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VSSA Member Ascends to NRA Presidency

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 13:39
Yesterday, the NRA Board of Directors elected Allan D. Cors President of the NRA.  From the NRA Blog:
A lifelong hunter and competitive shooter with a passion for collecting World War II military vehicles, Cors has served as president of the NRA Foundation and is a member of the NRA’s Executive Committee. He was a principal advocate for the establishment of the NRA’s Political Action Committee. Cors served as a counsel with the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served as the director of government affairs and senior vice president at Corning for 34 years.Cors has been a member of VSSA since 1978.  He will serve a term of two years and will likely be succeeded by Pete Brownell, who was elected 1st Vice President.
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Women of Weatherby A Resource for Female Shooters

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:05
During the NRA Annual Meetings in Nashville, Michael Bane had the opportunity to speak with the Women of Weatherby, Haley Heath, Rachel Ahtila, and Karissa Phantz at the Outdoor/Sportsmen Channel Booth.  The ladies talked about how Weatherby has created a resource for the fastest growing segment of the firearms community.  According to the Women of Weatherby web site:
The Women of Weatherby team is comprised of three women known for their fierce independence, positive influence and unconditional love of the outdoors. Their vast experience and authenticity as hunters provide the perfect foundation to inspire the dreams of women at every level of hunting and shooting.Haley and Rachel noted that simply making firearms in purple, pink, and teal do not make them a woman's gun.  They said every woman is different and through the Women of Weatherby, the company has made a commitment to ensure that all women have the resources to make the right choice when it comes to owning and using firearms.

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Marco Rubio: We are at a Turning Point with the Second Amendment and National Security

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:59
I've attended, or at least watched via the video feed in the convention center, or after I returned home, a number of NRA Annual Meeting Leadership Forum speeches since they began in 2008.  More times than not, speakers touch on the Second Amendment then go on to a laundry list of other issues that would fit more with a GOP Convention than a non-partisan organization.  While it may be safe to say a lot of gun owners fall on the conservative side of the aisle, what about those gun owners who aren't?  Are we discouraging those folks from being NRA members? 

Despite the fact there are very few national Democrats who vote the right way on the Second Amendment issue, resulting in most of the organization's national support going to Republicans, there are still states around the country that have Democrats who support the Second Amendment.  They receive support from the NRA when they are on the right side of the issue.  The NRA is a non-partisan single issue organization.  Support that issue and the NRA will support your re-election.

So, it was refreshing to hear Florida Senator Marco Rubio use his time Friday to speak almost entirely on the Second Amendment and how it relates to national security. The phrase "The Second Amendment is the Original Home Land Security" isn't just a slogan, and Rubio made the case on how the right to keep and bear arms and how it intersects with national security. 

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McAuliffe Veto of Garrett's Loaded Long Guns in Vehicles Likely to Stand

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 09:05
The News and Advance has the story hereSB1137, which was sponsored by State Senator Tom Garrett, would have allowed concealed handgun permit (CHP) holders to have a loaded shotgun or rifle in their vehicle.  Currently, some localities allow this practice and others don't, creating a patchwork of laws that can ensnare unwary gun owners.  Senator Garrett was attempting to make a uniform standard across the Commonwealth.  Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed the bill on March 27th.  Garrett is already talking about reintroducing the bill in 2016 if he is reelected to another term this year.  Garrett said he will be back with the bill because he is right and McAuliffe is wrong:
"There's no debate over what good gun safety is," he said. "Whether it's the NRA or me, carrying a loaded long gun in your car is probably a bad idea."

But the underlying principle of consistency in the law still stands, he added. "It’s about whether or not the law should be uniform ... As it stands now, if someone accidentally doesn’t remove the magazine from a weapon or what-have-you, they're not committing a crime [in one county but could be in a neighboring county]. That makes no sense." Talk of next year is an indication the he cannot get the additional votes needed to override the veto. The bill passed 25-13, two votes short of the 27 needed to override the veto.  Even if Garrett was able to hold the handful of Democrats that he had on the original vote, of the Democrats who voted against the bill, only Senator Deeds is a likely prospect to change his vote.  That still leaves Garret one vote short.

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Eddie Eagle Gets a Facelift

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:34
One of the things I picked up at the NRA Annual Meetings was the just released updated Eddie Eagle video.  If you have children, you have probably seen the one dimensional cartoon that debuted in 1988.  With the wide use of computer generated images (CGI) for today's animation, the old version is a bit outdated.  The new video pairs Eddie with new friends known as "The Wing Team" to teach children what to do if they find a firearm.

