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Lynchburg Police Urge Gun Owners to Lock Their Cars

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:00
WSLS 10 News in Lynchburg reports that in the last five years, 118 guns were reported stolen out of unlocked cars in Lynchburg.  Lynchburg Police are urging gun owners to lock their cars.

This is a national problem as well.  The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has produced a “Firearms Safety in Vehicles” brochure with tips and precautions for shooters who sometimes have a gun in their car, SUV or truck. Whether you’re heading to the range for a day of trigger time or carrying concealed, the reminder’s applicable.

WSJ: Dick's Sporting Goods Paying a Price for Decision to Stop Selling Guns to People Under 21

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 15:43
The Wall Street Journal has the story here:
Sales at existing stores and websites fell 3.9% for the three-month period ended Nov. 3., driven down by weakness in the company’s hunting and electronics departments, executives said on a conference call with analysts on Wednesday. Those categories accounted for over half of the decline. Weak gun sales also hit other areas like outdoor equipment because fewer hunters are coming to stores, said Lee Belitsky, chief financial officer at Dick’s. It was the chain’s fifth consecutive quarter of sales declines.

In February, Dick’s said it would stop selling assault-style guns and would no longer sell guns and ammunition to people under 21 years old in the wake of a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. At the time, Walmart Inc. also stopped selling guns and ammunition to those under 21, but the retail giant hasn’t said the decision created a slowdown in sales.I think the reason Dick's has seen a downturn while Walmart has not has more to do with the fact Dick's decided to hire lobbyists to push for gun control, something Walmart has not done. I know my household stopped shopping at Dick's for my daughter's sports equipment and started buying from a mom and pop owned sporting goods store in our area.

Virginian Pilot Editorial Page Urges General Assembly to Consider Gun Control

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:27
Tuesday's Virginian Pilot had this editorial calling on the General Assembly to consider additional restrictions on our firearm rights in the upcoming session.  The bulk of the editorial discussed the recommendations of the special legislative committee appointed in the General Assembly after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last February.  House Speaker Kirk Cox set up the committee to consider recommendations that would actually make our schools safer, but specifically said the committee would not consider new gun control.  After praising the committee's 24 recommendations, the Pilot then went for gun control:
Efforts to make schools safe need to be balanced. It would be wrong to turn schools into armed fortresses, and arming teachers is a bad idea. But an approach that ignores the tough issue of gun control also is out of balance.

Consider one proposal that didn’t make the cut for the 24 submitted to the legislature. Del. David Toscano, a Democrat from Charlottesville, backed a recommendation that would allow judges to force family members to lock up guns in their homes if a student demonstrates serious mental-health problems. That sounds sensible, and it wouldn’t cost any money. But it has to do with making guns less readily available, so it won’t be presented.

The committee has produced a number of good proposals in a short time, working within the limits it was given.

The General Assembly should be under no such limitations, however. Legislators should consider these recommendations, but they should also consider all aspects of school safety — including the difficult matter of gun control.There have been very few firearm related bills pre-filed for the 2019 Session but expect a full load of gun control bills to be considered. As always, VSSA will be there protecting the rights of Virginia's gun owners.

Ahead of Taking Over House, Democrats Push for Gun Control in Spending Bill

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 15:06
Roll Call has the story here. Democrats are not happy with a rider in the House version of the FY 19 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill they say would block enforcement of an Obama era requirement that gun sellers in four southwestern border states report to BATFE when an individual buys two or more specified semiautomatic rifles "known to be favored by Mexican drug cartels within a five-day period." They also also want to add a provision allowing the attorney general to block firearm purchases by individuals on a terror watch list (the so-called "no fly no buy" list).

VSSA Receives TacticalPay Radio's Community Organization of the Week Award

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:03

VSSA is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of this week’s Community Organization of the Week from TacticalPay Radio! You can listen to the episode featuring VSSA at: https://www.tacticalpay.com/43-williams/(Note: VSSA is highlighted near the end of the episode if you want to skip ahead to check it out).

TacticalPay Radio Podcast is a weekly podcast show on the Self Defense Radio Network that features in-depth interviews with leading figures in the firearms industry.  It is a production of Tactical Payments, the trusted merchant services partner for the firearms, ammunition and accessories industries. Tactical Payments provides reliable, low cost, and simple debit and credit card processing for firearm related businesses and is a great alternative to the major banks who are more concerned with kowtowing to the gun ban lobby than providing service for valued customers.

