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What the New Sunday Hunting Law Means to You

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:19
Bill Cochran at the Roanoke Times notes what the new Sunday Hunting Law means for hunters: ...Firearm’s deer season will be lengthened by as many as nine days in some areas; bear season by as many as 13; fall turkey by as many as six; spring gobbler season by five; doves, 10; rabbits, 17; squirrels, 27. Cochran also notes that there will be 12 additional days for hunting quail, if you are lucky enough to live where the species has not completely disappeared. He also writes that the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is waiting on the AG's office to give an official opinion on what the term "landowner" means and once they get the clarification (one would think that is not all that hard but we are talking about lawyers) the agency will begin a public education campaign.

It should be noted, that if you go after nuisance species like groundhogs or predator species like coyotes, which have a year-round open season, you get to start taking advantage of Sunday Hunting now on private property.
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Bloomberg to Survey Congressional and Senate Candidates on Gun Control

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 10:04
The Washington Post and other news outlets are reporting that Bloomberg plans to put all candidates for Congress and the U.S. Senate on record regarding their position on restricting our firearm freedoms.
The survey intends to make candidates state their positions on the record for the first time. Everytown plans to use their answers — as well as an analysis of any past legislative votes and public statements — to rally voters for or against them in key Senate and House races this fall, similar to how the NRA uses its ratings system to motivate pro-gun-rights voters. It's basically a ten question survey that asks questions like:
  • Under federal law, anyone who buys a gun from a federally licensed dealer must pass a criminal background check, but the same person can end-run this requirement by buying a gun from an unlicensed seller, including from a stranger that the buyer met online or at a gun show. This loophole enables felons, domestic abusers, and other prohibited purchasers to buy guns with no questions asked. In the states that require background checks on all handgun sales, there are 38% fewer women shot to death by their intimate partners and 39% fewer law enforcement officers killed with handguns. Do you support requiring background checks for all gun sales (with reasonable exceptions such as for transfers between close family members and temporary transfers for hunting and self-defense)?
Interesting how they word that first question about so-called "universal background checks" because the only "exceptions" that the Manchin/Schumer/Toomey background check amendment made was fore "close" family members. There were no exceptions for "hunting and self-defense."

Here's another interesting question:
  • People listed on the federal government’s terror watch lists are prohibited from boarding airplanes—but current federal law does not bar them from buying guns or explosives. Indeed, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, people on terror watch lists bought firearms or explosives from licensed dealers 1,321 times between 2004 and 2010. 4 Do you support legislation—drafted by the George W. Bush administration—that would close this "terror gap" by giving the FBI the discretion to block these people from buying guns?
Note that reference to President Bush as if that makes the proposal okay. Here is what is wrong with that proposal:

It will be interesting to see how Virginia Senator Mark Warner will respond to this survey as Bloomberg promises to make it public.
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The Lesson - You Don't Need to Make a Point of Open Carry Carry in a State Where It's Legal

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:47
The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that two guys from Chesterfield tried to organize a show of support for open carry but they were the only two that showed up.
More than 300 people were invited on Facebook to walk down Cary Street on July Fourth with handguns, rifles and other so-called “long guns” proudly displayed.

Two showed up — and they were the organizers of the midday event in the family-oriented Carytown shopping district.As the RTD noted, it is perfectly legal to carry firearms openly in Virginia.  So as one of the people who commented back on the Facebook page of the organizer, exactly what were they protesting?

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The Americans Who Risked Everything

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 08:35
As we celebrate our Independence today, let us remember that freedom is not free, and that those 56  brave signers of the Declaration of Independence understood this and pledged their "Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor" so that future generations might live in freedom.

Rush Limbaugh's father delivered an often requested speech about those brave men.  A portion is reposted below but click the above link to read it in its entirety:
Lives, Fortunes, Honor
Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact. And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark.

He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to that infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York Harbor known as the hell ship Jersey, where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons' lives if he would recant and come out for the King and Parliament. The utter despair in this man's heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: "No."

