Sunday’s April 1st 3-gun shoot is cancelled due to Easter

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

Sunday’s 3 -gun shoot is cancelled due to the Easter Holiday. We will still be having the Clinic this Saturday for those who signed up for it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Rob

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Please contact committee members and strongly urge them to oppose House Bill 1302.

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

House Bill 1302 would create an “Extreme Risk Prevention Order” that would allow almost anyone to petition the court for an ex parte order to remove someone’s Second Amendment rights if they consider the individual to be a danger to themselves or others simply because the individual possesses a firearm. This legislation lacks basic due process protections and is ripe for abuse. Please read the information below and contact our legislators.

Thank you,

Rob

Subject: Maryland: Senate Committee to Consider Legislation that Violates Due Process Tomorrow

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Maryland: Senate Committee to Consider Legislation that Violates Due Process Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will consider gun control legislation, House Bill 1302. Please contact committee members and strongly urge them to oppose House Bill 1302.

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House Bill 1302 would create an “Extreme Risk Prevention Order” that would allow almost anyone to petition the court for an ex parte order to remove someone’s Second Amendment rights if they consider the individual to be a danger to themselves or others simply because the individual possesses a firearm. This legislation lacks basic due process protections and is ripe for abuse.

Again, please contact members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 1302. To locate contact information for the committee, please click here.

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MSI Update on the MD General Assembly gun bills

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

I have attached a summary from MSI on the gun related bills going through the MD General Asylum, oops maybe I should say Assembly. They are really sticking it to gun owners this year. We need your help.

Please check out this summary of what is going on at the MD General Assembly for gun bill legislation. If you have not done so already (and even if you have), it is urgent that folks contact their House of Delegates and Senate representatives about these bills. Our position and testimony on these and other bills can be found at our Website (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/142-2018-maryland-gun-legislation-tracker?utm_source=Main+Membership+List&utm_campaign=b2c001ea64-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_51231bbc70-b2c001ea64-65646617) . The identity and contact information for your representatives can be found here, by entering your address and zip code. Don’t delay. Time grows short. In the meantime, we need your support! We are all volunteers at MSI. We do this work on behalf of our members and everyone else in our community because we believe in this cause.

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It must be an election year because the gun control zealots are at it again in the Maryland General Assembly. Senator Madaleno (District 18, Montgomery County) thinks he can win the governorship by campaigning against the Handgun Permit Review Board. He’s gotten pretty far in that vendetta against the Board. While his Senate bill (SB 741) to abolish the Board has gone nowhere in the Senate, the House of Delegates has taken up this cause and passed yesterday the cross-filed bill, (HB 819). That bill will now cross over to the Senate and be heard by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. The membership of that Committee can be found here (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=cmtepage&stab=04&id=jpr&tab=subject7&ys=2018RS&utm_source=Main+Membership+List&utm_campaign=b2c001ea64-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_51231bbc70-b2c001ea64-65646617) . Time to let those members know how you feel about it. Please note that one very pro-Second Amendment Senator, Wayne Norman, passed away suddenly last week. His wife has been appointed by Governor Hogan to serve out the remainder of
his term. Please convey your respects to his Office in any communications.

And that’s not all. The so-called "bump stock" bill, (HB 888) was reported out favorably by the House Judiciary Committee with amendments. Using sweeping language, the bill bans possession and transport into Maryland all "rapid-fire trigger activators" which the bill defines as a bump stock, a trigger crank, a hellfire trigger, a binary trigger system or any "device" that increases the rate at which the trigger is pulled or which increases the rate of fire, no matter how insignificant the increase. This bill has already passed the House today (3/15/18). Once again, that bill now passes over to the Senate to be considered by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

The fix was in on that bill in the House, but our allies in the House were able to persuade the House Judiciary Committee to add some amendments. One such amendment would make clear that the term "rapid fire trigger activator" does not include a "semi-automatic replacement trigger that improves the performance and functional over the stock trigger." Folks with Geissele replacement triggers are thus probably safe (for now). The Committee also added an amendment that would exempt from the ban on possession any "rapid-fire trigger activator" which was possessed prior to October 1, 2018 and for which the owner had applied for a license under the National Firearms Act of 1934 from the ATF for the device prior to that time and who received such a license by October 1, 2019. Apparently, this NFA license language anticipates that the ATF will, by rule, make such "devices" a machine gun part prior to October 1, 2018. That has not happened yet, but it is clearly in the works.
Whether that designation by the ATF will be sustained in the courts is a different question. Meanwhile, the cross-filed bill in the Senate, SB 707, was just reported out by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee today (3/15). We don’t have the text of those amendments yet, but you can find them here (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&stab=02&id=sb0707&tab=subject3&ys=2018RS&utm_source=Main+Membership+List&utm_campaign=b2c001ea64-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_51231bbc70-b2c001ea64-65646617) when they are posted, probably by tomorrow, 3/16. In short, there is no doubt that a bump stock bill will become law this year. The only thing the least bit up in the air is the text of language that will become law in Maryland.

