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Gun Ban Lobby Looks to States to Make Progress

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 14:15
The New York Times had this article last Friday on how the gun ban lobby is looking to states to try and get what they can't get at the federal level:
After a victory in November on a Washington State ballot measure that will require broader background checks on gun buyers, groups that promote gun regulations have turned away from Washington and the political races that have been largely futile. Instead, they are turning their attention — and their growing wallets — to other states that allow ballot measures.  An initiative seeking stricter background checks for certain buyers has qualified for the 2016 ballot in Nevada, where such a law was passed last year by the Legislature and then vetoed by the governor. Advocates of gun safety — the term many now use instead of “gun control” — are seeking lines on ballots in Arizona, Maine and Oregon as well.The story also mentioned Terry McAuliffe's effort to push gun control during the 2015 General Assembly:
Last month, Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, which has been the source of many illegally obtained guns in other states, proposed the restoration of the state’s limit on handgun sales to one a month to slow the “iron highway,” a nickname for gunrunning up Interstate 95 to states to the north. He would also seek mandatory background checks on gun sales at firearm shows, and end issuing gun permits to anyone restrained under domestic violence orders of protection.

“I own three guns,” said Mr. McAuliffe, a Democrat. “I love to take my three boys hunting. This is not gun restriction, this is anticrime. I couch it in economic terms.”The thing is, nothing McAuliffe has proposed, which include so-called "universal" background checks and gun rationing, will do nothing to reduce crime.  In fact, since the repeal of Virginia's one gun-a-month law in 2012, Virginia's crime rate has continued it's downward spiral.  Between 2006 and 2012, firearm sales increased 101% while crime dropped 28%. 

Thankfully, even Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, who voted against repealing Virginia's gun rationing law gave McAuliffe's proposals a thumbs down:
The prospects for his gun proposals did not look great out of the gate. The governor “knows refighting the one-gun-a-month battle will not be productive,” Thomas K. Norment Jr., the Republican majority leader of the Virginia legislature, said in a statement.It's not just Congress that the gun ban lobby is hoping to go around, in those states that allow referendum, they will look to even get around state legislatures.  Virginia is not one of the 17 states that allow ballot referendum.
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Christmas Fun at the Range from Julie Golob and American Eagle Ammo

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:28
This video was featured in the VSSA Daily yesterday but I thought I'd post it on the blog too.  Julie Golob's one of my favorite professional shooters.  She's just such a great spokesperson for the shooting sports and our rights, not to mention a really nice person.  In the below video she takes the opportunity to have a little fun at the range with Federal Premium American Eagle Ammo and some festive targets.  You can do it too.  Just go to Federal Premium's web site and download one of the targets, then share your fun on social media.

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Now is the Time to Contact Your Legislators About McAuliffe's Gun Control Proposals