The NRA has also updated the program web site.  It's still a program for young children but the update should make it more appealing and help get the message to kids that if you see a gun "Don't Touch, Leave the Area, and Tell and Adult."
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Jim Shepherd: Hillary Gives NRA Last Word

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 07:13
The Shooting Wire's Jim Shepherd ended today's edition with a wrap-up of the NRA Annual Meeting and started with a pronouncement that something that happened hundreds of miles away from Nashville may do more to unite the NRA's membership than the upbeat positive event that just ended:
As the one hundred and forty-fourth annual meeting of the National Rifle Association wrapped up in Nashville, Tennessee's Music City Center yesterday, one of the most galvanizing actions for the NRA's membership took place hundreds of miles away.

With Hillary Clinton's virtual announcement of her formal candidacy for president, the NRA and the many Second Amendment groups in attendance finally have the face of the anti-gun movement firmly fixed in their political sights. As the parade of potential Republican presidential candidates rolled (slowly) across the stage on Friday, many of them took pointed shots at President Obama's record, but others took advantage of the opportunity to let the NRA faithful in attendance know they were ready for "Madame Clinton" when her apparently inevitable other shoe was once again digitally tossed into the ring with considerably less invective than a rumored ashtray was passed to her husband in the White House.We've been down this road before where we focus on defeating Hillary Clinton and ended up with someone as bad if not worse.  In 2008 most anyone would have said that Clinton was going to be the Democrat nominee. She had the early start, the popular (among Democrats at least) former president husband, and it looked like she could not be beat.  Sound familiar?  So you can excuse me when I heard a focus on Hillary at Friday's NRA-ILA Leadership Conference as maybe just a little bit of déjà vu.

With no other announced candidate on the Democratic side of the race, it makes sense to focus on the known.  There is talk however that former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley may jump in an that he would possibly run to Hillary's left (as if that is possible).  His record on Second Amendment issues are just as bad.  Let's hope this year, if there ends up being a competitive Democratic primary race, we will get the word out on how each of the candidates stand on our issue.  Because, as more than one person has noted, the more people who see Hillary, the less they like her.
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Guns and Politics at First Day of NRA Annual Meeting

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 09:47
While thousands walked the exhibit floor, a sold out crowd heard a line up of GOP current and former elected officials tout there ability to protect our Second Amendment rights as well as other issues they believe are important to those in the crowd.Senator Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker received some of the loudest applause from the audience. Cruz claimed he was the one who had consistently fought for conservative  principles, even when it was not popular.  Walker talked about his modest upbringing.
Jeb Bush, who has been tagged as the "establishment" candidate, said he would put his record on the Second Amendment while Governor of Florida up against any other candidate.Former Governor Rick Perry said he is undecided on whether he will run again but gave a spirited speech none the less. Not long after I received a fundraising email from Perry's PAC touting his Life Membership in the NRA.Other speakers included Governor Bobby Jindal, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio.  You can watch all of the speeches of the day at NRANEWS.COM.  You can also watch today's Annual Meeting of Members live on several NRA video platforms, including NRANews.
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A Crowded Music City Center

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 13:27

The NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits and there are wall to wall people in the Music City Center.  The Wall of Guns Raffle is also very active in the hall way of the third floor.

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NRA Annual Meeting Weekend

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:36

This VSSA blogger is headed to Nashville. Look for Annual Meeting updates through Saturday.  I'll also be gathering a lot of product information for future posts after the weekend is over.

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CAA USA Offers NRA Annual Meeting Attendees and Online Customers Special Discount

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:23
CAA USA will be exhibiting at the National Rifle Association (NRA) 2015 Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 10 – 12, 2015 held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. As a way of saying “thank you” to their customers for their continued support, CAA USA is announcing two new promotions.

First promotion starts at the NRA show’s opening on April 10th through the last day, April 12, 2015, NRA attendees can purchase any CAA product at booth 101 and receive a 20% discount.

Second, CAA USA is offering any customer the opportunity to take $100 off any CAA firearms accessories purchase of $150 or more at their favorite retailer. Simply, bring in the CAA USA coupon to any retailer and receive the discount. The offer expires June 30, 2015 and is limited to one coupon per customer.

Retailers will also have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of this limited CAA USA promotion.
For every coupon redeemed at their store location, the discount applies to the price of a stocking dealer order of $500 or more. (Limit one coupon redemption for every $500 order.) Retailers interested in saving 20% off of every redeemed in-store purchase can call CAA USA ahead and stock up prior to this promotion by calling Mike Grandy at 215-949-9944 x105 or Rick Young at 2-15-949-9944 x103.

The CAA USA Promotion coupon can be found and downloaded at Command Arms Facebook page. Visit the new CAA USA Facebook fan to get all the upcoming information and promotions.

