But other research has found different outcomes. The state of California has had a comprehensive background check law on the books for 10 years. Researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine have studied gun violence in CA during that period and found there was no change in the number of gun homicides or gun suicides. The researchers use the term “comprehensive background check” instead of universal background check. And another study by the same authors found that the repeal of comprehensive background check laws in Tennessee and Indiana had no effect on gun homicides or suicide rates in either state.
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health looked at comprehensive background check laws in large, urban counties in the U.S. and found they were actually associated with an increase in firearm homicides in those counties. That study found “no benefit” of a CBC law without an accompanying permit-to-purchase law.
So, while the research is mixed on the ability of UBC laws to prevent or reduce gun violence by themselves, several studies have shown that coupled with other gun laws, there can be a documented effect. For example, a 2016 review of gun policy studies in 10 countries by researchers at Columbia University found that countries that combined several gun control laws — licensing/permit requirements, minimum age restrictions, and background checks, for example — had success decreasing gun violence.This is important because last week a so-called "universal" background check law took effect in Virginia. While it is a much watered down version of other such laws (only sales require a background check, gifts and loaning your gun to a neighbor or friend will not require a background check), you can bet that the gun ban lobby will be back for more. At no time during debate on the bills during the General Assembly this year was it offered as a way to reduce crime in Virginia (firearm related homicides have reduced 50% over the last 25 years in Virginia all while sales have increased exponentially) but as a way to keep "illegal" guns from making their way to New York and other anti-gun northern states.
“The problem is, there is a finite supply of guns,” Cochran (of Trader Jerry's) said. “They’re doing the same social distancing at the [firearm] manufacturing plants. There’s supply problems in getting parts. I’m sure some of the parts come from China and other countries.”
Cochran said one ammunition manufacturer told him that he couldn’t provide the ammo Cochran requested “because they didn’t have the boxes to put it in. When you shut down the whole country and then try to get it back up a little bit, it’s pretty tough.”It remains to be seen if these new gun owners will vote to protect their newly aquired firearms.
Weekly SourcesTom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio Show - Sundays 2PM-5PM EasternMark Walter's Armed American Radio - Sundays 8PM-11-PM Eastern
DailyBearing Arms Cam and Company - Usually posted by 3PM Eastern dailyMark Walters and Rob Pincus Daily Facebook Live ChatsMark Walters Daily Defense Radio - 4PM-5PM Lock and Load Radio - Mon-Fri: 6:00pm-9:00pm Eastern
These are all great sources for the latest 2A news. There are also many good podcasts available on a number of firearm related topics. Just go to your favorite podcast aggregator (Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts etc.) and use search terms like firearms, or gun rights to find them.
As to reports of the Governor's intentions on gun control, Monday's eBullet shared a link to a podcast where gun ban advocate and unofficial gubernatorial gun ban advisor Lori Haas said she had a whole list of changes she wants. Reports floating around the web include many of the failed measures that didn't even get a hearing during the last session which include taxes on firearms and ammo, restrictions on indoor and outdoor ranges, and of course, the big enchilada that eluded the Governor this year, HB961 - Delegate Levine's ban on most all semi-automatic firearms. Gun owners should remain vigilant and use the next month to contact your legislators. If you live in the districts of Senator's Chap Petersen, Creigh Deeds, John Edwards, or Scott Surovell, please contact them and urge them to oppose any attempt to revive HB961. The bill was carried over until the 2021 Session but could be revived in August. If you are a member of a gun club that is in their districts (Senator Petersen's district is just outside of the Arlington/Fairfax IWLA boundaries but he referenced the club during the session), invite them to the club to see how modern sporting rifles are used for competition by the members. As more news is available, we will contact members.
- HB 2/SB 70 Criminalizes private sale of firearms - All sales of firearms, including private sales must now undergo a background check before the transfer can be made. Firearm loans, gifts, and transfers that do not involve an exchange of value (money) may still occur without a background check.
- HB674/SB240 Red Flag Laws / Extreme Risk Protection Orders
- HB 812/SB 69 Handgun Rationing limits purchases to one per month. Individuals that possess a valid concealed handgun permit are exempt from this limit.
- HB9 Mandatory reporting of lost/stolen firearms.
- HB1083 Penalties for "recklessly allowing minors 14 and under access to firearms will now carry a penalty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. (the penalty for this had been a Class 3 midemeanor)
- SB35/HB421 allow localities to regulate firearms in public buildings, parks, recreation centers, and during permitted events.
