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Crime Commission Announces Dates for Hearings on Northam Gun Control

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 14:18
On July 9th, the General Assembly directed the Virginia State Crime Commission to review legislation related to gun control and public safety that was introduced for he Special Session and related legislation introduced by July 18th.  The Crime Commission will be holding hearings on August 19th and 20th to evaluate those bills.  The hearing will be held in House Committee Room, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, VA.

Legislative Update - Special Session Adjourns Until November 18

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 19:07
Today's Special Session began with both pro-rights advocates and gun ban advocates converging on the State Capitol to make their case to state legislators. The line to enter the Pocahontas Building where legislators' offices are temporarily being housed went around the building.

Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment caused some turmoil in the Senate GOP Caucus after introducing legislation that would have allowed localities to ban firearms in municpal buildings. He later said he did not support his own legislation and had it stricken from the docket in Senate Courts of Justice. Both the House and Senate gaveled into session at 12:00 noon and by 1:30 both had adjourned until November 18th, which is almost two weeks after the November elections. Shortly after the Senate adjourned, Senate Courts of Justice met. Senator Ryan McDougal made a motion to have all of the bills on the docket re-referred to the Crime Commission for study. After some objections from the Democrats on the panel the committee voted 9-6 to refer the bills on the docket to the Crime Commission.
A similar action was taken in the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee, tabling the 17 bills on its docket and sending a letter to the Crime Commission asking it to study the issues in those bills.

The lesson to take from today is the importance of this November's election. If the slim pro-gun majorities are lost in both the House and the State Senate, every one of the bills that were listed in last night's email and the additional bills listed in the update posted on the VSSA blog this morning will become law, starting the Californication of Virginia overnight. In the coming weeks, the eBullet will include information on legislative races in which gun owners should get involved now and do all you can to help re-elect the pro-gun majorities in the General Assembly.

Thank you to every member that contacted your legislator and asked them to stand with Virginia's law abiding gun owners.

Special Session is Here - Stack of Anti-gun Bills Filed

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 08:29
On the day before today's start of  Governor Northam's gun control special session a large number of bills dropped on the Legislative information system.  The GOP lived up to their promise to focus on criminals who use firearms in the commission of a crime as several bills were introduced to increase mandatory sentences.  And, unfortunately, another Republican, Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment introduced anti-gun legislation (two bills).  The list of bills and VSSA's position on the bills are below:

