Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fwd: WCAX: Gun control not off the table after all (Focus on U.S. Senate)

Tomorrow is the last day before the legislature takes off for the week of
town meeting, which is Tuesday, March 5th for most towns.  When the
legislature returns the following week, Friday, March 15th will be Cross
Over.  There will be intense pressure in that week up to Cross Over.
Right now we need to focus right now on the U.S. Senate.  Please call
and politely tell senators "No new gun laws, enforce existing gun laws" 
Pat Leahy 800-642-3193 & Bernie Sanders 800-339-9834

Gun control not off the table after all
Posted: Feb 28, 2013 9:39 AM ESTUpdated: Feb 28, 2013 9:40 AM EST
By WCAX News - bio | email
Gun control legislation is not off the table in Montpelier after all.
The House bill seeks universal background checks, limits on the size of ammunition magazines and other restrictions. Lead sponsor-- Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson-- said this week the bill does not have the votes to pass and it won't be brought to the House floor. But Wednesday afternoon following a meeting with the House Speaker, Waite-Simpson said it's possible some parts of the bill can still be salvaged. The Democrat declined to talk about the issue on camera.

Town Meeting Day Elections VOTE!

Town Meeting Day is rapidly approaching and too many
folks in our community do not take local voting seriously. 
Back in the days when freedom was taken seriously in
Vermont the Town Meeting was seen as critical.  Critical
to the elections for the administration of local government.

Today too many people in our community see these ballots
as not very important where more control seems to be
driven by Montpelier and Washington.  But, the items up
for vote on Town Meeting Day are crucial to the way your
municipality is run, how much you pay in taxes and how
your money is spent.  Vote.

Too many people are disengaged when this is a "boots
on the ground" level of controlling your future.  There are
too many "think globally, act locally" social issues on the
ballots up for grab.  Vote.

The local officials who get elected run your town or city,
determine how your local government is run and how
much of your money you get to keep and how when they
can get from you is spent.  You can actually end up funding
the policies and programs that attack your freedoms.  Vote

The municipal and school officials who get elected on Town
Meeting Day are the state legislators are the state-wide office
holders of tomorrow.   Pat Leahy, Bernie Sanders and Peter
Welch all started at lower level offices, right?  Vote

If you don't vote, then if you ever do complain to one of
elected officials all they have to do is check at town or
city clerks office to see if you voted.  If you have not,
they can just disregard whatever your point of issue.
You don't vote so you do not exist in the political world.

Voting is not only a right, it is a responsibility and it is
your duty.  People all the world are in envy of your right
to vote.  You can even vote by Early Voter Ballot.  Vote.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rally Pictures

For all those that attended the responsible gun owners rally on 2/23/13,
thank you for standing with us. 
The AP reported there were 300 people at the pro-gun rally at the Vermont State House on Saturday, Feb. 23rd.
WPTZ reported there were 300 people at the anti-gun rally at the Vermont State House on Saturday, Feb. 16th.
The photos below were of those two events, at the same site, one week apart. Do you believe that these were
the same size crowd turnouts? Would a reasonable person make that mistake or think the pro-gun rally had
only 300 people or the anti-gun rally had anywhere near 300 people?
Do you think there is more accuracy or objectivity in the narratives of their reporting.
We will leave that to your judgement!
Clint Gray,
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.
Care Trak Northeast


The Hill: U.S. Senate votes this week on assault weapons ban, other gun reforms.

Want to make a call to your Vermont U.S. Senators
to say "No more gun control, enforce existing law!"

Senator Leahy: 800-642-3193

Senator Sanders: 800-339-9834

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Media and twisting the facts....

Did you notice that when the media reports numbers for a gun control rally
their estimates are way high and when the same media attendance counts
for gun rights rally their crowd size reports are way low? 
Is it any wonder the narrative of the stories are usually antigun biased when
the media cannot even be unbiased with the simple task of being accurate or
objective reporting with crowd size.

Pro-gun rally targets proposed controls
February 24,2013
Hundreds protest

at Vermont capitol

By David Taube


MONTPELIER — David Fuller, 45, of Georgia, Vt., attended his first rally Saturday, a gun-rights event on the steps of the Statehouse.

