Arlington Rifle & Pistol Club Newsletter – March 2013

What a whirlwind of activity in Annapolis this year. This has been the most difficult year we have been through with the Maryland Legislature. The number of bills that were proposed by the Maryland legislature this year is unbelievable. There were hearings on Feb 6th, March 1, 5, 6 and 8 for the House and Senate Bills. There were thousands of gun owners who flooded Annapolis to let our legislators know we don’t want these bills. In contrast, there was little support outside the “official witnesses” whose jobs relied on what they say officially at the hearings. A big thanks goes out to our Arlington Club members and families who were able to send almost 1.5 million emails, telephoned, visited, attended town halls, attend rallies and hearings and testified in Annapolis. We have never had so may club members participate. They actually had to close the Senate and House buildings on the big hearing days, because so many people came to testify. They have never had to do this before.

The Governors bill: Senate Bill 281 was approved by the Senate and was sent to the House. The House Judiciary Committee has approved the Senates bill with minor changes. The Bill will be read and the amendments debated and voted on by the entire House tomorrow. The bill will, most likely be voted on by the entire House on Wednesday. The bill if approved, would be sent to the Senate for their approval. If the bill is approved, by the, House and Senate, it will go to the Governor for his signature and would become law on October 1st. We have had some pretty strong pro 2A advocates in the House and Senate. There is a tremendous pressure from the Governor to get this bill passed. If you are not registered to vote, please do so. The 2014 elections are around the corner.

For the latest legislative information, you can go to the AGC website: It is not too late to send another round of emails or call your representatives and let them know how you feel about the bill.

It has been an eye opening experience to see and hear the advocates of these bills tell so many whoppers and get away with it. Almost every bill has a fiscal policy statement on the back that projects the amount of money the state will receive though the end of 2018 in taxes and fees for each of these bills.

Upcoming Arlington Events:

Charity Wobble Trap Shoot is this Saturday, April 6th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Each year Arlington has a Charity Wobble Trap Shoot to help out a local charity. Each round of wobble trap will be $6.00. There are 25 shots to a round of wobble trap. It is a lot of fun and is for a good cause.

Half of the each round will pay the AGC for the round of Wobble Trap and the other half will go to Charity. As always, we are also asking if you can bring some food donations. There will be a list of requested items below. This year’s charity will be the Little Sisters of the Poor. They are located in Catonsville. They take care of about 70 elderly residents in St. Martin’s Home in Catonsville. Many of the elderly that they care for were living in poverty, before coming to St. Martin’s Home. A friend of mine at work went there a few weeks ago and their pantry was pretty low on food.

If you are able, please bring in any of the following to donate:

Canned goods:

Peas, Mixed vegetables, green beans, corn, soups (all kinds), yams, baked beans, beets, sauerkraut, fruit: regular or sugar free (peaches, pears, pineapple, fruit cocktail, etc. (in light syrup).

Canned Ham, spam or other non-perishable lunchmeat
Pie fillings (all kinds)
Salad Dressings – all kinds; both regular or lite
Pickles, relish, olives, cranberry sauce
Barbeque sauce
Spaghetti Sauce
Sugar, brown sugar
Pasta (all kinds)
Regular or quick cooking oatmeal (not instant)
Dry cereal (especially whole grain Cheerios, etc.)
Coffee (regular, decaf, flavored) Instant is also welcome.
Tea Bags (regular or decaf)
Bottled water
Jello, pudding mixes, small individual prepared puddings
Cookies, crackers, granola bars
Salty Snacks (potato chips, pretzels, Cheez-it’s, etc.) for the residents who can’t have sugar
Also paper supplies: Paper plates (large and small), paper cups, paper towels, napkins, plastic ware, aluminum foil and plastic wrap.
*Any other food supplies or paper supplies would be greatly appreciated.

Arlington Club Meeting is April 10th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall. If you have an item of interest that you would like to share with the club, please bring it to let us see. Jim Shaw brought a Civil war Confederate Revolver to our last meeting. It was a family heirloom from the war. We will also have our swap meet at the back of the room. If you have a firearm related item that you no longer need, you can bring it to the meeting and sell, trade or give it away.

April 13th, Saturday, Frame Build Fundraiser from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. benefitting the Arlington Juniors. No special skills or tools are required. Come on out and have some fun and help the Arlington Juniors team.

April 20th Saturday, from 9:00 – 2:00 p.m., Arlington 100 yard rifle shoot at the Barnes Multi Purpose Range.

April 27th, Saturday – Bust Fest Trap Shoot, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Nobody does it like Arlington. Come on out and see how many birds you can break. It’s $10 for all the trap you want to shoot.

March Activities:
We had a great time at our 100-yard rifle shoot. Lots of plastic farm animals and toys met their demise. A big thanks to everyone who helped set up and take down the frames used in the shoot.

We also had a terrific frame build in March. We built close to 50 target frames plus all of the frames we needed for the upcoming Libby match.

Arlington has more club events than any club at the AGC. We couldn’t do it without our club member volunteers.

Thank you all very much.

Rob Cowan

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