The 56 signers of the Declaration Of Independence proved by their every deed that they made no idle boast when they composed the most magnificent curtain line in history. "And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."Happy Independence Day from the Virginia Shooting Sports Association!
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Governor Chris Christie Vetos Gun/Magazine Ban

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 17:48
I guess it's official, Christie plans to run for President.

ANJRPC has the story here:
"After months of intense battle over this misguided legislation that won't stop another crime or prevent another tragedy, we are grateful that Governor Christie has heard the voice of the outdoor community and ended the discussion,” said ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach. "The Governor clearly recognizes the difference between legislation that punishes violent criminals vs. legislation that targets the rights of law-abiding citizens.”Congratulations to New Jersey gun owners.
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Sunday Hunting is Now the Law

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 17:42
I had the opportunity yesterday to speak with Cam Edwards of NRANews about one of the new laws that took affect on July 1, as well as talk a little about the mess that anti-gun Delegate Joseph D. Morrissey has found himself.

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Proposed Changes to the CMP Pistol Program

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:25
From today's CMP Shooters News:
The CMP Pistol Program promotes and governs U. S. bulls-eye target pistol shooting with "service pistols." This program includes the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badges, National Trophy Pistol Matches, Pistol EIC Matches, the Pistol Small Arms Firing School and CMP Games Pistol Matches. This program is revered for its time-honored traditions and it enjoys the esteem of countless pistol shooters. Nevertheless, two critical concerns have caused the CMP to consider changes in this program. First, overall program participation has declined over a period of many years. Second, many shooters and match sponsors are calling for changes to increase participation and offer more competition opportunities. In response to these concerns, the CMP Rules Committee convened a "blue ribbon" panel of pistol experts to evaluate the CMP Pistol Program and recommend possible changes. The CMP Pistol Program Review Panel includes experts who represent all aspects of competitive pistol shooting, including experienced competitors, match officials and advanced pistol armorers. The Panel has produced a comprehensive document titled CMP Pistol Program Changes that is now posted on the CMP website. This document describes the changes to the CMP Pistol Program that are being considered. The CMP invites pistol shooters, match officials and other concerned persons to study this document and forward their comments to competitions@thecmp.org. Comments should be received not later than 7 July 2014.
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Is Operation Choke Point Behind Google's "Increased" Restrictions on Firearms and Accessories?

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:13
Over the weekend Breitbart reported that Google was about to put forward increased restrictions on firearms, ammunition and firearm accessory ads.  Tom Gresham also mentioned it on his Gun Talk Radio program.  But as Sebastian and Bob Owens noted, these "increased" restrictions are not really much different than what they are already doing.  On Sunday night's broadcast of Armed American Radio, Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation wondered if Google's announcement of a policy change that isn't really a policy change is driven by Operation Choke Point.

For those not familiar with Operation Choke point, it is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice to put a whole host of industries, including firearms and ammunition manufacturers and retailers, on a "high-risk" list and urged banks to pay close attention to those industries.

So,  as Gottlieb asked, is Google making a big deal about it's policy change which isn't really a change in policy to make a point that it should not be targeted by Holder's DOJ goons?
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Anti-gun Delegate Indicted on Possession of Child Pornography

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:12
The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting that anti-gun Delegate Joe Morrissey (D- Richmond) has been indicted on five counts, including indecent liberties with a minor and possession of pornography involving a minor.
You may recall that two years ago Morrissey resorted to theatrics on the floor of the House of Delegates when he waved around an AK-47 to urge support for his bill banning so-called "assault weapons" that was to be heard in committee that evening.

Just one more gun banner having a run-in with the law.
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Target Asks Gun Ban Activists to Leave Store

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:44
Dana Loesch has the story here via Fox29 San Antonio.

