.50 Cal & Machine Gun Fun Shoot Scheduled for Sept. 14, 15 & 16

3rd Annual

 

 

 

.50 Cal BMG Rifle & Machine Gun
FUN SHOOT!

(other calibers welcome)

 

 

.50 cal BMG

 

 

 

20mm Swiss Solothurn

Sept. 14, 15 & 16, 2001
Morgan County, Colorado 
(70 miles from downtown Denver, directions below , MAP)
Hosted by  Rocky Mountain Gun Owners &
Rocky Mountain Fifty Caliber Shooting Assoc.

Times of Shoot                     Fri. 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm  (Fire conditions permitting,  i.e. tracers, incendiary)                           
Sat. 8:00 am - 10:00 pm (Fire conditions permitting,  i.e. tracers, incendiary)                          
Sun. 8:00 am - 12:00 Noon                
Gate Opens 7:00 am  Saturday and Sunday to general public

Fees:  Spectators $5.00 each (RMGO members $3 each)       Children under 12 FREE
Shooter's Entry $75.00    Pre-Registered $65.00    Camping $15.00 (no hookups, no open fires)

ALL SPECTATORS MUST USE HEARING PROTECTION!
No alcoholic beverages allowed on the property!

Fire a .50 cal rifle and hit a reactive target!
5 shots $15     or      3 shots $10

Machine Guns for Rent  (priced separately)

Have your picture taken in a World War II Half-Track (to benefit the WW2 Memorial)

 

For more information, call:

RMFCSA

Bob McBride
303-934-1915

James McCutchan
720-283-2444

Paul Walukewicz
303-452-1780

RMGO
303-432-3006

DIRECTIONS -
From I-76 --
Exit at Hudson (30 miles from I-25) and go East on Highway 52 (though Hwy. 52 curves North to Wiggins, go straight East) for 37 miles on paved/dirt road to intersection of Road F & Road 14 (14 miles east of the Weld/Morgan county border).  Follow the .50 signs!

From I-70 --
Bennett exit go North on State Hwy. 79 for 23 miles to State Hwy. 52 at Prospect Valley; go East on Highway 52 (Hwy. 52 curves North to Wiggins, go straight East) to intersection of Road F & Road 14 (14 miles east of the Weld/Morgan county border).  Follow the .50 signs!

 


NOTE:  Shooters/Campers: please copy and paste the following information into a document, and print.  This form must be used for pre-registration.


Pre-Registration Form

NUMBER OF SHOOTERS______                    NAME_______________________________________________

ADDRESS_______________________________________________________________________________

CAMPING  YES___  NO___             _____________________________________

 

TOTAL REMITTED  $________     PHONE #_____________________________

# OF POSITIONS REQUIRED_____                CHECK_____       MONEY ORDER_____

TYPE OF FIREARM_________________________

Payable to: RMGO


ROCKY MOUNTAIN GUN OWNERS - Release of Liability Contract.

This event is for the purpose of education, dispersing of information, and the enjoyment of the shooters and spectators.

I,_______________________________ at my own request, voluntarily make payment of event fees and request to participate in this event sanctioned by RMGO.  I have been advised of the rules of the event and my responsibilities during the event.  I am fully aware of the risks of my shooting in this event; in that an accident could cause injury and/or death to myself or to others.  I am fully aware that I am attending a live fire-shooting event and therefore understand the risks and inherent danger of injury and/or death to others or myself.  By signing this contract, I fully agree to release RMGO and all officers, agents, and representatives of RMGO from any type of legal action or lawsuit on behalf of myself or my family in the event of injury or death to others or myself.

SIGNED___________________________ Date: ________________

 

_______________________________________________OFFICIAL USE ONLY____________________________________________

 

Event Director:______________________  Date:  9/14/01

Location:   RMGO       Date:   9/14/15/16/01

Send Registration form, Shooter’s fee and Liability Contract to:
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, 
PO Box 3114
Denver, CO  80201
Phone & Fax: 303-432-3006

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Range rules:
Shooters meeting:  Friday 3pm and 7:30AM each morning
All shooters must have a signed release of liability contract on file and wear ID (provided by RMGO).
Shooters must wear eye & ear protection (Duh)
Shooters with NFA firearms must show paperwork.
All weapons removed or secured from firing line at night
Open chamber markers required and provided.
We run a Cold Firing Line
No rain checks -- we shoot rain or shine 
Targets at 600, 500, 400, 300, & 200 yards
Shooters: No benches, shelter or seating available -- bring your own.
Military surplus ammo will be for sale: ball, tracer, API, & APIT
Food & drink will be available on-site
Pre-Registration discount must be post marked by August 1, 2001 (due to limited firing positions)

The media could try to paint us in the “militia” corner, so we ask “No camos, please.”


Sponsored by Colorado’s Largest Gun Rights Organization

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners

&
Rocky Mountain Fifty Caliber Shooting Assoc.

