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Gun Ban Groups Pushing Biden to Take "Executive Actions" on Gun Control

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 09:16

Bloomberg's gun ban online publication "The Trace" writes this morning that gun ban groups are urging Biden to take seven steps to enact gun control without legislative approval:

With control of the Senate hinging on the double-feature runoff in Georgia and Democrats positioned for a slim majority at best, party officials and advocates — as well as a collection of 85 gun reform organizations — are pressing the incoming Biden-Harris administration to take swift executive branch actions to curb gun violence. As my colleague Chip Brownlee breaks down, Biden does have significant power to direct agencies, launch rule-making processes, and appoint leadership around the agenda of strengthening gun restrictions and increasing resources for reducing shootings. Among the possibilities: cracking down on untraceable “ghost guns,” creating an interagency task force, banning the importation of assault weapons, and restructuring the ATF to enforce existing gun laws.This is the second piece this week that mentions ATF's regulatory ability. Earlier this week, John Crump wrote at Ammoland.com that during an ATF conference call, Acting Director Regina Lombardo told those on the call that the Biden transition team has reached out to the ATF to find out what the agency’s “top priorities” are.  
Also this week, Mark Oliva appeared on Bearingarms.com's Cam and Company to dicuss the possibility of a Biden backdoor gun ban.  Oliva told host Cam Edwards that there's reason to believe that Biden and his anti-gun allies are already looking at ways to do a run around Congress and the Constitution.

The idea of "Executive Actions" just stands our Constitution on it's head.  The Founders did not envision as system of government where the executive branch could create laws.  That is the purview of the legislative.  Elections indeed have consequences.

Georgia Run-off Election is Ground Zero for Gun Rights

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:52

There are two races for the U.S. Senate in Georgia that will determine whether gun owners have a firewall against a President Joe Biden and his gun ban schemes.  As Gun Talk Radio host Tom Gresham said last week, and reiterated on his radio program yesterday, gun owners need to step up and do what it takes to insure that Democrats do not win those two seats.

If you don't want what happened in Virginia to happen nationally, VSSA urges you to make a donation to help win the Georgia Senate run-off elections.

Abigail Spanberger: I Support the Second Amendment, But...

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 16:28

Seventh District Democrat Representative Abigail Spanberger likes to say she supports the Second Amendment and even tries to shore up that claim by saying she carried a gun during her time with the CIA and that she grew up with guns in the house.  She repeated that line last night during the candidates forum with her opponent, Delegate Nick Freitas.

But like most Democrats who claim to support the Second Amendment, she always has that "but".  She has already voted in favor of criminalizing private sales (so-called "universal" background checks), and she supports the usual measures aimed at gun owners, things like laws that take away an individuals firearms without due process ("red flag" laws) and banning modern sporting rifles.  

Spanberger has tried real hard to portray herself as a "moderate" who works "across the aisle" with "Democrats and Republicans".  You can't turn on the Rush Limbaugh radio program on AM1140 WRVA without hearing her commercials multiple times during the program.  The fact that she would even advertise on Limbaugh's program shows that she is trying to convince right leaning voters that she is one of them.

Don't be fooled. Spanberger is no moderate.  She votes with Nancy Pelosi 91% of the time.  If you live in the 7th Congressional District, vote for Delegate Nick Freitas.

Virginia Gun Sales Soar in 2020 - Breaking 2016 Record

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 17:23

 WRIC has the story.  

Data from the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center, which has tracked mandatory background checks on buyers since 1990, shows estimated firearm sales have spiked in 2020, a year rocked by the global pandemic and protests across the country.

There have been 587,107 background checks in Virginia through September, surpassing the annual record in 2016 of 505,722. Gun sales have risen nationally, with statistics from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System showing an average of more than three million background checks from March through August. 

Voter Registration Deadline is October 13

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 17:19

Voting is one of the most important privileges we have as American citizens. In 2016, only 61.4% of the voting age population in the United States reported voting. The 2020 election is less than a month away and it is imperativel that gun owners participate in the 2020 election. 

