URGENT: status of attack against MCRGO

Dear Member

"As you know, MCRGO has worked tirelessly to preserve the confidentiality of your personal contact information in the face of a long and drawn out legal proceeding initiated by a disgruntled former member (Neva Li, unanimously removed 'for cause' in '04). After a year of legal wrangling, MCRGO even offered to reinstate Plaintiff as a 'Member'. The long-standing offer to facilitate a reasonable review of MCRGO documents was also renewed. As expected--after weeks of no response--we've confirmed that our offer was rejected in favor of pursuing our membership database.

Despite Plaintiff's sworn testimony (via formal deposition last December) that she a) opposed gun rights during the passage of CCW, b) has no evidence supporting any of her apparent claims, c) repeatedly downloaded portions of MCRGO's database while a member and, d) published at least ! one proprietary MCRGO document on the internet, Judge Giddings let stand her demand that she be given copies of MCRGO's membership database for herself and, "...all current and former members". In addition, he suddenly reversed course and granted minimal 'legal fees' to Plaintiff's Attorney (Kevin Winters, Legal Counsel for MUCC) in the amount of $3,500 (far less than he had been demanding).

Consistent with our pledge to you, our member, we will continue to defend the confidentiality of your personal contact information as well as the value of your hard-earned subscription dollar. 'To that end, MCRGO has filed a formal 'stay' in preparation for the Appeal that will follow. To maintain our focus on the defense of your rights, the cost of legally defending your personal privacy will continue to be funded with dollars otherwise earmarked for staff salaries.

We thank you--and our loyal staff--for the support we need to wage this battle. We also extend a personal thank you to both Senator Alan Cropsey and Representative Tom Casperson--the two leading gun rights advocates in Michigan's Legislature today--for their dedication to waging this defense. We are proud to stand up for non-profit associations throughout Michigan that could not afford such an incredibly reckless challenge to member confidentiality.

Thanks again for your calls and letters of support. Despite this costly and time-consuming distraction, MCRGO remains America's largest and most effective state-based gun rights advocate. MCRGO's stature within Michigan's Legislature continues to grow and our string of legal and legislative victories on your behalf continues uninterrupted. We will not allow outside forces to distract us from our Mission!

We will update you as events unfold."


Operations Committee, MCRGO