 

A New – and Old – Plan to Repeal the Brady Instant Registration System

A New – and Old – Plan to Repeal the Brady Instant Registration System

By Dudley Brown

With the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court against the NRA’s suit to destroy Brady names, gun owners across America must reassess their views of the “Brady Check,” which is better termed the Brady Instant Registration Check system.  To do that, we have to remember how we got Brady in the first place.

When Congress first heard of the Brady Bill, most Republicans and many Democrats balked at the idea.  Gun owners in America weren't likely to accept de facto gun registration inherent in a bill that forced firearms purchasers to undergo a background check and created a database.  It was, rightfully so, labeled “registration.”

In fact, prior to 1995, support or opposition to Brady was the number one litmus test issue for every gun owner, organization, and even the NRA.  Anyone claiming to support the Second Amendment was literally required to oppose the Brady bill.  In Colorado, even noted moderate Sens. Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Hank Brown maintained opposition to the Brady bill.

Shortly before the 1994 General Election, Brady and Handgun Control, Inc. decided it was time to pass their scheme.  They only had one problem: the U.S. Senate did not have enough votes to shut down a hold (a threatened filibuster) from N.C. Senator Jesse Helms.  A cloture vote -- which shuts down debate and breaks a filibuster -- takes 60 Senators, meaning 41 Senators can stop the legislation.

The NRA knew these numbers quite well and was still publicly opposed to Brady, though many Beltway insiders suggest the NRA was ready to cave at any point.  And cave they did, when HCI essentially ran a lobbying program on the NRA, convincing the “gun lobby” that a Brady law was inevitable.

The bill was dead -- but the NRA cut the deal to resurrect it.

LaPierre's NRA-ILA contacted then-Minority Leader Bob Dole and signaled the NRA's surrender on the issue.  The NRA would accept the "Instant Check" system because Brady was inevitable, and the hold would be removed.  In the Congressional poker game, the NRA folded before anyone even had a chance to assess their hand.

Gun Owners of America (GOA) and a number of real pro-gun organizations told the NRA that this new “Instant Check” system would register gun owners by the millions, giving gun-banners the rope they needed to hang us.  The NRA touted the compromise language as a barrier to registration.  Their lawsuit is an admission that their compromises didn’t work.

Brady's “Instant Check” system, much touted by the NRA to this day, is the reason some states have other forms of gun control.  Virginia, long considered one of America's most pro-gun states, passed a "one-gun-a-month" law (or gun rationing) for one simple reason: the system set up by Brady, implemented in Virginia with NRA assistance, would handle the information.  One-gun-a-month had failed in Virginia in the past, primarily because it was too expensive to implement.  Once the NRA's Brady system was in place, one-gun-a-month was easy and relatively cheap.

With the Supreme Court ruling that the FBI can keep gun owners’ names, what will the NRA now tell us about Brady?  In October of 2000, Charlton Heston wrote in Outdoor Life magazine that the NRA supported expanding Brady to private sales at gun shows.  Wayne LaPierre recently confirmed this stand on a national morning news program.  If the past is any indication, the NRA will point to the Supreme Court ruling, shrug, and go about raising money to “fight gun control.”

Now that we all know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the federal government is keeping a database of gun owners and the prohibition on keeping the names carries no weight, we are back to square one: either repeal Brady, or live with the database it created -- and the inevitable consequences of a database of gun owners, confiscation.  Californians didn’t need us to name that consequence, nor did citizens of Canada, Great Britain, or Australia.

How do we repeal the Brady Instant Registration system?  The answer: the same way we could have stopped Brady in the first place.

First, starting today, every announced, potential, or even likely candidate from dogcatcher to President must be asked a simple question: if ever faced with a vote to repeal the Brady Instant Registration system, how will you vote?

No, there is not going to be a middle ground on this commitment.  And we won’t offer another slick system that supposedly protects the buyer’s identity.  There is no system that routinely checks backgrounds without the opportunity to log citizens’ names.  If the political will exists to put in a system that is better, it likely exists to repeal Brady in its entirety, and go back to prosecuting citizens for real crimes.

Many states have a prohibition of even questioning a citizens’ right.  In Colorado, our Constitution explicitly states “…the right of no person to keep and bear arms… shall be called into question.”  Clearly, the framers of Colorado’s Constitution knew what to tell those who want “reasonable” background checks.  No.

This method -- forcing politicians to take a stand – works, as long as groups like the NRA are not allowed to offer the Neville Chamberlain solution to gun control.  As Winston Churchill put it, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”  Playing that inside game has gotten gun owners nothing, and given the gun banners virtually everything they wanted.  Appeasing – sometimes inaccurately called compromising, since compromise means both parties get something – doesn’t work.  Ask Poland.

