. The course
of fire is easy and fun a shooters of any level can shoot. Average scores
ranged from a high of 578 to a low of 230. The average score of all shooters
who shot the 10 round minimum was 505 for an average of 84.2%. (60 rounds
are shot with a maximum of 10 points per shot for a perfect score of 600.)
CLICK HERE FOR THE LEGUE RULES
weather was great this year and the bus was waiting at 6:30 AM at the
Black Rock parking lot for our annual 2 hour bus ride to Albany to meet
with our local legislatures from Orange County. The Orange County Federation
of Sportsmens Clubs, Inc. sponsors this annual event including a stop
on the way back home for a free lunch. We had several new faces on the
bus this year along with some who had made this trip many times.
THESE ARE SOME OF THE BILLS THAT WE ARE AGAINST:
If you want to go on the next trip, we have this trip every year on the 3rd Tuesday of March.
The Monroe-Chester Sportsmen
Club's Youth Day is always a big event. Every year hundreds of young people
are exposed to Archery, air pistol, skeet, sporting clays, 22 rifle, trap
and a black powder exhibit in a safe and friendly environment at the twice
a year events. It is a great educational opportunity for both the sport
and to promote safety.
OCShooters.com Newsletter article picked up by GUN WEEK
Each year the Brady bunch releases
a rating to show how good the gun laws are in all 50 states. Brady
grades the states from F- to A with the states having the best gun
control laws rated A. They clamed to have some "secret"
formula that they use to compute the rating numbers but in reality,
the more gun laws you have of the kinds that they like, the higher
your grade with bonus points added if you have some special gun
control related program or with points taken away if your state
passes some pro gun legislation.
Brady failed to add the Washington,
D.C. to their numbers because of their high crime rate in spite
of the fact that D.C. has an almost total ban on handgun and long
guns are registered and must be locked up, unloaded or taken apart
at all times; something that would have surely gotten them an "A"
under Brady's system. If D.C. were included in the numbers the average
rate of all "A"s would have been 615 per 100,000.
had a great time at the March 5th Dinner. Over 260 people attended and
around $14,000 was raised for the NRA Foundation that spends the money
on Education projects with 1/2 of that money staying in NY State. A lot
of everything was given away in the various raffles, drawings, bucket
raffles, auctions and silent auctions. None could have been happier than
ME, George Rogero because I won, (with the help of my daughter who rolled
the dice that produced the winning ticket,) a nice Remington Model 700
CDL in.204 Ruger caliber. Remington does not offer this gun in .204 Ruger,
(a hot new 300 to 400 yard round that fires a 32 g bullet at 4,225 fps,)
but the NRA had 425 made as prizes for the Friends of the NRA Dinners
across the country. And don't think that I was the only gun winner, there
were many of us and we had 4 drawings of the "Wall of Guns"
alone, plus the many guns that were donated or that the NRA provided.
If you missed this year's dinner, put a note somewhere to make sure that you catch the next one. The dinner is sponsored each year by the Orange County Federation off Sportsmen's Clubs with the help of many volunteers and donations from many local business, clubs and individuals. A big thanks to all of those who attended, helped or donated items.
The next major event in going to be in October when the Orange County Federation off Sportsmen's Clubs is going to hold their own big Annual Dinner. It is run just about the same as the NRA dinner and gun and donations have already started to be collected.
I have had an incredible run of luck and this is the third gun in a row that I have won and two of the drawings were at very high odds. I was lucky enough to win a Beretta shotgun in 12 g. with 2 barrels at the last Friends of the NRA Dinner last year, (click here to see the newsletter article.) And I won a nice Black Powder gun at the last Orange County Federation Dinner, (click here to see the newsletter article.) And now I won this rifle at this year's Friends of the NRA Dinner. You can bet that I will be at this October's Federation Dinner to see if I can make it 4 in a row. (I still need a good lever action 30-30 or 30-06.)
Check back, I will be putting together a Photo Album of the event as soon as I can.
NY Assemblyman John W. Lavelle wants your guns
From the arm pit of Staten Islands comes Democrat Assemblyman John W. Lavelle from the 61st Assembly District who wants to save the world by taking away your guns that he does not like. The NY Assault Weapon ban is not good enough for him. He wants to take away most of the Semi-automatic handguns and many target rifles and shotguns. If it is a handgun and holds more than 10 rounds, its an Assault Weapon. The bill only allows the person who owns the gun on 1/1/06 to own the gun and shoot it at a range. You don't get to buy new guns, sell yours or give yours away. He was kind enough to also include "ON PROPERTY OWNED OR IMMEDIATELY CONTROLLED BY THE PERSON," so it looks like you can use it to protect your home or business.
