2A Contact Senators Now Do Not Pass H.R. 8

I’m walking in the door from a trip to Washington D.C. where I spoke alongside other Second Amendment advocates and GOP Representatives at press conference in opposition of H.R. 8. This is a gun control bill similar to what has already been unconstitutionally imposed on us in the state of Colorado. Please contact your Senators now and tell them NOT TO PASS H.R. 8.

If you have questions regarding the bill, read it, read on, and/or comment below. I’ll do what I can to answer your questions. If you live in Colorado, did you know that many of the rules in H.R.8 already apply to you?

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Extreme Gun Control Bill 

H.R. 8 Mandates Universal Background Checks
FAIRFAX, Va.–Today, the newly minted anti-gun leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives passed its first gun control measure by a 240 -190 vote, offering further proof that anti-gun politicians are more interested in scoring cheap political points than doing their jobs and passing meaningful legislation that would make Americans safer. 

Chris W. Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), issued the following response to the passage of H.R. 8:

Mia Anstine shares traditions, hunting, mentoring, and competition perspective at the House GOP Members & Second Amendment Supporters press conference.

“This extreme gun-control bill will make criminals out of law-abiding Americans. It will also make it harder for good people to defend themselves and their families. Criminals, on the other hand, will continue to get their firearms the way they always have – through the black market, theft, and straw purchases. Forcing more government paperwork and additional fees on good people trying to exercise a constitutional right will do nothing to make Americans safer. On behalf of our members and supporters, the National Rifle Association will continue to fight to preserve the constitutionally protected right to self-defense.” 

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump issued a statement of administration action publicly stating he would veto H.R. 8.  Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Follow the NRA on social at Facebook.com/NationalRifleAssociation and Twitter @NRA.

Know When to Follow the Firearm Safety Rules

Most gun owners know when to follow firearm safety rules, but it seems my social media streams are flooded with images of poor safety. I’ve seen images of prom pictures with poor gun handling, hunting photos with bad barrel placement, and red carpet events with trigger fingers engaged. Additionally, I just returned from the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings in Dallas, Texas. There are plenty of gun companies displaying their wares at the show.

A true give away that you’re not an experienced gun owner is the way you handle them. That means if you’re violating any of the Four Rules of Firearm safety, you look like a dummy. You don’t want that, no do you? Of course, you don’t. A violation of the rules could add you to a list of statistics of which you don’t want to be included. You’d better learn the rules.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about displaying your passion for the Second Amendment and sharing the fact that you’re the face of gun owners, but you need to do it properly — NOT like Hollywood! Practice the rules!

Rules of Firearm Safety

When should you follow the rules? ALWAYS!

Always, always follow gun safety rules. That means even if you think the gun is unloaded, even if the firing pin has been removed, even if your only taking a picture, and even if the gun looks real but is not.

I’ve had many people tell me, “but it was unloaded.” NOPE! That’s a violation of rule number one.

ALWAYS follow the four rules of firearm safety. Rule breakers are not impressive. It’s a distraction from their photo, and they’re dangerous at the range or in the gun shop. Never get so comfortable with a firearm that you forget the rules.

Four Rules of Firearm Safety

1. Treat EVERY gun as if it is loaded. Firearm-safety-rule-number-one-MACOutdoors

This means that all guns should be handled as though there is ammunition in the chamber and even applies to inert and toy guns. Practice safety all the time.

2. Never point the gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy. Firearm-safety-rule-number-two-MACOutdoors

Remember that a bullet being expelled from the barrel of a gun cannot be taken back. Once a gun goes off, that is it. Where ever your muzzle is pointed is where that projectile will go and whatever it hits will be destroyed.

3. Always keep your finger OFF THE TRIGGER and OUT OF THE TRIGGER GUARD until you are on target and ready to shoot. Firearm-safety-rule-number-three-MACOutdoors

This is a rule that seems difficult at first. Afterall, guns are designed with grips that allow our fingers to easily reach the trigger. Keep your finger off of the trigger and out of the trigger guard. If you experience a bump, trip, or slip, you do not want your finger depressing the trigger before you are ready. When I’m teaching, when I’m at gun stores, when I’m at trade shows, and other times I see this rule violated. JUST DO THIS ONE!

4. Always know your target and what is beyond.

Firearm-safety-rule-number-four-MACOutdoorsRule number two mentions not pointing the gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy. That means if you have the muzzle pointed toward the wall in your house, the bullet could possibly go through the wall. You need to be aware of what is on the other side and if you’re hunting, you need to know where other animals are located.

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50 State Fish & Wildlife Agencies To Help Americans “Hunt S.A.F.E.”

