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21st Annual VSSA's Crush'n Clays Another Success

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 18:56
Last Saturday, 90 shooters gathered under mostly sunny skies to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the 21st Annual VSSA's Crush'n Clays.  In the first 20 years, this event, which is the nation's longest running clay target charity event, raised over $375,000 for this worthy cause.

During lunch, a special presentation was made to the family of the late Dominick Casciano, in recognition of his longtime support and sponsorship of the event.

The final results for the day of shooting are below.

Bernie Koderski 2019 Crush n Clays Champion
Mike Gilbert Class A Champion
Bob Walla Class B Champion
John Anderson Class C Champion
Bill Patterson Class D Champion

Team Awards (honors only)
1st Place
Piedmont Sportsmen Club - 132
Lu Charette
Mark Charette
J.R. Wingfield
Andrea Smith

2nd Place (Tie) -124
Trigger Time Youth
Christian Applegate
Kevin Higgins
Austin Hill
Zach Zedmak
Nick Walla

2nd Place (Tie) -124
Casciano TM 1
Dominick Casciano III
Dale Clark
Leo Roppo
Richard Musser
Ernie Lyles

3rd Place - 122
D&F Construction
Mike Burlein
Mike Gilbert
Will Hobson
John Dywler

Congratulations to all the individual and team winners and thanks to all of the participants for supporting this event for 21 years. Hope to see you all next year.

Why Gun Control is Not the Answer to What Happened in Virginia Beach.

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:24
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has reached into the playbook of the gun ban lobby and is using the tragedy in Virginia Beach on May 31st to try and resurrect his political career and call for more gun control.  Never mind the fact that nothing he is proposing would have stopped the shooter from committing his crime.  Last Friday, Amy Swearer of the Heritage Foundation wrote this article and laid out the case for why gun control is the wrong answer to this shooting.
Northam’s proposals show a deep misunderstanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying gun-related violence in general, and mass public shootings in particular.

Worse, they inherently place the blame for these criminal actions on the shoulders of hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Virginia gun owners who will never use their firearms in an unlawful manner.She goes on to point out that according to data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), data which by the way CDC declined to publicize, indicates that the number of annual defensive gun uses is likely around 1 million.  She concludes her article by pointing out law-abiding citizens are not made safer by enacting restrictions that make it more difficult to defend themselves, especially when those restrictions don’t really address the "real mechanisms of criminal gun use."   All we do is "tie one hand behind their backs" while "congratulating ourselves for having 'just done something' about gun violence."

Amy was on NRATV's Relentless with Dana Loesch to talk more about her article.

Senator Janet Howell: We would have citizens wandering the halls carrying Uzis and other assault weapons

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:18
That was State Senator Janet Howell's description of the annual Second Amendment Lobby Day at the General Assembly in E. J. Dionne's Washington Post article on Governor Northam's push for gun control in a special session.  Senator Howell wasn't the only one quoted though.  There is this from former State Senator and now Congresswomen Jennifer Wexton:
If you want to know how things have rolled in Virginia on the firearms issue, consider that Gun Lobby Day is an unofficial but highly memorable event held every year at the state Capitol on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“That was so wrong for so many reasons,” Jennifer Wexton, a former state senator who is now a member of Congress, observed about the timing of the pro-firearms offensive. Wexton, first drawn to politics in part by her desire for tougher gun laws, said that the state Senate’s Republican leadership would “put up all the gun bills on that day and kill them, one after another.”You see, even though Governor Northam claims the GOP majority holds "early morning meetings" where they kill everything, the fact is, the State Senate holds hearings on the bills with the most people are at the General Assembly to be heard - on Martin Luther King Day when a number of groups hold lobbying days, not just the pro-rights community, but the anti-rights folks hold a rally at the Bell Tower and are there for the Senate Courts of Justice Committee meeting.  On the House side, the subcommittee that hears gun related bills meet at 4:00 PM on Thursday afternoons in a usually packed meeting room and both pro-rights and anti-rights supporters are there to speak for or against legislation.

So, no Ms. Wexton, it isn't wrong for so many reasons.  And, no, there weren't people runing around the halls of the General Assembly Building with "Uzis and other assault weapons".

Delegate Todd Gilbert on Governor Northam's Call for Gun Control Special Session

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 14:50
Delegate Todd Gilbert was on the Virginia Talk Radio Network this morning talking about Governor Northam's new calls for gun control and a special session.

