It even makes reference to George Zimmerman to get their supporters to take action:
The deal includes reversing Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision to end concealed carry reciprocity agreements with 25 states that fail to meet Virginia’s standards. In fact, it broadens reciprocity to all 49 states in the country. This would allow individuals from other states with weak or relatively no requirements for carrying a concealed weapon to legally do the same in Virginia. That means convicted stalkers and abusers, habitual drunks, those with severe mental illness, and other dangerous individuals could carry weapons in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
We don’t want the George Zimmermans of the world to be armed in our neighborhoods! We want our Governor, who we elected to keep us safe, to stand up to the NRA and REJECT THIS BAD DEAL.SB 610 should be up for a final vote on Tuesday, February 2nd. Please make sure your State Senator knows you support passage of this bill.
Today's article goes on to explain why pro-rights activists are much happier about the deal than the gun ban lobby:
Does this deal expand gun rights?
Yes. The deal goes beyond restoring the reciprocity rights that Herring had planned to revoke, directing him to strike reciprocity deals with every state that offers them. If the legislature approves the deal, more out-of-state gun owners will be allowed to carry concealed weapons in Virginia, and Virginians will be able to carry concealed weapons in other parts of the country.
Does it also tighten restrictions on guns?
Yes, but in a more nuanced way.
The deal would make it a felony under Virginia law for someone subject to a two-year protective order to possess a gun. Possession for such a person is already illegal under federal law. But because local police, not federal agents, respond to domestic incidents, abusers could be more likely to face charges. And because possession in such cases would be a felony, anyone convicted would lose the right to possess a firearm for life, barring subsequent restoration of civil rights through the governor.
The deal also calls for putting a state trooper at every gun show to run background checks for private sellers who currently have no way to check buyers’ criminal histories. But those checks would remain optional. Then the Post gets to the question of where is Attorney General Herring in all of this?
It’s unclear, but he hardly seems happy about it.
The governor’s office was working on the deal to undo one of Herring’s biggest achievements for at least a week before it let him know what was in the works. Herring has not taken a public position on the deal and was notably absent from a news conference Friday, when McAuliffe and GOP leaders rolled out the deal. Herring’s spokesman said he had a prior commitment.
McAuliffe and his team have artfully credited Herring for bringing everyone to the table — suggesting that by yanking reciprocity, Herring so freaked out the gun-rights folks that they were willing to make a deal. But Herring’s absence on this has been conspicuous, particularly at Friday’s event, when McAuliffe asked the crowd to give the absent AG a round of applause. Awkward! For all the talk by McAuliffe and Herring's spokesman, it is clear Herring was thrown under the bus. And, it appears from the Post article, he is not at all happy about it.
Update: Even Bloomberg's anti-gun mouthpiece The Trace notes today the deal was "in the works for a week before Herring was clued in."
The deal encompasses the following bills:
Voluntary Background Checks at Firearms Shows: Delegate Lingamfelter (HB1386) and Senator Edwards (SB715)
- Currently, only firearms dealers with a federal firearms license (FFL) can access the National Instant Checks System (NICS) to perform background checks on firearms purchases/transfers.
- The Virginia State Police cannot access the system on behalf of private citizens selling or transferring firearms.
- This bill would give the Virginia State Police statutory authority to perform background checks on behalf of private citizens at firearms shows, which is required by the FBI.
- Private sellers feel it is their civic duty to obtain the results of a background check prior to selling or transferring a firearm and they currently do not have the ability to access background checks for this purpose. This would allow them access on voluntary cases.
- This bill requires the Virginia State Police to be present at every firearms show in the Commonwealth to perform background checks on a voluntary basis.
Protective orders: Delegate Murphy and Senator Howell (SB49)
- Currently, a person subject to a protective order is prohibited from purchasing or transporting a firearm, but not from possessing a firearm.
- This bill would prohibit a person subject to a permanent protective order from possessing a firearm for the duration of the order.
- Permanent protective orders are issued by a judge and are served to the subject. They can last up to 2 years and can be extended by the judge as necessary.
- This bill allows the subject of the protective order 24 hours to transfer or sell the firearm to a non-prohibited person. The subject of the protective order may possess or transport the firearm during that 24-hour period only for the purposes of selling or transferring the firearm.
- If a person violates this section, they could be guilty of a class 6 felony.
Reciprocity: Delegate Webert (HB1163) and Senator Reeves (SB610)
- Reciprocity for all states with a concealed carry permitting process.
