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Wanted: Candidates for VSSA Board of Directors

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 11:28
VSSA needs individuals who are interested in serving on the Board to submit their name for consideration by the Nominating Committee. The deadline to submit your name and bio for consideration is June 1. If you are interested in running, please download and complete this fillable form and send it, along with a short bio (up-to 150 words), to the VSSA Office (address is on the form), or forward it by email. You must be a member for the last five consecutive years or a life member to be eligible to run. Members who are involved in a shooting program at their gun club, competitive shooting, or who are interested in growing the shooting sports and association membership to a younger and more diverse community are especially needed.

State Senator and VSSA Member Bryce Reeves Among Seven Candidates Running in 7th Congressional District Primary

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:46

With this past year's redistricting, the 7th Congressional District looks much different than it did the last 10 years, so much so that current 7th District Representative Abigail Spanberger does not even live in the district any longer (living in the district is not a requirement to be eligible to run).  She apparently has no intention of moving until after the election.

On the GOP side, there are seven Republicans registered in the June 21 primary seeking to challenge Spanberger later this year. The GOP candidates in the 7th are State Senator (and VSSA member) Bryce Reeves (Spotsylvania), Gary Adkins, Derrick Anderson, Gina Ciarcia, David Ross, Stafford County Board Chair Crystal Vanuch and Prince William Board Supervisor Yesli Vega.

State Senator Reeves has been a stalwart supporter of the right to keep and bear arms.  He is not just a supporter of the right, but he is a gun owner.  He is a VSSA member.  He has voted against red flag laws, so-called "universal" background checks, standard capacity magazine bans, and voted against handgun rationing.  Reeves is also a recipient of the Defender of Freedom Award from the NRA.  He also spoke at a recent VSSA Annual Meeting.

The June 21st primary is open to all voters.  Reeves has a great opportunity to defeat Spanberger.  As of now, the NRAPVF has not posted candidate ratings for the GOP candidates in this race, but we know how Reeves would vote as a congressman based on his record in the General Assembly.  VSSA members would have a fellow member in Congress if he were to win the primary and the general election.  You can find out more about Senator Reeves' campaign at https://www.brycereeves.com/

If you are going to be out of town on June 21st, you can vote early.

Member Discount Available at Kind Sniper LLC

Fri, 04/29/2022 - 10:31

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Kind Sniper LLC is pleased to offer VSSA members a non-expiring 5% discount (COUPON CODE: KS-VSSA-2022!) on everything in Kind Sniper’s online stores: Kind Sniper Boutique (https://kindsniper.com) and Kind Sniper Mall (https://mall.kindsniper.com). This is a great opportunity to acquire an amazing firearm that would live in the family through generations at an amazing price. They also offer the best financing terms in the industry. For any questions, please feel free to email them at sales@kindsniper.com 

Gutowski: What's in Biden's "Ghost Gun" Kit Ban

Sun, 04/24/2022 - 18:53

 (Editor's note: The article discussed here is part of the Member Exclusives at TheReload.com)

Earlier today, The Reload founder, Stephen Gutowski posted an analysis of what's in Joe Biden's rule that redefines the definition of a firearm under federal law and thus expanding ATF’s power.  According to Gutowski, the bulk of the rule did not change much from when he posted a leaked draft of the rule last year. He notes that ATF did modify significant portions, and clarified others, however. He wrote that in some things, ATF has pulled back, while expanding their "theoretical" authority in others. Below is a list of things included in the new rule that Gustowski discusses:

Expanding the ATF’s Power to Determine What is a Receiver or Frame:

The most significant change is in vastly expanding the definition of what could constitute a regulatable “firearm” under federal law. While this hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention in the political sphere, it is really the core of this new rule. That’s because, in recent years, the ATF and Department of Justice have run into legal trouble over how they’ve long applied the definition of “firearm.”

