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2018 Mid-Atlantic Precision Rifle Challenge

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:41
Chesterfield County Police Department will be hosting the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Precision Rifle Challenge. The event will be open to law enforcement and military teams to demonstrate their tactical skills and knowledge. The event will be held September 9-14, 2018 at the Fort Pickett Maneuver. To find out more and register for the challenge, click here.

Outdoor Hub: The Sig P365 Takes the Concealed Carry Gun Concept to a New, Needed Level

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:39
OutdoorHub.com has a great review of the Sig P365 pistol.  The review wastes no time in going down the list of things that are great about the pistol starting with the most important part - reliability:
In my book, nothing about my EDC gun matters more than whether it goes “bang” when I press the trigger. The P365 shines in this department. I’ve challenged it by running aluminum-cased FMJ mixed with two brands of HP in the magazine; no problem. It cycles like a champ.The reviewer did find one issue that he considered a minor problem:
A couple of reviewers have reported extraction issues with the P365; I’ve never experienced that even under rapid fire. What I do experience consistently is a failure of the slide to lock back after the last round. This might be due to the gun’s minimalist construction—it’s the first I’ve seen not to have a slide lock notch that’s visible from the exterior of the slide, for example. I believe other components were minimized in an effort to squeeze maximum round capacity into that small space.If you are not familiar with the latest addition to the concealed carry firearm line-up, read the entire review.

Pot Calling Kettle Black

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:52
I subscribe to Bloomberg's anti-rights mouthpiece The Trace because I want to be current with what the other side says.  I had to chuckle this morning when what is essentially an anti-gun blog masquerading as a news site called another web site (Alex Jones' InfoWars) "fake news".   Not defending Jones and his antics or passing judgement on whether Jones' site is real news.  I just found it amusing that one fake news source would call out another web site.

NBC: Gun control group targets firearms owners with new ads, seeks common ground

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:30
NBC News has a report on a new ad campaign by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence titled "End Family Fire." The term "End Family Fire" refers to "accidental shootings of children and other family members in homes across the nation".  The campaign attempts to reach gun owners with a message of safe storage, but massively fails at the attempt as it uses misleading statistics to try to make the point that 8 kids a day die (that's almost 3000 a year) each year from improperly stored firearms. 

It's not surprising that this Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign would take this approach as the campaign is produced by the AdCouncil, which was also responsible for a "safe storage" PSA campaign funded by the Obama administration and produced in collaboration with the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC).  That series of ads included kids saying, if you store your guns safely "I won't be scared."  Based on numbers from the National Safety Council Injury Facts 2014 Edition, the total number of unintentional firearms related deaths in 2012 was only 600 - that 's total, not just children.  So to get anywhere near the number that the "End Family Fire" campaign uses they must be including suicides in the total.  Suicide brings a completely different set of issues with it besides just the availability of firearms.

VSSA supports NSSF's Project ChildSafe initiative which encourages gun owners to store their firearms properly when not in use.  It's successful and the record low numbers of unintentional firearm related fatalities is proof.  Brady and Ad Council should leave the messaging of safe storage to people who know guns and gun owners.

Last Chance to Get NRA Life Membership for $600

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:46
This is the final week to take advantage of an amazing deal on NRA Life Membership! VSSA is authorized to offer NRA Life Memberships for only $600; that's $900 off the regular rate! This promotion is valid through Sunday, August 12 and must be paid in full.

All you need to do to get this special rate is click here.

Virginia Action Shooting Program Grows

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:04
By Eliot Jardines

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) has seen significant growth in Virginia this year. SASP was created by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation in 2013 and consists of youth ages 10 – college competing in pistol and rifle. Athletes shoot at five steel targets that are arrayed in four different stages while timed. The program currently boasts approximately 1,200 participants nationally and 50 within the Commonwealth.

