everyone to use for years to come.
This was mentioned last month, but since we're talking about range rules, it's probably a good idea to bring it up again. Someone recently put a butane bottle in the burn barrel on range 1. An alert club member saw it and removed it before the barrel was burned. Please remember that only items that will burn are to be placed in the burn barrels. A butane bottle, paint can, or any other enclosed metal container will go off like a hand grenade and could injure a fellow club member. Please think before you put something in the burn barrels!
Changed Your E-mail? Let Us Know!
If you receive your newsletter via e-mail and change your service provider you need to notify the club secretary. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you forget to do this, you will not receive your newsletter. If you drop e-mail service, call the club information line (315-3071) and leave your name and a message to remove your e-mail address from the file. You will then receive your newsletter via regular mail.
We welcomed 12 new members at the December meeting. They are Gary Begoon, James Blachly, Ray Blackford, Mervin Cagle, Jeff Ehlers, John Houpt, Gary Lierly, Laura Mayes, Mark Morell, Mike Ramsey, Mike Tramel, and Jay White. Glad to have you with us, folks!
If you are a new member and a new member of the NRA, please send a copy of your membership card or the label from your NRA magazine to the club post office box. This will enable the club secretary to update the files with your NRA number and correct expiration date.
Please note that all new members must attend the mandatory range and safety orientation before using the range. You are not a fully qualified member until you attend the orientation.
Also, don't forget that all new members are entitled to shoot in one club match per shooting discipline free of charge. Look over that match schedule, and come out and experience the fun of competition shooting.
News from the NRA
Here's some news from the NRA ILA news page, available on the Internet at www.nraila.org. This information is provided as a service of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, Fairfax, VA. Reprinted with permission.
On December 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2004 omnibus appropriations bill. The bill actually consists of seven unfinished spending bills grouped together, containing literally thousands of separate provisions.
Included in this massive bill is a provision that requires the destruction of approved federal gun purchase records within 24 hours, as opposed to the current retention period of 90 days. This provision applies only to the records of indi
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viduals who have already been cleared through the National Instant Check System (NICS), and does not include applicants whose background check indicates a disqualification.
The measure now moves on to the U.S. Senate for a vote next year.
NINTH CIRCUIT DOES IT AGAIN
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is once again up to its political shenanigans. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based court recently reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against the gun industry, that had been previously tossed out by a Los Angeles federal judge before it went to trial. The suit, Ileto v. Glock, seeks to blame Glock and others for the horrendous criminal actions of deranged white supremacist Buford Furrow. In 1999, Furrow shot and killed postal worker Joseph Ileto, and wounded three children at a Jewish day care center in California. What is not often reported is that, while a Glock pistol was used in Furrow`s heinous crime, the gun was originally sold to a police department, which subsequently sold it to a licensed dealer, who in turn sold it to a collector, who finally sold it to Furrow.
Commenting on the case, Glock attorney Christopher Renzullie asked the obvious question, "How are we supposed to monitor a gun after we sell it to a law enforcement agency?" Echoing this frustrated sentiment, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh quipped, "According to the Ninth Circuit, Glock has to dictate to the police how to handle [gun sales], because they would know better than the police how to prevent crime."
The only glimmer of rational and equitable reasoning to come out of the reinstatement case came in the form of a well-reasoned dissent by Senior Judge Cynthia Hall. "I understand the majority`s desire to ensure that the appellants have their day in court," Hall wrote. "But I do not concur in the majority`s opinion because I believe that it runs afoul of some of our most basic duties as federal judges....[we] are required to apply state law whether we agree with it or not."
This case dramatically underscores the urgent need for passage of S. 659/S. 1806, the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act."
The House version of this bill-- H.R. 1036--was passed last April by an overwhelming vote of 285-140, and has the support of the White House.
Yet, despite assurances of a timely vote and broad bipartisan support, S. 659/S. 1806 has become stalled in the Senate. Thanks to the dedicated grassroots efforts of millions of NRA members and gun owners across the country, S. 659/S. 1806 is now widely acknowledged as having enough votes to overcome a filibuster by anti-gun Senators. But we can`t stop a filibuster until one starts, and the process can`t begin until the bill reaches the Senate floor for debate.
On November 6, pro-gun leaders in the Senate attempted to bring the bill to the floor with a proposed "consent agreement" to govern the length of debate and the number of amendments each side could order. Anti-gun Senators sent their representative to the floor to object. After much discussion, and failing to gain "consent," Senate leaders moved to other business, but vowed to bring S. 659/S. 1806 to a vote early next year, without regard to the objections from the anti-gun corps. That sets us up for a full-blown brawl in the new year.
In the end, it all boils down to politics, but you can help
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