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A Letter From Your President, Feb. 2013

Jan 29, 2013

Oneida Rifle Club
February-March 2013 Newsletter
A Letter from Your President

We are all aware of the sweeping changes to the New York State gun law and are currently awaiting some guidance from Albany. According to letters sent by Midway USA and Cabalas, who have been in contact with Albany, April 15, 2013 is the deadline for magazines to go to a 7 round capacity and January 15, 2014 for the new ammunition guidelines where background checks will accompany each and every purchase of commercial ammunition. As time moves on we will be given new directives to help understand what the average gun owner needs to know.

My immediate concern at this time is the statements made by Remington Arms in Ilion, N.Y. where 1200 jobs weigh in the balance of this travesty. To quote Remington early on, they are evaluating their options in dealing with the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013. This puts Remington Arms in a precarious position, for this act makes New York the first state to outline a stricter definition of assault type weapons and implements an immediate ban of those defined as such. This means that semi-automatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines and one military-style feature are considered assault weapons. Many of these are made here in Ilion by Remington Arms. The act also bans magazines that hold more than seven rounds, require instant background checks on all ammunition purchases at the time of the sale, and briefly touches on other aspects, such as mental health. Even though Remington has indicated that they have no plans, at this moment, to change anything, everyone in the area is feeling very uncomfortable.

Remington doesn’t need to be “wined and dined” to move to another place, for there are two other plants already in existence which means that they could be gone overnight. So what is the impact felt by all of us left behind in Oneida and Madison County? It’s the loss of a viable industry and those smaller companies supplying Remington and the nightmare facing the retail businesses that handle firearms, ammunition and accessories!

How about the injustice these restrictions place on the many thousands of law abiding sportsmen and women living in New York State? Even more importantly, let’s consider the circumvention of parts of at least two amendments to the U.S. Constitution just to fit some political agenda. The fight begins today - and it's going to be a long, arduous struggle; but, in the end, we hope to win. The battle will end in the Supreme Court where we, the people, have the U.S. Constitution on our side and the powers to be haven't any real grounds in which to stand. So, as with Senator McCarthy, whose name has become synonymous with reckless opportunism and bullying coercion in the 1950's, Cuomo's "knee-jerk" response to a terrible tragedy will be thrown out, and in the end, justice again will prevail.

Ron Mandronico - president

Dues Notice: There are about 50 club members that have not paid their 2013 dues. Club dues are due and payable January 1st. of each calendar year. You will not receive a bill. So your membership does not lapse, please send your check to Ed Trombley in care of the club or you can pay in person at the next meeting on the second monday of February. Dues are $50.00 reg. and $12.50 for seniors.

The leagues at ORC are doing very well as we move into February 2013:

The Junior League is well attended and there may be a possibility of holding it two nights in the future if interest continues to rise. David Klish stated that he is thankful for the recurring interest by the youngsters in our area. This league begins at 5 PM on Thursday evenings. Thanks to the many NRA Grants, this league has been able to upgrade its equipment - shooting jackets, rifles, mats, and spotting scopes. Youngsters between the ages of 13 and 18 are encouraged to join up.

The Bulls eye League, according to Ed Thrombley Jr. and Chris Grabow, is showing a revival – returning shooters as well as some new blood is showing up on the firing line on Tuesday evenings at 6:30PM. Ed said that he would like to increase the interest and give the Syracuse clubs a challenge in 2013.

The Defensive Pistol League has really taken off with some new shooters, many of whom have just obtained NYS concealed carry pistol licenses – they have joined the ranks of the seasoned postolaros. The league is averaging 30 shooters on Wednesday evening’s beginning at 6 PM. This league has experienced an increase in female shooters which is definitely a pleasant addition. Ron and Lee must be doing something right!!!

The Sporter Rifle League has also picked up this season with some new shooters. This adult league has become quite an attraction and Ed. Oakes would like to see more indoor .22 rifle shooters come out and join in on the fun. It’s like the old days at the fair shooting the gallery .22 pump rifles. I understand that some of the so called “middle-aged” shooters are even able to split a playing card down the middle with a single shot. Now that alone is worth the trip! This league is scheduled on Sunday afternoon beginning at 3:00 PM.

The Action Pistol League is still picking up speed. According to Ken Macari, a shooter doesn’t need a specialized scoped and compensated handgun to participate as many would think. An out-of-the-box center fire handgun - 9mm, 38 cal., .40 S& W, or 45 auto would be all that is necessary to participate. The league is hosted on Sunday morning from 8 AM – 12 PM..


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