This first step isn’t easy: individual activists will have to demand tougher criteria from the gun groups they support.  If your local grassroots circle of gun owners won’t ask that question of politicians – “We can’t make these elected officials uncomfortable or we will lose our access to them” is the usual stated reason to avoid conflict – then the burden falls on you individually.   In Colorado, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners will continue to use this issue as a litmus test for support, but there are few groups who will follow suit.  It is also advisable that you get this commitment in writing, as politicians are adept at denial.  RMGO sends out written surveys to candidates every election cycle, asking tough questions on every issue.  All returned surveys are public, unlike the NRA-ILA’s softball survey program.

Once we determine a politician’s views on the issue, what do we do?  We base our support on that position.

This might seem rather obvious, but consider our history: gun owners have repeatedly proven we will support the “lesser of two evils” every time, a tired cry raised by tyrants who know their position on issues isn’t linked to gun owners’ support.  What’s more upsetting is that the groups supposedly protecting our rights use the same cry to support spineless liberals they so readily protect.  Here’s a newsflash: politicians will never adhere to tough positions when they know it has no bearing on your support.  Pet the puppy after it pees on the carpet, and you’re training the dog to pee on the carpet.  Right now, gun owners have a very dirty carpet.

If gun owners fail to link our support to our public policy goals, we have no one else but ourselves to blame.  We can expect politicians to move away from our positions: as Colorado’s anti-gun Republican Governor Bill Owens said of gun owners, “What are they going to do, vote Democrat?”

How far can politicians go awry if we fail in these two simple, yet crucial tasks?  In the 2000 Colorado elections, a sitting State Representative, who lost his bid for the State Senate, wasn’t willing to sign a pledge to repeal Brady.  That State Representative, now a Republican, was the former Colorado state chairman of the Libertarian Party.

We’ve failed: the Brady Instant Registration system has created the gun owner registration system we all pledged to oppose to the death.  I suggest we re-learn how to draw the line in the sand, and recommit ourselves to battle.

Dudley Brown is Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Colorado’s largest gun rights group.

Brady Registration for private sales at gun shows goes into effect; lawsuit planned

Brady Registration for private sales at gun shows goes into effect; lawsuit planned

April 2nd, 2001 -- This weekend, the state implemented Amendment 22, forcing all private sales at gun shows to undergo the Brady Registration check.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has commissioned our attorney to do a feasibility study on filing suit against the Brady Registration system based on these grounds: the Colorado Constitution bars "calling into question" a citizens right to keep and bear arms.

No, this would not be a lawsuit against just Amendment 22. There are other so-called "gun rights" organizations who whine and moan about specific provisions of Amendment 22, but they are rather transparent.

These groups cannot openly oppose "background checks" because they have openly supported them in the past. 10 months before the November 2000 elections, the NRA's Randy Kozuch was quoted as saying "We don't necessarily oppose background checks for all purchases at gun shows." One month before the November election, Charlton Heston, is his own writing (not edited by a leftist journalist) proclaimed the NRA's support for Brady checks for private sales at gun shows.

Note: to those who send notes urging blind support for NRA gun controls, save your time. We have vowed to oppose gun controls, no matter who sponsors them, even at the risk of offending "the NRA can do no wrong" types.

The real reason to oppose Amendment 22 is because it expands an already unconstitutional law. It calls into question your right to own a firearm, and it is the system our government -- with Bush, Gore, or Owens at the helm -- will use to shut down our gun rights and confiscate our firearms. The only question is "when," not "if."

We will force the Colorado Supreme Court into a decision: either the Constitution means something, or it means nothing. Ignoring the rule of law is no way to run a state, much less a country.   Groups, like the NRA, who privately tell gun owners how bad the Brady system is, then brag about creating the system on national news programs, are the reason we are in the pickle we are in now.  They have capitulated and appeased our enemies for so long, that politicians on the right side of the spectrum now openly defend background checks -- despite the fact that these checks are registering gun owners by the millions. They often use the NRA's support of background checks as their reasoning for doing the same.

Are Brady Background Checks a registration of gun owners?

This weekend brought a new twist to the question, affirming that it is registration. Reportedly, CBI was charging their normal fee for the Brady check, ALONG WITH requiring sales tax be paid on the transaction.

Much like purchasing a vehicle, when you purchase a firearm, government waits until the point of registration to stick you with the sales tax, whether it is a private sale or not. If registration was not required for motor vehicles, government would have no system to verify the sale, and couldn't charge you sales tax. When a firearm is sold, CBI is using the registration of that firearm -- the Brady Registration Check -- to force the payment of sales tax.  We are anxious to hear more about how CBI is using the system, but that is mere curiosity: to alter these details is to arrange the deckchairs on the titanic.

We are in the final decision making process for this lawsuit, but it is not an easy undertaking: to do it right (some suggest we find attorneys to do it for free, but we think this takes the issue too lightly) we will spend a large sum of money.

We do not think our war will ultimately be won in the courts. But we might be able to win a battle there, forcing our enemy to fight on another front.

We'll make certain to give you the news before we release it to the media.


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