TacticalPay Radio is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, and Player FM.  Dedicated TacticalPay Radio listeners nominate organizations that are doing great work in their communities.  From there, those felt to be most worthy of recognition are featured in an episode.

Thank you TacticalPay Radio for this honor and for sharing our mission with your listeners!

Gun Owners Get Win after Tuesday's Special Election to Fill Vacant House of Delegates Seat

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:23
In 2017, Virginia Democrats won 15 seats in the House of Delegates, with Republicans narrowly maintaining a majority at 51-49, which preserved the pro-gun majority by a single seat. Over the summer, Delegate Greg Habeeb resigned to focus on his personal career, setting up a special election to fill the uncompleted term.  On Tuesday, pro-gun Republican Joe McNamara defeated Democrat Carter Turner in that and keeping that crucial pro-gun majority.  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to talk about this one bright spot in Tuesday's otherwise worrisome Virginia results. State Delegate Ben Cline won his congressional seat, so another special election will be held during the holiday season. It cannot be stated strongly enough how important it is that we begin preparing now for the off-year 2019 legislative races. Gov. Ralph Northam would be delighted to sign any gun control bill that came his way should that Second Amendment firewall fail and turn Virginia into New Jersey or California overnight.

Election Post Mortem - Predicted "Blue Wave" More of a Blue Ripple

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:37
Yesterday, the voters appear to have voted for more gridlock as they awarded continued majority control of the U.S. Senate to the GOP while the House of Representatives flipped to Democratic Control.  The latter was helped with the loss of three pro-rights representatives from Virginia - Scott Taylor in the 2nd, Dave Brat in the 7th, and Barbara Comstock in the 10th.  Both Brat and Taylor were defeated by newcomers to the electorial process while Comstock was defeated by Jennifer Wexton, an anti-rights member of the the Virginia General Assembly.

Since the beginning of this election cycle the mainstream media and the left have told us that there would be a "Blue Wave" that would give Democrats large majorities and the House of Representatives and would flip the Senate.  This was thought because the left seemed much more motivated to vote with Donald Trump in the White House.  Then, Chucky Schumer decided to destroy the reputation of a good man, Brett Kavanaugh.  Even before that occurred it has begun to look like taking control of the U.S. Senate was going to be a long shot but Schumer's strategy likely led to the defeats of Senator Joe Donnelly in Indiana, and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

So what does all of this mean for our Second Amendment freedom in the coming two years?  Roll Call wrote this morning House Democrats plan to move forward with criminalizing private firearm sales.  Roll Call also notes that such an effort is likely to stall in the Senate as both the President and the Senate GOP have shown zero interest in any bill that could be construed as infringing upon Second Amendment rights.  All three of the Democrats that flipped seats in Virginia are on board with more restrictions on our rights, including so-called "universal" background checks, banning modern sporting rifles, and banning standard capacity magazines. While Bloomberg's fake news outlet, The Trace, tried to paint the best face on last night's returns by saying pushing gun control did not hurt them, the fact is, at least in the 7th District where I live, not one of Spanberger's television ads mentioned gun control.  In fact, almost all of them failed to even mention she was a Democrat.  I did not see any of the ads for Wexton (10th) and Luria (2nd) but Bloomberg and Gabby Giffords spent heavily in the 10th District.

What the election results do show us is we have a lot of work to do in the suburbs.  That is where House races were lost yesterday according to Roll Call and other news outlets.

In Virginia, we now turn our attention to the state legislative races that will be held in 2019 where the House of Delegates and the State Senate will all be up for re-election.  If we lose the pro-gun majorities in both houses, Virginia will look like New Jersey and California virtually overnight when it comes to gun laws.

Cardinal Cup Action Pistol Championship Results

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:09
The Cardinal Cup Action Pistol Championship was held at Bedford Rifle & Revolver Club on September 30th. The results are as follows:

State Champion- Overall
Kevin Angstadt
Radford, VA

Grand Senior Production and Grand Senior Metallic Sight Winner
Steven Kalinski
Bedford, VA

Lawman Winner
Travis Hayton
Bluefield, VA

Congratulations to the participants and the winners.

