Make your plan now to attend

Mark your calendars for March 19th! You are personally invited to the ‘NFOA Day At The Legislature – 2015′.

Come on out and be a part of a true grassroots movement working towards liberty and Firearms Freedom in Nebraska!

We we be hosting a variety of activities throughout the morning, including the opportunity to meet your State Senators and recognition on the floor of the legislature. The N.F.O.A. will be hosting informative meetings in the morning at the capital as well as a senators luncheon where you can meet with senators and their staffs.

Join the discussion and participate in the process. That afternoon will be the initial hearing in the Judiciary Committee for Pro-Rights bills, including LB289 which aims to eliminate unconstitutional city ordinances in Nebraska. You can attend and watch the hearings. If firearm owners in our state do Not make their voices heard…It will only be a matter of time before our Constitutional Rights are whittled away!

Make plans to join us on March the 19th! Your presence will be a force multiplier as we send a clear and concise message to the Legislature! Together we will take a stand for ourselves and future generations of Nebraskans!

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February newsletter

February 18, 2015
Dear Member,This is a very busy legislative session for us.  We are following a lot of bills this session. There were 15 firearms related bills introduced this session. We are taking an official position on 11 of those 15 bills and keeping a close eye on the remaining 4.  Remember, our members vote on each of these bills to determine what our position should be.

Although a some of these bills have been heard in committee already, most of these bills are scheduled for hearings on March 19th and 20th.  It is always a big effort to advance the bills our members have been asking for, and this year is no different.  We have a much better Judiciary committee this year.  But we need your help.  When these bills are heard in committee, we need you to contact your senator and the Judiciary Committee members and encourage them to advance these bills out of committee.

As always, details on these bills are posted in the 2015 Legislation section for discussion by NFOA members.

Be sure to keep checking our website, forum, Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates.

Please share this email with your freedom loving Pro-Rights friends and Join the conversation at NebraskaFirearms.org

In Liberty,Rod


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NFOA Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer Corner

Due to some odd circumstances, the NFOA will not be at the Omaha Sports Travel and Boat show as planned.
Instead, the NFOA will be at the Nebraska ABATE Motorcycle Show this weekend in Lincoln.

Come on out, stop by, and say Hi and Support the NE ABATE – Lobbying and Educating for Motorcycle Safety and Rights!

Show Times:
Friday 5p-10p
Saturday 9:30a-8p
Sunday 10a-5p
Admission $10 (Kids 12 and under free with adult)
Location: Lancaster Event Center (84th and Holdrege)

Also follow along on the Volunteer Corner on the NFOA Forums for a list of opportunities/ events.

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Business Partner Thank You to Lincoln Izaak Walton Chapter 65

Business Partner Thank You

This month’s Business Partner Thank You goes out to the Lincoln Izaak Walton League.

The folks at Lincoln Ikes have graciously hosted many NFOA outings, including past Members’ Meetings and just recently our first ever NFOA Legislative Summit. The clubhouse was set aside for our presentations to various Senators, staff and candidates that attended, not to mention a warm place to enjoy lunch. The ranges were also opened both in the morning and afternoon for some open shooting and training sessions including suppressors demos.

Thank You to all the folks at the Lincoln Ikes for all your help.

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NFOA is on Twitter !

Follow us on Twitter to stay informed with everything related to your 2nd Amendment Rights as a Nebraska Citizen!

https://twitter.com/nfoa_official

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Nebraskans are Ready to protect Our Children at All costs & ‘put to bed’ the Myth that ‘gun free zone’ signs actually stop criminals intent on doing harm!
LB-184 would put the decision in the hands of private & parochial school districts regarding the Safety of their students & faculty!
Anti-Rights groups will warn you that teachers will be ‘shooting up classrooms’ as soon as this passes…I suppose that sticker on the entrance is stopping them from doing that as we speak!

NOW is the time to get Active! Phone calls, emails, & letters are all effective ways of letting your Senator & the 8 member Judiciary Committee know that we Demand the same protections afforded to politicians for our children!

Nebraskans are Ready to protect Our Children at All costs & 'put to bed' the Myth that 'gun free zone' signs actually stop criminals intent on doing harm! LB-184 would put the decision in the hands of private & parochial school districts regarding the Safety of their students & faculty! Anti-Rights groups will warn you that teachers will be 'shooting up classrooms' as soon as this passes...I suppose that sticker on the entrance is stopping them from doing that as we speak! NOW is the time to get Active! Phone calls, emails, & letters are all effective ways of letting your Senator & the 8 member Judiciary Committee know that we Demand the same protections afforded to politicians for our children! http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_find.php http://nebraskafirearms.org/forum/index.php?topic=13589.0 www.NebraskaFirearms.org/Join

 

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Dave Beatty named the 2014 NFOA Firearms Rights Champion

Husker_XdmAwardAs we state over and over again, this organization runs on volunteers.  And each year we honor a member that has stood out in stepping up to further the direction of not only the NFOA, but firearms rights in general.
This year I had the honor of presenting Dave Beatty (aka HuskerXDM) with the Firearm Rights Champion Award.  (Since we had no events in the near future, I had to crash one of his CHP classes)
Dave has been a great asset to the organization- Helping to man expo booths such as the Women’s Expo and the Scheel’s Hunt Expo, speaking to his CHP students about the NFOA. Dave was instrumental in helping the 1st NFOA Legislative Summit be a success.  And recently agreed to give a course to a local TV reporter who ran a story of her experience.  This report helped to remove many preconceived notions of those of us that carry for self defense.  (and Dave even sported his NFOA gear for media exposure ;) )
So please join be in thanking Dave for all his hard work on behalf of the NFOA and gun owners everywhere.

