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Crush’n Clays Charity Wrap-up

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 13:56

by Pamela Meara

This year the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter, Inc, IWLA (ARL-FX) co-hosted the Crush’n Clays charity event in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the Virginia Shooting Sports Association (VSSA).  We had a good turnout of about 90 shooters who participated in the 22nd annual charity event June 12th at the Chapter shotgun range. Over the past 22 years this event has raised over $350,000 in support of St. Jude. Crush'n Clays is not only the longest running shooting charity supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, but also it is the longest consecutive running shooting charity event in the country. Participants were provided with ammunition, event t-shirts, and lunch with their paid registration in the event. Lunch this year lunch was catered by Tony’s New York Pizza in Manassas, Virginia, and was a huge success.  

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas to treat children with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses because he believed no child should die in the dawn of life. Since St. Jude was established, the survival rate for the most common type of childhood cancer, leukemia, has increased from 4 percent in 1962 to 94 percent today. During this time, the overall survival rate for childhood cancers has risen from 20 percent to 80 percent. Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from generous donors. 

The trap shooting event consisted of 25 targets from the 16-yard line and 25 targets from the 23-yard line. Both individuals and four-person teams competed in the event. In the team competition the best three scores on each squad counted for the team score. All participants competed for High Overall. The festivities began with a shotgun clinic for novice competitors. Suburban Electric team won the ‘High Team’ award, and Tom Muddiman won the shoot off over Tim Tynan for the win for ‘High Over All’. 

As always, the Annie Oakley event drew a huge number of participants. Many participants entered the event multiple times resulting in well over 100 entries during the day. The Annie Oakley event also had tremendous spectator appeal, pitting the skills of one shooter against another. Half of the entry fees for the event is awarded to the eventual winner of each squad and the other half goes to St. Jude. 

Again, this year we welcomed many sponsors, including a couple of new ones, without whose continuing and generous support this event would not be as successful as it is today. Among this year’s sponsors were Suburban Electric, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, D & F Construction, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative. Mid-Atlantic Bowhunters and the National Rifle Association. 

The hosts of this year’s event, Bob Brino, Pamela Meara, Joe Turner, Lu Charette, and Andrea Smith would like to give a special thank you to all our hosts and sponsors along with all the volunteers whose tireless efforts made the event a great success. Being the event was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, we are grateful we were able to have the event this year.

NRA National Matches

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 11:25

 

From the NRA Competitive Shooting Division:

As you and your club members are setting your shooting and vacation calendars for the year, make sure to include the NRA National Championship Matches. Whether your club shoots Smallbore Rifle, Precision Pistol, or High Power, we have matches just for you at the Championships.

All of the National Matches are now located at the first-class facilities of Camp Atterbury, outside Edinburgh, Indiana. With state-of-the-art new ranges and outstanding support from the Indiana National Guard and the Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Association, competitors will experience a comfortable, safe, and relaxing environment to shoot their best.

The Championships will kick off with the Smallbore Rifle Championships, July 6-18. Smallbore shooters can select from Conventional and Metric 3-Position, Conventional and Metric Prone, F-Class Conventional and Metric, and many fired and unfired team matches. Consider taking the Iron Man challenge and fire all of the Smallbore Rifle Championship matches for a chance to win the Lones Wigger Trophy, and be one of the few with Iron Man bragging rights.

On July 20, check-in starts for the NRA Precision Pistol Championships, followed by five days of matches for .22 Rimfire Pistols, Centerfire Pistols, and .45 ACP Pistols. You can also fire the Harry Reeves and Distinguished matches.

The National High Power Championships launch their first shot downrange with squadded practice on July 22. Take your pick from the F-Class Mid-Range, F-Class Long Range, Fullbore, Mid-Range, and Long Range Championships.

Start your NRA National Matches journey by visiting the National Matches homepage and clicking on the National Match Calendar and the National Match Program. Learn more about Camp Atterbury facilities, Covid precautions, available base competitor lodging, and local hotels and attractions, by clicking on the National Match Info Handout.

Register at the NRA Competitive Shooting Web Portal -- and start getting all your gear together, tweak your sights, and plan to have a great shooting vacation.

NRA Ratings for GOP Candidates Running for Statewide Office

Fri, 04/23/2021 - 11:38

The NRA Political Victory Fund has posted ratings for all of the GOP candidates running for one of the three statewide offices in 2021.  The Republican Party is holding an "unassembled" convention to nominate candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General on May 8.  There will be locations in each of the 11 Congressional Districts where pre-filed delegates will cast their vote.   