At least 400 people came, listening to speakers talk about Second Amendment rights, and many expressed opposition to proposed gun controls. Several attendees came bearing National Rifle Association hats, NRA and patriotic flags, and signs which stated anything from "Don't assault our weapons" to "Self defense is a human right."

Fuller's sign declared the Second Amendment was not open for debate.

"Why were we given the Second Amendment?" Fuller said after the event. "It has nothing to do with hunting."

As legislators evaluate proposed new gun legislation at the state and federal levels, President Barack Obama's 23 executive orders are taking hold in response to last year's school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Many gun-rights activists, however, say they find it strange they have to defend rights they already have.

At the Montpelier event, petitions circulated through the crowd.

Paul Dame, who was a Republican candidate from Chittenden County last fall for the Vermont House, was circulating a petition against a bill that his opponent, Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson, D-Essex Junction, helped to introduce. Part of the legislation, introduced as H.124, calls for banning certain ammunition clips or feeding devices that deliver more than 10 rounds.

According to his petition, the bill threatens a new barrier to carrying a firearm legally, imposes an arbitrary restriction on magazine size, and could leave police officers hesitant to seek a mental health diagnosis, among other issues.

"We must hold our representatives accountable," said Edward Wilson, director of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, who added afterward that he was not speaking on behalf of the organization.

Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex-Orleans, said certain arguments in favor of gun-control measures have reasoned that the Second Amendment pertains to 18th-century scenarios. 

"We don't interpret Constitutional rights this way," he said. "The Second Amendment extends to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those not in existence at the time of the founding."

Rodgers, like several other speakers, drew frequent applause and shouts of approval from the crowd.

The Statehouse event was held on the same day that more than 100 rallies across the country were scheduled for a so-called Day of Resistance that claims President Obama's recent executive orders related to firearms were unconstitutional. The Montpelier event, however, was not listed on the

Charles Link of Burlington said the speakers at the Montpelier rally were basically "preaching to the choir." 

Link, a sportsman with the Green Mountain Practical Shooters Club who competes in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York, said recent legislative measures in New York mean that many competitions can no longer be held there.

One person at Saturday's rally in Montpelier said that the group Gun Owners of Vermont is participating in "Five Phone Calls for Freedom" on Monday and Tuesday. That's when members opposed to any new gun controls plan to flood a group of legislators with phone calls to emphasize their position. 

They'll focus their calls on the three members of Vermont's congressional delegation, as well as U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Event organizer Anthony Commo of Burlington told attendees that the rally makes a difference.

"Everything that we're doing is working," he said. "They notice when you send them letters. They notice when you send emails. They notice when you call them all day long."

Monday, February 25, 2013

Friends of NRA TV Show Recorded in Vermont

In late 2012 the Friends of NRA TV Show crew was in Vermont to
cover the UVM Shooting Club and a NRA Women On Target event
at the VT F&W Kehoe Camp in Bomoseen.
Though Vermont's six Friends of NRA events had already funded six
NRA Women On Target events in Vermont, this one was funded by
the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs.  The federation had to
step in fund this grant as all of Vermont's available 2012 grant NRA
WOT funds had already been spent.  
The Friends of NRA is a national TV Show broadcast on the
Outdoor Channel.  The show is hosted by Matt and Jessie
Duff.  Matt is a former MLB baseball player. Matt and Jessie
have won National and World shooting titles.
Matt is pictured speaking with Lake Bomoseen and Vermont's
mountains in the background. 
Jessie is not seen at either of these two Vermont events because she
was busy winning a category at the United States Practical Shooting
Association National Championship.

NY Gun Rally in Albany, NY on Thursday 2/28 (See NY State Video Included)

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) is NY's NRA State Association,
(as the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs is VT's)
The NYSRPA has filed a lawsuit over NY's recent draconian gun law (SAFE ACT)
and on Thursday, February 28th the NYSRPA is holding a gun rights rally at the
Capitol Park next to the Legislative Office Building State at 198 State Street, Albany.
Special Guest Speaker NRA President David Keene
The event will at NOON on Thursday, February 28, but there will be things going on
earlier.  The NYSRPA goal is to get 10,000 supporters at the rally.  They have called
twice looking to Vermonters for support. 
Down below are important informational pointers for those who will attend.

(NYSRPA Call for for Support is below)
We need your, everyone of you. Please join us on Feb 28 at the NYS State house lawn to stop the NY Safe Act
NYSRPA:  518-272-2654
These are information points provided for the event by a NY gun group
The rally will take place at the park next to the legislative office building.

