The format of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation dinner seems a little abbreviated this year. Usually I get a little more of a chance to schmooze with pro-2A legislators, but this year it didn't seem to work that way. Maybe it was just me, and I was glad to have a few words with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar...I expect we'll be talking again as the U.S. Forest Service reignites its war on sport shooting on public lands in the West. New signs have gone up that intentionally misrepresent the current laws on shooting on public lands, and the Rampart Range outside of Colorado Springs — probably the largest and most active shooting area in Colorado, remains closed, despite queries from Colorado Senator Mark Udall on reopening the range.
USFS is insisting on a totally unrealistic set of prerequisite for reopening the range, which was closed after a death from a negligent discharge that had nothing to do with the range itself. USFS's contention is that, "The closure of the SRSR does not impede the ability of sportsmen and women to prepare for hunting season." Apparent head USFS exec Rick Cables has a limited understanding of the Constitution.
A couple of years ago USFS execs stood up in a public forum and gave their word that they would abide by the existing laws on shooting...over the next few months we'll be seeing how good their word actually is.