Press Releases

September 1999

The broadcast media, especially television, has been saturated with biased reporting for the past few months. Often these are the products of national networks. A & E’s weeklong "Under the Gun" series, and more recently a piece from CBS’s...

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August 1999

As the Nation's Capitol buzzes with rumors of House and Senate conferees being appointed to consider finalization of a Juvenile Justice Bill, we must keep our views on the opinion radar screens of our Representatives and Senators. Legislative...

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July 1999

Due to the Columbine High School incident and the influx of anti-gun legislation introduced around the country, the gun issue has become a hot topic in the mass media. Talk radio, especially, has focused on the issue, and often in an arguably...

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June 1999

The horrible tragedy in Littleton, Colorado has forced gun control into the headlines. Anti-gun legislation is being considered on every level of government, from local to state to federal. We must let our elected officials know that we will not...

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May 1999

This month we need to help Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida get cosponsors for his bill, H.R. 492. If enacted into law, this would set up a federal reciprocity system for concealed carry permits, as well as allow qualified current and former law...

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Mayor Scott Dudley

Oak Harbor, WA Mayor Scott Dudley is the February recipient  of the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month award. Mayor Scott Dudley grew up in Olympia and after graduating from Olympia High School joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He then transferred over to the United States Navy. After his military service, he went into the financial field and has been a Financial Advisor since 1991. He moved to Oak Harbor in January of 2000 and manages an investment office in Oak Harbor.  Mayor Dudley is married to the former Christine Habina, who grew up in Oak Harbor and together they have five children.

Ray Woollard

Raymond Woollard of Baltimore, County Maryland is the January recipient  of the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month award.

Raymond Woollard is a Maryland citizen who, when denied his permit renewal, undertook to file a lawsuit against Maryland.

Sean Caranna

Sean Caranna founded FloridaOpen Carry immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court held in Mc-Donald v. Chicago that the Second Amendment applies to states and localities on June 28th 2010.Six months later, Florida Carry,Inc. was born to expand the original mission of Florida Open Carry to include preemption, campus carry,and other issues facing gun owners.Sean is devoted to reforming Florida gun, knife, and self-defense laws to protect the ownership and possession of defensive arms by law abiding citizens.

Rhonda Ezell

Chicago’s Rhonda Ezell is a gallant lady with two missions in life doing what I can do for the Second Amendment and winning her very personal battle against a kidney ailment that has her waiting desperately for a transplant.This 44-year-old Chicago native became the central figure in a gun rights victory against Chicago’ sgun control ordinance that banned shooting ranges inside the city limits, despite a requirement that people seeking a permit must take a training course that includes shooting on a range.range. Ezell, a life member of the Illinois State Rifle Association and a victim of crime in her South Side neighborhood, took one look at Chicago’s ordinance and concluded this is nonsense. She recalls that when the city in response to its Supreme Court loss in McDonald v. Chicago first pass edits new gun ordinance, she had just gotten out of the hospital. She contacted ISRA for details and just happened to encounter Pearson and the Lawsons at police headquarters.She told them about all the hoops she had jumped through in order to obtain a permit to keep a handgun in her home.They decided my rights had been violated, she commented.So, too, did a federal appeals court in the case of Ezell v. City of Chicago,and it elevated Rhonda to the status of local celebrity in the gun rights movement, something she accepts with considerable modesty  CCRKBA is proud to recognize her as the Gun Rights Defender of the Month.