VSSA Talks Governor Northam's Gun Control on Cam and Company

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 14:09
Legislative Director David Adams was on NRATV's Cam and Company last night talking about the Governor's call of a gun control special legislative session,

Don't Get Distracted

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:49
Folks, I've seen a lot of chatter from people upset about the President's comment related to suppressors after a reporter's shouted question as he was boarding the plane for Europe and later in an interview with Peirs Morgan. I put his response in the same category as the comment that the press said was a slap at the Duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle, that was nothing of the sort - it's a distraction.  As a friend recently commented on social media, we need the President to keep packing the courts as this is already paying dividends.  The Hearing Protection Act isn't happening with a Democrat led House and less than 60 votes for it in the Senate.  We need to keep our eye on the ball.  The Court is literally the only way gun rights will move forward for the foreseeable future. 

And while we are at it.  Would someone please have Donald Jr. educate his dad on suppressors! 

WRIC Live Feed of Governor Northam's News Conference to Call Special Session

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 10:00
News Conference will begin at 10:00 AM

Governor Northam Calls for Special Session to Take Up Gun Control in Response to Virginia Beach Shooting

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 09:54
The Roanoke Times reports that Gov. Ralph Northam will recall lawmakers to the state Capitol in coming weeks to take up a package of gun-control legislation he said is urgently needed to prevent killings like Friday's mass shooting in Virginia Beach.  In this morning's announcement he said he will call legislators back later this summer.  He will hold a 10:AM news conference that will be available on this blog.
He said in an interview that he wants the Republican-controlled General Assembly to hear from the public about the need for "common-sense" law related to guns and accessories.

Republicans have previously rejected Northam's gun control bills out of hand, but a top GOP lawmaker signaled Monday that he's open to a legislative debate.

Northam's expected announcement comes less than a week after Virginia Beach city employee DeWayne Craddock used two semi-automatic handguns, a silencer and extended ammunition magazines to kill 12 people, all but one them colleagues he had worked with for years, and injure several others. Craddock was then killed in an intense gunbattle with police during which a bullet hit one officer in a bulletproof vest.

Northam's package of bills includes legislation that directly relates to Friday's shooting — including a ban on silencers and high capacity ammunition magazines as well as broadening the ability of local governments to limit guns in city buildings. But Northam said other recent shootings, including the death last month of a 9-year-old girl who was shot at a community cookout in Richmond, are also driving his call for a special session.

Suppressors are currently legal in Virginia, but an individual has to undergo what amounts to a federal anal exam from ATF after paying a $200 tax before a purchase can be completed.  It normally takes at least six months for the process to run it's course.

Some law enforcement told news outlets on Saturday that the suppressor did not necessarily make it easier for the killer to complete his plan and that it was likely his familiarity with the building that allowed him to kill so many.

Contact you legislators now and let them know that you oppose any new restrictions on your rights.

New York State Rifle and Pistol Association vs. New York City

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 12:44
As was mentioned in last Friday's eBullet, VSSA joined an amicus brief in the above reference case challenging New York City's ban on taking a licensed handgun out of the licensee’s home; the only exception to that ban is that the handgun may be taken to a gun range within the City. The U.S. Supreme Court decided earlier this year to hear an appeal to the 2nd Circuit's finding in favor of New York City. You can find a copy of the brief by clicking here.

Virginia Gazette: After Feds Ban Bump Stocks, None Turned In to Local Police

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 12:13
It could be that not many Virginian's owned bump stocks, or it could be anyone who owned one destroyed the accessory, but according to a report in the Virginia Gazette, none have been turned into local police in Williamsburg, James City County and York County.  Additionally, the ATF is not keeping track of the number that is being turned in nationally.
On the national level, the ATF has decided not to track the number of bump stocks turned into its offices for disposal, according to Washington Field Division spokesman Michael Boyer.

“We are not providing any numbers, and as far as I know we're not compiling any numbers,” Boyer said of the returned bump stocks. “We don't have any numbers or any of that information to give.”

Boyer cited the multiple disposal methods — turning the devices into local and national authorities as well as owners destroying the devices themselves — as the reason the ATF has decided not to track the turn-ins.

Democratic Congresswoman Elaine Luria, 2nd Congressional District, condemned that decision and said the administration should track bump stock returns.

“It’s a shame the administration does not appear to be following through in a thorough way with its sensible ban on bump stocks,” Luria said in a statement. “The federal government ought to be able to track the success of its policy.”It's entirely possible however that some in Virginia have decided "I will not comply" with the new bump stock policy.

