Election Reminder

Just another reminder that the annual election of club officers will take place at the February 2017 General Membership meeting.  At that time the member’s present will by their votes say who will run the club for the next twelve months.  If you want a voice in that process, come to the meeting and cast your vote.

The officers of the club consist of the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasure, Executive Officer, Outdoor Range Officer, Indoor Range Officer, and three Trustees.  If you would like to be a candidate for one of these positions or would like to nominate an individual to be a candidate for a position, please contact the club Secretary or be at the February meeting and make your nominations from the floor.    

Also remember that nominations are being accepted for Member of the Year and Life Member recognition.  Recognition of any individual(s) selected will occur at the February meeting. 

These honorary awards are based on an individual’s service to the club.  To be considered for Member of the Year an individual must be a current member and have throughout the prior year given outstanding service to the club above and beyond the ordinary.  For Life Member consideration the individual must have at least 10 years membership in the club and throughout that time have given sustained and substantial service to the club.

If you know of someone who should be considered for recognition, please contact the Vice-President with the individual’s name and your reasons why that individual should be considered for recognition.  The decision on any recognition will be made at the January Executive Committee meeting so get your nominations in as soon as you can.

Singing or Crying

At each general membership meeting the member number of a member is drawn from the BIG barrel.  If that member is current on his/her dues and present at the meeting, then they are rewarded with money.  The amount is based on what has accumulated in the POT-OF-GOLD up to that time with a maximum of $500.00.  If they are not present then they get the crying towel.  At the November meeting, member number 1338 belonging to Steve Barner was drawn.  He was not in attendance at the meeting and so lost out on collecting $500.00.  So Steve it is boo hoo and the crying towel to you.  The pot for the next meeting will remain at $500.00.

Swap Meet

Gather up your firearms, firearms accessories, reloading items, even fishing related stuff that you want to sell or trade and come on out to the 3rd Annual Swap Meet.  The meet will be held at the Short Range on Saturday January 21, 2017 and will run from 8:00 AM until around Noon.  Tables will be available on a first come basis and there is no cost for a table.  Because of the passage of SB941, firearms for sale may be displayed at the swap meet but no firearm sales may take place on club property.  This is a fun, no-cost event, so mark it on your calendars, dig out your goodies, and come on out.  If you have questions contact Tim Brown at 503-390-1922 or 503-409-5715.  See you there.

Tim’s Tidbits

Once again our old world kept on a turning and the stars, sun and moon stayed in their places so here we go again.  Each month in these pages, I try very hard to find and pass on information about your rights, legislation, and the wacky things that go on around us.  Some months I find a lot to pass on and some months not so much.  But there is always something going on that is worthy of note.  So let get going.

Let’s start with this.  Last month it was touched upon that with the election of Donald Trump as President the gun control battle will most likely shift from the federal arena to the states.  And of course, Oregon will be no exception.

As stated before, and backed up with our Governor’s own words, our Governor Kate Brown has made it very clear that she is “in bed” with the anti-gun folks.  She has made it no secret that she wants to restrict the sale of hi-capacity magazines, limit the transfer of firearms without a background check, and close what she sees a “loopholes” in the firearm transfer system.  In addition, she has made it very clear that she wants the federal government to ban the sale and possession of “assault weapons”.  (And if she can’t get her wish, she will push for a state ban.)  You can bet your bottom dollar that she and her anti-gun cronies in the 2017 legislature will try to do everything in their power to place more restrictions on the right of the law-abiding gun owners in Oregon.  And if we the law abiding gun owners don’t stand up for our rights we will lose them.  Consider yourself warned!  The legislature convenes in January.

So along that line, think about this Oregon.  After the mass shooting in 2013 and 2014, five states – Connecticut, New You, Illinois, Colorado, and Delaware – passed draconian gun control legislation including bans on high capacity magazines and certain firearms.  The results have not been pretty economic wise.  Since the passages took effect, more that 16 billion dollars in combined revenues have been lost by these states as guns, gun accessory, and outdoor products manufacturers have left these states for more favorable places.  Oregon needs to be aware of the possible economic impact of toying with it gun owners and outdoorsmen.

Last month the question was posed as to what effect the election of Donald Trump might have on firearms sales given the fact that he is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment where President Obama was not.  Well, it appears that for all practical purposes the election changed nothing.  Gun sales are still breaking records.  This could be based on the foreboding of what Obama might do in his last few days in office, or it could be just holiday buying.  Time will explain.

Now for a piece of really good news.  Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, already permits students to carry firearms on campus, and last year, President Jerry Falwell Jr. encouraged students to obtain their concealed-carry licenses through a college course.

Now, the evangelical university is taking the next logical step: Liberty will soon become the first U.S. college to build a National Rifle Association-approved firing range on campus.

A proposal was filed last week for a special permit from the Campbell County Planning Commission, and it states that Liberty wants to build a nationally recognized, full-scale shooting, training, and competition center on campus. According to Yahoo News, the outdoor facility will include a pistol range, a rifle range, an instructional area and a three-gun competition range. The school plans to eventually add an indoor firing range.

Liberty spokesman Len Stevens told Yahoo that the firing range project was introduced last year during NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierreâ’s visit. He said the gun-lobbying organization has generously offered their expertise to help us develop it.

Stevens said the range was inspired, in part, by the success of Liberty’s handgun safety course.

We’ve had nearly 900 students go thru the class since we first started it nearly two years ago, he said. The present facility has been deemed antiquated and ill-suited for that number of students by university leadership.

The decision to build the nation’s first on-campus range comes after Liberty chose last spring to lift its ban on guns in dorm rooms, a policy shift approved by the college’s board of trustees.  Falwell told students during a convocation appearance last December that the change came at your request.

Students complained the old policy kept them from accessing their guns quickly if necessary because it required firearms to be kept in vehicles.

As Liberty built more residence halls, our residents were having to park further from their rooms, David Corry, Liberty’s general counsel, told Yahoo, adding that students said they would feel safer if they didn’t have to leave their weapons locked in their glove compartments when walking from their cars to the residence halls, especially at night.

Corry went on to say the university researched some 70 other campuses with similar concealed carry rules. All had policies in place with no incident, he said.

But not everyone likes the idea of guns on Liberty’s campus. Gun control advocate Rob Schenck, president of Faith in Action, a Washington, D.C. based Christian outreach organization, called the idea of a gun range morally reckless.

Liberty has said they intend to make sure all students feel safe and comfortable amid the controversial policy change.

No one has to have a roommate with a gun in their room if they are uncomfortable with it, Corry said. Everyone in a room has to agree for concealed carry to be permitted by a dorm resident and a [gun] safe installed in their room.

According to a student-operated blog, the gun range will be located near Liberty’s Camp Hydaway, the university’s outdoor recreation area.

Let’s conclude with some quotes.

George Washington didn’t use his right to free speech to defeat the British … he shot them.

In this world, one must be either an anvil or a hammer.

Well, that is all for now.  More maybe next month if the world keeps turning and the sun doesn’t get too close to the earth.  Until then, shoot straight, keep em in the ten ring, be safe on the range, be vigilant and protective of your freedoms, and God bless the USA.

Tim Brown