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Defend Firearms Freedom - Defeat McAuliffe

VSSA - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 14:14

As November 2nd approaches, guns are garnering attention in the campaign to become Virginia's next Governor.  It isn't so much from the candidates themselves but what one "new media" outlet has discovered in the last two weeks.  Stephen Gutowski's The Reload has been the leading media source for news related to the Governor's race and guns. 

 Just this weekend, Gutowski published an article that detailed how the political action committee for Dominion Energy is a major source of funds for a "shadowy group" buying ads against Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin that attempt to suppress gun owner turnout for the candidate.
According to The Reload, the group was created in July 2021 by the consulting firm Mele, Brengarth, & Associates, which boasts about providing services to “the most active, progressive Super PAC’s in the 2012 and 2014 cycles” on its website. Accountability Virginia is also using ActBlue, a fundraising portal for Democrat candidates and progressive causes, to collect donations. The power company gave $200,000 to the Accountability Virginia PAC. You can find that article here.  Another article posted over the weekend provides analysis into the 2019 video reported last week of McAuliffe disparaging gun shows and how Attorney General Mark Herring (D.) provided McAuliffe leverage to pass a 2016 gun bill by breaking gun-carry reciprocity agreements. That article can be found here however it is behind a pay-wall for Reload subscribers.  If you are not a subscriber,  it is well worth the cost and the monthly subscription costs about what a Chick-fil-a meal costs.

Because Glenn Youngkin has not filled out the NRA-ILA Candidate Questionnaire, he has not been endorsed (Youngkin has not completed surveys from any advocacy group, not just gun groups).  But, Youngkin’s campaign has told the Reload that the candidate is a “lifetime NRA member” and a gun owner (the NRA-ILA Virginia State Liaison said at a recent NRA-ILA Members Meeting in Richmond that NRA has confirmed Youngkin is a Life Member). Youngkin's campaign has told the Reload that he opposes the law passed by Democrats in 2020 that allows localities to chip away at Virginia's pre-emption law. The campaign also told the Reload that Youngkin does not support an “assault weapons” ban. 

So, gun owners have a choice to make on November 2nd. We know where McAuliffe stands and he has said he will push for a ban on "assault weapons" on day one if he is elected.  Youngkin's campaign is on record to The Reload that he opposes a so-called assault weapons ban and opposes the chipping away at Virginia's pre-emption law.  Do we sit back and allow McAuliffe to win simply because Youngkin believes that "surveys are a waste of time"?  Or, do we do all we can between now and election day to make sure that McAuliffe loses, and that we elect a pro-rights majority in the House of Delegates.

I attended the NRA-ILA Members Meeting in Richmond this past Wednesday night.  A number of the NRA members in the room stood up and said they will be voting for Glenn Youngkin because they know what four more years of Terry McAuliffe and an anti-gun majority in the General Assembly will do to gun owners.  That is the decision facing every Virginia gun owner between now and election day.

Arlington/Fairfax IWLA Raffle for Youth Shooting Program

VSSA - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 09:59
The Arlington/Fairfax IWLA (a VSSA Affiliated club) has a great raffle currently going on to support the club's youth air gun programs.  You can win a Springfield Armory Range Combo.  Tickets are $20 and only 200 will be sold.  You can purchase tickets several ways:

To buy tickets for the Springfield Armory Range Combo, send money via:
Zelle (include email address) to rogeriwla@gmail.com
PayPal (Friends & Family option) to rogeriwla@gmail.com
Or mail check  for the number of tickets you want x $20 to:ARL-FX IWLA8923 Renshaw Ct Springfield, VA 22153



Supreme Court Disposes of Three 2A Cases on First Day of New Session

VSSA - Tue, 10/05/2021 - 08:08

The U.S. Supreme Court opened the new session yesterday and took action on three of five Second Amendment related cases.  Cam Edwards at Bearingarms.com has the details:

Russell v. New Jersey – a case very similar to the pending challenge to New York’s carry laws that the Court will hear next month. Reb Russell II applied for and was denied a concealed carry permit in New Jersey because he failed to show a “justifiable need” to exercise his right to bear arms. Attorney Evan Nappen argued that the state is violating Russell’s rights, and asked SCOTUS to address whether the Second Amendment protects the right to carry arms outside the home for self-defense and whether “the government may deny law abiding citizens their exercise of the right to carry a handgun outside of their homes by conditioning the exercise of the right on showings of need.”

