In time for its 11th anniversary Nov. 26, Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah has new leadership. Syracuse-based firearms instructor and LGBT ally, Scott Mogilefsky, continues his work with the group now as its owner, after the retirement of group founder and longtime gay activist David Nelson.
“My work with the group started when I agreed to be one of its recommended instructors,” Mogilefsky said. “In response to three violent hate crimes in Utah in August and September 2011, I decided to do what I know best, and conducted a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit class at the Utah Pride Center.”
He joined Nelson and Women Against Gun Control founder Janalee Tobias publicly in advising LGBT Utahns to learn safe and responsible ownership of firearms for self-defense. Weeks later in her SLUG magazine column, LGBT activist Princess Kennedy wrote about her experience in Mogilefsky’s class.
“I immediately signed up to take the four-hour class so I could get my strap on,” Kennedy said.
Mogilefsky also owns Utah CCW Training LLC, and is a veteran of the U.S. Army who served overseas and was deployed to hostile environments. He is an avid rifle and bow hunter, outdoorsman, mountaineer, survivalist and marksman. He is updating the group’s website for mobile devices and plans to develop an online forum for LGBT weapon owners and self-defense advocates.