News from Northern Indiana

News from Northern Indiana

There is a brand new junior air rifle team developing in Middlebury, Indiana. Their home base is American Legion Post 210.

The Legion Post has a Facebook page where photos of early practices or meetings can be viewed.

The team is led by two Life Members of the NRA and the Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Association. The Coach, Paul Gittinger, and the assistant Coach Paul Carlson are also members of Post 210.

Both coaches are NRA Level 1 Rifle Coaches. They both have extensive shooting experience in several disciplines. The Post Commander also plans on taking the Level 1 Rifle course as soon as it is available.

At the first meeting, there were 8 juniors in attendance along with their parents. Within the next two weeks, 10 juniors were practicing with the team. They all seem to be enthused about learning a new skill. Among the members, there are 3 sets of siblings. And most recently, two new junior athletes joined the team last evening to make a total of 12.

At the 3rd meeting those athletes in attendance chose a name for their team. They will be known as the Middlebury Legion X-Ringers.

The team is focused on learning safe gun handling in the 3 positions of air rifle competition. We are working on the prone position. At the third meeting, after considerable safety training the juniors made 3 shots on a target at 10 meters off a table. Here is that target:

Not too bad for brand-new junior athletes.

The ages of the athletes range from 9 years to 15 years.

As a new team, we need just about everything. We do have 4 Crosman Challenger PCP rifles derived from a grant. We have borrowed 8 older model Challenger PCP rifles from our friends at the X-Count. We do have some target holders, backers and a curtain for the indoor range plus some shooting mats. But we need everything else to outfit the team. We have at least one father thinking about buying a rifle from CMP for his athlete.

Fundraisers are the forte of the Post Commander. So we plan on raising funds soon for our needs. Any help form the wider shooting community would be very helpful and appreciated.

We have affiliations to make and organizing to do too.

With a little more work we may see you all on the range soon.

Submitted by Paul E. Carlson
ISRPA Life Member and Member of the Board of Directors

ACTION NEEDED NOW!!

ACTION NEEDED NOW!!

HB 1235 (Prohibited causes of action concerning firearms) is up for a hearing in the Senate **Tuesday February 20 at 0830 **.

HB 1084 (Privacy of firearms transactions (prohibits use of credit card codes for gun store purchases) is set for a hearing  in the Senate Wednesday morning, February 21.

Both will be 
in Room 130 at the Indiana Statehouse

CONTACT YOUR SENATOR and let him or her know you support these important bills.

And if you can, come to the Statehouse to show your support.
 Room 130 is on the 1st floor (basement) of the Statehouse, so just take the elevator to Floor 1 and you’ll be able to locate the conference room.

HB 1235 prohibits political subdivisions (any government entity below Indiana State-level) from filing nuisance lawsuits against firearms and ammunition manufacturers, dealers, sellers, and trade associations. 
HB 1235 would also put an end to a 25 year old lawsuit (Gary v Glock) that is currently putting the personal information on an estimated 400,000 ATF Form 4473s at risk.

Read more about these bills below.  Then contact your Senator! The “find your legislator” button is in the upper-right on the Indiana General Assembly website.  

YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED NOW!! 

Here is a sample letter to your Senator supporting HB 1235.

In Liberty,

Kelly MyersCo-Director, Government Affairs

“Halftime Report” for the 2024 Session of the Indiana General Assembly

“Halftime Report” for the 2024 Session of the Indiana General Assembly

The first half of the 2024 Indiana General Assembly Legislative session is in the books and it was very good for those of us who support our 2nd Amendment Rights. While not all of the bills we’d like to see made it out of committee, we have two very solid bills that passed the House and are awaiting committee assignment in the Senate.

Although it wasn’t voted on in committee, Senate Bill 28 (Discriminatory Financial Services Practices) exposed the corrosive effects of social credit scores. During the committee hearing testimony, there was a significant number of freedom-loving Hoosiers representing themselves and exercising their 1st Amendment Rights. THANK YOU to all who showed up to support this important legislation! All is not lost- look for parts of Senate Bill 28 to be amended into House Bill 1084.

House Bill 1084 (Privacy of Firearms Financial Transactions) passed the House 73-22 (16 Democrats voted in favor of this bill!) Look for it to be assigned to the Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee in the Senate. While it looks like smooth sailing we can take nothing for granted at the Indiana Statehouse.

House Bill 1235 (Prohibited Causes of Actions Concerning Firearms; this bill will end the 25-year-old lawsuit known as City of Gary v Glock and protect the personal information on 400,000 ATF Form 4473s) passed out of the House 68-27. I personally look for this one to be a fight in the Senate. It will most likely be assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee Chaired by Senator Liz Brown (who the NRA Political Victory Fund gave a D-grade.) Along with myself representing the ISRPA, John Weber from the NRA-ILA, Christopher Lee from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Guy Relford from The 2A Project will be testifying in committee supporting this bill. I am proud to be part of that team supporting the 2nd Amendment.