It should be noted that only Glenn Youngkin, candidate for Governor, is the only candidate with a A rating of "?".  This rating indicates a candidate who either refused to answer the NRA-PVF candidate questionnaire, or who has made contradictory statements, or taken positions that are inconsistent with the candidate's answers to the NRA-PVF candidate questionnaire or previous record.  A rating of "?" often indicates indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners' and sportsmen's rights.to not respond to the NRA questionnaire.  

If you have filed to be a delegate to this year's GOP convention, the NRA ratings are below so you can find those candidates who have a record, or who have pledged (with an AQ rating) to protect your right to keep and bear arms.

STATEWIDE - Governor
Kirk Cox - A
Candidate (R)
Pete Snyder - AQ
Candidate (R)
Amanda Chase - A
Candidate (R)
Glenn Youngkin - ?
Candidate (R)
Sergio de la Pena - AQ
Candidate (R)

STATEWIDE - Lt. Governor
Tim Hugo - A
Candidate (R)
Lance Allen - AQ
Candidate (R)
Glenn Davis - A
Candidate (R)
Winsome Sears - AQ
Candidate (R)
Puneet Ahluwalia - AQ
Candidate (R)

STATEWIDE - Attorney General
Jason Miyares - A
Candidate (R)
Leslie Haley - AQ
Candidate (R)
Chuck Smith - AQ
Candidate (R)
Jack White -AQ
Candidate (R)

Dr. John R. Lott on Why Gun Control Does Not Reduce Crime

Thu, 04/22/2021 - 13:47

 The Epoch Times "American Thought Leaders" recently looked into the question of whether gun control measures prevent crime or do they actually do the opposite.

In the below episode, Dr. John R. Lott breaks down the biggest misconceptions he sees around gun control, how media coverage skews people’s perceptions, and why he believes gun control measures will actually harm minorities and the most vulnerable.


Kirk Cox for Governor Day at the Range

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 14:51

If you support Delegate Kirk Cox for Governor, here is a chance to join him and fellow sportsmen for a Day at the Range on April 24 at Tar Bay Gun Club! The event will be at 13560 Moody Rd in North Prince George.


Note: Sharing of this opportunity should not be considered an endorsement of any candidate currently running for the Republican Nomination for Governor.  VSSA has not endorsed a candidate in this race.  Delegate Cox is one of several candidates running.  He has a very pro-gun voting record as a member of the House of Delegates.

Virginia Teams Excel At SASP Collegiate Nationals

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 18:20
Talladega, AL – Collegiate teams from the Commonwealth recently competed in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) Collegiate Nationals at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Talladega, Alabama facility. The Liberty University Action Shooting Team defended their national title in rimfire rifle, and the Virginia Tech Corps Marksmanship Unit (CMU) returned for their second trip to the national championship. SASP awards both squad and individual awards, with Virginia teams taking the lion’s share of both across multiple categories. Commonwealth teams, competing in squads of four, captured the national championship in seven of eight SASP disciplines, five second place finishes and three third place finishes.Virginia_SASP.jpg – The full Virginia contingent at SASP Collegiate Nationals in Talladega, Alabama.
Specifically, Virginia teams placed as follows at the 4-person squad level:
Rimfire Pistol Iron Division (22LR)
1 st Place – VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
o Cadet Adam Jardines
o Cadet Mitchell McClure
o Cadet Cooper Rapp
o Cadet Edward Zhou

2 nd Place – VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
o Cadet Samuel Boin
o Cadet Stanley Brown
o Cadet Jacob Bush
o Cadet William Nance

3 rd Place – Liberty University
o Kathryn Allen
o Wilburn Caden
o Gabriel Goodman
o Connelly Weems

Rimfire Pistol Optic Division (22LR)
1 st Place – Liberty University
o Anderson Bennett
o Wilburn Caden
o Gabriel Goodman
o Sam Verdoorn

2 nd Place – VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
o Cadet Samuel Boin
o Cadet Stanley Brown
o Cadet Jacob Bush
o Cadet William Nance

Centerfire Pistol Iron Division (9mm)
1 st Place – Liberty University
o Jacob Beebe
o Anderson Bennett
o James Clinton
o Sam Verdoorn

Centerfire Pistol Optic Division (9mm)
1 st Place – VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
o Cadet Adam Jardines
o Cadet Mitchell McClure
o Cadet Cooper Rapp
o Cadet Edward Zhou

