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We Now Know What "Good First Step" Means

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:08
When the Democrats in the House of Representatives pushed through HR8, the bill to criminalizing private transfer of firearms without background checks, we heard from those pushing the bill that it would not stop every "tragedy" but it was a "good first step".  We now have a look at what the next step should be - background checks on all ammo purchases, complete with the hashtag #closetheammoloophole.  CBS 4 in Miami has the story.

It's Not Just Overt Gun Ban Legislation We Have to Watch

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 10:41
The New York Times reports that gun rights is a sticking point in the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Republicans also raised objections to provisions in the act that would bar people convicted of a violent misdemeanor or subject to a court order from owning firearms, and tried to undo a provision that gave tribal courts the ability to prosecute non-Native Americans who attack Native American women on tribal land. They also sought to add a provision that would ban organizations that perform abortions from receiving federal funding under the act. None of the amendments passed.The gun ban crowd is going to use any vehicle necessary to push their agenda. The Violence Against Women Act is typically a very bipartisan piece of legislation.  Based on the Times report, the Democratic Majority is using it as a vehicle to push their social justice agenda that might not pass otherwise in the Republican controlled Senate.

The Hill: Dick's Sporting Goods Pulling Guns From 125 Stors

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 15:53
You can find the story here.  According to The Hill, company CEO Ed Stack said during an earnings call that Dick’s tested a new "gun-free model" in 10 stores over the last several months and will expand it to markets where the hunting category is not performing well. Stack said those stores that tested the gun-free model saw positive sales in the most recent quarter.

Same-store-sales declined overall in the just completed fiscal year, but The Hill noted the company's stock has increased 10 percent since making the changes related to gun sales last year.

WSJ: Rural Sheriffs Defy New Gun Measures

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 15:21
Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal had this article about a growing movement among sheriffs in states that are enacting a growing number of gun control laws like so-called "universal" background checks.  Sheriffs say they will not enforce such laws:
In swaths of rural America, county sheriffs, prosecutors and other local officials are mounting resistance to gun-control measures moving through legislatures in Democratic-led states.

The “Second Amendment sanctuary” movement has taken hold in more than 100 counties in several states, including New Mexico and Illinois, where local law-enforcement and county leaders are saying they won’t enforce new legislation that infringes on the constitutional right to bear arms.

For instance, in New Mexico, 30 of 33 county sheriffs have signed a letter pledging to not help enforce several gun-control measures supported by Democrats in Santa Fe, according to the state’s sheriff association. The sheriffs, who are elected, say they are heeding the wishes of voters in the counties they serve. More than two dozen counties in the state have enacted “sanctuary” resolutions backing the sheriffs and affirming that no tax dollars in their jurisdictions should go to enforcing the proposed laws.The Journal notes that a number of these sheriffs view this as a "conservative version" of sanctuary cities that protect immigrants who are in the country illegally.  The article also showed a graphic that points out the urban/rural divide on several issues including gun rights.
Source: Pew Research Center web survey of 3,930 U.S. adults conducted March 13-27 and April 4-18, 2017; margin of error 2.8 percentage pointsIt's not just sheriff's that are questioning the new laws. “We’re all part of the same state, but almost all the crime we’re seeing and the weapons we’re seeing are coming out of the city,” said Brandon Zanotti, the Democratic state’s attorney of Williamson County in Illinois located 300 miles south of Chicago.

Mr. Zanotti objects to proposed restrictions on semiautomatic weapons in Illinois because, he says, they would burden law enforcement and turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals.

Sheriffs and prosecutors have discretion to decide whether to arrest or charge someone for committing a crime, but that flexibility is case-by-case, says Norman Williams, a Willamette University law professor. He drew a distinction between prosecutorial discretion and a categorical refusal to enforce a law. The latter undermines the rule of law, he said.Sheriff's and prosecutors are elected and those in rural areas tend to share the views of those who elected them. 