Apparently, activists affiliated with Bloomberg's Moms Demand Action were hoping to collect signatures yesterday at a San Antonio Target as part of their effort to get the chain to ban people from openly carrying firearms.  However, the store manager asked the assembled "moms" to leave the store.
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Sig Sauer Reflexive Shooting Coming to Colonial Shooting Academy

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:25

Taught exclusively at the SIG SAUER Academy by instructors personally trained by legendary FBI Agent Bob Taubert, this course is coming to Richmond and emphasizes decades of law enforcement experience in real world, close combat situations. Through repetition, students will master instinctive shooting using natural point-of-aim and target-focused techniques without the use of sights. By building muscle memory, students will achieve both speed and precision while maintaining situational awareness.

This is an intermediate level class.  The student needs to know and be able to demonstrate safe gun handling, weapon system familiarity, foundational marksmanship skills, and working from a holster.
Get course information here.  To register for the class, click the "Schedule" tab at the bottom of the page
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John Frazer Law on Fairfax County CHP Denials

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:27
Attorney John Frazer, formerly Director of Research at the National Rifle Association, shared this information on Fairfax County related to denial of concealed handgun permit (CHP) application denials:
Fairfax County gun owners should be aware that the Circuit Court clerk’s office may treat concealed carry permit applications as incomplete, and forward them to a judge for review, based on disclosure of pending criminal charges.

While some pending charges—such as any felony, or assault, battery, unlawful discharge or brandishing of a firearm, or stalking—can be the basis for denial of a permit, most misdemeanors are not.Fairfax is one of the handful of localities in Virginia that has a history of making it as difficult as possible for residents to get a CHP.  Henrico County in the Richmond area is another.

Frazer notes that anyone whose application is denied in situations such as the above can either wait until their pending charge is resolved, or challenge the denial in an ore tenus (“word of mouth”) hearing in circuit court.

If you have a Second Amendment/Firearms related issue for which you need legal counsel, John Frazer has over 20 years of experience in firearms law and policy.  He can assist clients in firearm-related litigation, as well as to provide compliance advice for firearms and ammunition manufacturers, importers, dealers, ranges, clubs, and instructors.  Frazer's other general practice areas include explosives law, civil rights restoration, criminal defense, asset forfeiture and civil litigation.  You can contact John Frazer Law PLLC at:

3925 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 403
Fairfax, VA 22030Phone: (703) 352-7276
Fax: (703) 359-0938
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The NRA Mom is Determined

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:40
The July Issue of NRA's America's First Freedom features this article written by world champion shooter and Team Smith and Wesson captain Julie Golob.  Golob is a veteran, author, shooter, and mom of two. She writes about Bloomberg's efforts to use " emotional manipulation" to create gun phobia and avoidance.   Golob then lays out some important facts:
The number of privately owned guns in the U.S. is at an all-time high, upwards of 300 million, and is rising by about 10 million per year.  Meanwhile, the firearm accident death rate has fallen to an all-time low, 0.2 per 100,000 population, down 94 percent since the all-time high in 1904. Since 1930, the annual number of firearm accident deaths has decreased 81 percent, while the U.S. population has more than doubled and the number of firearms has quintupled.  Among children, such deaths have decreased 89 percent since 1975. Today, the odds are a million to one against a child in the U.S. dying in a firearm accident. Golob is the type of personality we want as an advocate for our rights and the NRA is smart to promote and feature her in it's publications and outreach material.  Her face was featured on a huge banner at this year's Annual Meeting.  Soft spoken and professional, she quietly makes her case for why women (and all Americans) should have the right to keep and bear arms, and why those so-called "commonsense" solutions are not so commonsense after all. Golob completes the piece with this:The NRA Mom is determined. She understands the all-important role she serves in her children’s lives. She teaches her children firearm safety at all ages. She instills a sense of self-worth and encourages her young ones to reach their full potential.Most of all, the NRA Mom stands up for freedom—and the Second Amendment rights that guarantee all of our other freedoms. It's a great article.