Don't risk your rights! If you are not registered to vote or have moved and need to register at your new place of residence, you only have until Tuesday, October 13 to register.  To register to vote in Virginia, visit the StateBoard of Elections website for more information on voter eligibility and the registration process.  You can register online as well as in person.
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ATF’s Action Against Q, LLC’s (Q) Honey Badger Pistol

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 12:29

You have likely heard about ATF’s action against Q, LLC’s (Q) Honey Badger Pistol and its status as a purported short barrel rifle.  ATF sent Q a "Cease and Desist" letter.  If you are not familiar with this situation, you can find more information by clicking here.  I've seen a lot of gun folks on social media (many that I respect and consider good sources of information) using this as an example of President Trump not being sufficiently pro-gun, basically because ATF is an executive branch agency and supposedly carries out administration policy.  If you know anything about how the federal government works, you know that the bureaucracy regularly does everything they can to undermine Republican administrations.   I was listening to a gun podcast yesterday that featured an interview with Alex Bosco from SB Tactical, and he believes that this decision is exactly that - bureaucrats trying to undermine the President a month out from the election to cause problems with an important part of his base.  I urge you to listen to the interview.  You can hear the interview by clicking here.

Please everyone take action and get involved. This cannot be allowed to stand.  First, here is the organization Alex mentioned in the podcast linked above:
FRAC: https://www.fracaction.org/

It is not too late to make your voice heard.  VSSA strongly urges you to contact the Department of Justice and demand they take swift action to stop and reverse ATF’s efforts to issue arbitrary and capricious decisions affecting millions of legal gun owners.

Additionally, VSSA encourages you to reach out to the White House and ask President Trump to rollback ATF’s agenda:

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VSSA Junior Pistol State Championship

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 10:08
By Mark Budgeon
Twenty junior pistol athletes competed in the VSSA State Championship held Sunday, September 27, 2020. The NoVA Sharpshooters sponsored the competition which included two events: sport pistol and air pistol.

In the morning, six athletes gathered at the Rifle Pistol Range to compete in sport pistol. This event uses a .22 long rifle, semi-auto pistol with iron sights. Targets are placed at 25 yards. The 60-shot match includes two stages: precision and rapid fire. During the precision stage, shooters fire 30 shots at a precision target. This stage is very similar to NRA bullseye slow fire. During the rapid-fire stage, shooters fire 30 shots at a rapid-fire target. The rapid-fire stage is not like NRA bullseye. In sport pistol rapid fire, the shooters fire six series of five shots. The gun is held in the “ready” position which is 45 degrees from the horizontal. At the fire signal the shooter raises the gun to the target and has three seconds to fire the shot. Then the shooter returns to the “ready” position. This cycle continues until five shots are completed.

VSSA President, Joe Turner, presented awards to the top three competitors as well as medals to the winners in various age categories. It is worthy to note these six athletes went on to compete in the second event which was 10-meter air pistol.Suman Sanghera Champion (Center), Ethan Jardines 2nd Place (Left), Victor Mou 3rd Place (Right), VSSA President Joe Turner (Right)
In the afternoon, fourteen juniors competed in the 10-meter air pistol match held at the Sills Air Range. During the 10-meter air pistol match, athletes used a .177 caliber air pistol with iron sights and fired 60 shots at an electronic target placed at 10 meters.
The air pistol event included two qualification relays with the top eight athletes going on to compete in a finals match. The finals match uses an elimination process. A total of 24 shots determines the winner of the finals match. Points from the finals match are then added to the qualification match score to determine the overall champion.

VSSA President, Joe Turner, presented awards to the top three competitors as well as medals to the winners in various age categories.

Suman Sanghera Champion (Center), Victor Mou 2rd Place (Left), Connor Shea 3rd Place (Right), VSSA President Joe Turner (Left)
Sport Pistol Competitors: Suman Sanghera (Champion), Ethan Jardines (2nd), Victor Mou (3rd), Ethan Greenhaw (J2 Gold), Josephine Mou (J2 Silver), Lauren Creese (J3 Gold)

Air Pistol Competitors: Suman Sanghera (Champion), Victor Mou (2nd), Connor Shea (3rd), Christina Alvarez (J2 Gold), Ethan Jardines (J2 Silver), Josephine Mou (J2 Bronze), Lauren Creese (J3 Gold), Landon Cerrone (J3 Silver), William Regala (J3 Bronze), Zachary Dantzlerward, Ethan Greenhaw, Erin Reeder, Olivia Creese, Graham Jardines

Wall Street Journal: Gun Control Hurts Those Who Most Need A Gun

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 13:33

 Recently, the Wall Street Journal had this report on the increase in gun sales in America.

2020 Annual Raffle Winners

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 09:06

 At the VSSA Annual Meeting on Saturday, the winners of this year's Annual Raffle were drawn. The winners are:

1st Prize - Sig Sauer P365 SAS - Scott B. Montvale, VA

2nd Prize - $200 Bass Pro Gift Card - Vickie H. - Bowling Green, VA

3rd Prize - $100 Cash - John F. - Oakton, VA

Congratulations to the winners!  This was one of our more popular raffles in recent years.  Thanks to everyone for your support this year.

