ATF Seeks to Ban Commonly Used Ammunition. Contact Them Now!

UPDATE 2/19/2015: When you contact the BATFE to leave your comment, be sure to include your name and address. Apparently the BATFE won’t consider your comment unless it has your name and address. If you’ve already sent a message, please resend it with this information. We want your comment to count.

As you may have read over the weekend, the BATFE is considering banning the commonly used M855 5.56mm ammunition, abruptly claiming it as being “armor piercing ammunition,” despite its commercial availability and use since the early 1980s.

What this amounts to is yet another arbitrary and capricious action taken by an executive organization.

Since 1986 there has been a federal ban on “armor piercing ammunition” for handguns, as this ammunition does not fall under the “sporting purposes” clause (still another arbitrary and capricious infringement). The BATFE’s recent epiphany is that, since M855 could be fired from AR15 pistols, it should be classified under this ban.

The problem is that almost all rifle ammunition is capable of penetrating soft body armor, simply due to velocity and bullet shape.  For that matter, ice picks and steak knives are also capable of penetrating soft body armor because of their pointed shape.  Allowing this justification to be used to “reclassify” commonly used ammunition is a slippery slope that could lead to more and more bans on other commonly used rifle rounds, simply because they “could be” fired from a handgun – say, for example, a Thompson/Center hunting pistol available in any number of calibers.

Right now, the BATFE is having a 30 day open comment period for us to express our opposition. To make your voices heard, email, fax or send a letter via snail mail to the BATFE. All comments must be received by March 16th, 2015, so make sure any physical letter is in the mail well in advance of the deadline.

ATF email: APAComments@atf.gov

Fax: (202) 648-9741.

Mail: Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denise Brown, Enforcement Programs and Services, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Department of Justice, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226; telephone: (202) 648-7070.

When commenting, remember to mention:

  1. This is not handgun ammunition. This is commonly used rifle ammunition that has been in circulation publicly for over 30 years.
  2. It is frequently used for sporting purposes, such as hunting, target shooting, and competitions.
  3. This ammunition does not meet the criteria to be considered armor piercing as it does not have the components necessary. It does not have a core made of the metals listed in the classification. The core is made of lead and it has a steel tip. There is no steel core.

We also encourage you to contact your Senators and Representative to express your distaste with the BATFE and their rulings that infringe upon our rights. Your Senators and Representatives have the power to reign in this executive organization, as well as completely cut their funding. Hold their feet to the fire to act on behalf of the rights of every citizen. To find your Senators or Representative, please see the following links:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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Letter From the Board – February 2015

Rights, Responsibility and Maybe a Bit of Fun

We all agree that we have the right to keep and bear arms and that this right has been codified in the 2nd Amendment. Most of us agree that the good folks that wrote the 2nd Amendment weren’t kidding when they said “shall not be infringed”. I wish all of us could agree with the latter, but there are those that want “reasonable restrictions” on our rights. Naturally, that puts proponents of our rights on the defensive and exposes the need for us to stand up in legal protest – another one of our rights that not only needs defended, but should be exercised at all opportunities.

The question to you is this: what are you going to do this year to exercise, defend and hopefully enjoy your right to keep and bear arms?

There are many things you can do to defend your rights. You can volunteer your time with an organization in order to lobby our politicians. You can write letters, make phone calls and even show up at the capitol to testify in favor of your rights. If you were feeling really feisty and motivated, you could create a website to help spread information, or even form your own organization. All of those are excellent ways to get involved, but will you do it? In short, talk is cheap. Getting up, getting involved and spending your personal time to make a difference is not easy, but it is necessary if you want to keep what you hold dear. Depending on others to do it for you will not be effective.

As a citizen of Colorado, and moreover the United States of America, it is your responsibility to stay involved, informed and ready to act, as there will always be people seeking to take control of your choices. Whether it is firearm ownership, purchasing powdered alcohol, or requiring certifications for yoga instructors. It doesn’t matter what the subject is, there will always be people seeking to control you, for your own good. It’s your responsibility to stand up to this and say “NO!” These are your choices to make, not anyone else’s. They will no longer be yours choices or your rights if you don’t act.

That brings us to another point. As gun owners, it is our obligation to act responsibly. That means actually practicing with your firearm of choice in order to be proficient and safe. This is especially true for those that choose to carry a concealed firearm. It should not be the government’s place to tell us, or force us, to get training in order to exercise our rights. It should be incumbent upon all of us to make sure we put in the effort to seek out training and act in a responsible manner.

