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Virginia Beach City Council Approves Amended Anti-gun Proposal With Legislative Package

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:13
Pilot Online reported yesterday that the Virginia Beach City Council approved an amended anti-gun proposal Tuesday night to be included with their legislative requests for the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly.   The chief of police, who requested that the council make the request, said this isn't about gun control but a way to make it easier to reunite the owner with his or her lost or stolen firearm:
The agenda item - one of 26 recommendations by the council - came at the behest of police Chief Jim Cervera, faced with the exact problem Frost described. Cervera said the proposal is an administrative change to make it easier to reunite gun owners with their property, not a gun control initiative.One has to ask, if this is simply a way to reunite the owner with their stolen property, why was the first request to make not reporting a Class 1 Misdemeanor carrying up to a year in jail, and now an undetermined civil penalty?  I had the opportunity to discuss the issue yesterday with Cam Edwards of NRANews's Cam and Company.
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This Hill Article Says it All

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:49
Virginia's U.S. Senate race is considered a long shot to send Mark Warner back to the private sector.  But the real prize in 2014 has always been seeing the GOP sending Obama's gun ban supporting Harry Reid packing his majority leader office to the minority.  While many pundits point to signs that the prize is within reach, this article in The Hill should energize gun owners and other voters wanting to turn back many of Obama's unpopular polices to work that much harder until the votes are cast.  The article specifically talks about the Colorado U.S. Senate race but could be about any of the races that the GOP are close to winning.  It's never over until it's over and a good number of election laws that allow voting by mail and to register right up to election day give our opponents the opportunity turn out their voters.
Every registered voter received a ballot in the mail last week, giving both Republicans and Democrats the opportunity to follow turnout in real time and pester holdouts. Coloradans can also register to vote through Election Day, allowing for the possibility that both parties could increase turnout.

Democrats boast that their ground game is better than ever.So, whether you live in Virginia where the challenger has a hard road ahead in the final two weeks, or Colorado, North Carolina, South Dakota or Kansas, now is the time to get out and do everything you can to see your candidate win, and see Harry Reid lose his job as Obama's top Lieutenant in the U.S. Senate.  You can find an NRA Campaign Field Rep or Election Volunteer Coordinator in your area and volunteer to help by clicking here.
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VSSA Annual Meeting Raffle Winners

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:10
The VSSA Annual Meeting was held Saturday, October 18, at the Arlington/Fairfax IWLA.  There was a lot of shooting going on throughout the day and we had some winners who received plaques for showing their skills.  The winners were:

Archery: JR Wingfield
Shotgun: Joe Turner
Air Rifle: John Duran
Pistol: JR Wingfield
Rifle: JR Wingfield
Top Gun: JR Wingfield

The drawing for the Annual Raffle was also held and the winners were:

1st Place: Winner of the Sig P938 pistol: Wes Newbrough 
2nd Place: Winner of the Henry Golden: Joe Turner
3rd Place: Winner of the $100.00 Bass Pro Gift Card: LW Cowley

Congratulations to all the winners!
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Virginia Beach City Council Amends Anti-gun Request for General Assembly

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:36
In September, VSSA noted that the Virginia Beach City Council planned to request the General Assembly pass a law that would allow them to charge any gun owner who had their firearm stolen with a class one misdemeanor if they did not report it to police within a certain amount of time.  WTKR reported yesterday that the Council and chief of police heard 100% negative feedback on the proposal, causing the council to amend their request.

Council still wants to charge gun owners a civil penalty which still makes them a victim twice. Gun owners in Virginia Beach need to turn out in force at the council meeting to voice opposition to the amended proposal as well. It will do nothing to prevent crime but will be an attack on lawful gun owners.
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NRANews Finds What Media Can't About the Negative Impact I-594 Will Have on Washington Gun Owners

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:17
Opponents of Washington state's Initiative 594 (I-594) have been pointing out that the simplest of transfers among gun owners would be impacted by the 18 page law if it is approved by voters.  Most recently San Juan Island Sheriff Sgt. Scott Brennan wrote about how residents on the island off Washington's coast would be negatively impacted if the initiative passes:
This means if you want to sell your long time neighbor John that shotgun he has always admired, you, John and the shotgun have catch the ferry to the mainland and drive to a licensed gun dealer in Anacortes or Mt. Vernon.

You have to register the gun. John has to fill out background check papers. You have to pay a ‘reasonable fee’ (whatever the gun dealer wants) You then both go home and wait.

Then 10 days later, you, John and the shotgun again catch the ferry back to the mainland and go back to the dealer, where John finally pays you and you get to hand him the shotgun. That’s SALES.