Rimfire Rifle Iron Division (22LR)
1 st Place – Liberty University
o Cami Barshinger
o Anderson Bennett
o Zachary Larsen
o Sam Verdoorn

2 nd Place – Liberty University
o Kathryn Allen
o Jacob Beebe
o James Clinton
o Christian Morgan

3 rd Place – VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
o Cadet Hunter Lambert
o Cadet Cooper Rapp
o Cadet Cole Shackelford
o Cadet Jacob Withers

Rimfire Rifle Optics Division (22LR)
1 st Place – Liberty University
o Cami Barshinger
o Anderson Bennett
o Zachary Larsen
o Sam Verdoorn

2 nd Place – Liberty University
o Kathryn Allen
o Jacob Beebe
o Wilburn Caden
o Christian Morgan

3 rd Place – VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
o Cadet Hunter Lambert
o Cadet Cooper Rapp
o Cadet Cole Shackelford
o Cadet Jacob Withers

Pistol Caliber Carbine Division (9mm)
1 st Place – Liberty University
o Cami Barshinger
o James Clinton
o Christian Morgan
o Sam Verdoorn

2 nd Place – Liberty University
o Kathryn Allen
o Jacob Beebe
o Zachary Larsen
o Connelly WeemsLU_SASP_trophies.jpg – Liberty University athletes and coaching staff with the Mowry Rifle Cup and the Hodne Cup.
At the individual level, Commonwealth athletes likewise distinguished themselves with the ladies of Liberty University being particularly dominant:

Ladies Rimfire Pistol Iron Division – High Overall
1 st Place – Kathryn Allen, Liberty University
2 nd Place – Connelly Weems, Liberty University

Men’s Rimfire Pistol Iron Division – High Overall
1 st Place – Cadet Adam Jardines, VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
2 nd Place – Cadet Edward Zhou, VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
3 rd Place – Cadet William Nance, VT Corps Marksmanship Unit

Men’s Rimfire Pistol Optic Division – High Overall
2 nd Place – Sam Verdoorn, Liberty University
3 rd Place – Anderson Bennett, Liberty University

Men’s Centerfire Pistol Iron Division – High Overall
3 rd Place – Sam Verdoorn, Liberty University

Men’s Centerfire Pistol Optic Division – High Overall
2 nd Place – Cadet Edward Zhou, VT Corps Marksmanship Unit
3 rd Place – Cadet Adam Jardines, VT Corps Marksmanship Unit

Ladies Rimfire Rifle Iron Division – High Overall
1 st Place – Kathryn Allen, Liberty University
2 nd Place – Cami Barshinger, Liberty University
3 rd Place – Connelly Weems, Liberty University

Men’s Rimfire Rifle Iron Division – High Overall
1 st Place – Sam Verdoorn, Liberty University

Ladies Rimfire Rifle Optics Division – High Overall
1 st Place – Cami Barshinger, Liberty University
2 nd Place – Kathryn Allen, Liberty University
3 rd Place – Connelly Weems, Liberty University

Men’s Rimfire Rifle Optics Division – High Overall
1 st Place – Sam Verdoorn, Liberty University
3 rd Place – Zachary Larsen, Liberty University

Ladies Pistol Caliber Carbine – High Overall
1 st Place – Kathryn Allen, Liberty University
2 nd Place – Cami Barshinger, Liberty University
3 rd Place – Connelly Weems, Liberty University

Men’s Pistol Caliber Carbine – High Overall
1 st Place – Sam Verdoorn, Liberty University
3 rd Place – Wilburn Caden, Liberty University
VTCMU.jpg – Cadets from the Virginia Tech Corps Marksmanship unit and their coach MGySgt Lance Jones.
Liberty University retained the Tammy L. Mowry Rifle Cup and brought home to the Commonwealth the Daniel C. Hodne Pistol Cup. Capturing the Hodne Cup is particularly noteworthy as it broke the five-year winning streak of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. The Hokie Cadets again bested Texas A&M Cadets in the rimfire rifle division but this time they opened the lead by over 20 seconds.
SASP State Advisor Dr. Eliot Jardines stated, “Our collegiate teams have achieved tremendous success in a very short period of time. This was only Liberty University’s third time at Collegiate Nationals and their dominance is unquestioned. The Virginia Tech Corps Marksmanship Unit managed to capture two national championships with only a year and a half in the program. I was particularly impressed with how the ladies of Liberty University swept most of the high overall awards.”