For more information on CAA USA, visit www.commandarms.com. Become a fan on the new CAA USA Facebook page.

About CAA USA:
CAA USA is the US based company marketing and distributing world-class, operator-tested firearms accessories from Command Arms Accessories (CAA). Our products are specifically designed to meet the rigorous demands of tactical solutions required by worlds armed forces, law enforcement units and weapons professionals. CAA USA product line includes advanced light and laser devices, bipods, handgrips, Picatinny rail systems, tubes, butt stocks, cheek rests, non-lethal personal protection and the patented RONI® pistol-carbine conversion. www.commandarms.com
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Glock Looking to Shake Up the Concealed Carry Firearm Market

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 08:50
The Motley Fool has an article over on Nasdaq.com on the new Glock 43:
Last month, Austrian arms maker Glock unveiled its latest handgun for the civilian market, and it's tailor-made for concealed carry. Dubbed the "43," Glock describes its new polymer pistol as a "subcompact slimline" and a "single-stack 9mm" -- meaning rounds are loaded into the magazine straight up and down, permitting a narrower grip.It's not the first carry handgun Glock has produced (the Glock 42) but the previous effort in .380 received less attention.  The Glock 43 follows in of the Ruger LC9 footsteps by being chambered in .9mm.  It weighs just over a pound unloaded and the magazine holds 6 rounds (making it 6 plus 1), one round less than the popular Smith and Wesson Sheild.
Looking forward to seeing this later in the week at the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Nashville.
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McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Protecting Concealed Handgun Permit Holders

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:24
As expected, today Governor Terry McAuliffe two firearm related bills, including one that would have prevented law enforcement in states that do not have concealed permit reciprocity with Virginia from having access to the information on those permits. From the Richmond Times Dispatch:
The vetoes, detailed Wednesday in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, include a rejection of several gun bills that would have let concealed handgun permit holders drive with loaded shotguns or rifles in their vehicles, and would have prevented the state from sharing permit holder information with any other state that does not have a firearms reciprocity agreement with Virginia.The bill protecting concealed handgun permit holder information, SB948, in no way endangers law enforcement.  In fact, there is evidence that concealed carry permit holders are some of the most law abiding people in the nation.  All this bill does is protect Virginia CHP holders from fishing expeditions that law enforcement in states like Maryland and New Jersey typically take when they learn someone they stop for routine traffic violations is a gun owner and concealed carry permit holder.

The other bill he vetoed is Senator Tom Garrett's bill (SB1137) that would allow concealed handgun permit holders to have a loaded rifle or shotgun in their vehicle.

The General Assembly will take up the Governor's vetoes and amendments on April 15.  Be sure to contact your State Senator and urge him or her to vote to override Governor McAuliffe's vetoes on SB948 and SB1137.
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Second Gun Bill Likely to Be Vetoed by McAuliffe

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:01
The Washington Post reports that another gun related bill is likely to be vetoed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
McAuliffe is also expected to veto several bills intended to expand gun rights, including one that would allow anyone who holds a concealed handgun permit to transport a loaded shotgun or rifle in a car on any public roadway.The bill mentioned by the Post is SB1137 sponsored by State Senator Tom Garrett.  Governor McAuliffe told WRVA today that he will hold a news conference Friday to announce all of his vetoes and amendments.  Check this blog tomorrow for more information related to the remaining pro-rights bill awaiting action by the Governor.
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McAuliffe May Veto at Least One Gun Bill

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:40
The Times Dispatch reports this morning that among the bills on Governor McAuliffe's possible veto list is a bill that let felons who had served their time and had their rights restored in other states, possess firearms in Virginia.  HB 2286, which was sponsored by Delegate Michael Webert, passed the House 65-35.  It passed the Senate on a vote of 24-16.  If vetoed, it would take 27 votes in the Senate to override it.  Governor McAuliffe has until midnight Sunday to complete his action on legislation.  The General Assembly reconvenes on April 15 for a one day session to take the Governor's amendments and vetoes.

I had the chance to talk with Cam Edwards of Sportsman Channel's NRANews Cam and Company about the gun bills that have been signed and what's left.
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Gun Free Zone Documentary Debuts April 1

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:43
The topic of “gun-free zones” and campus carry is facing the glare of the national spotlight with lawmakers in 10 states promoting bills to permit licensed carriers who are 21 or older to bring their firearms on college campuses. Safety/security (sexual assault and mass shootings) and constitutional-rights concerns are driving the discussion.  So it is timely that the Outdoor Channel's Safe Haven Documentary hosted by Fox News contributor and Townhall news editor Katie Pavlich debut's April 1.
According to the Outdoor Channel media release:
"Safe Haven" takes a critical look at the history of gun-free zones in the United States and their effect on crime prevention through a series of interviews with law enforcement, industry experts and survivors, among others. The documentary explores how effective, or perhaps ineffective, these gun-free measures have been and offers possible solutions that would better protects schools, businesses and the public at large.The program airs at 4:30 ET on April 1.
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Restaurants Where You Can Carry In Nashville During the NRA Annual Meeting