The SASP program began in earnest in Virginia in 2015 when the LoCo Motion Foundation established Team LoCo Motion in Purcellville. In 2016, the Winchester Izaak Walton League established the WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets. Each of these teams has grown significantly both in terms of numbers as well as competitive prowess. Both teams received significant support from Friends of the NRA/NRA Foundation. Three new teams are being established, two of are sponsored by the Young Marines and one by the US Naval Sea Cadets.
Members of the Blue Ridge Bullets sponsored by the Winchester Izaak Walton League at SASP Nationals.Team LoCo Motion head coach Eliot Jardines was recently appointed the SASP State Advisor for the Commonwealth. “We are very pleased with the growth of SASP in Virginia. With the help of our steadfast supporters the NRA and the SASP national staff, we were able to pull off the first ever Virginia SASP State Match,” he stated. Held at the NRA Headquarters Range, the state match was contested in the rimfire pistol, rifle-optic and rifle-iron sights divisions. In addition to the two VA teams, an SASP team from Gaston County, North Carolina also participated. In addition to the competition, attendees were given a guided tour of the National Firearms Museum and had a chance to meet newly elected NRA President Oliver North who was on hand to welcome the competitors.
Members of Team LoCo Motion at SASP Nationals.The culmination of the competitive season is the SASP Nationals in Ohio however and there is where Virginia’s teams have made their presence known. This year’s SASP Nationals had a record 1,200 entries, making it simultaneously the world’s largest youth action shooting event and the largest steel match in history. Given this level of competition, the Commonwealth’s teams achievements were quite remarkable.

Newcomers to Nationals this year, the WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets acquitted themselves quite well with their Intermediate (middle school) rimfire squad placing 18th out of 23 squads. The team also fielded two squads in the open rimfire division (squads with both middle and high school students), which placed 21st and 45th out of 68 squads. At the individual level, Amelia Lunceford placed 10th and Carigan Cogle placing 12th in the ladies Intermediate Advanced Division. Graceleigh, Genevieve and Emmaline Blodgett placing 14th, 18th and 19th respectively in the Intermediate Entry Level Division. On the men’s side, Talon Morris took 7th and Maccoy Gilkison took 12th in the Intermediate Entry Level Division.

Team LoCo Motion returned for its third year to SASP Nationals. The Senior (high school) squad took 9th out of 32 squads in rimfire pistol with the Intermediate squad placing 15th out of 23 squads. At the individual level, team captain Adam Jardines placed 16th in the highly competitive men’s Varsity Division, squad leader Corrine Whisenant taking 6th in the women’s Junior Varsity Division and Jack Bright taking 15th in the men’s JV Division. At the intermediate level, squad leader Ethan Jardines took 5th place in the men’s Intermediate Advanced Division while Lauren Creese likewise took 5th in the women’s IA Division. The team also tried their hand at the new pistol caliber carbine (PCC) discipline and took 5th place in the Open Division.

As the teams gear up for the new shooting season which starts in September, the Scholastic Action Shooting Program will be adding three new teams before the end of 2018. SASP is keenly interested in expanding the program outside of Northern Virginia and interested parties are encouraged to contact the State Advisor at admin@locomotionfoundation.org to learn more about establishing a team, available funding and scholarship opportunities.

2018 VSSA Annual Meeting

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 11:18
The VSSA Annual Meeting will be held on September 15, 2018 at the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter, IWLA, 14708 Mt. Olive Rd, Centreville, VA 20121. Activities begin at 12:00 Noon; dinner at 5:30 PM followed by Annual Meeting and after dinner speaker. VSSA election results will be announced and the VSSA raffle drawing will be conducted. The dinner menu is pulled pork barbeque, pulled chicken, beef brisket and delicious side dishes. The cost for dinner is $18.00. After noon activities include:
  • Pistol: Standard and “fun” targets
  • Rifle: Standard and “fun” targets
  • Air Rifle/Air Pistol: Standard and “fun” targets
  • Shotgun: Standard trap targets
  • Archery: Standard and “fun” targets
Guns, targets and ammo will be provided for pistol, rifle, air rifle and air pistol. There will be a small target charge for shotgun shooting and shooters can purchase 12 and 20 gauge shells at the range. Check out the state-of-the-art air rifle/air pistol range and try your hand at this challenging sport.

Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy your favorite activities with fellow VSSA members! Mark your calendar now!

This year's annual raffle prizes are as follows:
1st Prize: Henry Golden Boy Silver 1000 Man Shoot Rifle
2nd Prize: $250 Cabela's Gift Card
3rd Prize: $100 Cash
The Henry Golden Boy Silver 1000 Man Shoot rifle is a limited edition firearm! On November 14, 2016, NRA and Henry Repeating Arms teamed up to set a record and raise funds to continue efforts in protecting the 2nd Amendment. Freedom loving Americans joined together to set a world record by simultaneously firing 1,000 Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy Silver rifles at Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ. Henry Repeating Arms generously donated the custom engraved rifles to the NRA and they in turn paid it forward by donating one rifle to every NRA State Association.

The Henry Golden Boy Silver rifle in .22LR is configured with octagon barrels, American walnut stocks, and fully adjustable Marbles semi-buckhorn sights. This beauty features a mirror-bright nickeled receiver cover, matching barrel band and buttplate, and a gleam that'll get you noticed proudly anywhere you shoot. The Henry Golden Boy Silver for the 1,000 Man Shoot comes custom with a 1,000 Man Shoot commemorative logo (watch the video below for a great shot of the rifle and logo) and Allen case, making it one of a kind. Or one-in-a-thousand.
You can download tickets here if you would like a chance to win this firearm.  Download a dinner reservation form here.  Simply complete the raffle ticket information portion and dinner reservation form and to: Virginia Shooting Sports Association, PO Box 1258, Orange, VA 22960

Loudoun Youth State Shooting Champions

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 11:41
Members of Team LoCo Motion have risen to state-wide prominence having recently won state championships at the Scholastic Action Shooting Program State Match.  Established in 2015, Team LoCo Motion participates in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) where youth, ages 12 – college shoot pistols and rifles at steel targets while timed.  The state match took place at the NRA Headquarters range in Fairfax.  In one of his first official acts, NRA President Oliver North was on hand to welcome the athletes.During the competition, athletes competed as a four-person squad shooting both rimfire pistol and rifle.  The Team LoCo Motion Red Squad took 2nd place in the rimfire pistol division, just missing first place by only 0.62 seconds.  Red Squad members included Nathan Ellis of Leesburg, Adam and Ethan Jardines of Purcellville as well as Corrine Whisenant of Harpers Ferry, WV.   In the rimfire rifle - optics division, the Team LoCo Motion Crimson Squad took 3rdplace.  Squad members included Lauren Creese of Purcellville, Anna and Ben Soltis of Round Hill and Corrine Whisenant.
At the individual level, the team took the lions share of championships:-        Michael Soltis of Round Hill took 1st place in the collegiate rimfire pistol as well as collegiate rifle - iron sights divisions-        Adam Jardines of Purcellville took 1st place in the high school rimfire pistol division-        Ethan Jardines of Purcellville took 1stplace in the middle school rimfire pistol and rifle – iron sights divisions
Team LoCo Motion, has received grant funding from the NRA Foundation and the Town of Purcellville.  As a way of assisting other youth development programs, the team runs pistol qualifications sessions for the VIKING Division Sea Cadets in Purcellville, as well as the Leesburg and Winchester Civil Air Patrol squadrons.  For more information about the team, visit www.locomotionfoundation.org.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:Eliot Jardines – admin@locomotionfoundation.org

Defense Distributed Wins Against Big Three Gun Ban Groups, More Battles Ahead

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 10:48
VSSA covered the story of Defense Distributed in a recent edition of our member newsletter. For those who may not have seen that, earlier this month, the Justice Department decided to settle a lawsuit with Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation related to Defense Distributed hosting and distributing certain computer files that can help devices such as 3D printers, manufacture firearms at home. Wilson believed, among other things, that his First Amendment rights were restricted by being prohibited from spreading the information in those files, which he believed to be protected speech. The government's official announcement that it was lifting its ban on the distribution of the files (the government had the position that distributing the files constituted illegal munitions export) was supposed to happen this past Friday.

