April 2018

Kern River Valley Gun Association

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Meeting called to order at  6:30 PM and began with the flag salute.


  • New Members – None
  • First Time Attendees – Amanda Reese attended as guest of Tina Reese

Past Meeting Minutes: Read by Kee Johnson and approved.  Secretary Nancy Dowd has resigned her position.  Anyone interested in taking over the Secretary position is encourage to send an email to krvganews@gmail.com.

President’s Report: Jeff Evans

  • Congressman Kevin McCarthy and his entourage visited the range in April. Range closed to public at that time.
  • April 7th – Dan Patterson Group of about 12 shooters.  Rained that day but they came back on Sunday.
  • April 14th – Mt. Mesa Men’s Club Charity Shoot. Twenty three shooters
  • REAL ID Act – Jeff renewed his drivers license.  Needed passport or birth certificate, Social Security Card and some type of bill that shows your residential address (not post office box) in order to obtain a REAL ID.
  • Gun Law Status
  • The California Fish and Game Commission voted to approve a petition submitted by NRA and CRPA attorneys seeking to allow big game archery hunters to carry a firearm for the purposes of self-defense while in the field. Be aware, however, that the Commission’s decision does not change the restriction as applied to deer hunting. A state statute outside of the Commission’s control prohibits any person other than specified law enforcement from carrying a firearm of any kind while archery hunting for deer. NRA and CRPA are working together to change that statute so that all archery hunters can exercise their Second Amendment rights.
  • Senate Bill 1487 originally dealt with the public utilities code, but was gutted and amended to enact the Iconic African Species Protection Act. This bill would prohibit the possession of certain African species of wildlife.  The true goal of the bill is to ensure that a lawful U.S. hunter is not allowed to bring home a hunting trophy—even though the animal was legally taken and the hunter has the approval of the U.S. Federal Government.
  • Senate Joint Resolution 24, sponsored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-19), would urge the Congress of the United States to reauthorize and strengthen the federal “assault weapons” ban and would urge Congress to pass, and the President to sign, the federal Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. It would additionally call on the California Public Employee’ Retirement System (CalPERS) to engage with companies that produce or sell firearms and determine a method for those companies to withdraw from the sale or production of firearms, or produce a plan for CalPERS to divest its holdings from those companies. The reauthorization of an “assault weapons” ban would burden the self-defense rights of law-abiding Americans without meaningfully addressing the problems it’s purportedly designed to address, it would not impact overall gun death rates, and there is no evidence it would prevent mass shootings.
  • Assembly Bill 2888, sponsored by Assembly Member Phillip Ting (D-19), would expand the list of those eligible to file gun violence restraining orders (GVRO) beyond the currently authorized reporters which include immediate family and law enforcement.  The new list is expanded to employers, coworkers and employees of a secondary or postsecondary school that the person has attended in the last 6 months. GVRO’s can remove a person’s right without due process and not because of a criminal conviction or mental adjudication but based on third party allegations.
  • Assembly Bill 1927, sponsored by Assembly Member Rob Bonta (D-18), would direct California’s Department of Justice (DOJ) to “develop and launch a secure Internet-based platform to allow a person who resides in California to voluntarily add his or her own name to the California Do Not Sell List.”  For more information on this issue, please read our article Waivers of Gun Rights: A New Shot at Gun Repression.   The bill will next move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
  • Assembly Bill 2103, sponsored by Assembly Member Todd Gloria (D-78), would add certain requirements in addition to the already mandated training courses for a citizen to obtain a concealed carry license. Currently, concealed carry permit holders are already required to receive up to 16 hours training prior to receiving a permit and at least four hours of additional training every two years prior to renewal.
  • Assembly Bill 2497, sponsored by Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-9), would place an additional tax on firearms and ammunition for an unspecified amount to fund police officers and counselors at schools. While the NRA supports improving school security, it is unjust to saddle gun owners with additional taxes to fund programs that should be of concern to all Californians.
  • Assembly Bill 3, sponsored by Assembly Member Rob Bonta (D-18), would raise the age to purchase firearms and ammunition to 21 years old. AB 3 has passed the Assembly (under a different subject matter) and has been referred to the Senate Public Safety Committee. 
  • Senate Bill 1200, sponsored by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-9), is a place holder bill.  While nothing is specified in the text, the sponsor has been hostile towards constitutional rights and we expect anti-gun legislation to be amended into this bill at any time.  SB 1200 has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee.
  • Assembly Bill 2103, sponsored by Assembly Member Todd Gloria (D-78), would add certain requirements in addition to the already mandated training courses for a citizen to obtain a concealed carry license. Currently, concealed carry permit holders are already required to receive up to 16 hours training prior to receiving a permit and at least four hours of additional training every two years prior to renewal.