Part of teaching children to bring home dinner is encouraging safety, responsibility, and traditions. As we do this, there are steps we can take to guarantee a rewarding experience. See below, as NSSF’s Project ChildSafe and NSSF team up to help state agencies share the experience. ~Mia

Project ChildSafe, Cabela’s Partner With 50 State Fish & Wildlife Agencies To Help Americans “Hunt S.A.F.E.”

nssf-project-childsafe-own-it-respect-it-secure-itNEWTOWN, Conn. — Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearm safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund have partnered with fish and wildlife agencies in all 50 states to distribute firearm locks and to encourage Americans to “Hunt S.A.F.E.” this fall by remembering to handle, transport and store firearms responsibly.

“Thanks to a generous grant from the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund and the commitment of 50 fish and wildlife agencies, we’ll reach more hunters than ever before with the reminder to Hunt S.A.F.E.,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.

The Hunt S.A.F.E. campaign urges hunters and all firearm owners to Secure your firearms when not in use; be Aware of those around you who are not authorized to have access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner; and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage.

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The Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grant enabled NSSF to provide more than 50,000 free cable-style gun locks and safety materials that the agencies in all 50 states will distribute as part of their hunter education programs. NSSF also provided agencies with additional firearm safety kits that included a gun lock and will be providing agencies with safety education resources that hunters and shooters can use and share in their homes and communities. These include:

  • A Hunting Checklist for Families

    with an easy to follow guide for ensuring safety while in the field.

  • A Gun Storage For Your Lifestyle infographic outlining a variety of firearm storage options that keep lifestyles and budgets in mind
  • The Ethical Hunter

    brochure discussing the treasured heritage of the hunting tradition as well as the importance of responsible hunting.

  • The Project ChildSafe webpage which features a full library of safety resources as well as information on where and how to obtain a free firearm safety kit and gun lock.
  • The Talking with Kids about Gun Safety video which provides helpful tips for parents as firearms come out of storage and are used in the field during hunting season.

“As the fall hunting season begins and firearms are taken out of storage, cleaned and transported to the range or the field, it’s an excellent time for parents to also have a conversation with their children about firearm safety,” Sanetti said. “But it’s important to keep in mind that firearm safety is always in season – we urge hunters and shooters to always remember that if they own a firearm, they should respect it and secure it when not in use”

“Spend more time with your family and friends, whether it be outside, hunting, at the shooting range or around the table, savoring all life has to offer.” Mia

About Project ChildSafe
NSSF, the trade association of the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home to help prevent unauthorized access. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.

About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit nssf.org.

Cabela’s Outdoor Fund
The Cabela’s Outdoor Fund is a tax-exempt organization dedicated to the promotion of conservation and of hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and other outdoor sporting and recreational activities. The Fund engages primarily in lobbying and advocacy for these activities. The Fund is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to the Fund are not deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Tastefully Photograph Your Hunting Harvests at NRA Family

Non-hunters are those who are not necessarily against hunting, but who may be easily tipped that direction. In the effort to keep these individuals leaning more toward supporting our traditions, I’d like to share a reminder about how we share our harvests.

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Project ChildSafe Hits Major Milestone

Project ChildSafe Hits Major Milestone with 1,000 Supporter Organizations

Firearm industry program distributed nearly
a quarter million safety kits nationwide in 

NEWTOWN, Conn. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation, trade association for the firearms industry, announces that 1,000 manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, ranges, hunter safety instructors and conservation groups have joined with NSSF to promote Project ChildSafe, the industry’s national program to encourage responsible firearms ownership and provide safety materials to all gun owners.

These 1,000 supporters are in addition to the 15,000 law enforcement agencies that have partnered with NSSF since 1999 to distribute free Project ChildSafe firearm safety kits, which include a cable-style gun luck and safety education literature. Last year alone, NSSF and its partners distributed nearly 240,000 kits throughout the U.S. Since its inception, Project ChildSafe has distributed more than 36 million firearm safety kits in all 50 states and the five U.S. Territories.

“This milestone is more than a number-it’s further testimony to the commitment on the part of the firearms industry, individual gun owners and the sporting community to make gun safety and personal responsibility a priority,” said Steve Sanetti, President and CEO of NSSF. “These are all organizations that, collectively, can amplify the messages of Project ChildSafe. We’ve made great progress in helping reduce fatal firearms accidents, which are dropping dramatically and make up only 0.5 percent of all accidental fatalities. Our goal is to further reduce accidents, theft and intentional misuse by preventing unauthorized access to guns.”

In the past year, major national organizations including the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, the International Hunter Education Association (USA), The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers and Pheasants/Quail Forever have joined with Cabela’s, Sportsman’s Warehouse, the Mule Deer Foundation, the Wild Sheep Foundation, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and Team USA Shooting, along with hundreds of individual retails and gun ranges, to promote the messages and mission of Project ChildSafe to their members and through their marketing campaigns. This collective outreach has reminded millions of gun owners to safely and securely store their firearms when not in use.

