EASTERN NEBRASKA FRIENDS OF THE NRA EVENT

2014posterR1Tickets for the May 3rd @ 5:30 P.M.  FNRA Banquet & Auction can be purchased in advance “ONLINE” at  https://www.friendsofnra.org/EventDetails.aspx?eid=50635&sid=28 

Contact: M. Platt Brabner, Phone (402) 895-0997 or email: mpbrabner@aol.com        

W. E. Schultz, Phone (402) 301-5597  or email: weschultz@cox.net   for more info.

Eastern Nebraska Friends of the NRA Omaha Chapter will host its 2014 FNRA Banquet at the “Keystone Center” on SATURDAY MAY 3rd. The Friends of the NRA provides grants to shooting sport organizations in Nebraska. In February 2013, $127,500 in grants were awarded to 38 groups across Nebraska including: law enforcement agencies, youth education and shooting programs, High School trap clubs and shooting range improvement projects. In 2012, ENGC was awarded a $29,000 grant that was applied toward the cover on the 600 yard range. 

Now more than ever shooters from across the state should consider supporting this worthy cause and the FRNA Website contains much more information. The Friends of the NRA is a 501 C (3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible.

The “Keystone Center” is located at 7811 Military Ave, Omaha, NE 68136. Doors open at 5:30pm with dinner at 7:00pm. Tickets are $35 each which includes dinner and raffle entry. There will be silent auction items along with games and a live auction of some hard to find rifles, pistols and shotguns. Group tables for 8 may be purchased for $300. Please consider supporting the Friends of the NRA this year as it continues to provide needed funds to enhance the shooting sports across Nebraska.

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Welcome to the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association

NFOA membership is open to all types of firearms owners as long as you are a resident of the state of Nebraska. Whether you are a trap shooter, long-range rifle shooter, concealed handgun permit holder, air gun, rifle and or shotgun hunter, NFA firearms enthusiast or belong to any other group of firearms owners, you are welcome to join our organization.

We are local firearms owners who have a personal interest in representing firearms owners rights in Nebraska. While there are much larger firearms owner groups and lobbyists, we have a personal stake right here in fighting for our rights. We do not have big money to fly in lobbyists from the coasts, we do not have the money to wine and dine Legislators, and we are just everyday normal Nebraska residents like you who want our voices to be heard by the various law makers. We will operate on what money is donated to us voluntarily.

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Minutes of the March 2014 NFOA Board of Directors meeting

The March 2014 NFOA Board of Directors meeting opened at 7AM Monday March 3rd and closed at 10PM Friday March 7th.

1.) Approve February Board Meeting Minutes
Minutes were approved as posted.

2.) Treasurers Report
Beginning Book balance 2/1/14 – $15,694.97

Total Expenditures – $38.96
- One debit $38.96 for Benchmark Email

Total Deposits – $1,662.05

Ending Book balance 2/28/14 – $17,318.06

3.) Membership Report
General membership         7241   increase of  63
Associate membership          49   increase of    1
Youth membership                26   no change
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Total  membership            7316    +64 on March 3rd 2014

4.) Committee Reports
4a.) Legislative
Rod provided reports of the lobbying efforts during and around the hearings, as well as the press conference. Reports from the press conference where also shared, as well as detailed reports on the status of various bills which are pertinent to the NFOA’s mission.

4b.) Events and Fundraising
The 2014 Annual Member Meeting and State Fair booth are separate agenda items. Nothing else to report.

4c.) Communications
Nothing significant to report.

4d.) Membership and Recruiting
Andy proposed the idea of an online petition or poll in order to establish new contacts and maintain contacts with existing members. The pros and cons of this method were discussed, as well as the specifics of how it might be carried out and utilized.
4e.) Web Admin
Jeremy provided updates on changes and additions to the forums, as well as suggested ideas for future improvements. Dan provided a report on our bandwidth and data allowances and how close we are to needing to address those issues.

5.) Accountant needs and requirements
The prospects of retaining an accountant were discussed, and Andy motioned to authorize an initial budget of $1000 for compensating an accountant. Motion passed.

6.) NFOA-PAF Update
Andy proposed a variety of fundraising and mobilization efforts that would allow the NFOA and PAF to grow its political muscle. Various means and methods were discussed among the board members, while keeping a close eye on the necessary line of separation between the NFOA and the PAF.

7.) Any Old Business
Andy and Toby provided updates on the status of materials, including pens and brochures, and the expenses associated with those items.

8.) 2014 Annual Member Meeting
Chris stepped up to be the coordinator for the event this year, and various items were discussed, including what activities would be included. The possibility of having the event catered this year was also discussed, as well as methods for getting the word out to the membership about the event.

9.) 2014 State Fair booth
Materials, structures, and other details for the NFOA state fair booth were discussed, including the pros and cons of each suggestion.  Toby motioned to approve $1000 in expenditures for booth materials based on the recent billboard campaign design. Motion passed. Toby also offered the use of his foam flooring for the booth.

10.) NFA Discussions
Jeremy provided discussion based on a recent bill in Kansas that would make CLEO sign off a “shall sign” instead of the federal default of “may sign.” The idea was also presented to track who and who will not currently sign within the state, as well as the possibility of inviting those who are not willing to sign to an educational event with NFOA presence.

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NFOA calls for help to sustain the veto of LB671

ACTION ALERT UPDATE
March 28, 2014

As we sent this Action Alert this morning, Governor Dave Heineman vetoed LB671, a bill that would outlaw cougar and mountain lion hunting in Nebraska.

In his letter back to the Legislature, Governor Heineman said “Nebraskans expect responsible wildlife management. LB 671 eliminates an important tool used to accomplish it. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission should retain the ability to determine those management actions which are necessary to protect both the health and safety of our citizens and the wildlife in our state. Removing the agency’s authority to manage mountain lions through hunting at this time is poor public policy.”

We urge you to contact your senator and ask them to sustain the Governors veto.

Don’t forget to request their support of LB390, the Senator Christensen bill, when contacting your senator.

To find the contact information for your senator, the senator list is here:

http://nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_list.php

Or, you can search for your senator here:

http://nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_find.php

Thanks for your action on these bills.

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