Benchrest League Starts Sunday

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

Benchrest League Starts This Sunday

The Benchrest League kicks off its 2020 Season this Sunday at 11am on the Barnes Multi-Purpose Range. We use the dedicated Benchrests (lanes 91-100).

What’s Benchrest? It’s a very precise sport where individuals attempt to shoot 5 bullets into the smallest group possible (all in one hole). Winning scores in competition are determined by how well each competitor achieves this goal or in other words, how closely the shots are grouped. Shooters make use of a front and rear rest for their rifles, and the rests sit on a solid table or bench, hence the name "benchrest."

There are two types of competition; rimfire at 50 yards and centerfire at 100 yards. Individuals can compete in either event or both. Format for both events consists of shooting a five shot group at each of five targets. Monthly score is based on the shooters tightest group out of the five. End of year score/ranking is based on an average of the four best monthly scores.

Any safe rifle is allowed and ideally should be equipped with a scope of 32X or greater magnification. Additional equipment includes adjustable front rest and fixed/solid rear rest; sleds are not allowed.

Sound interesting? Contact Richard Durant at nabalab so he can get your name and email address.

Reminder: We have a Club Meeting tomorrow, a 100-yard Steel Plate Rifle Shoot Saturday and the Bench Rest League starts Sunday

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 we have our monthly club meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. We will discuss the latest news from Annapolis, the AGC and upcoming events with our club. We will have a show and tell, so bring in any interesting item to share with the club. We will also have a swap meet in the back of the room. You can bring in anything you wish to sell, trade or give away. It should be a lot of fun.

Saturday- March 14, 2020, we have a 100-yard Steel Plate Rifle Shoot at the Barnes Range from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday – March 15, 2020, the Bench Rest League starts. See the attachment for details.

Have a great week!

Rob Cowan
President, Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

Don’t forget to turn your clocks 1 hour tonight

To Arllington Rifle and Pistol Club

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead tonight for daylight savings time.

Have a great weekend.

Rob

Saturday Evening Trap League starts Saturday March 7th.

Please Note

Our first match is this coming Saturday, March 7th

Check-in is 5:15pm on Trap #3; we start shooting at 6pm

Bring your Range Badge; I’ll be checking for 2020 stickers

Wear your League name badge from last year

$15 League entry fee is due at time of check-in

Monthly costs, to cover the birds, are $8 for AGC members, $12 for immediate family members, and $6 for Juniors (trap tickets will be accepted)

Two days of important Gun Bills this coming week

To Arlingon Rifle and Pistol Club,

The information pasted below is from the 2A Maryland website.

Please read the schedule for gun bill hearings this coming week.
If you can call your representatives it would be very helpful. Writing emails or even better coming to the hearings will really help. We had a good showing at the House last week and it made a difference.

We need your help if we are going to be able to retain our rights.

Thank you,

Rob Cowan
President, Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

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2020 Session – Gun Bill Week in Annapolis
Legislative Report #06
March 1, 2020
Dear Rob,

Gun bill hearings are scheduled for the following dates:

Tuesday, March 3rd, Wednesday March 4th & Thursday, March 5th

See the hearing schedule and links below.

You can safely share this email by copying and pasting the link below into a standard email to fellow gun rights advocates:

Click here for the link to Legislative Report #06 on 2A Maryland’s home page.

Click this link to let us know you will be in Annapolis and on which day or days.

John H. Josselyn
2A Maryland
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In this issue:

  • Gun Bill Week in Annapolis
  • New information to make your visit to Annapolis more productive
  • SB 208 Update – Long gun background checks
  • SB 646 Update – Firearm Storage
  • Updated bill status and hearing schedules including gun bill days – March 3rd to 5th
  • Contact info for Maryland General Assembly for upload to Microsoft Outlook
  • Help support 2A Maryland by Joining the NRA or renewing your NRA membership.
Gun Bill Week in Annapolis
Information you need to be successful as a citizen lobbyist.
Information Needed to Find Parking, Shuttle Bus, Navigate the House and Senate Buildings to Quickly Find Your Legislators in Annapolis NEW!
An expanded version of the Maryland General Assembly Committee & Contact Information PDF show above.

Includes Annapolis vicinity map with parking and shuttle bus information. Building floor plans with room numbers shown, links to lobbying information, etc.

Spend more time lobbying and less time trying to navigate the halls and rooms in the legislature.

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Gun & Hunting Bill Hearings, Status & Position Reports:
Available On-line & PDF Hardcopy downloads
Gun Bill Status & Hearing Schedules
2A Maryland publishes current information on gun & hunting bill status, hearing schedules, positions etc., on its website Bill Tracker page as well as a downloadable PDF hardcopy.

Clicker here for the Bill Tracker page.

Click here to download the hardcopy.