Weber v. Ohio – Mr. Weber was arrested and convicted on a misdemeanor charge of using a weapon while intoxicated, despite the fact that the shotgun he held when officers arrived at his home was unloaded. The Ohio Supreme Court upheld Weber’s conviction in a 4-3 decision, but the dissenting justices argued that the court used an improper standard of review.

Roundtree v. Wisconsin – Leevan Roundtree pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to pay child support almost 20 years ago, and as a result, became a felon and lost his right to keep and bear arms. Twelve years later Roundtree was found in possession of a revolver and ammunition, and was charged with being a felon in possession of a gun. His attorneys were hoping that the Supreme Court would choose to “address one of the most vexing issues that has arisen since District of Columbia v. Heller—whether, and under what standards, a non-violent felon seeking to keep a firearm in his home for self-defense may bring an as applied challenge to a law that permanently strips all felons of their Second Amendment rights.”Cam noted that the Court previously declined to hear a case related to prohibited persons so it's no surprise they did so as well yesterday.  He also pointed out that the Firearms Policy Coalition's Rob Romano suggested it's possible cert was not granted in the New Jersey case because they did not raise a Second Amendment challenge at the state level.  The Court held two other cases, possibly until they decide the NYSPRA v. Bruen case which is set for arguments this year.

Will Unvacinated Americans be Barred From Buying Firearms?

VSSA - Thu, 08/26/2021 - 08:08

 If a new bill introduced in Congress, HR4980, becomes law, that could be the case.  Second Amendment Attorney Evan Nappen covered the topic in his latest "Gun Lawyer" podcast, shared by Ammoland.com and available on what ever platform you listen to podcasts.   In the podcast, Nappen points out that the bill:

1) Would put all unvaccinated persons on the No Fly List.
2) The No Fly, No Buy, Gun Control law has been bouncing around since 2018 and has Bipartisan support.

You may ask, how does the government know who has and hasn't taken the vaccine?  Nappen says:There is a database of every individual who has received a COVID vaccination. You may not be aware of that; you may not even know about it. They do not make a big deal about it. But that database is there because this is an experimental vaccine, and they need to track you and it for medical and health purposes. So, there is a legitimate reason to do it. But regardless of that, this database exists.So if you are not on that database, and they add this list to the lists that are part of the required background check system, and you aren't on it, you would not get to purchase a firearm if HR4980 would become law.  This is just one more reason to fight the "No Fly No Buy" concept.  
Nappen is no conspiracist.  He is a well respected attorney who practices in New Jersey and is licensed in several other states, and he has helped many gun owners who has found themselves on the wrong side of New Jersey's draconian gun control laws.
You can here the entire discussion by clicking here.

Bearingarms.com: Firearms Industry Responds to Biden's Latest Attack

VSSA - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 10:37

Over the weekend, Joe Biden gave a big middle finger to America's gun owners.  In the midst of a continuing ammo shortage, Biden banned ammo and firearm imports from Russia.  Go back to last year when Putin critic Alexei Anatolievich Navalny nearly died after he was poisoned by Novichok, a powerful Russian nerve agent.  This chemical is only available from the Russian military. Now, Biden has used this to target gun owners by issuing an executive order banning the import of Russian arms and ammunition.  Yesterday, this latest salvo against gun owners was the topic of Bearingarms.com's Cam and Company.  Host Cam Edwards spoke with the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Larry Keane where they covered everything from the new sanctions on Russian arms and ammo to the next steps in the AFT’s attempt to redefine common gun parts and even the word “firearm” itself, at least as it’s defined by the Gun Control Act of 1968.
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Keene details that the immediate impact is that distributors who already have approved import contracts will still be able to import items.  It only affects any new contracts.  Keene said from his contacts, most said gun owners may not see a real impact on availability for about two years.  You can see the full interview below.

