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Former Head of Interpol Says Armed Citizens Can Save Lives

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:33
Independence Institute Director of Research Dave Kopel had a great piece at the Volokh Conspiracy this week on former Interpol Secretary-general Ron Noble's new video examining the Westgate Mall mass shooting in Nairobi and how armed citizens saved hundreds of lives.  In the post, Kopel says in Noble's video, we see the difference between a "moderate" gun control advocate and folks like Katie Couric, who is making the rounds with a new gun ban film:
As Noble explains, his 14 years of close involvement in global counterterrorism changed his perspective on gun control. This week, he has published a video about the 2013 mass shootings at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. The video, “Armed Citizens Can Help Stop Terrorist Massacres Like Nairobi and Paris,” shows graphic footage of the attack and of the response of armed citizens. During the lengthy and well-planned attack, more than 60 innocent people were murdered. As Noble explains, the death count would have been hundreds more if not for the armed citizens who intervened. As Noble puts it, “This is not an American argument, nor a political argument. In these horrific situations, law-abiding armed citizens have helped protect others and literally saved lives, and the world should be made aware of this reality. . . . In the hands of law-abiding citizens, guns can and do save lives.”

Noble still favors a variety of non-prohibitory gun regulations that I do not. Yet the global question is not about the exact scope of Second Amendment rights in the United States. In Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States, mass shootings have become all too common. The perpetrators may be terrorists, gangs or people with mental illness. (The last category overlaps significantly with the first two categories.) The global question is about reducing the number of innocent people who are murdered. Among the important steps in saving lives is acknowledging that victims of mass attacks are necessarily their own first responders. As Westgate Mall demonstrated, when innocent victims have the tools of defense, innocent lives are saved.On Tuesday, Kopel appeared on NRANews.com's Cam and Company and discussed his post at the Volokh Conspiracy as well as the new video Noble has posted on Vimeo.

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With Unintentional Deaths by Firearm Historically Low, NY Times Attempts to Imply Otherwise

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 13:06
Today's New York Times has this article with a headline meant to make it sound like "accidental" gun deaths of children are on the rise.  It should be noted that what they go on to describe are actually negligent deaths, not accidental, because the firearm owners in the story do not take the proper steps to secure the firearm. Complete with talking points from Everytown for Gun Safety, the article is intended to make their case this is proof we need more gun control:
They are the most maddening gun deaths in America. Last year, at least 30 people were killed in accidental shootings in which the shooter was 5 or younger, according to Everytown For Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group that tracks these shootings, largely through news reports.

With shootings by preschoolers happening at a pace of about two per week, some of the victims were the youngsters’ parents or siblings, but in many cases the children ended up taking their own lives.The Times is hoping that the "two per week" is what grabs the attention of the reader without them stopping to do the math.   If you do, that averages out to be a little over 100 in a year - too many for sure, but clearly no epidemic.  Let's look at the trends as reported in the 2015 NSSF Firearms Related Injury Statistics NSSF for perspective.

Typical of the Times, they use Everytown's death numbers for the article which are much higher than what the CDC numbers as reported by NSSF.  But we all know how suspect Everytown's numbers are when they report statistics.  This is all done to promote mandatory storage laws but you can't legislate stupidity.  Each of the cases in the article were preventable if the owner of the firearm had taken the appropriate steps.  Steps like those promoted by NSSF's Project ChildSafe that talk about storing firearms in a safe manner that fit your individual needs go a long way in preventing the type of tragedies like the ones in the Times article.  Yet rather than mention what works, they push more restrictions.

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VSSA Endorses State Senator Tom Garrett for 5th Congressional District GOP Nomination

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:31
The Virginia 5th Congressional District Republican Nominating Convention will be held this Saturday, May 14, at Nelson County High School.  There are four candidates vying for the nomination to replace retiring congressman Robert Hurt.  Those candidates are: Michael Del Rosso, State Senator Thomas "Tom" Garrett, James McKelvey, and Joseph Whited.  VSSA has endorsed State Senator Tom Garrett and urges all gun owners who are delegates to the convention to vote for Senator Garrett.

Senator Garrett has been a true friend to Virginia gun owners.  Not only has he voted for pro-rights legislation and worked to defeat anti-rights legislation, he has introduced bills to expand to restore and expand our rights.  This past session, Senator Garrett was one of several state legislators to introduce a bill to overturn Attorney General Mark Herring's action that would have ended concealed carry permit reciprocity or recognition agreements with 25 states.  VSSA's endorsement is based on Senator Garrett's support for the Second Amendment while a Commonwealth's Attorney, his stellar voting record while in the state senate, and his pledge to continue to protect the rights of Virginia gun owners and sportsmen.

