Wednesday, February 25, 2015


ON MARCH 14, 2015
The doors will open at 4:30 PM for cocktails, games and visiting with all.
As always, this will be an action packed fun filled evening for all!! With plenty of opportunities to win many great prizes including firearms, limited edition art work, sporting goods, furniture, apparel, collectibles and so much more! 

There will be live & Silent auctions, raffles and games of chance

                        New this year will be an “Early Bird Sponsor’s Raffle”
For those who choose to ‘Sponsor’ at this year’s banquet and send in the $200 donation amount
By March 1, 2015, not only will you receive the “SPONSOR’S” package of raffle tickets which includes one ticket into the coveted  “SPONSOR’S RAFFLE” with the chance to win one of several firearms (over 15 were available last year) or a gun safe, as well as a special ‘sponsor’s gift’.  You will also be entered into an exclusive raffle only for those sponsors who pre-register by the March 1st deadline!

To order dinner tickets and become an early bird sponsor, please use the enclosed form.
Please send your personal check made out to “VFSC” to Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, 14 Stafford Avenue, Morrisville, VT 05661.

For ticket or general banquet information, call Roy or Marcia Marble at 8902-888-3418/

We are looking forward to seeing a full house to support the Federation this year!


Roy and Marcia Marble
Chris Bradley, Dick Lyford, Bill Gaiotti
Banquet Committee

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

H.296, a bill to kick VT shooting ranges

Two members of the Vermont House of Representatives, Rep. Allison Clarkson
and Rep. David Deen,  have introduced a bill to repeal the protections provided
to Vermont sport shooting ranges by the Range Protection Act of 2006. 
H.296 has been assigned to the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water
Resources.   Bill sponsor David Deen is the chairman of this committee.

Are you getting the message that there are legislators who believe Vermont's
shooters and hunters are the enemy?  We warned folks about this bill being
introduced as the request of the Vermont League of Cities & Towns.

If you have a problem with this bill call your state representatives at 802-828-2228
Next week all legislators are off for the entire week of Town Meeting Day and
it would be an excellent time to meet your senators and representatives and
at the polls or call them to politely and candidly relate "No to gun control bills"
You also might want to ask what happened to the legislator's message right
after the November elections that they "got it" about the voter's concerns
about the state budget deficit, the state economy and property taxes?
Gun control bills in our state, with one of the consistently lowest violent crime
rates is going to balance our taxes and fix bridges and roads?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fwd: Barre F&G Club has Washington County Senators in for a session on gun control legislation

Last evening, Feb. 19, the Barre F&G Club conducted a session with the Washington County
Senators on gun control legislation, particularly S.31.  There were approximately 50 folks from
the club and Senators Bill Doyle, Ann Cummings and Anthony Pollina present.  A photo of the
 room is an attachment, as is the VTFSC position on opposing all of S.31 and any new gun
controls laws, as they are completely unnecessary.
After a preliminarily update of the status of gun control bills, Chris Bradley and Evan Hughes of
 the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, used the three charts below to to prove Vermont
is continuously one of the  very lowest crime rate states and a model for gun safety.  Vermont is
not a major source of guns to other states and that any new  gun control laws are unnecessary
because Vermont's current laws work well for our state.
Other clubs and/organizations would be wise to have similar get together with  their legislators
Particularly, their state senators, to say "No to all sections of S.31" and   "No to gun control laws"

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.
Proudly Serving Vermont Since 1875

When:  Tuesday,  February 10th,  5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:  State House Chamber, Montpelier

Please be advised that the Vermont Senate will be holding a public hearing on S.31, a bill that seeks to create a law that will attempt to regulate the private sale of firearms.  If you wish to speak then the sign up process begins at 5:00 PM; even if you do not want to speak than please show up just to show your support for those that will speak.  We cannot stress enough how important a large showing of sportsmen will have on our Senators and Representatives - it is entirely possible that S.31 will be killed outright with a strong show of support against this bill. 