You can find more about Julie Golob at www.juliegolob.com.
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Project ChildSafe launches S.A.F.E. Summer Across America Campaign

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 19:12
VSSA is proud to partner with  Project ChildSafe and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to promote the “S.A.F.E. Summer Across America” campaign. The campaign will focus attention on the importance of safe firearm storage—particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

NSSF is implementing S.A.F.E. Summer to further spread the message of Project ChildSafe and help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. "S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage. The effort is focused on providing education and tools that helps gun owners take responsible action to keep their families and communities safer.

 Educational materials and resources are also available through the Project ChildSafe (www.projectchildsafe.org) website and social media, with tips on safe firearm storage, brochures, and information on the variety of safe storage options available.

Last week, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) launched a public service announcement campaign to get gun owners to lock up their firearms when not in use. VSSA is betting however that S.A.F.E. Summer Across America will be better received than the approach taken by NCPC and BJA.

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1998 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. The program has provided more than 36 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 60 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

Project ChildSafe was originally supported by federal grants provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2008, when this funding was cut, the firearms manufacturing industry has solely funded the Project ChildSafe program through the members of NSSF.
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Number of Young Competitive Shooters Skyrocketing

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 18:46
During his NRANews program yesterday, Cam Edwards mentioned this article that appeared over the weekend in the Boston Globe.  The article, titled "Gun Controversy Lost on New Shooters" is a pretty balanced article that discusses the rise in the number of young competitive shooters at a time when some adult policy makers want to restrict our gun rights.
Participation in the nationwide 4-H Shooting Sports Program, which includes archery, hunting, pistol, rifle, and other firearms, has nearly tripled since 2009 and last year drew 336,558 program participants nationally. The actual number of youths involved is doubtless somewhat different than that, as some sign up for more than one offering and not all states report, but the trend is clear.

Also, after a long decline, participation in hunting in the US increased by 9 percent between 2006 and 2011, and one of the main reasons appears to be an array of youth recruitment and retention programs sponsored by local clubs and national youth organizations, according to a recent study funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.No surprise to those of us who have children who enjoy the shooting sports, parents interviewed for the article mentioned target practice and competition has increased their child's focus and sense of responsibility.

During Sportsman Channel's NRANews Cam and Company, Edwards spoke with world champion shooter and captain of Team Smith and Wesson Julie Golob about the article and the positive impact the shooting sports have on young shooters.

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Department of Justice's Million Dollar "Gun Safety" Public Service Announcements

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:12
So this is how the Obama Administration spends $1 million of taxpayers money trying to reach gun owners with a message about safe storage of firearms.
That was the most offensive of the two television public service announcement developed by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Ad Council and funded by the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance.  You see, firearms are scary. They scare kids, and, they cause nightmares, and are something for which we have to apologize.  Apparently, they didn't think about the millions of kids that participate in the shooting sports.
If they had simply stayed with the below, ad, it might not have been so bad, other than the fact NCPC/Ad Council must think that gun owners need children to tell them how to "follow rules."
But the print ads are even worse:

The above print and video ads are all part of a campaign where the Obama Administration found $1 million laying around (at a time when the "sequester" was causing cuts in defense) to spend on this.  You'd think from the ads, that there is an epidemic of accidental deaths from firearms in the home.  But just the opposite is true.

So, you tell me, which do you think will be a more effective firearm safety campaign targeting gun owners, something like this:
or the Justice Department/BJA/NCPC campaign?

By the way, the Julie Golob firearm safety campaign rolled out for Mother's
Day didn't cost $1 million.

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New York Times: Minority Gun Owners Face Balancing Act

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 19:59
Over the weekend, the New York Times ran this article that talks about minority gun owners and what the Times refers to as a "balancing act" they face weighing the "isolation" of being a minority gun owner and the "stigma" of gun violence.  Once you get past the headline, it's not a bad article.

