“All guns start out legal, and then 60% of the guns that end up being used in crimes or in suicides are in the hands of people who don’t own them or didn’t originally own them. We’re careless with our guns.”First, I would tell Senator Marsden to speak for himself. While there are some gun owners that are not as responsible with their firearms as they should be given that there are instances of negligent discharge and when a child injures themselves with an improperly stored firearm, to lump all gun owners into that category is just hyperbole.
A legal expert, Rich Kelsy, interviewed by WVTF, had this to say about Marsden's proposal:
“For you to make a gun owner liable for injuries because his gun was lost or stolen and a third party used it in the commission of a crime or for injuries would turn tort law upside down.”Marsden is no stranger to going after legal gun owners instead of criminals when it comes to reducing the criminal use of firearms. He is a regular sponsor of gun ban legislation in the State Senate.
NRATV's Cam Edwards discussed Marsden's proposal on Dana Loesch program this past Monday.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation's (NSSF) Project Childsafe encourages gun owners to store their firearms securely when they are not in use. That's a much better way of getting gun owners to keep their firearms away from those who should not have them than to threaten gun owners that they will be held responsible if a criminal get's their gun
The next raffle is one of the best yet! The 1st Prize is a Henry 30/30 (from Midway) and the 2nd Prize is a Ruger Mark III (generously donated by the club's very own Mark Budgeon). For every ten tickets sold, the club will hold a drawing for a Browning knife/flashlight combo. So there are many chances to win!
You can support the air range and these young shooters by purchasing raffle tickets. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at the air range website — afc-iwla-sillsairrange.org/ — and they will also be selling tickets in person for those who know someone who is a member of the club or live close to the range and would prefer to purchase them in person.
The drawing will be drawn after the 200th ticket is sold!
This is a national problem as well. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has produced a “Firearms Safety in Vehicles” brochure with tips and precautions for shooters who sometimes have a gun in their car, SUV or truck. Whether you’re heading to the range for a day of trigger time or carrying concealed, the reminder’s applicable.
Sales at existing stores and websites fell 3.9% for the three-month period ended Nov. 3., driven down by weakness in the company’s hunting and electronics departments, executives said on a conference call with analysts on Wednesday. Those categories accounted for over half of the decline. Weak gun sales also hit other areas like outdoor equipment because fewer hunters are coming to stores, said Lee Belitsky, chief financial officer at Dick’s. It was the chain’s fifth consecutive quarter of sales declines.
In February, Dick’s said it would stop selling assault-style guns and would no longer sell guns and ammunition to people under 21 years old in the wake of a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. At the time, Walmart Inc. also stopped selling guns and ammunition to those under 21, but the retail giant hasn’t said the decision created a slowdown in sales.I think the reason Dick's has seen a downturn while Walmart has not has more to do with the fact Dick's decided to hire lobbyists to push for gun control, something Walmart has not done. I know my household stopped shopping at Dick's for my daughter's sports equipment and started buying from a mom and pop owned sporting goods store in our area.
Efforts to make schools safe need to be balanced. It would be wrong to turn schools into armed fortresses, and arming teachers is a bad idea. But an approach that ignores the tough issue of gun control also is out of balance.
Consider one proposal that didn’t make the cut for the 24 submitted to the legislature. Del. David Toscano, a Democrat from Charlottesville, backed a recommendation that would allow judges to force family members to lock up guns in their homes if a student demonstrates serious mental-health problems. That sounds sensible, and it wouldn’t cost any money. But it has to do with making guns less readily available, so it won’t be presented.
The committee has produced a number of good proposals in a short time, working within the limits it was given.
The General Assembly should be under no such limitations, however. Legislators should consider these recommendations, but they should also consider all aspects of school safety — including the difficult matter of gun control.There have been very few firearm related bills pre-filed for the 2019 Session but expect a full load of gun control bills to be considered. As always, VSSA will be there protecting the rights of Virginia's gun owners.