One very important thing that Vermonters need to know is that the primary anti-firearm group in Vermont spent $78,000 in 2014, and that was JUST ON LOBBYING.  We can expect another $78,000 spent on lobbying this year, and this does not count the money being dumped on Legislators as donations, or the money being spent on websites and advertising.  Beyond that group, we now also have Everytown for Gun Safety as a registered lobbyist in Vermont; this is Michael Bloomberg's group, and heavens only knows how much they will pay for advertising - which can already be seen in internet banner ads.

The Federation believes the following facts speak for themselves:
·       All of the proposed Burlington Charter Changes are against existing state law; 2 have been ruled by courts as unconstitutional, and the third is virtually unenforceable
·       A UBC law will only be adhered to by honest and law-abiding citizens, who are exactly the same citizens for which there should be no legitimate concern over gun handling, with these citizens being penalized by wasting their time and money with an FFL
·       Vermont is the Safest State in the Nation according to the FBI statistics
·       Vermont is ranked forty-fifth of the 50 states as a source of guns; Vermont IS NOT a major source of firearms to ANY other state

Criminals do not obey laws, criminals will always be able to get firearms, and senseless restrictions on honest citizens will most assuredly be appreciated by violent thugs and criminals


Wear Orange, Be Polite & Respectful, but let us FILL THE HOUSE CHAMBER!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Gun Control Spending in Vermont

Adam Necrason sitting on the right in the photo below runs Necrason Group, the lobbying group
working for GunsenseVT.  GunsenseVT has not disclosed the source of their funding, which
includes $78,000.00 paid to Necrason for lobbying services between April and December, 2014. 

That is addition to $25,000.00 in campaign contributions by GunsenseVT, a local unit, in a national
gun control campaign.  This is on top of their advertising.  Where does all of this money come from?

If Everytown for Gun Safety is pulling out of Vermont it comes right on the heels of their questionable
"spin" report of Internet sales of firearms.  In which the antis defamed a Vermont gun shop as being
a bad actor.  Another Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg gun control group caught in a sleazy act inflating
its numbers.  Like in Concord, NH in 2013 naming Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsamaev killed, in a gun
battle with police, and many other violent criminals killed by good guys, as victims of gun violence

Lobby Hobby: Who's Spending Big on Vermont's Legislative Session?