And there is still more. The "red flag" bill in the House, (HB 1302) has already passed the second reader in the House of Delegates and is well on its way to passage by the House. We expect that passage either this week or by COB Monday, which is crossover day. This bill authorizes "any person" to seek an "extreme risk prevention order" simply by filing a petition with a court alleging that another person poses "an immediate and pressing danger" to himself, the petitioner or any other person "by possessing a firearm." It empowers a court to issue an immediate interim order barring possession of a firearm and directs the person to surrender any firearms to a law enforcement agency for the duration of the order. Unless continued for "good cause," the court is directed to hold a hearing on the order within the first or second day after issuance of the interim order. After that hearing, which can be "ex parte or otherwise," the bill provides that a judge may enter a
"temporary" order that is effective for not more than 7 days but may be extended by a judge for up to 6 months. The bill finally accords the person a right to be heard at a hearing to be held not later than 7 days after service of the temporary order. A final order can be effective for 1 year unless extended for an additional 6 months by the court. A final order may issue barring the person from any possession of a firearm for the duration of the order if the judge finds by "clear and convincing evidence" that there are "reasonable grounds" for believing that the person poses an immediate and present danger to himself or others by possessing a firearm. As you can see, this bill is rife with risk for firearm owners, especially since it allows "any person" to petition a court for these "prevention" orders. Indeed, the bill provides that the petitioner seeking such an order in "good faith" is immune from criminal or civil liability. The person subject to such an order (the
"respondent") will have to "lawyer up." Again, we expect the House to pass this bill shortly. After passage in the House, it will pass over to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Meanwhile, all the pro-Second Amendment bills have gone nowhere in both the Senate and the House. The sole exception is that the Senate passed SB 27, on a vote of 44-1, January 30, 2018. That bill would allow an applicant for a wear and carry permit to delay obtaining the required training until he or she has received "preliminary" approval of the application by the State Police. That person would then have 120 days to obtain the training. No permit would issue until the training was complete. The sole "nay" vote was cast by Senator Ramirez, of District 47 in PG County. Apparently, Senator Ramirez doesn’t mind being the sole, irrational holdout against this extremely reasonable modification of Maryland’s carry permit law. That speaks volumes. If you are a constituent (and even if you are not) please feel free to share your thoughts (civilly) with Senator Ramirez. The sponsor of SB 27, Senator Hough of Frederick County, will present this bill to the House Judiciary
Committee on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Last year, that Committee and the House passed the same bill, then sponsored by Delegate Deb Rey (St. Mary’s County). Del. Rey submitted the same bill this year, but the House Judiciary Committee has not acted on it. We hope that the House will accept the Senate’s bill, but that is not a safe bet in this election year. Our thanks to both Senator Hough and Del. Rey and the other backers of this bill!

If you have not done so already (and even if you have), it is urgent that folks contact their House of Delegates and Senate representatives about these bills. Our position and testimony on these and other bills can be found at our Website (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/142-2018-maryland-gun-legislation-tracker?utm_source=Main+Membership+List&utm_campaign=b2c001ea64-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_51231bbc70-b2c001ea64-65646617) . The identity and contact information for your representatives can be found here, by entering your address and zip code. Don’t delay. Time grows short. In the meantime, we need your support! We are all volunteers at MSI. We do this work on behalf of our members and everyone else in our community because we believe in this cause.

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Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club – Urgent Announcement from AGC and MSRPA to take action opposing proposed anti-gun bills in Maryland

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

Please act on this announcement by contacting the Maryland House and Senate by email or telephone calls to voice your opposition to these bills. They will greatly impact our rights to own firearms in our state. It will take you less than 5 minutes to use the AGC Legislative email tool to contact all of the Maryland Delegates and Senators with one click. Please email them to let them know your opposition to these bills. Each year the Maryland Legislature has gun bill days to invent ways that they can further restrict our rights. We have to let them know we care about or rights, otherwise they only hear from the Bloomberg sponsored anti-gun groups and think they are doing what their constituents want them to do.

