Club Connection Volume 15, Issue 2

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A Publication of the National Rifle Association of America volume 15, Number 2

Inside 4 23 Million Safe Kids 13 State Association Spotlight 15 Club News 22 NRA Range Grants

Contents How Arrogant Politicians Endanger Your Freedom By Ronald L. Schmeits, NRA President


Twenty-Three Million Safe Kids and Counting By Eric Lipp, Eddie Eagle


NRA/U.S. Armed Forces Basic Rifle Fundamentals Camp By Jeff Nass, Wi~FORCE


First Distinguished Expert By Justin McDaniel,


Club Recruiters Set the Bar High For 2010! By Randy Clark, Recruiting Programs


This Is Not Your Grand-Pappy’s NRA


Established 1995 and published quarterly by the Field Operations Division of the National Rifle Association of America. Ronald L. Schmeits


David A. Keene

1st Vice President James W. Porter II

2nd Vice President

Wayne R. LaPierre

Executive Vice President Edward J. Land, Jr.

Secretary Wilson H. Phillips, Jr.


Kayne Robinson

2010 Gold Medal Clubs


ILA News


State Association Spotlight Pennsylvania Rifle and Pistol Association


Club News


NRA Range Grants


Business News


NRA Affiliated State Associations


NRA Field Representatives


Executive Director, General Operations Chris W. Cox

Executive Director, Institute for Legislative Action NRA-affiliated clubs and associations are authorized to reproduce all or parts of this newsletter. NRA Clubs & Associations National Rifle Association Attn: Clubs & Associations 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax,VA 22030 (800) NRA – CLUB (672-2582) (703) 267-3939 fax Editors: Elizabeth Bush, National Manager Clubs, Associations, & Range Services (703) 267-1348 Son Nguyen, Marketing Manager (703) 267-1345 Design & layout: Jack Baker, Marketing Coordinator (703) 267-1351 Melissa Betts, Marketing Coordinator (703) 267-1343

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President’s Column

How Arrogant Politicians Endanger Your Freedom


t looks like we’re in for a long, hot summer and it’s going to stay hot even through November 2, when Americans will go to the polls and register their displeasure with the direction in which our country is heading. Rarely before has our nation faced a more heated and volatile political climate than now. Many Americans feel that our elected representatives are not representing us, but instead are imposing their will upon us, whether or not we like it. No matter who you talk to, you hear the same complaints: Arrogant political elitists are defying the will of the people, applying different rules to us than they apply to themselves, and justifying any means to achieve their own ends. And their messengers in the media are telling us every day why we should accept our fate. For a perfect illustration of how that elitist attitude can limit the Second Amendment enough to put your life at risk, just look at Chicago, where anti-gun politicians have sacrificed some of our fellow Americans’ safety to their own deadly anti-gun ideology. As you know, two years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled—in the landmark case District of Columbia v. Heller—that the Second Amendment guarantees “the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation,” specifically within your home. But that ruling applied only to Congress and federal enclaves like Washington, D.C. So arrogant officials like Chicago Mayor Daley and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom defied the spirit of the Supreme Court’s Heller decision and continued to deny their citizens the same rights that the court had restored to citizens of our nation’s capital. That’s why, within 48 hours of the Supreme Court handing down its Heller decision, NRA filed federal lawsuits against the city of Chicago, four Chicago suburbs and the San Francisco Housing Authority to have their gun bans overturned. Decades of trial, error and tragedy have shown that gun bans like these not only don’t reduce violent crime,

they very likely increase it because they leave good people defenseless against criminals who know that their victims are disarmed. Ronald L. Schmeits, NRA President If you want proof, just look at the tragic cost of Chicago’s handgun ban. As attorney and author David Kopel pointed out in a friend-of-the-court brief filed on behalf of several law enforcement groups in McDonald v. Chicago, the case challenging Chicago’s handgun ban, the city’s combined rate of violent crimes and burglaries “was well below those of other large cities before the ban, but increased immediately after the ban and never returned to its pre-ban levels.” What’s more, compared to America’s 50 other largest cities, Chicago’s murder rate was falling before the city banned handguns in 1983. But after the ban, that trend suddenly and sharply reversed.

Many Americans feel that our elected representatives are not representing us, but instead are imposing their will upon us, whether or not we like it. In fact, from 2007 to 2008—the most recent complete FBI statistics available—while the U.S. murder rate decreased by 4.7 percent, Chicago’s murder rate increased by almost 15 percent, to more than triple the national rate! Washington, D.C.’s gun ban was just as much of a disaster for law-abiding, good people. Between 1977, the first full year of D.C.’s gun ban, and 1991—when murders peaked in the city—the murder rate in our nation’s capital nearly tripled. Not only did the D.C. murder rate skyrocket, so too did the rate of firearm use in those murders, from 63 percent of all murders in 1976 to 81 percent in 2006. Several years ago, the gun-ban lobby crowed that continued on page 7 Volume 15, Number 2 l club connection l 3

NRA Programs

Twenty-Three Million Safe Kids and Counting! By Eric Lipp Eddie Eagle, Program Manager The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, the NRA’s groundbreaking gun accident prevention program for children in pre-k through third grade, has reached another milestone. With the hard work of thousands of dedicated law enforcement professionals, educators, volunteers and civic leaders, the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program is proud to announce that it is has now reached more than 23 million children. Started in 1988 by past NRA President Marion P. Hammer, the Eddie Eagle Program has grown into a nationwide program that is the leader in firearm accident prevention safety training. Focusing on a simple and easy to remember message -- If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult. -- the program is easy to use and really gets kids involved. Law enforcement and schools from Sacramento, CA to Miami, FL have chosen to use the Eddie Eagle Program to keep their cities’ youth safe. In fact, in the past 22 years more than 26,000 educators, law enforcement agencies, and civic organizations have taught the Eddie Eagle program to children in their communities. Endorsed by 26 State Governors and twenty-three State Legislatures, the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program continues to gain momentum and popularity among children as well as adults. Thanks to the continued support from The NRA Foundation (supported by the Friends of NRA) and other private contributions, the program continues to provide free program materials to educators, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, daycare centers and libraries. Eddie’s important safety message continues to spread throughout the nation, reaching over one million children in the last year alone!

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“The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program has been a tremendous success,” said Kayne Robinson, Executive Director of NRA General Operations. “Twenty-three million young people have received Eddie’s lifesaving message, and the future of the program is bright.” As we mark this incredible milestone we must continue to work diligently to spread Eddie Eagle’s lifesaving message to even more children. There is still a lot of work ahead of us and we will not rest until every pre-k through third grade child in America has learned how to stay safe if they encounter a firearm.