Look for chances to support these bills in the near future: we will keep you informed! I’ve already seen an email blast from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action supporting both House Bills 1084 and 1235.

In Liberty,

Kelly Myers
Co-Director, Government Affairs

Indiana: Two Pro-Gun Bills Pass in House, Advance to Senate

Indiana: Two Pro-Gun Bills Pass in House, Advance to Senate

The Indiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 1084, The Second Amendment Privacy Act. This legislation will prohibit the use of firearm-related Merchant Category Codes, which could be used to track gun owners and create a registry of lawful purchases. HB 1084 now goes to the Senate where it will receive a committee assignment. Please contact your state Senator and tell them to support HB 1084.

In September 2022, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved a Merchant Category Code (MCC) for firearm retailers. Since the ISO’s decision, NRA-ILA has worked to alert financial industry stakeholders to gun owners’ concerns, and urged state lawmakers and attorneys general to address this matter. To date, several states and their attorneys general have taken important steps to protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights and privacy. In the first half of 2023, several states enacted legislation prohibiting or discouraging use of the firearm retailer MCC. HB 1084 will protect gun owner data relating to payment card transactions involving firearms and ammunition retailers.

Additionally, the Indiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 1235. This legislation will make Indiana law consistent with other states by prohibiting local governments from lodging frivolous lawsuits against firearm manufacturers. For years cities like Gary, Indiana have sued firearm manufacturers for the unlawful misuse of their products by criminals. In response, more than 35 states and Congress have passed laws to protect the firearm industry from these politically driven lawsuits. HB 1235 will give firearm manufacturers in Indiana these same protections. This bill now goes to the Senate where it will receive a committee assignment. Please contact your state Senator and tell them to support HB 1235.

NRA-ILA is actively working to pass this legislation and will keep you informed as it moves through the legislative process.

Legislative Update: Kelly Myers – SB 28 Discriminatory Financial Services Practices

Legislative Update: Kelly Myers – SB 28 Discriminatory Financial Services Practices

SB 28 Discriminatory financial services practices (authored by Jim Tomes) is up for a hearing on Wednesday 31 January, 0830, Room 130 in the Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee. It is very similar to HB 1084, but broader in scope.

Below is a draft email I also posted on Indiana Gun Owners.

Email blast, blog post, shout it from the roof-tops, whatever it takes to get this message out!

Senator,

I am reaching out to encourage your support for Senate Bill 28, Discriminatory Financial Services Practices. This bill was authored by Senator Tomes.

There are countless examples of banks and payment processors discriminating against law-abiding citizens, businesses, and industries because of activities that are legal and constitutionally protected.

Large banks including Citibank have discriminated against firearms retailers, manufacturers and other firearms-related businesses including training. A JP Morgan/Chase-owned payment processor refused service based solely on the political affiliation of a guest speaker. The North Dakota coal industry has had significant problems maintaining insurance due to Environmental Social Governance (ESG) scores.

SB 28 codifies Social Credit Scores, and allows Hoosiers to take legal action when discrimination occurs. Social Credit Scores were developed by the Chinese Communist Party to control the population. Such activity is abhorrent to freedom-loving Americans, but seen as an opportunity to eliminate dissent by those in charge of financial service providers.

I know I can count on your support of this vital legislation.

Thank you!

Your Name

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUESTED ON HOUSE BILL 1235

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUESTED ON HOUSE BILL 1235

NRA members and Second Amendment supporters, House Bill 1235 passed out of the Indiana House Judiciary Committee on an 8-2 vote. Please contact your State Representatives and ask them to SUPPORT House Bill 1235 by clicking the “Take Action” button below today!

House Bill 1235 does the following:

Prohibits local governments from lodging frivolous lawsuits against firearm manufacturers.
Please forward this NRA-ILA Alert to your friends and family and encourage them to also contact their State Representatives to ask them to SUPPORT House Bill 1235 today!

Legislative Update: Kelly Myers

Legislative Update: Kelly Myers

Legislative Update:

This was one of the best weeks I’ve had at the Statehouse. Hoosier gun owners will be well-served by the bills that were up in committee this week.

First off I must say I was honored to be part of the pro-2A team that assembled to support the legislation. Guy Relford (The 2A Project,) John Weber (NRA Lobbyist,) Christopher Lee (National Shooting Sports Foundation,) and I were there to testify in support.