- SB479/HB1004 prohibit individuals subject to protective orders from possessing firearms, require them to turn over their firearms within 24 hours, and certify to the court that they have turned over their firearms.
Now is the time to push back on any new gun ban bills. We can beat Northam's gun ban if we continue to work with the four Senators who helped defeat HB961. If you live in the districts of Senators Creigh Deeds, Chap Petersen, John Edwards or Scott Surovell , please reach out to them and ask to meet with them and explain why modern sporting rifles like the AR-15 are the move popular rifle in America. If you compete with these rifles, share this information with them and let them know how these rifles are used in competition most every weekend across the nation. They need to hear from you now.
The Federalist: SCOTUS Gun Case Denials Signal Conservative Justices Don’t Trust Roberts With The Second Amendment
These four associate justices could have voted to hear any of the 10 petitions, but not all four chose to bring the cases before the court. That’s telling in as much as it is disturbing. The fact that four justices who complained the court needed to hear Second Amendment cases passed on 10 chances to do so tells us much about the court’s “swing vote.”
One or more of the conservative justices are in essence telling us Roberts cannot be trusted to interpret the Second Amendment as written, or faithfully apply the precedents of the Heller and McDonald decisions. He ruled in the 5-4 majority in both those cases. Keene is right when he says that means the 2020 election will put the direction of the Supreme Court back into focus, just as the 2016 election did. It's clear it will take at least one more solid originalists justice to move the court in a direction that will protect our Second Amendment Rights. That makes it critical that every gun owner is registered to vote and then exercises that vote in November for the only candidate that will be able to assure that result - Donald Trump.
The Virginia Junior Olympic Championship for Air Pistol was held in Centreville and hosted by the Arlington-Fairfax Izaak Walton League. The Sport Pistol championship was held in Fairfax at the NRA Headquarters Range. 25-meter Sport Pistol and 10-meter Air Pistol are Olympic events which are regulated by USA Shooting, the national governing board for Olympic shooting sports. Junior athletes from across the Commonwealth recently received invitations to compete in the national championship which is held at the National Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the event has been postponed until later this season.
Both the 25-meter Sport Pistol and 10-meter Air Pistol Virginia Junior Olympic Championships were organized by Coach Mark Budgeon of the NoVA Sharpshooters. Arlington-Fairfaix Izaak Walton League President Mr. Tom Ciarula was on hand for both competitions to award USA Shooting medals to the top athletes. Coach Budgeon has been the driving force in the explosive growth of Olympic pistol in Virginia having personally coached the overwhelming majority of the athletes who received an invitation on the NoVA Sharpshooters and LoCo Motion teams.
(over 20 athletes from across the Commonwealth participated)The following athletes received invitations to National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship:
(Left to right: Lauren Creese - Bronze, Cristina Alvarez – Silver and Suman Sanghera State Champion)Women’s Air Pistol
Christina Alvarez – NoVA Sharpshooters
Lauren Creese – NoVA Sharpshooters
Lillianna Holland – Independent Athlete
Josephine Mou – NoVA Sharpshooters
Suman Sanghera – NoVA Sharpshooters (State Champion)
(Left to right: Derek Liddle – Bronze, Ethan Jardines – Silver, Bhavjeet Sanghera State Champion)Men’s Air Pistol
Justin Berry – Rockingham 4-H Rockin’ Shots
Zachary Dantzlerward – NoVA Sharpshooters
Paine Gronemeyer – NoVA Sharpshooters
Ethan Jardines – NoVA Sharpshooters
Derek Liddle – Rockingham 4-H Rockin’ Shots
Victor Mou – NoVA Sharpshooters
William Regala – NoVA Sharpshooters
Bhavjeet Sanghera – NoVA Sharpshooters (State Champion)
Connor Shea – NoVA Sharpshooters
(Left to right: Lori Ann Madison – Silver, Suman Sanghera – Gold, Paine Gronemeyer – Bronze, Victor Mou – Gold, Josephine Mou – Bronze, Bhavjeet Sanghera – Silver)Women’s Sport Pistol
Lori Ann Madison – NoVA Sharpshooters
Josephine Mou – NoVA Sharpshooters
Suman Sanghera – NoVA Sharpshooters (State Champion)
Men’s Sport Pistol
Jack Bright – Team LoCo Motion
Maccoy Gilkison – Team LoCo Motion
Paine Gronemeyer – NoVA Sharpshooters
Ethan Jardines – Team LoCo Motion
Victor Mou – NoVA Sharpshooters (State Champion)
Bhavjeet Sanghera – NoVA Sharpshooters
“It's incredible,” Marcus told The Virginian-Pilot. “There are are a lot of extraneous things going on now that have caused guns to become very desirable.” According to the Times, sales first started to increase due to the Democrats winning a majority in the General Assembly, then the Wuhan Virus hit in March and now you have the civil unrest. It is all a recipe for a surge in gun sales and new gun owners.