You will have to walk thru a security check point to enter the well.

Do NOT bring a firearm, pocket knife, it will be taken .

Do not wear camo clothing. The media will single you out.

NRA, SCOPE or other 2nd amendment attire is definitely endorsed.

Always be polite and respectful in Albany, as gun owners we are scrutinized under a microscope.

It does not help our cause to make statements we may regret later.

It is getting intense in the Gun Control Battle (Federal)

Want to make a call to your Vermont U.S. Senators
to say "No more gun control, enforce existing law!"

Senator Leahy:  800-642-3193

Senator Sanders:  800-339-9834


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Latest Vermont Gun Control Bills H.335 and H.336

The latest gun control bills have emerged in the Vermont State House.

H.335 has a two day waiting period for gun sales.  Say goodbye to gun shows.
It has other aspects to tempt our folks to buy into the deal.

H.336 makes it a felony to aim a gun, loaded or unloaded at another person,
and it has no defense for one acting in lawful self-defense.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fwd: Pro-Gun Rally, Feb 23, PLEASE ATTEND!

Please join me in Montpelier attending the PRO-GUN RALLY: 


ALL RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS, THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! please pass this invitation to all those that have a common interest in protecting our Second Amendment and our Sportsmen's Bill of Rights and Article 16 of the Vermont Constitution.

This is an event where there will be NO GUNS on the State House grounds.

If you choose to wear camo clothing, please not military type.  
We are going there to protect our rights by our show of solidarity.  

I have set aside my other obligation to attend this event on Saturday, this is such an important event, I am asking you to do the same to be there. 

Please make copies of the poster to distribute to other lawful gun owners and to post in public places.
Hope to see you there! 

Thank you.

Schedule below:


February 23, 2013


12:00 pm - MC, Anthony Commo: opening remarks, Pledge of Allegiance
Constitutional oath, introduction of speakers

12:15 - Rep. Patrick Brennan, (R) Chitt. 9-2

12:30 - Sen. John S. Rodgers, (D) Essex-Orleans 

12:45 - Paul Dame, candidate for VT House of Representatives, Chitt. 8-2

1:00 - Mark Donka, candidate for US House of Representatives

1:15 - Bill Moore, constitutional scholar

1:30 - Monty Springer, V.P. Gun Owners of Vermont

1:45 - Ed Wilson, exec. Dir./treas. VT Federation of Sportsman's Clubs

2:00 - MC, Anthony Commo, closing remarks
Clint Gray,
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Fox 44 Report on Gun Shows..

Fox 44 News last evening announced it will air a segement

on guns shows and the Barre F&G Club Gun Show will be
a part of this story.  It will air at 10 PM, Monday.

The story could well say VT's gun laws are among the least
restrictive in the counrty.  Not true, see rating in link below:

Do not be surprised to hear that VT is a major source of guns
used in crimes in other states.  This is just not true, see numbers
from 2012 Boston Globe article below:


 and it's parent company the Boston Globe.

are not gun friendly publications. And, in this article the
premise and title line of the article are blatantly wrong.
But, it proves Vermont is not a gun source for Mass.
The largest single source state of the 1,020 traced guns
is Massachusetts, 351 guns. The "nearby states" had
250 guns. 133 came from Maine and 79 from NH. With
38 guns coming from all other "nearby states" combined.
That is 601 guns. Of the 1,020 guns traced, from what
state(s) did the other 419 guns originate? If not nearby,
it means far away states and certainly not Vermont.
See the issue? The article purports the "nearby states"
are the source of the guns used in Mass. crimes. But, of
the 1,020 guns traced, 351 are from Mass and 250 from
"nearby states." So, 419 of the 1,020 guns traced are not
from "nearby states."
ME, NH and VT combined make up less than 25% of Mass'
guns traced. If ALL of the 38 guns are "nearby states"
that did not come from NH or ME, came from Vermont, less
than 3.8% of the guns came from VT. Vermont is not the problem.
At over 35% Mass' guns well exceeded the combined "nearby states"
and other non-"nearby states" had over 40%. So, the article title is
clearly incorrect and the "nearby states" are not Mass.'s big problem.
Why would any responsible Vermonter falsely attack the good character of our state
by wrongly accusing us of causing violent crime in other states? How could any
Vermonter slander our good state, particularly since "Vermont" is a trademark for
what is of good quality and stands for honesty?
Mass. borders are no barrier to guns sold nearby