It should also be noted that Senator Garrett is the only candidate of the four that returned the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire.  NRA-PVF considers a failure to respond to the questionnaire an indication of " indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners' and sportsmen's rights." 

Not only is Garrett endorsed by VSSA, but he earned an "A" rating from NRA-PVF and their endorsement.  VSSA urges all delegates to the 5th Congressional District GOP Convention who support the 2nd Amendment to vote for State Senator Tom Garrett on Saturday.
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NOVA Armory Still Under Attack

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:57
The Arlington Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development is planning to review NOVA Armory’s Certificate of Occupancy at a hearing tonight!  Gun owners need to turn out to show support for NOVA Armory.  The business is legally operating and has was properly issued its occupancy approval. TheLibertyZone.com has more details:
Neither Dennis Pratte nor his landlord were notified of this public hearing

And they weren’t notified by the Arlington County Board, but by a neighbor. I suppose these authoritarian swine were hoping Dennis and his landlord wouldn’t show up and defend themselves against these odious attacks.

After all, it’s much easier to bully your victim by stabbing them in the back. It’s much preferable to destroy your prey when they least expect it.

According to an appeal filed by gun-grabbing filth Julie Young, Emily Hughes, Bernadette Brennan, Grace Chan, and Nathan Guerrero, because the store advertised “wholesale prices,” it operates as a wholesaler, vice a retailer, and therefore, its application as a “retail space” contains false information, and therefore its certificate of occupancy should be revoked.If you live in the area please attend tonight's hearing.  It will start at 7 PM and the location is:
Arlington Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development
2100 Clarendon Blvd
3rd Floor, Board of Supervisors Room
Arlington, VA 22201
UPDATE: NOVA Armory gets to keep it's occupancy license. A large turnout of supporters and the fact this whole thing was frivolous led the zoning board to unanimously vote in favor of NOVA Armory.  Great job gun owners for turning out last night. 

Thanks to everyone that came out this evening! The sea of orange made a difference! It was was a great night for gun owners in Arlington!— NOVA Armory (@NOVAarmory) May 12, 2016
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Reason: Hillary Clinton Picks a Doomed Fight With Americans Over Guns

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 08:36
Reason.com had this piece yesterday about Hillary Clinton's campaign against guns and gun owners.  What caught my eye was the premise of the article is that while Clinton may win and impose new restrictions, it doesn't mean Americans will abide by her new restrictions:
Clinton favors requiring "universal background checks" that would cover private sales between friends and neighbors that inherently take place out of public view. But when Colorado adopted such a requirement, the results were underwhelming, with the Associated Press finding 13,600 actual checks performed in 2013 after 210,00 had been predicted by a legislative impact assessment.

"The numbers are pretty clear here," Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) commented in 2014. "There's no increase in private transfers for background checks, which means either there aren't very many private sales, or what is much more likely people are just ignoring this law."That is a similar theme that gun ban advocate Adam Winkler took in the LA Times in April when he wrote why Gavin Newsome's plan to ban all standard capacity magazines, even those already owned by Californians, is a bad idea.  Winkler wrote that it is bad policy to pass laws which citizens will comply.

Reason's article is the second in as many weeks (Frank Miniter had one in Forbes last week) that suggests Hillary is making a mistake pushing gun control.  It likely won't make a difference to her base.  It remains to be seen if gun owners will unite behind her opponent to stop her from being elected.

Update: On Wednesday, the author of the Reason article, J.D. Tuccille appeared on NRANews.com's Cam and Company and discussed the article with host Cam Edwards.  Tuccille reinforced what he wrote, that Hillary Clinton’s plans for buybacks, background checks on private transfers, a revival of the 1994 “assault weapons” ban and repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act are doomed. He told Edwards that such actions would require majority support in Congress, which is unlikely. State gun control laws of this nature have been met with low compliance, and are being fought in the courts. Use of executive actions may attempt to bypass Congress, but it won’t bypass the people it is intended to affect – law-abiding gun owners.

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NRA Annual Meeting Means New Products Roll Out

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:34
Next week, the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits (NRAAM) will kick off in Louisville, KY, May 19-22 (The Exhibit Hall is open May 20-22).  That means that firearm manufacturers and accessory manufacturers will be rolling out new products.  Emails have already started landing in my inbox announcing what to see and where the exhibitor's booth will be located.

