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How many are going to the NRA Convention in Pittsburgh? If you are coming, perhaps we can all get together and meet face to face. Max is thinking about coming, and so is Winn. F Troop said he may come if not out of the country on business. I would be pleased to help anyone with whatever you may need on the Pittsburgh end. Several weeks ago I listed some hotels with web sites. If enough are coming perhaps we can put something together like a group dinner, etc. I am also member at Bullseye Ranges so that if enough are interested we can go to an in door range, I will talk to the owner about some cheap rentals (they have some really neat stuff). Anyway, I told my wife that weekend is out for horse shows, etc., so I am ready. How about you? Jack
 

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I'll be there!!!

And man oh man, that Bullseye range is the shiznit.. I stoped by there after the Expo Mart show... All I can say is I wanna join, but the hour drive is stoping me right now..
 

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I'll be there!!!

And man oh man, that Bullseye range is the shiznit.. I stoped by there after the Expo Mart show... All I can say is I wanna join, but the hour drive is stoping me right now..
It really is a neat place. And what you don't see is the best, they are polite, and really are into service. Jack
 

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I'm There. :rockin:

I'm all set, flight, hotel, bail money, I'm good to go.

Jack, I'll be there around noon on friday, get the steelers fans off the streets.

I'll be easy to spot, I'll be the only guy wearing a WORLD CHAMPION NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS hat.
 

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7.62x39 said:
I'm There. :rockin:

I'm all set, flight, hotel, bail money, I'm good to go.

Jack, I'll be there around noon on friday, get the steelers fans off the streets.

I'll be easy to spot, I'll be the only guy wearing a WORLD CHAMPION NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS hat.
Date: 04/02/04

Memo: to the rest of the Board

From: scubadvr (Jack)

Subject: New England fan :sick:

This is what I get for being Mr. Nice Guy. Help, I need more gunco.net members to help me with this guy. No excuses allowed.
 

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No problem scubadvr, thougth I'm not from Pittsburgh, I do known some dark dankin places we can take him. hehehe
 

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7.62x39 said:
I'm There. :rockin:

I'll be easy to spot, I'll be the only guy wearing a WORLD CHAMPION NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS hat.
I just haven't decided whether to wear my 2002 or 2004 hat.

Jack, haven't you got one from the 70's you can dust off? :rofl:
 

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No problem scubadvr, thougth I'm not from Pittsburgh, I do known some dark dankin places we can take him. hehehe
This is getting better all the time. Mike, looks so far like you, Max, Winn (and son) and me. Anyone else please get on board. It would be great to meet as many of you as possible. Its going to be one of those things that you will regret not doing. Put aside the home remodeling, the trips to the Winn Dixi, Topps, Kroger, etc., come out and hang with your friends. Jack
 

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Anybody else care to join us?

Check out this website, there is a lot of cool stuff going on there.
http://www.nraam.org/
I will even throw in a free dinner (I have one exta ticket to Friends of the NRA Dinner and Auction). Max, Winn & son, my lovely and tolerant wife, and I are going. I promise we will not throw any food (drinks and appetisers are anothrer issue. Jack
 

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The more the merrier. If you have a cell P.M. me Thursday evening. I will give you mine and that will help us hook up. If you don't have a cell then we can work something else out. Jack
 

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Pittsburgh to host NRA convention



ASSOCIATED PRESS


PITTSBURGH - In touting its selection of the Steel City for its 133rd annual convention, the National Rifle Association talks up the region's strong membership and Pennsylvania's rich hunting traditions.

But it also is rallying support to keep President George Bush in office.

At last year's convention in Orlando, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush credited the 4 million-member NRA with helping his brother win the 2000 presidential election. "Were it not for your active involvement, it's safe to say my brother may not have been president of the United States," he said.

The NRA hasn't endorsed a candidate yet, but NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said Monday that "gun owners in massive numbers do not want to go back to the days of Clinton and Gore." Presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry, he said, "is certainly no friend of the Second Amendment."

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said "Pennsylvania is going to be a battleground state again. We certainly will be working to activate our base."

Although Democratic nominee Al Gore defeated Bush in Pennsylvania in 2000 by four percentage points, Arulanandam said the decision to hold its convention here wasn't made because of that. Host cities are selected five to six years out, he said.

"Freedom's Steel," will run April 16 through April 20 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The NRA expects nearly 60,000 people to attend.


LaPierre said the convention would be "a celebration of this American freedom to own firearms and hunt" and would reflect on the expansion of gun rights over the past 25 years. Back then, he said, only a handful of states had right-to-carry laws; now 37 have them.

Rocker Ted Nugent is also listed on the schedule. Vice President Dick Cheney was scheduled to be the keynote speaker, though LaPierre said he couldn't confirm whether Cheney was coming.

Meanwhile, gun control advocates plan to hold their own events. They include a teach-in at the University of Pittsburgh, a candlelight vigil to remember victims of gun violence and a concert, according to Nathaniel Glosser of Confluence Against Gun Violence, a coalition of local organizations.

Glosser said they will be trying to draw attention to two gun control issues: the continuation of the federal assault weapons ban and Pennsylvania's lack of "child access prevention laws." Eighteen states have some form of the law, which holds gun owners responsible if children have their gun.

The accidental fatal shooting of a letter carrier last summer by a 9-year-old boy in suburban Pittsburgh underscores the need for such a law, Glosser said. The boy's mother, Latoya Burnette, is charged with illegally possessing a handgun under federal law. She was not permitted to have it after her 2000 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon in North Carolina.

"We're not antigun. We're not against the responsible ownership of firearms," Glosser said. "We're in favor of laws that will keep guns out of the hands of children, the mentally ill and criminals."

While LaPierre couldn't comment on what form of child access prevention law Pennsylvania's gun control advocates want, he said states can already prosecute such cases under criminal negligence laws.

The assault weapons ban, which expires September, is "nothing but an incremental effort to ban more firearms," Arulanandam said.

"We feel that this is an ineffective law based on studies by the Clinton Justice Department, that this law is ineffective in reducing crime," he said. "We feel it ought to sunset."
 
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