Gun Control Activists Successful at Smith and Wesson Holding Company Shareholder Meeting

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 12:35
CNBC has the story here.
The maker of Smith & Wesson firearms lost a prolonged fight with religious groups and other shareholders who have been pushing it to consider a plan to help reduce the harmful effects of its products.

The investors, led by The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, presented a resolution on gun safety at American Outdoor Brand's annual shareholder meeting Tuesday, the same resolution it successfully passed at Sturm Ruger earlier this year. And the preliminary voting showed the shareholders also won this fight.

The proposal calls on American Outdoor Brands, Smith & Wesson's parent company, to put together a report on whether the gun maker is adequately addressing the risks that its products are associated with gun violence and to show evidence it is exploring ways to make safer guns and products to reduce this violence.The CEO of American Outdoor Brands, James Debney, stated the obvious when he said it was a politically motivated vote. This continues the trend of investor activism against gun manufacturers as liberal organizations like the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), among others, have pushed for gun control and prevent pension funds from investing in firearms manufacturers, especially those that manufacture modern sporting rifles. AFT also backed the Interfaith Center's proposal.

Smith and Wesson is the second firearms manufacturer targeted by Interfaith.  Ruger's shareholders passed a similar proposal in May at their stockholder meeting.

Roll Call: Giffords PAC Airs New TV Ad Against Comstock in Virginia

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 09:55
Roll Call reports this morning that the anti-rights Political Action Committee (PAC) of former congresswoman Gabby Giffords is dropping a second TV ad against Virgnia's 10th District representative Barbara Comstock:
The spot, debuting Wednesday and obtained first by Roll Call, opens with footage of a parent playing with a small child.

“Congress should be doing everything it can to protect families from gun violence,” the narrator says. “But time and again, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has sided with the NRA over us.”

The ad is part of Giffords PAC’s $1 million investment in the suburban D.C.-based 10th District, which is near the NRA’s national headquarters. It will air on cable across the district, with heavy play in Loudon and Fairfax counties.The 10th District is thought to be the best "pick-up" opportunity for the Democrats as both Hillary Clinton and Governor Ralph Northam carried the district by double digits.  Every gun owner in the 10th District needs to contact the Comstock campaign and to see how you can help with less than 50 days until the election.

Roanoke City Council Wants to Ban Firearms from Council Meetings

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:09
Earlier this month the Roanoke Times reported that the city council will once again ask the General Assembly to give it the authority to ban firearms from their meetings.  Similar efforts have failed in the past but the much slimmer pro-rights majority now in the House of Delegates has given them hope that this time may be different:
The new proposal is more narrowly tailored. It doesn’t seek a total ban on firearms in the municipal building but instead seeks to bar guns in places where a local governing body is meeting.

The ban would apply only during a council session, not all the time, and it would apply wherever the council meets, even if it’s not in the municipal building.

“That’s a step and it’s only one step,” said Councilman Bill Bestpitch during the meeting of council’s legislative committee, which he chairs.

He noted that there’s ample precedent for what the city is seeking. Guns are banned from local courthouses and parts of the General Assembly itself.

“This is really no different than other arms of government,” he said.NRATV's Kerry Picket discussed the proposal with Dana Loesch on Friday's episode of Relentless.
This makes the special election in the 8th House of Delegate's District to fill the vacant seat left vacant by Delegate Greg Habeeb even more important.  The candidates are E. Carter Turner III (D) and Joseph McNamara (R).  The election will coincide with the General Election on November 6th.

VSSA Life Member Steve Halbrook on Big Banks Denying Services to Gun Companies

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:23
Gun control activists, frustrated by their inability to pass federal gun control laws, are pressuring the nation's largest banks to refuse to do business with firearms manufacturers and retailers. Such policies circumvent the Constitution and federal law.  VSSA Life Member, Second Amendment attorney and scholar Steve Halbrook is taking part in a pro-con debate on the issue in several newspapers. On Friday, Halbrook appeared on NRATV's Cam and Company to discuss his OP/ED and the issue.  He describes Aristotle's warnings about oligarchs - the consequences of concentration of power in the hands of a few. He said that's what's happening with banks like Bank of America and CitiBank, taking it upon themselves to supersede federal and state laws. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing something similar in New York, punishing insurance companies in an effort to suppress the lawful First Amendment speech of the National Rifle Association. The ACLU agrees. Steve says the gun control radicals don't care how their goals are achieved.