Both teams have established MidwayUSA Foundation endowment accounts and would greatly appreciate any donations to help them establish a firm financial foundation. Donations are tax- deductible – to donate please visit:

Liberty University Action Shooting Team - https://www.midwayusafoundation.org/team-profile/?id=R17945

Virginia Tech Corps Marksmanship Unit – https://www.midwayusafoundation.org/team-profile/?id=R18084
Thanks to Eliot Jardines, Ed.D. - VA & WV State Advisor, Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) for the above article and photos.

Biden's Gun Control Agenda

Thu, 03/11/2021 - 09:25

Earlier this week, the Heritage Foundation posted a podcast featuring Heritage legal fellow Amy Swearer where she breaks down the Biden administration’s plans on gun control. She explains why instead of addressing the real underlying problems when it comes to violence involving the use of firearms, President Biden is pushing politically divisive measures that could seriously damage our right to keep and bear arms without making the nation safer.  It's worth the 20 minutes it takes to listen.

Free Beacon: Democrats' Gun Bill Would Force AG’s Office To Team Up With Gun-Control Ally

Wed, 03/10/2021 - 08:50

You can read the full story here.  The news of what the Democrats gun control bills would do just keeps getting worse.  We already knew that HR1446 was bad, basically delaying the sale of a firearm indefinitely if the FBI does not return an all-clear within 10 days.  The seller would have to petition the government to release the firearm to the buyer if the background check result had not been returned within that time.  Now we learn from Stephen Gutowski at the Washington Free Beacon that the bill could "steer taxpayer dollars to a leading gun-control ally to consult on a federal study of the background check system."

Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn's (D., S.C.) H.R. 1446 would require the attorney general to work with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Firearms to report how the bill affects victims of domestic violence and empower the group to suggest other reforms. The center is a partner of the gun-control advocacy group Giffords Law Center, according to its website. The Giffords PAC spent more than $11 million backing Democratic candidates in the 2020 election. The connection between the report and a prominent gun-control organization could hinder the appeal of the legislation. If Republicans or moderate Democrats are turned off by the provision, it will make the job of passing it through a closely divided House even more difficult. A similar bill passed in 2019 but saw seven Democrats join Republicans in opposition; H.R. 1446 would likely not survive such defections in 2021 following GOP gains in the House. Debate will take place in the House today with a vote likely tomorrow. Contact your representative now and urge him/her to oppose this bill.

The Federalist: Top Nine Reasons Democrats Latest Gun Control Bill is a Terrible Idea (Again)

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 14:23
Last week, the Federalist laid out why H.R. 8, known as the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act” is the same bad idea that it was in 2019:
Two years ago, House Democrats pushed a bill requiring so-called “universal background checks” at the federal level, which would have effectively outlawed private sales throughout the country. That bill was H.R. 8, or the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.” Now, after taking control of all three branches, the Democrats are trying again and have just introduced, you guessed it: H.R. 8, the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021.” Who says Democrats can’t come up with new ideas?

This new bill, just like the old bill, would require that a federal background check be conducted prior to all transfers of firearm possession. To many Americans, this may seem like a reasonable idea. After all, law-abiding gun owners abhor the criminal misuse of firearms.

However, on closer examination, none of the claims from gun control proponents backing this bill holds water. We’re going to explore the top nine reasons this latest piece of gun control legislation is a bad idea. Those reasons include:1.Demands For New Gun Control Are An Admission That Gun Control Doesn’t Work
2.Gun Dealers Already Conduct Background Checks
3. There Is No ‘Gun-Show Loophole’
4. There Is No ‘Online Gun Sales Loophole’
5. Universal Background Checks Won’t Stop Criminals From Getting Guns
6. Background Checks Won’t Stop Mass Shootings
7. In-State Commerce Is a State Issue
8. Universal Background Checks Are Too Burdensome
9. Universal Background Checks Create a De Facto Federal Gun RegistryThe article goes on to conclude that current gun control doesn’t stop criminals and that the latest gun control proposals are no different. We all know that gun control does nothing nothing to end violence involving the use of a firearm. What it would do is exponentially increase the burdens on law-abiding citizens who only wish to defend themselves and their families from violent criminals who don’t care whether something is against the law.
Read the entire article.  It's a great piece that you can use when you contact your representative and senators.