click to enlarge Montpelier lobbyist Adam Necrason - STEFAN HARD
  • Stefan Hard
  • Montpelier lobbyist Adam Necrason
Liberal activists weren't the only ones disappointed when Gov. Peter Shumlin reversed course in December and dropped his plan to create a single-payer health care system.
Vermont lobbyists and their far-flung funders had been gearing up for an epic â€" and profitable â€" fight over the $2 billion tax hike the governor was contemplating to finance the program. But within weeks of Shumlin's flip-flop, two union-backed special interest groups fighting for single-payer voted to suspend their operations.
"It became apparent we weren't going to be able to raise money," says Vermont Leads' departing executive director, Peter Sterling, whose organization was funded by the National Education Association.
Also calling it quits was Vermont Cure, founded last year by the Montpelier lobbying firm KSE Partners and largely funded by the American Federation of Teachers.
No doubt many more lobbyists were sorry to see the issue die before they could kill it.
But never fear, lobbyist friends. Even without single-payer on the table, your industry will surely survive â€" and thrive.
It always does.
Just last week, the Secretary of State's Office released new figures indicating that 339 businesses and nonprofits spent nearly $7.2 million last year lobbying Vermont lawmakers. Much of that â€" a little more than $5 million â€" went to the 55 registered lobbyists who work for Vermont's 20 lobbying firms.
So where are the lobbying bucks going this year?
Even without single-payer, health care reform remains a hot topic. The 0.7 percent payroll tax Shumlin proposed last month to reduce the Medicaid cost-shift is a fraction of the 8 to 11.5 percent payroll tax that would've been necessary to finance single-payer. But, hey, a tax is a tax â€" and many businesses will lobby against it.
Every year, trade groups representing Vermont's hospitals, dentists, primary care providers and nursing homes are among the top lobbyists in the Statehouse. Given the breadth of Shumlin's other health care initiatives, that's not likely to change this year.
More money will surely follow whichever hot-button issues appear to gain traction in the next couple weeks.
Last Friday, for example, the American Beverage Association bought its first full-page ad of the year in the Burlington Free Press, opposing a two-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
The ad buy was notable because, two years ago, the beverage industry spent $51,000 lobbying and $553,000 advertising against a similar proposal.
This time around, says MMR lobbyist Andrew MacLean, the industry expects to invest in newspaper, radio and social media ads opposing the tax.
While MacLean won't say how much his coalition expects to spend, he says he hopes to run a "more cost-effective" campaign.
On the opposite side, the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security â€" Sterling's other group â€" is overseeing the fight to pass the sugar-sweetened beverage tax. The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have invested $150,000 in an "educational" campaign around the issue, according to in-house lobbyist Anthony Iarrapino, while the AHA has earmarked another $60,000 to directly lobby for the tax.
The pro-tax forces have engaged the Necrason Group as outside lobbyists and KSE Partners to run its social media campaign.
Another effort has also attracted out-of-state attention and dollars: mandatory background checks for gun buyers.    
The New York-based gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety recently bought online ads from several Vermont news organizations â€" including Seven Days â€" to promote a new report on federal background checks. The group, founded and largely funded by the billionaire former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, has deployed two registered lobbyists to the state.
Everytown spokesman Jack Warner refuses to say how much his group has spent i n Vermont or whether it's financially backing its local ally, Gun Sense Vermont. The latter group, which won't disclose its funding sources, has also retained the Necrason Group.
Everytown might not be sticking around for long. According to sources familiar with the situation, the group is pulling up stakes in Vermont because it doesn't think a recently introduced bill goes far enough. Warner would not comment.
Opposing the bill are a number of gun rights groups organized under the umbrella group Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs. As a state affiliate of the National Rifle Association, they'll find support this session from the NRA's northeast lobbyist, Darin Goens, who says he's already visited Vermont twice this year.
Goens says the NRA has used its email lists to alert its Vermont members about the background check bill and may organize phone banks and send postcards to mobilize them. He says it's possible, but less likely, that the organization will buy advertising.
We won't know for sure until the end of April â€" just weeks before the end of the session â€" how much any of these groups has spent lobbying lawmakers. That's because they're only required to disclose such data three times a year: in April, July and January.
Sen. Anthony Pollina (P/D-Washington) hopes to change that. He plans to introduce legislation requiring those who lobby the legislature to report advertising expenditures in excess of $1,000 within a day or two of when they're made â€" much like in Vermont's electoral campaigns.
"If somebody is spending a lot of money to affect the legislative debate, people have a right to know who's behind those advertisements or media buys as quickly as possible," Pollina says.
Joining him in the effort is the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, whose executive director, Paul Burns, complains that "you really don't get a full accounting until the session has ended."
Burns would know. Last year, his organization spent $339,000 lobbying lawmakers â€" more than any other group in the state.

NRA-ILA: Vermont: Anti-Gun Bill S.31 to be Considered in Committee Next Tuesday at 5:00 PM

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Vermont: Anti-Gun Bill to be Considered in Committee Next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, February 10, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 31, sponsored by state Senator John Campbell (D-15).  SB 31 seeks to impose restrictions on the private transfer of firearms and will do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.  It will only create undue and costly burdens for law-abiding Vermonters and is the first step towards completely criminalizing private transfers.  Vermont is one of the safest states in the country and SB 31 is a solution in search of a problem.
Please attend this committee hearing and voice your opposition to Senate Bill 31.  Encourage your family, friends and fellow gun owners to do the same.  Please wear orange or an NRA hat/shirt in order to make yourself easily identifiable to legislators and show them that gun owners are a strong and unified voice in Vermont.  The hearing is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10.  Information on how to testify and directions can be found here.
Please contact your Senator and politely urge them to OPPOSE this anti-gun legislation.  Also, it is important that you please contact Governor Peter Shumlin and thank him for resisting anti-gun groups and their anti-gun political agenda in Vermont.  Recently, these groups have been contacting the Governor.  Contact information for the Governor is provided below.
Governor Peter Shumlin
(802) 828-3333
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