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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 anti-gun bills; as I mentioned, I am an Executive Producer for OUTDOOR CHANNEL. I currently have four series in production, including 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 anti-gun bills become law, we will be moving all of our production OUT of Colorado. We have already canceled 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 cities 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 within 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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GOOD, glad the Outdoor Channel pulled out.  Also, yesterday, Colt Firearms pulled out of Conn. & they are going to Texas with Magpul & Berretta.  A number of other firearms companies have pulled out of NY.

The pocketbook is the easiest place to score.  When money walks, that helps to make a point of telling you that you made the wrong decision.



 It's a domino affect! One business leaves than another business leaves.  So it goes!

This seems like a good start of a grassroots movement to hit the money grubbing Gov't of Colorado wants. I think affecting their money could accomplish a lot by hurting them where they live. No pun intended.

Gerry- you have that right, money & losing because of business leaving will pound these States.  Since a couple of gun companies pulled out of NY, NY has now been advertising to get more businesses into the state & are trying to get people to move there.  It must be hitting them hard also.  Texas Governor Perry invited Law Abiding Citizens with firearms to go to Texas from NY- & they are by the 100's.  Must be getting to NY, the lose of revenue!

It would be something if Smith & Wesson left mass. I think that would be a major hit for this state. They stayed after the last time when our ridiculous anti gun law was passed years ago. However if we do what NY,CO and other states have done they could decide to leave here too. One thing not considered when this kind of stupidity happens is that there are always unintended consequences that turn up.


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Jerry- over the past year & 1/2- over 1 million people have left Massachusetts.  There used to be over 1 million gun permits (yrs. ago) in Massachusetts, now there are only 125 thousand.  People are getting fed up & leaving.

new york had adds on tv this week stating how safe it was and that they had many jobs for people

Gene-  because NY has lost all the gun companies, ammo companies & 1,000's of gun owners (most of whom are going to Texas), NY is attempting to get the "Tonight Show" to go there from Hollywood, figuring it will improve their tax base.  It will not help because of NY's gun grab tactics even more people are going to leave.  I hope they go bankrupt!!!

 Good job, glad they pulled out...

More & more cities are going to feel the effects of Obama's gun grab, and when the pocket book starts getting thinner & thinner, they might think twice.

I think it will take a while. They will try to make up for the losses on the taxpayers backs with increases in taxes and fees for the privilege of living in their screwed up state. It will reach a tipping point when people finally realize they are being screwed on all fronts and won't take it any more. I just can't believe the negative changes in our country in my lifetime. I grew up in the 50's when we were proud to be Americans and lived in a much saner environment.

It is good that certain corporate Executives understand what the mere politicians Ignore. It is sad that it has come such division-and  desperate action. but should this not be done-- the Gun industry will be treated like the Moral and Religious citizens who are penalized --and forced to choose between their  conscience and the corruption of our laws Between remaining in business by doing what they KNOW is wrong--- or by taking evasive action. I read this letter earlier in the Watchdog.The local Daily Paper and the other establishment rags are firmly in the lap of the State--and Federal Despots.and would not publish it -- I guess.(maybe I just missed it?)



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