CCRKBA Welcomes New Gun Owners: ‘Be Safe, Be Informed’

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Bellevue, WA -( Legions of Americans have rushed to gun stores to purchase firearms and ammunition for the first time in their lives in reaction to the coronavirus scare, and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms encourages them to be safe, stay informed and protect their re-discovered rights.

“Over the past few weeks,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “we’ve witnessed thousands upon thousands of people, many of whom are Democrats and may have previously supported strict gun policies, get an education on gun control and how bad laws make it hard for good people to exercise their Second Amendment rights. We saw record background checks in March, and lots of those were for first-time buyers.

“They’re learning firsthand about waiting periods, possible registration requirements and problems sometimes involved with background checks,” he observed, “and how their rights might be delayed or even denied because some criminal has the same or similar name. In most states, they are discovering they need a license or permit to carry outside of their home, and there may be a whole additional set of requirements involved.

“They’re also hearing gun control groups demanding that gun shops be closed, while officials in some states are opening jail cells and releasing convicted criminals,” he noted. “It’s absurd, and new gun owners realize it.

“All of that said,” Gottlieb continued, “we are encouraged that so many citizens have re-discovered the Second Amendment. The irony is that these good people have suddenly discovered how cumbersome the laws have become. We’re confident they’ll learn from the experience. In some states, where gun shops have been closed, would-be gun owners are figuring out that restricting gun ownership doesn’t cure a deadly virus.

“The ongoing crisis reminds us that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it,” he added. “The pandemic has affected us all, including those in law enforcement. With thousands of police officers, sheriffs’ deputies and state troopers on the sick list, now more than ever, these new gun owners and people who wish they could become gun owners have discovered they’re responsible for their own safety, and the safety of their families.”

“We encourage all new gun owners to seek competent training,” Gottlieb said. “Learn to handle your new firearms safely, and remember it’s up to all of you to protect your rights.

It’s sad and at the same time uplifting that so many Americans will no longer be fence-sitters. They’re joining the ranks of gun owners and will soon understand, if they don’t already, why so many of their friends, neighbors and even family members have remained so zealous in their efforts to protect the rights you now hope to exercise and enjoy. Welcome aboard.”

About CCRKBACitizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms ( is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.

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I agree 100%. Welcome to all.


EXCELLENT POINT. Shooting cross-dominant is very difficult to do well. I’ve worked with Project Appleseed, where we teah rifle marksmanship to a high standard. Any given day we have folks who have bought their new rifle last night and do not even know how to put the rounds into the magazines, let alone how to take the shot. End of second day they are all shooting well andsafely. One of the first instruciton sessions we make sure everyone knows which is their dominant eye and if they dont we show them how to tell, right now That pic has other… Read more »


Today the Daily Wire is reporting that 18.5% of NYPD is out sick. ‘Nuff said.


Actually it is now over 19%.


I was in a local gun store about two weeks ago waiting to get info about a part I ordered when a young woman entered and stood by me, waiting. I asked if she was looking or buying? she informed me she was a liberal and the only reason she was in there at all was to see if she could get a gun because she had a male beating on her door or window at night and she was afraid. I figured it would be a good time to educate her on one of the biggest lies the left… Read more »


Vern. Excellent way to educate and I’m glad you took advantage of the opportunity.


Too bad yuo didn’t have the pic that heads this article saved on your “personal device”. Show THAT to her and tell her SOME STATES call THOSE “assault weapons” and mandate extra training, waiting periods, registration, and other insane things. For Ruger 10/.22, yes. MY state does, thanks to Little mikey Bloomie. Wwent to bed elction night, did not own one “assault weapon”> Wole up Wednesday morning and found out the Gun Fairy had dropped close to a doezn into my gun safe, three feet from where I slept.


Todays politics will do strange things to a person who isn’t left minded and has an instinct as to where the left is going.


Vern, it is too bad you didn’t just tell her the truth without the embellishment: “The U.S. Army defines assault rifles as “short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fires a cartridge intermediate in power between submachine gun and rifle cartridges.” … It must be capable of selective fire.”


And how many select fire AR’s do you find in the local gun stores today?