The Virginia Shooting Sports Association (VSSA) was originally founded as the Virginia State Rifle and Revolver Association in 1938, and is Virginia's oldest gun rights organization. VSSA is the official state association of the National Rifle Association and is also closely affiliated with the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), and the Virginia Gun Collectors Association.
Our mission is to provide shooting opportunities for, and to protect the Second Amendment rights of, all law abiding Virginians.
VSSA supports many shooting disciplines including junior air rifle, shotgun, pistol and high power rifle. As the official state organization for the NRA, we are responsible for conducting state level shooting championships and selecting the "best of the best" to represent Virginia in the individual and team competition at Camp Perry, Ohio. These "Team Virginia" members are selected from individual members of VSSA and affiliated clubs.
VSSA also promotes hunting. As part of our legislative efforts we work to protect all shooting sports from the anti-gun and anti-hunting crowd.
VSSA, in collaboration with our affiliated club, Arlington-Fairfax IWLA, annually sponsors the nation's longest running charity shooting event of its type with the proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It is also the longest running shooting event supporting St. Jude.
The goals of VSSA are to:
- unite shooters, hunters, sportsmen, collectors and all other law abiding firearms enthusiasts to promote the safe and responsible use of firearms;
- promote the development of the shooting sports and the facilities necessary to the shooting sports; and,
- provide a united voice to all levels of government to defend the shooting sports, and firearms ownership.