January 2020 Minutes

Kern River Valley Gun Association

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, January 23, 2020


Meeting called to order at 6:30 PM at the Kern River Valley Gun Range classroom and began with the flag salute.



  • New Members – Connie Shepard
  • First Time Attendees – Jim Gordon and Mark Bertik
  • 16 people in attendance


Past Meeting Minutes: Kee Johnson read the meeting minutes for Thursday, November 21, 2019.  Approved.


Vice President’s Report: Rich McDonald

  • Whiskey Flat Days:
    • Gun Raffle Tickets (400 tickets $5.00 each) 80 tickets have been sold.
    • Booth Support – Gun checks will be done at the booth. Terry Thompson will check with Brad at the Chamber regarding parade entry of his truck and 2 quads driven by Mark Miller and Tim Scroggan.
  • NRA Grants Submitted: Still waiting to hear.
    • Improve electrical service to the range (SCE).
    • Electrical run to trap range, cowboy range, training room and camping area. Need quotes from electrical contractors.
    • HESCO barriers between rifle and pistol range and between pistol and cowboy range.
    • MT2 lead abatement and berm rehabilitation.
    • Youth/Women’s 20 gauge shotguns/.22 rifles, archery equipment and targets.
    • 5 Stand shotgun course.
  • Range usage Sept 1,2019 – Dec.31, 2019
    • Members and their Guests – 770
    • Public Shooters – 91
  • Gun Laws (Effective Jan. 1, 2020)
    • AB 1254 bans bobcat hunting indefinitely. It leaves the possibility of reopening the season, but only if the Legislature appropriates funds specifically to satisfy conditions imposed by the bill, including studies estimated to cost $2.5 million. It also requires setting tag fees sufficient to recoup the costs. Current bobcat tag revenue runs about $35,000 a year – about 1.4% of the estimated cost of reopening a season.
    • OUT-OF-STATE RESTRAINING ORDERS – ASSEMBLY BILL No. 164 – This bill expands the application of California’s restrictions against firearm possession for persons subject to a restraining order to also include “any other valid order issued by an out-of-state jurisdiction that is similar or equivalent to a temporary restraining order, injunction, or protective order that includes a prohibition from owning or possessing a firearm.”
    • WRITTEN LAW ENFORCEMENT POLICIES – ASSEMBLY BILL No. 339 – This bill requires law enforcement agencies to develop written GVRO policies and procedures and make them available to the public upon request.
    • OPERATION OF LAW TRANSFERS – ASSEMBLY BILL No. 1292 -This bill clarifies “operation of law” firearm transfers to expressly contemplate trusts, power of attorney, conservatorships, guardian ad litem, special administrators, and court appointed guardians. Gun owners should be aware, however, that the Dealer Record of Sale (“DROS”) Entry System (“DES”) used by DOJ for purposes of firearm transfers does not provide a means for entities (such as trusts) to generate a firearm transaction record.
    • CCW LICENSE LOCAL APPLICATION FEES – ASSEMBLY BILL No. 1297 – When applying for a CCW, individuals must pay their issuing authority a local processing fee that cannot exceed $100. This bill removes the statutory cap on this fee, and instead requires local licensing authorities to charge a fee “equal to the reasonable costs for processing the application for a new license, issuing the license, and enforcing the license.”
    • FIREARM TRANSFER FEES – ASSEMBLY BILL No. 1669 – When purchasing a firearm from a dealer, current law requires individuals to pay a $19 Dealer Record of Sale (“DROS”) fee. This bill reduces the DROS fee to $1, but simultaneously imposes a new $31.19 fee to cover the costs of DOJ’s activities “related to the sale, purchase, manufacturing, lawful or unlawful possession, loan, or transfer of firearms.”
    • SEMIAUTOMATIC CENTERFIRE RIFLE SALES – SENATE BILL No. 61 – Minimum Age Restriction and Exceptions. Current law prohibits California licensed dealers from selling, supplying, delivering, or giving possession or control of any firearm (including long guns) to anyone under the age of 21 absent certain exceptions (such as those over 18 with a valid, unexpired hunting license seeking to purchase a firearm that is not a handgun). This bill further limits these exceptions as applied to sales of long guns to persons over 18 but under 21 as illustrated below.
      For firearms that are not handguns or semiautomatic centerfire rifles, the person must either:
      Possess a valid unexpired hunting license; or,
      • Provide proper identification of being an honorably discharged member of the United States Armed Forces, the National Guard, the Air National Guard, of the active reserve components of the United States.
      For firearms that are not handguns (any type of long gun), the person must either:
      • Be an active peace officer authorized to carry a firearm in the course and scope of their employment;
      • Be an active federal officer or federal law enforcement agent authorized to carry a firearm in the course and scope of their employment;
      • Be a reserve peace officer authorized to carry a firearm in the course and scope of their employment; or,
      • Provide proper identification of active membership in the United States Armed Forces, the National Guard, the Air National Guard, or active reserve components of the United States.
    • ONE PER MONTH RESTRICTION APPLIED TO SEMIAUTOMATIC CENTERFIRE RIFLES – Current law prohibits individuals from purchasing more than one handgun in any 30-day period from a California licensed firearms dealer. This bill will also expand that restriction to apply to any semiautomatic centerfire rifle.
      California’s negligent storage provisions currently prohibit individuals from storing firearms in a manner that allows a child or prohibited person to gain access. Violations are dependent on the type of firearm, whether it is loaded, and how it is ultimately used. This bill makes violations no longer dependent on the type of firearm or whether it is loaded. The bill also imposes a 10-year firearm prohibition for misdemeanor violations of these restrictions.
      This bill also imposes specific firearm storage requirements for residential care facilities for the elderly, residential care facilities for persons with chronic life-threatening illness, and community care facilities for adults licensed by the State Department of Social Services. DOJ is required to adopt regulations implementing these requirements, and until doing so may implement and administer the new laws through the issuance of “written directives.” DOJ has yet to do either.
    • “INFREQUENT” FIREARM SALES – SENATE BILL NO. 376 – Current law defines the term “infrequent” in the context of firearm sales as less than six handgun transactions per calendar year, and as applied to long guns, “occasional and without regularity.” Sales in excess of this require a California firearms dealers license. This bill redefines the term “infrequent” to now mean less than six transactions per calendar year (regardless of the type of firearm), and in any event no more than 50 total firearms per calendar year.