There is one thing that is certain; training and hitting the range is far more fun than politics. Exercising our rights can and should be enjoyable, while defending our rights seems like an endless day at work. Both are equally important, but one is far more fun. We want to encourage you all to “get both” in this instance. Take time to get involved with the political process and do your diligence to stay informed on bills moving through the legislature, groups working for or against you, as well as any local ordinances that may affect your rights. At the same time, get training, go to the range, practice your fundamentals, and most importantly try to enjoy your rights. Life is too short to not enjoy it and it is too long to ignore those who want to control it.

Whatever you do, stay vigilant, stay involved and stay safe.…

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Our Rights Are Heading to the “Kill Committee”

What is your emotional response to the phrase “kill committee”?  If you find it a little disturbing, just wait because it gets worse.  It’s the unofficial name for the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committees of both our State House and Senate – and these committees are reviewing no fewer than six bills designed to protect or restore our Second Amendment rights.

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A cursory internet search on that phrase and “Colorado” turns up multiple articles and quotes affirming the fact that the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee is where bills are sent to be killed rather than to be moved on to the House or Senate floor.  It’s a deliberate dead-end for laws that are unpopular with the majority party of the time and has been used as a legislative abattoir by both parties over the years.  It’s “a long held practice” and “a long-standing tradition.”  It’s accepted as a fact of life by our legislators.

We’d like to suggest a few more ways to describe the practice.  It’s disgusting.  It’s a travesty.  It’s an inside joke among political players in which our rights and personal liberties are pawns and punch lines.  It makes a mockery of the very political system that is supposed to make us a nation of laws.

It is unacceptable.

The bills listed below include several that would outlaw parts or all of the 2013 gun laws forced upon us by agenda-based, out of state interests.  The passage of those laws was so onerous that it resulted in Colorado’s first recalls of sitting state legislators by a citizenry insulted and ignored by its elected government.  These may very well be some of the most important bills that we are going to see pass through our Legislature this year.  Yet the bills were sent to their respective “kill committee,” in what could easily be viewed as another sign of contempt for the voting public of Colorado.

Here are the bills and the legislators on each of the committees, both House and Senate.  Contact them today, tomorrow and every day until the voting is done and the bills get their fair hearings on the floor.  Call them, write them, email them, schedule a constituent meeting if you can be in Denver.  Make sure they understand the seriousness of the situation and that we, as citizens, are done with fixed games and inside jokes.

The “kill committee”, in both concept and practice, needs to meet its own end.  And, if need be, take the careers of its defenders with it.

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House Bills Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

 

HB 14-1063 – “Deadly Force Against Intruders At Businesses”

 

HB 14-1151 – “Repeal Ammunition Magazine Prohibition”*

Senate Bills Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

SB 14-038 – “Governor Cannot Restrict Firearms During Emergency”

SB 14-090 – “No Background Check For Step-relations”

SB 14-094 – “Background Checks And Fees For Gun Transfers” (repeals the mandate for personal sales, citizen-to-citizen)

SB 14-100 – “Repeal Large-capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban”

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Members of the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee

Su Ryden, Chair – (303) 866-2942
su.ryden.house@state.co.us

Joseph Salazar, Vice-Chair – (303) 866-2918
joseph.salazar.house@state.co.us

Kathleen Conti – (303) 866-2953
kathleen.conti.house@state.co.us

Timothy Dore – (303) 866-2398
tim.dore.house@state.co.us

Mike Foote – (303) 866-2920
mike.foote.house@state.co.us

Stephen Humphrey (303) 866-2943
rephumphrey48@yahoo.com

Jeanne Labuda – (303) 866-2966
jeanne.labuda.house@state.co.us

Jovan Melton – (303) 866-2919
jovan.melton.house@state.co.us

Dominick Moreno – (303) 866-2964
dominick.moreno.house@state.co.us

Dan Nordberg – (303) 866-2965
dan.nordberg.house@state.co.us

Angela Williams – (303) 866-2909
angela.williams.house@state.co.us

Members of the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee

Jessie Ulibarri, Chair – (303) 866-4857
jessie.ulibarri.senate@state.co.us

Matt Jones, Vice-Chair – (303) 866-5291
senatormattjones@gmail.com

Irene Aguilar – (303) 866-4852
irene.aguilar.senate@state.co.us

Ted Harvey – (303) 866-4881
ted.harvey.senate@state.co.us

Bernie Herpin – (303) 866-6364
bernie.herpin.senate@state.co.us

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*When the magazine ban was originally passed as HB 13-1224, it went to the Judiciary committee.  It is unknown why this bill, dealing with the same subject matter, was sent along a different path…

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Great Rally in Denver!

