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Outdoor Channel pulls production from CO

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From: Michael Bane
Date: Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM
Subject: OUTDOOR CHANNEL Pulls Productions from Colorado
To: Steve King

Dear Senator King;

I met you yesterday after the so-called "public hearings" on the anti-gun bills; as I mentioned, I am an Executive Producer for OUTDOOR CHANNEL. I currently have four series in production, including GUN STORIES, the top show on OC, with several additional series in development. My series focus on guns, hunting, shooting and the outdoors.

This morning I met with my three Producers, and we made the decision that if these anti-gun bills become law, we will be moving all of our production OUT of Colorado. We have already canceled a scheduled filming session for late this month. Obviously, part of this is due to our own commitment to the right to keep and bear arms, but it also reflects 3 lawyers' opinions that these laws are so poorly drafted and so designed to trap otherwise legal citizens into a crime (one of our attorneys referred to them as "flypaper laws") that it is simply too dangerous for us to film here.

I can give you chapter and verse on the legal implications if you need, but suffice to say that the first legal opinion was so scary we went out and got two others. All three attorneys agreed.

We are relatively small potatoes in television, but our relocation of production will cost Colorado a little less than a million dollars in 2013.

Secondly, we have proudly promoted Colorado in our productions (and have been moving more and more production into the state); now we will do exactly the opposite. What does this mean for Colorado? The community of television producers is a small one. Last week I had lunch with a major network producer who was looking to locate his new reality series in Colorado. That producer is also a shooter, and the new reality series will now be based out of Phoenix. That lunch cost Colorado over a million in economic impact.

Thirdly, according to numbers I received from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (for whom I used to work) yesterday, hunting had an almost $800,000,000 impact on Colorado in 2012, driving as many as 8330 jobs. Next month I will be in Texas meeting with most of the top outdoor/hunting producers, and the Number One agenda item will be Colorado. Already, hunting organizations and statewide hunting clubs around the country are pulling out of Colorado, and we expect this trend to accelerate rapidly.

The message we will take to our viewers and listeners is that these proposed laws are so dangerous to hunters and any other person, be she a fisherman or a skier who brings a handgun into the state for self-defense, that we cannot recommend hunting, fishing or visiting Colorado. We reach millions of people, and, quite frankly, we have a credibility that Colorado government officials can no longer match. Colorado Division of Wildlife is already running ads trying to bring more out-of-state hunters to Colorado...in light of the flood of negative publicity about these proposed laws, I can assure you those ads will fail.

We estimate that as many as one-quarter to one-third of out-of-state hunters will desert Colorado in the next 18-24 months, which will quite frankly be a disaster for the hunting industry in Colorado and have a devastating effect on our western and northern communities (certainly cities like Grand Junction).

This is not a "boycott" in the traditional sense of a centralized, organized operation; rather, it is more of a grassroots decision on where shooters, hunters and other sportsmen are willing to spend their money. Look at the collapse of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in February. That venerable multimillion dollar trade show chose to ban modern sporting rifles and standard capacity magazines, and within three weeks it collapsed as all vendors and sponsors pulled out.

Colorado is going to pay a huge price for laws that will do nothing. Thank you, sir, for your support.
Michael Bane



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We have spent many years trout fishing in northern new mexico and a few years ago the state cut back on campgrounds and stocking programs (don't get me wrong I like going after the natives but I am not good enough to get enough of them to eat) so we went up to the South Fork and Creede area. It was very nice with excellent fishing and it was to be our new summer fishing destination, but with what they are doing in Co. I have decided to go back south and give the Red River area a try.

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^^^  That right there is the kind of stuff that will have the lib-tards in CO scratching their heads about. 


Years from now. 


When their economy is sheit.


"...but, what happened?..."


YOU happened, idiots.  YOU did this, a few years ago, with your bullchit legislation. 


THAT'S what happened...

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Very nice!!!

Magpul released another press release yesterday stating they are joining in with the law suit against CO, being that its a violation of 2nd amendment rights. Then posted almost right after the fact that they still are moving no matter the out come CO burned them to bad.

This is one reason I will continue to purchase their product, not only are they looking out for themselves but their customers too. Someone asked/or stated, why haven't the big gun manufactures in Conn. stepped up like this?

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Thought about paying the extra to Verizon to subscribe to the OC, now I most certainly will do so.

Thank you OC!

Pay four dollars a month extra for the package on dish, Monday night on OC there are some great shows covering sporting rifles and shooting sports, its a great line up

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Here's a sample of whats on the this Wed.  <thumbsup>

  • MidwayUSA Wednesday Night At The Range 7 PM to 2 AM
  • 7 PM
    Shooting USA's Impossible Shots BOB MUNDEN TRIBUTE

    This time we pay tribute to the fastest shooter whoever lived. We remember the late Bob Munden with some of his favorite shots. Splitting playing cards in mid air, shooting the fletching off an arrow, and many more.

  • 7 :30 PM
    MidwayUSA's Rapid Fire BEST OF RAPID FIRE

    This week take a look back at Rapid Fire's inaugural season showcasing the guns Mike and Iain faced off against each week.

  • 8 PM

    It's the largest multi gun match in the country and that's because it's two matches in one. With competition for every skill level in Kentucky, the Rock Castle three gun Pro Am is where the action is at!

  • 9 PM
    Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T. HOTWIRE

    This week on Elite Tactical Unit, intelligence reports a bomber has placed many explosives in a six story parking garage and has taken a hostage. With the competition coming down to the wire, the remaining four operators compete in Operation Hotwire.

  • 10 PM
    American Rifleman Television HISTORY OF THE GUN PT. 2

    This week on American Rifleman, we're going t


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My respect for the OC just jumped 10 fold. I lived in Colorado for 2 years while at Ft. Carson and hate to see such a beautiful state go down this path. I knew so many people back then that went there specifically to hunt and enjoy the sights. I hope all that join the fight to appeal all that bulls!t are successful in their fight.

Great job Magpul and all the others that are standing tall.

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