- Prevents state-shopping. If a person has ever been revoked in Virginia, they cannot go to another state to get a permit and have that permit be recognized in Virginia.
- Retains the 24-hour verification clause for law enforcement purposes which allows the VSP or other law enforcement agencies to verify the validity of a permit for an out-of-state person 24 hours a day when states that offer that process. Permit-holders must carry another valid state-issued ID for the purpose of verification.
- Governor McAuliffe will also extend the effective date for the planned implementation of the revocation of reciprocity agreements with other states to March 1st.
The reciprocity portion of this deal is the most important part. This isn't just undoing Herring's action of unrecognizing the permits of 25 states, this is expanded recognition. Delegate Webert was on Friday's NRANews' Cam and Company and explained how this will work.It should be noted that none of this is a completely done deal until the bills pass and are signed into law by the Governor. VSSA was in consultation with one of the negotiating legislators before the deal was announced and the legislative team will continue to monitor developments. For now however, not withstanding reports to the contrary from the media, gun owners came out on the better end of this deal. Background checks are not "expanded" the way McAuliffe and the gun ban lobby would like. They are simply voluntary. He can spin this any way he wants but he backed down on reciprocity/recognition of out-of-state concealed carry permits and got little in return, which is why gun ban advocate Andy Parker and Everytown for Gun Safety are so upset with McAuliffe.
Though the deal could be viewed as a setback for Herring — often accused by opponents of playing politics with his office, but praised by supporters as a champion of progressive causes — the attorney general said in a statement Thursday that he’s “encouraged to finally see a bipartisan conversation” on reducing gun violence.
“If finally enforcing our concealed handgun reciprocity laws helps break the legislative logjam on efforts to expand background checks and force domestic abusers to turn over their guns, then I’m glad we could provide some momentum and I hope this is just the first step in enacting sensible gun safety measures,” Herring said.
Coy said Herring’s decision on concealed carry permits, which some gun-rights activists feared would lead other states to stop recognizing Virginia permits, served as a catalyst for the agreement.
“Without his leadership, this deal would not have been possible,” Coy said.I'm not completely buying that this was all aimed at causing a stink just to have the changes ditched at the eleventh hour. It is more likely that the Governor was headed a for a veto override of at least one bill that would overturn the order that had strong bipartisan support and he was looking for a face saving way out of a jam his AG put him in. Let's look again at what the GOP gave up in return for overtuning Herring's order:
- The deal would require the Virginia State Police to be available at all gun shows to perform voluntary background checks for sellers who are not federally licensed.
- Anyone subject to a permanent protective order to surrender guns in their possession, a policy aimed at removing guns from domestic violence situations.
- Anyone who has had a Virginia permit revoked would not be allowed to carry a concealed weapon in Virginia using another state’s permit.
And, for the little McAuliffe got, some in the gun ban lobby are not happy:
McAuliffe’s deal-making on guns didn’t sit well with some of his allies in the gun-control push.
Andy Parker, the father of slain Roanoke-area TV journalist Alison Parker, criticized the governor in a statement circulated by Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group that poured in more than $2.4 million to support Democratic campaigns in last year’s legislative elections. McAuliffe’s deal-making on guns didn’t sit well with some of his allies in the gun-control push.
“Since my daughter, Alison, was killed on live television in August, I’ve stood by Governor McAuliffe’s side and applauded his leadership on gun safety — and he has been a friend and source of support for me and my family,” Parker said. “That is why if reports are true that he’ll put the gun lobby agenda ahead of the safety of Virginians, I am beyond disappointed.” Herring's spin not withstanding, it still looks like McAuliffe threw him under the bus because of all the political heat that came from the AG's move in December.
HB128 Weapons; possession prohibited in state legislative buildings, penalty.
HB149 Concealed handgun permits; individuals on federal Terrorist Screening Database.
HB422 Firearms businesses; local regulation of dealers in proximity of schools.
HB423 Firearms; possession in school zone, penalty.
HB424 Firearms; possession in school zone; regulation by locality.
HB425 Firearms; prohibits person in Terrorist Screening Database to purchase, etc.
HB482 Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; penalties.
HB599 Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; penalties.
HB617 Concealed handgun permit; demonstration of competence.
HB632 Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check, penalties.
HB658 Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty.
HB979 Firearms; buyers or transferee, criminal history record check delay.
HB980 Transfer of handguns; permit required, penalties.
HB981 Concealed handgun permit; eliminates proof of competence.
HB982 Firearm or pneumatic gun; allowing access by children age four or younger, penalty.
