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Minnesota Anti-Gun Groups Lose Names
Firearms Coalition Alert List ^ | May 5, 2002 | Neal Knox

Posted on 05/05/2002 10:33:21 PM PDT by jdege

[Fcalerts-list] Minnesota Anti-Gun Groups Lose Names

May 5 Update -- The Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (GOCRA) just took exclusive ownership of the corporate names of the two biggest anti-gun groups in the state: Citizens for a Safer Minnesota and Citizens for a Safer Minnesota Education Fund.

Not only are those wonderful names for new organizations that would truly make Minnesota safer -- by enlarging gun rights, not destroying them -- the anti-gunners who spent a lot of time, money and energy building up those names can no longer use them. Nor can they use signs, stationery or other materials using those names.

That shut down the groups' operations at a political convention this weekend and promises to give a great deal of grief to the groups, their officers, and their contributors.

Further, anyone who has contributed in the last three years to the IRS 501(c)(3) tax-deductible CSM Education Fund may have to file an amended tax return -- including American For Safe Government Andrew McKelvey and his personal anti-gun group, a heavy contributor to anti-gunners across the country.

The Minnesota anti-gun organizations had failed to file their annual non-profit corporation registration so their corporations had been automatically dissolved by the Secretary of State's Office. That terminated the existence of their corporate entities and made the business names available for the taking.

GOCRA took the name of the lobbying organization by incorporating a new subsidiary corporation with the now-available former name of the anti- gun group. That required only a one page fill-in-the-blank form available from the Secretary of State's Office and a $135 filing fee. The form was downloaded from the SOS web page.

The gun organization also got the name of the anti-gunner's tax- deductible foundation by forming another corporation which they intend to qualify under Internal Revenue Code Sec. 501(c)(3).

While they were at it, the pro-gun group reserved for 12 months other names they thought the anti-gunners might want to adopt (which costs less than incorporating).

The founders of GOCRA, David Gross and Joe Olson, both lawyers, were close friends and allies on the NRA Board until we were purged in the post-Heston era. But they're very much still in the fight; I attended an meeting with Joe and other grass roots activists last week during the Reno NRA meetings.

Joe and David discovered this opportunity by visiting the Minnesota Secretary of State's web site and checking into whether their own corporations and those of the anti-gunners were in good standing. It didn't hurt that Joe is a law professor who specializes in corporate and tax law.

Neither of the anti-gunner's former corporations were in good standing; both were listed as "inactive" for they hadn't filed their annual registration for several years. The Secretary of State's on-line list of dissolved corporations, which only went back 2 years, showed that the anti- gun lobbying arm had been automatically dissolved 2 weeks ago.

The educational fund appeared to have lapsed even earlier so our guys called up the corporations division at the SOS office and asked. Sure enough, that corporation had been automatically dissolved 3 years ago. Friday morning GOCRA filed the short-form Articles of Incorporation of two new corporations with those names.

Bang, the names were theirs.

The Minnesota Secretary of State's office routinely sends out pre- printed annual report forms to all corporations, so some anti-gunner dropped the ball. Big time.

As good citizens should do, the IRS was notified that the anti- gunner's tax exempt entity didn't exist and hadn't existed for three years. For those tax years, it owes taxes on all its contributions and on the grants from HCI, AGS, etc. Its individual and corporate donors who deducted their contributions will have to file amended returns deleting those so-called "charitable" deductions and paying additional taxes.

The anti-gun group compounded their problems by engaging in a neat little trick, as explained on their web site, of taking ALL contributions above their $35 a year dues, automatically shifting the remainder to the tax-deductible fund, and issuing a tax deduction receipt. If they had only paid as much attention to the filing of their annual forms . . ..

How would your club or organization like to have to notify all of your contributors of this situation? Better check your own organization's status immediately -- although very few gun groups have formed (c)(3) charitable organizations.

The two new pro-gun corporations served the anti-gunners with written demands to cease and desist from using the new corporations' business names on stationary, pamphlets, web sites, etc.