Gun Rights Policy Conference is This Weekend Online

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 12:16

The Second Amendment Foundation's Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) was moved online this year due to restrictions related to the Wuhan Virus.  There are 120 speakers scheduled to attend.  If you register, you will receive access to a library of gun rights related resources.  You can register at http://www.saf.org/grpc.  You’ll be able to watch all of the GRPC events live on YouTube and Facebook.  If your register for the event, you can also take part in several virtual events on both Friday and Saturday evenings via Zoom, allowing virtual attendees to mix and mingle online with many of the speakers. The theme for this year's event is "Elect Freedom" and it could not be more timely.  Every pro-rights activist should try and take advantage of this opportunity to hear from some of the nation's top gun rights voices.

When It Comes to Gun Control, Facts Don't Matter to Biden

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 08:46

 After the horrific attempted execution of two Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies by a thug this past weekend, Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden took to Twitter to call for a ban on "weapons of war":

Weapons of war have no place in our communities.

We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 14, 2020
Never mind the fact that a handgun was used by the attacker.  Did Biden tip his hand that he thinks all guns are "weapons of war" and call for a complete gun ban?  Probably not but you get the picture.  The term "assault weapons" just means "guns I don't like" so what actually passes as an "assault weapon" is a moving target as we saw with Delegate Mark Levine's HB961 in the General Assembly this year.
Today, Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, writes about this over at The Federalist.Biden is purposefully conflating handguns and criminal activity with lawful firearm ownership. The concern is why. Biden’s tweet clearly labels what he sees in the video as a “weapon of war,” and Biden’s backers, including anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who funds the gun control groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, don’t want everyday Americans to own firearms.

Bloomberg said Americans can’t be trusted with their constitutional right to own a gun. He made this outrageous claim just days after Jack Wilson, a concealed carry permit-holder and member of the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, responded immediately to a murderer in his church and neutralized the threat just six seconds after it began. Bloomberg is now dumping $100 million into Florida to buy the state for Biden and Bloomberg’s gun control fantasy.Biden and Kamala Harris have an extreme plan when it comes to gun control.  As Keene said at the end of his piece, if Biden has his way, Americans will be disarmed and helpless against the criminals that Democrats in our cities refuse to confront.

Will Swing States With Gun Sales Boom See Growth in Gun Voters?

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 15:59

The Washington Free Beacon reports today that nine presidential vote swing states have seen a surge in gun sales over that last several months:

A broader look at monthly sales data, as measured by FBI background checks, confirms swing state voters' eagerness to arm themselves in 2020. The nine states at the epicenter of the presidential race between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden each saw historic seasonally adjusted gun sales in June—larger in all cases than the record-setting sales of March—a sign of surging demand for firearms in the wake of rioting and protests that have turned violent.The story goes on to talk about the number of  first-time buyers according to a National Shooting Sports Foundation survey that estimates 40 percent of gun-store customers in the first half of 2020 were new, and of those, a large number were women and minorities.
The question is will these new gun buyers also become gun voters.  The consensus among those gun store owners interviewed for the story seems to be not right away:Swing state dealers and activists have seen a rush on their inventory as Election Day approaches. They are confident that the surge will create new gun voters, but they have yet to see new gun-rights activists. And with COVID, the economy, and civil unrest dominating the 2020 election, it is not clear gun rights will break through as a significant factor despite the stark contrast in policy proposals from Trump and Biden.

Herring Joins Amicus Brief Defending Ability of States to Enact Gun Control Laws

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 16:43

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has joined a group of 18 state attorneys general supporting the ability of states to pass gun control laws.  The Augusta Free Press has the story here.

Herring and his colleagues filed the brief in the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Duncan v. Bacerra, a lawsuit filed by a group of California gun owners and VSSA's sister organization, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, that challenges California’s ban on high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.  VSSA previously joined an amicus brief with law enforcement groups and other state and local firearms rights groups supporting Duncan's challenge to the law.   In August, a three judge panel of the 9th Circuit affirmed the decision of the District Court striking down the ban.  As expected, California appealed the decision to an en banc panel of the appeals court.