NRA/U.S. Armed Forces Basic Rifle Fundamentals Camp By Jeff Nass President, Wi~FORCE Pulaski, Wisconsin A picture of America stands before you: an inner city kid who never held a rifle in his life; a suburban kid, a child of privilege, is in the same boat; the son of a working class family who has hunted deer, but always with a scoped rifle. They all stand on the verge of the most significant experience of their life, a chance to serve their country. Each has advantages their forefathers could not imagine, but the one thing they lack is skill, using a rifle with iron sights, and familiarity with the AR type rifle. An estimated one in three Poolees will NOT become a Marine. It truly is “The Few, The Proud.” In 2004, born of the vision of NRA Senior Training Counselor Scott Taetsch and USMC Master Gunnery Sergeant Mike Krueger, both concerned fathers of young Marines, working in cooperation with the USMC Recruit Command, designed a program to introduce young “Poolees” to the basics of rifle marksmanship while building confidence in the men and women who have committed themselves to defending our great nation and cherished freedoms. The hope was that by providing an introduction in advance, they might excel during Range Phase at Camp Pendleton. The results have exceeded any expectation. According to CWO Bruce Johnson, Milwaukee Recruit Command, of the 2,600 Poolees that have attended the camp, only one has failed to qualify. Other reports from Marine Corps officers

indicate that those passing through the program graduate in the top 10 percent of their class. The officers credit the instruction they received at the camp for a good part of their success. Staffed by volunteers, with most of the funding coming through The NRA Foundation, specifically the Wisconsin Friends of NRA and Block Grant Program, the program has evolved. The day now includes physical conditioning, individual strength challenges, camouflage face painting, and experiencing MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) for the first time. All participants begin by receiving classroom instruction on firearms safety, sight alignment, trigger control, nomenclature, and basic operation of the M16A2 rifle, which is the same firearm that most will be using in basic training. In 2009, 614 recruits participated in events held at the Beloit Rifle and Pistol Club, LaCrosse Rifle Club, Duane L. Corbin Shooting Range (Wausau, WI) and Sheboygan Rifle and Pistol Club. Stone Bank Sportsmen’s Club, Ashippun, WI (the home of Heritage Shooting Inc.) had a major range renovation and was unable to host an event for the first time since the program was initiated at their range. In 2010, we will be achieving another goal. For the first time, the program will include all branches of service. The recruits and guests also have the opportunity to interact with active enlisted men and women about their life in service of their country. continued on page 8 Volume 15, Number 2 l club connection l 5

NRA Programs

First Distinguished Expert Awarded in NRA Hunter Marksmanship By Justin McDaniel Assistant Editor, Founded by Winchester in 1918 as the Winchester Junior Rifle Corps and transferred to NRA in 1926, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program has been used by thousands of shooting coaches and hunter education instructors as a way to help youngsters develop their shooting skills and grow their interest in the sport. Many of you reading this article probably even have patches and pins stashed away in closets and drawers from when you participated in marksmanship qualification as a youth. Although the program is widely popular within the shooting community, many people don’t realize that both adults and kids can take part in the program, or that there is now a hunting marksmanship component. In fact, the new Hunter Marksmanship Qualification discipline, as it is known, recently reached an important milestone in its young history, recording its very first Distinguished Expert, the program’s highest honor, which was attained by a 61-year-old lifelong hunter and shooter. Bob Plyler of Asheville, N.C., killed a 10-point whitetail on Nov. 20, 2009, in Halifax County, N.C., to achieve his Distinguished Expert rating. Plyler made an offhand, 170-yard shot on the buck with his Savage .243 while hunting from a treestand on private property. Plyler is an NRA-certified rifle, pistol and shotgun instructor, as well as an NRA-certified Range Safety Officer and NRA Hunter Clinic Instructor. He originally decided to give marksmanship qualification a try just to increase his knowledge of the program, which he said would give him the credibility to talk about it with his students. However, after participating in the program, he discovered that it actually improved his shooting, and he’s continued working to earn higher and higher ratings in many of the program’s 13 disciplines. “I think it’s a superb program,” he said. “I’m associated with law enforcement—I have two sons that are police officers—so I shoot with a lot of cops. I’ve always been decent, but now I can shoot a handgun as good as them any 6 l club connection l Volume 15, Number 2

day. I’m shooting for a purpose, which has just made me a better overall shooter.” “A lot of people go to the range, put up a target, and just start cranking rounds. They’re not trying to do anything different. They’re not trying to do anything specific. They’re just punching holes. The marksmanship program gives you a discipline and let’s you progress upward, which improves your shooting tremendously. You have to focus on what you have to do to achieve this level and then the one beyond that. If you really want to become a good shooter, this is a program that will make you a better shooter.” The hunter marksmanship component is run just like traditional marksmanship qualification, with participants advancing through progressively more challenging courses of fire. A shooter’s performance is measured against established par scores along the way, and each par score corresponds to an accompanying rating, which ranges from Pro-Marksman to Marksman to Marksman 1st Class to Sharpshooter to Expert and, ultimately, Distinguished Expert. After completing all of the range-based courses of fire, participants in the hunter marksmanship discipline must then harvest a game animal to achieve the Distinguished Expert rating. “A man can take his son down to the range and crank some targets out at their own pace,” Plyler said. “It is still competitive enough where they can compare their targets and say, ‘I’m at Marksman 1st Class, where are you?’ It progresses and it sort of lures you in. You can make a kid a

better and better shooter because it gets more difficult as they go.” Shooters are able to compete in the hunting portion of the program using hunting rifles and shotguns, as well as muzzleloaders and pistols, thus sharpening their marksmanship skills for hunting season. The courses of fire are meant to help new shooters improve their skills, and patches and pins are awarded as a shooter reaches each of the program’s levels, helping youngsters establish and work towards marksmanship goals. The program is an ideal way to keep kids interested in hunting and shooting, as they advance through the program at their own pace and scores are achieved on the honor system, helping to reinforce the principles of honesty and fair play. “My son and I have mentored a lot of people in hunting,” Plyler said. “We’ve had eight men kill their first deer the last two seasons under our direction. I already have plans to put some of the kids and adults I work with into Hunter Marksmanship Qualification because I know that they’ll really get into it.”

To learn more about the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program and how to participate, visit www.

President’s Column continued from page 3 Americans owned 50 million handguns and predicted that if the number continued to increase, our streets would run red with blood. Yet today, Americans own on the order of 100 million handguns—which are, as the U.S. Supreme Court observed in its 2008 Heller case, “the most preferred firearm in the nation to ‘keep’ and use for protection of one’s home and family”—and violent crime is at a 35-year low. More laws against guns didn’t do that—more enforcement of laws against violent criminals did it. Yet year after year—instead of more forcefully enforcing the existing laws against murder, rape, robbery and the use of any gun in any violent crime, arrogant, elitist politicians

continue to push the same phony gun bans that only make the crime problem worse! That’s not just dishonest, it’s dangerous. It violates every principle of government “for the people.” So let’s put every arrogant anti-gun politician on notice: Politicians do not have the moral authority or the legal power to deny a constitutionally guaranteed, God-given birthright! When they defy the will of the people, endanger our lives and treat us with contempt, “we the people” will elect men and women who will represent us, and get our country moving in the right direction!

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NRA Programs

Club Recruiters Set the Bar High For 2010! By Randy Clark Manager, Recruiting Programs 2009 was a banner year for NRA recruiting. In the clubs and associations category alone, official NRA recruiters signed up or renewed over 26,000 NRA members, helping them to earn over $170,000 to put back into their organizations. Both Tulsa Red Castle Gun Club and Manhattan Wildlife Association recruited over 700 members, earning thousands of dollars! And so far this year, more than half a dozen clubs have already signed up over 200 members each. These recruiting efforts add up to a stronger voice for the NRA and extra dollars in your club’s pockets. Are you looking for a year round way to raise funds for your club or association? Look no further. The NRA Recruiting program provides your club with a year round opportunity to raise money while strengthening the NRA. Those who participate receive official NRA membership materials and supplies, a specific Recruiter ID number, up to $10 commission for every member signed up and a direct hand in building a stronger NRA. And, as an official NRA Recruiter, you can offer the regular one-year membership at a discounted price. Becoming a recruiter also satisfies one of the requirements for Gold Medal Club status. So what are you waiting for? Thousands can be earned to put back into the club, your members get to join or renew at a discount and the NRA counts more members. It’s a win for everyone! For more information on how to join the NRA Recruiting Program call us at (800) 672-0004 (option 2), email us at or visit us on the web at www. Are you already a part of the NRA Recruiting Program? We’d like to hear from you too. Please email your suggestions to and tell us how we can help you recruit more members.

