Trapshooting with State Legislators

Posted: December 6, 2009 in Activism

Rep. David Labriola (r) speaking with Scott Wilson, President of CCDL (center)

Rep. David Labriola (r) speaking with Scott Wilson, President of CCDL (center)

Steve Loban of CTSAS.INFO provides initial safety briefing before the event

Steve Loban of CTSAS.INFO provides initial safety briefing before the event

Hans Justus, Pres. WLOPA explains trapshooting to State Reps. Rosa Rebimbas and David Labriola

Hans Justus, Pres. WLOPA explains trapshooting to State Reps. Rosa Rebimbas and David Labriola

State Rep. Rosa Rebimbas with coach from WLOPA prepares to shoot

State Rep. Rosa Rebimbas with coach from WLOPA prepares to shoot

Saturday, December 5th 2009 was a cold morning in Connecticut that quickly devolved into a wintry mix day, but that didn’t stop State Representatives Rosa Rebimbas and David Labriola from visiting the Wolcott Landowners Protective Association http://www.wlopa.com for a morning of trapshooting!

The coldness of the day was tempered by hot coffee and a warm reception in WLOPA’s clubhouse as the Representatives met with and discussed gun owners rights at length with Wolcott’s members, including Hans Justus, president of WLOPA, Marshall Robinson, noted State Police ballistics expert and WLOPA Vice President; Jake McGuigan from the National Shooting Sports Foundation http://www.nssf.org Scott Wilson, President of the Conn. Citizens Defense League http://www.ccdl.us along with CCDL Vice President Lenny Benedetto and CCDL Secretary Justin O’Neal and myself being a member of Wolcott, CCDL and a constituent of Rep. Rosa Rebimbas.

Jake and CCDL graciously provided shotshells which along with Remington 1100 shotguns in 12 and 20 guage I had brought for the event, the group proceeded down to Wolcott’s trap fields where the Representatives received gun safety orientation and one on one instruction from Wolcott’s experienced trapshooting cadre.

Representative Rosa Rebimbas was ecstatic shattering her first clay pigeons – she had never shot before. The Remington 1100 LT-20, 20 gauge proved to be a comfortable and well suited shotgun for her to use. Representative David Labriola followed on the second shooting post with a larger 12 gauge 1100 Tournament Trap gun and both legislators braved the chilling wind and sloppy, wet snow flakes chasing elusive 4” diameter orange flying discs shattering some of them into tiny pieces – eliciting cheers from coaches and bystanders and smiles across the faces of all.

After the shooting event ended, Reps. Labriola and Rebimbas thanked Wolcott and asked that we spread the word with fellow gun owners and shooters that they understand and support gun ownership rights for law abiding citizens and urged organizing larger events next year for more of their colleagues to help spread that understanding. Overall, despite the weather conditions we succeeded in strengthening relationships with legislators and opened the door to continued events of this type.

Steve Loban
Conn. Shooters & Sportsmen
http://www.ctsas.info

Legislative Advocacy Coordinator
Conn. Citizens Defense League
http://www.ccdl.us

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