HB983 Firearms magazines, certain; prohibition of sale, transfer, etc., prohibited, penalty.
HB1000 Online firearm sale; criminal history record information check, penalties.
HB1001 Terrorist Screening Database; check of Database required prior to purchasing firearm from dealer.
HB1025 Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk, penalties.
HB1049 Firearms show; list of vendors or exhibitors submitted to State Police.
HB1055 Foster care homes; firearm storage on premises.
HB1106 Firearms; possession or transportation following certain convictions.
HB1109 Concealed handgun permit; application; disqualification.
HB1199 School resource officers; possession of firearms and other weapons; penalty.
HB1313 Concealed handguns; protective orders, surrender of firearms, penalty.
HB1339 Localities; regulation of firearms in government buildings.
Results of the meeting will be posted as an update to this post after the meeting. As always we will be posting live updates on Twitter and Facebook.
Update: The Committee actions are below:
HB128 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB149 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB422 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB423 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB424 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB425 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB482 Subcommittee recommends striking from docket HB599 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB617 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB632 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB979 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB980 Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely HB981 Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely HB982 Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely HB983 Subcommittee recommends striking from docket HB1000 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB1001 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB1025 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB1049 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB1055 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB1106 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB1109 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table HB1199 Subcommittee recommends striking from docket HB1313 Subcommittee recommends striking from docket HB1339 Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
The about-face is part of a deal that McAuliffe (D) struck with Republican leaders one month after Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) severed the right for gun owners in 25 states to have their concealed carry permits recognized in Virginia.
In exchange, Republicans will agree to some concessions, according to McAuliffe’s office and the office of House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford).
If an individual’s Virginia concealed-carry permit is revoked, a permit from another state will not be honored in Virginia — a practice known as “state shopping.”
State police must be present at all gun shows to administer background checks in private sales of guns on a voluntary basis.
Anyone subject to a permanent protective order for a domestic violence offence will be prohibited from carrying a firearm for the two-year life of the order.The policy changes will come in the form of bipartisan legislation before the General Assembly.
VSSA's lobbyist got word that a deal may be in the works but this article seems to confirm the information and provides some details. Be sure to check this blog for more information as it becomes available.
Hat tip to NRANews.com.
Update 1: I spoke about the development with Cam Edwards of NRANews on Thusday afternoon.
Update 2: Governor McAuliffe is holding a news conference at 1:00 PM Friday. Below is the NBC 29 report on the agreement:
SB610 will be on final passage on Monday or Tuesday. You can find out how to contact your state Senator by clicking here.
SB 96 Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty.
SB 97 Handguns; establishes limitation on purchases, penalty.
SB 138 Firearms retailers; local regulation, proximity to schools.
SB 156 Concealed handgun permit; family member who resides with applicant may submit statement to court.
SB 184 Firearms magazines, certain; prohibition of sale, transfer, etc., penalties.
SB 214 Firearms; Terrorist Screening Database check prior to purchase.
SB 220 Firearm transfers; penalties.
SB 259 Persons involuntarily admitted or ordered to outpatient treatment; purchase, etc., of ammunition.
SB 260 Concealed handgun permit; disqualifications, residential mental health or substance abuse treatment.
SB 263 Firearms; purchase by persons intending to commit act of terrorism, penalty.
SB 430 Firearms; Terrorist Screening Database check prior to purchase.
SB 546 Possession or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes. (This was continued until next year)
SB 694 Firearm, crossbow or bow and arrow; shooting in or across road or street, penalty.
The committee also took up several bill that attempt to overturn the December 22, 2015, announcement by Attorney General Mark Herring that the state would no longer recognize the concealed carry permits of 25 states. Several bills were rolled into one and advanced to the full senate. The committee also reported and referred to Finance Senator Emmett Hanger's SB 713 which takes away the power of making reciprocity and recognition agreements from the Attorney General and gives it to a Legislative Commission. The bill heading to the full Senate is Senator Bryce Reeve's SB 610. The bills rolled into SB610 were SB 616, SB 699 and SB 764.
The Committee also advanced several other bills:
SB 677, a bill that makes the $10 fee that the clerk of court is now required to charge for processing a concealed handgun permit application or issuing a concealed handgun permit discretionary with the clerk. The bill was reported and referred to Finance.
SB 300, a bill that creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person who is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs to carry a loaded firearm on or about his person in a public place and that a person found guilty is ineligible to apply for a concealed handgun permit for a period of five years. The bill also creates a Class 2 misdemeanor for a person who carries a loaded firearm on or about his person onto the premises of any restaurant or club licensed to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption and consumes an alcoholic beverage while on the premises. The bill was reported and referred to Finance.