For instance, SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of suppressors, illumination tools, and tactical products, will have products for sale under exclusive show specials at the 2016 NRAAM. Attendees will have a chance to purchase these products like; Warden™, WARCOMP™, and Sidekick™ at exclusive pricing in the SureFire booth's direct store. In addition, SureFire will be displaying new, never before seen, products and host a daily sweepstakes. SureFire will be located at booth #5725. Attendees will also have a chance to win a Sidekick™.

Another exhibitor, Crimson Trace, will exhibit numerous new products in booth 4331 at the NRAAM. These new products will feature red and green laser sights designed to firmly fit onto hundreds of firearm models. Owners of revolvers, pistols and long guns will find something to fit their firearms in the NRA Annual meeting displays.  According to Crimson Trace, leading the new product introductions will be Crimson Trace's new LiNQ® wireless light/laser sight combination, along with the Laserguard Pros® for Smith & Wesson's Shield, Glock's 42 and 43 pistols, and the full-size Springfield XD-s. Laserguard Pros feature a combination 150-lumen LED white light and laser sight that permits the user to select between laser and light, or laser only and light only modes.

That's just a sample of what this blog will be covering at the NRAAM next weekend.  New posts to the blog will be up periodically on Friday and Saturday with a wrap-up post on Sunday or Monday.
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Firearm Transportation Laws Up and Down the I-95

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 18:09
This blog has shared the woes of some gun owners who have traveled I-95 through DC or Maryland, or New Jersey, and the nightmares they have endured when stopped for routine traffic stops the jailed for having a firearm in the vehicle.  Earlier today Oliver Krischik, with Karin Riley Porter, a firm in Northern Virginia, contacted the VSSA office.  According to Mr. Krischik, The firm handles a lot of cases involving firearm charges, and they often represent individuals charged for unlawful gun possession while they are just passing through to Maryland or Virginia. Originally the firm had the idea of developing a resource for clients showing the laws regarding purchase and travelling with weapons up and down the 1-95 corridor. 

Ultimately, the firm developed an infographic showing the extent of peaceful journey laws up and down I-95, and they put it up on the website as a resource for gun-owners.Interstate-95 goes through 15 states and D.C., and crosses many different jurisdictions with a wide variety of laws applying to the need for a permit and whether or not you can cross state borders with your firearm.  The below infographic is interactive and can be useful if you are traveling with your firearm north on I-95 from Virginia.  Simply move your cursor over the state in which you have a question on a particular issue section.  Besides practicing in northern Virginia, they can also represent clients in Richmond and Henrico should you find yourself in need of an attorney familiar with state and federal firearm laws.
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Northern Virginia Gun Club 4H Takes Skeet Shoot vs Woodbury Forest

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 13:59
On 30 April the Northern Virginia Gun Club 4H Team invited Woodbury Forest School to participate in a skeet shoot at Northern Virginia Gun Club.  Woodbury brought two teams and from the scores and report from the club, it was a great morning of shooting followed by hot dogs for lunch.
NVGC 4H on Left is Chandler, Kendall, Jordan and Paul. Woodbury shooters in tan and orange shooting shirts (David King, third from the left shot with NVGC to round out their team)The King George 4H team took 1st Place with a score of 198. Woodbury Forest 2 finished 2nd with a score of 190, which included a perfect score of 25 in the first round by Lisle Elliman.  Woodbury 1 finished 3rd with a score of 150.  Individual leaders were Lisle Elliman of Woodbury finished 1st with a score of 48, Kendall Rhodes of Northern Virginia Gun Club 4H finished 2nd with a score of 44, and Conn Jannerbo of Woodbury Forest finished 3rd with a score of 43.

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2016 State Outdoor Pistol Championship

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:39
The 2016 Virginia State Outdoor Precision Pistol Championship will be held at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club June 24, 25, & 26, 2016.  The match is open to all competitors. Competitors may preregister by using either the Match Entry Form linked here or a standard NRA SR-1 form, accompanied by payment of the entry fees which are listed on the entry form linked above.  Entry fees may be paid using NRA award points or a check or money order made payable to “Fairfax Rod & Gun Club” (match fees for each match must be paid by a separate check).  Preregistration forms and entry fees must be received not later than the Wednesday preceding the match.  Post entries will be accepted at the range each day until 15 minutes prior to the match start time, to the extent that firing positions remain available.  This match is limited to 25 competitors per day, and will each be conducted in a single relay on each day. Preregistration forms and entry fees should be mailed to John Hollingshead at P.O. Box 1245, Olney, Maryland 20830.
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