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Competitors Grievance Petition


Wayne LaPierre
NRA Executive Vice President
Chris Cox
Executive Director of NRA/ILA
Ronald Schmeits
NRA President
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Wayne Armacost
NRA Whittington Center Executive Director
PO Box 700
Raton, NM 87740

Dear Sirs,

This petition is to respectfully notify you; that we the Black Powder Target Rifle shooters and Black Powder Cartridge Rifle shooters have grievances against you, and your respective organizations.

Please understand that this is our chosen sport. Many of us hunt and shoot other disciplines, but this is the sport most of us have dedicated our shooting careers to. We spend thousands of dollars on gear, rifles, and traveling to competitions around the country, or in some cases around the world, and then spend thousands more coming to the Whittington Center each year for the NRA Black Powder Championships.

You must understand this commitment to understand how deeply we are disappointed in the NRA and the Whittington Center because of the way we and our sport have been treated in recent years. At times it seems as if the NRA and the Whittington center have forgotten we exist.

Grievances against the Whittington Center:

We assemble at the Whittington Center each year for OUR National Championships which is the most important match of the year for us. In recent years however it seems as if the Whittington Center had forgotten we were coming and the facility is presented to us in an essentially unacceptable condition.

Some of the things we feel are unacceptable are: Problems with ants at the firing line, Maintenance being performed on the ranges during scheduled shooting events, Placement of wind flags, Weeds not removed from the impact area, PA equipment in the pits in a state of disrepair, (creating a safety hazard) Poor communication on the firing line between shooters and line officers not being able to make themselves heard, Targets which were worn out, pasters which fall off with any passing breeze and more.

All of these shortcomings could be corrected by simply performing insect eradication from time to time, scheduling maintenance around scheduled matches, and properly maintaining the PA equipment and targets as needed, nothing out of the ordinary, just simple normal maintenance.

Grievances against the NRA:

The NRA brags about having over a 120 million dollar budget, but at the same time it cuts the budget of the competitions department so that retiring employees are not replaced, departments are broken up and shuffled around, and the work is not getting done as it should.

Classification, and reclassification of shooters just never seems to happen. At least not in our sport!! Paperwork for awards, recognition of national records, publishing match results, either do not happen or take years in some cases.

The competition department looks at numbers to justify where they will spend their money, and yet they loose numbers every year because of what is mentioned above, and the fact that when a club holds a registered match and sends money to the NRA for that match along with the results; nothing happens! Why is it that we are expected to pay the NRA for a registered match if it is not to process the paperwork, award national records, and reclassify shooters? After a while the clubs just quit sending in the money, and forget about the NRA, and of course that shows up as lower numbers upon which decisions are made.

The NRA blames the down turn in numbers at the Black powder target rifle championships, and the BPCR silhouette championships on the lagging economy, but there are just as many matches being held around the country with just as many or more shooters, you need to ask yourself why they are not coming to the championships, and why the club match numbers are not showing up on NRA match registration numbers.

Other Venues such as "The Quigley match" are continuing to grow even during the worst of the economic down turn, and it is located a long ways from nowhere. Perhaps the NRA should take a look at itself and the way they run their programs, and compare it with the way successful programs like "The Quigley" match are run and learn a little something from them. Simply put, we believe a well run program will continue to grow nearly indefinitely as these other successful venues have shown, and a poorly run program will do well for a while, and then begin to die off as many of your NRA shooting programs have begun to do. This has been shown to be true on the local club level many times, and we believe it to be true on the national level as well.

The NRA has been well described as a black hole where money and information flows in, but nothing comes back out. A perfect example of this would be the fact that the NRA was to sponsor BPTR World Championships this year for our sport. At no small expense to them; group of competitors assembled at the Whittington Center to compete for a spot on this team, a team was then selected but now, the World Championship has been canceled or postponed with no proper explanation to even the shooters who spent the time and money to try out for the team.

We feel that this would never have happened during the previous directors tenure. Allowing inept individuals to make arrangements for the international matches was at best a bungling mismanagement, resulting in the alienation of several of our foreign competitor organizations, and great disappointment and frustration in the ranks of those who won a team position as well as all those who tried so hard to do so. Therefore, we the Black Powder Target Rifle and Black Powder Cartridge Rifle shooters feel that pursuant to having our interests better served by the BPTR committee, wish to see at least one and preferably two more BPCR shooters seated on the BPTR committee by the next committee meeting.

If the Whittington Center cannot provide a quality and safe environment for us to compete in, then we suggest the NRA should move the national championships to a location that will. If the NRA will not properly support the competitions department, and treat our sport as a legitimate shooting venue then this NRA sport will die and those who remain will be forced to seek other sponsorship.

In conclusion; should this petition go unanswered and or unheeded. The NRA and the Whittington center leave us no choice but to exercise the only options we have. That will be to boycott all forms of fund raising by those organizations until such time as we feel they are acting responsibly and in our best interest. We will also exercise our collective voting rights as NRA members to see that those responsible no longer remain in office.

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