Basic Rifle Fundamentals continued from page 5 Due to the high cost and scarcity of ammunition in 2009, the program hired Dicks Gun Shop in New Holstein, WI, to commercially reload the ammunition needed for the program. Dick utilized powder sold to us at a super discount from Hodgdon, discounted the cost of the rest of the components and reloading process, and reloaded the ammunition using the once fired brass from 2008. Dicks Gun Shop will again reload for the program this year. As with many programs, without the initiative of Scott Taetsch and Mike Krueger, two proud fathers that saw a need and took charge, this program would not have been created. These two men, along with a long list of volunteers, have made this program the great success it is today.

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For more information contact: Jeff Nass 920-687-0505

This Is Not Your Grand-Pappy’s NRA By Pamela Gorman Reprinted with permission from The Bullet Trap, A publication of the Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association At a recent NRA Women’s Leadership Forum meeting I attended in Scottsdale, a diverse group of women gathered at the home of Marsha Petrie Sue for a singular purpose “to unite strong women of influence to protect Second Amendment rights.” Marsha and co-host Judi White brought these like-minded Second Amendment enthusiasts together for a discussion of the importance of the constitutional legacy we will leave future generations. It was an evening of terrific conversation, but the special flavor of the event was the obvious tilt toward the feminine members of this effort whose voices have been largely absent from this debate for far too long. These smaller meetings are being encouraged around the country to bring women into the effort by creating opportunities for women to gather and learn, as well as build lasting friendships with others who share a desire to protect their right to bear arms. Meetings combine learning with networking and fun, which is reflected in past event titles like “Pearls and Pistols” and “Guns and Roses.” Many women enjoy the shooting sports from casual family fun to competitive shooting or hunting, and these gatherings provide an opportunity for them to meet others with shared interests. As a new participant in the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum, I came away with a clear vision that this is not your grand-pappy’s NRA. Women have an incredible influence over family finances, vacation plans, children’s activities, and social calendars. As such, we are well positioned to make a difference in keeping the enjoyment of the sport (and the importance of our constitutional rights) firmly rooted in our American culture… and it is high time we stepped up to be heard. Former NRA president, Sandy Froman, gave inspiring remarks about her time at the helm of this impressive organization. She pointed out that the NRA was the largest and oldest civil rights movement in the country, but that it had not established an endowment when she came aboard. With the constant push by the anti-gun crowd to strip us of our

Marsha Petrie Sue, Pamela Gorman, and Judi White

rights, the endowment is essential. “We started the endowment to make sure that the rights we enjoy today are secured for centuries to come,” explained Froman. As a special guest, Heide Kaser flew in to give a presentation and answer our questions about The NRA Women’s Leadership Forum, which unites women of influence to defend our Second Amendment rights and to help secure the future of the NRA through philanthropic leadership. Featured speakers at the NRA national meeting in Charlotte, NC included Wayne LaPierre, and Leigh Anne Tuohy (the real woman behind the character in the movie “Blind Side”). For more information contact Heide at 703-267-1622 or hkaser@ Pamela Gorman, is a former Arizona State Senator and leading defender of Second Amendment rights in the Arizona legislature. She is currently running for the U.S. House of Representatives to fill a vacancy that will be created by the retirement of Congressman John Shadegg in CD 3. You can contact Ms. Gorman and learn more about her at www.

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NRA Programs

Congratulations to All the 2010 Gold Medal Clubs! The NRA offers special recognition by awarding Gold Medal status to NRA affiliated organizations that promote and support the purposes, objectives, policies, and programs of the NRA. Each year numerous organizations apply to achieve the Gold Medal status; an honor presented to clubs that meet the following 5 specific criteria:

• Be a 100% NRA Club • Have a Club Newsletter • Belong to the NRA State Association of your state • Have administered, or currently incorporate an NRA Youth Program within the Club’s agenda

• Actively participate in NRA’s Membership Recruiting Program Clubs that meet the criteria above will be awarded a plaque along with an inscribed bar listing the year. Current Gold Medal clubs are encouraged to renew their status every year and will be given an inscribed bar with the renewal year. A club that is applying for a NRA Range Grant will be given preference if they achieve and maintain Gold Medal status. The annual deadline for the NRA Gold Medal Awards is February 15. Applications will be mailed out to all NRA Affiliated Clubs that have given proof of 100% NRA Membership in the month of December. To access the application online, please go to asp Alaska Interior Marksmanship Committee Americana 1800 Adventure Club Apple Valley Gun Club Arkansas Rifle & Pistol Association Arnold Rifle and Pistol Club Bell City Rifle Club, Inc. Boulder Rifle Club, Inc. Boulder Valley Sportsmen’s Assn Inc. Cairo Sportsman Club Capital City Gun Club Capitan Hi Power Shooting Club. Inc. Carolina West Shooting Club

Centralia Rifle Club Cheboygan Hunter Safety Comm Cherokee Gun Club Coastal Georgia Gun Club Colorado West Gun Club & Junior Copicut Rifle Association, Inc. Cumberland Riflemen Dallas Arms Collectors Assn Inc Douglas Ridge Rifle Club & Jr Div. Eastern Nebraska Gun Club, Inc. Elgin Rifle Club, Inc. Emerald Empire Gun Club Escondido Fish & Game Assn Estacada Rod & Gun Club Folsom Shooting Club, Inc. Forks Rifle Club Fort Hill Rifle and Pistol Club Hat Creek Rifle and Pistol Club Hawkeye Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. Hollywood Rifle and Pistol Club Humboldt Rifle And Pistol Club Johnson Creek Gun Club Konocti Rod And Gun Club Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club Lincoln Rifle Club,Inc.& Jr Division Major Waldron Sportsmen’s Association Martin County Sportsmen’s Association, Inc. McDonald Sportsmen’s Assn, Inc. Nescopeck Hunting & Rifle Club, Inc. Norfolk County Rifle Range Northern Dutchess Rod & Gun Club, Inc. Northwestern Gun Club Old Trails Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc Paradise Rod & Gun Club, Inc. continued on page 14 Volume 15, Number 2 l club connection l 11

ILA Update

Trigger the Vote With each election, Americans go to the polls and make decisions that affect -- for better or worse -- the future of freedom in America. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 72 percent (142 million) of the eligible voting age citizen population (197 million) were registered to vote in 2004. This means that as many as 55 million people were eligible to vote, but not registered -- and therefore did not participate in the November 2004 elections. Now, NRA has created a new affiliate, the NRA Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF), which focuses on nonpartisan voter registration and citizen education. The NRA-FAF has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Gifts to NRA Freedom Action Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. The NRA Freedom Action Foundation, in turn, has launched a new campaign – Trigger the Vote. And to serve as Honorary Chairman, we brought on board one of America’s most persuasive action heroes -- Chuck Norris. Visit www. to hear his message. This campaign has deployed a new approach to reach the younger generation, using new social media outlets. It will also use traditional methods of outreach including TV, radio and direct mail. Trigger the Vote is mobile, going on the road to educate and register voters at gun shows, shooting ranges and anywhere else gun owners, hunters and shooters can be found. The campaign will post regular updates on the site, including short videos of volunteers explaining why they are putting their time and effort into the campaign. You too can be part of the campaign. Visit the website, recommend it to friends -- and use it to persuade any unregistered gun owners, hunters or shooters you may know to get on board by registering to vote. Then, click on the “Why Me Why Now” tab to send us your testimonial, whether a short video, photo, or even just an e-mail telling us what you did to sign up new voters. We’ll post the best submissions for all to share, and to inspire other visitors to the site to do their part as well. Visit today – and Trigger the Vote in your community.