In the Rimfire Pistol Iron Sights Division, Liberty University took the National Championship with the Virginia Tech CMU besting their archrivals the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit by nearly 20 seconds. At the individual level, Liberty’s Sam Verdoorn and Sam Stover took 2nd and 3rd place respectively among males. In the Rimfire Pistol Optic Division, Virginia Tech’s CMU took 3rd place and at the individual level CMU’s Cadet Adam Jardines took 2nd overall in the male category with Cadet Brianna Smiley taking 3rd in the female category.
In Rimfire Rifle Iron Sights, Liberty University’s “Blue” squad took the championship with its “Red” squad taking 3rd place. At the individual level, Christian Morgan took 2nd place in the male division. In Rimfire Rifle Optic Division, Liberty’s “Blue” squad took 1st place with Timothy “TJ” McFarland taking 2nd for males and Connelly Weems taking 2nd among the females.
In the Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) Division, Liberty again took the national championship, thus capturing the national title in all divisions the university entered. An incredible achievement by the students and their Head Coach, Bill Crawford. At the individual level, Sam Verdoorn took 2nd for males and Connelly Weems took 2nd for the ladies.
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 second time at Collegiate Nationals and their dominance is unquestioned. The Virginia Tech Corps Marksmanship Unit was established just before winter break in mid-December and largely practiced with simulators. To have placed 3rd in a division is a testament to the hard work the cadets put in and to Head Coach Jones’ vision. We look forward to seeing both teams again at the Virginia/West Virginia Championship later this summer at Shadow Hawk Defense.”
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 the links under each photo:
Liberty University athletes with the Tammy Mowry Rifle CupLiberty University Action Shooting TeameamCadets from the Virginia Tech Corps Marksmanship unit and their coach MGySgt Lance JonesVirginia Tech Corps Marksmanship Unit
You can hear the Haas and Moran interview here. If gun ban groups are already working legislators to pass a semi-auto ban, gun owners need to be doing the same thing. We can't wait until January.
The office of Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) said Monday that officials are mulling an appeal after the ruling.
“Governor Northam’s efforts to save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19 are necessary and proving to be effective, but unfortunately, the gun lobby believes the ability to shoot a gun indoors during this pandemic is worth risking further spread of the virus and making Virginia communities and families less safe,” Herring said in a statement.What Herring did not say is that most all of those outdoor ranges that the Governor allowed to remain open are private clubs and are not open to the public like indoor ranges. The Governor lost this one. It will be interesting to see if he decides to just lick his wounds and hope that this is the only setback before finally lifting his "stay-a-home" order, or if he tests his luck with the Virginia Supreme Court and tries to have the injunction overturned.
The key takeaway from the ruling is this quote from Judge Yeatts:
The Governor appears to argue that, when he declares a state of emergency, he can ignore any law that limits his power, even laws designed to limit his powers in a state of emergency.Pretty much sums up both Governor Northam, as well as Attorney General Herring, who defended the Commonwealth/Governor in the suit.
A divided Supreme Court declared on Monday that a Second Amendment challenge to a New York City gun law was made moot by the city and state’s last minute move to change the law in question. The 6-3 ruling saw Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh siding with the liberal wing of the court, while Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch dissented from the opinion, arguing that the decision “permits our docket to be manipulated in a way that should not be countenanced.”Cam went on to detail what Kavanaugh wrote in a concuring opinion:
And I share JUSTICE ALITO’s concern that some federal and state courts may not be properly applying Heller and McDonald. The Court should address that issue soon, perhaps in one of the several Second Amendment cases with petitions for certiorari now pending before the Court.Many had penned their hopes on this case as the first step in putting some teeth into Heller and McDonald, as Justice Justice Alito rightly states in his descent that many lower courts are simply ignoring. VSSA joined in an amicus brief supporting our sister organization in this case.