Wednesday in the Judiciary Committee House Bill 1235 (Prohibited causes of action concerning firearms) passed out of committee on an 8-2 vote. This bill will put an end to the 25-year-old lawsuit by the City of Gary against firearm manufacturers and retailers. It will also protect the personally identifiable information on 400,000 ATF Form 4473s that are at risk due to this lawsuit.

Thursday in the Financial Institutions Committee House Bill 1084 (Privacy of firearms financial transactions) was up for hearing and testimony. This bill will receive a vote in committee next week, but look for another win here. This bill will prevent financial institutions from creating a registry using financial transactions.

Again, I can’t express how honored I was to be part of that pro-2A team.

Hopefully, all goes well and both bills pass the House and go to the Senate. Then we start the process over again.

In Liberty,

Kelly Myers
Government Affairs Co-Director

Kelly Meyers has recently taken on the role of Co-Director of Legislative Affairs with the ISRPA and works directly with ISRPA President, Charlie Hiltunen. Kelly has been involved in Gun Rights directly since 2017 by serving in numerous roles supporting the 2nd amendment. Go here to see Kelly’s full bio…

Join the World Shooting Championship Staff

Join the World Shooting Championship Staff

World Shooting Championship staff will be responsible for helping to set up and tear down the match as well as run the match for our other competitors. All staff will receive room and board while supporting the match. They will also be allowed to compete for prize table only prior to the listed match dates.

Submit your application so you can have the chance to support a great match and show off your skills!

Invest (By Being Vested) in Youth Shooting Sports

Invest (By Being Vested) in Youth Shooting Sports

Youth Shooting Sports programs are an important tool to pass on a legacy – not only the shooting sport tradition, but the American Way and the preservation of our Country. As we navigate the complexities of our changing modern world, the need for strong character, discipline, and leadership skills has never been more critical to keep our American Dream alive.
 
Youth shooting sports have the power to transform lives in ways that extend far beyond the firing range. Here are some key points to consider:
Character Development: Engaging in shooting sports instills essential character traits such as discipline, responsibility, and respect for rules and safety. These values translate into everyday life, fostering a sense of integrity and ethics that guide young individuals in their choices and actions.
Self-Confidence: As young participants learn to master the techniques and challenges of shooting sports, they gain a profound sense of accomplishment. This boost in self-confidence is transferable to other areas of life, enabling them to tackle challenges with courage and resilience.
Focus and Concentration: Shooting sports require unwavering focus and concentration. Young shooters must learn to shut out distractions, an invaluable skill in a world filled with constant stimuli. This heightened concentration aids in academic performance and other endeavors that require intense mental focus.
Goal Setting and Achievement: Setting and achieving goals are fundamental life skills, and shooting sports provide an ideal platform for developing them. Whether it’s hitting a specific target or improving their accuracy, youth athletes learn the importance of setting objectives and working diligently to attain them.
Stress Management: In today’s fast-paced world, stress management is vital for mental health. Participating in shooting sports can be a therapeutic outlet, allowing young individuals to relieve stress and anxiety while learning to maintain composure under pressure – a skill that serves them well in all aspects of life.
Teamwork and Leadership: While shooting is often seen as an individual sport, many shooting disciplines involve teamwork and collaboration. Youth shooters develop essential teamwork skills, learning to communicate effectively with peers and work towards common goals. Additionally, they often evolve into leaders, guiding and supporting their fellow athletes. Young athletes involved in shooting sports often become leaders not just on the range but in various aspects of their lives. Leadership skills, such as communication, teamwork, and decision-making, are honed through the pursuit of excellence in their chosen sport. These skills are transferable to school, work, and community involvement. As young individuals gain confidence in their abilities, they are more likely to step forward and take on leadership roles in their communities, fostering a sense of responsibility and contributing positively to society.
Respect for Firearms and Safety: One of the most crucial aspects of youth shooting sports is the emphasis on safety. Participants learn to handle firearms responsibly and understand the gravity of their actions. This knowledge fosters a lifelong respect for firearms and a commitment to safety, reducing the risk of accidents and misuse.
Inclusivity and Diversity: Shooting sports communities often welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds and walks of life. This inclusivity teaches young participants to appreciate diversity, break down stereotypes, and forge connections with people they might not have otherwise encountered. Moreover, shooting sports have the potential to unite people from diverse backgrounds. The camaraderie developed on the shooting range transcends differences and promotes a sense of inclusivity and mutual respect. This, in turn, nurtures empathetic and understanding individuals who are better equipped to navigate the challenges of our interconnected world.
Life Skills for the Future: The skills learned in youth shooting sports, such as time management, patience, perseverance, and sportsmanship, prepare participants for the challenges they will face as adults. Every shot taken demands focus and control, and the youth quickly learn the importance of patience and dedication.
 
