Help Wanted for Rickreall Gun Show

The Summer Rickreall Gun Show will be coming up on Saturday and Sunday,

June 10 and 11, 2017, at the Polk County Fairgrounds. As usual, the Four Corners Rod and Gun Club will support their gun show efforts by having an information and membership table at the show to make our facilities, programs, and activities know to the people attending the show.

Member volunteers are needed to man the table. Two members are needed at the table for each of four shifts or a total of eight members. Table shifts will run from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM and 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday.

Club members manning the table will receive free admission to the gun show. This, of course, is in addition to the reward of being of service to the club, gaining an opportunity to meet and talk with a lot of interesting people, and being able to browse around the show and look at all the goodies.

Members desiring to help will need to sign up for a shift so that their names can be given to show management for name tags and free entry. To sign up for a shift, or if you have questions, please call Tim Brown at 503-390-1922.

Rimfire Defender Pistol Shoot

It was a fair turn out of shooters at the at the Indoor range on the evening of April 11, 2017 for the scheduled Rimfire Defender Pistol shoot. As the shooters took to the firing line and looked at the targets in front of them they found one playing card target, one three bull target, one saber tooth prairie dog target, and one saber tooth wood chuck target. As instructed by the match director each shooter loaded the announced number of rounds and fired at the targets in the order given – round and round and up and down, side to side, back and across, etc. – until they had gone through their first fifty rounds. Each time they came to the playing card target they had to remember where they had shot before as there could be only one bullet hole in any card for score. After the first round of shooting was concluded, the targets were replaced, the shot ones scored, and the shooting fun continued for another fifty rounds. When all the targets were scored, and the range cleaned up, shooting honors for the evening’s fun went to:

1st Place Neil Dozler

2nd Place Tim Brown

3rd Place Gerald Pannella

As said a bunch of times before, my thanks to those who came out and enjoyed the evening’s shooting fun and challenges. And as said an equal bunch of times before, those of you who stayed home missed out on a lot of shooting fun, great pistol practice, and really good fellowship. So mark your calendars as this shoot is held every month. Come on out and join in the fun.

Tim Brown…………Match Director

SECOND DUES REMINDER

The dues notices for the 2017-2018 membership year will go out in the mail soon. So keep a sharp look out for yours in your mail box.

The completed and signed notice must be returned to the club with the appropriate dues payment in order for an individual’s membership to be kept active. Completed renewal forms are the main way the club has of keeping its membership database up to date. No membership renewals will be processed without a completed and signed membership renewal form. Incomplete forms, or payments received without a renewal form will be returned. So, do not pay your membership dues until you get your renewal form and be sure to send the completed form with your payment. If you have not received a form by late May please contact me.

A reminder for those members who have VA disability related reductions of their dues. Members with a VA disability will be allowed to reduce their dues by one-half their VA disability percentage, not to exceed a total reduction of 50% in their dues rate. As in the past, if you have previously sent in your percentage VA disability documentation and your percentage has not changed, you do not need to send in the documents again. Just indicate on the renewal form one-half your percentage in the % line. If your percentage has changed, or you have never sent in the documentation, you will need to send it with the renewal form. If for some reason your percentage documentation sent in prior years is not on file you will be contacted to provide it before your renewal can be processed.

The membership year for Four Corners Rod and Gun Club runs from July 1 of one year to June 30 of the following year and dues must be paid by July 1 by the club by-laws. After that date, anyone who has not paid there dues is no longer considered a member of Four Corners Rod and Gun Club is not entitled to use the club facilities.

It is each member’s responsibility to pay his or her dues by the due date. So don’t delay – fill it that dues notice, gather up the amount due, and send it in.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 503-390-1922.

Tim Brown . . . . . . . . Secretary/Membership person

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. We have all heard of things like ‘eco tourism’ and ‘eclipse tourism’ and the like. But how may have heard of ‘Gun Tourism”. Well, it is a new trend sweeping the world where people from countries where firearms are restricted can come here to lock and load. And it’s booming. In China, for example, Dickson Wong, a marksman with deep interests in firearms, arranges tours for groups of Chinese gun enthusiasts to travel to DeSoto County, Florida so they can shoot at firing ranges. That’s a long way to travel for target practice, but in China, target practice is exceedingly difficult to do because of restrictions on firearms and where even the possession of a firearm may land one in jail for years.