Guns used in Bay State crimes often originated in nearby states

By Wesley Lowery and Adam Sege Globe Correspondents / July 30, 2012
Variation in guns laws from state to state may be complicating law enforcement efforts, especially in regions such as New England, where states are split between restrictive and largely hands-off approaches to gun ownership, according to some gun law specialists and gun-control advocates.
Authorities in Massachusetts, which has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, recovered 1,737 firearms used in crimes during 2011. Of the 1,020 firearms that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms traced to their state of origin, just 351originated in Massachusetts.
About 250 of the 1,020 guns traced came from nearby states with less restrictive gun laws, including 133 from New Hampshire and 79 from Maine.
The large percentage of guns used in crimes that originated in other states carries troubling implications, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
“Clearly that has an effect on gun violence in Massachusetts, and especially in Boston,” he said.
The gun-tracing statistics back up calls for national gun-control laws, said Brian Malte, director of legislation for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “Massachusetts gun laws are being undermined by surrounding states with weak gun laws,” he said.
Questions about the state-by-state differences in gun laws are getting new attention following the recent attack in a Colorado theater, where a heavily armed man fatally shot 12 people at the midnight opening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which each year ranks states based on the strength of their gun laws, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island all rank in the top 10 — third, fourth, and ninth respectively. Vermont and Maine have what are considered some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation — 46th and 38th. New Hampshire is in the middle of the pack, ranking 24th.
The rankings are based on state laws addressing a host of gun-related categories, including assault weapons, conceal-and-carry permits, gun and ammunition sales, and high-volume magazines, said Lindsay Nichols, staff attorney for the law center, which supports tougher gun laws.
\The trend among states is toward fewer regulations on gun ownership, Nichols said.
Nationally, there is a movement to weaken gun laws,” Nichols said. “The national gun lobby has put a lot of effort at chipping away at state gun laws, and it’s affecting New England.”
Rather than tackle issues such as assault weapons bans and conceal-and-carry laws, she said, gun lobbyists have worked to push a number of smaller expansions of gun rights. She cited two laws passed last year in Maine: one allowing the possession of guns in state parks and at historic sites, and the other prohibiting employers from restricting workers from storing guns in their vehicles in company parking lots.
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But gun-rights advocates in New England say the recent legislation in Maine is a step in the right direction. If Massachusetts were to adopt gun laws similar to those in neighboring states, they argue, the state would see a dip in crime.
“We don’t have any firearms problems up here,” said Ed Cutler, legislative director of the Gun Owners of Vermont, who said the number of guns leaving states with fewer gun restrictions, such as Vermont, is “blown way out of proportion.”
Cutler said that in a state such as Vermont — where he estimates 75 percent of households own at least one gun — a potential mass murderer would be stopped in a public place because bystanders might be armed.
“Vermont might have some of the most lax gun control in the country. We’re also the safest state in the country,” he said. “We are the safest state due to the large number of guns in this state.”
Laws in Massachusetts and Connecticut are unreasonably restrictive, said Bennett Prescott a spokesman for the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a group that promotes gun ownership.
He said the impulse to enact more restrictive laws following a mass murder is understandable, but he maintains that making gun ownership more difficult is not the way to prevent such violence.
“Whenever there is a tragic event like this, there is always some effort to say, ‘What can we do?’ or ‘What could we have done,’ ” he said. “But there is nothing you can do to stop a madman.”
Gun-control advocates have highlighted reports that James Holmes, the accused Colorado shooter, used an assault weapon that would have been banned under a federal law that expired in 2004.
Those looking to cut gun violence, however, should look beyond rifles, said Jack Levin, a criminology professor at Northeastern University and co-director of its Center on Violence and Conflict.
“The gun problem in this country has little to do with the prevalence of semiautomatics,” Levin said. “There are 15,000 single-victim murders in the United States every year, about two-thirds of which are committed with firearms. The overwhelming majority of these homicides are committed with handguns.”
Advocates on both sides of the gun-control debate agree that bans on assault weapons fail to eradicate high-powered guns from a state, especially with the rise in weapon sales on the Internet and at gun shows.
“Even in states with the strongest gun laws, there are still loopholes that need to be filled,” Nichols said.
One example, she said, was that Massachusetts does not require background checks at the point of purchase. Instead, once residents are granted a firearm permit, they may buy as many guns and as much ammunition as they like without undergoing further checks until that permit expires.
Meanwhile, gun manufacturers continue to alter weapons to exploit loopholes in state gun-control legislation, said Todd McGhee, who served as a Massachusetts State Police officer before founding Protecting the Homeland Innovations, a counterterrorismtraining firm.
“Overlegislating a particular topic is not going to keep our public safer,” McGhee said. “We need to spend more time focusing on the behavior of the individual people purchasing a firearm.”
Wesley Lowery can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @WesleyLowery. Adam Sege can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @AdamSege.
© Copyright 2012 Globe Newspaper Company

