Saturday, January 24, 2015

Important Parking Information for the Mixer.

January 27th Event Info

Vermonters are being defamed all over the country by former NYC Mayor Bloomberg's gun control group
who are pushing the Vermont gun control bill in the State Senate bill: S.31.  The want NYC gun control in Vermont.
    
Our strength in fighting S.31 is in our numbers, and you are needed to inform your legislators to oppose S.31.

The Vermont Federation is conducting an event at the Vermont State House on Tuesday, January 27.

We will start greeting folks at 2 PM at the primary entrances to the State House, and will be conducting tours and making ourselves to answer questions.  We will also be supplying orange stickers to everyone that will help to identify us if you did not wear orange.  The main portion starting at 5PM in the Statehouse Cafeteria, we will be supplying snacks, and a cash bar will be available.

Parking is somewhat limited if you arrive before 4:30 - 5:00 PM.

After 4:30 - 5:00 PM, parking spaces are much easier to find on the streets and in the parking lots of the
adjacent state office buildings. The following link is a map of parking in the area and shows the walking distance to the State House:

    
There is also parking at the Vermont Department of Labor, with a free shuttle bus service that ends around 5 PM.  The following link will take you to the bus schedule:
    




Friday, January 23, 2015

Statement of the VTFSC Opposing Gun Control Bill S.31.

Statement of the VTFSC Opposing Gun Control Bill S.31.

The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs was founded in 1875 and is an organization of many clubs with ranks full of responsible citizens.

We take firearm safety very seriously, which is why the Federation and its member clubs invest so much in the training of shooters/hunters, the development of safe ranges, and the training of firearm instructors and range safety officers.

Earlier this week Senate bill S.31 was introduced.  The Federation holds that this bill is unnecessary gun control legislation, it was introduced for a Vermont gun control organization, with this bill inflicting needless expense and damage to the rights of good citizens.  

The Federation has long opposed laws which needlessly restrict the responsible use and ownership of firearms by peaceful citizens. Such gun control laws do not deter crime and only serve to slander the good character of the vast majority of firearm owners, the vast majority of which are responsible citizens.

The Federation does not engage in the legislative or regulatory process in a hasty manner. We believe that laws should not be enacted based upon emotion or public relations campaigns. Instead, legislation must be based upon sound public policy and comply with the state and federal constitutions. It is the Federal position that S.31 does not meet these standards and must be opposed. 
 
This stance is based upon the fact that criminals do not obey laws, and that Vermont is:

  • ·        Consistently one of the very lowest crimes rates in the nation,
  • ·        Constantly has one of the very best gun safety records, and
  • ·        Is not a major source of guns to other states. 

 
S.31 is a solution in search of a problem.  The Federation strenuously opposes S.31.

In rendering our opinion on S.31, the federation has continued its long standing practice of making our knowledge, expertise and decades of experience available on legislation involving firearms.




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Vermont Gun Control Advocates Prove VTFSC Position

Vermont Gun Control Advocates Prove VTFSC Position


On January 21st, an article appeared in the Burlington Free Press entitled "Online Sting:  Guns go to wrong people".

The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs holds that while this report attempts to show how easy it is for prohibited people to get firearms; it instead underscores and proves the Federation's case for opposing the impending gun control legislation.

Using the gun control group's numbers, we see that 7 out of 169 subjects were prohibited persons, and we note that every one of those 7 sales are already prohibited and illegal by existing Federal law. 

This reveals that Vermont gun control advocates are demanding to close down a currently legal process
that allows sales to 96% percent of honest citizens, just to try to block the 4% that were unlawful.

No matter what restrictions are put in place, criminals will always be able to get guns, be it through the use of "straw man" transactions or the completely illegal black market.  This is because they are criminals and criminals break laws.

The only people who would be subject to a "sting" if the gun control advocates get their way are the honest citizens who would be stung by being barred from lawfully purchasing firearms. 

Gun control advocates find that acceptable, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and Vermont's large number of lawful gun owners strenuously object.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fish & Wildlife Dept Holds Free Trapping Seminar




VERMONT FISH & WILDLIFE

Press Release

 

For Immediate Release:  January 20, 2015

Media contact: Nicole Corrao, 802-318-1347, Alison Thomas 802-371-9975

                          

Fish & Wildlife Dept Holds Free Trapping Seminar

 

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will hold a free seminar entitled "Trapping Through the Ice" at the Edward Kehoe Education Center in Castleton, on Saturday, February 7.

 

Vermont Fish & Wildlife warden Dave Gregory will lead topics on regulations, trapping equipment, personal safety, and trapping techniques. Participants will spend a large portion of the day on Lake Bomoseen.