Jonathan M. Rose

When Sussex, NJ Mayor Jonathan Rose was first elected, it didn’t take long for Mayors Against Illegal Guns the group launched by anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino “ to invite Rose to join.He turned them down flat.Rose, 32, is an independent computer consultant and serves only as a part-time mayor of Sussex,a community in northwest New Jersey. He grew up in that area, and became something of a true believer in firearms ownership for defensive purposes after purchasing his first house. He told Point Blank that about eight years ago, he bought a fixer upperhouse and began working on it. He arrived one day to work on it and found that someone had broken in and stolen his mechanics tools.He notified the police and learned of other residential burglaries in the neighborhood, and he also got a warning: The thieves would probably come back for his valuable tools. So, Rose decided to spend the night in his new home, and found himself kept awake wondering what he would do if the burglars showed up.I borrowed my fathers 12-gauge shotgun, he recalled.According to Rose, For the first time, I realized the comfort that could come from knowing that you can defend yourself, and I saw that firearms were for more than just hunting.Thus began a transformation for Rose, who was familiar with firearms from his days as a youth when he went hunting. But the use of firearms for personal protection had never before been on his mind.Now, he proudly reports, Mayor Rose has concealed carry permits from both Florida and Connecticut I don’t have one in New Jersey,he lamented, because it is virtually impossible to get one here.Instead of a membership in MAIG,he has opted for memberships in national gun rights organizations.Mayor Rose was born in Sussex County, about an hour from New York City. When he was 10 years old,he passed the New Jersey hunter education course with help from his parents and his aunt and uncle. That Christmas, hidden behind the couch,just like in A Christmas Story, he recalled, was a single-shot Winchester Model 370 shotgun in 20-gauge. Fora young Jonathan Rose, it was the greatest Christmas ever. Rose attended High Point Regional High School, graduating in 1997. He was active in Boy Scouts and earned his Eagle Scout rank and became a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.He put himself through Rutgers University in New Brunswick,N.J. earning degrees in Physics,Mathematics and Computer Science.After graduating, he started several businesses including a construction firm that specializes in historic renovations. He founded the computer business he now runs,calling it Farious Net Solutions. This business specializes in setting up networks for mid-size businesses,and also does cabling and general computer sales.At age 24, Rose was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Sussex town council, where he served for eight months. Defeated in the general election, he ran again the following year and won. He served two three-year terms on the council and last fall, he defeated the incumbent Republican mayor in the primary, and went on to win the general election unopposed.Soon thereafter, he got an invitation to join the anti-gun Mayors group.Sussex Mayor Jonathan Rose may seem the rare public servant in New Jersey, but he noted that in his region, neither the rural townspeople, nor their politicians, are afraid of guns in the good guys hands. Though he has a busy schedule both a businessman and mayor,Rose still sets aside time for shooting,hunting and working with his hands.He even traveled to Hungary fora pheasant hunting excursion that was one of his most memorable experiences.He is committed to supporting the gun rights cause, which makes him a logical recipient of this months Gun Rights Defender award.

David G. Sigale

David G. Sigale of Glen Ellyn,Illinois is the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month for February,2012. David Sigale is a skilled Second Amendment advocate, said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb,His dedication to our right to keep and bear arms civil rights, and his passion for justice are exceptional,”he continued.The Second Amendment Foundation recently awarded David its 2011 Bill of Rights award,and he was selected for the Illinois Super Lawyer list for 2012, which rates him among the top 5% of Illinois attorneys.His B.A is from Indiana University Bloomington and J.D is from Georgetown University Law Center.Sigale was co-counsel in McDonaldv. City of Chicago, where he worked with Alan Gura in overturning Chicago’s long-standing handgun ban before the United States Supreme Court.Every litigation attorney dreams of the Supreme Court, much like an athlete dreams of the World Series or Super Bowl,David said. I was extremely fortunate, not only in appearing before the Court with someone who is both a brilliant attorney and good friend, but also to help make a difference on something I strongly believe in,”he continued.While growing up outside Chicago, news stories of violence were common. When offered the opportunity to do something about the problem, if I could help would be victims of domestic violence or home invasions protect their live sand their families, and help avert potential tragedies, I jumped at it,”David explained.A double major in psychology and criminal justice at Indiana,Sigale studied not only about the bad things people do, but also why.David opined, The City of Chicago focuses not on the real problem,which is catching criminals and stopping crime, and focuses instead on a political placebo, as if disarming law-abiding citizens somehow makes people safer.