2018 Annual Raffle Winners

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 15:52
The winning tickets for this year's Annual Meeting Raffle were drawn last night at the VSSA Annual Meeting.  The winners are below.

1st Prize - Henry Golden Boy Silver Rifle Used for the 1,000 Man Shoot
G. Horne – Hampton, VA

2nd Place - Cabela's $250 Gift Card
R. Keeble – Gore, VA

3rd Place - $100 Cash
R. Morrison, Crewe, VA

Thanks to all of our members who supported this year's raffle.  A special thank you to Mr. Morrison who asked that his prize to support the VSSA War Chest.

VSSA Mourns the Death of A Humble Hero - Dominick Casciano

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 09:06
VSSA and Crush'n Clays® has lost a very dear and loyal supporter. Dominick Casciano passed away September 9, 2018. He was deeply committed to helping the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  For 19 years, Dominick Casciano was a Gold Sponsor for VSSA's Crush'n Clays event benefiting St. Jude. Over that period, he personally donated over $80,000 to the Crush'n Clays event. He was the largest single contributor to the event in our 20 years history. A humble man, he requested no recognition. In fact at this year's event, he requested that his name not appear on the t-shirts along with the other event sponsors. We honored that request. He was always jovial, and generous to a fault. A dear friend, who will be miss immensely. We are now diminished.

Andrew Pollack: Stop Weaponizing Parkland to Advance Dangerous Political Agenda

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 09:12
On the first day of the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, Parkland father and gun control advocate, Fred Guttenberg, made news for walking up to the judge to introduce himself and shake his hand only to have Kavanaugh turn and walk away with his security team.  Guttenberg's daughter Jamie was murdered during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Guttenberg, many in the mainstream media, and others opposing Kavanaugh's confirmation have tried to use this to their advantage.  But as NPR noted, a video posted by NBC News does make it appear that "someone who appears to be a Hill staffer seemingly interceding in the interaction."

Guttenberg was an invited guest of California Senator Diane Feinstein.  He denies that this was part of the strategy concocted by the Democrats to disrupt the confirmation hearings. Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was one of the students killed at Parkland earlier this year, joined Dana Loesch on NRATV last night to demand that politicians and the media stop weaponizing Parkland to oppose Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Judge Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearing Addresses Second Amendment

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 08:08
The New York Times has the story here.

When Senator Diane Feinstein asked Kavanaugh about his opinion in what is known as Heller 2 related to the ban on so-called "assault weapons" in DC, the exchange went like this:
Judge Kavanaugh expressed dismay about gun violence. But he defended a robust view of Second Amendment rights.

He was asked about his 2011 dissent in a case that upheld a ban in Washington on so-called assault weapons. The case was a sequel to District of Columbia v. Heller, the 2008 Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to own handguns for self-defense in the home, striking down an earlier Washington law.

The majority in the appeals court ruled that the later ban was constitutional. On Wednesday, Judge Kavanaugh explained that he dissented because Justice Antonin Scalia’s majority opinion in the 2008 decision required it.

He acknowledged that Justice Scalia had said that many gun control laws were unaffected by the 2008 ruling. “Nothing in our opinion,” Justice Scalia wrote, “should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”

Judge Kavanaugh also said that the 2008 decision allowed machine guns to be prohibited, along with “dangerous and unusual weapons.” But he said semiautomatic weapons presented a different question.

“Most handguns are semiautomatic — something not everyone appreciates,” Judge Kavanaugh said on Wednesday. Similarly, he said, “semiautomatic rifles are widely possessed in the United States.”

“I have to follow the precedent of the Supreme Court as it’s written, and that’s what I tried to do in that case,” he said.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, asked Judge Kavanaugh about the practical impact of his position in light of recent school shootings. He responded that school officials have taken steps to protect students.

“Senator,” he said, “of course the violence in the schools is something we all detest and want to do something about, and there are lots of efforts, I know, underway to make schools safer. I know at my girls’ school they do a lot of things now that are different than they did just a few years ago in terms of trying to harden the school and make it safer for everyone.”