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Joe Biden's Middle Finger to American Gun Owners

VSSA - Sat, 08/21/2021 - 14:23
Lee Williams writes about Biden's move to ban Russian made firearms and ammo from America.   You can read it here.

Roanoke Firearm Ban on City Property Causes Postponement of Roanoke Valley Gun Show

VSSA - Tue, 08/17/2021 - 10:10
The Roanoke Gun Show scheduled for August 21 - 22, 2021 at the Berglund Center has been postponed. The next Roanoke Valley Gun Show is scheduled for October 23 - 24, 2021, venue TBD. In March, Roanoke banned firearms from city-owned parks, libraries and offices as well as from municipal recreation centers and events in public spaces.   At the time, the City Attorney said that gun shows would eventually be prohibited at the city-owned Berglund CenterShowmasters, the show promoter, is looking for a building around the Roanoke area 45,000 - 100,000 sq. ft. with 20 acres or 1,600 parking spaces. If you know of one please contact Showmasters at info@showmastersgunshows.com.  They will pay a finder's fee of $1,000 if they end up using the facility suggested.

Richmond Mayor Blames Gun Owners for Spike in Homicide in the City

VSSA - Thu, 08/05/2021 - 09:51

 Bearingarms.com's Cam Edwards has the story here.  As Cam reported, Mayor Levar Stoney said:

… “I’m incredibly concerned,” Stoney said. Adding, “No, it’s not the 1990s, that’s not the case, but still, when a person loses their son or daughter to gun violence, that’s a problem for all of us.“

He said that he believes Chief Gerald Smith is doing everything he can with the resources he currently has. Stoney emphasized that the department can’t just solve crimes but also has to prevent them.

“So, whether there are weapons and firearms and fire power we see in these communities we’ve got to get these guns off the street,” Stoney said.

You notice that he does not delineate between criminals using firearms and firearms in general.  Stoney is known for being vehemently anti-rights.  You can watch Cam's full discussion below.


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King George 4H Shotgun Club 2021 Season Supported By VSSA

VSSA - Fri, 07/16/2021 - 15:19

The King George 4H Shooting Club had a very active 2021 season and VSSA was able to provide support for the team this year.  That support would not be possible without our members who renew their memberships each year.  This year's support allowed  the fifteen (15) member Club to conduct weekly practices at their home club at Northern Virginia Gun Club as well as attend offsite shooting events.  Below are a few of this year's activities and photos from the season.

Team members Owen, Ethan, Ken©, Kendall, Nathan, John, Jordan, Jim, James, Jessica, Kenny© Scott, Jon© and Adam attended. Grace, Kiersten and Alex were unable to attend.

2021 Virginia Youth Trap League (VYTL)

The VYTL was a 7-week 50 round per week league shooting 16yd Trap singles conducted at and sponsored by ATA Registered Clubs across Virginia. Approximately ninety VA youth participated in the 2021 VYTL. Twelve KG4HSC members shot in the VYTL at Northern Virginia Gun Club (NVGC) during April and May. The VYTL awards were presented June 6 2021 as a part of the award/results of the 2021 VA AIM Championship. Kendall Rhodes won the 2021 Overall Virginia VYTL Championship with a top score of 246/250. John Parker won the 2021 Virginia VYTL Junior Gold Class Championship with a top score of 238/250.

Kendall and John were awarded Trophies, shells and gift certificates for performance/scores in the VYTL. Kendall won a metal, 17 boxes of shells and a Cabela Gift Certificate John won a medal, 4 boxes of shells and a Cabela Gift Certificate  

2021 Virginia ATA/AIM Championship

 The Virginia Trapshooting Association (VTA) conducted the Virginia AIM Championship June 6 2021 as part of the 33 Annual Virginia Hall of Fame Trapshooting Tournament at the Winchester Gun Club (WGC).

John Parker was the 2021 AIM Junior Gold Class Champion with a score of 196/200.
Kendall was the 2021 AIM Junior Gold Lady Champion with a score of 188/200.

