stands closer to the sheds or pads. All target stands must be placed directly in front of a designated berm or backstop. Failure to comply with this rule, or any other range rule, may result in revocation of your membership.
Also, if you decide to burn trash in the barrels on the range, please check first to make sure a state, county or local burn ban is not in effect.

Visit Us on the Web
Don't forget that the Benton Gun Club has a website at www.bentongunclub.org. Our thanks to Jim Menth for maintaining the site and keeping it up to date.

New Address? Let Us Know!
If you change your address, telephone number or e-mail provider please send the changes to the club post office box or e-mail us at bgc139@yahoo.com. You can also submit updates by calling the club information line at (501) 315-3071 and leaving a message with your name and a description of what you want changed. This will allow the club secretary to update the club files so you won't miss something important.
Also, if you were expecting to get this newsletter by e-mail but instead received it in your regular mail, then either we don't have your e-mail address on file or the one we have for you is incorrect. If you would like to get the newsletter by e-mail, or if you want to switch back to regular mail, please send a message to us at bgc139@yahoo.com and we will change your newsletter delivery method.

New Members
We welcomed three new members at the December meeting. They are Shannon Suleman, Larry Smith, Dennis Fullington, Fred Sanders, Mark Woods, Bryan Hendricks, Daniel Wagner, Ronald Johnston, Larry Wood, Lloyd Mayfield, Michael Wallace, Ronald Shum, Donald Rice Jr., Jeffery Hart, James Castleberry, Aaron Sredin, Fred Williams and Corey Booth. Welcome to the club, folks!
If you are a new club 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.

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IGNORING THE LAW
On Wednesday, October 26, President George W. Bush signed into law the NRA-backed "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" (S. 397)--legislation to end politically motivated lawsuits designed to bankrupt law-abiding American firearm manufacturers and retailers.  S. 397 passed both chambers of Congress with broad bipartisan support; in recent years, 33 states have passed similar legislation.
Having lost this extremely significant battle in Congress, the anti-gunners have again taken their show to the courts--and activist judges--in an attempt to circumvent and challenge the new law.
On December 2, anti-gun New York Federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein ruled that New York City's lawsuit against law-abiding firearm manufacturers and retailers could move forward.
"Judge Weinstein's decision was not only predictable, but intellectually dishonest and blatantly biased, given his decade-long track record of aiming to derail the firearms industry," said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade organization for the firearm industry.  "New York City's lawsuit is precisely the type of suit the 'Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act' was designed to prevent.  During debate in each chamber of Congress, Senator Larry Craig and Representative Cliff Stearns--the sponsors of the bill--both referenced the city's case as a quintessential example of a lawsuit the act would prevent."
Firearm manufacturers named in the suit include:  Beretta U.S.A. Corporation, the Browning Arms Company, Colt Manufacturing Company, Inc., Glock, Inc., and the Smith & Wesson Corporation.
These industry defendants plan to immediately appeal the decision to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

NRA TO FILE LAWSUIT CHALLENGING SAN FRANCISCO GUN BAN
Fairfax, VA - Even with opposition from San Francisco law enforcement and major media outlets, Proposition H -- a measure banning the lawful possession, sale and manufacture of handguns and ammunition within city limits -- passed yesterday.  The National Rifle Association (NRA) will file a lawsuit challenging this severe gun ban.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre stated, "We are disappointed, but this fight is just beginning.  Lawful residents of San Francisco are being stripped of their freedom because of an illegal measure that defies common sense.  We will fight this outrageous assault on the rights of law-abiding San Franciscans and I believe that we will prevail."
Many San Francisco residents who initially supported the ban changed their opinion after NRA and local volunteers began voter education efforts throughout the city.  The campaign received an additional boost when the San Francisco Police Officers Association condemned the gun ban, declaring it would "nullify the personal choice of city residents to lawfully possess a handgun for self-defense purposes."  Major San Francisco newspapers also voiced opposition to Proposition H.
In response to the passage of this proposition, NRA will lead a coalition of organizations to immediately file a lawsuit against this illegal ban in San Francisco.  Proposition H, in addition to violating federal guarantees, also violates various California state laws and is therefore preempted.

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