Wong has the closest thing to a gun shot in Beijing. It has camouflage gear, holsters, and T-shirts quoting the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. What’s missing are the arms, which are illegal to manufacture or sell in China for private use. Wong estimates that tens of thousands of wealthy Chinese travel to the U.S. every year to shoot, and he aims to capture some of the demand when he opens his own state-of-the-art gun club in 2019. He hopes to draw 5,000 Chinese tourists a year to his club with luxury accommodations and Chinese speaking instructors. A promotional video for the club highlights sumptuous steaks, open air firing ranges and a wide selection of guns to shoot.

Gun tourism is already a growing business in the United States because of less restrictive laws regulating firearms when compared with other countries. Honolulu attracts target shooters from Japan, which has stringent gun-control laws, and Las Vegas has many ranges available for domestic and foreign visitors.

Up until 1949, when the communists came to power in China, the country was awash in firearms due to the resistance to Japanese occupation in WWII and a protracted. civil war. After the communists came to power, some firearms were confiscated in urban areas but farmers to keep two rifles for hunting. Tighter controls enacted by the communist’s party were largely ignored until after the pro-democracy demonstrations at Tiananmen Square in 1989 were crushed. After that, tougher enforcement was undertaken and in 1996 the government formally banned citizens from owning guns. In 2008, the rules were widened to further to include restrictions on owning replica weapons. Possession of a firearm can carry a prison sentence of up to seven years.

China’s government defends its strict gun laws as needed to guarantee public safety. (How many times have we heard that from the anti-gun people here when the talk of ‘common sense gun controls’.) Critics say that the real reason is to prevent rebellions. There are no official figures for gun-related deaths in China, and the media only reported 25 last year. However, tens of thousand people in China every year are stabbed to death. As might be expected, even with China’s tight gun controls, criminals are using guns more and more, especially those in the drug trade in the south.

Han Weitian, 33, of Beijing visited Wong’s club in Florida last May. Pictures on social media show him firing an automatic rifle on an open range. “Chinese ranges fix their weapons to the bench,” he said. This felt free, like real shooting.”

Blast away ‘Gun Tourists’. Enjoy that sound of freedom.

Just a quick note here relating to guns in another dictatorial country, Venezuela. In Venezuela, only the military and what are called ‘citizen police’ can own guns. With the recent civil unrest there, the President (dictator) has quadrupled the ‘citizen police’ force from 100,000 to 400,000 armed individuals. These people have broad government authority to arrest and or shoot anyone who they feel is a threat to the government. And the average citizen has no way to defend themselves against them. Sure glad to be here.

Let’s come back from overseas and take a look quickly here. All over the country state legislatures are in session and continuing work on legislation which impacts gun rights. In Iowa, ‘Stand Your Ground’ could soon be coming. Lawmakers there, are considering legislation which would bring wider latitude for firearms self-defense. In Idaho, lawmakers are looking to help educate youth about guns and gun safety with a bill, if signed into law, that would encourage public high schools to offer gun safety education as an elective course. Also, in Idaho, the state House committee voted to pass a bill that would expand the eligibility for state concealed carry. In Georgia, “campus carry” is working its way through the state legislature Their House of Representatives has passed the bill and sent it on to the state’s Senate. In Wyoming, it looks as if Governor Matt Mead will sign a bill that allows local school districts the authority to allow possession of concealed guns on school property by district employees, including teachers and principals. And in Missouri, over twenty proposed bills dealing with guns, including safe storage, background checks, restrictions on sales of firearms, tax credits for firearm safety education, etc., are in process. And there is even one to establish a state firearm – in this case, the Smith & Wesson .44 revolver. In Washington State, a proposal by the state’s Attorney General to ban assault weapons, or to at least require owners to have a license and go through an invasive background check, died in committee even though the House of Representatives there is controlled by the proposer’s fellow Democrats. Here is Oregon, it would seem at this time most gun relation is dead except for the ‘gut an stuff’ provision of a gun bill which would allow for gun confiscation from people deemed to be a risk to themselves or others. Still waiting to see where that one goes and what safeguards on gun owning citizens rights are, or are not, included.

Lets’ depart with these.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” George Orwell (This also applies to our rough women soldiers. God bless them all)

Fate whispers to the warrior, “You cannot withstand the storm.” The warrior whispers back, “I am the storm.” Unknown

This is my shield. I bear it before me into battle, but it is not mine alone. It protects my brother on my left. It protects my city. I will never let my brother out of its shadow, nor my city out of its shelter. I will die with my shield before me facing the enemy. Spartan Creed.

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