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Since the beginning of this election cycle the mainstream media and the left have told us that there would be a "Blue Wave" that would give Democrats large majorities and the House of Representatives and would flip the Senate. This was thought because the left seemed much more motivated to vote with Donald Trump in the White House. Then, Chucky Schumer decided to destroy the reputation of a good man, Brett Kavanaugh. Even before that occurred it has begun to look like taking control of the U.S. Senate was going to be a long shot but Schumer's strategy likely led to the defeats of Senator Joe Donnelly in Indiana, and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.
So what does all of this mean for our Second Amendment freedom in the coming two years? Roll Call wrote this morning House Democrats plan to move forward with criminalizing private firearm sales. Roll Call also notes that such an effort is likely to stall in the Senate as both the President and the Senate GOP have shown zero interest in any bill that could be construed as infringing upon Second Amendment rights. All three of the Democrats that flipped seats in Virginia are on board with more restrictions on our rights, including so-called "universal" background checks, banning modern sporting rifles, and banning standard capacity magazines. While Bloomberg's fake news outlet, The Trace, tried to paint the best face on last night's returns by saying pushing gun control did not hurt them, the fact is, at least in the 7th District where I live, not one of Spanberger's television ads mentioned gun control. In fact, almost all of them failed to even mention she was a Democrat. I did not see any of the ads for Wexton (10th) and Luria (2nd) but Bloomberg and Gabby Giffords spent heavily in the 10th District.
What the election results do show us is we have a lot of work to do in the suburbs. That is where House races were lost yesterday according to Roll Call and other news outlets.
In Virginia, we now turn our attention to the state legislative races that will be held in 2019 where the House of Delegates and the State Senate will all be up for re-election. If we lose the pro-gun majorities in both houses, Virginia will look like New Jersey and California virtually overnight when it comes to gun laws.
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The maker of Smith & Wesson firearms lost a prolonged fight with religious groups and other shareholders who have been pushing it to consider a plan to help reduce the harmful effects of its products.
The investors, led by The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, presented a resolution on gun safety at American Outdoor Brand's annual shareholder meeting Tuesday, the same resolution it successfully passed at Sturm Ruger earlier this year. And the preliminary voting showed the shareholders also won this fight.
The proposal calls on American Outdoor Brands, Smith & Wesson's parent company, to put together a report on whether the gun maker is adequately addressing the risks that its products are associated with gun violence and to show evidence it is exploring ways to make safer guns and products to reduce this violence.The CEO of American Outdoor Brands, James Debney, stated the obvious when he said it was a politically motivated vote. This continues the trend of investor activism against gun manufacturers as liberal organizations like the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), among others, have pushed for gun control and prevent pension funds from investing in firearms manufacturers, especially those that manufacture modern sporting rifles. AFT also backed the Interfaith Center's proposal.
Smith and Wesson is the second firearms manufacturer targeted by Interfaith. Ruger's shareholders passed a similar proposal in May at their stockholder meeting.
The spot, debuting Wednesday and obtained first by Roll Call, opens with footage of a parent playing with a small child.
“Congress should be doing everything it can to protect families from gun violence,” the narrator says. “But time and again, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has sided with the NRA over us.”
The ad is part of Giffords PAC’s $1 million investment in the suburban D.C.-based 10th District, which is near the NRA’s national headquarters. It will air on cable across the district, with heavy play in Loudon and Fairfax counties.The 10th District is thought to be the best "pick-up" opportunity for the Democrats as both Hillary Clinton and Governor Ralph Northam carried the district by double digits. Every gun owner in the 10th District needs to contact the Comstock campaign and to see how you can help with less than 50 days until the election.
The new proposal is more narrowly tailored. It doesn’t seek a total ban on firearms in the municipal building but instead seeks to bar guns in places where a local governing body is meeting.
The ban would apply only during a council session, not all the time, and it would apply wherever the council meets, even if it’s not in the municipal building.
“That’s a step and it’s only one step,” said Councilman Bill Bestpitch during the meeting of council’s legislative committee, which he chairs.