Well, as can be expected, the gun ban lobby went apoplectic, and three of them, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, and GiffordsPAC, filed suite in a federal court in Texas.  From Reason.com's coverage of the story:
Panicked, a trio of gun-control interests (Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, and GiffordsPAC) tried to muscle in on the lawsuit at the very last minute and prevent the settlement from going into effect. Friday, after a hearing before Judge Robert Pitman in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, their attempt failed, the settlement went into effect, the lawsuit is over, and the files are being freely distributed.

...The Brady Campaign and their partners, Wilson thinks, were just hoping to stall resolution of the settlement and "kill us with paperwork and keep us in court" for possibly years longer. "The Judge saw through everything, is the long and short of it" Wilson says. The executive branch, Wilson says, "gets to decide on national security prerogatives" and in a sense Wilson says his side was being forced to defend the arguments of his ostensible legal opponents in the federal government, "which is that the courts can't review" the decision to let the files be distributed.This likely isn't the end of Wilson's legal battles as Reason reports the New Jersey AG sent a letter to him threatening a lawsuit and CBS reports that last night Defense Distributed agreed to block Pennsylvania users after an emergency hearing Sunday night in federal court in Philadelphia.

Lee County Facing Backlash from VA DOE and VA AG Over Decision to Allow Armed School Staff

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 13:07
Lee County, located in far southwest Virginia, is facing backlash from state officials, including Governor Northam, the state Department of Education and the Attorney General over the decision to allow school staff to be armed while on the job.  But, the county is so far undeterred in their decision.  Yesterday, Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Brian T. Austin spoke with NRATV's Dana Loesch about the Board's decision and the reaction of state officials.

Over Six Months Out From 2019 Session, Democrats Working on Gun Ban Legislation

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 12:13
WSLS NBC10 has the story here.
Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, held a town-hall style discussion Wednesday on VMI’s post in Lexington. Police chiefs, sheriffs, commonwealth’s attorneys, legal experts and other Democratic lawmakers spoke.

Hurst hopes to present a bill in the Virginia Legislature in the 2019 session that gives police more power to take action in emergency situations. The proposal is called an Extreme Risk Protection Order. It lets officers take someone’s guns for a two-week period if they get a warrant. These are cases where someone is a serious, imminent threat to themselves or others.

It could come into play if someone’s drunk and threatening someone, if someone posts on social media threatening to shoot someone or if there’s reason to believe someone might hurt themselves. The so-called "Red Flag" legislation is what the gun ban lobby believes is the most doable, having already passed in other pro-rights states like Florida.  Of course the devil is in the details and previously there has been a concern over due-process rights before someone loses their Second Amendment Rights.

NRA Carry Guard Expo Coming to Richmond

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:08
The National Rifle Association has announced that the next NRA Carry Guard Expo will take place Sept. 14-16, 2018, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

The NRA Carry Guard Expo is a three-day educational and interactive experience dedicated to individuals interested in increasing their knowledge and skills of personal protection, concealed carry and home defense. This event will equip novices and experts alike with the products, skills, knowledge and mindset necessary to be prepared to respond when a threat arises.

The NRA Carry Guard Expo’s exhibit hall will feature leading firearm and accessory companies showcasing their most advanced guns and gear designed for self-defense and concealed carry. The expo will also conduct a live product demo show in which concealment clothing and gear designed for men and women will be modeled.

Visitors can attend more than 120 seminars and workshops featuring the best personal protection and concealed carry practices taught and demonstrated by leading experts and instructors from across the country, including NRA Carry Guard, the nation’s most comprehensive coverage and training for those who carry a gun.

The NRA Carry Guard Expo is the firearms education event of the year. Seminar topics will include Emergency Preparedness, How to Interact with Law Enforcement while Carrying, Handgun Fit & Function for Women, Perfecting Practice on the Range and at Home, The Concealed Carry Lifestyle, Making Your Own First Aid Kit, Creating a Home Defense Plan and many more.

To learn more about the NRA Carry Guard Expo, visit the event website at www.nracarryguardexpo.com. Check back regularly to view updates on announcements, training opportunities, and seminars scheduled for the event. Learn more about NRA Carry Guard by visiting www.nracarryguard.com.