They did this as soon as possible after incorporating. That just happened to be at this weekend's state Democrat-Farmer-Labor Convention. After a while, the anti-gun group packed up their booth and left.

Not bad for 3 days work. My hat's off to Joe and David.

As my friends pointed out in an email: "Most states have non- profit corporations statutes with annual registration reguirements and automatic dissolution after some period. An opportunity like this could exist in any state. Get on the state web page this afternoon (it's on 24/7)."

Can't tell what you might find. Guerilla warfare can be fun.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: banglist; ccrn; minnesota; moosescankill; shallissue
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Joe dropped a hint at the last CCRN meeting, and was smirking excessively.
1 posted on 05/05/2002 10:33:21 PM PDT by jdege
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To: bang_list;*minnesota
Bump
2 posted on 05/05/2002 10:38:14 PM PDT by jdege
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To: jdege
Bump! Thanks for a very interesting read.
3 posted on 05/05/2002 10:41:13 PM PDT by sunshine state
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To: **minnesota
Bump one more time to get Minnesota in correctly.
4 posted on 05/05/2002 10:41:23 PM PDT by jdege
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To: jdege
Ahh, that's priceless!
5 posted on 05/05/2002 10:42:13 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: jdege
This was a great guerilla raid! I suspect that the anti-gun types around the country will hear about this quickly, and take care of their own state charters. But this is more likely to be useful in grabbing the improperly used names of our enemies in all parts of the great culture war.
6 posted on 05/05/2002 10:47:18 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla
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To: jdege
Excellent! Good move, Mr. and Mrs. Minnesota. Excellent!
7 posted on 05/05/2002 10:48:55 PM PDT by JFoxbear
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To: stands2reason
I'd suggest that anyone who was an officer for any gun-advocacy group immediately check their own licensing and tax status - the anti-gun groups would just love to return the favor.
8 posted on 05/05/2002 10:50:28 PM PDT by jdege
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To: jdege
Reminds me of the days when gold was $600 an ounce and we used to hang around the BLM office ready to pounce on any mining claim which someone forgot to file a yearly assessment on.
9 posted on 05/05/2002 10:54:40 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: jdege
I hope other pro 2nd groups get a headsup on this before the other anti 2nd bunches have a chance to cover their rears.

This is nearly too good to be true.HeHeee.;o)

10 posted on 05/05/2002 10:57:50 PM PDT by Free Trapper
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To: jdege
LMAO
11 posted on 05/05/2002 11:00:41 PM PDT by Moonman62
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To: jdege
After a while, the anti-gun group packed up their booth and left.

"And please don't let the door slap you in the a** on the way out, boys !"

Joe and David -- Nice work !

12 posted on 05/05/2002 11:01:00 PM PDT by Crowcreek
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To: LarryLied
"Citizens for a Safer Minnesota Education Fund", as a name, offers real possibilities.

It'll be a tax-exempt, charitable organization, and since we won't lie the way the gun-grabbers do, we'll have to keep out of politics.

Maybe we'll offer free firearms safety training classes for inner city school kids.

In other words, something that will really help.

13 posted on 05/05/2002 11:01:08 PM PDT by jdege
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To: jdege
Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch ... on both sides.
14 posted on 05/05/2002 11:02:47 PM PDT by LantzALot
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To: jdege
Cool!
15 posted on 05/05/2002 11:04:15 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy
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To: jdege ;*bang_list ; Lazamataz ; Travis McGee; SLB; Harpseal ;Jeff Head; Mercuria ; AnnaZ...
AWESOME ! .....Socialist's get back doored !! Ohhhhhh Yeaaaaaaaahhhh !

Stay Safe ! !

16 posted on 05/05/2002 11:05:07 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: jdege
Let all of the Pro 2ed take a heads up and not let the Anti's do to us what we did to them.
17 posted on 05/05/2002 11:05:36 PM PDT by 20yearvet
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To: jdege
The Minnesota anti-gun organizations had failed to file their annual non-profit corporation registration so their corporations had been automatically dissolved by the Secretary of State's Office. That terminated the existence of their corporate entities and made the business names available for the taking

Bwhahahahahahhahahahahahha. This just made my day. Dummies.