It starts off talking about Ken Blanchard, a minister, blogger and podcaster known as "Black Man With a Gun."  They caught up with Blanchard in April at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. The article than goes into the numbers of minority gun owners and how they are lower than their white counterparts as well as their percentage of the population:
Blacks are less likely than whites to own a gun. In surveys from 1973 to 2012, an average of 27 percent of African-Americans nationwide said they owned a gun, compared with 47 percent of whites, according to data from NORC, a research center at the University of Chicago. Even so, their attendance at the N.R.A. convention was minuscule compared with their rate of gun ownership, let alone their presence in the population at large.The accompanying video with the article featured interviews with a number of minority shooters at Anthony Colandro's Gun For Hire range.  It also mentioned NRANews Commentator Colion Noir.  While discussing the number of minorities who own firearms, the reporter accurately mentioned "the number of Blacks who admitted" to owning a firearm.  It is likely that a lot of gun owners, black and white, aren't likely to admit to a stranger on the phone if they own firearms, whether that person identifies themselves as a representative of a polling firm or not.  The reporter also repeated the myth that "overall less people own firearms now than in the past."  Tell that to the gun shops, firearms instructors, and manufacturers.
Talking about the "stigma" of being a Black gun owner, and how "gun violence" plays a part of that and how Blacks are more likely to be victims of such acts, the article also dredged up "Stand Your Ground" laws and the Trayvon Martin incident.  What the Times did not mention is that, at least in Florida, which has been the focus of such laws and where the Martin incident occurred, Blacks have actually benefited more from the Stand Your Ground defense.

Overall, it is a good article and worth checking out.

Update: Reverend Ken Blanchard, one of the main subjects of the story, spoke with Cam Edwards of NRANews about the experience and how the reporter became a convert to the Second Amendment.
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Sussex County Fully Repeals Sunday Shooting Ban

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 19:43
At tonight's Board of Supervisors meeting, Sussex County has removed the language from the recently enacted county noise ordinance related to shooting on private property on Sunday.  The ordinance, enacted on April 17th, effectively banned shooting on private property on Sundays, targeting the new Sunday Hunting Law.  The ordinance had been passed in time to affect spring gobbler season.  After an outcry from gun owners and hunters, the Board passed an emergency ordinance at the May Board meeting, repealing the shooting section but had to act in 60 days to make the change permanent.  They did just that tonight.
BREAKING: The language has been removed from the Sussex County noise ordinance, a seeming victory for gun/land owners pic.twitter.com/OAd57QcOrx
— Mike Campbell (@itsthesoup) June 19, 2014This victory is due to the hard work of gun owners and hunters who made a public outcry to the Board Chairman Eric Fly.  Thanks to your hard work, it is once again legal to target shoot on private property.
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Trouble with Grouping Handgun Shots?

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 17:46
Dance's Sporting Goods shares this tip in their recent email blast.
If you want to check to see if you are pulling the trigger, draw about a 6" vertical line on your target and put a 1" circle or smaller in the center. Aim at the circle every time and you will know if you are pulling the trigger off to the left or right. Right-handers typically pull the gun to the left, left-handers to the right.  

Still having trouble getting your handgun to group well? Try the "Ball & Dummy" drill to get you back on target
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Halbrook: Should Not Read Anything Into Court's View of Carry With Abramski Ruling

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:12
VSSA Life Member and Second Amendment Attorney Steve Halbrook appeared on NRANews' Cam and Company on Wednesday to provide some additional analysis of the Abramski vs. US ruling where Virginia resident Bruce Abramski, Jr.'s, conviction of making a so-called "straw purchase" was upheld by a divided U.S. Supreme Court. Cam Edwards asked whether gun owners should read anything into Justice Kennedy's siding with the anti-rights justices on the court and whether that spells bad news for the carry cases like Peruta vs. San Diego, that are possibly headed to the Supreme Court.  Halbrook said we shouldn't read Monday's ruling as bad news (he didn't say it was good news either) because it was a totally different  question before the court.

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