There are a number of cases still pending before the court, including challenges to New Jersey and Maryland’s concealed carry laws requiring applicants to show “good cause” before they can be approved. We will now have to wait and see which, if any, of those cases the Court decides to take.
Today's action by the Court illustrates how important it is to re-elect President Trump. It is clear we still need at least one, if not two additional justices with an originalist view of the Constitution on the Court.
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We look forward to you joining us next year. On behalf of the kids of St. Jude's, thank you for your longtime support of this event.
Licensees "may carry out the requested activities through a drive-up or walk-up window or doorway where the customer is on the licensee’s property, on the exterior of the brick-and-mortar structure at the address listed on the license," the ATF said in a Friday bulletin.
Transactions may not be carried from "a nearby space" that is not part of the dealers' property unless they are participating in qualified gun shows.
Larry Keane, general counsel for the firearms industry trade group National Shooting Sports Foundation, said Friday that the organization raised the issue with the ATF more than two weeks ago as dealers sought to navigate various government orders limiting business activity.The new guidance comes as gun sales continue to spike due to the Wuhan Coronavirus. While indoor ranges are closed in many states (including Virginia) guns stores remain open in states with the exception of Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York and Washington. The new ATF guidance in no way alters the requirements for background checks.
USA Today went on to suggest that the new guidance may help the sales surge to go higher:
The new guidance could only further fan the surge in gun sales that has shadowed the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Last month, the FBI reported 3.7 million background checks, the most in a single month since the launch of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in 1998. The March numbers surpassed the previous single-month high of 3.3 million checks in December 2015.Firearm retails have provided anecdotal evidence that many of those sales are to first time gun owners. NSSF last week announced a list of resources for first time gun buyers and NRA announced that they have some distance learning alternative firearms training to fill the gap left from indoor ranges being closed in may places. The NRA courses are live video conferencing and are basic safety courses that are easily delivered in a distance learning environment. Video conferencing offers a way to interact with students.
"These courses will provide an option for first-time gun owners who don't have the ability to take an NRA certified instructor-led class at their local shooting range at this time," said Joe DeBergalis, executive director of NRA General Operations. "While there is no replacement for in-person, instructor-led training, our new online classes do provide the basics of firearm safety training for those self-isolating at home."
Those courses include:
- Gun Safety Seminar
- NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course - Distance Learning
- NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course - Distance Learning
- NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course - Distance Learning
Each course, lasting from one to eight hours, is available at NRAInstructors.org.The Distance learning options are live instruction, not a pre-recorded training. I checked one offered this month and the course is live online instruction via video conferencing.
Hat tip Bearingarms.com.
The March number surpasses the previous Virginia record of 75,120 transactions in December 2012, which experts said was fueled by fears of increased gun restrictions after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut.
The March record also adds to what has become Virginia’s longest sustained spike in monthly gun sales ever. It began with December’s 73,849 transactions and continued in January and February with 65,839 and 64,070 transactions, respectively.
State firearm dealers say the surging sales can be attributed to the virus scare, along with the lingering effects of increased gun control measures passed by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.With so many first time firearm purchasers, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has created the below resource that will help in making the purchase, and safely storing the firearm at home when not in use.
With indoor ranges still considered "non-essential" by Governor Northam, and most outdoor ranges are private gun clubs, it will be difficult for these new gun owners to receive training (VSSA is working to get the Governor to change his order on indoor ranges). There are resources however that can be helpful. Gun Talk Radio's Tom Gresham has the "First Person Defender" video series. There is also Rob Pincus' Personal Defense Network web site which has numerous free training videos as well as videos behind their pay wall. While not the same as live fire training, you will learn valuable information from such training videos. Besides the info graphic above, NSSF has a number of resources for first time gun owners. If you know someone that has purchased their first firearm and you have access to an outdoor range, offer to take them so they can learn to safely use their new firearm.
With police cutting back their efforts and inmates are being released from prison, it is prudent for Americans to take responsibility for the safety of themselves and their families. Hopefully, people won’t need guns any more than they do in ordinary times. But in these precarious times, even some of the most anti-self-defense Democrats realize that closing gun stores isn’t going to do anything to reassure people.When the Governor of Illinois of all people recognizes that gun stores are essential businesses, you would think other anti-rights governors could also recognize this fact. Fortunately for Virginians, the Code specifically states that the Governor cannot infringe on our right to keep and bear arms, including purchases.