Thank you,

Rob

URGENT Announcement

AGC & MSRPA urges all of our members to reach out to their Delegates to oppose House Bills 432 / 819 / 888 / 1302 and Senate Bill 707.

WE NEED YOUR CALLS TODAY

THESE BILLS ARE BEING FAST TRACKED FOR QUICK APPROVAL WITH MINIMAL DEBATE

Please contact members of the
House Delegates


HERE and urge them to OPPOSE (click the link, then click on House Members email address)

CALL TO ACTION

Maryland General Assembly is attacking
our 2nd Amendment-protected Civil Rights
AGC & MSRPA urges all of our members toCALL

their Delegates to OPPOSE
House Bills 432 / 819 / 888 / 1302 and Senate Bill 707.

WE NEED YOUR CALLS TODAY – THESE BILLS ARE BEING FAST TRACKED FOR QUICK APPROVAL WITH MINIMAL DEBATE

2018 has turned into an all-out assault on the Second Amendment-protected rights of all law-abiding Marylanders. Instead of trying to focus on the actual issues that plague our state, some in the General Assembly have decided to do make a frontal attack on our rights, conflating our rights into being THE cause of all violence issues in Maryland. Instead of focusing their energy on meaningful reform, they have decided to make an already prohibitive landscape even more difficult to navigate.

We need all of our members to reach out and contact their Delegates (for House Bills) and Senators (for Senate Bills) to express their ardent objections to further encroachments on our protected civil rights.

House Bill 432 – Public Safety and Violence Prevention Act
A $10M boondoggle that is quite transparent in its machinations to provide money to anti-gun think tanks with the supposed aim of preventing violence. However, Delegate Lierman focused the bill on euphamistic mechanisms to look at firearms, with no mention of other forms of violence. Maryland does not have a "gun violence" problem. A gun is absolutely useless without a thinking mind and body to pull the trigger. AGC/MSRPA can think of many reasons, as we are certain our members and the public can also, to use $10M for the betterment of Maryland.

House Bill 819 – Handgun Permit Review Board Repeal

House Bill 888 / Senate Bill 707 – Rapid Fire Trigger Activators
These poorly worded bills attack firearms accessories and criminalizes the mere possession of these items. AGC/MSRPA feels these bills are unconstitutional takings under both the Federal and Maryland Constitutions and the leadership of the legislature could care less. These bills are on the fast track and we need voices, direct and succinct, to contact ALL members of the General Assembly to oppose these useless bills. As I mentioned before, these bills will lead to the creation of instant criminals on October 1st of this year for the mere ownership/possession of pieces of non-serialized plastic and metal based on the nebulous phrase of "standard rate of fire". This bill will do absolutely NOTHING to prevent a tragedy similar to the illegal activity in Las Vegas last year and only seeks to penalize and criminalize law-abiding persons on Maryland soil. These devices have not been proven to be used in ANY criminal activity in Maryland. The Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association does not agree that any bans on firearms or firearms accessories are good public policy and testified in opposition to these bills when they were heard in committee.

House Bill 1302 – Extreme Risk Prevention Orders
This bill allows "Any other interested person" (along with others more clearly defined) to make a sworn statement, that is presumed to be with good intentions, that will lead to the confiscation of firearms on an "ex parte" basis. This means that a law-abiding Maryland citizen can be forcefully disarmed by law enforcement officers and have their property confiscated PRIOR to having a hearing a court of law and being able to face their accuser in an adversarial court proceeding based on the simplist of legal standards ("preponderance of evidence"). AGC & MSRPA feels this bill is a clear violation of due process.

  • Legislation tracker . This has links to bills (for March 6th and more), Our position, bill status, and other pertinent information.
  • How to Testify in Annapolis – . This link has details & everything you need to know to prepare yourself to testify. Note that you must submit written testimony on site, if you so choose (this is not required), by 11:AM.

Please remember that civility in all communications is essential.

HERE again is the full Legislative update with Hearing dates and Status

Email your Representative HERE
Find your Representative HERE

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Bust Fest and 3-gun food on sale at Cabelas

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

Time to stock up. Cabelas has a case of 10 boxes of Remington Gun Club shotgun ammo for $51.99 a case with free shipping! Enter the code: FREESHIP to get free shipping. When ordering, keep in mind that the AGC requires the following specs for ammo on the trap range:

Velocity 1200 feet per second (FPS) or less with #7.5, #8 or #9 shot.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/Remington-Gun-Club-Target-Shotshells/740037.uts?WT.tsrc=EML&eid=17984772&WT.mc_id=email-nl%7CEP20180314%7CEPP3ALL%7C13130%7CSUBFEAT4

Rob

Reminder: club meeting and steel plate rifle shoot

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

Reminder: we have a club meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 14th – in Memorial Hall from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. We will discuss what is going on in the Maryland General Assembly, the AGC and upcoming club events. We will have a show and tell time for anyone who has an item of interest to share with the club. There will also be door prizes.

