In the Rimfire Pistol Iron Sights Division, Liberty University took the National Championship with the Virginia Tech CMU besting their archrivals the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit by nearly 20 seconds. At the individual level, Liberty’s Sam Verdoorn and Sam Stover took 2nd and 3rd place respectively among males. In the Rimfire Pistol Optic Division, Virginia Tech’s CMU took 3rd place and at the individual level CMU’s Cadet Adam Jardines took 2nd overall in the male category with Cadet Brianna Smiley taking 3rd in the female category.
In Rimfire Rifle Iron Sights, Liberty University’s “Blue” squad took the championship with its “Red” squad taking 3rd place. At the individual level, Christian Morgan took 2nd place in the male division. In Rimfire Rifle Optic Division, Liberty’s “Blue” squad took 1st place with Timothy “TJ” McFarland taking 2nd for males and Connelly Weems taking 2nd among the females.
In the Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) Division, Liberty again took the national championship, thus capturing the national title in all divisions the university entered. An incredible achievement by the students and their Head Coach, Bill Crawford. At the individual level, Sam Verdoorn took 2nd for males and Connelly Weems took 2nd for the ladies.
SASP State Advisor Dr. Eliot Jardines stated, “Our collegiate teams have achieved tremendous success in a very short period of time. This was only Liberty University’s second time at Collegiate Nationals and their dominance is unquestioned. The Virginia Tech Corps Marksmanship Unit was established just before winter break in mid-December and largely practiced with simulators. To have placed 3rd in a division is a testament to the hard work the cadets put in and to Head Coach Jones’ vision. We look forward to seeing both teams again at the Virginia/West Virginia Championship later this summer at Shadow Hawk Defense.”
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Liberty University athletes with the Tammy Mowry Rifle CupLiberty University Action Shooting TeameamCadets from the Virginia Tech Corps Marksmanship unit and their coach MGySgt Lance JonesVirginia Tech Corps Marksmanship Unit
You can hear the Haas and Moran interview here. If gun ban groups are already working legislators to pass a semi-auto ban, gun owners need to be doing the same thing. We can't wait until January.
The office of Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) said Monday that officials are mulling an appeal after the ruling.
“Governor Northam’s efforts to save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19 are necessary and proving to be effective, but unfortunately, the gun lobby believes the ability to shoot a gun indoors during this pandemic is worth risking further spread of the virus and making Virginia communities and families less safe,” Herring said in a statement.What Herring did not say is that most all of those outdoor ranges that the Governor allowed to remain open are private clubs and are not open to the public like indoor ranges. The Governor lost this one. It will be interesting to see if he decides to just lick his wounds and hope that this is the only setback before finally lifting his "stay-a-home" order, or if he tests his luck with the Virginia Supreme Court and tries to have the injunction overturned.
The key takeaway from the ruling is this quote from Judge Yeatts:
The Governor appears to argue that, when he declares a state of emergency, he can ignore any law that limits his power, even laws designed to limit his powers in a state of emergency.Pretty much sums up both Governor Northam, as well as Attorney General Herring, who defended the Commonwealth/Governor in the suit.
A divided Supreme Court declared on Monday that a Second Amendment challenge to a New York City gun law was made moot by the city and state’s last minute move to change the law in question. The 6-3 ruling saw Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh siding with the liberal wing of the court, while Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch dissented from the opinion, arguing that the decision “permits our docket to be manipulated in a way that should not be countenanced.”Cam went on to detail what Kavanaugh wrote in a concuring opinion:
And I share JUSTICE ALITO’s concern that some federal and state courts may not be properly applying Heller and McDonald. The Court should address that issue soon, perhaps in one of the several Second Amendment cases with petitions for certiorari now pending before the Court.Many had penned their hopes on this case as the first step in putting some teeth into Heller and McDonald, as Justice Justice Alito rightly states in his descent that many lower courts are simply ignoring. VSSA joined in an amicus brief supporting our sister organization in this case.
There are a number of cases still pending before the court, including challenges to New Jersey and Maryland’s concealed carry laws requiring applicants to show “good cause” before they can be approved. We will now have to wait and see which, if any, of those cases the Court decides to take.
