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GUNS/RLTD Outdoor Channel Pulling Out Of Colorado
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    Outdoor Channel Pulling Out Of Colorado

    Outdoor Channel Pulling Out Of Colorado

    From: Michael Bane

    Date: Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Subject: OUTDOOR CHANNEL Pulls Productions from Colorado

    To: Steve King

    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 $800,000,000 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 she 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 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

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    Guess the .gov in CO will be glad to have the buildings free when the feds move the capital to Denver. What a waste of some beautiful country.

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    A state like Idaho could REALLY do good to snap up some of that business that Colorado is flushing down the toilet.
    "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
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    Even though OR is nastily leftist in many ways, it is one of the best as far as gun ownership and carrying goes. ANd it has beautiful scenery.
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    thank you very much for your wise decision

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    I know these kinds of operations generate big money that also ends up being taxed, I have an Aunt that owns two film production studios, one in California and the other in New York.

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    "The misfortune of many is the consolation of fools" Ancient proverb

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    Well the ball has started rolling. Lets see how many other companies agree and follow suit. I can't see this turning out well for Colorado. They are now in the occupied zone.

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    Would like to see this thread pick up more such moves. Please post 'em if you have 'em.

    Thanks, Old Reliable.

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    if those companies don't pull out of anti-gun state people will not buy their products
    I for one will not .don't care how good of a product they produce

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    Quote Originally Posted by Now-Later View Post
    if those companies don't pull out of anti-gun state people will not buy their products
    I for one will not .don't care how good of a product they produce
    I am right with you. It would be nice for someone to start up a boycott of vacations to those states. This would really hurt them in the wallet. Then next winter hit the ski industry. There are plenty of great vacation and ski areas in states that appreciate gun owners.

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    It would be nice for someone to start up a boycott of vacations to those states.
    My wife and I will be leaving in April for an extended trip (3 Months) out west with our RV (Camper).
    We will not be spending any time or money in Colorado.
    I really wonted to ride the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad ( but not to be.

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    Can we give this new trend for telling the pol's to shove it a name?

    Lets point the finger at the person most responsible for Colorado's economic demise and call it the "Chickenpooper effect" .. it should go viral within hours on youtube ....!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dex View Post
    A state like Idaho could REALLY do good to snap up some of that business that Colorado is flushing down the toilet.
    Yes we would! Are you listening, Idaho Department of Commerce?
    We are the 53%!

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    Please post 'em if you have 'em.

    Well, there was this one (Magpul) -

    Looking for more ... I've heard Beretta is looking to leave Maryland, Colt may be thinking about departing Connecticut, Seems Remington is going to cut off its nose in New York though - heard they were investing another $20 million in physical plant there, despite efforts to get them to move to a 'free' state. It's enough to make me want to boycott Remington for committing gross stupidity ... but their corporate HQ is here in NC. What can you say?
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    No doubt this illegal, unConstitutional so called law is poised to go into effect to chase any pro-2nd Amendment folks out, the new deecee dictators don't want the peons armed and dangerous.

    Anyone boycotting colorado please be sure to fire off a letter to the editor to each large newspaper (by email it's fast and easy, write, copy, paste) in the state with why you are boycotting them and how much money you would normally have spent. Remind the residents that what hunters and tourists would spend is taxed, and those lost state revenues will have to be met by the residents. Who allowed this anti-Constitutional business to happen.

    Also send letters to the governor and all who voted yes on that bill (again, super easy, type it in Word and copy/paste into the email-then do a CC on it).

    It's one thing to boycott, it's another to let the offenders know why you are doing it and lay the blame squarely at their feet.

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    North of Cincinnati
    It's great how they're doing this, but must add that the people who come up with those kinds of laws couldn't care less..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trivium Pursuit View Post
    It's great how they're doing this, but must add that the people who come up with those kinds of laws couldn't care less..
    They'll start caring when the money stops rolling in. After all, that's all they really care about anyway...

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    As far as I know, Rugers are still being manufactured in ARIZONA!!!
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    And let this be a heads up to Texas, the progressives are out to turn Texas blue.


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    Hunters begin boycott over Colorado gun laws

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Hunters across the country are boycotting Colorado because of recent legislation meant to curtail gun violence.
    Michael Bane, a producer for The Outdoor Channel, announced he will no longer film his four shows in Colorado, and hunters are joining the protests...........

    Hunting outfitters say people began cancelling trips after the legislation passed, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported Northwest Colorado hunting guide Chris Jurney expects more state defections in a major tourism industry. Out-of-state hunters accounted for 15 percent of hunting licenses last year, 86,000, compared with 489,000 for residents.

    "There's a united front of sportsmen that are tired of having their freedoms and liberties and fundamental rights taken away from them," said Jurney, vice president of the Colorado Outfitters Association. "That kind of unity among sportsmen is going to be big, and unfortunately for those of us who live here, we're going to suffer the consequences of this misguided legislation."

    Legislative leaders declined to comment.
    Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton said his agency has asked the state attorney general's office for advice on impacts to hunters. While legal possession of high-capacity magazines is grandfathered in, officials want to make sure they are still legal to use.
    "Small mountain towns and rural towns in this state are going to lose a lot of money because you're not going to see the number of out-of-state hunters coming here. Other states are going to see a growth," he said.

    unintended consequences


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