Gun Bill Week – Bill Hearing Schedule
Tuesday – March 3rd @ 12 PM
Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (JPR)

SB 0672 Criminal Law – Theft of a Handgun
Amending existing law concerning theft of property to separately address the theft of a handgun. Classifying the theft of a handgun as a felony rather than a misdemeanor. Providing penalties for a first offense from a mandatory minimum of 2 years to a maximum of 5 years and/or fine of up to $1,000. Increased penalties for subsequent offenses. Requiring that handgun theft penalty shall be consecutive to a sentence for any other offense. SUPPORT.

SB 0674 Gun Theft Felony Act of 2020 (cross-filed HB 0914)
Amending existing law concerning theft of property to separately address the theft of a firearm, including an antique firearm, or replica of an antique firearm. Classifying the theft of a firearm as a felony rather than a misdemeanor. Providing penalties for a first offense from a mandatory minimum of 2 years to a maximum of 5 years and/or fine of up to $1,000. Increased penalties for subsequent offenses. Requiring that firearm theft penalty shall be consecutive to a sentence for any other offense.. SUPPORT.

SB 0958 Criminal Law – Untraceable Firearms (cross-filed HB 0910)
An expanded version of previous 3D printer legislation to include prohibition on transferring software (1st Amendment violation), CNC based machining, banning so-called undetectable firearms (already prohibited by federal law), firearms without serial numbers, manufacturing firearms to resemble key chains, cigarette lighters, wallets, etc. Clearly violates the citizens’ right to build a personal firearm. OPPOSE

Wednesday – March 4th @ 1 PM
House Judiciary Committee (JUD)

HB 0591 Public Safety – Lost or Stolen Regulated Firearm – Reporting
Doubling the sentences and fines for failing to report a stolen firearm. Doubling the proposed penalty for a first offence for any subsequent offense. Changing the offense from a civil offense to a criminal offense. Oppose

HB 0914 Gun Theft Felony Act of 2020 (cross-file SB 0674)
Amending existing law concerning theft of property to separately address the theft of a handgun. Classifying the theft of a handgun as a felony rather than a misdemeanor. Providing penalties for a first offense from a mandatory minimum of 2 years to a maximum of 5 years and/or fine of $1000. Increased penalties for subsequent offenses. Requiring that handgun theft penalty shall run consecutively to any other penalty for other crimes. SUPPORT

HB 0968 Regulated Firearms – Straw Purchase – Penalties
Minor languages changes, making a straw purchase a felony, minimum sentences for a first offence, increased penalties with mandatory minimum sentences. SUPPORT

HB 1085 Criminal Procedure – Appeals – Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (cross-file SB 0468)
To allow the state to appeal trial court decisions in cases involving certain offenses under certain additional sections of the law. No Position

HB 1104 Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Transfer
Defining “transfer” as a sale, rental, furnishing, gift, loan or any other delivery with or without compensation. Excludes a temporary change is possession when the transferor has no reason to believe the transferee intends to commit a crime; AND only when in the actual presence of the transferor. Effectively repeals legislation we backed last session. OPPOSE

HB 1241 Firearms – Law Enforcement – Patrol Responsibilities (Retail Firearm Business Protection Act)
A modest proposal which would require the law enforcement agencies in each jurisdiction to work with the firearms dealers in the agencies’ jurisdiction to establish a policy that at least one patrol officer will visit a business to monitor and inspect the business each night during non-business hours. (Which is something they should be doing already.) SUPPORT

HB 1267 Public Safety – Handgun Permit – Church Property (Worshipper Protection Act of 2020)
Providing exceptions to some of the transport restrictions contained in Criminal Law Article §4-203 by modifying the Public Safety Article to allow persons who have permission from the governing board of a church to wear and carry a handgun for the protection of self and others while on the property of the church and to transport the handgun to and from the church. Requires advance notice of the church policy to the primary law enforcement agency in the county where the church is located. SUPPORT

HB 1268 Public Safety – Pilot Program – Handgun Permit – Church Property
Providing exceptions to some of the transport restrictions contained in Criminal Law Article §4-203 by modifying the Public Safety Article to allow persons who have permission from the governing board of a church to wear and carry a handgun for the protection of self and others while on the property of a church in Harford County ONLY and to transport the handgun to and from the church. Requires advance notice of the church policy to the Harford County Sheriff. It is unclear what the policy will be if a churchgoer is not a Harford County resident. No Position (we prefer HB 1267)

HB 1501 Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Reporting Loss or Theft
Altering existing law to reduce the time allowed to report the discovery of the loss or theft of a regulated firearm from 72 hours to 48 hours. More symbolic than substantive because law enforcement simply takes a loss/theft report. It does not necessarily trigger an active police investigation absent another crime. Under federal law, dealers are already required to report a loss or theft within 48 hours, so the impact is on private citizens only. OPPOSE

