Forum is back online

We’ve been having some server issues over the last few weeks, it’s been rough trying to figure out what was going on.  I think the hosting company has finally figured it out.  The chatroom is offline for now and maybe gone for good.  I’m not sure on that as it was causing issues on the server.

The Blog was also messed up for several days, I had a backup so I completely rebuilt it with a new look to boot.

Enjoy

Mark

MosZilla Project Gun

What is MosZilla you ask?  Well it started life as a hex receivered Mosin Nagant M91/30 built by the Izhevsk arsenal in 1934.  The rifle is not that rare so I wasn’t to worried about messing with an invaluable piece of history.   I’d started building the MosZilla as sort of a challenge to see just how much performance I could squeeze out of a 70+ year old milsurp.  I wanted to be able to have a rifle I could take to my clubs Military Surplus shoots and enter it in the “modified” class and be able to have it shoot with the best of them. The Mosin Nagant is still one of the cheapest large caliber guns to shoot, so that is a huge advantage right there.

When the project started out I was determined not build a “bubba” rifle but instead build a serious target gun, and do that while trying to keep the cost under that of an M1 Garand.  Everything I plan to install on this rifle is going to look first class.  So what started as a fun project has now brought some serious vendors to the table to help me produce a rifle that will do exactly what I want.

Where did the name come from you ask?  Well a buddy of mine in Alaska came up with it after I showed him some of the first photos.  I liked it so it stuck. You can follow MosZilla’s progress on the MosZilla 91/30 Project pages, I’ll will be updating that area with all the newest information.
Seeya
Mark

Wyoming: Two Self-Defense Bills Sent to the Senate and Permitless Carry Legislation on the House Floor!

Wyoming’s fast moving legislative session has seen a recent flurry of action on legislation intended to protect and guarantee your right to self-defense. 

House Bill 122 passed successfully on the House floor by a 57 to 3 vote.  It will now head to the Senate to await its next assignment.  This bill would remove the “duty to retreat” if you are attacked in any place you have a legal right to be. If passed, you would no longer have to turn your back on a criminal and try to run when attacked. Instead, you may stand your ground and fight back, meeting force with force, including deadly force, if you reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to yourself or others.

Also, by a 58 to 1 vote and with one absent, House Bill 167 successfully passed out of the House and will now awaits its next vote after being referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  This “Castle Doctrineâ€� bill would strengthen a person’s right to self-defense in their own home.

Permitless Carry legislation, Senate File 47, passed out of House committee last week and now waits to be considered on the House floor.  Sponsored by state Senator Kit Jennings (R-28), SF 47 is an important update to lawful carry in Wyoming.  It would allow for lawful carry of a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring a Wyoming carry permit. The approval of this pivotal legislation bodes well for law-abiding citizens of Wyoming who wish to protect not only themselves but family and friends alike.

In Wyoming it is generally legal to carry a firearm openly as long as one is at least 18 years of age and not prohibited from possessing a firearm.  However, if the firearm becomes covered with a coat, or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm in her purse, one needs to possess a concealed carry permit. The intent of this legislation is to give people the greatest possible freedom to choose the best method of carry for them, based on attire, gender, and/or physical attributes.

Please contact your Representative and respectfully urge him or her to support SF 47.  To find your state Representative and their contact information, please click here.

Virginia Deer, Elk and Bear Populations in Serious Jeopardy

Please call the House Committee members listed below and strongly urge them to oppose Senate Bill 868!

Virginia Senate Bill 868 is scheduled for a possible vote tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. in the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee in House Room C.  This bill poses a significant threat to deer, elk and bear populations within the state and could have devastating impacts on the future hunting and scientific management of these species. 

SB 868 eliminates the current provision in state law that requires officials from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) to investigate and confirm claims of crop damage before issuing deer and bear kill permits to landowners.  It also adds elk to the list of species that may be killed pursuant to these permits.

This bill is a response to the elk restoration program the VDGIF approved last year.  The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation vehemently opposed the reintroduction effort and knows that this legislation will ensure the failure of the program by allowing the killing of reintroduced elk without government oversight. 

While this bill targets the elk reintroduction program, it also authorizes the unregulated killing of deer and bear by landowners.  Wildlife has always been held in the public trust and it’s not too much to ask to have state officials at least investigate claims of crop damage prior to issuing kill permits.  This kind of unrestricted killing will ultimately harm hunting opportunities and could have devastating impacts on the populations of these game animals across the Commonwealth. Public hunting in agricultural settings should always be considered the primary means of managing wildlife

It is impossible to overstate the irony associated with this legislation coming at a time when the Farm Bureau is adamantly opposing a dramatic expansion of hunter opportunity – Sunday hunting.  The current Sunday hunting ban in the Commonwealth eliminates at least half of the time most sportsmen have to hunt.  This increases the incidents of crop damage the Farm Bureau claims is such a dramatic problem.