Herring is looking to protect the gun control laws passed in Virginia earlier this year:

“Virginia and every other state has the right and the responsibility to protect their communities by enacting commonsense gun safety measures that will save lives and reduce gun violence,” Herring said. “This year, with a new General Assembly, Virginia was finally able to pass new, widely supported gun violence prevention laws like expanded background checks, a one-handgun-a-month law, a “red flag” law and more. I will continue to fight in court alongside my colleagues to make sure that states have the right to pass their own gun safety measures.”Joining Herring are the usual suspects you would expect - the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

City of Richmond Expands Local Gun Ban

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 08:28

Last night, Richmond City Council passed Mayor Stoney's expansive gun ban in the city.  The Times Dispatch has the story here.  It basically bans firearms at any event, whether it is a permitted event or not, as well as streets around such events: 

The new law, approved Tuesday evening, bans the carrying of guns at any event, whether or not it is formally permitted by the city. The ban would also apply to any public area by an event, including streets, sidewalks, alleys and other public rights of way.

Proposed by Mayor Levar Stoney, the ordinance is intended to lower the risk of violent confrontation between protesters and police, or protesters and counter protesters, as demonstrations against police violence and racial inequality continue across the country.While some council members expressed concerns about the ordinance, they all voted for it in the end:During Tuesday’s special council meeting, however, some council members continued to voice reservations about broadening the ban, expressing concern about how police would enforce the law. Several public speakers at the start of the meeting also questioned whether the ban infringes on their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

“I think it’s really weak. The way it’s written is not great,” said Councilwoman Kristen Larson, who raised concerns about enforcement of the ban in areas adjacent to an event.The City's new police chief said it was necessary based on what happen in Kenosha, WI, last month:In remarks to the council before Tuesday’s vote, Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith noted recent events in Kenosha, Wis., where a 17-year-old fatally shot two people amid recent protests after video emerged of a police officer shooting a Black man in the back seven times. There also was a fatal shooting during recent protests in Portland, Ore.
“When you increase tensions with firearms, it’s just not a good mix,” Smith said. “Sooner or later, we are going to have different groups with different opinions who square off with each other. I believe this will be something we can use to increase safety in all of Richmond.”Mayor Stoney is an anti-rights radical.  He is up for re-election this year.  Unfortunately, when it comes to Second Amendment issues, none of his opponents can be counted as friends of gun owners.

A Conversation with USCCA's Tim Schmidt

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 15:54
Today's BearingArms.com's Cam and Company featured a conversation with the United State's Concealed Carry Association's (USCCA) Tim Schmidt.  USCCA is headquartered in Wisconsin so it is timely that Cam chose to speak with Schmidt today.

Schmidt told Cam that there is a “sleeping giant” in America.  These people believe in the free market, "old-school" American values, and they want to protect their homes and their families. When it comes to the situation related to Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17 year-old who went to Kenosha to "protect businesses" and ended up in a life or death situation, Schmidt told Cam "people need to know exactly what they’re doing before they get themselves into trouble."

This Fredericksburg 911 Call Illustrates the Importance of Voting in November

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 12:03

I was listening to the Polite Society Podcast today (episode 555).  Part of the discussion (about 25 minutes in) was about a 911 call on June 13 that has not gotten much attention in the mainstream media and only got some play on social media.  I know this is the first time I have heard it.  A young mother in Fredericksburg and her daughter got caught in the middle of a protest (I would call it a riot as peaceful protesters don't jump on cars) and their car was blocked.  She calls 911.  Listen to what happened.  Fredericksburg City Hall told police they were not allowed to interfere with protesters.  The young mom was told she had to call City Hall and complain.  If this doesn't illustrate the importance of voting in November, nothing does.  Don't think for a minute that if Joe Biden wins this type of thing will stop, it will only get worse.

VSSA · Polite Society Podcast Talks about June 13 Fredericksburg 911 Call

Violence in Kenosha, WI, Drives Spike in Area Gun and Ammo Sales

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 10:55

Cam Edwards has the story over at Bearingarms.com.  And it appears that a lot of those folks are first time gun buyers who want to protect their homes.  Cam's piece quotes a TMZ report and a local gun shop owner, Joesph LaJoy, said he sold out of every handgun and shotgun as well as all of the ammo he had in his store.  LaJoy told TMZ that the majority of sales were to people who did not previously own firearms.

Fortunately for people in Wisconsin, there are no waiting periods.  In places like Illinois and New Jersey where you have to have a permit to own a firearm, you can't just go and buy your first firearm and walk out the same day.  You have to wait on your permit.  And in California, you have a 10 day waiting period for gun purchases.  The Governor of New Jersey has proposed new taxes and fees on gun permits and Firearms Identification Card (FID).  Governor Phil Murphy has proposed an increase of $48 on the fee people must pay to buy a handgun permit in the state and an increase of $95 on the fee for every firearms identification card, among other gun fee hikes.

It has never been more important to vote.  If Biden wins, and the Democrats take the Senate and hold the House, you can expect a push by the federal government to "incentivize" states to require a license to own guns among other extreme gun ban proposals.