Cory Booker Becomes Second Democrat That Wants to Use Executive Action for Gun Restrictions

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 11:26
The 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary is becoming known as the "Disarmament Primary."  Kamala Harris has already said she will give congress 100 days after she takes office to pass restrictions on gun owners or she will do it by "Executive Action".  Cory Booker has joined her and has a list of things he wants to do with Executive Action:
Sen. Cory Booker, the New Jersey senator who’s running for president, is proposing a slate of sweeping executive actions and policy changes to implement gun control measures that have long hit roadblocks in Congress.

Booker’s plan centers around implementing a federal licensing program for gun ownership, requiring gun owners to submit fingerprints and pass a gun safety course to legally possess a firearm

The plan would also mandate universal background checks on all gun sales, closing the “Charleston loophole” which allows people buying guns from private sellers to bypass background checks in 1 of 5 gun sales across the country, and another loophole that allows people convicted of domestic violence or who are under a restraining order to purchase a gun if they are not married to their partner.

“My plan to address gun violence is simple, we will make it harder for people who should not have a gun to get one,” Booker said.Booker likely could not do most of what he wants to do by "Executive Action" otherwise former President Obama would have done it.  He also should know that nothing he is proposing would stop a criminal from getting a gun.

But that doesn't matter to the Democrats running for President.

UPDATE:  Cam Edwards of NRATV asks a great question about Booker's proposal:

Will he attempt to jail Americans who refuse to get a federal license to own a firearm?

Keep in mind, there are around 90-million legal gun owners. Right now the federal prison population is a little more than 200,000, of which about 30,000 are in for weapons offenses. https://t.co/FJ2PaVLZS9— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) May 6, 2019

Mainstream Media, the Culture War, and the NRA

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 13:28
There are a couple of good articles on National Review Online about the NRA.  First is this one by Jim Geraghty on how the media associating the NRA's reported troubles with a greater taste among the public for gun control.  Geraghty starts off by sharing a quote from a CNN story by Jil Filipovic where, referring to the NY AG's investigation of the NRA, she says that losing the non-profit tax breaks would be bad but they should be more worried about the public's "distaste for people being murdered in houses of worship, concerts, movie theaters and kindergarten classrooms."  Geraghty notes that this "is what happens when you send a gun-control advocate to analyze a story about financial improprieties."  He points out that if the New York AG found sufficient cause and evidence that the NRA was violating rules and regulations governing nonprofits, she could attempt to dissolve the organization. That would not be easy as a court battle would ensue, and "galvanize" members to come to the organization's defense by pouring in donations and renewed memberships.  The more likely scenario is that Democrats want to tie up the attention of the NRA and reduce their effectiveness in the 2020 election.  Read Geraghty's entire article.

The second one is by Jonah Goldberg and posits the question "Will the Culture War Kill the NRA?"  He runs through what has occurred over the last two or three decades related to how special interest groups have pretty much taken over the responsibilities of branding political parties.  He also notes that gun rights used to be a bipartisan issue but is now pretty much the purview of the GOP while Democrats are for gun restrictions. With political parties no longer managing their own brands, this has caused a blurring of the things for which the NRA stands.
NRA folks today inveigh against “the socialists” with the same vehemence they used to reserve for gun-grabbers. UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, observes that NRATV, the online media outlet of the NRA, has strayed far from the gun lane. “Now it’s focused on immigration, race, health care,” he told The New Republic. Dana Loesch, an NRA spokeswoman, has called the mainstream news media “the rat bastards of the earth” who deserve to be “curb-stomped.”Read Goldberg's full article.

Project ChildSafe Launches "Many Paths to Firearms Safety" Videos

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:51
The National Shooting Sports Foundation's Project ChildSafe has launched three safe storage educational videos titled "Many Paths to Firearms Safety."
We are excited to share the new “Many Paths to Firearm Safety” video series! The videos highlight the importance of safe storage no matter your lifestyle: https://t.co/8UWdVtr7qp pic.twitter.com/5DyrVJyb43— Project ChildSafe (@ProjChildSafe) April 16, 2019
The videos are portrayals of three different gun owners and their stories of ownership, along with the steps they took to make sure they would handle and store that firearm safely when not in use. The series reflects that more Americans – especially women – are buying guns for many different reasons, ranging from personal protection to target and sports shooting.  The central message is that while there are many different reasons why someone would choose to buy a gun, the common thread among them must be a commitment to store firearms responsibly when not in use so they can't be picked up by a child, stolen or accessed by someone who may want to harm themselves.
Funded by a 2015 award from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, NSSF has been doing an enhanced version of their firearm lock distribution program in three cities - Oklahoma City, Memphis, and Cleveland, that also includes two public service announcements and the video vignettes.