Banning “Ghost Gun” Kits:

The other aspect of the definition change in the rule deals with an even greater expansion of the ATF’s authority. This time into the territory of determining what’s “readily convertible” into a firearm frame or receiver. The target is unfinished and unserialized “ghost guns.”

Homemade Guns Are Transferable, Even Sellable:

Somewhat surprisingly, the rule also explicitly states that homemade guns (which they call Privately Made Firearms or PMFs) are legal to both make and sell. The ATF points out that people who are not otherwise prohibited from possessing guns due to a disqualifying criminal or mental health record can legally build them in most states. They can even give or sell them to other people depending on the circumstances.

Increasing How Long Gun Dealers Have to Keep Background Check Records:

If the PMF serialization requirement sounds like extra work, mainly for licensed dealers, that’s because it is. The same is true for the new record-keeping requirements in the rule.

Reducing Silencer Regulation:

The rule isn’t all about implementing more burdens on gun owners and the industry, though. The ATF is also seeking to reduce the amount of paperwork and regulation involved in silencer manufacturing, dealing, and ownership. Instead of treating every part of a silencer, often called suppressors, the same as a fully completed and functional silencer, the ATF wants to pick just the outer tube as the regulated part.

Gutowski closes by noting that while Biden announced the rule last week, it has not been published in the federal registry. After the publication, it is going to face lawsuits from multiple pro-rights organizations that could delay the rule's implementation or repeal it out right.

Th article expands on each of the topics beyond what is shared above.  If you want to read the entire article and full analysis, as well receive more of his member exclusives, you can subscribe to The Reload.

Rob Pincus Talks Privately Made Firearms with NPR

Sun, 04/24/2022 - 16:56

On April 18, after Biden announced his new rule related to the private manufacture of firearms, NPR talked to several gun ban advocates, including failed ATF nominee David Chipman, and also spoke interviewed one token firearms rights proponent, in this case, firearms trainer Rob Pincus.  You can hear Pincus's comments by clicking here.  NPR led off with Chipman and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, and at around at around the 18 minute mark, they play the pre-recorded comments of Rob Pincus.  So, Rob had no opportunity to discuss anything that had been said before and no opportunity to defend himself when Chipman took cheap shots when he was asked what he thought of Pincus' comments.  Chipman demonstrated once again why he never should have been nominated to head ATF.  Rob did a great job explaining why regulating kits used to private build a firearm should not be regulated by the federal government.  If you are interested, in the entire program, you can find that by clicking here.

Beware Biden's ATF

Sun, 03/27/2022 - 14:33

With legislation to restrict our rights basically a no-go at the federal level, it looks like the Biden Administration is turning to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fireams, and Explosives (BATFE) to do what he can't do legislatively.  In an article posted today on The Reload, Jake Fogleman lays out the latest action by the firearms regulatory agency:

The latest example is an open letter sent Thursday to all federally-licensed firearms dealers (FFLs) revealing the ATF has determined many forced-reset triggers (FRTs)—drop-in replacement triggers that increase the speed a semi-automatic gun can be fired—are considered machine guns under federal law. That will subject the previously-unregulated trigger devices to heavy regulation under the National Firearms Act (NFA).

“ATF’s examination found that some FRT devices allow a firearm to automatically expel more than one shot with a single, continuous pull of the trigger,” the letter reads. “For this reason, ATF has concluded that FRTs that function in this way are a combination of parts designed and intended for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun, and hence, ATF has classified these devices as a ‘machinegun’ as defined by the [National Firearms Act] and [Gun Control Act].”

Illegal possession of a machine gun carries a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison. And it appears the agency is ready and willing to enforce those provisions.

“Based on ATF’s determination that the FRTs that function as described above are ‘machineguns’ under the NFA and GCA, ATF intends to take appropriate remedial action with respect to sellers and possessors of these devices,” the letter reads.

Fogleman points out that the letter explains that individuals who already own the devices legally should contact ATF to work out a way to dispose of them. If those folks fail to comply, the ATF may be knocking at the door in the future.