Will Gun Licensing Be the Next Push in Virginia

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 09:20

 For years, we have been told that we needed background checks on firearm purchases to reduce criminal misuse, even though even Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health determined they had no effect on crime in California.  The researchers involved in that study admitted they were "puzzled" at the outcome.  I guess they set out to find out why because they have come out with a new study that says background checks must be coupled with gun licensing to be effective.  From the Crime Report:

For the study, the researchers compared four statistics—firearm homicide, non-firearm homicide, firearm suicide, and nonfirearm suicide rates.

What they found was striking, the authors wrote.

“Connecticut’s purchaser licensing law, enacted in 1995, was associated with a 28 percent decrease in firearm homicide rates and a 33 percent decrease in firearm suicides from 1996 to 2017,” the researchers found.

The researchers also found that Connecticut’s suicide rates fell 23 percent from 1996 to 2006, and even more drastically — 40.5 percent — following Connecticut’s law that allows law enforcement to temporarily remorse firearms from individual’s possession if they threaten to harm themselves or others.

For the study, the researchers compared four statistics—firearm homicide, non-firearm homicide, firearm suicide, and nonfirearm suicide rates.

What they found was striking, the authors wrote.

“Connecticut’s purchaser licensing law, enacted in 1995, was associated with a 28 percent decrease in firearm homicide rates and a 33 percent decrease in firearm suicides from 1996 to 2017,” the researchers found.

The researchers also found that Connecticut’s suicide rates fell 23 percent from 1996 to 2006, and even more drastically — 40.5 percent — following Connecticut’s law that allows law enforcement to temporarily remorse firearms from individual’s possession if they threaten to harm themselves or others.
Then they looked at Maryland and Pennslyvania:But Maryland and Pennsylvania’s data doesn’t reflect this positive outcome, mainly because their states don’t have purchaser licensing laws — they only operate with CBC laws.

Maryland’s 1996 implementation of background check laws have been associated with a 17.5 percent increase in firearm homicide rates from 1997 to 2013, and Pennsylvania’s 1996 CBC implementation is associated with a 21.5 percent increase in homicide rates.

On the other hand, the state of Missouri once had purchaser licensing laws, but repealed them in 2007, creating a spike in gun violence.

After the 2007 repeal, the researchers found that there was an estimated increase in firearm homicide (47.3 percent), nonfirearm homicides (18.1 percent), and firearm suicides (23.5 percent).

Put another way, the estimated percentage increase of firearm homicides occurring after the purchaser licensing laws were repealed translates to between 55 and 63 untimely deaths per year in Missouri, CBS News reported.

Despite the states that have CBC law implementation, the authors write these spikes in gun violence deaths are consistent with a growing body of evidence that shows CBC laws are not effective in curbing firearm deaths — unless they’re coupled with purchaser licensing laws.
The next line in the story tells you all you need to know about this study because it betrays the fact that the researchers were not disinterested individuals looking to find out what happens in certain circumstances. No, they have an agenda.The authors recommend that other states across America should look into implementing purchaser licensing laws, which they deem “necessary.”I added the emphasis on "necessary".  Don't be surprised if you see a licensing bill pop up at the General Assembly in 2021.

Campaign Contacts for 2020

Sat, 08/15/2020 - 16:23

Below are a list of candidates running for Congress and the U.S. Senate for 2020.  These candidates are pro-rights so if you live in their districts, please contact them and find out how you can help between now and Election Day.

If you don't like what happened in the General Assembly this year, all gun owners need to be active in this year's election to make sure it doesn't happen at the national level.  As Glen Caroline of the 2nd Amendment Foundation said recently, now is the time for gun owner activism.                          QUORUM RADIO-WRMI · GLEN CAROLINE 2nd Amendment Foundation

The Hill Op/ED: The Tragic Irony of the New York Lawsuit Against the NRA

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:31

 Legal analyst Jonathan Turley has a great OP/ED at The Hill that lays out the case that New York Attorney General should look in the mirror when it comes to laying out her case against the NRA because she has many of the same issues that she alleges against the NRA:

That is what makes the NRA complaint a tragic irony. If taking power to benefit yourself rather than your organization is the measure, the complaint could indict herself. Her demand to dissolve the NRA in order to pander to voters undermines the case presented by her office. While dissolution is simply absurd, James shows us absurdity and popularity can often move hand in hand in New York politics.

Turley point's out that James is hailed by liberals and the gun ban lobby for calling for disbanding the NRA and is reveling in the accolades. It's a good read.