Today's action by the Court illustrates how important it is to re-elect President Trump. It is clear we still need at least one, if not two additional justices with an originalist view of the Constitution on the Court.
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Licensees "may carry out the requested activities through a drive-up or walk-up window or doorway where the customer is on the licensee’s property, on the exterior of the brick-and-mortar structure at the address listed on the license," the ATF said in a Friday bulletin.
Transactions may not be carried from "a nearby space" that is not part of the dealers' property unless they are participating in qualified gun shows.
Larry Keane, general counsel for the firearms industry trade group National Shooting Sports Foundation, said Friday that the organization raised the issue with the ATF more than two weeks ago as dealers sought to navigate various government orders limiting business activity.The new guidance comes as gun sales continue to spike due to the Wuhan Coronavirus. While indoor ranges are closed in many states (including Virginia) guns stores remain open in states with the exception of Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York and Washington. The new ATF guidance in no way alters the requirements for background checks.
USA Today went on to suggest that the new guidance may help the sales surge to go higher:
The new guidance could only further fan the surge in gun sales that has shadowed the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Last month, the FBI reported 3.7 million background checks, the most in a single month since the launch of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in 1998. The March numbers surpassed the previous single-month high of 3.3 million checks in December 2015.Firearm retails have provided anecdotal evidence that many of those sales are to first time gun owners. NSSF last week announced a list of resources for first time gun buyers and NRA announced that they have some distance learning alternative firearms training to fill the gap left from indoor ranges being closed in may places. The NRA courses are live video conferencing and are basic safety courses that are easily delivered in a distance learning environment. Video conferencing offers a way to interact with students.
"These courses will provide an option for first-time gun owners who don't have the ability to take an NRA certified instructor-led class at their local shooting range at this time," said Joe DeBergalis, executive director of NRA General Operations. "While there is no replacement for in-person, instructor-led training, our new online classes do provide the basics of firearm safety training for those self-isolating at home."
Those courses include:
- Gun Safety Seminar
- NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course - Distance Learning
- NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course - Distance Learning
- NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course - Distance Learning
Each course, lasting from one to eight hours, is available at NRAInstructors.org.The Distance learning options are live instruction, not a pre-recorded training. I checked one offered this month and the course is live online instruction via video conferencing.
Hat tip Bearingarms.com.
The March number surpasses the previous Virginia record of 75,120 transactions in December 2012, which experts said was fueled by fears of increased gun restrictions after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut.
The March record also adds to what has become Virginia’s longest sustained spike in monthly gun sales ever. It began with December’s 73,849 transactions and continued in January and February with 65,839 and 64,070 transactions, respectively.
State firearm dealers say the surging sales can be attributed to the virus scare, along with the lingering effects of increased gun control measures passed by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.With so many first time firearm purchasers, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has created the below resource that will help in making the purchase, and safely storing the firearm at home when not in use.
With indoor ranges still considered "non-essential" by Governor Northam, and most outdoor ranges are private gun clubs, it will be difficult for these new gun owners to receive training (VSSA is working to get the Governor to change his order on indoor ranges). There are resources however that can be helpful. Gun Talk Radio's Tom Gresham has the "First Person Defender" video series. There is also Rob Pincus' Personal Defense Network web site which has numerous free training videos as well as videos behind their pay wall. While not the same as live fire training, you will learn valuable information from such training videos. Besides the info graphic above, NSSF has a number of resources for first time gun owners. If you know someone that has purchased their first firearm and you have access to an outdoor range, offer to take them so they can learn to safely use their new firearm.
With police cutting back their efforts and inmates are being released from prison, it is prudent for Americans to take responsibility for the safety of themselves and their families. Hopefully, people won’t need guns any more than they do in ordinary times. But in these precarious times, even some of the most anti-self-defense Democrats realize that closing gun stores isn’t going to do anything to reassure people.When the Governor of Illinois of all people recognizes that gun stores are essential businesses, you would think other anti-rights governors could also recognize this fact. Fortunately for Virginians, the Code specifically states that the Governor cannot infringe on our right to keep and bear arms, including purchases.