He noted that there’s ample precedent for what the city is seeking. Guns are banned from local courthouses and parts of the General Assembly itself.
“This is really no different than other arms of government,” he said.NRATV's Kerry Picket discussed the proposal with Dana Loesch on Friday's episode of Relentless.
This makes the special election in the 8th House of Delegate's District to fill the vacant seat left vacant by Delegate Greg Habeeb even more important. The candidates are E. Carter Turner III (D) and Joseph McNamara (R). The election will coincide with the General Election on November 6th.
1st Prize - Henry Golden Boy Silver Rifle Used for the 1,000 Man Shoot
G. Horne – Hampton, VA
2nd Place - Cabela's $250 Gift Card
R. Keeble – Gore, VA
3rd Place - $100 Cash
R. Morrison, Crewe, VA
Thanks to all of our members who supported this year's raffle. A special thank you to Mr. Morrison who asked that his prize to support the VSSA War Chest.
Guttenberg was an invited guest of California Senator Diane Feinstein. He denies that this was part of the strategy concocted by the Democrats to disrupt the confirmation hearings. Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was one of the students killed at Parkland earlier this year, joined Dana Loesch on NRATV last night to demand that politicians and the media stop weaponizing Parkland to oppose Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
When Senator Diane Feinstein asked Kavanaugh about his opinion in what is known as Heller 2 related to the ban on so-called "assault weapons" in DC, the exchange went like this:
Judge Kavanaugh expressed dismay about gun violence. But he defended a robust view of Second Amendment rights.
He was asked about his 2011 dissent in a case that upheld a ban in Washington on so-called assault weapons. The case was a sequel to District of Columbia v. Heller, the 2008 Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to own handguns for self-defense in the home, striking down an earlier Washington law.
The majority in the appeals court ruled that the later ban was constitutional. On Wednesday, Judge Kavanaugh explained that he dissented because Justice Antonin Scalia’s majority opinion in the 2008 decision required it.
He acknowledged that Justice Scalia had said that many gun control laws were unaffected by the 2008 ruling. “Nothing in our opinion,” Justice Scalia wrote, “should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”
Judge Kavanaugh also said that the 2008 decision allowed machine guns to be prohibited, along with “dangerous and unusual weapons.” But he said semiautomatic weapons presented a different question.
“Most handguns are semiautomatic — something not everyone appreciates,” Judge Kavanaugh said on Wednesday. Similarly, he said, “semiautomatic rifles are widely possessed in the United States.”
“I have to follow the precedent of the Supreme Court as it’s written, and that’s what I tried to do in that case,” he said.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, asked Judge Kavanaugh about the practical impact of his position in light of recent school shootings. He responded that school officials have taken steps to protect students.
“Senator,” he said, “of course the violence in the schools is something we all detest and want to do something about, and there are lots of efforts, I know, underway to make schools safer. I know at my girls’ school they do a lot of things now that are different than they did just a few years ago in terms of trying to harden the school and make it safer for everyone.”
“But as a judge my job, as I saw it,” he said, “was to follow the Second Amendment opinion of the Supreme Court whether I agreed with it or disagreed with it.”Independence Institute Director of Research, Dave Kopel, has written that no nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court has had such a detailed record on Second Amendment as Brett Kavanaugh. The fact that President Trump nominated someone with such a detailed record on the issue says a lot in a time when most Presidents try to avoid controversy in their nominations. Candidate Trump promised to protect our Second Amendment rights as President. So far, he appears to have nominated two Supreme Court Justices that are in line with the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the issue.
Herring instructed the Department of Criminal Justice Services that it cannot register teachers as special conservators of the peace (SCOPS) for the purposes of arming them on school grounds.
“Virginia law expressly limits who may possess firearms on school grounds for safety purposes, and the General Assembly declined to enact bills presented every year from 2013 through 2017 to extend this authority to school teachers and administrators,” Herring concluded.I had the opportunity to discuss this with NRATV's Cam Edwards yesterday.