A Visit to Middlesex Shooting Sports Club

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 16:42
On Monday I had the opportunity to speak at the monthly meeting of the Middlesex Shooting Sports Club (MSSC).  What a great group of folks.  Late last year I received an email from the club President, Barbara Wallace, asking if I was available to speak at one of the clubs monthly dinner meetings.  I don't get to do this as often as I would like but my schedule for March worked out and I replied that I would be happy to speak at the club.
Photo Courtesy of MSSCThe club is located in Middlesex County on 62-acres and has 32 covered firing points for rifle and pistol shooting.  It also has two regulation skeet fields, regulation trap, doubles trap, wobble trap and sporting clays 5-stand. There is a 3600-square-foot clubhouse which is used for social and educational events.  The club is nestled in the midst of natural woodlands which is maintained by the club for wildlife habitat.  
I've always said whether it's an NRA Annual Meeting or some other venue, some of the nicest people you meet are folks that participate in the shooting sports, and members of MSSC are no exception.  I had the opportunity to sit at a table with a couple that live in western Henrico, Diane and Ed, and Diane is a retired Chesterfield County Schools employee so we had a lot to talk about, as I live in Chesterfield.  The meeting room was full to capacity, and not just because they were going to enjoy a great dinner of ribs, chicken, seasoned potatoes, coleslaw, and various desserts.  This club is made up of men and women who love to shoot.  They had just held a new member orientation on Sunday and they had 28 people in attendance.  The club is very active in putting on Women on Target clinics and they have an active youth marksmanship program.  All you have to do look at the photo above and you will see this is a club that is doing things right.  
In my remarks I talked about the future of the shooting sports, how women are the fastest growing segment of the firearms community, and I laid out the political landscape that we face in the General Assembly and the upcoming elections.  Club member Macey White reinforced some of the points I made on the political topics during the Q & A portion of my remarks.  Besides being a member of the club, Macey is also a VSSA Life Member.  
I can't say enough good things about this club and the members.  I'm happy that I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with them.

Volunteers Needed for NRA-ILA Table at March Richmond Gun Show.

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:16
Alan Penn, the NRA-ILA Frontlines Activist Leader in the Richmond area will have a table at the gun show being held in Richmond on March 30 and 31.  Alan will be signing up gun owners to volunteer in this year's state legislative races.  This year's election will decide if Virginia remains a play where our firearm freedoms are respected or if we will flip basically overnight into California or New Jersey.  If you will have some spare time that weekend and would like to help Alan, please contact him by email at projectexile2017@gmail.com.

Scholastic Action Shooting Program All-State Shooting Team Announced

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 19:14
The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) has named its All-State Team consisting of the four top high school and middle school athletes in the Commonwealth. SASP was created by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation in 2013 and consists of youth ages 10 – college competing in pistol and rifle. Athletes shoot at five steel targets that are arrayed in four different stages while timed. The program currently boasts approximately 1,200 participants across 42 states.

SASP began in Virginia in 2015 when the LoCo Motion Foundation established Team LoCo Motion in Purcellville. In 2016, the Winchester Izaak Walton League established the WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets. Both teams received significant support from Friends of the NRA/NRA Foundation. Three new teams were established in 2018 - two sponsored by the Young Marines and one by the US Naval Sea Cadets. Liberty University established a collegiate SASP team this year.

Athletes were selected for the Virginia SASP All-State Team based on their academic qualifications and achievement at the state and/or national championships this past year. The All-State Team consists of a high school and middle school squad, each with the four fastest athletes in the Commonwealth. All-State athletes for 2018 include:

High School Squad
- Adam Jardines of Purcellville
- Jack Bright of Leesburg
- Andrew Sullivan of Stephens City
- Corinne Whisenant of Middletown

Middle School Squad
- Ethan Jardines of Purcellville
- Talon Morris of White Post
- Maccoy Gilkison of Boyce
- Lauren Creese of Purcellville

SASP State Advisor Eliot Jardines stated, “The SASP program in Virginia has grown tremendously in the past three years, and we are very excited to have so many new teams and competitors. Every member of the 2018 Virginia SASP All-State Team is a nationally ranked athlete who brings great credit upon the sport and the Commonwealth.”

SASP is looking to continue its expansion and interested parties are encouraged to contact the State Advisor at admin@locomotionfoundation.org to learn more about establishing a team, available funding and scholarship opportunities.