Endorsements

During the September, 2014, General Meeting, WMSA has modified their endorsement policy. Those seeking endorsements must complete the form, available on the WMSA.NET home page, for every election. An endorsement for one election is not an automatic endorsement for any subsequent elections.

WMSA will post copies of the candidate questionnaire as they are submitted and approved the the WMSA Board of Directors.

 

Minutes, September General Meeting and 25th Anniversary Picnic

Sunday September 28th, 2014

WMSA 25th Anniversary Picnic / General Membership Meeting Crossfire Recreational Center, Independence, MO.

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The opening prayer was offered by: B. Perry.

The catered lunch from HyVee  began at 12:45 P.M.

Will Kraus, Missouri State Senator, and Bill “Billy the Kid” Kidd, Missouri State Representative spoke to the membership.

Kevin had a teaching engagement so the meeting was turned over to V.P. Mr. Carl Smart.

Carl opened the floor for nominations for the three expiring BoD positions.

Nominations from the floor were:

Bob Hanson, Kevin Jamison and Larry Swickard.

No other nominations were made and nominations were declared closed.

Carl added that write in candidates were acceptable.

The ballots were passed out and then collected by Curt Cotton, recording secretary.

The election results were counted and witnessed by Raymond Smith.

The results are:

Kevin Jamison: 11 Votes. *

Bob Hanson : 12 Votes. *

Larry Swickard: 10 Votes. *

Erik Johnson: 4 write in votes.

*Winner

Greg P. made a motion to waive the annual membership dues for any member working a gunshow that has a WMSA table.

Discussion on the motion followed. The motion was tabled for the next WMSA BoD meeting.

Greg P. Made a motion that candidates for political office that want the endorsement of WMSA fill out the WMSA candidate survey form every time that they run for office and the form to be posted on the WMSA web-page. The motion was seconded followed by discussion. V.P. Carl Smart called for the vote on the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 1:50 P.M.

Minutes submitted by Curt Cotton, WMSA Recording Secretary.

 

WMSA 25th Anniversary Picnic / September General Meeting

We had a nice turnout for the WMSA picnic. Will Kraus, Missouri State Senator, and Bill “Billy the Kid” Kidd, Missouri State Representative spoke to the membership. It was a fun time.

WMSA 2014 Picnic

WMSA 25th Anniversary Picnic and General Meeting. September 28, 2014.


It’s a Celebration!!

It is the 25th Anniversary of the foundation of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance.

When: Sunday, September 28, 2014

Time: Noon to 4:00pm

Where: Crossfire Recreational Center, 21200 E Truman Rd., Independence, MO, 64056

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(Update:) WMSA will provide the meat dish and drinks (water). We ask that the members will bring a side dish to fill out the menu and personal drinks if desired.

(Update:) We will be having the dinner catered. You may bring a dessert if you wish and your personal drinks.

We will have four lanes in the indoor range reserved for us as well as a classroom.

A reminder. This will also be our September General meeting. Three Board Member’s terms expire this year. We will be electing three Board Members at this meeting.

 

Updated: PRESIDENT’S PODIUM: A Message to WMSA

Update (September 26, 2014) Kevin’s article below drew a question from a WMSA member. Does SB 656 apply to those areas of the state where no open carry prohibition exists?

Short answer: No. Open  carry is legal, still, in those areas with no prohibition and no CCW is required for open carry in those areas and municipalities. A requirement for possession of CCW is required only for those areas or municipalities, such as Kansas City, that prohibits open carry.


 

WMSA President Kevin Jamison penned an article covering the legislation passed this summer. It answers questions about the new law and dispels misinformation that abounds concerning the law.

PRESIDENT’S PODIUM

A PRODUCTIVE SUMMER

NEW LAWS

K. L. Jamison

It has been a productive summer. We beat back an ill-considered Jackson County ordinance which prohibited shooting in decidedly rural areas. The Missouri Constitution was amended to state that the right to own guns was “inalienable”. This makes our constitutional provision perhaps the strongest in the country. This provision does not abolish any restrictions on our rights. Exactly what it means will have to wait for future court action. It is a very good development and will be a very strong tool to expand our rights.

Kansas City passed a City ordinance against open carry. This was not due to any injuries by open carry advocates or even threats. The council members who spoke on the subject said that the ordinance was necessary because open carry “sent the wrong message.” They wanted to suppress political speech. This is unconstitutional however crudely expressed the speech. I have often said that open carry is a bad tactic being badly employed. I do object to one of our rights being taken away even if it is a right I do not care to exercise. It would be helpful if one of the open carry advocates would sue the City. I can only hope that one will.

The legislature has overturned the Governor’s veto of an omnibus gun rights bill. One provision of the bill allowed open carry in any city or part of Missouri if the person also has a license to carry concealed. This does not make a great deal of sense. It is one of those; “It doesn’t have to make sense it’s just the law” sort of things. My understanding is that police have been called to open carry activists, and the person would refuse to give his name. He would have a perfect right not to give his name, but that is not how one wins friends nor influences people. A person with a license to carry must give his license on request regardless of the circumstances, even if he is not carrying a weapon at all. This allows the police to fill out their reports. Bad activism has caused us to lose part of our rights. The good news is that it gave us some good media coverage. The City Council did the ordinance so badly that they have opened up a legal weakness in the other side if the open carry people want to take advantage.

The omnibus bill was vetoed because it allowed school teachers to get training as school protection officers. The governor did not think these women could be trusted with guns. The law requires that the school district hold a public hearing before establishing this program. Applicants would have to pass a training program established by the Missouri Department of Public Safety of some 40 hours.

The bill reduced the age for a license to carry to 19. I fear that this will cause us to lose reciprocity with some states. We shall see. As I understand it one legislator demanded that the age be raised to 25 and the rest of the legislature pushed the other way.

The bill requires that the license to carry course only require familiarization with revolver and semi-automatics, not qualification. Students need only qualify with one type of handgun. This reduces the amount of ammunition required.

The bill prevents public housing from banning guns by residents. Public housing units have been sued for doing so across the country. They have always lost. This does not stop them. I represented a man who was being evicted from public housing in Independence because he owned a .22 pistol and a muzzle loading rifle. We beat the eviction with the assistance of the NRA. The housing authority responded by papering the facility with signs ordering residents not to possess guns. This provision does not prevent private landlords from banning guns from their buildings. Private parties can violate your rights if you sign a lease allowing them to do so. Read the fine print.

The Omnibus Bill goes into effect on 12 October, 2014.

It has been a good summer. Now all we have to do is elect the right people so we can do it over again.

I thank-you for the honor of being your president.