The state’s game animal population should not be viewed as mere pests that can be eliminated by landowners in any manner they deem appropriate!  There are times when control outside of hunting seasons is required but it should be used as sparingly as possible.  SB 868 opens the floodgates to unregulated killing of wildlife and invokes memories from a dark past that involved the eradication of species that posed even the slightest nuisance behavior. 

Many other national hunting and conservation organizations oppose SB 868, including Safari Club International, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Quality Deer Management Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.  Please call and e-mail the committee members listed below and respectfully urge them to oppose this dangerous special interest bill!

House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee Contact Information:

Chairman Harvey B. Morgan
(804) 698-1098
DelHMorgan@house.virginia.gov

Vice Chair Edward T. Scott
(804) 698-1030
DelEScott@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Beverly Sherwood
(804) 698-1029
DelBSherwood@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Lee R. Ware, Jr.
(804) 698-1065
DelLWare@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Thomas C. Wright, Jr.
(804) 698-1061
DelTWright@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Robert D. Orrock, Sr.
(804) 698-1054
DelBOrrock@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Daniel W. Marshall, III
(804) 698-1014
DelDMarshall@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Charles D. Poindexter
(804) 698-1009
DelCPoindexter@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Brenda L. Pogge
(804) 698-1096
DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Barry D. Knight
(804) 698-1081
DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Richard P. Bell
(804) 698-1020
DelDBell@house.virginia.gov

Delegate James E. Edmunds, II
(804) 698-1060
DelJEdmunds@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Tony O. Wilt
(804) 698-1026
DelTWilt@house.virginia.gov

Delegate John A. Cox
(804) 698-1055
DelJCox@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Kenneth R. Plum
(804) 698-1036
DelKPlum@house.virginia.gov

Delegate James M. Shuler
(804) 698-1012
DelJShuler@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.
(804) 698-1000
DelLLewis@house.virginia.gov

Delegate David L. Bulova
(804) 698-1037
DelDBulova@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Mark D. Sickles
(804) 698-1043
DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov

Delegate David L. Englin
(804) 698-1045
DelDEnglin@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Matthew James
(804) 698-1080
DelMJames@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Luke E. Torian
(804) 698-1052
DelLTorian@house.virginia.gov

Worker Protection Bill Facing Critical Challenge in the North Dakota House

Please contact your state Representative today!

Large corporations and special interests are working overtime to defeat legislation that would allow North Dakota gun owners to store their firearms in personal, locked vehicles without fear of being fired.  Despite hearing testimony from North Dakota residents about businesses with anti-gun policies, the House Judiciary Committee voted for a “do not passâ€� recommendation on House Bill 1438.  While the vote does not kill the bill, it puts this legislation in serious jeopardy.  

Sponsored by state Representative Scott Kelsh (D-11), HB 1438 is an important bill for those who carry concealed or target shoot and must store their firearm during work hours as well as hunters who hunt before and after work.  The bill also protects customers who have firearms locked in their private vehicles. 

Your urgent action is needed.  HB 1438 can be called for a floor vote in the House of Representatives any day.  Please contact your state Representative and respectfully ask him or her to support HB 1438.  Contact information can be found here

No-Duty-to-Retreat Legislation Passes Alaska’s House Judiciary Committee

On Monday, February 14, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 80 by a 4 to 1 vote.  This legislation would remove the duty-to-retreat in Alaska.  HB 80 now moves to the House Finance Committee.

Under existing law, there is no-duty-to-retreat if a person is in their home, business, or on their own property.  Introduced by state Representative Mark Neuman (R-15), HB 80 would extend the right to use force, including deadly force, for self-defense anywhere a person has a legal right to be.

Your NRA will continue to update you on the status of HB 80 as it progresses through the Alaska Legislature.

Nebraska: Judiciary Committee to Hold a Public Hearing Tomorrow, February 16!

Tomorrow, the Judiciary Committee is having a public hearing on several bills related to firearms. All of these bills would provide significant improvements to current statute regarding firearm ownership, possession, and concealed carry legislation.  The NRA will be there to support these bills and we urge you to do the same.  This committee will meet in Room 1103 of the State Capitol.  If you are unable to participate in this public hearing, please contact the members of the Judiciary Committee listed below and urge them to support these important reform bills:

LB 138, introduced by state Senator ScottLautenbaugh (18), would change residency requirements under the Concealed Handgun Permit Act to allow new Nebraska residents to continue to carry a concealed firearm, as long as they have a permit from a state with which Nebraska has reciprocity. 

LB 516, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), would authorize the carrying of concealed handguns in educational institutions by security personnel, administrators, or teaching staff, but only if 2/3’s of the members of the institution’s governing body are in favor of allowing it.  

LB 538, introduced by state Senator Russ Karpisek (32), changes provisions relating to the disposition of seized firearms. It would clarify that any firearm taken into custody by law enforcement agencies, through a voluntary surrender program and those that have not been seized or used in the commission of a crime, can be released to the owner without obtaining a court order.