"Shaky" Dave Smith on his Gun Therapy to Fight Parkinson's Tremors

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 11:25
This is a really heart-warming story and shows just how the shooting sports can be therapeutic.  He call's himself "Shaky Dave" and he is a competitive shooter.  He has Parkinson's and it is simply amazing what competitive shooting has done to help him in his battle against this deadly disease.  Last night he was on Dana Loesch's NRATV Relentless program to talk about his "Gun Therapy".  He told Dana that when he started he was in a scooter but as you will see in the below interview, he now competes standing up and you see almost no signs of his Parkinson's once a firearm is in his hand.

GATDaily.com reports that he has earned a spot in the earned a spot at the 2019 World Rifle Shoot in Sweden.
Watching Smith approach a firing line, the symptoms are obvious, but once a gun is in his hands, the tremors stop, all is still. It’s part of what he calls “gun therapy,” a term he coined to describe the positive impact shooting sports has had on his life.Watch the clip from Dana's show below.  It's a great interview!

VSSA Member and NRA Board Member Willes K Lee Thanks VSSA

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:49
The NRA year conducts an election to select the Board of Directors. One of this year's candidates was current NRA Board Member and VSSA Member Willes Lee and he was re-elected. Today, he had this message for VSSA members:
Thank you to VSSA for your support and votes. We could not win without you.
Respectfully, WillesCongratulations Willes and thanks for all you do to fight for our firearm freedom.

21st Annual VSSA's Crush'n Clays Set for June 8, 2019

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 10:34
It's hard to believe that Crush'n Clays® is entering our 21st year! Crush'n Clays® is an amazing success story. It is the longest running shooting charity event in the country. This tremendous achievement would not have been possible without the tireless support of our sponsors, volunteers and participants. Over the last nineteen years, we've raised more than $350,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We look to continue this successful achievement with the 21st Annual Crush'n Clays®.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at the Arlington/Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America in Fairfax County, Virginia. There will be a special reception, Friday evening June 7th, at the IWLA Clubhouse, to recognize and thank our generous sponsors.

We look forward to you joining us in the 21st Annual Crush'n Clays®. On behalf of the kids of St. Jude's, thank you.

To pay by check, click here to download an entry form and mail to VSSA. To become a Sponsor and pay by check, click here to download a form to mail to VSSA.

Crush'n Clays® is not only the the longest running shooting charity that supports the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, but also the longest consecutive running charity shooting event in the country!

Entries may now be made online. Just scroll to the bottom of the page. Credit Cards are accepted. Hurry, this event has sold out in the past.

Entry Fee Includes: Main event ammunition, loaner shotguns, targets, clinic, lunch, and awards
All Sponsors Receive: Sponsor Reception Friday evening, Logo on banner displayed in a prominent location, presentation of an appreciation plaque, and mention in all event media releases

June 8, 2019
Arlington-Fairfax IWLA
Check-in begins at 8:00am
Event T-shirts to first 100 entrants
For more information: (540) 672-5848
Trapshooting Team Format

Individual Awards
Lewis Class
50 Target Event/Person
25 - 16 yard targets
25 handicap targets
Annie Oakley Side Event (ammunition for side event available for purchase at range)

Special VSSA Membership Offer

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 09:38
Gun owners are under attack.  The most radical anti-gun agenda in U.S. history has started moving through Congress and in states across the country.  They will look to continue the assault right here in Virginia with all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates and all 40 seats in the Virginia Senate up for grabs this November. But you can help stop it by joining VSSA.

Join or renew for three years between April 1 - and June 30th and receive this limited edition VSSA Knife. We aren't leaving out our life members either! Simply donate $60 or more to the VSSA Warchest  between April 1 and June 30th and you can receive the knife too!

We saw their agenda during the just completed 2019 General Assembly - a ban on private gun sales, and a sweeping ban on semi-automatic firearms, including hundreds of the most commonly owned rifles, shotguns and pistols in America. We need every Virginia gun owner to be a member of VSSA so that your voice is added to those that have already answered the call to fight for our rights.

VSSA has been successful in beating back the attacks so far because our legislative team has been at the General Assembly every day but now more than ever, with both the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate holding a slim one vote pro-gun majority in each house, we need you. Join today and not only are you saving $15 over the course of your membership, but getting a great knife too!