The "THE FOLLOWING"
has changed with the biggest being that just having a pistol grip, thumbhole
stock or muzzle brake or compensator qualifies it as an assault weapon.
If the mag holds more than 10 rounds even if it is fixed, it qualifies
as an "Assault Weapon."
I reformatted the proposed law so that it is easier to read.
S 2. Subdivision 22 of section 265.00 of the
penal law is REPEALED and a new subdivision 22 is added to read as follows:
(B) Semi-automatic pistol, or any semi-automatic,
centerfire rifle with a fixed magazine, that has the capacity to accept
more than ten rounds of ammunition;
(D) Semi-automatic shotgun that has one or more of the following:
MAYOR MIKE'S (anti-) GUN AGENDA
Who paid for the Campaign Finance Reform?
88% of it or over $123 million came from eight liberal foundations. Their
totals were: Pew Charitable Trusts ($40.1 million), the Schumann Center
for Media and Democracy ($17.6 million), the Carnegie Corporation of New
York ($14.1 million), the Joyce Foundation ($13.5 million), George Soros'
Open Society Institute ($12.6 million), the Jerome Kohlberg Trust ($11.3
million), the Ford Foundation ($8.8 million) and the John D. and Catherine
T. MacArthur Foundation ($5.2 million).
Who`s Bankrolling The Enemy?
Rate of Return
According to charity watchdog groups many animal-rights groups are poorly rated charities; for example, Charity Navigator recently gave HSUS zero stars (out of four) for its fund-raising efficiency and an overall rating of two stars. It also failed HSUS` International Fund for Animal Welfare and gave one star to Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States Wildlife Land Trust.
Give.org, another charity watchdog group, reports that HSUS does not meet its standards for charitable donations because "no member of the board is assigned the responsibility of serving as the treasurer of the board of directors" and because its program expenses in 2003 were "63 percent of total expenses," meaning that 37 percent of its funds went to executive pay (Paul G. Irwin, former president of HSUS, was paid $315,898 in 2003) and to other activities.
In contrast, hunting-conservation organizations often score high marks from charity-watchdog groups; for example, The U.S. Sportsmen`s Alliance Foundation was recognized as the top conservation organization in the country (four stars) by Charity Navigator. Also, Give.org notes that 84 percent of Ducks Unlimited money goes to its programs and Charity Navigator notes that an exceptional 90 percent of funds raised by The NRA Foundation goes to its programs (see the disparities for yourself at www.give.org and www.charitynavigator.org).--F.M.
This article is too long to post the whole thing on the newsletter so please CLICK HERE TO READ THIS NRA-ILA ARTICLE.
The Youth Education Summit's (YES) deadline
for applications was March 15, the deadline has been extended and applications
will be accepted though April 18. The summit is a seven-day, all expense
paid educational experience in Washington, D.C., for high school sophomores
and juniors. The National Rifle Association launched the YES Program in
an effort to encourage America's youth to become active and knowledgeable
citizens. While in the nation's capital, students learn the significance
of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights while developing an understanding
of federal government and the importance of active participation in civic
YES activities include: . Active daytime participation in an obstacle course at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia . Competitive debates with other high school students from across the nation . Guest speakers and research time at NRA headquarters and the National Firearms Museum . Informative tours and independent time at historic sites and monuments in Washington, D.C
In addition to spending a fun-filled week learning about the U.S. government, YES participants compete for $20,000 in college scholarships. The first round of awards is given at the conclusion of the YES program and is comprised of $10,000. Participants are judged based on their initial application, on-site debates and participation during the week. Multiple students receive scholarships in the first round and the total number of students selected dictates how much each student will receive. The sum of all first round scholarships is not greater than $10,000.
The second round of scholarship awards is given to only one student. It is comprised of $10,000 and involves a second application, available to the participants after they go through the YES program. This scholarship is referred to as the Grand Scholarship.
The April 18 deadline is approaching soon so get the word out to outstanding high school sophomores and juniors in your area. Applications must be postmarked by the 18th, good luck! Additional information and an application for the 2005 Youth Education Summit is available online at www.nrafoundation.org/friends/yes.