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State Association Spotlight: Pennsylvania Rifle and Pistol Assoc. The Pennsylvania Rifle and Pistol Association’s Junior High Power Rifle Team Camp Perry We have been very busy over the past several months working towards the goal of putting together what we think is the best junior high power rifle program in the country. A poll and impromptu vote was conducted and we have adopted a new name. We are now known as The Pennsylvania Rifle and Pistol Association’s Junior High Power Rifle Team - The Steel Eagles. We needed a more distinct identity, and I have grown weary of having people ask us what our team name is when I go to register at Perry and Butner. We are very excited about this and we have been receiving nothing but positive feedback on this new name! Next we have been doing an incredible amount of fundraising and work towards securing the “groceries” needed to participate in this sport. The following companies have signed on as sponsors: Bushmaster, Remington, Geissele Automatics, White Oak Armament, Ray-Vin, Nosler, Custom Slings by JHW, Morton Enterprises, Reece Supply, Walter G. Anderson, Shields Service Rifle Slings, along with the PRPA, the CMP, the NRA and a host of other enterprises which have generously donated either cash or supplies. The budget was $0 when I became the director of this program two years ago. PRPA generously contributed $8,500 during the first year. Last year, I was able to offset this with some NRA grants, and our total budget increased to approximately $11,500 with the PRPA contribution remaining constant. The BOD of the PRPA accepted my request to increase the PRPA’s contribution to $13,500

for 2010. The expectation is that this will be offset partly by grants, which I expect to be approximately $12,000 of the $30,000 I have applied for. The total raffle income of approximately $17,000 brought our total expected annual budget to nearly $40,000. I think this is the most important first step in creating the best junior high power rifle program in the country! Along with the fundraising, I have identified nearly 400 junior participants who are interested in checking out our sport. Out of those 400, we had 25-30 individuals who can’t wait to join our ranks. The most common comment we heard was, “I had no idea there was a team like this in PA.” This was of no surprise to me as this was the first wholehearted effort to market our program in the greater gun community that I was aware of. Our marketing effort included gun show appearances at Monroeville, Oaks, Valley Forge, Allentown, and Greensburg. All together we visited 6 shows. We met thousands of people, some of whom have offered to help out our program. I cannot express my gratitude to the many folks who came out to help us with these efforts. We spent thousands of man hours selling raffle tickets, bringing in new members to the organization, and introducing our sport to those who would surely be interested, but were unaware for so long. We will continue to promote our sport in the future as we have in the past few months. We look forward to meeting more folks out there both on the range and in the convention halls around Pennsylvania! If you wish to be considered as a participant on the “Steel Eagles”, please contact the Programs Director Bob Eikey at 412-874-6402 or . The team currently consists of 15-20 juniors between the ages of 14-20. Boys and girls are invited to participate. Currently most of the equipment needed is provided as well as financial assistance. Check out to see our photos from Camp Perry in 2009.

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Club News 2010 Gold Medal Club Winners continued from page 11 Peconic River Sportsman’s Club Inc Pine Tree Pistol Club, Inc. Racine County Line Rifle Club, Inc. Rappahannock Pistol & Rifle Club, Inc. Ridge Rifle Association River City Rifle & Pistol Club Roanoke Rifle & Revolver Club Rochester Rod & Gun Club Sand & Sage Rifle & Pistol Club Santa Clara Valley Rifle Club Shanksville-Stonycreek School District Sheboygan Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. Shongum Sportsmen’s Assn Shoot Right, Airgun, Small Bore Safety & Coaching South Island Gun Club Southwest Gun Club Spalding County 4-H Stonycreek Shooting Center Inc. Streetsboro Sportsman Association Syracuse Pistol Club, Inc. The Great Lot Sportsman’s Club, Inc.


Tremont Sportsman’s Club Tri-State Gun Club, Inc. True Sportsman Club Tuscaloosa Gun Club Waldwick Pistol & Rifle Club, Inc. West End Gun Club


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Club News

Recruiting with Tea and Targets By Bob G. Beaman, Photos by Paul Giegerich Reprinted with permission from Shooting Sports USA We call it Tea and Targets, the brainchild of two of our lady club members. This is no ordinary day at the range. The ladies begin with training, competition and camaraderie. Afterwards, the gentlemen in the club serve the ladies an English high tea, complete with classical 18th century music in the background. The club ladies and their guests sit and talk about their targets and other lady things while the gentlemen serve them tea, scones, sandwiches, and other confectioneries. Anne Derby and Gloria Grazioso conceived the idea during one of the Silverado gun shows in Upper Marlboro, MD, while discussing ways to get ladies more interested in shooting sports. As the Berwyn Rod and Gun Club’s pistol officer, I soon heard about this idea. To be truthful, I had my doubts since the effort appeared to be a lot of work with no guarantees of success. It seams fitting that the first Tea and Targets event was scheduled for the Sunday after Mothers day. The club later added a second event in the fall. The annual events are an opportunity for the club ladies and the women of the area to practice with their home defense gun or just get out with other ladies and have some fun. For the ladies who bought a gun for security and have little or no training, we offer instruction from the most experienced folks in our club, including our NRA-certified instructors. We cover NRA’s safe gun handling procedures, followed by a review of our outdoor

Lady shooters from the Berwyn Rod and Gun Club and the local community gather for a fun day at the outdoor range. Third from the left is 91-year-old Margaret Oppenheimer, two-time first place club winner with a .22LR rifle.

range rules. We also have a safety briefing by the Range Safety Officer and designate folks to provide specific support if an accident occurs. Once the safety is covered, it is fun, fun and more fun. NRA B-2 targets are placed at eye level at a distance of 50 feet and the shooters select either a handgun or a rifle chambered for 22LR. For this particular shoot, we had 10 pistol shooters and 4 rifle shooters. The more competitive

After safety classes and a fun shoot at the range, the ladies are treated to an English High Tea at the nearby Disabled American Veterans’ post. Note that it’s the men serving the ladies for this occasion.

women used firearms with optical sights. Each shooter fired two five-shot, un-timed volleys for a total of 10 shots. The high scores were 71/100 for pistol and 90/100 for rifle. Now a veteran of two of these events, is 91-year-old Margaret Oppenheimer, shooting a borrowed 22-cal. rifle with scope. Last year, after taking first place, she commented that she “had not shot a rifle in 70 years!” This year she again tied for first place. When Margaret was 16, her father wanted all of his children to know how to handle a firearm. I would say she learned the skill very well. After the qualification and competition is completed, all the ladies convene at the nearby Disabled American Veterans’ post where another crew of club members serves them a traditional English high tea. Our guys are lead by John Grazioso and Jim Saville (the husbands of Gloria and Anne who came-up with the idea) and myself. We dress up in suits and don white gloves, greet and seat the women and present them with a selection of teas and food. The tea is served on continued on page 19