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:54
For those who will be attending the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Nashville in April, Dr. John Lott's Crime Prevention Research Center interviewed restaurant managers to determine which venues would welcome patrons carrying concealed.  The post has a list of restaurants that post "no firearms" signs and those that don't.  One restaurant had NRA decals in the window.  I guess it's safe to say gun owners carrying are welcome there.
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Christian Science Monitor: Departure of ATF Chief Victory for Gun Rights Groups

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:39
The Christian Science Monitor has this story on the announced resignation of ATF Director B. Todd Jones:
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has never been a favorite with gun rights groups or their champions on Capitol Hill. To put it mildly.

The departure of ATF Director B. Todd Jones this week was “to pursue other opportunities in the private sector,” as the official announcement declared – reportedly to a newly-created senior position with the National Football League (NFL).

But the real reason Mr. Jones’ tenure at the controversial ATF finally came to an end had to do with an attempt to ban certain armor-piercing bullets used in AR-15 assault-style weapons. For the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other pro-gun groups, controlling ammunition is just as objectionable as regulating gun ownership.The announcement was applauded by pro-rights advocates from the NRA to House Judiciary Chairman and Virginia 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte.  At least one anti-rights Democrat also piled on Jones:
“This was sloppily handled and as a result the outcome was surprising, disappointing and even confusing,” Rep. Steve Israel, (D) of New York, told The Hill newspaper. “I hope under the new leadership the ATF can have a more transparent and responsive process.”Our opponents in Congress want to pick up where Jones left off however.  Israel is backing legislation that would prohibit all forms of so-called "armor-piercing ammunition."   On the pro-rights side, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, (R) of Wisconsin, is pushing legislation that would eliminate ATF.
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VSSA Affiliated Club Spends Quality Time with National and World Champion Shooter Julie Golob

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:02
National and World Champion Shooter and Team Smith and Wesson member Julie Golob was in Virginia Beach recently shooting a commercial for Federal Premium at Colonial Shooting Academy's Virginia Beach location. While she was there, she spent some quality time with VSSA Affiliated Club 757 Ladies Packing Heat:
Julie is the most successful female shooter to ever compete in Practical Shooting. I've had the opportunity to speak with her at NRA Annual Meetings in St. Louis and Indianapolis and she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  She is also a strong advocate for firearm safety.

Thanks to 757 Ladies Packing Heat's Kathie Gerber for passing along the video.
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ATF Director First Casualty of Ammo Ban Fiasco

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:24
The Hill reports that ATF Director B. Todd Jones is resigning following the fiasco that led to the agency temporarily pulling the "green tip" ammo ban proposal:
Jones, who in July 2013 became the first ATF director to be confirmed by the Senate, is departing shortly after the agency dropped a controversial attempt to ban certain armor-piercing bullets used in AR-15 rifles.

The episode was the latest in a series of flaps that has put the Obama administration's ATF at odds with many congressional Republicans. In recent weeks, GOP lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to tamp down on the agency's authority — and to abolish the ATF altogether.

Attorney General Eric Holder lauded Jones for his service and "groundbreaking" law enforcement initiatives, including an effort to strengthen ballistic imaging technology that recently played a critical role in the investigation of the shooting of two police officers.Townhall's Katie Pavlich had a great idea on the subject when she posted this comment on Twitter:
Instead of wasting everyone's time confirming a new director, now would be a great time for Congress to abolish ATF http://t.co/2m99ttGH0S
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 20, 2015

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Governor McAuliffe Signs Two Pro-rights Bills

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:10
Governor McAuliffe has signed Senator Tommy Norment's SB1191 and Delegate Buddy Fowler's HB1666

SB1191 amends the statute that makes it a crime to possess a firearm, stun weapon, knife, or certain other weapons on school property by requiring that the person knowingly possess the firearm or other weapon before they can be charged.

HB1666 permits a nonresident of the Commonwealth prohibited from possessing a firearm, ammunition, or a stun weapon because of a felony conviction or a juvenile adjudication of delinquency of certain offenses to petition the circuit court where his last felony conviction or adjudication of delinquency occurred for restoration of his right to possess, transport, or carry a firearm, ammunition, or a stun weapon. Current law does not provide for venue for a nonresident's restoration petition.

Governor McAuliffe has until March 30 to act on the remaining bills on his desk.
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