Next WMSA General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meeting
is normally the 4th Tuesday of every odd-numbered month

Next WMSA general membership meeting

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
7:00 PM

OUR NEW LOCATION

Bass Pro Stop Conservation Conference Room, Lower Level

18001 Bass Pro Drive
Independence, MO 64055

Bass Pro Shop at the SW corner of I-70 and I-470

Independence, MO

 

Note: we have secured the Bass Pro Shop meeting location for all of 2015.

 

Guns and Taxes

From the PoliticMO Newsletter for January 14, 2015.

GUNS — ‘Gun groups vow to fight Missouri lawmaker’s bill taxing guns to pay for police body cameras,’ Raw Story: “A Missouri state legislator has drawn criticism from gun enthusiasts for introducing bills that would pay for body cameras for police officers through a tax increase on firearm and ammunition sales… House Bills 75 and 76, which were introduced by state Rep. Brandon Ellington (D), would implement a 1 percent tax raise on gun sales, with the money going to the “Peace Officer Handgun and Ammunition Sales Tax Fund,” to be used to buy the cameras. Officers would then be required to wear the cameras during any interaction with the public, and keep the footage in their records for at least 30 days. Undercover officers and detectives would be exempt from wearing the cameras. …

“The National Rifle Association (NRA) has already come out against Ellington’s proposal. ‘Forcing law-abiding Missourians to pay an additional tax on firearm and ammunition purchases is unmerited. Gun owners and purchasers should not be responsible for funding these projects,’ the group said in a release. ‘The NRA will continue to fight against such misguided encroachments on those who exercise their Second Amendment rights.’” — PoliticMO Newsletter, Jan 14, 2015

Gun groups vow to fight Missouri lawmaker’s bill taxing guns to pay for police body cameras

, 12 Jan 2015 at 23:31 ET

A Missouri state legislator has drawn criticism from gun enthusiasts for introducing bills that would pay for body cameras for police officers through a tax increase on firearm and ammunition sales, Guns.com reported.

House Bills 75 and 76, which were introduced by state Rep. Brandon Ellington (D), would implement a 1 percent tax raise on gun sales, with the money going to the “Peace Officer Handgun and Ammunition Sales Tax Fund,” to be used to buy the cameras.

Officers would then be required to wear the cameras during any interaction with the public, and keep the footage in their records for at least 30 days. Undercover officers and detectives would be exempt from wearing the cameras.

“That’s something that I think is a necessity not only when we look at what happened in Ferguson, but when we look at inner-city interactions between law enforcement,” Ellington told KCTV-TV last month.

A similar version of the bill, which did not include the tax increase, did not advance past the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee last year.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has already come out against Ellington’s proposal.

“Forcing law-abiding Missourians to pay an additional tax on firearm and ammunition purchases is unmerited. Gun owners and purchasers should not be responsible for funding these projects,” the group said in a release. “The NRA will continue to fight against such misguided encroachments on those who exercise their Second Amendment rights.”

The National Shooting Sports Foundation also objected to the bills, calling the idea of an additional firearm tax “ill-considered.”

The article continues at the website.

We too easily assume that our friends in Jeff City will halt this bill. But if a federal mandate comes down the pike, our ‘friends’ in Missouri’s capitol may receive heavy pressure to pass this assault on gunowners and shooters. Let’s keep them aware of our opposition.

Call your state Representative and Senator and let them know of our opposition. If funding becomes an issue, ask them to look for alternate funding ideas. Perhaps an additional assessment on law-breakers? Say an additional 10% added to fines earmarked for the cameras? If the state is required to fund the cameras, let’s give them alternative revenue sources instead of taxing firearms and ammunition.

 

John Bieker dies defending his wife

Updated: See end of post…

A friend of a WMSA boardmember, a 2nd Amendment supporter, a husband defending his wife, is gone.

There was a murder on the Kansas side a couple of days ago. She’s A Pistol is a small business, training people, mainly women, how to defend themselves. Three armed men entered, attacked Rebecca Bieker, the woman co-owner and her husband, John Bieker, defended her. All three armed men suffered gunshot wounds. The fourth, the getaway driver escaped injury. John Bieker later died of his wounds.

Rebecca Bieker later issued this statement via her Facebook page. “I have lost my husband in this senseless murder,” she wrote. “Although tragic, he saved my life because he carried a firearm. Guns are not evil.”  

The Kansas State Rifle Association has opened a conduit for donations to Rebecca Bieker.

UPDATE: a second site for donations has been created as well.

 
Donations can also be made at any US Bank for Becky Bieker/She’s a Pistol or this site:
 

Grace Leinberger passes (correction)

Kevin Jamison just gave this information to the Board.

I just got off the phone with John Leinberger. Grace has died. She had told me six weeks ago that she would not be able to do the newsletter for health reasons. A week ago she said that she could not be at the meeting because she was in the hospital. Both times she said it casually as if it were not important.

She had cancer. She learned about it three months ago, and that it was terminal three weeks ago. She went quickly. Family is with John. Grace did not want any fuss, she did not want a funeral. In lieu of flowers contributions should be sent to the MSSA Juniors Program.

I think it would be appropriate to name some aspect of the Junior’s Program after her.

Grace was fundamental in the publishing of the Missouri Sports Shooting Association newsletter. She will be missed.