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November 17, 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


by Black Wire Media Tues. Nov. 17, 2020

Well over fifty 2nd Amendment Patriots from all over New Jersey, most of whom are CNJFO members, gathered at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay, PA Sunday to raise money for lawsuits to fight NJ's half-century of unchecked gun control. Sporting clays is both challenging and fun, beginner-friendly, and most closely resembles birds in flight, which makes for great practice during pheasant season. Smashing orange discs flying through the air & rolling along the ground from every possible angle, our shotgunners were warm in spirit, with abundant smiles and camaraderie.

Thanks to help from CNJFO Patriot Pin recipients Carmen Urso and Jerry Arose, who both came early to help Clays Co-Chair Dave "Rosey" Rosenthal unload his "War Wagon" and set-up the room, at sign-in each shooter was given a Gun For Hire goody bag loaded with useful items. Newly-designed (by graphic artist and former CNJFO President Matt Andras) "CNJFO Dusters And Missers Club" royal blue 5-color crewneck sweatshirts with crossed shotguns & orange clays were gifted to every participant (we have a few for SALE!) as squad assignments were read aloud.

Prestigious Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays was once again chosen due to a number of factors, none more appealing than their unique and pristine16-station, 100-bird course surrounding an abandoned limestone quarry. Since it's a bit of a drive to Lehigh, CNJFO always provides professional catering, including a continental breakfast at sign-in and a hamburger and pulled pork BBQ lunch immediately after. Our scattergunners traversed the course in style, as each squad of four was assigned a golf cart customized to hold shotguns, ammo and anything else you'd need to enjoy your day.

During our BBQ lunch, Mark Cheeseman, last years' U.S. Supreme Court Petitioner in case #19-27 (denied CERT with the 9 other 2A cases before the Court!), was introduced. During his remarks Cheeseman thanked everyone for attending and highly praised the Coalition for our help, stating the fact that we were the only 2A group in NJ to file an amicus brief on his behalf.

Mark then introduced our main speaker, well-known NJ gun law historian Jay Factor. Factor explained how our amicus brief detailed the ugly truth highlighting the fact that the NJ legislature never actually voted on how firearms carry permitting is to take place, as well as who did it & what actually happened so many long years ago. Cheeseman and Factor also thanked us for the $11,000 check we presented to them as a result of our "matching funds campaign", where CNJFO did a dollar-for-dollar match of donations earmarked for their case, using funds raised at various fundraisers such as Sunday's Clays Tournament.

Thanks to our gracious sponsors, a handsome prize table was set-up, adorned with swag and valuable gifts a-plenty to tantalize our "Dusters And Missers Club" members. Toward the end of our BBQ lunch, CNJFO Vice President Dave "Rosey" Rosenthal sold raffle prize tickets and fellow Patriot Pin recipient Jon MacMillan followed with 50-50 tickets. CNJFO President Dan Grdovic together with Jack Pyle, CNJFO Clays Co-Chair & Treasurer, assisted with prize deliveries to all points of the pole barn, while Life Member Rhiannon Teng took pictures of our happy prize winners (see photos). CNJFO Patriot Pin recipient Jerry Arose won the 50-50.

Pyle, our behind-the-scenes magician that makes everything appear to "flow" so well at our events, ordered trophies for High Lady, High Man, and High Squad. We presented "Duster And Misser" Rhiannon Teng with the High Lady trophy, for her score of 72 broken targets. Due to a malfunction, she had to finish her round with a borrowed scattergun from squad leader Stuart Gepp. Undaunted by the misfortune, she showed great competitive spirit by finishing at the top of the Ladies leaderboard.

Freehold Fin, Fur, and Feather Club sent three squads to our fundraiser, the most of any club represented, with several shooting at Lehigh for the first time. "Dusters And Missers" Squad #4, comprised of 4F Club members Joe Johnson, Tom Ward, Gordon Haskell, and Stephen Ferraro took the High Squad trophies with an 81 average score. Squad leader Joe Johnson won the High Man trophy for breaking 90 targets. Closest score to Johnson's was fellow 4F Club member Greg Belanger's 86 broken targets, followed by CNJFO's Rosenthal and Arose (Squad #1) tying for the 3rd place finish with 84 broke. Honorable mention goes to CNJFO member and squad #2 leader Stuart Gepp for 83 broken targets.

No matter their scores, everyone that participated is a winner in our books! We thank them for their patriotism AND their support of our mission to end NJ's unconstitutional "Justifiable Need", the provision that basically says you need to be "connected" OR killed to be a CCW permit holder in the Communist People's Republic of New Jerseystan. For more info on "Justifiable Need", please visit: .

CNJFO VP Dave Rosenthal will attend this Sunday's 4F Club Trap Shoot in Freehold Twp., NJ to award the five trophies. The 4F Club has been supporting us at past events, and this fact has just recently come to light. We'd like to publicly thank 4F Club member Chris Marron for introducing 4F Club members to NJ's busiest 2A organization by bringing some friends to hunt pheasants with us at Giberson Farms (we'll be there on Sat. February 6th, 2021! -- Sign-Up HERE: ).

Darin Goens, in his official capacity as NRA-ILA's NJ Director, made Coalition history by attending our Clays Tournament and brought several handsome backpacks for our prize table. Goens couldn't stay for the raffle, but did want to let everyone know he & NRA-ILA appreciates their continued support in our battleground state.

Cheryl Sloan-Malitz and Lorraine Crescimanno, both from The Well Armed Woman Chapters, shot clays with their husbands Howard & Len. The foursome had a wonderful time and we thank our 2A sisters for their steadfast support. Lorraine & Len Crescimanno hunted hogs with us in April of last year and she's registered for our next Hog Hunt this January 3rd. You too can register for the Hunt HERE:

We're also proud to report some good-hearted "vandalism" took place in the Lehigh parking lot to Rosey's car. Affectionately known to many as "The War Wagon", an overstuffed, nearly-antique Mercury Grand Marquis with a 6-Body trunk & HUGE backseat, Rosey's ride is the official "CNJFO swagmobile". As such it became the victim of sign maker Angelo Yacone and CNJFO sponsor Black Bag Resources' owner Sean Fisher, both friends of the "Vic". The pair of miscreants conspired to adorn the vehicle with magnetic signage that lets the NJDOT know there's EXPLOSIVES contained therein. Dan Grdovic, CNJFO President, was in on the caper and advised Fisher when to execute "Operation Lehigh" with the help of his younger son (see photos, lol!).

CNJFO prides itself on our relationships with our sponsors, and wishes to thank the following for their donations and raffle prizes:

Henry Repeating Arms --- Mugs, hats, keychains, patches

Gun For Hire --- Goody Bags w/ lots of useful items

NRA-ILA --- Backpacks & Goody Bag stuffers

Elite Tactical Academy --- Ammo, training classes, dressings

SAF --- Paperback books by author Alan Gottlieb

Kulak Arms --- 12 ga. shells, gift certificate, Gun Scrubber

Michael LaSanta --- (2) Ammo cans

SC Arms --- $150 donation to offset expenses

Jaime Rivera --- Custom wooden US Flag plaque

Bullet Branch --- Oliva cigar gift pack set

Sons of Liberty Survival Outfitters --- Annual memberships (6)

Lori Rosenthal --- U.S. Flag, Old York Cellars wine

Evan F. Nappen, Esq. --- Signed copy of his Gun Law book

William Korman --- Airbrushed ammo can w/ CNJFO logo

CNJFO --- CNJFO swag items, D-Lead wipes, Charlie Targets

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