We also have a Steel Plate Rife Shoot Saturday, March 17th – on the 100 yd Barnes Range from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wednesdays club meeting and Saturdays shoot is a great opportunity to renew your club membership for 2018. We do take credit cards if you don’t have a check or cash.

A special thanks to club members who came out to help with our fundraiser frame build. It is so important to our Juniors Program.

I hope to see you soon!

Rob

It’s daylight savings time tonight

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

Reminder: don’t forget to spring ahead and set your clocks forward one hour tonight. Please come out and help us with the frame build tomorrow morning at the AGC maintenance building from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Spring is coming and the AGC is getting low on frames.

Thank you,

Rob

Reminder: Frame Build Fundraiser benefitting our Juniors program is Sunday from 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. in the AGC Maintenance Building

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

We are having a fundraiser frame build this Sunday to benefit our Juniors program. We are heading into small bore season and we need to buy some small bore rifles and equipment for the Juniors. We have an amazing program.

The frame build will be in the AGC maintenance Building from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. No tools are special skills are required. We build frames on an assembly line basis, where each person performs one or two simple tasks. We have a lot of fun and leave with a good feeling, because you were able to help some kids learning and competing in small bore and air rifle.

Thank you very much to everyone who has come out to help us.

Rob

ARPC Advanced Carbine Clinic, Saturday 31 March, 0800-1600hrs

Members,

ARPC will be sponsoring an Advanced Carbine Clinic (Rifle and Pistol) on Saturday 31 March from 0800-1600hrs. This is the third year we have been running these events and now members have been asking for an advanced course. More moving and shooting is what you wanted. That’s what you’ll get.

To qualify for advanced, you must be have attended any of our previous carbine clinics and / or be LEO/ MIL trained in carbine and pistol. In order for an advanced event to be safe and keep moving along at a good pace, participants must possess an excellent ability to control their firearms under stressful condition. Firearm manipulation and control should be instinctive and subconscious. The use of safeties are mandatory. You will need to be holster certified through the AGC. Pay the fee, take the test online and bring me your sign off forms. I will administer the practical exam the morning of the event. If you are an advanced shooter, there should be no question that you will pass.

Those interested should contact me directly through the XO email link on our webpage. I will send out a bulletin to the participants directly and confirm attendance. This is a formatted event. Meaning, be on time, be safe and have a good attitude. The fee for the event is $100 per participant for the 8 hour event. Payable the morning of the event. Please plan. Don’t show up with two money orders, three rolls of dimes and a box of ammo in trade for the class fee. Go to the ATM. I have room for 15 participants. This will be on a first come first served basis. Please don’t be that fellow that cancels the morning of the event and cheat another member out of a slot. I can understand extenuating circumstances of course. So get your kitchen passes signed early folks.

Safety will be non-negotiable and non-refundable. Flagging of other shooters, negligent discharges, poor gun handling and horseplay will result in being asked to leave.

See you there

ARPC XO

Arlington Event Schedule for March 2018

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

We have the following events scheduled for March:

Saturday, March 3rd – 3-Gun Shoot on the 200 yard range from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 4th – Bust Fest on Trap 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 11th – Fundraiser Frame Build at the AGC maintenance Building from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m

Wednesday, March 14th – Club meeting in Memorial Hall from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 17th – Steel Plate Rifle Shoot on the 100 yd Barnes Range from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 31st, AR-15 Clinic on the 200 Yard Range. Contact Paul our Club XO to sign up for the clinic.

Tuesday, April 3rd TUESDAY NIGHT STEEL Begins! Tuesday Night Steel Runs from April through October from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the 200 yard range.

** March 6th is the last Gun Bill Hearing at the Maryland House. Please check the postings on our website for additional information about the bills that will be addressed. The Maryland General Assembly has many bills that will adversely affect our rights to keep and bear arms. Please come to the hearing if you can. If you can email that would be helpful too. It was getting ugly at the last Senate Hearings. We had three Arlington Club members who came out and testified at the Senate Hearings.

Have a great March!

Rob