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:00
While not surprising, but at the same time heartening, General Assembly GOP leaders were dismissive of Governor Terry McAuliffe's gun control proposals that he rolled out on Monday.  Having said that, Virginia gun owners should not get complacent and should let their voice be heard.  Contact your General Assembly members ahead of the January 14th opening of the 2015 session and let them know you oppose these proposals.  Here are some great points, courtesy of NRA-ILA, that you can use when contacting your state legislators:
Attempting to reimpose the ineffective one-handgun-per-month (gun rationing) restriction that Virginia repealed in 2012.It's obvious that McAuliffe and anti-gun leader Michael Bloomberg, his political patron, are clearly out of touch with the views and priorities of ordinary Americans on this issue.  Last week's Pew Poll showed a majority of Americans believe owning a firearm makes you safer and it is more important to protect our firearm freedoms than to control the ownership of firearms.  Gun rationing schemes are archaic and ineffective.  Like every gun control law, one-gun-a-month restrictions only burden law-abiding citizens and do absolutely nothing to reduce violent crime.  Purchasers of firearms are already subject to criminal records checks, and further and arbitrary control of these legal items does nothing but unfairly burden Virginia’s law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen.
Seeking to arbitrarily strip some 9,000 Virginia residents of their right to hold concealed handgun permits for falling behind on child-support payments and pursuing prohibitions for people convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes from possessing a firearm.Being behind on child-support payments is not relevant to your constitutional right to defend yourself and does not indicate that you are a violent person or a danger to others.  In many cases, individuals who are behind on child support payments may have simply hit on hard financial times and making it more difficult for them to defend themselves will only compound their difficulties and offer no public safety benefit.  Likewise, misdemeanor offenses should not warrant the permanent loss of Second Amendment rights.  No other civil right is lost in the Commonwealth for conviction of misdemeanor offenses.  McAuliffe clearly wishes to treat the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as a second class civil right.
Attempting to expand background checks.Anyone engaged in the business of buying and selling firearms for livelihood and profit must be federally licensed as a firearm dealer (FFL) and thus there is no such thing as a “private vendor.”  A gun dealer must maintain a record of every firearm received from, or transferred to, another person or dealer and any further expansions of the law will have no impact on criminal activity.  Today, gun control activists like McAuliffe are trying to expand this system to all firearm transfers at gun shows, under the banner of “universal” background checks; an innocent sounding title for what should really be called “universal registration.”  What they won’t tell you is that no background check system will ever be truly “universal” because criminals will not submit themselves to such system and therefore their anti-gun approach once again singles out individuals who are law-abiding citizens.  The NRA opposes these misleading proposals and will work diligently to defeat this legislation.You can find your Delegate and State Senator by clicking here.  
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Governor McAuliffe Rolls Out Gun Control Proposals

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:22
Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that Governor Terry McAuliffe will travel to Arlington today to roll out several gun control proposals for the upcoming session of the General Assembly:
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday will call for a package of gun restrictions in Virginia, including a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that buyers at gun shows undergo background checks.

McAuliffe will also propose keeping guns away from people convicted of crimes related to domestic violence and revoking concealed-handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.

McAuliffe (D) will unveil his plan during a speech in Arlington County the day after the two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, according to a news release provided to The Washington Post.Gun ban proponents have pointed to McAuliffe, who changed course late in the 2013 statewide campaign to vocally support gun control, as proof that it can be a winning issue.  At the time McAuliffe was enjoying a double digit lead in the polls.  He ended up winning by about 2% and some Democrats complained that latching on to Michael Bloomberg and his gun ban agenda may have hurt McAuliffe more than it helped.  Bloomberg dumped $1 million into advertising for McAuliffe late in the campaign.

McAuliffe also will propose giving move money to the State Police so that private owner that wants to conduct a background check on a prospective buyer at a gun show can do so.  He may want to look to Colorado before ponying up new taxpayer money for this proposal.  It turns out that the estimate of the number of background checks that would occur under the state's new so-called "universal background check" law were vastly over blown.

In any event, it's not likely that any of the proposals that will be unveiled today will gain much traction in the General Assembly.  VSSA will be vigorously opposing all legislation aimed at restricting the rights of Virginia's gun owners.

I had the opportunity to discuss this with Cam Edwards of Sportsman Channel's NRANews Cam and Company on Monday afternoon.
Hat tip to BearingArms.com.

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Why the Gun Ban Lobby Lies About Guns

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:18
Charles Cooke has a great piece over at National Review's web site that talks about why gun control advocates lie about guns.  You see, the gun ban lobby is not at all happy that the Pew Poll on the public's attitude about firearms shows that for the first time, more people than not believe that owning a firearm makes one safer:
Angered by the news that American voters are now more supportive of the Second Amendment than they have been in two decades, the New York Daily News’s Mike Lupica used his weekend column to vent. Over the course of 900 words, Lupica lambasted the public for continuing “to protect gun nuts,” chided the “mouth-breathing” NRA for its murderous myopia, and contended emotively that “there are no words” available to describe the horror of “a recent poll that says a majority of Americans believe it is more important to protect the right to own guns than it is for the government to limit access to guns.”Cooke spoke with NRANews' Cam Edwards about the article and why the gun ban lobby uses lies to promote their cause.

