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Election '21 Post Mortem - Freedom Won

Wed, 11/03/2021 - 12:17

In short, freedom won Tuesday night.  As I right this, the Virginia Public Access Project has called all three races for the GOP.  They also show that the GOP flipped control of the House of Delegates and now have a two seat majority.  Noted in those results is that Roanoke area Delegate Chris Hurst, a vocal advocate of gun control after the shooting of his girlfriend while doing a news story, lost by approximately 11 percent.

These wins put an abrupt stop to the race to make Virginia more like California.  Gun control is dead in the state legislature. for now.  There will be no McAuliffe gun ban.  There will be no so-called "ghost-gun" ban.  But, gun owners must also be prepared for no immediate roll back of the anti-rights laws that passed in 2020 with  the State Senate still controlled by the Democrats.  We likely won't see a concerted effort to roll back those laws until at least 2024, and then only if the GOP retains control of the House and flip at least one or more seats in the State Senate.

Turnout was higher in 2021 than in 2017, and that was driven by voters that favored the GOP candidates.  Clearly, Youngkin and the GOP House candidates did their job of turning out their voters.  And, when you look at the vote totals for the top three races, there was a large number of straight ticket voters as the totals for those candidates were very similar.

Take away from this election?  This is what happens when people turn out to vote.

Defend Firearms Freedom - Defeat McAuliffe

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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.