Submitted by J. Cady

 

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NFOA is in the House!

This is the Chamber that Really counts when it comes to YOUR RIGHTS in Nebraska!
FACT: We are only days away from New Laws & Regulations being proposed by all 49 State Senators…
FACT: YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE in extending Our Rights & helping to roll back the Infringements that we currently face as Nebraskans…

Join Us Today…we will NOT beg for your $…we Will keep you Informed with what you Need To Know as a Nebraska Firearms Owner!
www.NebraskaFirearms.org/Join

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Heather Dougherty will be sorely missed by fellow Nebraska shooters

Heather DoughertyJust before midnight last night, Heather Dougherty passed away in Lincoln.  Many of you knew her from the many matches she, her husband Joel and her father Russ Bohaty attended.  Joel contacted a few of us to let us know she “went to heaven very peacefully”.  She will be sorely missed.  Please pray for her family and Joel in the days ahead.

As an aside, thank you all of you who attended our benefit matches at Thunder Alley the last two nights.  What a blessing as we raised nearly $1500.00 for a tribute to Heather.

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Public Votes for Unicameral Committee Chairs?

by Rick M.

The Nebraska Legislature has 14 standing committees that are organized around various public policy areas in order to facilitate the processing of legislation. Currently, section 8 of Rule #3 of the Unicameral states: ” The chairperson of each standing and select committee shall be selected by secret ballot on the floor of the Legislature.” This secret ballot goes against the original intent of the Unicameral system in which The People were intended to be the “Second House, by not allowing transparency to those who voted in their respective Senators.

The Nebraska and Douglas County Republican Parties(and possibly others) have passed a resolution calling for all votes for Committee chairs to be open, public, and recorded. This change would end the practice that has resulted in an excessive number of anti-2nd Amendment Senators elected to those chairs, despite their small percentage compared to the total number of Senators in the Legislature.

Committee chairs are many times the ultimate decider of which bills will and won’t make it to the floor of the Unicameral for debate. As such, the NFOA encourages it’s members to write, call and email their Senators(whether Republican or Democrat) to insist that they strive to change this antiquated rule in the goal of bringing transparency to the Committee Chair selection process.

A PDF copy of this Resolution can be viewed here courtesy of the DCRP.

Click here to find your Senator

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The 104th Nebraska Legislature is scheduled to convene January 7th

December 9, 2014
Dear Member,The first session of the 104th Nebraska Legislature is scheduled to convene January 7th in Lincoln. Accomplishing positive changes on legislation affecting law abiding Nebraska firearm owners is the main focus of the N.F.O.A.. Our Legislative Committee is hard at work crafting bills and approaching Pro-Rights Senators to sponsor them.

One of our substantial problems in past sessions has been the inability to get common sense bills out of committee to be voted on by all 49 state Senators. We are cautiously optimistic that the group of recently elected representatives will aptly represent you, the hard working Nebraskan who still believes in freedom!

Have any Nebraska laws made it difficult to exercise your 2nd Amendment Rights?

Which laws do you feel need addressed or eliminated all together?

Join the conversation and tell us your story at NebraskaFirearms.org

In Liberty,Justin

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Public Land Target Shooting

by J. Cady

If you haven’t heard, this week Nebraska Game and Parks closed yet another group of WMA (Wildlife Management Area) lands to target practice. Hunting is still allowed at those lands under the Hunting Guidelines. The areas recently closed were Little Salt Creek and Little Salt Creek West Wildlife Management Areas and Helmuth Public Access Area (all NW of Lincoln).  We’ll share more information as we get it via Facebook and Twitter.

It has been a while since our WMA Range Committee has heard from Nebraska Game and Parks. Our contact at headquarters is Jeff. Jeff tells us that they have returned their attention to the WMA Sight In Range project now that the Boosalis indoor range is up and running on its own.

This time the designs were completed in-house with their own Engineering team. The project should be put out for bids yet this winter with anticipated completion by next summer.

You may recall, the NFOA donated $5000 to G&P for this project in 2013 when matching Federal grants were available. We continue following up on this project to ensure our money is put to good use.

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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 January 2015 NFOA Board meeting

NFOA Board Meeting Minutes
January 8, 2014

The January board meeting ran from 8 a.m. Monday January 5th through 10 p.m. Friday January 9th.

1.) Approve December Board Meeting Minutes
Minutes approved as posted.