 
"Trapping through the ice can be a great way to get outside in the winter months," said Nicole Corrao, information and education specialist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.  "We're hoping that trappers will leave this seminar with a better understanding of how to safely and effectively trap through the ice."

 

Beavers and muskrats may be trapped until March 31, 2015.  Otters can be trapped until February 28, 2015. 

The seminar will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch, though light refreshments will be served at the event.  Proper attire is required as students will be outside for a majority of this seminar. Vermont Fish & Wildlife will provide all trapping equipment. 

 

Registration is required by going to www.tinyurl.com/VtTrappingSeminar

 

Participants should note that this class is not a trapper education certification class. To  register for a trapper education certification class in order to legally trap in Vermont, check here: http://www.register-ed.com/programs/vermont/111-vermont-trapper-education-course

 

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Tom Rogers

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Information and Outreach

Davis 2 Building, 1 National Life Drive

Montpelier, VT  05620

[phone]      802-377-2628

[website]   www.vtfishandwildlife.com

 

 

 


Monday, January 19, 2015

Time to Call the Vermont Senate


The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs has booked the large Vermont State House Cafeteria
on Tuesday, Jan. 27 for Vermonters to use to express their opposition to gun control legislation.
VTFSC will be working there 2 PM to 7:30 PM. Gun owners need to be there and be heard.

Right now, it is time to call our Vermont State Senators about opposing the upcoming gun control
legislation. Please call the Sergeant-at-Arms Office of the Vermont State House at 802-828-2228.
Ask to to leave a message for both Senators Mullin and Rodgers, message being:
"Please tell the Senate 'No Gun Control Legislation'"

The reason for directing calls to Kevin and John is because they a republican and a democrat,
one from the southern and one from the northern end of the state, and both are good on gun rights.
By sending the message to Kevin and John, other senators will note phone messages being
brought to them and peak interest in the purpose of the telephone messages. Numbers Count!
Leaving a message for the senator(s) for your county is good too. If you are unsure as to your
senator(s) name you can look it up on the directory below. Tell them: "NO Gun Control Laws"
· Constantly one of the very lowest crime rate states
· Constantly has one of the very best gun safety records
· Is not a major source of guns to other states with BATFE data proving this
The proposed gun control laws, as described, are a solution in search of a problem.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Difference between Vermont gun control and gun right groups.



Vermont gun control proponents spend their money on
lobbying for gun control legislation.   
The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs gave a
$1,500 grant to purchase new air rifles for youngsters
to shoot at youngster air rifle exhibit that raises money
for Camp Ta- Kum-Ta  http://www.takumta.org/
The VTFSC also gives out grants to organizations to
teach firearm safety, skills and education programs.
The air rifles that youngsters had been using had very
challenging trigger pulls for the youngsters.  Especially
the little ones, so the VTFSC funded the purchase of
new air rifles.  The difference for the kids is remarkable.
The man with the blue jacket coaching a youngster is
Chris Bradley, the President of the VTFSC.

The difference is we spend our money on real issues,
safety and education. Not high priced lobbying firms,
 wine, dinners, and politicians.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Statement from our Vice President on the proposed gun control bills.

The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs was founded in 1875 and is an organization of many clubs with ranks full of responsible citizens.

We take gun safety very seriously, which is why the federation's clubs invest so much in the training of shooters/hunters, development of safe ranges, the training of firearm course instructors and range safety officers.

Earlier this week it has been reported that several members of the legislature will be introducing legislation to regulate firearms. Since we are not able to read a bill that has specific language, it is difficult to develop a position on a non-existent bill.

The Federation however has long opposed laws which needlessly restrict the responsible use and ownership of firearms by peaceful citizens. Such gun control laws do not deter crime and only serve to slander the good character of the vast majority of gun owners, who are by far, responsible citizens.

The Federation does not engage in the legislative or regulatory process in a hasty manner. We believe that laws should not be enacted based upon emotion or public relations campaigns. Instead, legislation must be based upon sound public policy and comply with the state and federal constitutions. In taking our position on the publically described legislation, we must take into consideration that Vermont is:

  • ·        Constantly one of the very lowest crime rate states
  • ·        Constantly has one of the very best gun safety records
  • ·        Is not a major source of guns to other states with BATFE data proving this


The proposed gun control laws, as described, are a solution in search of a problem.

Therefore, we hold that the proposed legislation, as publically described by the gun control organization, must and will be strenuously opposed.

Once the discussed bill has been introduced the federation will continue its long standing practice of bringing our knowledge, expertise and decades of experience available on proposed legislation involving firearms.


Llewelyn "Evan" Hughes, Vice-President of the VTFSC