Thursday, February 14, 2013

VFSC Meeting February 17, 2013 @ 10AM Barre Fish & Game Club

Please don't forget the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc. meeting on
Sunday, February 17, 2013 starting at 10:00AM at the
Barre Fish & Game Club.  
This is a great time to be informed and bring information back to your clubs.
Hope to see you there!
Clint Gray,
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Thank you!

I would personally like to thank all of you that attended the Federation Mixer last evening at the State House.  

As President of the Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc. I was proud to represent you at this event.  The turnout was more that I had anticipated, especially with the snow showers that all of you had to drive in.  

I heard many comments last evening from the Legislators that this was quite a turn out and they were were impressed by the numbers.  Also, they were glad they had the opportunity to talk with the the people from sporting community.

From the Legislator's a few of them are saying, "I hear you!",  
My question to them?  "You hear us but ARE YOU LISTENING?"

For those that were not able to attend I appreciate you writing, e-mailing and calling when asked.

All that is done by everyone is appreciated. 

The Federation is a club of clubs and without you there would be no Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.  The Federation is at the table and we plan on staying there!

We are having a Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Officers, Directors and Delegates meeting this Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Barre Fish & Game Club starting at 10:00AM.  
Please encourage your delegate(s) to attend to keep your club informed.

Thank you,
Clint Gray,
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.
Care Trak Northeast

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TODAY! Vt. Federation Annual Mixer at the Vermont State House (2/12/13)

Don't forget, The Federation Mixer at the State House on TODAY, Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
Please make an effort to be there.  We need to let the Legislator's know what our concerns are and also
if you don't know your Representative or Senator, this would be a great way introduce yourself.
Please don't sit back and say the bills that the Legislators are presenting on banning guns or clips, won't happen.
The majority of our Legislators are not Vermonters and don't understand the importance of our Sportsmen's Bill of Rights and our Second Amendment. 
If you don't get involved, you will only have yourself to blame when you loose your rights.
Educating our Legislators this year is extremely important. 
Most of the Legislators don't realize what they are calling the "Assault Weapon" is our "Sporting Rifle"  
I thank you all for making the phone calls and e-mails when needed, but this Mixer is just as important.
Thank you for your support and see you TODAY, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 5:30PM at the Vermont State House.
Be safe when driving to the Vermont State House and I will see you tonight!
Thank you.
Clint Gray,
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.
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Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Club

Annual Legislative Mixer at the Vermont State House

The Vermont of Sportsmen's Clubs will hold its Annual
Legislative Mixer at the Vermont State House starting
at 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.  The mixer
lasts for several hours and has great speakers.

It will be in the large cafeteria on the second floor.  
There will be snacks provided by the federation.

All members of the outdoor sporting/shooting community
are invited.

Come and speak to your elected officials and key state
government personnel about issues of concern to you.

For questions call President Clint Gray at 802-535-7111.

Please pass this along to others!
Clint Gray,
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.
Care Trak Northeast



Monday, February 11, 2013

VTFSC Annual Dinner

March 23, 2013
Montpelier Elks Club
Cocktails at 4:30, Dinner at 6:00
Games, raffles, live & slient auctions! Many firearms to be raffled off!
$30 per ticket for adults
$15 for Kids 12 & under

Please send checks to VFSC Banquet
359 North Main St
Barre, VT 05641
***Please include your return address with your check

For more information, Please call Mark McCarthy 476-9811 (h) or 476-7446 (w)