Central to promoting firearm safety is Project ChildSafe’s “Own. It? Respect It. Secure It.” initiative, whose logo is used by supporters as a continual reminder to securely storage guns to keep them out of the wrong hands. A program infographic helps gun owners decide on safe storage options for their lifestyles and budgets.

“Proper storage is the number one way to prevent firearm accidents,” Sanetti said. “The more we can get this message out, the more we will continue to see firearms accidents and misuse decrease. With these tremendous supporters on board, and more joining every day, the more Project ChildSafe will succeed in this mission.”

NSSF first launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe). The program’s distribution of more than 36 million free gun locks is complemented by the more than 70 million free gun locks manufacturers have provided with firearms purchased since 1998. Gun owners who want a free firearm safety kit that includes a gun lock can locate participating law enforcement agencies at projectchildsafe.org.

Project ChildSafe was long supported by federal grants provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2008, when this funding was eliminated, the firearms industry has solely funded the Project ChildSafe program.

Project ChildSafe is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity supported through contributions from diverse public sources to Project ChildSafe Inc. To learn more about Project ChildSafe or to make a donation, visit projectchildsafe.org.

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Before the Hunt – Get to know your hunting rifle


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As a hunter safety is essential in preventing injury to yourself or others. The best place to learn safety before heading out in the field is on the shooting range.

  • Familiarize yourself with your firearm before you head to the shooting range. Learn how to operate and check the chamber to see if it is clear. Then learn how to load and unload it.
  • Practice shooting your gun at the range. You’ll want to make this a force of habit because, when shooting a… (CLICK HERE to read more)

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Hunting tips at NAHC – Don’t be afraid to say “NO”


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Before you head out on a guided hunt know your limitations and don’t be afraid to say “No” to shots, hikes or anything beyond your ability.

Whether it’s your first guided hunt or you’ve been on dozens of them, you don’t always know what you’re in for. If you follow these three tips and let your guide know your ability you’ll be more comfortable and have a better experience.

  1. Know how far…. (CLICK HERE to read more)

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Do you carry a concealed firearm while you’re hunting?

I do. My primary use for owning firearms is for hunting purposes. My concealed carry gun is of adequate size and caliber to use while I’m hunting. Although this is the intended purpose, there is a secondary cause…. (CLICK HERE) to read more.

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Importance of Firearm Education – Shooting Channel

I grew up in a household where my father hunted for food. Having pistols and rifles in the home seemed like a common thing to me. I later learned that not everyone was so fortunate.

Part of having firearms involves safety. I still remember, at about five years old… Read more

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Does Colorado Care? – Gun Grab

If this does not, or has not effected your state, be prepared. Don’t just say “I’m not going to that state.” STAND TOGETHER. Support fellow gun owners.

After six hours of debate yesterday the Colorado house has passed a bill restricting magazine capacity on a voice vote. The recorded vote will be on Monday. They are now debating universal background checks. Read more about it HERE

How will this affect our economy here in Colorado?

According to sources, Magpul has already announced that if this bill passes,  they will move their business which employs over 600 Colorado citizens. Numerous outdoorsmen, fishermen, skiers, hikers and hunters have also announced that they will “boycott” the state and hunt in Wyoming or Montana rather than support the state. It is surprising that Colorado would so hastily pass these bills when we so greatly depend on hunters and tourism.

I asked the question yesterday about where is the education requirement in all of this. I did know the answer, but here is a synopsis a friend gave which I feel it is right on point.

“I have your answer, Mia. It is because they don’t care one bit about the citizens. This has nothing to do with saving lives or preventing injury. If that were the case, they would be trying to find a way to deal with the mental health problems, the gang problems, the REAL causes of deaths in this country. But it isn’t about protecting and saving lives. It is about control. Not gun control, but citizen control. It is about making it so that we cannot defend ourselves from them. It is about violating the constitution and knowing that we will not stand for it so they are taking away our ability to defend ourselves.”

I feel that our government is cramming all this legislation through so fast that people’s heads are going to spin when they wake up, slaves, and realize what happened. Many think it is kind and caring while they don’t even realize the consequences. How could it be a good thing if when they are cramming it through via voice vote late on a Friday afternoon? Then they will do the actual vote Monday. They do this so it doesn’t make the new cycle. People won’t call to express their opinions because they are out for the weekend.

Bottom line – We need to keep fighting. You are happy that I keep calling and I keep writing letters, but what are you doing? How are you protecting your children?

WE NEED YOU to stand united in this monumental fight and COME TO THE HOUSE GALLERY on Friday, February 15th to hold your state Representative accountable by making sure they vote NO on these restrictive bills.

SMia &  LittleGal turkey huntingession will convene at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. Please make plans to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. to ensure a seat. If you are unable to attend session, please call AND e-mail your state Representative using the contact information provided here.

The NRA thanks you for your dedication to this cause so far. We cannot win this fight without your help. Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org for further updates and information.

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