“But as a judge my job, as I saw it,” he said, “was to follow the Second Amendment opinion of the Supreme Court whether I agreed with it or disagreed with it.”Independence Institute Director of Research, Dave Kopel, has written that no nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court has had such a detailed record on Second Amendment as Brett Kavanaugh. The fact that President Trump nominated someone with such a detailed record on the issue says a lot in a time when most Presidents try to avoid controversy in their nominations.  Candidate Trump promised to protect our Second Amendment rights as President.  So far, he appears to have nominated two Supreme Court Justices that are in line with the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the issue.

Attorney General Herring Tells Lee County Can't Use Armed Staff To Protect Students

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:43
Earlier this week, Attorney General Mark Herring released an opinion that the law does not allow Lee County to use armed staff as school security.  The Times Dispatch has the story here.
Herring instructed the Department of Criminal Justice Services that it cannot register teachers as special conservators of the peace (SCOPS) for the purposes of arming them on school grounds.

“Virginia law expressly limits who may possess firearms on school grounds for safety purposes, and the General Assembly declined to enact bills presented every year from 2013 through 2017 to extend this authority to school teachers and administrators,” Herring concluded.I had the opportunity to discuss this with NRATV's Cam Edwards yesterday.

Come See VSSA at the NRA Carry Guard Expo

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:17
Join VSSA at the second annual NRA Carry Guard Expo at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA, September 14-16!  We'll be in Booth 801 next to the NRA Store.

The NRA Carry Guard Expo is an educational and interactive experience dedicated to individuals interested in increasing their knowledge and skills within personal protection, concealed carry and home defense. Whether just starting out or actively engaged in the personal safety and protection of yourself and your family, this unique event will equip you with the products, skills, knowledge and mindset necessary to prepare and defend yourself when a threat arises.

Over the course of the show, you'll have the opportunity to attend an array of seminars and workshops featuring the best personal protection and concealed carry practices taught and demonstrated by leading experts and instructors from across the country. The expo will feature an exhibit hall chock-full of top companies ranging from firearm manufacturers, concealment and storage products and home defense solutions, to knife manufacturers, tactical gear and advanced training options.

Interested in volunteering? If you can spare a couple of hours, you can help introduce VSSA to thousands of gun owners.  We especially a have a need for volunteers on Saturday from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM.  If for some reason you can't attend the VSSA Annual Meeting scheduled for the same time on September 15th, but plan on being at the Carry Guard Expo, please consider volunteering at the VSSA Booth.  If you are interested, please send an email to david.adams@myvssa.org and specifiy when you are available.  We need to submit the names for exhibitor badges by August 29 so please let us know as soon as possible.

10 Days at Camp Atterbury

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:52
By Mike Jamison, VSSA High Power Rifle Chairman

The NRA has moved their portion of the National Championships to Camp Atterbury, Indiana. A scheduling conflict did not permit me to go last year, the first year that they were held there, but I was able to make it this time.

Camp Atterbury had a similar purpose to Camp Perry, historically. It was a POW site for prisoners brought back from Italy. The “Huts” are long gone, however with modern facilities and housing.

The Indiana Guard clearly want us there, as the ranges were well maintained. The grass was mowed and the pits had all new wood in the target frames. NRA brought the crew from Florida that puts on the Orange Blossom Regional at Port Malabar every spring, and they are Good! Brad Sutherland and Joe Yaw were there helping with Range Engineering and Support, and Brad’s wife, Terry and her friend were doing Stats. Results were posted within ½ hour after firing concluded, each day!

Chip Becker, the rifle range director at Port Malabar, was running the pits at Camp Atterbury. They ran very well, with some interesting touches I noticed. In addition to new wood, they were using a vegetable oil on the target carriers that did NOT stain our hands or clothes (a nice improvement). Chip kept the pits running smoothly without having to holler at us (much).

The entire operation, both the line and the pits, ran smoothly, quickly, and efficiently. We were off the line by 2:30 most days.

As a shooter, the caliber of the competition was what I had hoped for. The first day of the Mid-range matches, I shot a personal high: 199 at 300 yards, 198 at 500 yards, and 199 at 600 yards for a 596-27X. That put me in 13th place! The third day I shot a 200-9X at 500 yards, and I didn’t even make the top 10.

While I didn’t win anything, I was pleased with my shooting. There is an old saying: “Steel sharpens Steel.” If you want to get better, shoot against the best.