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Silver State Shooting Sport Association By Dolores McNamara, President Las Vegas, Nevada The Silver State Shooting Sports Assoc. (SSSSA) has trained over 700 new junior shooters in the past seven years. We work with the Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, Civil Air Patrol cadets, ROTC and JROTC. These organizations have responded very well to our youth shooting programs and are regular participants. The youth are enthusiastically earning their patches, rockers and medals. Our youth programs enjoy the support of parents too. Some of our young shooters have been with us for years and many have progressed all the way to the Distinguished Expert awards. The support NRA offers SSSSA to obtain the materials needed to continue to offer the Junior Shooting Development Program is invaluable and greatly appreciated. Many of our youth are home schooled and this gives them the chance to socialize in a positive environment with other youth. We thank The NRA Foundation for the grant funding raised through the Friends of NRA banquets that allow us to obtain firearms and equipment. Through our NRA backed program, we have been able to teach and foster respect and courtesy among our youth. The first paragraph in our By-laws states: “This organization is organized exclusively for educational purposes. The objective of this organization shall be the encouragement of organized

rifle, pistol and shotgun marksmanship with a view toward, education, good knowledge and furthermore safe handling and proper care of firearms, and to create a public sentiment for the encouragement of organized rifle, pistol and shotgun practice both as a sport and as a necessary means of defense. It shall be our further objective and purpose to forward the development of those characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team-play and self-reliance, which are the essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundation of true patriotism”. We also offer NRA Certified Instructor Classes and Range Safety Officer Classes to involve more people in our sport and are currently expanding to do training in self-defense and basic pistol and rifle shooting including programs such as Women On Target® and Refuse To Be A Victim®. For more information contact: Silver State Shooting Sport Association 5582 Ricochet Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89110 702-453-8565

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Cowboy Match Succeeds Again By Mark Buckner, Arnold Rifle and Pistol Club Barnhart, Missouri Over 70 shooters took part in the 9th annual Cowboy Charity Match sponsored by the Arnold Rifle & Pistol Club on September 18-20, 2009. The shooters rose over $5,500.00 for the CHAMP Assistance Dog organization over the course of three days. This event marked the ninth year that our Cowboys have held this match to benefit CHAMP, which trains dogs to help with a wide variety of assistance tasks. The acronym CHAMP stands for “Canine Helpers Allow More Possibilities.” CHAMP serves children and adults who have physical disabilities by raising and training service dogs which provide companionship and offer assistance with daily activities. Most importantly, these dogs are provided free of charge. This event is held in our Cowboy range at the Arnold Rifle & Pistol Club and participants do not need to belong to the club. Friday starts with eight side matches for all the shooters to come out and participate in. Along with the regular events for the weekend, there is a chuckwagon dinner Friday night and ending with a banquet Saturday night. Raffle tickets are also sold the night of the banquet with local

vendors and gun shops donating door prizes. Out of all the shooters for the CHAMP event, only three shooters accomplished the feat of shooting clean for the entire match: Freddy “Fast Fritz” Cewe (a junior shooter), Ed “Joe Shelby” Bohne, and Walter “Haystack” Hall. The Arnold Rifle and Pistol Club has raised over $45,000 for the CHAMP organization since starting this charity match nine years ago. For more information about the Cowboy Charity Match, please visit

Hi-Desert Rod and Gun Club Morongo Valley, California The Hi-Desert Rod and Gun Club (HDRGC) was founded in 1976 through the interest of like-minded individuals looking for a place to shoot. The HDRGC is a non-profit organization that supports our heritage and rights by providing a safe and fun place for people to shoot. Currently the facilities include a trap field, and 10 covered shooting positions for both rifle and handgun. The rifle and handgun positions all have solid benches, sand bags available, and 25, 50, and 100-yard distances to set your targets. NRA certified Range Safety Officers are on duty to keep things running smoothly and safely. Everyone is welcome and families are encouraged. The HDRGC is run and maintained by all volunteers and it is nothing short of spectacular in these times of disappearing ranges. Recently, while entering the lease renewal process the

discussion turned to purchasing the property from the town of Morongo Valley. After some long discussions, detailed negotiations with Morongo Valley and the Bureau of Land Management, a few Club meetings later their votes were cast to purchase the property. The goal of HDRGC is to preserve a place for fellow enthusiast to participate in their chosen sport for generations to come. As the new owners of continued on page 21

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Nonprofits to Lose Tax-Exempt Status for Failing to File 990 Tax Forms By Skipp C. Galythly NRA Assistant General Counsel In 2006, Congress passed a law affecting all federally recognized nonprofit organizations. This law required all taxexempt organizations, such as 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(7) shooting or hunting clubs, to file the appropriate I.R.S. Form 990. Prior to the passage of this law, organizations with gross receipts of $25,000 or less were not required to file. Under the new law, not only are all such organizations required to file, those that fail to do so for three consecutive years will have their tax-exempt status revoked. That first potential three year deadline occurred on May 15, 2010. For such small exempt organizations (i.e., those with gross receipts of $25,000 or less), the IRS requires the filing of Form 990-N, also known as the e-postcard. This is a much simpler form than Form 990 EZ or Form 990 (required of organizations with gross receipts greater than $25,000) although small exempt organizations can still file these forms if they so wish. More information can be found on the I.R.S. website at http://www.,,id=169250,00.html. The Form 990-N e-postcard is very simple and straightforward. The Form consists of a mere eight questions and half of those ask for names and addresses of your organization (including any website address). Basic information on the e-postcard can be found at p4752.pdf. If an exempt organization fails to file, the I.R.S. will send the organization a reminder notice. While there should be no late filing fees involved, a failure to file for three consecutive years will result in revocation of the organization’s tax-exempt status, as required by law. Although an organization may reapply if its tax-exempt status is revoked, the application process is far more complicated than filing the e-postcard. In addition, revenues collected during any period of revocation may be taxable. More information can be found on the IRS website at,,id=218550,00.html

and,,id=217087,00.html. (The I.R.S. website contains a wealth of information and is very user-friendly. The main I.R.S. page for charities and other nonprofits can be found at html.) The New York Times recently reported that “Lois G. Lerner, director of the exempt organizations division of the I.R.S., said that while groups would lose their exemptions effective May 16, the I.R.S. would probably not send out notices until January to give nonprofits a chance to bring themselves into compliance with the law.” While this likely does not provide a defense, it does provide a possible window for non-filers to regain compliance and hopefully avoid revocation and, consequently, re-filing for tax-exempt status. (The New York Times article reports that an estimated twenty to twenty-five percent of all nonprofits will lose their status on May 16 as a result of such failures to file.) Maintaining your tax-exempt status is important since, if such status is revoked, revenues may be taxable at the federal level. IRS-recognized tax-exempt status exempts an organization from federal taxes only. State and local taxes may still apply and there may be state or local exemptions that can be had in addition to any federal exemption. You should consult with your legal counsel and tax-professional to make sure your organization is best and fully protected. Although the author of this article is an attorney, this article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to offer tax or legal advice. All individuals and organizations should consult with their tax professionals and with legal counsel licensed to practice law in the appropriate jurisdiction(s) to answer their questions more fully and ensure full compliance with the law. Additional information is also available at,,id=223609,00.html