Scott Bach

Scott Bach is the January 2012 Defender of the Month.
“Scott is actively involved in MULLER et al v. MAENZA et al,” states Alan Gottlieb, Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. “This is a case brought by our sister organization, The Second Amendment Foundation, to challenge the ‘deprivation of civil rights under color of law’ in the denial of permits in New Jersey.”
In his seventh year as president of the New Jersey State Rifle & Pistol Clubs, he recently became executive director of that organization. He spent almost 13 years in law enforcement and recently retired as auxiliary police captain in a large municipal police department.
He twice sued the Garden State to overturn unconstitutional handgun laws, and he defeated the Jersey City gun ban in court. He has also sued the Port Authority in New York and New Jersey for wrongly arresting honest gun owners and he helped secure a gubernatorial pardon for Brian Aitken, the traveler whose outrageous conviction for violating a New Jersey gun law made national headlines.
In his “spare time,” Bach has added to his resume three terms on the National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors — he is running for a fourth term, having been nominated by both the Nominating Committee and member petition — and he was founding chair of NRA’s Right to Carry Committee. He has served as vice chair of the NRA Public Affairs Committee and spent about six years on the Executive Committee.
Along the way, Bach secured concealed carry permits in eight states, became licensed to practice law in four states, became an NRA-certified firearms instructor, and managed to appear on television several times and participate in numerous gun rights debates. He also attended Thunder Ranch and Gunsite training courses. He also helped restore black bear hunting in New Jersey, ending a 30-year ban, after an encounter with one of the bruins.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb told Point Blank that working with Bach on various projects has been inspiring.
“Bach has the energy of any three other people,” Gottlieb observed. “When there is work to be done, Scott rolls up his sleeves. When there is a crisis, you can count on him to be there. It’s a delight to work with someone with his knowledge, talent and experience.”
Scott Bach has championed gun rights in a state where those rights have been severely eroded and much

Congressman Lamar Smith

Congressman Lamar Smith (RTX) is the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month for December.

In nominating the Lone Star State lawmaker for the award, John M. Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Di­rector, extolled Rep. Smith. He said “the Congressman, throughout his years here in the Nation’s Capital, consistently has demonstrated his determined, judicious and articu­late commitment to the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms. Although he has done this at different times and in different ways, he most recently demonstrated this in heading the House Judiciary Committee, which he leads as Chairman, to report out to the full floor of the House, a bill providing for national concealed carry reciprocity. He is most deserv­ing of this award.”

When Chairman Smith brought up the reciprocity bill for a full committee mark-up, he noted that the bill is H.R. 822, the proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), and that it had 245 cosponsors “from both sides of the aisle.

“The bill allows law-abiding gun owners with valid state-issued fire­arm permits or licenses to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that also allows concealed carry. This legislation does not preempt a state’s ability to set concealed carry requirements for its own residents. It requires states that currently per­mit people to carry concealed fire­arms to recognize other states’ valid concealed carry permits – much like the states recognize drivers’ licenses issued by other states.”

Rep. Smith said, “H.R. 822 also does not affect state laws governing how firearms are carried or used within the various states. A person visiting another state must comply with all laws and regulations governing the carrying and use of a concealed fire­arm within that state.”

Studies show, noted Congress­man Smith, “that carrying concealed weapons reduces violent crime rates by deterring would-be assailants and by allowing law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.

“A 1997 study published by John Lott and David Mustard regarding the effect of concealed carry laws on crime rates estimated that ‘when state concealed handgun laws went into effect in a county, murders fell by more than seven percent, and rapes and aggravated assaults fell by similar percentages.’”

Rep. Smith pointed out that, “The study has been replicated and con­firmed by other scholars – some of whom found that the Lott and Mus­tard study underestimated the effect of concealed carry laws on violent crime rates. This bill simply allows Americans who travel in interstate commerce to bring their Second Amendment rights with them.