The KG4HSC Junior Gold Team was runner-up in the Junior Gold Team Championship with a score of 869/1000.  The championship winning team had a score of 898/1000.0

Jr Gold Team Members were Owen, Ethan, Nathan, Kendall, and John.

Junior Team Members participating in the ATA/AIM Champions were Jessica, Jordan, Scott and James

AIM “Shoot-Off” AwardsKendall won the “Shoot-Off” for a Leather engraved shooting bag. Eight Youth shooters competed in the event. Kendall won her 5-person team event with a 25/25. She then went head-to-head with the winner of the second team. She won that match and the Leather engraved shooting bag with a 24/25.

A five-member team was selected in a “shoot-off” for shotgun shells. Jessica won a case (10 boxes) of shells. Her score was 15/25.

Congratulations to all of these young shooters.  VSSA was happy to contribute to your success.


Bongino Takes A Look At 2015 Column Comparing Attack on Smoking and Guns

VSSA - Tue, 07/13/2021 - 12:10

In yesterday's Dan Bongino Podcast, Bongino took a look back at a 2015 Op/Ed written by Jonah Goldberg that compared the anti-rights crowd's attack on guns, to the attack on tobacco in the 90s.  In the article, Goldberg looked at why the gun ban crowd has been an utter failure compared to the success that the anti-smoking campaign achieved when it went after tobacco.

For a long time, smoking cigarettes was seen as even more American than owning a gun. Hollywood’s golden age is like a celluloid smoking lounge. The opening scene of “Casablanca” is a close-up of an ashtray with a lit cigarette. The camera pans out and Humphrey Bogart takes a nice long drag.

Cigarettes, much like guns, were deeply tied to notions of masculinity — remember the Marlboro Man? But they were also symbols of urbane sophistication, for men and women alike (Marlene Dietrich in “Morocco,” Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”). James Bond was a chain smoker. In the books, he smoked 60 a day. Sean Connery cut back, just a bit, for the movies.

Now cigarettes are so widely reviled that the MPAA includes smoking along with violence and sex in its warning language.Goldberg went on to conclude that to the gun ban crowd, guns are like cigarettes — products that when used as intended only hurt or kill people. The real reason the war on guns has been such an abysmal failure is that they aren’t alike after all, because there are many uses for a firearm, whether it is hunting, sport shooting, or self defense.  You can watch Bongino talk about the article below.


New Book Published by VSSA Member Dennis Chapman

VSSA - Fri, 07/09/2021 - 10:44

 A new book titled "The AR-15 Controversy: Semiautomatic Rifles and the Second Amendment" was recently published and the author, Dennis Chapman, is a VSSA member.  Dennis is an attorney and retired Army officer. He wrote this book with the express purpose of refuting and demolishing all of the arguments, misconceptions and distortions regularly raised to support banning the AR-15 Rifle.  

Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this book examines common assumptions about the capabilities, applications, utility, and lethality of semiautomatic rifles such as the AR-15. Informed by multiple domains including law, criminology, military doctrine, personal safety, and recreation, this book explores topics such as whether or not the AR-15 is, in fact, a "weapon of war"; whether such firearms are more lethal in the hands of criminals than other firearms; and the utility of the AR-15 and similar rifles in legitimate civilian shooting applications including self-defense, targeting shooting, competitive shooting, hunting, and collecting. Topics include firearms technology in the courts; the movement to ban the AR-15; military vs. civilian firearms; the emergence of semiautomatic firearms technology; the specific features of the AR-15 and other "assault-style" firearms; infantry combat and violent crime compared; and the prevalence of the AR-15 and similar firearms as civilian self-defense and sporting arms.


You can get a copy of the book at:

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/AR-15-Controversy-Semiautomatic-Rifles-Amendment/dp/0578928035/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=AR-15&qid=1624151136&s=books&sr=1-6

 

Barnes & Noblehttps://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-ar-15-controversy-dennis-chapman/1139699694?ean=9780578928036 

VSSA Video Call with Second Amendment Foundation's Glen Caroline

VSSA - Fri, 07/09/2021 - 09:16

 If you weren't able to join us for the video conference call with the Second Amendment Foundation's Director of External Affairs Glen Caroline, you can view the recording of the recording here.