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The Re-Opening has Begun--with Caution

How Millcreek will Follow the State's Re-Opening Plans

Full function...with individual responsible precaution

During the last two months of the stay-at-home orders issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Millcreek board of directors has met every two weeks via conference call. Much of our meetings have been spent trying to keep up with how the orders are affecting the club and its activities. The situation has seemed to change on almost a daily basis at times.

Based on the most recent developments, the board now considers Millcreek to be back to full operation, with some precautions advised.

Here's the latest:

  • Apparently spurred by the Kansas legislature's passage of a bill to restrict her authority to unilaterally issue executive orders like the stay-at-home order, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly on May 27 rescinded her previous order forbidding public gatherings to occur without sufficient public health safeguards in place. Instead, her office announced, the plans to re-open public events and businesses will now be only voluntary "guidance." According to her office, the responsibility for imposing health, business and mass-gathering limits based on those guidelines will now be left up to county health officials.
  • In response to the governor's decision, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners announced the same day it would "not impose additional limits, based on current conditions." Instead, both Johnson County Health Officer Joseph LeMaster and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Sanmi Areola said they "strongly recommend" residents and businesses in the county follow the state's re-opening guidelines.

As a result, the Millcreek board considers all legal mandates to restrict public activity that govern the club have been lifted, and any activity is now being conducted under voluntary constraints. In response, the board has decided:

  • The temporary restriction on members bringing guests who do not live in the same household with them has been rescinded, and the club's visitor policy has returned to normal (see No. 1 and 3 here).
  • All ranges and club facilities are now open for normal use, with individual precautions. (See below.)
  • The club event calendar is now back in operation, resuming normal scheduling of events and matches.

Minus any formal, legal restrictions from the state or county, the board believes that responsibility for following the governor's recommendations now falls upon event organizers and coordinators for events, and upon participating individuals for non-event use of the club. Governor Kelly's four-phase re-opening plan, which you can read in detail here, recommends the following precautions to continue containing the spread of the virus:

  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Wear masks in public settings.
  • Maximize physical distance (6 feet or more) in public settings.
  • Avoid socializing with large groups.
  • If you are in one of the groups identified as being at high risk of being harmed by coronavirus infection, only leave your house for essential needs.
  • Minimize nonessential travel.
  • Check in (via phone/letter/text/email) with friends and family who are isolated.

Throughout this pandemic, the board has taken the public health executive orders seriously, regardless of personal opinion. Going forward, the board continues to take the risk of disease related to the virus seriously, and urges all individuals and group organizers to continue to follow the preventive guidelines as they see fit in order to protect themselves and event participants.

For questions or comments, email President Dick Cooper here.

2020 Membership Renewal is Now Available

2020 Membership Renewal is Now Available

Here's How To Renew Your Membership

Remember, all current members must apply for annual renewals by May 31, 2020. The process is simple:

  • First, bear in mind that Millcreek Rifle Club does not mail to members any renewal notices, renewal invoices, or renewal bills. Please do not wait to get a bill for your renewal, because we do not send them.
  • The Membership Renewal Form is available right here on the website. It is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Under the Main Menu heading, simply click on "Membership Renewal." Download and print the form, follow the simple instructions, and send in your completed renewal form, proof of current NRA Membership, and your check
  • We will also distribute the Renwal Form via an upcoming email blast, as well as in an upcoming Crow's Roost. All Members should receive the Crow's Roost in early February. You can simply clip out the Renewal Form and mail in your renewal.
  • Millcreek Rifle Club is rapidly approaching our membership cap, and we always have a list of people who are eager to join. Please renew on-time to avoid having your key card shut off, and your membership terminated.

Ghost Guns, and more

By Paul Day, Legislative Director

On January 30  2020, U.S. Rep. Henry Johnson (D-Ga) introduced HR 5717, the Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020. A week later, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma) followed up with the Senate companion legislation, Senate Bill 3254. 

The bill would make drastic changes to the federal framework governing the sale, transfer, and possession of firearms and ammunition. It is is one of the most draconian anti Second Amendment bills in recent memory. Changes would include:

  • An outright ban on all semi-automatic firearms, including the AR-15
  • A federal licensing scheme for all gun purchases, generally requiring individuals to obtain a license to purchase, acquire, or possess a firearm or ammunition
  • It would raise the minimum age—from 18 years to 21 years—to purchase firearms and ammunition
  • It would mandate "universal" background checks, even between private-party sales. It would require law enforcement agencies to be notified following a firearms-related background check that results in a denial.
  • It would institute unconstitutional red flag laws, creating the statutory process for a family or household member to petition a court for an extreme risk protection order to remove firearms from an individual who "poses a risk" of committing violence
  • Creates a nationwide gun registry
  • Would impose a 30 percent tax on firearms and a 50 percent tax on ammunition
  • Would make it illegal to buy more than one gun a month
  • Removes limitations on the civil liability of gun manufacturers
  • Allows the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue safety standards for firearms and parts
  • Promotes research on firearms safety and gun violence prevention as a public health problem
  • Bans the manufacture and possession of 3D printed or other guns or components that don't carry a serial number--referred to as "ghost guns."
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Earlier in May, California Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris joined with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 12 other senators today to introduce a follow-on ghost gun bill, the Untraceable Firearms Act.

