meeting should start around noon. This meeting is open to all members and you are encouraged to attend.

Centerfire Plate Set Available
There is one 8-inch centerfire plate kit available. This is a kit of six plates and six bases. The cost is $30 if you weld it yourself, $45 welded. Call the club information line at 315-3071 and leave your name and number if you're interested.

Speed Steel Match Targets Purchased
The club members approved a motion at the January meeting to spend $4,258.00 for targets and rails for speed steel matches to be held at the range. The approved funds will also cover the cost of a small trailer for transporting the targets to and from the range. These matches will be run by Paul Stiedle and Pat Holsted, and the fee will be $10 per person. For more information on speed steel matches, visit Pat's website at www.shooters101.com, and click on the Speed Steel Challenge link.

Friends of the NRA Banquet Planned
Kevin Greb is putting together plans to hold an NRA banquet in Benton in March of 2004. The initial planning meeting was held the first week in January, but more meetings will be held soon. If you would like to volunteer to help out, please contact Kevin at 776-3555.

Please Observe the Range Rules
Recently, when Rex Gismond was changing some target boards at the range, he was struck in the face by the base from a glass bottle that fell from where it had been set atop one of the target board posts. Luckily it hit his eyeglasses and he was not injured. This was a very dangerous situation and he is very fortunate that he was not injured. Use of any glass targets is strictly prohibited by our range rules.
Also, someone shot at pumpkins that had been placed on the shooting pads on the pistol range. The pads were chipped and pitted, and will probably end up cracking and having to be replaced after the winter weather gets to them. Targets should
never be placed anywhere except at designated target positions in front of a proper backstop.
Please remember to observe
all range rules, both for your safety and the safety of others, and to prevent unnecessary damage to range property. Anyone caught breaking the range rules is subject to immediate cancellation of his or her club membership. An injury caused as a direct result of improper use of the range can have even more serious consequences. If you see someone breaking the range rules, please report him or her immediately. We want to keep the range a safe place for everyone to use for years to come.
This was mentioned before, 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,

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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 by sending an e-mail  bgc139@yahoo.com. 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.

New Members
We welcomed 12 new members at the January meeting. They are David Atherton, Patrick Baker, Try Baxley, Jamie Dixon, Frank Dombek, Steven Fulmer, Robert Graves, Philip Hopper, Russell Johnson, William Joseph, Jim Sloan, and Joy Wier. 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.

OHIO BECOMES 37TH RIGHT-TO-CARRY STATE!
After a decade-long effort, law-abiding citizens of Ohio will now be able to legally carry a firearm for protection of themselves and their loved ones. On January 8, Governor Bob Taft (R) signed legislation making Ohio the 37th Right-to-Carry (RTC) state.
The Right-to-Carry issue had long been debated in the Ohio Legislature, and many past attempts had been stalled or killed.  HB 12, the RTC legislation, had languished for weeks while Governor Taft threatened a veto.  But on January 7, the bill was passed in the House and Senate by overwhelming majorities and with virtually no debate, setting the stage for the Governor`s historic signing.
"The Right-to-Carry is a proven crime deterrent and will benefit all law-abiding Ohioans," said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox. "On behalf of NRA`s four million members, I would like to thank Governor Taft for signing Right-to-

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