Simply click here to join VSSA today or login to your member account on the website and renew. If you are a Life Member and would like to receive a knife, simply click here to donate $60 or more today.

Random Thoughts on Current Events

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 10:37
VSSA's sister organization, the Illinois State Rifle Association, sends a Thursday Bulletin to their membership.  In it, Richard Pearson, the ISRA Executive Director, shares news and thoughts of interest to their membership.  This week's Thursday Bulletin made a couple of great points on current events that could affect gun owners so they are shared below.
The shooting in New Zealand was designed to push gun control and, of course, the choir of canaries in the liberal media started chirping right on queue. Predictably, the media blamed President Trump for the whole thing. I imagine if two asteroids collide in a galaxy 20,000 light years away it would be the President’s fault, according to CNN, MSNBC, ABC and CBS. This illogical blame game will only heat up as we get closer to the 2020 elections.

The left-wing talking heads have brought forth a couple of ideas to tamper with our proven institutions. Their first is to tamper with the United States Supreme Court by “packing” the Court. To do this, the number of Justices would be increased, presumably, with left-wing ideologues to overwhelm the conservatives on the Court. This has been tried before by FDR.

Their second idea is to have term limits on the Justices or to have reappointment hearings every so many years. If any of those ideas were passed, every year we would have a fiasco like the Kavanaugh hearings. Any of these ideas would turn the Supreme Court into a constant ineffective circus, which is what the left wants.

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren is railing against the Electoral College. The Electoral College was designed as one last step should the electorate elect some clown or traitor to the Presidency. You can tell who should not be elected by the candidates who hate the Electoral College. The Electoral College has worked just fine and should be left alone.

The United States Supreme Court and the Electoral College were both designed to prevent mob rule and prevent tyranny. Most people equate tyranny with dictatorship but that is not necessarily so. Any form of government can become tyrannical including democracies.Regarding the Electoral College, remember that the United States is a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. And without the Electoral College, we would no longer be a Republic.  What Warren and other Democratic Presidential Candidates want is a direct democracy where 50% plus 1 rules.  That means states like California, New York, Illinois and a few others, all with large cities and large populations, would decide what the rest of the country does.  That is exactly what the founders tried to prevent.  The Presidential election is not one election, but 51 distinct elections - in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.  You are not actually voting for the candidate but for electors for those candidates.  Those electors then cast their ballots on the appointed date after the election based on what the vote totals were in their state.  It's why the election matters in all fifty states.  Without the Electoral College, the most populous states would decide the election. Much is made about the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016 but the fact is, those numbers were largely driven by running up the numbers in states like California and New York.  While she had a higher number of "popular" votes, Donald Trump won more states, which is exactly how the system was created to work.

ISRA also included a list of the 16 states that currently have "constitutional" carry.   For those interested, those states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Team Blue Eagles Youth Trap Shooting Program Now Accepting Applications

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:38
Team Blue Eagles is now accepting applications for the 2019 Season.   The season will include range practice, classroom sessions and competition shoots. In the event of inclement weather that prevents use of the range, the team will have classroom sessions. The Program covers:
  • Basic Gun Safety On and Off The Field
  • TAASAR & Blue Eagles Philosophy
  • Range Rules
  • Trapshooting Equipment & Operation
  • Basic and Mid-level Marksmanship Skills
  • Tournaments and Competition
Blue Eagles began shooting registered American Trap Association (ATA) competitions in 2015 and became a registered Academics, Integrity, Marksmanship (AIM) Team in 2016. ATA is the governing body for American Trap, providing rules and regulations for classification and local, state and national registered competition, and AIM, is the youth program of the ATA. AIM extends classification and competition rules into the youth format and provides leagues, competitions and scholarships reserved only for youth shooters at the local and national levels.

The Season runs from April 2nd to June 2nd and is for youth ages 12-17 (boys and girls). 2019 Fees ($25 AIM Registration and $35 Team Registration) are due April 6.  For more information click the web site link above.

WSJ: Connecticut Court Rules Manufacturer of AR-15 Used at Sandy Hook Can Be Sued on Marketing of Gun.

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:19
The Wall Street Journal just reported that the suit brought by families of victims of the Sandy Hook School Shooting can proceed on how the gun was marketed. The case will now return to the trial court to move forward on those claims. The court did toss several other victim claims, finding they were barred by federal law. More to come as news becomes available.