We attended the Gun Rights Across America rally in Denver yesterday and were gratified to see how many Coloradans were in attendance.  Talking to folks in the crowd, we heard the same theme – our theme – again and again.

These were people exactly like we were just a year ago.  People who had never been involved in politics before but who saw their rights being eroded or brazenly stolen while no one intervened.  They felt lost and small but would not sit quietly on the sidelines.  They didn’t know exactly what to do but they decided to do something – writing their Representative or Senator with honest statements and pointed questions; attending a rally to find and network with like-minded folks; joining a pro-rights group; talking to a neighbor.

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Small steps like these led to bigger efforts for some.  We met with several of the guest speakers and found they had the same “baby step” beginnings but found the drive to take them further.  Fellow recaller Victor Head is now running for public office in Pueblo.  Isaac and Edgar of “Guns for Everyone” travel the state to provide free concealed-carry training to those who need it.  Linda Elliott of “One Million Moms Against Gun Control” and Brenda Blake of “The Well-Armed Woman” empower other women to embrace their Second Amendment rights and to make their own choices about self-defense.  Jim Heath is the local coordinator for the Appleseed Project, helping Coloradans not only improve their rifle marksmanship but connect with their heritage and the history of their rights.  And, of course, Don Dobyns and Sergio and Alicia Perez of GRAA who organized and ran this event, giving people like us a rallying point and proof that we aren’t alone in our desire to protect our rights.

We’re honored to have met with these folks and encourage you to check out their sites listed below.  And to follow in their footsteps.  All it takes is that first “baby step” – and you will be far from alone when you’re ready to take it.

Guns For Everyone
URL: concealedcarryforfree.com/
URL: www.gunsforeveryone.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gunsforeveryone

Gun Rights Across America
URL: graac.webs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GunRightsAcrossAmerica1

One Million Moms Against Gun Control
URL: www.1millionmomsagainstguncontrol.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/1millionmomsagainstguncontrol

Project Appleseed
URL: appleseedinfo.org

The Well-Armed Woman
URL: www.thewellarmedwoman.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheWellArmedWoman…

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All Hands On Deck

Monday, January 13th, is our official launch date but we’ve already received more than a few questions about our organization and mission.  Usually, it’s some form of, “There are already ‘gun groups’ in Colorado.  What’s the point of yet another one?  What makes you better?”

Well, we’re not better.  We’re just a little different.  This isn’t about competition, it’s about reinforcement.  Because 2013 showed us that there’s not only room at the table for many groups, there’s a need for them.  Our rights are under attack and we need all hands on deck, defending and reinforcing every angle we can find.  And, while other groups may choose to focus on the traditional lobbying role or on vetting candidates for office, we’re taking a different tact.

We don’t want to represent Coloradan’s Second Amendment interests.  We want to help citizens represent themselves.

Our Board is comprised of many of the same Coloradans that started the recall movement in our state.  Those recalls succeeded for a lot of reasons but they began because seven of us – with no previous political experience or aspirations – decided to take matters into our own hands instead of waiting around to be rescued.  We were victorious in the end but at great personal expense of time, money and frustration over a system that is severely damaged if not flat-out broken.

We don’t want our fellow citizens to have to relearn those lessons and to suffer the same mistakes.  We want to provide Coloradans with the knowledge and networking needed to empower them to stand up and take action if and when the need arises again.

We also want to expand our community.  Unfortunately, there are connotations – some fair, many unwarranted – about what “being a gun owner” means about you as a person.  People make assumptions about your lifestyle, your politics, your attitude when you declare membership in one group or another.  Many people who just happen to own a gun feel disenfranchised by this soft bigotry.  They don’t fit those oft-repeated stereotypes so they don’t connect with the community and, worse, don’t really perceive how changes in our laws negatively impact them.  Even those who don’t own a gun still own their right to one and deserve to have their voices heard as loudly as the rest of us.

As we said, we believe it is time for all hands on deck.  Him, her, them – you.  If you hold a passionate belief in personal liberty, a willingness to defend our Second Amendment, the ability to look past any differences to simply see a fellow Coloradan exercising their right and the willingness to stand with them, you’ve got a seat at our table.

We sincerely hope you’ll take it.

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