  • HB 4001 Right to keep & bear arms; codifies opinion of Supreme Ct. of U.S. in D.C. v. Heller, etc.  VSSA Supports
  • HB 4002 Concealed handguns; carrying with a permit by employees of any agency of the Commonwealth, etc. VSSA Supports
  • HB 4003 Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk, penalties. VSSA Opposes
  • HB 4004 Handguns; limitation on purchases, exceptions, penalty. VSSA Opposes
  • HB 4005 Firearms, ammunition, etc.; control by localities by governing possession, etc., within locality. VSSA Opposes
  • HB 4006 Firearms; allowing access to minors, penalty. VSSA Opposes
  • HB 4007 Firearms, ammunition, etc.; control by localities in local government buildings. VSSA  Opposes
  • HB 4008 Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence. VSSA Opposes
  • HB 4009 Protective orders; possession of firearms, surrender or transfer of firearms, penalty. VSSA Opposes
  • HB 4010 Stolen firearms; penalties. VSSA Supports
  • HB 4011 Firearms; reporting those lost or stolen, civil penalty.  VSSA Opposes
  • HB 4015 Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty.  VSSA Opposes
  • HB 4016 Use or display of firearm in committing felony; penalty.   VSSA Supports
  • HB 4018 Use or display of firearm in committing felony; firearm silencer; penalty.  VSSA Neutral
  • HB 4020 Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearms by prohibited persons; surrender or transfer of  VSSA Opposes
  • HB 4021 Prohibiting sale, transport, etc., of assault firearms, certain firearm magazines, trigger activat  VSSA Opposes
  • HJ 4001 Gun Violence Awareness Day; designating as June 1, 2020, and each succeeding year thereafter. VSSA Opposses
  • SB 4001 Firearms; control in chambers of local governing bodies.  VSSA Opposes
  • SB 4002 Handguns; limitation on purchases, exceptions, penalty. VSSA Opposes
  • SB 4003 Protective order; violation, armed with firearm or other deadly weapon, mandatory min. sentence.  VSSA Neutral
  • SB 4004 Firearms; brandishing, etc., at a law-enforcement officer, penalty.  VSSA Supports
  • SB 4005 Firearms; concealment while committing certain felonies, penalty.  VSSA Supports
  • SB 4006 Stolen firearms; penalties.  VSSA Supports
  • SB 4007 Firearms; use or display while committing felony, penalty.  VSSA Supports
  • SB 4008 Firearms, ammunition, etc.; control by localities by governing possession, etc., within locality. VSSA Opposes
  • SB 4011 Volunteer school security officers; authorization by local school boards, etc. VSSA Supports
  • SB 4012 Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk, penalties.  VSSA Opposes
  • SB 4013 Local government buildings; dangerous weapons, penalty.  VSSA Opposes
  • SB 4014 Denial of a concealed handgun permit; entry into Virginia Criminal Information Network.  VSSA Supports
  • SB 4015 Public schools; firearm safety education program.  VSSA Supports
  • SB 4016 Regulation of firearms by localities; workplace rules; limitation. VSSA Supports
  • SB 4017 Firearms; allowing access to minors, penalty.   VSSA Opposes
  • SB 4018 Protective orders; possession of firearms, surrender or transfer of firearms, penalty.  VSSA Opposes
  • SB 4019 Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty.  VSSA Opposes
  • SB 4020 Concealed handgun permit; disqualifications; assault, assault and battery, sexual battery.  VSSA Opposes
  • SB 4021 Reporting lost or stolen firearms; civil penalty.  VSSA Opposes

First Sign of GOP Caving?

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 12:57
More bills have dropped on the Legislative Information Service (LIS).  Among them is this bill by Delegate Glenn Davis (R - VA Beach).

HB4008 - Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence. Removes the option for concealed handgun permit applicants to demonstrate competence with a handgun by completing an electronic, video, or online course conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor. The bill does not affect any in-person means of satisfying the requirement to demonstrate competence with a handgun under current law.

It should be noted that a)the training required to get a concealed handgun permit is basic firearm safety information and b) Virginia law does not require range time to show competence with a handgun.  A hunter safety course qualifies as an allowable training to qualify for a concealed handgun permit and you can get those courses online now.  So, if the basic information can be provided in an online course, why not allow it?  What is the reason for this bill other than to show that you are open to "doing something"?

Information You Can Use When Contacting Delegates, Senators

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 11:22
Below are some bullets you can use when contacting your legislators during the Special Session.

  • Law-abiding Virginia gun owners are being scapegoated by anti-gun politicians in their attempt to hastily force through ineffective gun control measures, many of which were already rejected earlier this year during the regular session. Such imprudent action should never be tolerated. Given the alleged conduct of the governor and lieutenant governor that has recently come to light, their impatience with the normal legislative process is all the more suspicious.

  • Virginia gun owners and all those who support freedom and demand integrity in the legislative process must take action to defeat Northam’s gun control opportunism.

  • According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, since 1950, 98 percent of mass public shootings in the United States have occurred in places where general citizens are banned from carrying, including the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. Will the Northam administration consider legislation eliminating these deadly so-called gun-free zones?

  • The Northam administration is seeking to ban so-called assault-style weapons. The gunman in Virginia Beach used a handgun. Additionally, we had a federal ban on those firearms for 10 years, and that Congress lifted the ban because there was ZERO evidence it reduced crime or saved lives? How would such a ban have made a difference?

  • Law enforcement at the scene of the Virginia Beach shooting say the sound of gunfire led them to the gunman. Clearly the so-called "silencer" used by the gunman did not silence his firearm. What is the point of banning them? Many law-abiding gun owners – including members of law enforcement – use suppressors to protect their hearing.