SB 323, a bill that creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for (i) the physical possession of a firearm while in the residence of the alleged victim of a person who has been served with an emergency protective order issued as a result of an assault and battery against a family or household member or (ii) the transport of a firearm by such person while the order is in effect. The bill also provides that in order to be convicted of the existing Class 1 misdemeanor of purchasing or transporting a firearm when subject to a protective order, the person must have been served with the order. The bill was amended and reported.
Another full docket is set for Thursday's 4:00pm Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1. VSSA will be posting live results on Twitter, and Facebook and will have a wrap-up of the committee action on the Blog.
The other bill is Senator John Edwards' SB716. This bill creates a Class 3 misdemeanor for a person who is not a licensed dealer but who conducts business as a merchant of firearms to sell a firearm without a background check conducted by a federally licensed dealer. The bill exempts transfers to family members, personal friends, by inheritance, by operation of law, or for a temporary purpose. This bill basically is what is current law under ATF regulations, so it appears to be an attempt to appear to be doing something without really doing anything.
Edwards also has a bill in that allows private sellers to voluntarily conduct background checks at gun shows by requiring the gun show to allow state police sufficient facilities to conduct the checks at the show. Delegate Scott Lingamfelter has a companion bill in the House.
The offensive includes a series of videos, newspaper ads and email alerts from the NRA, the Gun Owners of America and the National Shooting Sports Foundation in an effort to swing public opinion against the measures.
The gun lobby hopes to rebut Obama, who cast the actions as reasonable steps to prevent senseless gun violence. They also hope to make the efforts politically unpalatable for any candidate that may back them in the 2016 election.Here is the new NRA ad:
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) full page ad referenced by The Hill ran last week in the Washington Post. NSSF called it a "response to President Obama’s ongoing attacks on the men and women of America’s firearms and ammunition industry."
Hat tip to Sebastian and Breitbart.
SB 95 Use of firearm in commission of crime; civil liability.
SB 185 Firearms, loaded; prohibits carrying certain firearms in public places, exception.
SB 186 Concealed handgun permits; proof of competence, training courses.
SB 199 Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check, penalties.
SB 217 Firearm or pneumatic gun; allowing access by children age six or younger, penalty.
SB 301 Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; penalties.
SB 302 Firearms; access by children; penalty.
SB 411 Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties.
SB 520 Concealed handgun permit; demonstration of competence.
There were several pro-rights bills that advanced as well:
SB 48 Concealed handgun; person may carry concealed without permit if otherwise eligible to obtain permit.
SB 175 Concealed handgun permits; sharing of information.
SB 608 Confiscation, reporting, and return of firearms by law enforcement.
Finally, bills advanced that, while not opposed by VSSA, allows people like judges to have special privileges that other citizens do not. If it is fine for a judge to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, it should be just as fine for you or I to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Those bills include:
SB 198 Concealed weapons; adds any employee with internal investigations authority designated by DOC.
SB 205 Handguns; purchase by certain officers.
SB 479 Law-enforcement officers, retired; authority to carry concealed handguns.
SB 544 Concealed handgun permit; judges exempt.
SB 615 Purchase of weapons other than handguns by certain officers.
The bills that were reported out will be on the floor with final passage likely on Monday or Tuesday.
Update: You can see the Washington Post report on the committee meeting here.
Update 2: House Militia, Police, and Public Safety Subcommittee #1 met Thursday at 4:00 PM. The following bills were taken up:
HB 12 Concealed handgun permits, out-of-state; photo identification - Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1163-Webert) by voice vote
HB 1163 Concealed handguns; recognition of out-of-state permits. Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
HB 90 Virginia National Guard; possession of handguns by members at certain facilities - Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
HB 119 Virginia National Guard; possession of handguns by members - Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB90-Taylor) by voice vote
HB 206 Firearms, certain; identification requirement - Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
HB 382 Firearms; control by state agencies, etc - Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
HB 593 General Services, Department of; regulation of firearms - Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1096-Webert) by voice vote
HB 1096 Firearms; regulation by state entities. Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
HB 766 Concealed handguns; carrying with a valid protective order - Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
HB 809 Firearms; selling, bartering, etc., to persons not lawfully present in United States, penalty- Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N) Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
HB 810 Assault weapon; transfer of firearm, proof of citizenship - Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
HB 1107 Concealed handgun permit; reciprocity, report - Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
HB 1201 Concealed handgun permits; reciprocity - Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
HB 273 Transfer of certain firearms; identification requirement Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
HB 840 Possession of handguns by members of the Virginia National Guard Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
As for all those polls that the gun ban lobby cite for their talking points:
But these polls really ask little more than whether people want to stop criminals from obtaining guns. They don’t ask whether voters favor actual legislation that would actually impose background checks on the private transfer of guns. It is a safe bet that if polls actually drilled down to who we would have to be doing background checks on in order to sell one of our privately owned firearms to a close friend, cousin, uncle, or neighbor, the poll results would not be anywhere close to 90%.