I always take a look at MPPGV's PAC every filing period. Right now, they have $35 in their PAC. I guess Andrew McKelvey's funds have dried up some.

18 posted on 05/05/2002 11:13:01 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: jdege
Great work! I'm going to cross-post this to FreeDominion.
19 posted on 05/05/2002 11:29:27 PM PDT by Jason Kauppinen
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To: jdege
JR would be VERY proud of this creative move. Definitely a "smirkworthy" accomplishment. Wonder when Handgun Control, Inc. comes up for renewal, heheh.

"Revenge is never stupid darling -- it's the single most satisfying feeling in the world." - J.R. Ewing, philosopher, businessman.

20 posted on 05/05/2002 11:29:34 PM PDT by jrewingjr
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To: jdege
Not doing "corporate formalities" (law-school term) is a common way many corporations lose incorporation.

It doesn't have to be failing to pay annual fees. It can be failure to file annual reports, have actual corporate minutes, etc. (What may vary from state to state - but expect at the least that staying incorporated requires an annual report to the Secretary Of State in the state of incorporation plus an annual fee.)

Lots of interesting possibilities here - as most such "groups" lack legal representation to keep their ducks in a row!

Scandals of antigun politicians and activists - Andrew McKelvey included!

21 posted on 05/05/2002 11:31:05 PM PDT by glc1173@aol.com
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To: jdege
can the 'rainbow coalition' be far behind??
22 posted on 05/05/2002 11:38:01 PM PDT by rockfish59
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To: jdege
BHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
23 posted on 05/05/2002 11:41:48 PM PDT by quietolong
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To: jdege
I wonder how many churches are in this situation.
24 posted on 05/06/2002 12:07:16 AM PDT by fella
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To: Squantos;Travis McGee
Now the socialists can honestly quote the great sage of the swamp.

WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US-----------POGO

25 posted on 05/06/2002 12:16:08 AM PDT by Free Trapper
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To: jdege
GOCRA took the name of the lobbying organization by incorporating a new subsidiary corporation with the now-available former name of the anti- gun group. That required only a one page fill-in-the-blank form available from the Secretary of State's Office and a $135 filing fee. The form was downloaded from the SOS web page.

Good tactical victory.

26 posted on 05/06/2002 12:20:26 AM PDT by Roscoe
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To: jdege
The People's Collective Of Minnesota is surely doomed now.
Rampant shooting and gunplay in the streets.
Horrible, Horrible...
27 posted on 05/06/2002 12:37:04 AM PDT by XLurk
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To: jdege
It's going to be hard to wipe this stupid grin off my face...
28 posted on 05/06/2002 1:50:32 AM PDT by Quila
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To: jdege
Thanks for the good news! I'll be grinning about this all day :)
29 posted on 05/06/2002 2:48:55 AM PDT by Lion's Cub
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To: jdege
Is it too much to hope that there was a large group of gun owners at the Democrat-Farmer-Labor Convention singing "Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye?"

Beretta 92F: $500
15 round clip: $40
Box of 9mm shells: $10
Getting under the anti-gunners skin: priceless
30 posted on 05/06/2002 3:13:21 AM PDT by itzmygun
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To: jdege
All RIGHT...HardBall! It's about time!
31 posted on 05/06/2002 3:45:14 AM PDT by Maelstrom
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To: Maelstrom
Bumping
32 posted on 05/06/2002 5:29:53 AM PDT by justrepublican
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To: jdege

33 posted on 05/06/2002 5:31:04 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: jdege
The real eye-opener in the article, for all of you out there who think the nra is the only answer to anti-gunners, is found in the ninth paragraph.
34 posted on 05/06/2002 6:44:17 AM PDT by wita
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To: jdege
We were working for the Concealed Weapons Bill in Texas with the NRA, TSRA and a group that a friend helped to start, The North Texas Arms Rights Coalition. We had hundreds of members and combining the three, we had hundreds of thousands of members in Texas. When it came time to report on our rallies, the media wouldn't interview us but for "balance" they would interview some anti group no one had heard of before. One of their interviews occurred when the "president" of the group was standing in his front yard. This "group" tried to shut down the gun shows and when they came out, they had a dozen people standing on the curb and they looked like friends and relatives. The dozen consisted of little kids in strollers. Then the cameras panned the crowd going into the gunshow and there were the usual thousands of people.