Now, we get into TRANSFERS. Sooo, the deputies want to surprise a retiring officer with a gun as a gift. The gun owner, the gun and the retiring officer again have to catch the ferry and go the mainland gun dealer. We have to register the gun and the ‘surprised officer’ has to do the background check paperwork. We again pay the ‘reasonable fee’.

Then we all get to go home again and wait ten days. Then we again catch the ferry to the mainland, go back to the gun store and finally ‘surprise’ our coworker with his gift (TRANSFER).

Here is one better. I want to loan my friend Gary my break down shotgun for his motorcycle trip to Alaska. We, once again, have to go to the mainland, drive to Anacortes or Mt. Vernon, register the gun, Gary does the background check and we pay the ‘reasonable fee’.

Ten days later we’re back and I get to ‘loan’ him the gun in front of the dealer. Gary has a great trip and comes back three weeks later. After he comes back, we all have to go back to the mainland, go back to the dealer and now I have to fill out the paperwork and pay the fee to be approved to get my own gun back.What has been the response of proponents to folks that point out these facts? They simply deny it and move on and the media in Washington have been happy to leave it at that.  So, it has been left to the new media, in this case, Cam Edwards of NRANews, to go to the 18 page document and confirm what Sgt. Brennan and others have been saying.
These arguments appear to be gaining traction as polls have shown support for the initiative has begun to drop even though supporters have spent millions and still have millions more to spend in the closing weeks.  And, gun ban proponent Gabby Giffords will be closing out her "Protect All Women" tour in Washington just before the election.  Pro-rights forces have their work cut out for them.
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Why I-594 is Important to Virginia

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 18:32
This November, an important ballot initiative is before the voters of Washington state.  It is known as I-594 and if it passes, it will make the simple act of handing your firearm to a friend at the range, or an instructor handing a firearm to a trainee, a criminal offense.  I-594 is being sold by billionaires like Mike Bloomberg and Bill Gates, both of whom have contributed the bulk of the $7million raised by supporters of the initiative, as "universal background checks".  But this proposal spanning 18 pages is much more.
You might ask why Virginians should care about I-594.  Virginia doesn't allow ballot initiatives and one half of the Virginia General Assembly is firmly in pro-rights hands and would never pass such a law.  But for how long will that be the case?  Last week's federal court decision throwing out Virginia's Congressional redistricting could have ripple effects on state legislative districts in the not too distant future.  There are voices in Virginia who want a "non-partisan" commission to undertake the task of redistricting every 10 years.

It is not lost on the pro-rights community that I-594 could just be the start of the trouble.  Washington is being used as a test to see if the model can be used in other states that allow the initiative process.  The forces aligned pushing the bill have far more money than the pro-rights side, not withstanding the claim by the anti-rights folks that the NRA has gobs of money and uses it to beat back "commonsense gun safety proposals."  There has been a small family feud in the pro-rights community, with some in Washington fighting I-594 complaining that the NRA is not spending enough to fight the initiative.  But the NRA's strength has not been its money, it has been an active grassroots, and the NRA has had staff in the state working with those grassroots supporters for months.

As the information is getting out, support for the initative, which stood at over 70% in the spring, is beginning to slip, though a majority of those polled still support it.  Now the NRA is up with a new add that points out that law enforcement are opposed to the measure.
As Sebastian wrote earlier today, let's hope that the ad hits the "low-information" voter and continues to chip away at the support in the final 21 days of the election.  Because if this scheme passes, look for it to come to a state near you.
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Virginia International Raceway Ranges a Popular Destination

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:31
Roanoke's WDBJ 7 reports that the recently opened ranges at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) have become a popular destination:
"We're seeing an increase in our corporate groups and events, social folks coming out to do something different, so they may never go out on the track, they may not come to spectate," said Sandy Currie, the VIR Resort Operations Director.VIR, located close to the North Carolina border in Alton, Virginia, between South Boston and Danville, was recently chosen as one of Car and Driver Magazine’s top six road courses in the nation.  The ranges offer folks who may not be race fans another reason to visit the facility.   Most of the ranges are 50 to 100 yards but also includes one  1,000 yard range.  There is also a 360 degree range.

