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A Message From President Chuck Michel

October 10, 2016

Some people have asked what the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) are doing to defeat Gavin Newsom and Proposition 63.  The NRA, CRPA, and a host of other civil rights groups and police associations been working together to fight against Gavin Newsom’s Prop 63 for the past 11 months.

Unfortunately, California’s campaign finance laws severely limit the political campaigning and spending that can be done directly by or in the name of non-profit membership organizations like NRA and CRPA.  So the NRA, CRPA, and other groups formed a separate “recipient committee,” also known as a political action committee (PAC), called the Coalition for Civil Liberties.

The Coalition for Civil Liberties PAC is a diverse group of civil rights and police organizations that have come together in a unified effort to fight against Proposition 63.  Members come from across the political spectrum, and include sheriffs, other law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, gun owners, Olympic target shooters, LGBT groups, and others who believe in the right to choose to own a firearm for sport or self-defense.  All of the major police associations have also lined up against Prop 63. You can read more at stoptheammograb.com.

Because the campaign finance laws limit direct spending by non-profit associations, he NRA, CRPA, and other coalition members have been helping the Coalition for Civil Liberties PAC raise money directly. That’s why NRA and CRPA members have been seeing member communications asking them to donate directly to the Coalition for Civil Liberties PAC.  And every dollar raised by the Coalition for Civil Liberties is being spent in the fight against Prop 63.

In addition to the production of videos and ads, and an extraordinary push of messages through all social media outlets in the state, the Coalition has been mobilizing a ground force of people in committees of volunteers – to organize their local communities to distribute literature and conduct phone banks prior to the election.  The Coalition is marshaling ordinary citizens to educate voters on what Proposition 63 is really about, because an informed electorate is an effective electorate. So the Coalition has been asking everyone to follow it on social media and share and forward those posts. You can volunteer at volunteer@crpa.org.

During the past legislative session, the Democratic leadership in Sacramento rammed through a set of new laws that essentially duplicate Prop 63. In other words, even if Prop 63 doesn’t pass, most of its provisions have already become law.

Beyond this election, the NRA and CRPA will continue our ongoing efforts to mobilize, educate and fight for the rights of California’s law-abiding gun owners, and to engage those gun owners in the fight.

So please get informed and involved. Join the Coalition for Civil Liberties. Join NRA. Join CRPA.  CRPA’s slogan is “Be safe. Shoot straight. Fight back!” Working together, we can begin to regain our freedoms in California.

Thank you for standing with CRPA as we work together to defeat the efforts of those who seek to strip us of our inalienable right of gun ownership.

Sincerely,

Chuck Michel
President
California Rifle & Pistol Association

Some people have asked what the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) are doing to defeat Gavin Newsom and Proposition 63.  The NRA, CRPA, and a host of other civil rights groups and police associations been working together to fight against Gavin Newsom’s Prop 63 for the past 11 months.

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