“Congress has previously passed laws to permit certain active-duty and retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons in other states. H.R. 822 extends the same ability to all law-abiding citizens.”

On another matter, Chairman Smith said he wants an independent lawyer to investigate whether At­torney General Eric Holder misled Congress in the fall when he found out about the scandalous behavior involved in Operation Fast and Furi­ous.

Documents the Justice Department gave to the Judiciary Committee ap­pear to contradict statements Holder made to the committee in the spring about when he found out about the operation, Rep. Smith alleged in a letter to President Obama.

They “raise significant questions about the truthfulness of Attorney General Holder’s testimony,” Rep. Smith wrote.

Congressman Smith was born November 19, 1947 in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from T.M.I.: The Episcopal School of Texas, Yale University and Southern Meth­odist University Law School. He briefly practiced law before entering politics. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1980. He served as Bexar County, Texas commissioner from 1982 to 1985. He has been a U.S. Representative since 1987 and chairman of the Judiciary Committee since January of this year.

He is married to Elizabeth Lynn Schaefer and has two children, Nell Seeligson and Tobin Wells.


David Codrea

David Codrea is the CCRKBA GunRights Defender of the Month forNovember.John M. Snyder, CCRKBA PublicAffairs Director, nominated Codreafor the award saying that he “hasseized upon the potentialities ofthe new media, especially massinternet communications, and sentit into action in effective defense ofthe individual Second Amendmentcivil right to keep and bear arms.“David has become well-knownwithin the Second Amendmentcommunity as one who spearheadedand pursued the ongoingfederal government gun scandal.The scandal emanated from theJustice Department’s ATF ProjectGunrunner and specifically its OperationFast and Furious. It’s nowthe subject of continuing congressionalinvestigation. Without David’sdetermination as a dedicated gunrights media investigative reporter,this probably would not have happened.”David Codrea is the National GunRights Examiner. His colleague, RobReed, the Detroit Gun Rights Examiner,noted that David was namedthe Gun Rights Journalist of theYear at the 2011 Gun Rights PolicyConference in Chicago, Illinois.Reed wrote that, “Codrea was recognizedfor his work exposing howthe ATF’s so-called ‘Fast and Furious’operation arranged for thousands ofguns to be purchased from licensedFFL dealers and then smuggled todrug cartels in Mexico. These gunshave since been linked to deaths onboth sides of the border, includingthe murder of Border Patrol AgentBrian Terry. Although potentiallya story larger than Watergate, thestory has been largely ignored bythe mainstream media, with a fewexceptions, and would have not beenknown at all if not for the work of Codreaand Blogger Mike Vanderboegh.“While the ATF insists the operationwas a ‘botched sting’ intended to trackthe flow of guns to the cartels, Codreainstead believes the purpose was to‘pad the statistics’ of the number ofguns going into Mexico to further theadministration’s gun control efforts inthe U.S. ‘It’s not like you don’t knowwho the drug lords are anyway,’ Codreasaid during a conference panelon the operation.”David Codrea’s investigative reportingapparently is driving some federalgovernment officials up the wall. Henoted that the ATF Chief Counsel’soffice had warned ATF managementabout his Gun Rights Examiner column.Codrea reported he had “obtained acopy of a January 20, 2011 email fromBarry Orlow, Associate Chief Counsel(Field Operations and Information)for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,Firearms and Explosives, calling topmanagement’s attention to a January19 column posted by this columnist,‘Open Letter to Senate Judiciary Committeestaff on Project Gunwalker.’“Written to inform the committee ofwhistleblower allegations and to arrangefor their protection, the ultimategoal of the open letter was to prompta full congressional investigation.Orlow was named by House Committeeon Oversight and GovernmentReform Chairman Darrell Issa in Julyfor sending intimidating warningletters to witnesses about what theycould not talk about, with the resultthat ‘at least one witness wanted toback out of testifying to his committeeafter receiving the letter.’”Codrea stated that Orlov’s Januaryemail “was addressed to ATFDeputy Director William Hoover,Assistant Director in Charge ofField Operations Mark Chait, andDeputy Assistant Director of FieldOperations William McMahon, andcopied to ATF Chief Counsel Steve R.Rubenstein, as well as other Bureauattorneys.“Rubenstein was recently identifiedin another Sipsey Street Irregulars/Gun Rights Examiner exclusiveadvising then-ATF Acting DirectorKenneth Melson that whistleblowerallegations posted on the CleanUpATFwebsite would be subject torepercussions under authority of ATFOrders and Standards of Conduct,resulting in Melson indicating hewould turn the information over toInternal Affairs for investigation.”Codrea reported that Orlov wrotein his email, “You may well be awareof this, but I wanted to make sure.Attached is what purports to be an‘Open Letter to Senate Judiciary staffon Project Gunwalker. The letterstates ‘ATF employees are looking tocome forward to provide testimonyand documentation about guns beingillegally transported to Mexico, withmanagement cognizance’ and thatin order for these people to comeforward, they require whistle-blowerprotection.”David asks that if readers “agreethat mainstream media press coverageof the gun rights issue demandsa counterbalance, please help mespread the word by sharing GunRights Examiner links with yourfriends via emails, and in onlinediscussion boards, blogs, social mediasites, etc.”