  • Senate Bill 1346, sponsored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-19), would expand the current prohibition on “multi-burst” triggers to include bump stocks. SB 1346 has been referred to the Senate Public Safety Committee.  
  • We are expecting the following bills to be amended with ANTI-GUN language: 
  • Assembly Bill 2382, sponsored by Assembly Member Mike Gipson (D-64), currently pertains to prohibited persons. Is anticipated to be amended with language similar to AB 1673 (2016), which the Governor vetoed to classify unfinished frames and receivers as firearms.  AB 2382 is pending a committee referral.
  • Senate Bill 1100, sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25), currently pertains to publicly funded statewide educational organizations. It is anticipated this bill will be amended to raise the minimum age to purchase a long gum from 18 years old to 21 years old as well as limit long gun purchases to one every 30 days. SB 1100 is pending a committee referral.
  • Bills to SUPPORT: 
  • Assembly Bill 2670, sponsored by Assembly Member Kevin Kiley (R-6), would require, rather than authorize, the director to establish 2 free hunting days per year one in the fall and one in the spring, no later than July 1, 2019.
  • Assembly Bill 2151, sponsored by Assembly Member Adam Gray (D-21),would help make hunting more affordable for youths by reducing the cost of certain big game tags for youth hunters.
  • Assembly Bill 986, sponsored by Assembly Member James Gallagher (R-3), would reduce hunting license fees for veterans. AB 986 was introduced in 2017, has already passed the assembly and is currently pending a committee assignment in the Senate.
  • Assembly Bill 1931, sponsored by Assembly Member Vince Fong (R-34), would allow for concealed carry permits to be valid for a period up to five years. Currently concealed carry permits are generally valid for a period of two years. AB 1931 has been referred to the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
  • Assembly Bill 1932, sponsored by Assembly Member Vince Fong (R-34), would require the DOJ to furnish the background check report to the licensing authority within 60 days of receiving the fingerprints and fees. Currently, DOJ is not mandated to complete the check within a specified period like many other mandated background checks performed by the state.  AB 1932 has been referred to the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
  • Senate Bill 1311, sponsored by Senator Tom Berryhill (R-8), would create the annual sportsman’s license that affords the holder of the license the same privileges as the annual hunting and fishing licenses as a single license. SB 1311 would help generate participation and encourage the next generation of sportsman conservationists by providing a convenient and economical way to secure the necessary licensing for hunting and fishing activities in the Golden State.
  • Assembly Bill 1958, sponsored by Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-65), would allow the sale of suppressors by licensed dealers and manufacturers to persons or entities outside of California in accordance with federal law. AB 1958 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on March 20. 
  • Assembly Bill 3026, sponsored by Assembly Member Melissa Melendez (R-67), would improve California’s concealed carry permit system by defining “good cause” and requiring that the issuing authority “shall” issue a permit if the statutorily required criteria is met. In addition, AB 3026 creates the ability for non-residents to apply for a California permit.
  • Assembly Bill 2151, sponsored by Assembly Member Adam Gray (D-21), would help make hunting more affordable for youths by reducing the cost of certain big game tags for youth hunters.  AB 2151 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on Tuesday March 20.
  • Assembly Bill 2733, sponsored by Assembly Member Matthew Harper (R-74), would remove the microstamping requirement for new handguns to be eligible for certification to the handgun roster. AB 2733 has been referred to the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
  • Assembly Bill 2860, sponsored by Assembly Member Travis Allen (R-72), would repeal the “roster” requirements for handguns to be sold through firearms dealers. AB 2860 has been referred to the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
  • Senate Bill 1092, sponsored by Senator Joel Anderson (R-38), would allow hunting with suppressed rifles and shotguns. SB 1092 has been referred to the Senate Public Safety Committee. 
  • Senate Bill 1382, sponsored by Senator Andy Vidak (R-14), would authorize locking a firearm in a toolbox or utility box that is permanently affixed to the bed of a pickup truck or vehicle that does not contain a trunk.  SB 1382 is pending a committee referral.
  • AB 2067 will require all California public K-12 schools to hire licensed and trained security to protect the children enrolled in their district. Nothing is more important than providing our children with a safe and secure learning environment.
  • Re-Cap
  • AB 857 (the so-called “ghost gun” bill), adopted in 2016 as part of the other “Gunmageddon” bills 5510. Effective Dates.

(a) An individual who owns a self-manufactured or self-assembled firearm that has not yet been recorded with the Department shall:

(1) Beginning on July 1, 2018, apply to the Department to request a unique serial number to record the firearm with the Department. The individual shall submit an electronic application to request a serial number for the self-manufactured or self-assembled firearm to the Department before January 1, 2019.

