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Unread 03-25-2013, 10:36 PM
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PLEASE SHARE FAR AND WIDE! - From: Michael Bane,

Subject: OUTDOOR CHANNEL Pulls Productions from Colorado

Dear Senator King;

I met you yesterday after the so-called "public hearings" on the antigun bills; as I mentioned, I am an Executive Producer for OUTDOOR CHANNEL. I currently have four series in production, included 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 antigun bills become law, we will be moving all of our production OUT of Colorado. We have already cancelled 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. Al 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 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 he 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 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 with 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 - OUTDOOR

(Grabed this from my local hunting site just doin my part to spread it far and wide)
"I can't say I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." -Daniel Boone.
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Unread 03-26-2013, 01:54 AM
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Way to go Outdoor Channel!

FWIW, I have either hunted or applied to hunt in CO for the last 5 years. This year my money went to New Mexico for a chance to hunt there. I also cancelled my subscription to CO Outdoors magazine (produced by the state).

I am not a conspiracy theorist nor an "anti-govt" type person, but enough is enough! If sportsmen and legal gun enthusiasts dont take a stand and let their voices be heard, I fear the future is dim for all of us.

Just my .02
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Unread 03-26-2013, 08:55 AM
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Re: Please share far and wide!

Thanks for sharing and good for OC for standing up for our rights!
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Unread 03-26-2013, 09:48 AM
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I'm very happy (& humbled) to read this, thank you Outdoor Channel for standing up for our rights. Wyoming would be happy to host you

"I, however, view ethics as an individual decision. My ethics are mine - and I won't explain or justify them to anyone else. I seek nobody's approval, just that of my own conscience. "

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Unread 03-26-2013, 07:18 PM
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I am officially DVR-ing every show on Outdoor Channel from now on, to helpdo my part to keep up the ratings. I had the opportuinty to move to Colorado about 10 years ago and never did. I regretted my decision every year until this year, going way to liberal for me.
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Unread 03-28-2013, 12:49 AM
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I hear you guys, but I am bummed... I have to live here and watching hunting gets me through the off season :( I Do respect the decision though. Our state goverment is *^#%ed up right now!! WOW, but so is our federal!!
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Unread 03-28-2013, 05:55 AM
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Perfect!!!!! The morons making passing these laws live in a bubble. Someone needs to pop it. It's just too bad that the law abiding sportsman in Colorado have to suffer. I hope they take their revenge in the voting booth.

"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready"-T. Roosevelt
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