HB 1502 Handgun Permits – Qualifications – High Risk Occupations
Defining certain occupations (e.g. correctional officers, parole officers, emergency services, physicians, etc.) as “high risk” and thus qualifying as a good and substantial reason for a permit to wear and carry a handgun. SUPPORT

HB 1629 Office of the Attorney General – Firearm Crime – Study (cross-file SB 1047)
A totally unnecessary near duplication of a bill passed during the 2019 Session. The major difference being that last year’s version was amended to place the responsibility under the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention rather that under the office of the Maryland Attorney General (Brian Frosh). This version again assigns the duties to the office of the Maryland Attorney, probably to make sure the results suit the liberals anti-gun paradigm. OPPOSE

Thursday – March 5th @ 12 PM
Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (JPR)

SB 0968 Baltimore City – Imitation Firearms – Prohibition (cross-file HB 1160)
Similar to existing Baltimore City legislation 16-0761 enacted in December of 2016, and applies only to Baltimore City. Prohibits the sale, offer to sell, or display of an imitation firearm. Provides a $500 fine for a first offense, and $1000 fine for a second offense. OPPOSE

Maryland General Assembly & Committee Contact Information
Information Needed to Locate & Communicate With Your Legislators in Annapolis UPDATED!
This PDF contains a condensed list of the Maryland General Assembly members, room assignments and phone extensions which are very useful in navigating the offices in Annapolis.

It also contains Committee assignments and hyperlinked email addresses for the entire House & Senate.

Download Maryland General Assembly 2020 Session Contact Information

SB 208 /HB 4 UPDATE – Long Guns Loans and Transfers

A Committee vote on SB 208 reportedly occurred last Friday. Fortunately, no action has been taken on HB 4 which is a truly terrible bill.

The amendments to SB 208 appear to limit background checks to purchases and permanent transfers (we have not seen the amended bill language). As noted in a reply to a Tweet by JPR Chairman Will Smith, the news has not been well received by Vanessa Atterbeary, the Vice Chair of the JUD Committee and the lead sponsor of HB 4. It appears the Delegate Atterbeary is digging in her heels and throwing down the conference committee gauntlet. How this will play out remains to be seen.

However, Atterbeary’s tweet in response to Smith’s may have sounded the death knell for HB 4 in the JPR Committee. Unless Senate President Ferguson intervenes, it is not unlikely that no further action will be taken and HB 4 will languish in the JPR Committee.

In response to a 2A Maryland public information request (PIA) the Department of Maryland State Police confirmed that it does not have the authority to enforce SB 208 or HB 4. Click here to download the PIA and MSP response.

Nonetheless, despite being very bad public policy, SB 208 is still moving forward with a Committee vote. Make no mistake, this is still a terrible bill and we need your support to defeat it.

Your calls and emails in opposition to SB 208 and HB 4 are urgently needed.

SB 646 – Public Safety – Access to Firearms – Storage Requirements (cross-file HB 636)

We are hearing that the Senate bill is being amended and debated within the Judicial Proceedings committee. We are not certain which exact amendments will make it into the bill before the committee votes on moving it forward to 2nd Reader.

2020 Session: Gun Bills and Hunting Bills
Links to 2A Maryland’s Website Information & PDF Downloads
WEBSITE PAGES

2A Maryland Home Page

Bill Tracking Page by Type & Chamber

Bill Synopses & Positions Page

Legislators & Committee Contact Info

PDF DOWNLOADS

Gun Bill Status & Hearing Tracker

Bill Synopses and Positions

22 March Practical Pistol Class

Members,

The 22 March practical pistol class is already half full. If you were thinking of attending, you might not want to think too long before it fills up. We had a lot of interest at the AGC Steel challenge event today for both the pistol and pistol/rifle classes.

For more information, email arlingtonrpc.executiveofficer.

Thanks

ARPC XO

200y Shoot and AGC Range Walk – Sunday 3/1/2020

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

Reminder Arlington’s 200-yard Steel Plate Rifle Shoot has been moved to Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This is a lot of fun and very informal shoot. We put steel out at approximately 220 meters. .30 caliber or less is allowed, no armor piercing black tip or greeen tip ammo is allowed. We highly encourage members to bring guests to these shoots to introduce them to the range and our club, you only need to sign them in at our club shoot if they won’t be participating in any other shooting actives.

At 2:30PM following the conclusion and cleanup of the 200y rifle shoot ARPC will have added and an AGC Range-Walk Through. Please RSVP to “arlingtonrpc.vicepresident@gmail.com” or on Facebook I will meet anyone who requires a walk-through on the 200y rifle range.

(An AGC range walk-through is required before any member can purchase a new AGC range badge, it will take approximately 1hr. Please dress accordingly for the weather, boots are highly encouraged as the ranges can be muddy. Eye and ear protection are required if you do not have any please let me know and I will have some available.