2.) Treasurers Report
Beginning Book balance 12/1/14 – $15,899.15

Total Expenditures – $38.96
1  One Debit of $38.96 to Benchmark Email Service

Total Deposits – $850.66
-$26 Cafe Press Merchandise Sales
-$500 NFOA PAF
-$324.66 Piryx Member Contributions

Ending Book balance 12/31/14 – $16,710.85

3.) Membership Report
An audit was conducted and duplications in the member roster were removed for an accurate accounting of membership.

The numbers for this month are:

General membership           7642 increase of 46
Associate membership           51 increase of 1
Youth membership                 26   no change
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Total  membership              7719  +47 on Jan 1st 2015

A copy of the .xls file is stored in the BOD Archive board

4.) Committee Reports
4a.) Legislative
An NFOA Day at the Legislature was planned and executed in support of NFOA supported legislation.  Several legislative initiatives were coordinated with representatives within the unicameral and are under review in committee for fielding to the entire representative body for debate and vote. Committee members actively met with with senators and their staff to educate them on the legislation.

4b.) Member Engagement and Fundraising
NFOA sponsorship and attendance at several events was discussed as well as the need for a banner/pop-up awning for organizational promotion.

A motion was made to approve up to $700 for a booth and related expenses at the Omaha Boat Sports and Travel show in February.  Motion passed.

A motion was made to approve up to $400 to secure the banner, seconded, and passed by unanimous vote.

A motion was made to co-sponsor the Wild Game Feed with the Nebraska Sportsmans Foundation
and Nebraska Council of Sportmans Clubs at a cost of $300.  Motion passed.

Discussed possibility of raffles for fundraising.

Discussed sign up sheets and options for using tablets / laptop / other technology to signup new members at shows.  discussions ongoing.

4c.) Communications
Several Facebook Memes and posts were created and sponsored on Facebook to increase member awareness of legislative activities and to solicit engagements towards contacting representatives in the Unicameral in support of NFOA supported legislation.

Discussed newsletter ideas.

4d.) Web Admin
System security is doing its job keeping spammers from attempting to register via Tapatalk.  Hosting issues have been resolved that were impacting server performance.

5. Member Meeting
Heartland Park has been secured as the location for the 2015 Member meeting. Discussed speakers for the meeting and member-centered activities. Planning continues.

6. Old Business
Vector Graphic of NFOA logo:
Tabled for later exploration if the need arises that it truly needs to be re-created.

NFOA ‘App': Explored utilities provided by an NFOA ‘App’ that might be able to be programmed pro-bono.  App ideas discussed:
a. User research of Nebraska Laws pertaining to firearms
b.  Legislative Tracker, sorted by topic, listing current session bill and NFOA’s position, etc
c. Shooting Event (Shows, competitions, etc) Search App by calendar date and/or location

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Minutes of the December 2014 NFOA Board meeting

NFOA Board Meeting Minutes
December 4, 2014

The December board meeting ran from 8 a.m. Monday December 1st through 10 p.m. Friday December 5th

1.) Approve November Board Meeting Minutes
Minutes approved as posted.

2.) Treasurers Report
Beginning Book balance 11/1/14 – $15,586.08

Total Expenditures – $94.96
1 $58.00 USPS 1 year PO Box Rental
2 $38.96 Benchmark Email Service

Total Deposits – $408.03

Ending Book balance 11/30/14 – $15,899.15

3.) Membership Report
The numbers for this month are:

General membership           7596 increase of 18
Associate membership           50 increase of 1
Youth membership                 26   no change
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Total  membership              7672  +19 on Dec 1st 2014

A copy of the .xls file is stored in the BOD Archive board

4.) Committee Reports
4a.) Legislative
Efforts focused on assigning lobbyists and prioritizing proposals for legislation.  Lobbyists assigned to legislators and proposals prioritized for discussion.

4b.) Events and Fundraising
Discussion was held around the concept of a Membership Rewards Card.  Additionally future events scheduled in the near future for which NFOA may be an appropriate sponsor was discussed, with an emphasis on return-on-investment for time, resource and financial allocations in determining which events to attend.

4c.) Communications
Membership outreach through communication efforts included unique articles for the newsletter and organizing an NFOA sponsored Twitter handle for communication via tweets.

4d.) Membership and Recruiting
Ideas for recruiting and member engagement were discussed to include recruiting cards for members to share with potential members highlighting the purpose of NFOA, benefits of membership and how to join.
Discussion of a recruit a new member app was discussed. Feasibility of this idea requires further exploration.

4e.) Web Admin
Nothing significant to report.

5.) Committee evaluation and possible changes
Discussion centered on existing and future committees, alignment of committe work with the purpose and goals of NFOA.  It was agreed that membership and recruiting activities and events and fundraising would benefit from combining forces due to the synergy in both committee’s functions and purposes.  All remaining committees would remain as currently established.

6.) 2015 Member Meeting
Planning for the 2015 Member meeting was initiated, initially looking at establishing the location that would be best for NFOA members.  Heartland Park as well as several others were discussed, with Heartland Park rising to the top of the list of best fit for the membership’s needs.

7.) New Business
Recreation of the NFOA logo is being pursued to generate a vector graphic format that would facilitate more creative utilization and flexibility in printed, online and embroidered items.

8.) Old Business
None

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