Ten Years After Heller

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:45
Today is the 10th anniversary of the landmark decision in District of Columbia vs. Heller where the U.S. Supreme court held the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm "unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home."  Frank Miniter, author of "The Future of the Gun" wrote at FoxNews.com:
Now a decade after the Heller decision pro-gun laws have swept through many states. A dozen states now even have “constitutional” or “permitless” carry for handguns. There are over 100 million gun owners in America and more than 16 million people have permits to carry concealed handguns (up from about 1 million in the mid-1980s). A recent United Nations’ Small Arms Survey found that American civilians now have 393 million firearms (46 percent of all of the guns in civilian hands in the world).While lower courts have done their best to pretend the decision never happened, more and more Americans are exercising their right to keep and bear arms.  But as Jacob Sullum wrote at Reason.com last month, the U.S. Supreme Court has been mostly silent since the 2010 case that overturned the Chicago handgun ban (McDonald vs. Chicago).  Sullum's article dived into a Vox article written by Duke law professor Joseph Blocher and Eric Ruben, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, which makes the case that rather than ignoring Heller, the lower courts are simply applying the exceptions drawn by Heller.  Those "exceptions" from the decision is this part:
"Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons. Pp. 54–56."Ruben and Blocher's narrative is also pushed by the gun ban lobby, like the op/ed in today's USA Today, written by Eric Tirschwell, director of litigation and national enforcement policy at Everytown for Gun Safety, and Mark Frassetto, senior counsel, Second Amendment litigation for Everytown.   That piece claims that policy makers and law makers must understand the Second Amendment is what "the courts have actually said it means" rather than what gun rights advocates say.  They claim:

...many obstacles remain as we work to strengthen and enforce our gun laws, Heller and the courts have made clear that the Second Amendment is not one of them.

Until SCOTUS agrees to hear another important case, we will continue to hear such talk.  That makes this year's off year elections very important.  It is possible that President Trump will get one more court appointment before the end of his first term.  Unless we have a pro-rights majority in the U.S. Senate, we won't get a new appointment confirmed.

VSSA High Power Rifle Shooters in Butner, NC June 8-10

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:59
VSSA High Power Rifle shooters competed at Camp Butner, NC, for the 1000 yard regional, 8-10 June.  High Power Chairman Mike Jamison sent along some photos from the weekend.
The picture below is Mike Jamison (in the red hat) shooting his 280 Bolt gun.
The second picture is Alan Lashley watching the shooting and the wind changes from the safety of the tent.  
The third picture is Marc Chicowitz shooting Mike's bolt gun.
The 4th picture is Marc shooting his antique (an M1A).Another good shot for perspective.  That is Mike on the ground shooting 1000 yards.  Mike said "sorry, the targets are too far away to see!"
It was in the 90s all weekend and they were all "well done" by the end of the weekend.  Thanks Mike for sending the photos!

Loudoun Hunting and Shooting Ordinance Beat Back - For Now

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:14
Last night, a large number of people packed the meeting room for the Loudoun Board of Supervisors meeting.  A VSSA member in attendance reported that the Board pushed back the item two hours, then the discussion dragged on for a significant amount of time before the proposal was voted down.  The Loudoun Times reports:
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors turned down a proposal to change the county's weapons and explosives ordinance following an incident in which three homes were inadvertently shot upon in May.

On Thursday, supervisors voted instead to direct county staff to study the safety concerns identified by the board and report back Dec. 4 with solutions.A VADGIF biologist spoke and reinforced what we noted in our legislative alert yesterday regarding the deer population:
District Wildlife Biologist Kevin Rose from the Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries directed the board’s attention to hunting and vehicle safety stating that more than 80 percent of the deer population is harvested with firearms in Loudoun.

The biologist added that the locality has the highest reported number of deer collisions and cause of injuries -- an average of 26 annually in the past five years -- in the commonwealth.