The program takes place June 20-26 in Washington, DC. Chosen applicants will have an expense paid trip to Washington with 40 of their peers from across the nation to participate in a fun-filled week.
Please contact Karen Evans or Brooke Berthelsen for more information about this program.
|Karen Evans, Event Services Coordinator
Friends of NRA
National Rifle Association
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-267-1353 or 800-672-3888 x1353
|Brooke Berthelsen, Event Services Manager
Friends of NRA
National Rifle Association
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-267-1354 or 800-672-3888 x1354
murder total to date is 76, up from 66 at the same time last year. Gangs
have taken over the town and the police have stated that they do not
get any help from the community and that should come as not surprise
because some of the killing have been witnesses who have appeared in
court. The local DA has even promised to protect witnesses by moving
them out of town, out of state or even across the county the day the
witness comes forward. The police have stated that they have not even
gotten help in the death of a 9 year old because no one would come forward.
What does Phil's mayor want to do? Mayor Street said under certain circumstances he would consider help from the Pennsylvania State Police and even the National Guard, declared the violence throughout the city a crisis, has ordered the full review of police department policies and last but not least, suggested a full moratorium on the issuing of gun permits and requested a meeting with Governor Ed Rendell to talk about possible new gun legislation.
I guess that keeping the future victims unarmed so the criminals don't get hurt and changing the law so that the future victims have more restrictions to prevent them from being armed is one way to do it. I guess that they forgot to pass the laws that prevent criminals from being criminals and they never passed a law stating that murder is illegal and owning a gun to kill someone is against the law.
"WASHINGTON - An FBI crime lab technique used
for decades to match bullets to crimes — and relied on by prosecutors
in hundreds of criminal trials — is based on "erroneous scientific
foundations," a New Jersey appeals court has ruled.
In a decision Monday overturning a 1997 murder conviction, the court said Michael S. Behn deserves a new trial because expert testimony based on the FBI technique was central to his conviction. "
The test involves the testing of the metal from bullets that have been recovered and comparing its trace metal components to bullets found that are connected to a suspect. Test have found that this type of matching is unreliable
For Immediate Release: March 1, 2005
The arrest of a Springfield, IL anti-gun activist by police who allegedly found an illegal handgun and drugs in her home during a contested search prompted the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to bid Annette "Flirty" Stevens a "welcome to the party."
Stevens became an activist with the Million Mom March after her son was gunned down in 2002. She has acknowledged having the gun – from which the serial number had been removed – in her home. The handgun belonged to her late son, Jericko Clark, she insisted, and she had simply wrapped it up and forgotten about it after finding it several months after his slaying. She claims the search was illegal.
"Annette Stevens may now understand why so many law-abiding people are fed up with the kind of gun laws that are promoted by the Million Mom March and other extremist gun control organizations," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. "Ironically, the law against filing serial numbers off firearms is one that gun rights activists and organizations have long supported. Yet here she is, this ‘poster mom' for gun control, acknowledging that she has kept an illegally-altered handgun in her home while she's been campaigning to deprive other citizens of their firearms.
"In the kind of Draconian anti-gun society Stevens and her cohorts are trying to create," Gottlieb continued, "it wouldn't matter if she were innocent as she claims. Under the laws her group supports, gun owners are essentially considered guilty until they prove themselves otherwise. That's everything from background checks to waiting periods, and certainly the Illinois requirement that gun owners have a Firearms Owners Identification Card. Stevens has no FOID card, so there's another gun law violation. There are thousands of local and state laws across the country that the Million Moms support, none of which have done anything to prevent a single crime. All they do is chip away at the gun rights of law-abiding citizens.
"If Stevens is so convinced guns don't belong in society," Gottlieb observed, "then why didn't she immediately turn that gun over to the police when she found it more than two years ago? Why did she keep it? What's wrong with this picture? Ms. Stevens is about to learn that supporting gun control is like keeping a vicious dog. They sometimes bite the hands that feed them."
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation's premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the internet at www.ccrkba.org or by email to InformationRequest@ccrkba.org.
OTHER ARTICLES: Anti-gun activist arrested after firearm found at home "The handgun, which had a scratched-off serial number, and drugs allegedly were discovered ... inside Stevens' home ... detectives working on the drive-by cases - which already have resulted in four arrests - began taking a closer look at Stevens after her name came up in interviews with witnesses and informants.