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Stafford County Considering Changes to Air Gun, Archery Ordinance

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:04
The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star reports that Stafford Board of Supervisors on Tuesday considered amendments to the part of the county code that deals with how pneumatic guns, firearms and arrows can be used, bringing the air gun ordinance in line with state law:
The amendments allow pneumatic guns to be shot outside of the county’s no-shooting zones. Under the changes, pneumatic guns including BB guns, paintball guns and pellet guns would be allowed at facilities approved for shooting ranges, properties where firearms can be shot and on private property with permission of the property owner as long as “reasonable care” is taken to prevent a projectile from crossing the property’s boundaries.

With the proposed changes, those under 16 wouldn’t be able to use pneumatic guns unless they are accompanied by an adult. Punishments for violators were relaxed under the proposed changes from a Class 2 misdemeanor to a Class 3 misdemeanor.Currently, pneumatic guns can’t be used in no-shooting zones, on public streets and in public places.One Supervisor questioned why 16 was chosen as the age that requires supervision by an adult.  County staff noted that the Code of Virginia references the restriction and Sheriff Charles Jett said his office doesn’t have any statistical data that indicates that an air gun is more dangerous in the hands of a 14-year-old versus a 16-year-old.

The proposed changes to the archery ordinance was similar to the air gun change.  Currently, the county allows arrows to be shot only by licensed hunters or at archery ranges. In line with state law related to shooting air guns, the proposed changes would allow property owners to have archery target practice on their land as long as the other properties aren’t impacted.  Supervisors voted to place the matter with a county committee.
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NPR: Do Guns on the Premises Make Workplaces Safe?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:08
That's the question addressed in an All Things Considered story on Friday.  The report looked at the states that have laws allowing employees to keep a firearm in their car while at work.  When will people learn that a "No Weapons Allowed" sign will not stop someone intent on doing harm.  Concealed Carry Magazine executive editor Kevin Michalowski, was featured in the story and told how his brother attempted to rob a business in Arizona and was stopped by an off duty police officer who happened to have his firearm.  The story is also another illustration how people who are not gun owners don't understand the concept of concealed carry:
In 1993, Heisse was working in a high-rise building in San Francisco when failed businessman Gian Luigi Ferri opened fire, killing eight people before turning the gun on himself. Some of the victims included Heisse's colleagues.

"What I wasn't prepared for was walking through the aftermath of an event like that, and stepping over the body of a young law student that I had hired to work for me for the summer," he says.
Heisse says neither he nor other survivors of that tragedy believe a gun could have stopped the carnage.

"These scenes don't play out like they do in the movies," he says. "It's incredibly stressful. To think that the untrained, inexperienced person in that stressful situation will make all the right decisions is, I think, foolish."Again, the comments about "untrained" people carrying firearms.  If all these people are so untrained, why don't you have over 8 million (the estimated number of people with concealed carry permits) people being locked up for shooting the wrong people? 
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Pew: Support for Gun Ownership Rises

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 13:31

A new survey out from Pew Research shows that support for gun ownership is now higher than public support for gun control.  Dr. John Lott notes the results mirror other surveys showing more people believe owning a firearm makes them safer. But congressional  Democrats want to push so called "universal background checks" in the new congress. Can you say tin ear?

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Judge to Rule on Injunction to Stop Fredericksburg " Gun Give Back"

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:31

The Fredericksburg Free Lance Star reports this morning that a hearing is scheduled for 1:00 pm today to decide rather to grant an injunction against a so-called "Gun Give Back" planned for this weekend.

Virginia Law requires any locality that wants to hold a "Gun Buy Back" event to pass an ordinance that specifically allows the event to take place.  They also must put any firearm acquired by the event to be offered for sale to an FFL.  Such schemes typically give the owner of the firearms gift cards or cash of around $100. Fredericksburg apparently thinks it can get around this requirement  because instead of giving something to the gun owner, they found a benefactor  to give small donations to one of four area charities.

VSSA made contact with the City Attorney last week after learning of the scheme. No surprisingly,  Kathleen Dooley, the city attorney, told VSSA that we were interpreting  the statute incorrectly and that the event in question is not covered by the law.

The injunction was filed on behalf of Patricia Webb, an FFL in the area.  Dooley not only is asking that the request be denied but is also asking that the city be reimbursed for its cost in defending the action.

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