The media tries their best to give some sort of respectability to a guy who has a tax deductable charity "group" that numbers the amount of people in his family.

35 posted on 05/06/2002 6:47:27 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: jdege
Excellant. Once again it's the local grassroots organizations that is getting the job done.

What a great weekend, first I went to the gunshow on Saturday to exercise my rights by buying a new revolver and now this. Gotta love it.

BTW, has anybody else noticed the new BATF instant check form? It now has a racial category on it that includes at least 8 choices. What's that about?

36 posted on 05/06/2002 7:02:54 AM PDT by TC Rider
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To: itzmygun
Beretta 92F: $500
15 round clip: $40
Box of 9mm shells: $10
Getting under the anti-gunners skin: priceless

Sorry 'bout this but a pet peeve:

Beretta 92F: $500
15 round MAGAZINE: $40 (a magazine is a self contained unit with springs, clips don't have springs)
Box of 9mm shells: $10
Getting under the anti-gunners skin: priceless

37 posted on 05/06/2002 7:17:17 AM PDT by RetiredNavy
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To: RetiredNavy
Just a little curious. What happened to you with the Freeper handgun postal match?
38 posted on 05/06/2002 7:32:32 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: jdege
bump
39 posted on 05/06/2002 7:42:42 AM PDT by Valin
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To: jdege
Anti-Gun Groups Self-inflict Fatal Wounds!

Last seen limping home, muttering nonsense...

The birds are singing, and the sun just came out. It's gonna be a great day. I'd even bet Mrs. Farmer gets lucky tonight.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

40 posted on 05/06/2002 7:52:39 AM PDT by FreedomFarmer
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To: wita
"I attended an meeting with Joe and other grass roots activists last week during the Reno NRA meetings."

Members and leaders of Grassroots organizations who are members of the NRA. The NRA has seminars on how to start and organize Grassroots organizations. If you complainers would tell us what your group is doing instead of complaining about the NRA, maybe someone would join your group.

41 posted on 05/06/2002 8:04:25 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: wita
Help start your own Grassroots Oorganization. If you need assistance or further information regarding starting your own group, please feel free to contact the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at 1(800) 392-8683.
42 posted on 05/06/2002 8:16:31 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: TC Rider
"Excellent. Once again it's the local grassroots organizations that is getting the job done."

See post 42.

43 posted on 05/06/2002 8:19:08 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: Crowcreek
The Washington State SoS page is useless in this regard.
44 posted on 05/06/2002 8:37:27 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
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To: big ern, Terriergal
WA SoS no help? No surprise here . .

Terriergal, bump this one to your list and 'make someone's day' !

45 posted on 05/06/2002 9:33:15 AM PDT by Crowcreek
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To: jdege
Wow!
Professor Olsen impresses me yet again!
46 posted on 05/06/2002 10:06:14 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: jdege
Well done.

I cant' get on the MN Sec of State's web page. Have the liberals in that office struck back by shutting it down, or is it suddenly that busy?

47 posted on 05/06/2002 10:12:14 AM PDT by RJL
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To: jdege
Hi Folks. Green Party of Seattle is up for grabs! It has a very nice website, but is listed
as inactive. Sic 'em!

Green Party of Seattle Filing

48 posted on 05/06/2002 10:35:09 AM PDT by poindexter
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To: Squantos
I love it.

Stay well - stay safe - stay armed - Yorktown

49 posted on 05/06/2002 10:36:49 AM PDT by harpseal
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To: jdege
Unbeleivably Great!!!! Score a BIG one for the freedom side!
50 posted on 05/06/2002 10:40:46 AM PDT by stevio
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