  • The governor wants to ban bump stocks in Virginia. Bump stocks are already banned and the shooter did not use one.

  • The governor wants to reinstate Virginia’s failed one-gun-a-month law. The gunman in Virginia Beach had ample time to purchase the two handguns he used over a period of months and years. Handgun rationing would not have prevented this shooting.

  • The governor wants mandates requiring law-abiding gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. The gunman purchased his firearms legally and did not acquire them through theft. Can you please explain how this proposal would have prevented this tragedy?

  • The governor is proposing government mandates for home firearm storage – so-called Child Access Prevention laws. Not only was the gunman in this case NOT a child, but there is no scientific evidence that government mandated, one-size-fits-all storage schemes reduce juvenile accidental firearm deaths or suicides. A recent study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found these mandates could make it harder for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.

  • Governor Northam is using this tragedy to push for so-called universal background checks – which in reality are more government mandates that would criminalize law-abiding gun owners and make it harder for people like myself to defend my home and family. The gunman passed a background check, so how does the governor think this proposal would have prevented this tragedy?

  • Would the Northam administration consider partnering with federal prosecutors to reduce crime like the City of Richmond did in the 1990s with “Project Exile?” The program was credited with dramatically reducing Richmond’s violent crime by shipping firearm violators to far-off federal prisons.

Dave Kopel's Congressional Testimony on Red Flag Laws

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 11:01
Earlier this year, Independence Institute Director of Research Dave Kopel appeared at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Red Flag laws.  In that testimony, Kopel laid out what should be included in such laws to protect the due process rights of the individual subject to a so-called "Gun Violence Protection Order".  He also took questions from the panel.  The total video is about 26 minutes long but it is a valuable use of time if you want to be able to explain why such laws pushed by the gun ban lobby are unconstitutional and what would need to be included to make them constitutional.

Governor Northam's Gun Control Op/Ed in Virginia Pilot

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 10:52
Governor Ralph Northam had this Op/Ed in yesterday's Virginian Pilot.  He starts out by saying there is a "gun violence emergency" in the Commonwealth, then lays out what he want's in this week's special session:
I will ask lawmakers to do things I’ve asked them to do in the past.

I will ask them to ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. I’ll ask them to make background checks universal — a policy that 90 percent of the public supports. I will ask for an Extreme Risk Protective Order law — a way for law enforcement to ask a court to keep guns away from someone who poses a substantial danger to themselves or others, a concept supported by President Donald Trump’s School Safety Task Force. I will join President Trump in supporting bans on silencers and bump stocks.

I will ask legislators to reinstate Virginia’s successful “One Handgun a Month” policy, first enacted under former Gov. Doug Wilder. Being one of the top states for gun trafficking is not something to be proud of.

I will ask for tougher penalties for anyone who leaves a loaded gun around a child, and to require anyone whose gun has been stolen to report the theft within 24 hours.

And I will ask to give localities more authority to regulate firearms, including in their own government buildings.Northam repeated his call for the full Assembly to debate the measures and made the dishonest claim that subcommittees meeting in early hours have killed his bills in the past.  The House subcommittee that has defeated Northam's gun ban proposals meet in the afternoon, almost after work hours (4:00 PM), making it easier for people to attend, and every one of those bills had a thorough hearing with people from both sides having their say.  He also uses a dishonest number to illustrate the number of people who died in violence involving a firearm.  Northam said that 1000 have died from "gun violence this year - more than the 900 killed in automobile incidents, but that 1000 includes suicides, which is a completely different issue and requires different solutions than criminal use of a firearm.

The gun ban bills he listed have finally started appearing on the Legislative Information System.  It should be noted that this time, the bill to reinstate handgun rationing would move us back to pre-2004 days.  In 2004 the law was amended to exempt individuals possessing a concealed handgun permit.  The House and Senate bills have removed that provision.

The bills that have been introduced to date are below.