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CPRC Corrects Bloomberg Errors

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 17:34
Earlier this week, Dr. John Lott had this piece on FoxNews.com talking about Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun propaganda and the errors that are inherent in the reports his various groups put into the pubic domain.
Every single report released by Bloomberg’s groups has contained major errors.  A new report by the Crime Prevention Research Center has corrected Everytown’s July study on “mass shootings”: again, it is no different – lots of errors, but worldwide publicity touting the erroneous claims.These errors include things like where an attack occurred, padding numbers to included killings by gang members and including stabbing deaths in their numbers - errors that Dr. Lott told NRANews.com's Cam Edwards  yesterday that even his 12 year-old daughter could fact check.
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Virginia AG Says Exploding Targets Not Illegal

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:37
NBC12 reports that Attorney General Mark Herring has issued an opinion that exploding (Tannerite) targets are not illegal.  The Chesterfield County Commonwealth's Attorney had written a letter to Herring asking whether possession and use of such targets for recreation were illegal after some county residents complained about the use of exploding targets by a group known as Virginia Gun Trader.  Since the AG did not offer an opinion about whether exploding targets "might comprise a misdemeanor violation of other statues or ordinances, such as disturbing the peace or any applicable zoning or noise ordinances" it is possible that those who originally made the complaints will seek an ordinance from the county to do just that:
"According to what we see in our nation, and the world today, the noise, the booms, the guns, it is a problem," said Chesterfield resident Juanita Hudgins.
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VSSA will continue to watch this issue and let you know if further action is needed.
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This May Explain Warner's Move to Negative Ads

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:03
If you watch TV, you've probably seen an uptick in political ads for the Virginia U.S. Senate race and you have noticed that Warner has gone decidedly negative.  There is a good reason for this shift.  Bearing Drift has done an in-depth look at the just released CNU polls that shows a 12-point lead for Warner, but also shows that he has a ceiling of support:
But there may be a signal in there somewhere: Warner’s vote has a ceiling. In early September, CNU showed Warner at 53 percent. Roanoke College had Warner at 46 percent in late September. The next day, Quinnipiac has Warner at 48 percent (and at 50 in a head-to-head with Gillespie). Now CNU shows Warner at 51.

Warner was supposed to cruise to victory in November.  And, while he still has a lead of between 9 and twelve points depending on which poll you choose, the final total will likely be much closer.  As Bearing Drift pointed out in the above linked post, a lot of things have to go Gillespie's way for him to pull off an upset.  But, the fact that Warner has had to pull out things like "Enron Lobbyist" and other misleading statements in his ads says that Warner knows he is in a fight.

Warner must have thought voting with Obama 97% of the time, for Obamacare after saying he would not support any proposal that made people give up their current insurance, and vote to criminalize private firearm sales and transfers among life-long friends and family members would not come back to bite him.  While he has maintained a lead, he is having to work harder to keep his seat.

Finally, Warner worked hard to get the gun and sportsman vote in his 2001 race for Governor.  He similarly worked for that vote in his first U.S. Senate race.  Neither issue is mentioned on his current campaign web site.  The Mark Warner of 2014 is not the Warner of 2001.  How self identified conservatives can vote for this guy, as the CNU poll indicates, is a mystery.
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PolitiFact Mostly Confirms NRA Claims About Veterans' Gun Rights Against Mark Warner

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:21
NRA mailings and flyers targeting Virginia incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Warner charge that Warner "has supported restrictions on veterans’ second amendment rights."
PolitiFact took a look at the claim and determined:
As proof, it cites the senator’s 2013 vote against an amendment that would have ended a VA policy of submitting the names of veterans it deems mentally unstable to the FBI for inclusion on a national list of people barred from buying guns. People who didn’t serve in the military, by contrast, can only be declared mentally unfit to buy a gun by a judge. So there’s a basis for the NRA’s claim: Warner voted against abolishing a restriction on buying guns that only affects veterans. PolitiFact notes that Warner did support an amendment that would open an appeals process but that means veterans would still have their rights taken away and only get them restored after appealing while non-veterans have a judicial process BEFORE having their rights taken away.

PolitiFact's final assessment?
The NRA’s statement is accurate but needs additional information. We rate it Mostly True.No one should have their rights taken away by a faceless bureaucrat and without due process.  Vote Freedom First: Vote Ed Gillespie.  Ed needs your help now! Click here to volunteer.
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Guns, Crime, and Bloomberg's Lies

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:53
Last week, Dr. John Lott and Fox News' John Stossel discussed the myth that crime committed with a firearm is increasing and other lies that Bloomberg and his affiliated groups spread.
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NRA News Talks With Subject of New NRA Ad Targeting Bloomberg

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:39
Yesterday this post talked about the new $2 million dollar ad buy by the NRA featuring a survivor of a violent crime while she was in college.  The subject of that ad, Kimberly Weeks, spoke with Cam Edwards on Wednesday's edition of Cam and Company on NRANews where she shared why she came forward to tell her story, why she conceal carries, and why Bloomberg should keep his hands off of her, and by extension, our rights.