He continues that:

The veiled threat of future raids by federal agents over a niche firearms accessory calls into question recent attacks from gun-control organizations and The New York Times that the agency is too friendly to the industry. Major gun control groups Brady and Giffords have criticized the ATF’s work with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry’s trade group, and asked President Biden to direct the agency to sever ties with the group.

Fogleman notes that all of this has occurred without anti-gun David Chipman at the head of the agency, and there is likely more to come, with the rules on pistol braces and homemade firearms still to be finalized.

Virginia Tech Corps Marksmanship Unit Excels at SASP Collegiate Nationals

Tue, 03/15/2022 - 10:02

 

Cadets from the Virginia Tech Corps Marksmanship unit and their coach MGySgt Lance Jones.


The Virginia Tech Corps Marksmanship Unit (VT CMU) recently took multiple podiums and a national championship at the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) Collegiate Nationals. The collegiate championship took place at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Talladega, Alabama facility. Virginia Tech’s cadets faced off against 15 collegiate teams from across the nation including West Point, University of Arizona, Concordia University, Florida State, Hillsdale College, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Bethel University, and Texas A&M Corps of Cadets.

SASP Collegiate Nationals presents both squad and individual awards, with the VT CMU squads achieving podiums in each of the five disciplines they contested. By comparison, Texas A&M achieved two podiums and West Point was shut out. In individual level awards, Cadet Edward Zhou took 2nd place overall in the Centerfire Pistol Optics division with Cadet Hunter Lambert taking 3rd place overall in Rimfire Pistol Optic Division.

Specifically, the Virginia Tech Cadets placed as follows at the 4-person squad level:

Rimfire Pistol Optic Division (22LR)
• 1st Place – VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
o Cadet Jacob Bush
o Cadet Hunter Lambert
o Cadet Will Nance
o Cadet Lin Ma

Rimfire Pistol Iron Division (22LR)
• 2nd Place – VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
o Cadet Jacob Bush
o Cadet Hunter Lambert
o Cadet Will Nance
o Cadet Lin Ma

Centerfire Pistol Optic Division (9mm)
• 2nd Place – VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
o Cadet Adam Jardines
o Cadet Edward Zhou
o Cadet Mitchell McClure
o Cadet Christopher Campione

Centerfire Pistol Iron Division (9mm)
• 3rd Place – VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
o Cadet Adam Jardines
o Cadet Edward Zhou
o Cadet Mitchell McClure
o Cadet Christopher Campione

Rimfire Rifle Optics Division (22LR)
• 2nd Place – VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
o Cadet Hunter Lambert
o Cadet Cooper Rapp
o Cadet Cole Shackelford
o Cadet Kian Zandipour

The VT CMU Head Coach Master Gunnery Sergeant Lance Jones remarked, “With these results, our cadets have demonstrated both depth of skill in attaining all top three finishes, as well as breadth of skill by doing so across five disciplines. A remarkable achievement when compared with our better funded military school competitors who only fielded squads in one or two disciplines.”

The VT CMU has a MidwayUSA Foundation endowment account and would greatly appreciate any donations to help them establish a firm financial foundation. Donations are tax-deductible – to donate please visit:
Virginia Tech Corps Marksmanship Unit –
https://www.midwayusafoundation.org/team-profile/?id=R18084

The VT Marksmanship Unit will be attending the SIG Relentless Warrior Championship in New Hampshire on April 9th – the first year they are participating in the competition for military cadets.
(Editor's note: Thanks to Eliot Jardines for providing this report)

VSSA Board Endorses Member Willes Lee for NRA Board

Fri, 03/04/2022 - 14:49

 The Virginia Shooting Sports Association Board of Directors has voted to endorse Willes Lee for re-election to the NRA Board.  We are proud to support a fellow VSSA member and strong advocate for the right to keep and bear arms. 