  • HB 4001 Right to keep and bear arms.
  • HB 4002 Concealed handguns; carrying with a permit by employees of any agency of the Commonwealth, etc.
  • HB 4003 Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk, penalties.
  • HB 4004 Handguns; limitation on purchases, exceptions, penalty.
  • HB 4005 Control of firearms by localities.
  • HJ 4001 Gun Violence Awareness Day.
  • SB 4001 Control of firearms; chambers of local governing bodies.
  • SB 4002 Handguns; limitation on purchases, exceptions, penalty.
Please continue to contact legislators and urge them to support HB4001 and HB4002, then ask them to oppose HB4003, HB4004, HB 4005, HJ4001 SB4001 and SB4002.  Expect more bills to drop.

You can find the members of House Militia Police and Public Safety by clicking here.  You can click here for the members of Senate Courts of Justice.

Scholastic Action Shooting Program Virginia State Championship

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 16:06
The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) recently held its state championship at the Winchester Izaak Walton League (WIWL) in Winchester, VA. The match had a total of 58 entries across five different shooting disciplines. SASP is a team sport where athletes compete in squads of four. Athletes shoot for time at five steel targets that are arrayed in four different stages.
Athletes from as far as Ohio participated in the Virginia SASP State Championship.SASP began in earnest in Virginia in 2015 when Team LoCo Motion was established in Purcellville. In 2016, the Winchester Izaak Walton League established the WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets. This year, Liberty University established a collegiate team which took 2nd Place in the SASP Collegiate Nationals in the Spring. A number of new SASP teams are being established in the Commonwealth, with participation in the state championship expected to double next year.

Squad results were:
Rimfire Pistol
Varsity (High School) and Intermediate (Middle School) Divisions
State Champion – WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Team LoCo Motion

Rimfire Rifle – Iron Sights
Open Division (High School and Middle School mixed)
State Champion – WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Ross County Steel Ringers
3rd Place – Team LoCo Motion

Rimfire Rifle – Optic
Open Division
State Champion – WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Ross County Steel Ringers
3rd Place – Team LoCo Motion

Pistol Caliber Carbine
Open Division
State Champion – Team LoCo Motion
2nd Place – WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets

SASP athletes are also recognized at the individual level with high overall awards. Team LoCo Motion Captain Adam Jardines who was the rimfire pistol state champion, became the Commonwealth’s first athlete to compete in the centerfire pistol division.

Individual results were:
Rimfire Pistol
Varsity Division (High School)
State Champion – Ethan Jardines, Team LoCo Motion
2nd Place – Maccoy Gilkison, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
3rd Place – Andrew Sullivan, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
Ethan Jardines of Team LoCo Motion receiving the rimfire pistol championship cup from Liberty University Head Coach Dave Hartman.Intermediate Division (Middle School)
State Champion – Alexander Baird, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Lauren Creese, Team LoCo Motion
3rd Place – Scarlett Leatch, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets

Rimfire Rifle – Iron Sights
Varsity Division
State Champion – Ethan Jardines, Team LoCo Motion
2nd Place – Maccoy Gilkison, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
3rd Place – Talon Morris, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
Intermediate Division
State Champion – Alexander Baird, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Ayden Wilson, Ross County Steel Ringers
3rd Place – Hayden Thomas, Ross County Steel Ringers

Rimfire Rifle – Optics
Varsity Division
State Champion – Maccoy Gilkison, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Andrew Sullivan, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
3rd Place – Adam Jardines, Team LoCo Motion

Intermediate Division
State Champion – Alexander Baird, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Ayden Wilson, Ross County Steel Ringers
3rd Place – Hayden Thomas, Ross County Steel Ringers
Alexander Baird of the Blue Ridge Bullets with Match Director Mark Prater and WIWL Representative Stan Kugler.Pistol Caliber Carbine
Varsity Division
State Champion – Maccoy Gilkison, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Andrew Sullivan, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
3rd Place – Jack Bright, Team LoCo Motion

Intermediate Division
State Champion – Alexander Baird, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Lauren Creese, Team LoCo Motion
3rd Place – Walter Davis, Jr., WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets

SASP State Advisor Dr. Eliot Jardines stated, “Our state championship went exceedingly well and it is clear our athletes have come a long way this season. I look forward to a strong performance at SASP Nationals in mid-July. We owe a big debt of gratitude to the Winchester Izaak Walton League for hosting the championship. We certainly could not have asked for better hosts, or more dedicated volunteers. We were honored to have Dave Hartman, the Head Coach of the Liberty University SASP team present awards at the noon ceremony, and representing WIWL for the afternoon awards ceremony was Mr. Stan Kugler.”
Alexander Baird, Maccoy Gilkison, Talon Morris and Andrew Sullivan of the Blue Ridge Bullets receiving their squad awards from Stan Kugler.As the teams gear up for the new shooting season staring in September, SASP is keenly interested in expanding the program throughout Virginia. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the VA State Advisor at admin@locomotionfoundation.org to learn more about establishing a team, available funding and scholarship opportunities.

Richmond City Council Passes Ordinance to Ban Firearms in City Buildings and Parks

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 15:00
Last night, Richmond City Council passed Mayor Levar Stoney's ordinance to ban firearms in city buildings and parks.  The measure however will not go into effect unless the General Assembly repeals the state firearms preemption statute.  Preemption means that localities cannot pass their own gun control, which would result in a patchwork of laws across the state.  CBS 6 has the story:

VSSA Affilated Team Raffle to Support Trip to National Championship

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 14:49
Team LoCo Motion, a Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) team and VSSA affiliated club, is attending the SASP National Championship in Marengo, Ohio in mid-July. The team is selling SASP National Raffle Tickets as a means of raising funds to offset the cost of the trip. Team LoCo Motion recently took first place in pistol caliber carbine division at the Virginia SASP State Match, hosted by the Winchester Izaak Walton League.

The raffle has five fantastic prizes including:

  • Dan Wesson Firearms – Pointman Nine PM-9
  • STI – DVc Limited Island 2011 Pistol
  •  Mossberg – MMR Tactical with Vortex Red/Green Dot Combo
  • Browning – 1911 .380 Medallion Pro
  • Taurus – PT111 Millennium G2 9mm

Tickets are $10 each. The drawing will take place on Friday July 19 at the SASP National Championship in Marengo, Ohio – raffle ticket holders need not be present to win.

To purchase raffle tickets please visit:
Eliot Jardines (571) 919-1288 – admin@locomotionfoundation.org

New NRA-ILA Website "StopNorthamsGunbBan.org"

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 13:11
If you live in Virgnia you may have received an email today from NRA-ILA with an update from NRA-ILA.  Included in it is a new web site StopNorthamsGunBan.org.  The website includes talking points that you can use when drafting letters to the editor and talking with legislators.

Gun Ban Lobby Going Full Throttle on Social Media to Push for Special Session Floor Votes

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 13:52
Here is a sample:

The #GVPSession is our opportunity to save lives in Virginia! @SpeakerCox & @TommyNorment: bring the #DangerousWeaponsBan & #ERPO to a floor vote! Everyone in the @VASenate & @VAHouse should have an opportunity to vote on these bills.— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) June 26, 2019
We’re ready to be LOUD and put the pressure on at the #GVPsession in Richmond on July 9! We’re focused. We’re determined. And we’re ready to #TakeActionNotSides against gun violence in America. pic.twitter.com/ciYBnJ8PtM— Brady (@bradybuzz) June 26, 2019 At the #GVPsession, we are urging @SpeakerCox and @TommyNorment to bring #ERPOS and the #DangerousWeaponsBan to the floor for a vote. The @VaHouse and @VASenate MUST have the opportunity to vote on this important legislation. pic.twitter.com/1fev47Rbl2— Brady (@bradybuzz) June 26, 2019 Text "Virginia" to 877-877 to be connected to @SpeakerCox and @TommyNorment!

Tell them Virginians WANT #gunreform now! #GVPsession #EndGunViolence pic.twitter.com/6WBMjlxAPt— Brady (@bradybuzz) June 26, 2019 If you are not engaged with your state legislators, you need to be, the other side is.