Treasurer’s Report: Bob Johnson gave the treasurer’s report.  Club has $22,822.15 as of 1-20-20.

Income:  $5,657.39   Expenses:  $1,971.01   Membership at 231 plus 78 life members.


Chief Range Safety Officer Report: Mark Miller gave his report.  Going well with RSO’S.  Every other week covering for Joe Price at shotgun range.  Three RSO’S needed on these Sundays.  Talked about confirming by phone or e-mail when you are scheduled to work.  Range will be closed on Sunday of Whiskey Flat Weekend.  Orientation the following Sunday for new applicants that sign up on Whiskey Flat Weekend.  Dan Patterson’s group will be using the range on Saturday, April 4 beginning at 10:00 a.m.


Competition Director: Dennis Veale

Pearl Harbor shoot had 3 shooters and Jeff Evans was the winner.

  • January 25 at 0900 a.m.- Special competition practice shoot for new or rusty competitors. We will set up a couple of steel challenge courses for .22 rimfire rifles or centerfire handguns. Shooters can shoot their rifle, handgun or both and try different firearms on either course. Bring at least 50 rounds per gun you want to shoot. We will time each shooter and give you a score card, but this is not a competition. We will also have aspirin targets for rimfire rifles at 50 yards and steel targets at 200, 300, 400, 500, and 600 yards for centerfire rifles. Timed event – 2 minutes. All steel targets.
  • Bring 10 rounds for each rifle you want to try.
  • February 22 – .22 rimfire rifle steel challenge.  50 rounds minimum.  Targets at 10-12 yards.  Timed event price for each entry will be $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non members.


Committee Reports:

  • Shotgun Group – Joe Price
    • Upcoming Events – Mt. Mesa Men’s Club will have a shoot on May 9, 2020, starting at 0900. 4 RSO’S will be needed.


  • Cowboy Action Group – Bob Johnson
  • Upcoming Events –Saturday February 8th – Cowboy Action
  • Range Maintenance – Rich McDonald – New range rules sign has been installed. Flags have been put up at 300, 400, 500, 600- and 750-yard targets.  Recycle trash can – “gone with the wind”
  • Weekly:
    • Dump Trash
    • Replace cardboard on target frames. Need 2’ x 2’ pieces
    • Pick up brass
  • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays – Paint steel targets
  • 2nd Tuesday of each month – Rake Trap Range
  • 4th Tuesday of each month – Berm Weed Abatement


Old Business:

New Business:

            Terry Thompson awarded plaques to 2019 competitors:  5th – Frank Llanes, 4th – Kevin Hinkle, 3rd – Jeff Evans, 2nd – Dennis Veale and 1st place was Terry Thompson


Next Meeting:

Saturday, February 22, 2020

12:00 PM

Kern River Valley Gun Association Range

6000 Cyrus Road

Kernville, CA 93238


Meeting adjourned at 7:05 PM


Kee Johnson