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CENTENNIAL GUN CLUB PRESS

This page represents a collection of Centennial Gun Club’s stories in the news, blogs, TV, and other assorted media and press publications.

• April 14, 2016 – KLZ 560 AM – Rush to Reason

• April 14, 2016 – KLDC 95.3 FM – Behind the Mask with Cassandra Perkins

• April 14, 2016 – 9News – How to react in dire, dangerous situations

• April 14, 2016 – 7News – Veteran U.S. Navy Seal teaches Coloradans to protect themselves in active shooter situations

• April 14, 2016 – FOX31 News – Active shooter response training program launched in Centennial

• April 14, 2016 – News4 – Students Train For Active Shooter Scenarios

• March 2, 2016 – NRA America’s First Freedom – Exercise Your Freedom | Active Shooter Response Training

• February 22, 2016 – examiner.com – Centennial Gun Club is right on target with their Conceal Carry Course

• October 21, 2015 – FOX 31 – Store owners: More guns being sold than ever this holiday season

• January 29, 2015 – Colorado Lending Source – Year end job creation numbers & announces winners of the 2014 awards

• January 13, 2015 – Washington Post – Guntry clubs target a new a new breed of shooter: younger, more affluent and female

• December 1, 2014 – ABC 7 News – Gun Sales Surge over Holiday

• November 28, 2014  – New York Times – Read, Aim, Fire, the Relax in the Lounge

• November 25, 2014 – Colorado Public Radio – Armed teachers in Colorado classrooms? Some are already training

• November 18, 2014 – CBS 4 News – Governer Open to Allowing Teachers to Conceal Carry in Schools

•  November 16, 2014 – CBS 4 News – Free Concealed Carry Class for Educators

• November 16, 2014 – FOX 31 News – Free Concealed Carry Class for Educators

• November 16, 2014 – ABC 7 News – Conceal Carry Class for all Teachers

• November 8, 2014 – Fox 31 NewsCentennial concealed carry class targets worried teachers

• November 8, 2014 – CBS DenverColorado Teachers Take Advantage of Free Gun Safety Class

• November 8, 2014 – ABC 7 News – 500+ Teachers Pack Conceal Carry Class at Centennial Airport

• November 12, 2014 – THE BLAZE ‘It’s Very Disheartening’: Colorado Teachers Swarm Gun Training Course

• November 8, 2014 – CBS DenverColorado Teachers Take Advantage Of Free Gun Safety Classes

• November 8, 2014 – KDVR – Centennial concealed carry class targets worried teachers

• November 8, 2014 – The Denver Channel 7 News500+ teachers pack conceal carry class at Centennial Airport

• November 4, 2014 – The Denver Post – Gun Training for Teachers

• September 14, 2014 – NBC Nightly News – Guns in Schools

• September 5, 2014 – NBC Channel 9 News – Gun Club Offers Free CCW Class to Teachers

• August 27, 2014 – ABC Channel 9 News – Teachers Offered Free Concealed Carry Class

• August 27, 2014 – FOX 31 News – Teachers with Guns

• July 22, 2014 – NBC Channel 9 News- Officers Shot Protected by Bullet Proof Vest

• June 5, 2014 – National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF – Gun Crimes Plummet Even as Gun Sales Rise

• June 26, 2014 – FOX 31 Everyday Show – Gun Safety

• April 21, 2014 – The Examiner – Ladies Night at Centennial Gun Club

• March 12, 2014 – Yahoo! News – Surge in luxury shooting ranges caters to new gun culture

• February 21, 2014 – The Villager – Centennial Gun Club Stands by it’s Guns

• January 28, 2014 – Denver Business Journal – Centennial Gun Club Opens Shooting Range

• September 27, 2013 – NBC Channel 9 News – Female Gun Club Membership on the Rise

• June 26, 2013 – NBC Channel 9 News – Gun club expands by popular demand

• July 29, 2013 – The Denver Post – A Run on Gun Permits

• July 28, 2013 – The Denver Post – Photos: Concealed Weapons Use Exploding In Colorado

• July 4, 2014 – The Denver Post – Helping EQUIP • PREPARE • PRACTICE

PRESS RELEASES

Local Gun Club to Hold Largest Concealed Carry Class in Colorado History (Centennial, Colo. – October 14, 2014) Centennial Gun Club will hold the largest-ever concealed carry class in the history of the state on November 8th, 2014. The class is being held for Colorado educators and already has more than 360 individuals signed up, 70 per cent of whom are female, according to club officials. The class is free and enrollment remains open for registration at http://www.centennialgunclub.com to all Colorado educators employed by a Colorado Education system. The class will take place in an aircraft hangar at Centennial Airport and will include presentation, teaching and hands-on training. In addition to the main presentation, 45 certified firearms instructors will participate in hands-on instruction. Those that want to receive a class certificate will complete the range shooting portion at Centennial Gun Club at scheduled times following the class. The class was organized as a response to the ongoing epidemic of school shootings and other illegal gun violence perpetrated in gun-free zones throughout the US, according to Dick Abramson, CEO of Centennial Gun Club. “We have seen cowardly and heinous acts perpetrated on our children, teachers, and others in gun-free zones. We cannot continue to leave our children – our future – defenseless in the face of such attacks,” says Paul Stanley, Manager at Centennial Gun Club. “Training our educators on how to use firearms safely will help them gain confidence and competence in the handling and use of firearms and could prevent the next Columbine, the next Sandy Hook.” Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, Esq. and Sherriff David Walcher will present the legal portion of the class. Says Walcher, who reviews and signs every permit issued in Arapahoe County: “It’s great that we can provide our insight as to the concealed handgun process at the sheriff’s office and offer practicable examples of use of force scenarios to our citizens.” Brauchler added: “Along with Sheriff Walcher, I am honored to help arm our community members with the knowledge of the law they need to make the most beneficial use of their top-shelf training from the Centennial Gun Club.” About Centennial Gun Club The Centennial Gun Club recently expanded, making it the largest Gun Club in the Rocky Mountain West. Following its motto, Equip – Prepare – Practice, Centennial Gun Club offers a firearms and retail store, a state of the art firing range, and firearms training, competitions and classes.