Like Abington, Norfolk Gun Control Roundtable Well Attended by Gun Owners

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:00
Governor Northam's gun control roundtable discussions set up shop in Hampton last night.  The original location had to be moved due to the large number of people that showed up.  The first hour was only for the media and invited activists and supporters of the Governor's proposals to enact gun ban measures.  The second hour was open to the public and included a large number of gun owners who did not want any part of what Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran was selling.  Wavy 10 has the story.

Gun Owners are pushing back hard as even the Governor has admitted during last week's Boys State that none of his proposals would likely have changed anything in Virginia Beach the day of the shooting:
The next student at the microphone asked how those measures would help, arguing it doesn’t appear they would have prevented the shooting in Virginia Beach.

“The assailant used a silencer, a suppressor. Why do you think he did that?” Northam countered from the stage.

The student, standing away from the microphone, said quietly, “So nobody could hear him.”

“So do you think that we need silencers on the street?” Northam continued. “Do you think that if he hadn’t had a silencer, perhaps not as many people would have been killed because people in the building would have been able to hear the firearm discharge?”

Northam conceded that his proposals wouldn’t have necessarily prevented the Virginia Beach shooting. But he said the legislation his administration has backed would have helped.Continue to contact your State Senator and member of the House of Delegates and politely tell them that you do not support anything that the Governor is proposing and remind them that even though there was a restriction on employees taking firearms into Virginia Beach buildings, that did not stop the killer, a Virginia Beach employee, from taking his gun into the building and killing his colleagues.

In related news, a Virginia Beach employee wants the ban lifted on employees carrying in city buildings.

Also, I'll be on NRATV's Cam and Company this afternoon at 5:30 pm discussing the latest developments as the Special Session approaches.

Fredericksburg City Council to Vote on Resolution Asking GA to Repeal Preemption

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 14:42
Tomorrow night, the Fredericksburg City Council will vote on a resolution asking the General Assembly to repeal the state's firearms preemption law. Currently, localities cannot enact gun control, only the General Assembly can pass laws related to firearms.

The meeting is at 7:30 pm, and will be held at:

Council Chambers
715 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

To speak against the resolution you will need to sign up for the public comment portion.  To do so, contact City Council Clerk, (540) 372-1010, Ext 228.

Richmond Mayor Stoney Plans to Ban Firearms in City Buildings and Parks

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 14:32
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney held a press conference this morning and proposed banning firearms in city buildings and parks.  The Richmond Times Dispatch has the story.
Mayor Levar Stoney wants to bar people from carrying guns in Richmond-owned buildings and parks, he said Monday.

Stoney announced plans to introduce an ordinance at Monday night’s City Council meeting banning guns in City Hall, city-owned buildings, public parks and other community facilities.

If approved by the council, Stoney said the Richmond ordinance would take effect immediately – if state lawmakers grant localities the authority to ban guns in municipal buildings at the special session scheduled later this month.

“I don’t want to wait to start this process until after we’ve been granted the authority,” Stoney said at a press conference Monday morning.Stoney all but admits he doesn't have the authority to enact such a ban unless the General Assembly approves the Governor's announced plans to introduce legislation during the July 9th Special Session to roll back statewide preemption. But, he wants to put the process in place so if that were to happen, he has the ordinance already set to go.  If you live in the City of Richmond, make your voice heard to your City Council member that you oppose Mayor Stoney's proposed ordinance.

Still Waiting on Legislation for Special Session

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 13:02
A quick look at the General Assembly Legislative Information System shows that no legislation has been prefiled as of today.  We do know that one GOP Delegate has said he has a proposal that he thinks will gain support on both sides of the assembly.
Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, says that when he talks to police and prosecutors about guns, they tell him they need more tools to crack down on gun-theft rings and the black market in stolen firearms.