If the bill does start to gain some steam and our posture needs to change, VSSA will alert members as soon as that happens.
3.2. Emergency Services and Disaster Law,
Nothing in this chapter is to be construed to:
...(3) Empower the Governor, any political subdivision, or any other governmental authority to in any way limit or prohibit the rights of the people to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by Article I, Section 13 of the Constitution of Virginia or the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, including the otherwise lawful possession, carrying, transportation, sale, or transfer of firearms except to the extent necessary to ensure public safety in any place or facility designated or used by the Governor, any political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or any other governmental entity as an emergency shelter or for the purpose of sheltering persons;So, unlike New Jersey and California, Virginians are protected by the Code of Virginia from orders prohibiting gun sales.
Hat Tip Cam Edwards.
Gun sales have skyrocketed in recent weeks as panic over the spread of COVID-19 worsens.
Mark Oliva, the director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry's trade group, said the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) informed his organization that the number of background checks processed on March 16 soared by 300 percent over the same day in 2019.
Federal background checks—which are performed by the FBI and are required when transactions occur through licensed dealers—are seen as a general proxy for gun sales.
Oliva added that, since February 23, the NSSF was told that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has been running roughly double the number of checks it was over the same period in 2019. February was the third highest month ever for NICS background checks since they began in 1998 according to Newsweek. The system saw a 36% increase in background checks. While not a perfect indicator of firearms sales, background checks do provide a snapshot of what is occurring.
After processing over 14,000 background checks last week, the Colorado Bureau of Investigations announced steps it was taking to assist with the increased demand for background checks.
And in Pennsylvania, one gun shop had this to say:
Marty Patterson, assistant manager of National Armory in Moon, called it a “panic.”
“They’re guarding their toilet paper, pretty much,” he said. “It’s media hype, really — a panic spread by the media. Mostly they’re buying stuff to protect their home, a lot of shotguns, but — of course — handguns, too.”This is not to say the Wuhan Coronavirus is not serious, it is. But there has been no proportionality related to media coverage of the illness. This nation has seen two other serious foreign pandemics in the last 10 years (both originated in China) yet opponents of the President are using this to gain an advantage in this year's election.
Regarding the San Jose gun show closure, the Mayor has closed it due to the city's "shelter in place" order. Cam Edwards has the story at the above link.
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The company’s plans to eliminate the hunting department at about 440 more Dick’s Sporting Goods locations follows the earlier removal of the department at 135 stores. The company had 850 stores at the end of the last fiscal year, most of which were Dick’s Sporting Goods locations.
In 2018, following the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school, Dick’s said it would sell guns only to people at least 21 years old, and would stop selling assault-style rifles at its 35 Field & Stream stores. The company stopped selling assault-style rifles at its flagship Dick’s stores following the 2012 deadly shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
Firearms and ammunition are a shrinking part of the company’s business but Dick’s CEO Edward Stack has taken a public stance on the issue and lobbied for more stringent restrictions on firearms sales.That shrinking part is largely do to a number of gun owners ending their patronage after Stack joined forces with the gun ban lobby and actively pushed for increased gun control. Shortly there after the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, expelled the retailer from the association's membership.
The retailer also reported its latest financial results yesterday and said it expects same-store sales for this fiscal year to be between about flat to up 2%. Last year Dick's saw the company’s same-store sales increase by 3.7%. Stack has admitted that the company took a sales hit after he became a proponent for gun control.
I am a VSSA member and did vote in this last election. I think we’re going to get creamed if we don’t get everybody out to vote next time. I’m surprised when I speak with people now after what’s happened & that they’re not even registered to vote or don’t know how.
Question for you, can we please put on the VSSA site front page a link on how to register or where to register to vote? To answer the questions, a link will be put on the VSSA web site. But to the larger point, this member was willing to identify (by name) as one of what is likely thousands of gun owners who did not vote last year and are now seeing the result of that inaction. The question is, how many of the others are now willing to do next time what they did not do in 2019?