LB 618, introduced by state Senator Burke Harr (8), would authorize possession of firearms by law enforcement or authorized security personnel on school grounds and at school events.

LB 622, also introduced by Sen. ScottLautenbaugh (18), would change provisions relating to confiscation and destruction of firearms.  It would implement a process for firearm recovery by individuals who have a lawful right to the firearm if confiscated by police and awards them court costs, attorney fees, and damages sought in that recovery.  It would also prevent the destruction of firearms if law enforcement is not legally required to return the firearm to the owner and require that those firearms be sold at public auction. 

Once again, please contact the members of the Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to support the bills mentioned above.  Committee contact information can be found below.

Judiciary Committee

Chairman
Senator Brad Ashford Dist. 20
Phone: (402) 471-2622
Email: bashford@leg.ne.gov

Senator Colby Coash Dist. 27
Phone: (402) 471-2632
Email: ccoash@leg.ne.gov  

Senator Brenda Council Dist. 11
Phone: (402) 471-2612
Email: bcouncil@leg.ne.gov  

Senator Burke Harr Dist. 8
Phone: (402) 471-2722
Email: bharr@leg.ne.gov  

Senator Tyson Larson Dist. 40
Phone: (402) 471-2801
Email: tlarson@leg.ne.gov

Senator Steve Lathrop Dist. 12
Phone: (402) 471-2623
Email: slathrop@leg.ne.gov  

Senator ScottLautenbaugh Dist. 18
Phone: (402) 471-2618
Email: slautenbaugh@leg.ne.gov

Senator Amanda McGill Dist. 26
Phone: (402) 471-2610
Email: amcgill@leg.ne.gov  

Anti-Gun Legislation Temporarily Stalled in West Virginia House

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 2346, a bill identical to one defeated last year during the regular session before it ever advanced out of committee. Just like last year’s legislation, HB 2346 would remove due process from protective orders issued in domestic violence situations and, once again, the NRA is very much opposed to this legislation. 

Under current West Virginia and federal law, a protective order can only prohibit firearm possession if it’s issued when both parties are present, so both sides of the story can be heard.  HB 2346 would remove the requirement that both parties be present at the hearing, therefore authorizing the confiscation of firearms without due process, if a protective order is issued.   

HB 2346 is a broad expansion of the powers of the state to take away a constitutional right.  For unexplained reasons, this bill was allowed to advance out of committee, but the NRA has successfully worked with members of the House to stall the bill and have it removed from the Special Calendar.  It is our hope that HB 2346 will not advance to consideration before the full House of Delegates. 

Please contact your state Delegate(s) and respectfully urge them to oppose HB 2346 and not let it be considered on the House floor.  Click here to find your Delegate(s) and locate their contact information.

Virginia: “Castle Doctrine” Legislation Defeated in Senate Committee!

On Monday, February 14, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee “passed by indefinitely� House Bill 1573, defeating the bill by an 8 to 4 margin. State Senators Henry Marsh (D-16), Richard Saslaw (D-35), Louis Lucas (D-18), John Edwards (D-21), Roscoe Reynolds (D-20), Toddy Puller (D-36), Creigh Deeds (D-25), and Chap Petersen (D-34) all voted in opposition to this “Castle Doctrine� legislation.

With all 140 seats of the General Assembly up for election this year, it is more important than ever for your elected officials to hear your voice and vote to defend your Second Amendment rights. Please remember to take these anti-gun votes into consideration when voting in the upcoming Virginia election.

House Bill 1573, sponsored by Delegate Bill Cleaveland (R-17), sought to codify a version of the “Castle Doctrine� which would have allowed lawful occupants of a dwelling to use any degree of physical force, including deadly force, against an intruder who has committed an overt act against him, without the fear of civil liability.

Please continue to check your email and www.NRAILA.org for updates on other important firearms-related issues.

El Dorado County, California: Another Public Meeting To Consider Land Use Plan For Kanaka Valley

Another public meeting will be held this Thursday, February 17 to discuss the use and public access of the newly-acquired Kanaka Valley.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently allows recreational shooting and hunting on BLM lands.  Your attendance is needed at this February 17 meeting to ensure recreational shooting and hunting will be allowed at Kanaka Valley.  To view information about the Kanaka Valley project and planning, please click here. 

 

Date: Thursday, February 17

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Location:  Green Valley Elementary School

                   2380 Bass Lake Road in Rescue

 

Agenda

Small Group Discussions: Modified Hunting Solution at Kanaka Valley

Group Discussion: Modified Hunting Recommendation at Kanaka Valley

 

If you are unable to attend, please call and e-mail your support of recreational shooting and hunting to the BLM office at:

 

Lauren Fety

Bureau of Land Management

Mother Lode Field Office

5152 Hillsdale Circle

El Dorado, CA  95762

(916) 941-3133

cafokvp@blm.gov