David Matza, communications manager of the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) and a California representative for the National Rifle Association (NRA), will be a featured speaker at the 6:30 p.m., Aug. 16 meeting of the Mountain Area Tea Party at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant in Oakhurst.
Matza will explain what the NRA does to promote safe and responsible gun ownership, which includes education and training programs that will preserve the Second Amendment in California and ensure that it continues to exist for generations to come.
Mountain Area Tea Party Coordinator John Pero stated many people feel Second Amendment rights in California are under attack by the current Democratic legislature and Governor Jerry Brown, and encourages firearm owners to become educated about these bills.
“In July and August of 2016 Governor Brown signed a number of new anti Second Amendment bills into law that will turn legal firearm owners into felons as of Jan. 1, unless these anti-constitutional laws are nullified,” Pero said. “It is important that firearm owners understand these laws and their impact to prevent themselves from becoming felons.”
Also speaking at the meeting will be Monique Hutchings, owner of Spencer Firearms in Madera who is a competitive shooter and trainer. When she is not selling guns, she is educating the public on upcoming bills or recently passed legislation that affect gun owners.
Hutchings will discuss the goal of California liberals and progressives to make California a gun- free state within 10 years and how gun owners must fight back.
She is a member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms industry, and is
a member of the United States Practical Shooting Association, the national governing body of practical shooting in the United States.
Hutchings has competed in many shooting competitions, but says all these sport classes which hold world championship matches in California will all but cease to exist here due to new legislation.
“Competitors from around the country will face becoming criminals to come here to compete and we as California citizens will no longer be able to purchase guns or components to stay competitive, and better yet, have to surrender without compensation our legally owned magazines,” Hutchings said.
Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney, a stong advocate of the Second Amendment and the right of law abiding individuals to obtain Concealed Carry Permits, will also address the gathering.
“This meeting will help sort through the maze of these new laws and future propositions being placed on the November ballot such as Gavin Newsom’s proposition 63, the so called “Safety for All” Gun Control Initiative,” said Pero.
Pero urges Mountain Area residents to arrive at the meeting early due to limited seating.
Details: (559) 642-4921.