Willes is currently the NRA First Vice President and is a self-described "Army brat" who also had an Army career.  He grew up in Arlington, attending Peyton Randolph, Thomas Jefferson, and graduated from Wakefield High School. His daughters went to Lake Braddock while Willes served at the Pentagon. He did the world travel thing via Army base, and is now home again with extended families in Northern Virginia. If you follow Willes' various social media accounts, you know that he is a tireless advocate for our Liberty and our firearms freedom.

Celebrities and big name folks will likely get elected so to elect Willes, "bullet voting" is the best method. Vote for one (hopefully, Willes), perhaps three if one knows & trusts three, and absolutely no more than five.  Also, there are approximately two million members eligible to vote but only a fraction of that number cast ballots last year.  So, your vote is important!

Ballots began showing up mail boxes via NRA magazines last week.  Article III, Section 6 of the NRA bylaws states in part that: “Fully paid lifetime members and annual members with five or more consecutive years of membership, as shown in the Association’s membership records, who have obtained the age of 18 years on or before the fiftieth (50th) day prior to the date of the annual meeting of members and who are citizens of the United States of America shall be entitled to vote. Each such member shall be entitled to cast a vote for not more than one person for each vacancy on the Board of Directors to be filled by the membership at any election of Directors ….”

If you’re not certain of your membership status, or if you lose or misplace your ballot, then please contact NRA Membership.

Please share this endorsement and forward as widely as possible to hopefully hit potential NRA voters, even in surrounding states.  Good luck Willes in your re-election campaign.

23rd VSSA Crush'n Clays Set for June 11, 2022

Fri, 03/04/2022 - 11:53

 

It's hard to believe that Crush'n Clays® is entering it's 23rd year! VSSA has partnered with the Arlington/Fairfax IWLA in this 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 22 years, we've raised more than $360,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We look to continue this successful achievement with the 23rd Annual Crush'n Clays®.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, June 11th, 2022 at the Arlington/Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America in Fairfax County, Virginia.

We look forward to you joining us in the 20th Annual Crush'n Clays®. On behalf of the kids of St. Jude's thank you for your consideration.

Registration is now open for individual entries as well as event sponsorships.  We would love to have your participation at this year's event as we continue to support the outstanding work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Virginia Gun Collectors Show Set for March 26-27

Fri, 03/04/2022 - 09:52
The Virginia Gun Collectors Association will hold its annual gun show on March 26-27. This show is focused on firearms and firearm related equipment. They are proud to maintain a "no junk" policy and a positive collectors atmosphere. What you will find at the VGCA show, are knowledgeable vendors, with quality firearms, as well as ammunition and shooting supplies. The VGCA provides a firearms evaluation table where experienced collectors will provide you with an estimate on your firearm's value and help you learn about your current collection pieces.

Sales tables cost $70.00 each and Display tables are FREE. Tables are close to being sold out but a few still remain. No sales may be conducted from Display tables. If you have any special needs, questions about available tables or show rules, please contact Rick Nahas, the Show Administrator, at 571-215-8761 or via email at jet53sw@aol.com.

You do not need to be a member of VGCA to reserve a table at the show. If you are interested in reserving one or more tables, please return a completed table application along with a check for the proper amount made out to V.G.C.A. You may request tables to be held for you over the phone but reservations cannot be confirmed until VGCA receives your signed application and check.

The VGCA is excited about this year's spring show, as recent gun shows have drawn large crowds. The VGCA Show has a free firearms appraisal table that was instituted at the show five years ago and has proven very popular, contributing to increased show attendance. Through monetary awards they also encourage educational displays (Display tables) that promote Gun Collecting and Firearm History. This is just one feature that sets the VGCA show apart from others in the area. They provide 24 hour security and enforce strict safety rules to ensure the well being of all participants. There is ample free parking, and food service for breakfast and lunch is available. There are local motels in Manassas for those who are visiting from out of town.

The show will be held at Prince William County Fairground. Entrance cost $8.00 per day or $10.00 for a weekend pass.  A coupon for a $1 discount for a single day ticket is available by downloading this show flyer.