These skills are not only valuable for personal growth but also for success in education and future careers.
 
The importance and impact of youth shooting sports on young lives are immeasurable. These sports not only build character but also provide invaluable life skills that empower our youth to face the world with confidence, integrity, and resilience. Let us continue to support and nurture this positive influence on our youth, recognizing the potential for personal growth and lifelong success that it offers to each participant.
 
When we talk about investing in youth shooting sports, we are not only referring to financial support but also to our commitment, time, and belief in the potential of our young participants. Here’s how being vested in youth shooting sports can make a profound impact:

Financial Investment: Financial support for youth shooting sports can help provide access to quality training, equipment, and facilities. It ensures that young individuals, regardless of their socio-economic background, have the opportunity to participate and excel in the sport.
Mentorship and Coaching: Being vested means investing our time and expertise as mentors and coaches. Experienced individuals can guide and inspire young shooters, helping them develop not only their skills but also their character and values. Furthermore, mentorship plays a pivotal role in nurturing young talents in shooting sports. When experienced shooters take on the role of mentors, they pass down not only their technical knowledge but also the wisdom that comes from years of practice and dedication. The relationship between mentor and mentee is a special one, built on trust and respect. It empowers the youth, boosts their confidence, and instills a sense of belonging within the shooting community.
 
The importance of mentoring and leadership in encouraging youth to participate in shooting sports for character development cannot be overstated. These sports offer a unique blend of discipline, responsibility, teamwork, and leadership, all of which are essential for personal growth and success in life. As parents, educators, and mentors, it is our responsibility to guide and inspire our youth, helping them become not just skilled athletes but also individuals of strong character and integrity.
Encouragement and Recognition: Encouraging and recognizing the achievements of young shooters is a powerful form of investment. Positive reinforcement motivates them to strive for excellence and builds their self-esteem.
Promoting a Safe Environment: Ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for youth shooting sports is a critical investment. This includes adhering to strict safety protocols, providing psychological support, and creating a culture of inclusivity and respect.
Advocacy and Support: Being vested also means advocating for the continued existence and growth of youth shooting sports. This may involve lobbying for funding, organizing events, or raising awareness about the positive impact of the sport on young lives.
Community Involvement: Encouraging parents, educators, and the broader community to be vested in youth shooting sports fosters a sense of shared responsibility. Communities that support these programs not only enrich the lives of young participants but also contribute to a safer and more vibrant society.
Long-Term Commitment: Investing in youth shooting sports is a long-term commitment. It means believing in the potential of our young athletes to grow, develop, and become responsible citizens. It’s about nurturing their journey from the early stages of training to becoming leaders in the sport and beyond.
 
By being vested in youth shooting sports, we are nurturing the future of our youth and our society as a whole. We are investing in character development, skill-building, and the creation of responsible, confident, and capable leaders who will contribute positively to our communities.
In conclusion, let us recognize the importance of investing in youth shooting sports not just as a sport but as a means of personal growth, character development, and community building. By being vested in the well-being and development of our young participants, we are sowing the seeds for a brighter future for all. Thank you for your commitment to this noble cause.
 
THANK YOU to Larry & Brenda Potterfield, Corporate & Industry sponsors, All of our Shooting Sports, Conservation, Hunting, and Second Amendment organizations…Together we stand, divided we fall, but this commitment must be passed to the next generation.

2024 Indiana General Assembly Opens For Business Next Week

2024 Indiana General Assembly Opens For Business Next Week

The Indiana General Assembly kicks off the 2024 Legislative Session next week, November 21. Although a short Session, we will see many Bills impacting our 2A Rights. ISRPA will be working hand-in-hand with the NRA and NSSF on several pieces of legislation, including Bills to counter financial institutions discrimination against individuals and businesses exercising their Constitutional Freedoms by banning their ability to process credit cards and other financial transactions essential in functioning in today’s society. These financial institutions have taken an approach directly out of the Chinese Communist Party Playbook to cancel citizens from participating in society and business if they don’t adhere to strict far-left standards.

Other pieces of legislation that are expected include:

    • Prohibiting firearms at polling places
    • Penalties for failure to report lost or stolen firearms
    • Raising the minimum age required to carry a handgun
    • Penalties for privately-made firearms
    • Making it harder for a person convicted of domestic battery to own a firearm
    • Raising the age to buy “assault weapons”
    • Protecting the Second Amendment:
      • Making federal laws, executive orders or administrative orders that infringe on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms unenforceable in Indiana.
      • Providing state income tax credits for firearm safety
      • Letting law enforcement trade confiscated firearms
      • Penalizing people who fail to safely store firearms at home
      • Keeping firearms locked and unloaded
      • Requiring liability insurance to carry a handgun