“We rely on firearms deer hunting to control the deer herd,” Rose said. “Any restriction that majorly handcuffs the ability -- for hunters to use firearms to harvest deer -- is going to negatively affect our ability to manage deer.”While this situation was caused by one or more people apparently discharging a firearm in an unsafe manner, it provided the opportunity for gun ban members of the General Assembly to attempt to do at the local level what they currently can't do at the state level.  From the Times report:
In May, Democrats from Loudoun’s state delegation called for the county to outlaw the discharging of firearms.

“It is our opinion that the local zoning code better provides a mechanism to proactively reduce the likelihood of injuries or damages from stray gunfire occurring in the first place,” the letter states.The VSSA member in attendance noted that gun owners had won a complete victory until a couple of squishy Republican members of the board threw a lifeline to the gun ban Democrats on the board, and offered up the study of safety concerns.  So, we won the first round, but may have to fight this again in a watered down form.

A special thanks to VSSA member Chris M. for attending and providing a report of the meeting and to Delegate Dave LaRock and State Senator Dick Black who were also in attendance and spoke in support of defeating the new ordinance.

Loudoun County Proposing to Ban Hunting and Shooting

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 08:11
Tonight (Thursday, June 21), the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BoS) will consider a proposal from Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg) to amend the Loudoun County ordinance dealing with the discharge of firearms.  If this ordinance passes, it will effect both hunting and shooting in the county and have serious consequences.

Supervisor Umstattd is overreacting to a rare incident in Loudoun where a firearm was discharged carelessly and resulted in minor property damage.

Discharging a firearm is always a serious matter but if the Board reacts hastily to an isolated incident, that would be a serious mistake.  Unfortunately that may be what is about to happen in Loudoun County.

The proposal would ban shooting if there is another occupied structure within a half-mile of where you are shooting. That would pretty much ban shooting in the entire county!

You can click here to view Umstattd's proposed ordinance.

You can click here to view a review of current ordinances, laws, and the single incident

Loudoun was once the locality with the Commonwealth's best deer hunting.  Increased development has put a large portion of the county off limits to hunting with firearms, resulting in a large over-population of deer.  Imagine what banning the use of firearms in the entire county for harvesting deer will do to exacerbate that problem.  Just a couple of the effects of deer overpopulation are property loss due to auto collisions, which also sometimes result in the loss of human life.  Lyme disease is also a by-product of deer overpopulation, and that is already at epidemic levels in Loudoun.  Such a policy change could cause Lyme cases to increase further.

In addition to the proposed ordinance, the Board may also consider other changes.

If you live in Loudoun County, it is strongly suggested you attend this meeting. The meeting starts at 5 pm at:

Loudoun County Government Center
Board Room, First Floor
1 Harrison Street, S.E.
Leesburg, VA 20177

Also, please email BOS@Loudoun.gov  to make your opposition known to all supervisors, even if you cannot attend tonight's meeting.

N.J Gun Range Owner Has Message Virginia Gun Owners Should Heed

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:19
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed six draconian gun control bills into law. Within minutes, the NRA and the Association of New Jersey Rifles and Pistol Clubs, VSSA's sister organization, filed a lawsuit against the ban on ownership of magazines holding more than ten rounds. Yesterday, while appearing on NRATV's Cam and Company, Anthony Colandro, owner of Gun For Hire Range in Woodland Park and host of Gun for Hire Radio, told host Cam Edwards that what happens in New Jersey will spread to the rest of the country.  He's right.  Look at the bills that were introduced in the 2018 session of the General Assembly.  It's isn't hyperbole or fundraising type of rhetoric.  It is a real threat.  And if we don't maintain our pro-rights majority in both houses of the General Assembly in the 2019 elections, it will happen here overnight with Governor Northam in office.  Watch the clip below and heed what Colandro says.  Then get involved.  Join VSSA if you are reading this and are not a member, or renew your membership.  If we sit back and are complacent, the rights we have enjoyed as residents of Virginia will be gone overnight.