Claiming they had received reports that the public health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have spurred "an increase in demand for and sale of these untraceable weapons," the Senators said banning the sale of unfinished frames and receivers without the same federal restrictions as finished firerams would prevent builders from using them to construct untraceable guns. Their legislation would require that sellers hold a manufacturer’s license and that they put a serial number on the frame or receiver included in each kit, and that purchasers undergo a background check just as they would for a firearm purchase.

For more information:

To send Paul a question or comment about legislative and regulatory threats to the Second Amendment: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Appleseed 2020 public

Join Us to Celebrate our Shooting Heritage - June 6 and 7

Whether you’ve never fired a rifle before or you’re already a competitive shooter, no one ever leaves a Project Appleseed event the same. Join fellow Millcreek members in this two-day event that teaches the rifle marksmanship skills once commonly practiced in America. The new skills, history, and friendships are inspiring and life-changing. Click here for a members-only special offer.

 

Yes, Millcreek is Open

Yes, Millcreek is Open

Plans to remain open for individual use

Since authorities in Kansas City, Missouri, Jackson County, Missouri, and Wyandotte and Johnson County, Kansas, issued a joint public health order on March 22 ordering all citizens to stay in their homes to try to slow the spread of novel coronavirus, Millcreek has received numerous inquiries about the club's status during the 30-day order.

Your Board of Directors met by teleconference on March 23 and voted to take no action to restrict individual members' access to the club facilities. The following factors influenced that decision:

  • To be clear, the board recognizes the order is not voluntary. It carries the force of law founded on local government's recognized right to protect citizens from a health risk it considers an extreme contagious threat to the population. However, this particular order does allow exceptions for what it deems "essential activities." Even though those essential activities listed in the order do not specifically include firearms recreation or training, the order does specifically permit leaving your home "to engage in outdoor activity." The order lists only biking, walking, hiking and running as examples, but at the same time, it specifically states those examples are not the only examples of permitted essential outdoor activity. Therefore, it is the position of the Board of Directors that the activity associated with using an outdoor shooting range would qualify as essential outdoor activity.
  • In addition, it should be understood that although the order includes an extensive list of "essential businesses" that citizens may leave home to either frequent as customers or work in as employees, the order does not mandate that any business close its doors--essential or non-essential. Instead, the order places the legal responsibility on the individual citizen to decide whether a business he has chosen to leave home to frequent qualifies as an essential business. It is the opinion of the board that it should take no action to interfere with any member's ability to access the grounds of Millcreek Rifle Club should he decide it qualifies as an essential business.
  • The public order also categorically exempts first responders and law enforcement personnel. Because of extensive use of Millcreek Rifle Club by the Johnson County law enforcement community, the board felt any attempt to restrict access to the ranges could pose a significant risk of interfering with necessary first responder and law enforcement firearms related training. 

Because the Johnson County order prohibits any public gathering of more than 10 people, the board elected to continue the restrictions on matches and events until the order expires at midnight on April 24, or until the order is lifted. Vice President Michael Borkon is doing his utmost to reschedule as many events as possible to later in the year. The board asks your patience in the process.

Please remember that if you do choose to avail yourself of the essential outdoor activity provided by your Millcreek Rifle Club outdoor ranges, be sure to follow these contagion-prevention measures as mandated by the order:

  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from all other people while you are there.
  • Make use of available hand sanitizer and other sanitizing products.
  • Watch the website for details on when the facility remains open and how best to reach us and continue services by phone or remotely

For more information, click these links:

 

It's time to renew... did we miss yours?

Its time to renew your membership

Time to Renew your 2020 Membership

Did we miss yours?

Curt Cotton
Millcreek Rifle Club Membership Director

Spring means membership renewal time. But we are not confident that everyone received their renewal paperwork. If you are a current member, you should have received an email notification or a hard copy announcing the Annual Meeting including your membership renewal form. But we have had some reports of this email going into email spam folders, or that members have not received theirs. This communication went out approximately February 10, 2020.

If you didn’t get this email, please let us know so we can check our records and ensure you receive emails going forward. If you did not receive a membership form, click here to download a 2020 renewal form you can print out, fill in, and mail back. 
Additionally, there are copies of the renewal in the club house. If you would like a hard copy or have any questions regarding renewal, please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Remember, all current members must apply for annual renewals by May 31, 2020. The process is simple:

  • Please do not wait to receive another notice, renewal invoice, or renewal bill. We do not send them.
  • The Membership Renewal Form is available right here on the website. It is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Under the Main Menu heading, simply click on "Membership Renewal." Download and print the form, follow the simple instructions, and send in your completed renewal form, proof of current NRA Membership, and your check

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"The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
- Thomas Jefferson

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