Local Gun Club To Offer Free Concealed Carry Classes for Teachers LIGHTNING RELEASES: Centennial, CO (8/19/2014) – Centennial Gun Club announced today that it will be offering Colorado teachers and educators free concealed carry classes this fall, beginning in early September. The announcement comes as a response to the ongoing epidemic of school shootings and other illegal gun violence in the US. Everytown for Gun Safety reports 74 school shootings in the US between the shooting at Sandy Hook, Conn. (December 2012) and June 2014. “We have seen cowardly and heinous acts perpetrated on our children, teachers, and others in gun-free zones. We cannot continue to leave our children – our future – defenseless in the face of such attacks,” says Paul Stanley, Manager at Centennial Gun Club. “Training our educators on how to use firearms safely will help gain them confidence and competence in the handling and use of firearms and could prevent the next Columbine, the next Sandy Hook.” “I’m excited to be able to take the free classes at Centennial Gun Club and I am grateful for the club for deciding to move forward with this campaign,” says Connie Silver, an early childhood teacher at an elementary school in the south metro area. “I believe changes need to be made in order to keep schools protected, and I wish our school districts were more open to allowing trained, competent and safe teachers to be armed.” Registration will open for the class on August 23rd at the Centennial Gun Club’s Firearms Festival. The Firearms Festival will be held Friday, August 22 through Sunday, August 24th and includes live bands, food, face painting, K-9 demonstrations, and shooting demonstrations by 40-time National and World Champion Randi Rogers and 6-time IPSC World Champion Rob Leatham. The festival is expected to attract more than 12,000 people. About Centennial Gun Club The Centennial Gun Club recently expanded, making it the largest Gun Club in the Rocky Mountain West. Following their motto, Equip – Prepare – Practice, CGC offers a gun and retail store, a state of the art firing range, and firearms training and classes.


Former Metro State prof: Allow concealed weapons on campuses By Marc Rabinoff Guest Commentary I’m the last person anyone would suspect advocated allowing people to carry concealed firearms on school campuses. The product of a liberal upbringing in the South Bronx, I’m now a 66-year-old professor emeritus, having taught Human Performance and Sport at Metropolitan State University of Denver for most of my professional career. Owning a gun legally in the New York City area when I grew up was largely unheard of, and finding a place to shoot legally was almost impossible. As an adult, I spent 30 years in the mostly liberal world of academia, where co-workers were more likely to own books of poetry than guns. Only once during my life had I ever fired a gun: Nearly 30 years ago, I shot a .357-Magnum pistol and a machine gun (legal then with a special license) at a New Mexico range. I shot each one once and the experience left me afraid of guns for decades. So guns were nowhere in my DNA. But after I retired in June 2012, my wife, Diana, asked me if I had a hobby, and it occurred to me that although I continued to consult as a forensic expert, I never really had a hobby that was unrelated to my career. Firearms training, I thought, would help me overcome my fear of guns, teach me the proper way to handle firearms, provide a means to protect me and my family from dangers that did not exist 30 years ago and, of course, give me a hobby — one that I could share with my wife. Besides, I always loved sports, and as someone now in his 60s, I needed a sport that would not be too physically taxing. So in August 2012, my wife and I took a class at a local range, and we liked it so much — especially the part of being able to share a sport together — that we took a second class. Soon after we purchased four pistols of different calibers to give us a feel for firing different types of firearms. We started to shoot at least once a week once we joined Centennial Gun Club off of Arapahoe Road and took private lessons on gun handling, shooting skills and tactical defensive use of handguns from a firearms instructor. We took some more lessons, including a class on carrying concealed weapons, and I purchased my first rifle, an AR -15, a semiautomatic civilian version of the military M-16. Now we’re shooting two or three times a week at the club, and I started shooting in competitions there — not to be competitive but more as an intense type of training. I always believed people had a right to defend themselves, and I always believed schools should be allowed to hire qualified individuals armed with firearms to protect students and staff. But I now believe that educators, after considerable training, can themselves be those qualified individuals designated to protect students and staff. I also believe that schools should post signs for everyone to see warning that staff are capable of and authorized to use lethal force. I believe this could prevent some of the types of campus shootings this country has seen in recent years by deranged individuals. Although taking firearms classes was part of the reason I changed my position on concealed weapons on school campuses, it’s not the only reason. Had he been a year older, my son Austin, who attended the junior high school just down the street from Columbine High School when the shooting occurred in 1999, would have been on the campus and possibly shot. Months later, he started high school at Columbine. The night of the Aurora theater shooting, my other son, Ben, went to a theater in Denver not far from the one in Aurora where James Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58, to see the same movie. He could have been at the same theater and been a victim I know I am opening myself up to much criticism, especially from other teachers. But if I had to confront a gunman in a classroom, I’d like to be able to do more than hide under chairs or tables and helplessly watch my students being murdered. I’d like to have the option to use the intense training I have undergone and the resulting skills I’ve amassed to save lives. I’m not advocating allowing just anyone to carry guns, but it is clear to me that educators can be trained to properly use firearms with enough skill to possibly prevent the next tragedy from occurring. Marc Rabinoff is an emeritus professor at Metro State who is now an ardent supporter of the Centennial Gun Club’s stance on concealed carrying in schools and universities.