Thursday, March 26, 2015

County recognizes 'Friends of the NRA Day'

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 9:12 AM

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It's that time of the year again.

Flowers are blooming, snow is giving way to rain, and our El Paso County commissioners are pledging their support for a fundraising arm of the foundation side of one of the most powerful and divisive advocacy organizations in the nation. On Tuesday, the commissioners formally recognized "Friends of the NRA Day," as they do every year.

Friends of the NRA is a fundraising arm for the NRA Foundation, which promotes the shooting sports. While the Friends of the NRA supports local programs and services, it's kissing cousins with the National Rifle Association, a group that used to be known for its focus on helping hunters and marksmen, but is now a political powerhouse.

Both federally and at a state level, the NRA fights against laws aimed at keeping guns in check. That includes laws that most Americans like, such as those mandating background checks. In fact, when Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, helped pass background check legislation and other gun control bills in Colorado in 2013, the NRA went after him. The Morse recall effort was successful.

Not that any of this should raise eyebrows. I mean, it is spring after all.
El Paso County Recognizes “Friends of NRA Day”

Local Group Celebrates More than Two Decades of Service to the Community

El Paso County, CO, March 25, 2015 – By unanimous Proclamation, the Board of El Paso County Commissioners during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday recognized March 26th as “Friends of NRA Day and expressed its appreciation for decades of support for local programs and services by Friends of NRA.

Each year, Friends of NRA raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to support a variety of programs and services, including firearms safety and training, youth hunter education conservation training, law enforcement training and firearms competition and the national youth shooting sports cooperative.

“In 2014, the Colorado Friends of NRA raised $768,074 state wide and distributed $384,037 across 80 grants with $279,730 directed at 57 grants focused on youth programs,” said Commissioner Amy Lathen in presenting the Proclamation. “Six grants totaling $16,326 were given to groups in El Paso County.”

“We believe in the fundamental liberties people have, not just in El Paso County but across the country,” she said.

Friends of NRA are a valued partner with El Paso County, Fort Carson, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and others in the establishment and ongoing development of the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex. The complex, which is open to the public on 400 acres of Fort Carson property, is the largest public range in Colorado.

“Thank you for your all of your support especially for 4-H and the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex,” said Commissioner Clark.

The County Proclamation recognizes March 26, 2015, as “Friends of NRA Day” in El Paso County Colorado and urges citizens who enjoy the shooting sports and cherish the freedom of responsible gun ownership to show their appreciation for Friends of NRA and the important contributions they make to our community. “Our sole purpose is to raise funds for the shooting sports and education,” said Peggy Gray, Colorado Friends of NRA chair.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Colorado Springs Friends of NRA Committee. Commissioner Peggy Littleton encouraged El Paso County citizens to attend the group’s annual dinner, noting that funds raised through the event support grants distributed every year. The gala is Thursday, March 26, at Swan House Manor, 5515 Palmer Park Blvd., Colorado Springs. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the evening includes games, auctions and dinner. For tickets, contact Peggy Gray at (719) 243-4586.

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