Over 70 residents of the 77th Assembly district attended a Second-Amendment Awareness Event hosted by Assemblyman Brian Jones on Friday, September 23, 2011 at the Lemon Grove Rod and Gun Club in Alpine.
The function included approximately 25 volunteers who donated their time and expertise to instruct novice shooters about accuracy and safety. The focus of the event highlighted the Second Amendment guarantee to own firearms as private citizens. Assemblyman Jones gave an update on legislative issues affecting gun-owners in California. Sam Paredes, Executive Director of Gun Owners California, was also on hand to give an update regarding his organizations efforts to fight gun-control legislation.
“Those who attended this event saw something special and unique to this country-the exercising of Second Amendment rights by members of this community, all of different ages, backgrounds, and affiliations,” Jones said. “I only wish that those who push gun control laws were also on hand to see just how safely, responsibly, and respectfully these citizens operated these firearms. To deny these law-abiding individuals the right to enjoy a Friday afternoon practicing their Second Amendment right is intolerable.” Jones also recently spoke on the Assembly Floor in fervent defense of Second Amendment rights.
Jones also spent time interacting with constituents, and said he was particularly touched by the story of an elderly woman whose husband passed away recently and felt the need to protect her home with a firearm. “I am beyond pleased that this event offers citizens like her the opportunity to learn how to safely operate a firearm,” Jones added.
Participants had the opportunity to shoot handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Firearms were provided for use by the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club, and the Kiwanis Club of Alpine provided food and beverages. “I strongly appreciate and admire those groups who were on hand to support this event,” Jones added. “Without them, absolutely none of this would have been possible.”