Recruiting with Tea and Targets continued from page 16 white tablecloths with bouquets of flowers and chamber music. They linger, talk and enjoy the service. Berwyn Rod and Gun Club was established in 1938 in Berwyn, MD, and later moved to Bowie, MD. We currently have more than 350 members and continue to grow through

public rifle, shotgun and pistol events at our beautiful outdoor range facilities and by supporting community events like Toys-For-Tots and Bowiefest. For more information, log on to Volume 15, Number 2 l club connection l 19

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How to Raise the Caliber of Your Club Is your club running at the highest level of efficiency? Are you aware of your duties when you are elected into office? How does my organization become tax exempt? Many clubs encounter these issues but have no idea how to answer them. NRA Clubs & Associations publishes the NRA Club Officers’ Guide which will help affiliated organizations answer these questions and many others. New shooting clubs are constantly forming and some have no idea what to do once the club is formed. NRA Clubs & Associations offers a guide on how to manage and operate a club by clarifying frequently asked questions. The guidebook will outline topics such as Officer Duties, Club Committees, Club Finances, Member Recruitment, Shooting Programs, and much more. To keep clubs and organization from disbanding, the NRA suggests implementing a series of different shooting programs and running community shooting events to promote good public relations for the club; as well as generate member interest. Often times an officer may step down or leave the



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Hi-Desert Rod and Gun Club continued from page 18 40 acres and the existing shooting complex, the HDRGC has decided to develop a master plan to maximize the property. They contacted the NRA Range Technical Team to help them capitalize on the terrain and meet the most current range specifications and requirements. As a key to success, it is always important to map out your future goals and have an idea of where you want to be and the probability of success will increase exponentially. With the realization of ownership and the long range plans being developed, the Club has a new zest for promoting the shooting complex and membership. There are a few areas that should be highlighted including the NRA small bore competition, and an Advanced Handgun Target Acquisition which is similar to IPSC or IDPA for members only. The trap field holds a monthly match with neighboring clubs and there is often a BBQ held after their trap match too. The HDRGC also hosts the Boy Scouts of America a few times a year to support their merit badge efforts. As you can see it is a little range with a small town atmosphere that takes big strides in supporting our shooting sports. The Hi-Desert Rod and Gun Club is a wonderful example of what a community of shooters can do with a mutual

interest. The drive and determination of its members who unselfishly volunteer their time, skills, and efforts are working hard to ensure that the next generation has a place to go to and experience the joy we all feel when partaking in our shooting heritage. For more information contact: Hi Desert Rod and Gun Club P.O. Box 69 Yucca Valley, CA 92286 (760) 365-6258 Volume 15, Number 2 l club connection l 21

Range Report

NRA Range Grants

Range grant funds are made available at NRA’s sole discretion to qualifying NRA-affiliated clubs and associations by approval of the Range Development Committee -- a standing committee of the NRA Board of Directors. At the NRA’s sole discretion, grants are awarded to assist with acquisition, development, and improvement of shooting facilities. Applicants must be a 100% NRA membership NRA-Affiliated Club, with preference given to Gold Medal Clubs. This Range Grant program is limited to $5,000 per applicant per year, and the deadline for submission is August 1 annually. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS AND PROJECTS In reviewing grant applications, the Range Grant Subcommittee will apply the following criteria and recommend to the Range Development Committee only those projects that conform to these guidelines: • Any NRA-affiliated club or association of which 100% of the club’s members are also NRA members is eligible to apply for a NRA Range Grant. Preference will be given to recipients of the Gold Medal Club Award. • Projects and activities eligible for funding include: acquisition, development and/or improvement of shooting facilities; projects designed to enhance community relations, NRA “Range Day, public shooting, and junior programs; and projects addressing range safety, as well as environmental issues i.e. lead reclamation. RESTRICTIONS ON FUNDING • Applications for grant funding will not exceed $5,000 for any qualifying NRA affiliate per year. • Grants will be limited to one per year per facility in those cases where more than one qualifying affiliate utilizes the same range. • Range grants will not be approved for multi-year funding of projects. • A final report must be submitted for any and all funded projects. Failure to submit a final report will result in disqualification for future consideration. • All projects must be for the sole purpose of range development/range improvement. Applications for short-term supplies such as targets, firearms, PA systems, manuals, etc. will not be accepted. (Short-term being defined as projects with a life of less than 10 years.) • Applications must be submitted for consideration each year. Prior year funds awarded shall not be construed as a guarantee of funding in subsequent years. The following activities or projects are also not eligible for funding: 1) Deficit financing. 2) Projects related to commercial ventures. 3) Applications from clubs or associations that have not submitted final reports for previously awarded grants. COMPLETING THE APPLICATION All applications for NRA Range Grants must be submitted on official application forms. These application forms are available from NRA Range Services at or may be mailed to the address below (Must Arrive at NRA by August 2, 2010): NRA Range Services – 2010 Range Grants 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax, VA 22030 (877) 672-7264 22 l club connection l Volume 15, Number 2

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NRA-affiliated state associations Alabama State Rifle & Pistol Association

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Mr. James Moses, President 2009 Rodgers Drive, NE Huntsville, AL 35811 256-534-7968 home Mr. Ramon J. Samaniego, Jr. Secretary/Treasurer 2505 Isabelle Circle, NE Huntsville, AL 35811 256-534-2644

Alaska Outdoor Council, Inc.

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Rod Arno, Executive Director P.O. Box 87-1069 Wasilla, AK 99687 Denny Hamann, NRA Liason

Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association

• Mr. Noble C. Hathaway, President P.O. Box 40962 Mesa, AZ 85274-0962 623-687-4251 office • Mr. John Hard, Vice President P.O. Box 40962 Mesa, AZ 85274-0962 480-209-0518

Arkansas Rifle & Pistol Association

• Mr. Al Alberius, President 15424 Hartford Street Little Rock, AR 72223 501-217-0217 • Mr. Fred Buzen, Vice President 4275 Hwy 51 South Arkadelphia, AR 71923 870-246-2029

California Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc.

• Mr. Thomas O. Thomas, President 271 East Imperial Highway, Suite 620 Fullerton, CA 92835 714-992-2772 office • Mr. John C. Fields, Executive Director 271 East Imperial Highway, Suite 620 Fullerton, CA 92835 714-992-2772

Colorado State Shooting Association

• Mr. Tony Fabian, President 510 Wilcox Street, Suite C Castle Rock, CO 80104 303-663-9339 office

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303-713-0785 fax • Mr. David Gill 510 Wilcox Street, Suite C Castle Rock, CO 80104 303-663-9339 office 303-713-0785 fax

Connecticut State Rifle & Revolver Association

Hawaii Rifle Association • Mr. Harvey F. Gerwig, President 1039 Kupua Street Kailua, HI 96734 808-306-7194 • Bill Richter, Secretary P.O. Box 543 Kailua, HI 96734 808-261-2754 Info Line

Idaho State Rifle & Pistol Association

• Mr. Randy Bieler P.O. Box 754 North Haven, CT 06473 203-272-1725 203-239-2106 fax • Shelly Albino P.O. Box 754 North Haven, CT 06473 203-272-1725 203-239-2106 fax

• Mr. Neill Goodfellow, President 8156 North Penn Avenue Fruitland, ID 83619 208-452-4183 home • Mr. Jon Carter, Secretary 1065 River Heights Drive Meridian, ID 83642 208-888-2829 phone/fax

Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association

Illinois State Rifle Association, Inc.