And one tool they told him that wish they had is one federal law enforcement agencies have used for seven decades. It is the power to ask judges to cut convicts’ sentences if, once in prison, if those offenders give police the information needed to bring drug-smugglers, gun-runners and other organized criminals to justice. While we know what Governor Northam proposed during his press announcement earlier this month, nothing has been turned into legislation and that list apparently was not all inclusive so there could be more than what he laid out in the announcement

Vocal Second Amendment Supporters Pack Abington Gun Control Roundtable

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 13:51
In what probably illustrates why Governor Northam scheduled only one Gun Control Roundtable in western Virginia, the administration heard from a number of opponents to his gun control proposals yesterday in Abington.  WVVA has the story.  When you watch the video of the news story on WBBA's web site, you gotta love the male anchor's air quotes when he talks about what Northam calls "sensible" gun laws.
In Abingdon, Secretary of Public Safety & Homeland Security Brian Moran spoke to a crowd of people questioning the need for new laws.

Moran noted several of Northam’s proposed solutions including universal background checks and reinstating the one hand gun a month law. But many in attendance say the laws are unnecessary and infringe on their second amendment rights.

“This is confiscation without representation,” said one attendee. Many in the crowd voice how they believe all of Northam’s proposed plans will eventually lead to more control in how law abiding citizens use their guns.Make sure if you have not contacted your State Senator or Delegate, that you make your views known to them before July 9th. 

Are We Really Surprised Time Kaine is Not Honest About Gun Control

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 15:31
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has turned out to be Governor Northam's go-to guy to push gun control.  He has hosted two of the gun control round tables (one in Richmond and one in Stafford) that the Governor scheduled for the end of last week and Monday and Tuesday of this week.  This is the same Tim Kaine whot called on Northam to resign after the "blackface" scandal earlier this year.  Now Kaine has become part of the effort to rehabilitate Northam's reputation by pushing gun control after the May 31st Virginia Beach shooting.  And, like President Obama, Kaine is saying things that just aren't true.  For instance, last week he said that so-called "universal" background checks are supported by gun owners and NRA members and they keep guns out of the hands of criminals.  NRATV's did the job that the news anchor should have done after Kaine made those statements.

From Pro-gun State Senator to Anti-Gun - Profile of Senator John Edwards

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 09:13
Virginia Mercury has this article on State Senator John Edwards, who for most of his career in the General Assembly supported 2nd Amendment Rights and was endorsed as recently as 2015 by the NRA, but who last session voted for every gun ban proposal that came before the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.
He says he can’t anymore. Over his past four years in office he quietly shifted from either not voting on or opposing most gun control legislation that came his way to backing the entire slate of proposals put forward by Gov. Ralph Northam this year, including the one-hand-gun-a-month law he helped overturn.

“The NRA’s attitude was always the same,” Edwards, a 75-year-old lawyer and former Marine, said. “You can’t do anything. Nothing can be done. But something has to be done.”

His break was gradual, he said – driven less by a single event and more by a growing sense that the tide of violence was rising and the NRA was only becoming more strident in its resistance to any reform.

It mirrors a broader shift among Democrats in a state where opposition to new gun control measures was once assumed key to winning rural areas. Edwards wasn't the only formerly pro-gun Democrat the Mercury spoke with.  Former Delegate Albert Pollard, who also was endorsed by the NRA while in office, said much the same as Edwards:
Former Del. Albert Pollard, a Northern Neck Democrat who, like Edwards, was once endorsed by the NRA, agrees. And, like Edwards, he says the organization hasn’t done itself any favors in recent years.

“It’s hard for today’s younger activists to believe, but at one point in time, the NRA was not a partisan organization,” he said. “They’ve clearly drifted into the fringe.” It's interesting that Pollard says NRA has drifted to the "fringe" because the NRA's position on everything from opposing bans on semi-automatic rifles, to opposing bans on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, to opposing background checks on private sales, was the same when Edwards and Pollard first ran for office as it is today.  The NRA is endorsing mostly Republicans not because they are an arm of the Republican Party but because most Democrats (and basically all in Virginia) take a position on those issues that is opposite the position of the NRA.

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.