(b) As of July 1, 2018, no individual shall manufacture or assemble a firearm unless the individual applies to the Department for a unique serial number prior to manufacturing or assembling the firearm.

The NRA and CRPA attorneys are currently reviewing the proposal, and will soon prepare and submit a comprehensive comment letter. In the meantime, a public hearing on the proposal has been scheduled on March 19, 2018, from 10 AM to 12 PM in the Resources Building Auditorium, located at 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, California.

Treasurer’s Report: Bob Johnson

  • As of 4-18-18, we have $26,492.79.
  • Monthly income was $1,468.00. Expenses was $10,109.75 which included the gun range insurance for the year and 2017 and 2018 expenses paid to the U. S. Forest Service.
  • Total membership is at 500 plus 143 life members.

Chief Range Safety Officer Report: Mark Miller

  • Advised the lean to shed was delivered and installed. Gun cleaning supplies are there for everyone’s use.
  • Automated External Defibrillator will cost between $300 and $600. It will be registered with local ambulance company and fire department.  Purchase approved by attending members.
  • First Aid Kit will cost approx. $79.00. Mark given OK to purchase it.  Mark said it will be his responsibility to keep it supplied.
  • Electrical Power Services Inc. has agreed to oversee the electrical project which includes running electricity to cowboy range, shotgun range, archery range and camping area. We will dig the trench, lay everything in and he will do the “tie in.”  He will tell us what is needed and we will purchase it from Home Depot.  Hank Blackler said we need to check the feed coming in from the pole to see if it can handle all of this.
  • Sunday, May 6, 2018 a trap range operator is needed. Let Mark know if you are available.
  • Any time you cannot work your scheduled day, let Mark know even if you trade with someone.
  • Vests are going to be purchased for range safety officers. Let Mark know what size you need.

Competition Director: Brian Dowd

  • Monthly Competition Shoot fees $5.00 for members $10.00 for non-members. Time is 0830 – 1200
  • March Results:
  • Women’s Only Pistol Shoot Tina Reese took 1st Place
  • Into the Dark Night Shoot – Jeff Evans took 1st Place
  • April Results:
  • Combat Caliber Pistol Shoot Results: John Gibson took 1st Place
  • May Competition – May 5th – 2 Gun Rimfire .22 rifle/.22 pistol
  • May 26th Tactical 3 Gun with a twist. Cowboys versus Aliens.  Cowboys will need 3 pistols
  • June Competition – June 2nd – Centerfire Pistol
  • ½ mile shoot – June 16th
  • July Competition – July 7th – Moving Target Handgun Shoot
  • August Competition – August 4th – Aspirin Shoot
  • September Competition – September 1st – Long Range Centerfire riflle
  • September 22nd – Tactical 3 Gun
  • October Competition – October 6th – Zombie Apocalypse Night Shoot
  • November Competition – November 3rd – Annual Turkey Shoot – Paper Targets Only – No Turkeys will be harmed at this shoot.

Committee Reports:

  • Shotgun Group – Joe Price
  • Need trap range operator on May 6, 2018. Good turnout from Mt. Men’s Club on April 14, 2018
  • Upcoming events
  • September 29th – Toys for Tots Charity Shoot
  • Cowboy Action Group – Jeff Evans
  • Upcoming events
  • May 12th – Cowboy Action
  • May 13th – Cowboy Quick Draw
  • Range Maintenance – Brian Dowd advised lead was melted one day. They made 150 one pound ingots.  Slow process.  Lots of lead left to melt.
  • Brian also advised he and Marton Lightner went to the range and ran a test on various types of ammo. They shot at an AR 500 steel target with TulAmmo and Wolf Ammo in 76.2 x 39 and 76.2 x 54 ammo.   They also shot .223s, .30-06 and .308 calibers.  These may be steel cased.  There was no damage to the steel target.  Green tip ammo did damage the targets and the ammunition is still not allowed at the range.  It was voted on and Steel jacketed ammunition, such as TulAmmo will be allowed.
  • Weekly:
  • Dump Trash
  • Replace cardboard on targest stands
  • Pick up brass
  • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays – Paint steel targets
  • 2nd Tuesday of each month – Rake Trap Range
  • 4th Tuesday of each month – Remove lead from berms

Old Business:

  • Club Cell Phones: One phone approved at this time
  • Create a Tactical Range – On Hold
  • AED (Automated External Defibrillator) at the range: Approved
  • Upgrade our First Aid kit at the range: Approved

New Business:

Jeff talked about the Civilian Markmanship Program.  Positive response received.  He will do more research on this.

Jeff said we need to order more shirts and hats.  He will get prices on them.

Next Meeting:

May 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Kernville Ranger Station

11380 Kernville Rd.

Kernville, CA 93238

Motion to Adjourn:   Meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM

Kee Johnson 4-29-18