• Mr. John J. Thompson, President 113 North Road Wilmington, DE 19809 302-764-6899 302-658-3031 fax • Mr. Daniel Lindberg 2010 Kynwyd Road Wilmington, DE 19810 302-475-4228

Florida Sport Shooting Association, Inc. • •

Mr. Thomas Brusherd, President P.O. Box 14024 Jacksonville, FL 32244 Mr. Michael D. Langfield, Secretary 5921 Blackthorn Road Jacksonville, FL 32244 407-701-1030 home 407-273-9356 fax

Georgia Sport Shooting Association • Tracy English, President P.O. Box 1733 Macon, GA 31202 706-343-5870 • Mr. Thomas E. Patton, Secretary/Treasurer P.O. Box 1733 Macon, GA 31202

• Mr. Don A. Moran, President P.O. Box 637 Chatsworth, IL 60921 815-635-3198 office 815-635-3723 fax • Mr. Richard Pearson, Executive Director P.O. Box 637 Chatsworth, IL 60921 815-635-3198 office 815-635-3723 fax

Indiana State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. • •

Mr. Jerry Wehner, Executive VP 7527 State Route 56 Rising Sun, IN 47040 812-534-3258 home Mr. William B. Thomas, Secretary 812-948-8226

Iowa State Rifle & Pistol Association • Mr. John Klopfenstein, President 606 S. Harrison Pl Mt Pleasant, IA 52641 • Mr. Bill Besgrove, Secretary 240 Prospect Road North Liberty, IA 52317-9660 319-626-2710

Kansas State Rifle Association • Ms. Patricia Stoneking, President P.O. Box 117 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 913-667-3044 • Ms. Elizabeth Brown P.O. Box 219 Bonnor Springs, KS 66012 913-608-1910

League of Kentucky Sportsmen, Inc. • Mr. Rick Allen, President P.O. Box 8527 Lexington, KY 40533 859-276-3518 home • Mr. Robert Fraley, NRA Liaison 1620 Old Beechwood Road Owenton, KY 40359 502-750-7565 cell

Louisiana Shooting Association • Mr. Daniel Zelnka II, President 11 Carolina Ct. Covington, LA 70433 504-565-3727 direct 504-588-9750 fax • Mr. Danny Hudson, Secretary 603 S. Texas St. DeRidder, LA 70634 337-396-9650 direct

(Maine) Pine Tree State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. • •

Mr. Ronald Vaillancourt, President 307 Riverside Dr. Augusta, ME 04330 207-622-7989 Angus N. Norcross, Treasurer 14 Pine Road Wiscasset, ME 04578 207-882-4713

Maryland State Rifle & Pistol Association • Mr. Richard Kussman, Chairman 832 Bear Cabin Drive Forest Hill, MD 21050-2734 410-838-1734 home • Ms. Margaret Clark, Vice President 14 Brewer Ave. Annapolis, MD 21401 410-268-5000

(Massachusetts) Gun Owners’ Action League – G.O.A.L.

• Mr. James Wallace, Executive Director P.O. Box 567, 37 Pierce Street Northboro, MA 01532 508-393-5333 office 508-393-5222 fax • Mr. Jon Green, Jr., Director Training & Edu. P.O. Box 567, 37 Pierce Street Northboro, MA 01532 508-393-5333 office

Michigan Rifle & Pistol Association

• Mr. Leo Cebula, President P.O. Box 530637 Livonia, MI 48153-0637 269-781-1223 • Mr. Mike Wesner, Secretary/Treasurer P.O. Box 530637 Livonia, MI 48153-0637 888-655-6772 office 269-781-1223

Minnesota Rifle & Revolver Association, Inc.

• Morgen Dietrich, Secretary 14500 45th St, NE Foley, MN 56329 320-522-1934 • Mr. George Minerich, President 14500 45th St NE Foley, MN 56329 320-968-6898 home

Mississippi State Firearm Owners Association

Montana Rifle & Pistol Association

• Mr. Matt Egloff, President P.O. Box 4394 Butte, MT 59702 406-782-5704 • Ms. Zona Mowrer, Secretary/Membership P.O. Box 48 Ramsay, MT 59748 406-782-3450

Nebraska Marksmanship Association

• Mr. Bill J. Keil, President 13105 Sky Park Dr. Omaha, NE 68137 402-933-4881 • Mr. W. Aaron Woehler, Secretary 8609 South 143rd Ave. Omaha, NE 68138 402-679-1147

Nevada State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc.

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Mr. Robert E. Smith, President P.O. Box 7512 Reno, NV 89501-7512 775-762-1494 office 775-355-8088 fax Mr. Mark Geldmacher, Secretary/ Treasurer 8220 Mount Logan Ct. Las Vegas, NV 89131 775-762-1494 office 775-355-8088 fax

• Mr. Douglas Bowser, President P.O. Box 1061 McComb, MS 39649 601-249-3315 • Mr. Samuel Richardson, Secretary P.O. Box 2486 Madison, MS 39130-2486 601-898-9832

• Mr. Mitch Kopacz, President P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0487 603-225-4664 • Mr. Ralph Demicco, Vice President P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0847

Missouri Sport Shooting Association

Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Inc.

• Mr. Kevin Jamison, President 6140 N. Wagontrail Road Columbia, MO 65202 816-455-2669 816-413-0696 fax • Lee Koester, Secretary Po Box 10170 Columbia, MO 65205

Gun Owners of New Hampshire, Inc.

• Mr. Scott L. Bach, President P.O. Box 651 Newfoundland, NJ 07435 973-697-9270 • Ms. Judith Iorio, Recording Secretary P.O. Box 1397 Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

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NRA-affiliated state associations New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, Inc. • Mr. Anthony Trennel, President P.O. Box 30850 Albuquerque, NM 87190 505-856-6574 • Mr. Ken Laintz, Secretary P.O. Box 753 Los Alamos, NM 87544 505-672-3507

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. • Mr. Thomas H. King, President P.O. Box 1023 Troy, NY 12181-1023 518-424-1349 518-449-1332 fax • Mr. Joseph DeBergalis, VP of Operations P.O. Box 1023 Troy, NY 12181 518-389-8322

North Carolina Rifle & Pistol Association • •

Mr. David McFarling, President P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 919-929-9585 home Mr. David Prest, Secretary P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 910-639-4742 office

North Dakota Shooting Sports Association • Mr. Eric Pueppke, President PO Box 228 Bismarck, ND 58502 701-967-8450 • Mr. James Ladwig, Vice President 1102 Main Ave. Fargo, ND 58103 701-232-9440

Ohio Rifle & Pistol Association • Mr. G. Martin Capito, Vice President 175 W. Main St. New London, OH 44851 419-929-0307 • Mr. Keith V. Bailey, Secretary 175 W. Main St. New London, OH 44851 419-929-0307 30 l club connection l Volume 15, Number 2