See you at the range!

ARPC VP

Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club Events for March 2020

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

Here are our upcoming events for March 2020:

1. Sunday, March 1, 2020 – 200-Yard Steel Plate Rifle Shoot from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the 200-yard range.

2. Saturday, March 7, 2020 – Saturday Evening Trap League from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

3. Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – Club Meeting in Memorial Hall from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

4. Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 100-Yard Steel Plate Rifle Shoot from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the Barnes Range.

5. Sunday, March 15, 2020 – Arlington Bench Rest League from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

6. Sunday, March 22, 2020 – Pistol Clinic – from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

· Email Arlingtonrpc.executiveofficer for details.

7. Saturday, March 28, 2020 – Practical Rifle and Pistol Clinic from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

* Email Arlingtonrpc.executiveofficer for details.

8. Sunday, March 29, 2020 – Bust Fest Trap Shoot on Trap 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

9. Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Tuesday Night Steel 4:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. on the Action Shooting Bays.

Have a great week!

Rob Cowan

President, Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

Practical Rifle and Pistol Course 28 March 2020

Members,

Date: Saturday 28 March 2020

Time: 0800hrs to 1600hrs

Location: 200 yd range

Fee: $100

Seats Available: 15 (First come first served)

Practical Rifle/Pistol: What is it? Isn’t all rifle/pistol shooting practical? The short answer is no. Standing static and shooting is very quickly being replaced by practical action shooting. Both competition and self-defense require movement with a firearm. Addressing all of the things going on in a dynamic scenario while under stress while being safe is what practical shooting is all about. This ARPC event serves a foundational beginning to one’s action shooting journey.

Target Audience: For AGC badge holders that are interested in learning and applying practical rifle/pistol skills. There is an abundant interest by members to get into action shooting at the AGC. This event is not for an individual that just learned how to shoot a rifle/pistol yesterday.

Requirements: Must be an AGC badge holder, possess a serviceable semi-auto pistol in 9mm, 40 or 45 cal, AR-15 in .223 or 5.56, combat sling, holster and three magazines per gun. 300 rds of pistol and rifle ammunition each minimum, full coverage eye protection, ear protection, and a good attitude. Participants should be comfortable with and operate safely the rifle/pistol of their choice.

Participants must be holster certified by the AGC. Arrangements may be made to perform the practical holster certification on the day of the event.

What to expect from the event: The event is 8 hours on the range with no classroom time. The practical skills taught are agnostic to self-defense or competition style shooting. We will cover the following high level areas:

Basic Marksmanship fundamentals and safety refresher

Holster and gear setup

Target selection and transitions/ Barriers/ Shooting positions

Magazine changes and Malfunctions

Economy of motion

Shooter Mindset and planning

Basic moving while shooting

For more information or to reserve your seat, please send an email to arlingtonrpc.executiveofficer@gmail.com

Reserved individuals will get an email with more detailed information.

v/r

ARPC XO

Practical Pistol Course 22 March 2020

Members,

Date: Sunday 22 March 2020

Time: 0800hrs to 1600hrs

Location: Shooting Bay 6

Fee: $100

Seats Available: 10 (First come first served)

Practical Pistol: What is it? Isn’t all pistol shooting practical. The short answer is no. Standing static and shooting is very quickly being replaced by practical action shooting. Both competition and self-defense require movement with a firearm. Addressing all of the things going on in a dynamic scenario while under stress is what practical shooting is all about. This ARPC event serves a foundational beginning to one’s action shooting journey.

Target Audience: For AGC badge holders that are interested in learning and applying practical pistol skills. There has been an abundant interest by members to get into action shooting at the AGC. Currently, there has been no avenue for AGC Badge holders to acquire the correct skills in a safe manner to participate in action shooting. ARPC has a proven and safe curriculum derived from the popular “Carbine clinic” to address the practical pistol training need. This event is not for an individual that just learned how to shoot a pistol yesterday.

Requirements: Must be an AGC badge holder, possess a serviceable semi-auto pistol in 9mm, 40 or 45 cal, holster and three magazines. 350 rds of pistol ammunition minimum, full coverage eye protection, ear protection, and a good attitude. Participants should be comfortable with and operate safely the pistol of their choice.

Participants must be holster certified by the AGC. Arrangements may be made to perform the practical holster certification on the day of the event.

What to expect from the event: The event is 8 hours on the range with no classroom time. The practical skills taught are agnostic to self-defense or competition style shooting. We will cover the following high level areas:

Basic Marksmanship fundamentals and safety refresher

Holster and gear setup

Target selection and transitions

Magazine changes

Malfunctions

Economy of motion

Shooter Mindset and planning

Basic moving and shooting

For more information or to reserve your seat, please send an email to arlingtonrpc.executiveofficer@gmail.com

Reserved individuals will get an email with more detailed information.

v/r

ARPC XO