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NRA Launches Next Barrage Against Bloomberg

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:25
The Hill reports this morning that the NRA has launched a $2 Million ad buy featuring a survivor of a violent criminal attack telling Bloomberg "you do not have the right to tell me how to defend myself."
This add is in addition to the one released in August that had a heavy emphasis on Colorado complete with the disparaging comments Bloomberg made about one of the higher populated areas of the state.  NRA has taken very seriously Bloomberg's promise to spend $50 million to attack our rights.  The latest ad puts a personal face on Bloomberg's proposed policies.
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VSSA Highpower Junior Shooters Featured in CMP First Shots E-Magazine

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:24
The recent CMP First Shot Online Magazine had this article on how the VSSA Junior Highpower Team made the transition from Air Rifle to Highpower Rifle:
Maj. Mike Darnell is the junior highpower program director for the Virginia Shooting Sports Association (VSSA). He began as the air rifle coach for the Brooke Point High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) in Stafford, VA, before a trip to the United States Marine Corps base in Quantico, VA, with four of his shooters for a community service project opened an entirely new marksmanship perspective.

VSSA is very blessed to have some dedicated coaches and program directors working with our junior shooters.  Besides Mike, Highpower Rifle Committee Chairman Mike Jamison and Coach Bill McKaig have worked very hard to make this one of the most active shooter programs in VSSA.
Left to right: Back row: Andrew Ross, Sam Cavender, Anthony Kissik, Nathan Dvornick, Theron Hawkins Front Row: Matthew Ross, Dawson KissikCMP noted that last year, VSSA brought a group of eight shooters to Camp Perry. This year, with the growing attention the team has received from other young shooters, the Camp Perry bunch almost doubled – growing to 14 shooters.
Maj. Mike Darnell began as the air rifle coach for Brooke Point High School before a few of his juniors became interested in highpower. The 2014 National Matches at Camp Perry was Darnell’s second trip as coach of the VSSA team.It's a great article.  Congratulations to the shooters and coaches for catching the eye of CMP.
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NPR Touts Taxpayer Funded Research as Way to "Counter Gun Violence"

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:53
For almost 20 years, the gun ban lobby has complained that the NRA has shut down funding for so-called "gun violence research" that would supposedly give us the data we need to reduce crime committed with a firearm.  NPR reports this morning that taxpayer money has started flowing again to such activity:
...But to start with, the CDC has begun offering more than $7 million in grants to states to expand the agency's National Violent Death Reporting System. The hope is that will also capture more data on firearm fatalities.While the taxpayers may not have been funding research, that doesn't mean there hasn't been any research.  Dr. John Lott released a study on the subject in February of 2014 and noted:
There is no evidence that gun control research fell when restrictions were put on federally funded research. Indeed, whether one looks at the number of total articles or total pages, firearms research has been as high or higher than when the restrictions were enacted. In 2013, well before federal funding could have any impact on publications, there was an explosion in firearms research in medical journals.Unfortunately, when the taxpayers fund research, the money goes to support data that leads to gun ban proposals.
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Good Riddance

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:28
The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Attorney General Eric Holder has announced his is resigning after six years in office.  He won't be gone soon enough.
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Is It Okay to Hunt While Pregnant

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:03
As more women have joined the ranks of gun owners and hunters, this may be a question that comes up.  Last year, captain of Smith & Wesson’s shooting team, Julie Golob, wrote about shooting while pregnant and some of the things to consider.  Golob gave birth to her second child last year.  After advising her readers to always consult their doctor and partner, she goes over things like lead exposure and things associated with shooting that may be of concern pregnant women.

Along a similar thought, conservative commentator S.E. Cupp recently wrote at CNN about hunting while pregnant.   Last week, Cupp talked about the piece with Cam Edwards of NRANews on the Sportsman Channel.  Basically she said to trust your instincts.

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Michael Bane on Pocket Carry

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:39
In the video below, Michael Bane of Best Defense TV discusses things to consider regarding holster selection when you carry your self defense gun in your pants pocket.  Some of the things he discusses includes the shape of the holster to fit the style of pants or the pocket in which you carry, draw out of the holster, and reinserting the gun into the holster after it has been pulled.
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The Changing Face of the Shooting Sports

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:24
This graphic from NSSF's Blog puts the lie to the gun ban lobby's claim that all of those gun sales over the last three to four years were current gun owners adding to their own stocks.
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