Oklahoma Rifle Association

• Mr. G. Don Scott, President Rt. 2, Box 21 Maysville, OK 73057 405-867-5234 home • Mr. Charles Smith, Executive Director P.O. Box 850602 Yukon, OK 73085-0602 405-324-2450 office/fax

Oregon State Shooting Association

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Mr. Tim Pitzer, President 2815 South Shore Drive SE Albany, OR 97322 541-928-2460 home 541-981-2064 fax Mr. Stan Pate, Vice President 503-652-9931

Pennsylvania Rifle & Pistol Association

• Mr. Jack Lee, President 100 Wycliff Way Butler, PA 16001 724-865-2597 phone/fax • Mr. James G. Johnson, Secretary 405 Hilltop Road Paoli, PA 19301 610-647-2374

Rhode Island State Rifle & Revolver Association

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Mr. Paul Boiani, President P.O. Box 41148 Providence, RI 02940 401-233-0771 office Mr. Donn C. DiBiasio, Secretary P.O. Box 17452 Smithfield, RI 02917 401-233-0771 office

Gun Owners of South Carolina

• Mr. Gerald Stoudemire, President P.O. Box 211 Little Mountain, SC 29075 803-945-7677 home • Ms. Peggy Bodner 1080 Pinecrest Dr Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-329-8668

South Dakota Shooting Sports Association

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Mr. Tom Raines, President P.O. Box 3 Dell Rapids, SD 57022 Mr. Bruce Plate, Vice President


Tennessee Shooting Sports Association, Inc.

• Mr. Ray W. Harvey, Jr., President 6653 Jocelyn Hollow Road Nashville, TN 37205 615-352-3954 • Mr. Ralph Walker, Secretary 1436 Right Prong Blue Buck Road Duck River, TN 38454 615-662-9116

Texas State Rifle Association

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Dan Stricklund, President 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Ste 300 Austin, TX 78752 512-615-4200 Mr. Charles Cotton, Executive Director 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Ste 300 Austin, TX 78752 512-615-4200

Utah State Rifle & Pistol Association

• Mr. Elwood P. Powell, President 4834 Van Buren Avenue Ogden, UT 84403 801-449-9763 office 801-476-8274 fax • Mr. Ralph Schamel, Vice President 801-277-4016

Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Inc.

• Mr. Clint Gray, President PO Box 225 Lyndonville, VT 05851 802-467-8445 • Mr. Evan Hughes 16 Milestone Blvd. Barre, VT 05641 802-272-8544

Virginia Shooting Sports Association

Mr. Lucien Charette, Executive Director P.O. Box 1258 Orange, VA 22960 540-672-5848 office Ms. Andrea T. Smith, Secretary/Treasurer P.O. Box 1258 Orange, VA 22960 540-672-5848 office/fax

Washington State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc.

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Mr. Ken Littlefield, President Mr. Duane Hatch, Secretary PO Box 382 DuPont, WA 98327 253-853-7533

West Virginia State Rifle & Pistol Association

• Mr. Barry Hogue, President 1220 Philippi Pike Clarksburg, WV 26301 304-624-5363 • Ms. Carol Haynes, Secretary 3516 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew, WV 26378 304-203-1726


• Mr. Jeff Nass, President N615 Silver Lane Pulaski, WI 54162-8320 920-687-0505 • Gary Nichols, Secretary W271N7055 Hansen Dr Sussex, WI 53089 262-246-3317

Wyoming State Shooting Association, Inc.

• Mr. Mark Spungin, President P.O. Box 94 Guernsey, WY 82214 307-836-2188 home • Mrs. Beverly Spungin, Vice President P.O. Box 94 Guernsey, WY 82214 307-836-2188 home • Mr. Roger Sebesta, Secretary/Treasurer 625 Sweetwater Street Lander, WY 82520 307-335-9323

NRA Endorsed Insurance Program Participant

NRA Field Representative Directory EASTERN REGION

•Eastern Regional Director Brian Hyder Area 1 (ME, NH,VT, N. NY) Michael Langton Area 2 (NY) Jay Rusnock Area 3 (CT, MA, RI, Lower NY) Eric Bieler Area 4 (DE, Eastern PA) Kory Enck Area 5 (Western PA) Thomas Baldrige Area 6 (MD, NJ) Brian Swartz Area 7 (DC, Western VA, WV) Jim Kilgore Area 8 (Eastern NC) David Wells Area 42 (Western NC) Robert Doug Merrill Area 45 (Eastern VA) Bob Hipple

276-579-9828 603-938-2860 845-298-7233 860-426-1478 717-689-3200 724-861-0447 973-343-2104 304-255-2916 252-456-2097 828-628-0410 540-631-0633


•Central Regional Director Philip Gray Area 12 (Southern OH) Brian Hoover Area 14 (IN) John Crone Area 15 (KY) Larry Summarell, Jr. Area 17 (WI) Scott Taetsch Area 18 (Northern IL) Michael F. Huber Area 19 (MO) Gregg Pearre Area 43 (TN) Mike Webb Area 49 (Northern OH) Lloyd Edwards Area 51 (Southern MI) Allan Herman Area 52 (Southern IL) Wayne Steele

740-773-4119 740-297-4255 317-946-7260 270-586-5031 715-873-3360 815-652-0033 573-761-5466 901-382-4789 419-646-3669 989-686-3013 217-233-6784


•Southern Regional Director Al Hammond Area 9 (SC) Dale Carwile Area 10 (GA) Brad Ward Area 11 (Northern FL) Howell Lancaster Area 16 (LA, Southern MS) Dick Kingsafer Area 22 (AL) Craig Pace Area 25 (Northern TX) Tommy Easterling Area 26 (Southern TX) Gayle Carter-Cook Area 39 (AR, Northern MS) Mike Nevins Area 47 (Western TX) Jack Cannon Area 48 (Southern Florida) Jonathan Blum

386-462-5421 864-223-9900 770-228-8218 904-388-9782 601-794-0068 334-821-3200 903-677-6803 361-972-2166 479-754-0282 325-617-4460 305-447-3989


•Mid West Regional Director Tom Ulik Area 20 (OK) Darren DeLong Area 21 (MN) Scott Lembke Area 23 (IA, NE) Tim Bacon Area 24 (KS) Rick Chrisman Area 27 (NM) Peter Ide Area 28 (MT) Joseph Crismore Area 29 (WY) David Manzer Area 30 (CO) Marc Steinke Area 41 (ND, SD) Clay Pederson

509-895-9407 405-692-8672 218-844-2000 515-576-1285 913-294-9956 505-281-6721 406-293-2498 307-746-2520 719-322-4072 701-522-9622

WESTERN REGION •Western Regional Director J.P. Nelson Area 31 (AZ) Donna Cassity Area 32 (S. ID, Eastern NV, UT) Vacant Area 33 (Northern ID, Eastern WA) Steve Vreeland Area 34 (HI, OR) Mike Carey Area 35 (Northern CA) Daniel Wilhelm Area 36 (Southern CA, S. NV) Lissa Davis Area 37 (Central CA) Jason Quick Area 38 (AK) Bradley J. Kruger Area 40 (Western WA) Jim Williams Area 46 (E.CA, W. NV) Steve Wilson

480-357-4057 520-316-0620 Vacant 208-286-0950 541-385-9404 707-994-5877 714-832-1355 805-239-4246 907-235-9059 253-904-8941 209-847-4826

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