Nearly 66,000 background checks were performed in Virginia in February as the state's Democratic-controlled legislature weighs a number of strict background checks—a steep increase from the 40,381 checks performed in February 2019. Virginia experienced one of the most dramatic upticks in background checks—a strong indicator of total sales—in the nation, according to data released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Gun sales are up nationwide with average growth rates of 16.7 percent, according to the report, but the surge was especially dramatic in Virginia where checks rose by 63.4 percent compared to 2019.
The spike in Virginia gun sales, which have increased for four consecutive months, shows that guns remain at the forefront of many residents' minds. While Democrats dropped a proposal to ban so-called assault weapons after facing public backlash from Second Amendment activists, they have moved forward on seven other gun-control measures; five have already passed through both chambers while two more are slated for a conference committee. The remaining proposals—including a red flag bill, a one-gun-a-month purchase limit, and a universal background check bill—appear to be enough to drive Virginians to their local gun stores. The story quoted a representative of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) as saying the increased sales numbers should send a clear message to lawmakers as they weigh additional restrictions.
"They see that their elected representatives are infringing on their Second Amendment rights and they're buying the firearms they want to provide for their own protection."The General Assembly is scheduled to wrap-up work tomorrow. A number of bills, including reinstating handgun rationing and a red flag law are already on their way to the Governor. The handgun rationing bill does include an exemption for people who have a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) so expect the number of people with permits to increase along with the sales that have already surged.
HB 2 Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks, penalty. This bill was amended by the Senate to only require background checks on the sale of firearms, loaning a firearm to a friend or neighbor, or giving a firearm as a gift would not require a backgound check. Today, the Conference Committee recommended that the Senate Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (Senate Version of the bill) be accepted to resolve the matter under disagreement. 03/05/20 House: Conference report agreed to by House (54-Y 44-N) The Senate still needs to vote.
SB 70 Firearm transfers; criminal history record information check, penalty. No conference report has been provided but it is expected to be the same result as HB2.
HB 1499 Virginia Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund; created. The Senate Version of the bill removed all references to "gun violence" and simply created the "Virginia Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund. Today, the Conference Committee recommended that the Senate Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute be rejected and that the engrossed House bill be accepted to resolve the matter, which reinserts all references to "gun violence" as it was introduced. 03/05/20 House: Conference report agreed to by House (64-Y 34-N) The Senate Still needs to vote.
Thursday the Senate agreed to the House amendments to the companion bill of HB1499, SB248, on a vote of (23-Y 17-N) which now puts both bills in the same status.
HB 812 Handguns; limitation on purchases, penalty. (Handgun rationing). The Senate amended this bill to include an exemption for concealed handgun permit holders as the Senate version included. Today, the Conference Committee recommended that the Senate Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute be accepted to resolve the matter. 03/05/20 House: Conference report agreed to by House (51-Y 48-N). The Senate still needs to vote.
SB 69 Handguns; limitation on purchases, penalty. The Conference Committee Recommended that the House Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute be rejected and that the Senate engrossed bill (that included the exemption for concealed handgun permit holders) be accepted to resolve the matter under disagreement. 03/05/20 House: Conference report agreed to by House (52-Y 47-N). The Senate still needs to vote.
SB 71 Firearms; possession on school property. No conference report has been presented.
SB 263 Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence, effective date. The House had amended this bill to remove all references to NRA Certified Training as an acceptable demonstration of competence in addition to removing the option for online training. The House had already accepted the Senates changes to the companion bill which had added NRA Certified Training back to the bill and only removed the online training option. The Conference Committee recommended the original Senate bill. This means that both version now include NRA Certified Training as an option for demonstrating competence. The House approved the conference report yesterday. The Senate has not voted.
SB 64 Paramilitary activities; penalty. Provides that a person is guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity if such person brandishes a firearm or any air or gas operated weapon or any object similar in appearance while assembled with one or more persons with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons with any firearm, any explosive or incendiary device, or any components or combination thereof. Such unlawful paramilitary activity is punishable as a Class 5 felony. 03/05/20 House substitute agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N).
The Session is nearing its end. Expect the Senate to vote on the conference reports today.