Bearingarms.com: Background Check Bills Heading for Possible Wednesday Vote

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 11:35

Reuters reports that we could be headed a vote on gun control legislation in the House by mid-week.  According to the report Nancy Pelosi will bring two bills dealing with background checks to the House floor for a vote on Wednesday.  Bearingarms.com's Cam Edwards spoke with the Second Amendment Foundation's Alan Gottlieb yesterday and Gottlieb said SAF has been hearing from a lot of SAF members who are strongly opposed to the anti-gun bills being pushed through the House by Nancy Pelosi.

“The one that would allow the FBI to not approve a sale for no reason, per se, and just hold it forever; obviously that’s a direct infringement on people’s rights to purchase a firearm,” Gottlieb explains. “And the waiting period that they’re trying to put through has a lot of devils in the details.”

That bill is HB 1446, and would allow the FBI ten days, instead of the current three, to conduct a background check on gun purchases. Even worse, if the agency doesn’t respond within ten days, the seller of the firearm still can’t release the gun to the purchaser. Instead, they would have to formally petition the government (in writing) for permission to complete the transaction. As Gottlieb says, a right delayed is a right denied, and this would absolutely have a chilling effect on the ability of law-abiding Americans to purchase a firearm.

So too would the so-called universal background check bill that’s also expected to get a vote on Wednesday. I asked Gottlieb if he saw a contradiction in the position of Democrats who are complaining about overpolicing and overincarceration while preparing to create a new crime out of thin air; and one that could result in a year-long stay in federal prison for those convicted of transferring a firearm without first conducting a background check.

“There’s a definite contradiction,” Gottlieb replied, “but hypocrisy and contradictions mark what our opponents are all about. None of this surprises me at all. You know, less police on the streets, higher crime, and then they take your right to keep and bear arms away from you so you can’t protect yourself. I don’t understand where they’re coming from, but again, it’s hard to understand crazy.”

Even if your representative is anti-rights, they need to hear from you that you opposed HR8 and HR1446.


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Two Gun Control Bills Begin Moving in Congress

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 12:53

The House Rules Committee is hearing two gun control bills as this is being posted.  HR 8 and HR 1446, both of which would implement a national gun registry under the guise of a co-called "universal" background check, could advance out of committee today.  These are two of a trio of bills (that include an as of now untitled Senate bill). The Guns Ammo and Tactical Daily has this to say about HR 8:

In essence, H.R. 8 is stating that we should background check every firearm transfer mandatorily (which is an impossibility) because some private transfers are to prohibited individuals. They would like to combine that with removing the Brady Transfer Date so that transfers only occur after a ‘completed’ background check in a system that does not complete all background checks. There is no reasonable enforcement mechanism that will increase the efficacy over current standings, you can already voluntarily seek out a background check transfer at an FFL if you want to for sale of a firearm, or certain states have a lawful listed preemption of the requirement based on a license or certification.

In short, the ability of someone to use NICS to check a private sale already exists on a voluntary basis. Making it legally compulsory will not make that access easier or more convenient, which is why many people don’t use it right now. There is no reasonable way to know, from a law enforcement perspective, if a check took place prior to a crime. Nor is it overly relevant to the investigation of the current crime whether or not a background check took place, whether or not the alleged perpetrator was a prohibited or non-prohibited individual is just and additional charge to the crime that took place now is being investigated now.

The Firearms Policy Coalition has more on this trio of bills:

These bills are all designed to implement a nationwide registry of your firearms, setting the stage for gun confiscation.

The floodgates have opened on gun registry legislation, with three bills introduced in one day designed to force Universal Background Checks on gun transfers. And one of these anti-gun bills - HR 8 - already has support from Republicans. 

Contact your Representative now and urge them to oppose HR8 and HR1446.

Gun Owners in the Sights of Congressional Dems

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 14:01
Since Monday, we have seen a flood of anti-rights bills introduced in Congress:
  • S 529 - Universal Background Checks
  • HR 1477 - "Modernize" the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988
  • HR 1454 - Treats firearm kits as actual guns
  • HR 1446 - Universal Background Checks
  • HR 8 - Background checks bill with bi-partisan support
And that's in addition to existing anti-gun bills like HR 127.  Monday, Bearingarms.com, reported the news that both the National Rifle Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation were sounding the alarm over the possibility that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would begin moving gun control legislation, perhaps as early as next week.   Since then we have more information.  As of now, Biden’s proposed ban on modern sporting rifles and ammunition magazines has not been introduced in the House, yet.  Bearingarms.com's Cam Edwards devoted his Cam and Company show to the topic on Tuesday.  You can find out more about these bills below.  All gun owners are urged to contact your congressman now and urge them to oppose these bills.
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