Rep. Mike Rogers

CCRKBA for October is naming Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month.

In nominating this United States Representative from the Great Lakes State, John M. Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, noted that, “In his public life, Congressman Mike Rogers has been a solid defender of the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms. When a mad gunman tried to assassinate Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) last winter and did in fact murder innocent people and wounded others, for instance, Rep. Rogers forthrightly resisted attempts to place the blame on firearms and defended in a straightforward manner the gun rights of law-abiding American citizens. He truly deserves this recognition.”

After the Rep. Giffords shooting, Rep. Rogers appeared on MSNBC-TV to discuss it and reaction to it. “If you want to solve this kind of thing from happening,” he stated, “we have to intervene with somebody who has expressed tendencies toward violence, who has a pretty strong history of mental illness. And right now, we’re not talking about that at all. Everybody is talking about, ‘oh, this is about people having guns, this is about political speech.’ None of that had a factor here. When you look at the evidence that has been collected up, this wasn’t about politics…If we want to solve this from happening in the future, you can talk about all the gun laws you want – that’s not going to do it. What we have to do is intervene earlier in that cycle of violence when they have this kind of disability.”

Rep. Rogers then was asked: “Why would a civilian need an oversized ammunition clip like the one Jared Loughner (the alleged culprit) used?”

“Well,” responded Rep. Rogers, “you’re getting right back to the point of the Second Amendment, and the Second Amendment has been clearly defined not only, I argue, in the Constitution, but by case law. And so why we would want to rehash this whole event when that was not the problem on that particular day – again, that, to me we’re talking about the wrong thing.”

Congressman Rogers is one of over 240 cosponsors of H.R. 822, the proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.

The bill would amend the federal criminal code to authorize a person who is carrying a government-issued photographic identification document and a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state, and who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping or receiving a firearm under federal law, to carry a concealed handgun (other than a machinegun or destructive device) in another state in accordance with the restrictions of that state.

Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan is Chairman of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He has been a U.S. Representative since 2001.

He was born in Livingston County, Michigan June 2, 1963 and graduated from Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He served in the United States Army from 1985 to 1989. He graduated from the FBI Academy and worked as a Special Agent with the FBI in its Chicago office, specializing in organized crime and public corruption cases from 1989 through 1994.

A consistent congressional supporter of Americans’ Second Amendment rights, Rep. Rogers voted in 2005 for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. This prohibits civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others.

He and his wife Diane live in Brighton, Michigan and have two children.