Vote Nick Freitas On June 12

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 14:53
Tomorrow is the June primary to determine nominees for the GOP U.S. Senate candidate and several congressional races.  VSSA urges all Virginia gun owners to vote for Delegate Nick Freitas for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination.  Delegate Freitas, is a former Green Beret and he currently serves in the Virginia House of  Delegates. You may recall that VSSA shared his impassioned floor speech defending 2nd Amendment Rights in our weekly eBullet member newsletter. In that speech, viewed almost 11 million times on his Facebook page, Freitas challenged common myths regarding crime involving firearms and gun control before questioning why gun rights advocates have been treated unfairly in their representation by the media and his peers.
Frietas is endorsed by the NRA-PVF and by VSSA.   Please make sure you go out and vote tomorrow, and vote for Nick Freitas.  For more on Delegate Freitas' campaign, take a look at his interview on a May edition of NRATV Cam and Company.

A View From Our High Power Shooters

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:51
May was a busy month for VSSA's rifle shooters.  Included in the photos High Power Chairman Mike Jamison sent are a couple that give you an idea of what long range shooting looks like.  The first photo It is looking up at the 300 yard firing line from the target pit.

  This one is Mike working the target.
Mike Jamison and Phil Lowry entered the CMP Eastern Games at Camp Butner, NC as the VSSA Sniper Team, shooting Springfield 03A4 bolt action Period sniper rifles.  They were able to placed on a squad with friends from Virginia/NC who were also shooting.  Joining Mike and Phil was Alan Lashley, long-time VSSA coach and recently retired from the Virginia Guard, now living and fishing in Wilmington, NC, and Mark Chicowitz, another Virginian.
Phil Lowry is on the ground shooting, Mike Jamison is laying next to him , coaching him and reading the wind.  Alan Lashley ( former VSSA coach) is scoring. Marc Chikowitz is watching on the scope, (another Virginia shooter)

The VSSA Sniper team (Roanoke Branch) was in action May 19th and 20th at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  The rain let up Sunday just in time for a beautiful day at the range.  Mike Jamison and Don Hanley shot together.  Scores at 300 yards were competitive, but 600 yards is still giving them some trouble. 

U.S. Supreme Court Continues to Undermine Heller Decision

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:25
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court failed to take a case brought by the Calguns Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation challenging a decision by Alameda, a California county that includes Oakland and other east bay cities, to enact a zoning law so onerous it effectively bans gun stores.   By failing to hear the case, the court essentially tells Californians that they have no right to buy guns.  Reason.com has more:
At least Monday's decision serves one useful purpose: It exposes the federal judiciary's willingness to elevate some constitutional rights over others.

If a city enacted zoning laws that effectively outlawed abortion clinics, and a federal appeals court had permitted it, the Supreme Court would have stepped in a heartbeat later. Under precedents going back to Maher v. Roe (1977), any law representing "direct state interference" with abortion is evaluated using strict scrutiny, the most exacting standard of legal review. Few such laws survive. (The 9th Circuit did not apply strict scrutiny to Alameda's law.)

In today's California, even adult movie theaters enjoy greater legal protections than gun stores. In a 1986 decision, the Supreme Court said the First Amendment allows municipalities to restrict such theaters (apparently they were a thing before the Internet) only if zoning laws provide a "reasonable opportunity to open and operate an adult theater within the city."The U.S. Supreme court has not taken any meaningful Second Amendment cases since McDonald.  There currently are not four justices that are willing to vote in favor of hearing cases on the issue.  This is possibly because one or more of the remaining four that voted in the majority in Heller and McDonald are unsure whether they have five votes to find in favor of overruling a gun control law that comes before them.  No one really knows, but what we do know is Justices Thomas, Gorsuch and Alito have expressed frustration that this fundamental right becomes more and more marginalized with each case that is turned down.

The perils of this reverberate across the nation.  As cases like Maryland's so-called "assault weapons" ban, New Jersey's and Maryland's may-issue concealed carry law, and California's numerous onerous gun control laws continue to survive because SCOTUS will not hear them, the gun ban lobby will use such laws to craft legislation in other states.  Virginia is ever so close to turning anti-gun.  All it will take is to flip one seat in each house of the General Assembly for us to turn into California or New Jersey over night.