Thoughts and prayers from all at VSSA are with the family and friends of Mr. Ball.
S.B. 48 Concealed handgun; person may carry concealed without permit if otherwise eligible to obtain permit.
S.B. 95 Use of firearm in commission of crime; civil liability.
S.B. 175 Concealed handgun permits; sharing of information.
S.B. 185 Firearms, loaded; prohibits carrying certain firearms in public places, exception.
S.B. 186 Concealed handgun permits; proof of competence, training courses.
S.B. 187 Transfer of firearms; permit required.
S.B. 198 Concealed weapons; adds any employee with internal investigations authority designated by DOC.
S.B. 199 Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check, penalties.
S.B. 217 Firearm or pneumatic gun; allowing access by children age six or younger, penalty.
S.B. 220 Firearm transfers; penalties.
S.B. 300 Firearms, loaded; carrying in public while under influence.
S.B. 301 Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; penalties.
S.B. 302 Firearms; access by children; penalty.
S.B. 411 Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties.
S.B. 479 Law-enforcement officers, retired; authority to carry concealed handguns.
S.B. 520 Concealed handgun permit; demonstration of competence.
S.B. 544 Concealed handgun permit; judges exempt.
S.B. 608 Confiscation, reporting, and return of firearms by law enforcement.
S.B. 615 Purchase of weapons other than handguns by certain officers.
S.B. 626 Carrying concealed handguns; protective orders.
In the House, Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcomittee #1 also has firearm bills on its Thursday Afternoon docket.
HB12 Concealed handgun permits, out-of-state; photo identification.
HB90 Virginia National Guard; possession of handguns by members at certain facilities.
HB119 Virginia National Guard; possession of handguns by members.
HB206 Firearms, certain; identification requirement.
HB273 Transfer of certain firearms; identification requirement.
HB382 Firearms; control by state agencies, etc.
HB766 Concealed handguns; carrying with a valid protective order.
HB784 Firearms; possession by persons adjudicated delinquent, military service exception.
HB809 Firearms; selling, bartering, etc., to persons not lawfully present in United States, penalty.
HB810 Assault weapon; transfer of firearm, proof of citizenship.
HB840 Possession of handguns by members of the Virginia National Guard.
HB1096 Regulation of firearms by state entities.
HB1107 Concealed handgun permit reciprocity; report.
HB1163 Concealed handguns; recognition of out-of-state permits.
HB1201 Concealed handgun permits; reciprocity.
The Senate Courts of Justice docket is very long and it is possible not all bills listed will be heard but VSSA's legislative team will be at both meetings and will be giving live updates via Twitter and Facebook.
Northern Virginia's Robinson High School Rifle Team Continues Success as Gun Control Debate Grows Louder
Hayley Carroll was in standing position, one eye closed and the other focused on the target 33 feet ahead. With the air rifle balanced by her left hand and pressing against her cheek, she moved her index finger over the trigger.
When she pulled it, there was no whiplash. No smoke and no blast. The sound more closely resembled a pen click than a gunshot, and to the untrained eye, it wasn’t clear where or whether the pellet pierced the paper.
But it didn’t take the binoculars provided by the onlooking coach to know that she hit the bull’s-eye. Carroll, all 5 feet 2 of her, is almost always on target. And on the occasions she did miss during a late December winter break practice at the indoor air rifle range at the Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the IZAAK Walton League, it wasn’t by much.
Carroll, a senior at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, is an atypical athlete in an atypical co-ed varsity sport. With 40-plus members, Robinson is the largest and most successful of the 11 teams competing in the Potomac High School Rifle League (PHSRL). Though considered a varsity team, Robinson functions as a club. It doesn’t receive money from the school. Its coaching staff consists of volunteers and equipment is paid for by parents.
Amid challenges both practical and of perception, the niche sport has changed to account for financial and political pressures. But as the national gun debate continues , local high school riflery participation remains as robust as it was 20 years ago. For these athletes, shooting is not political — it’s an enduring outlet for competition and individualism that attracts students uninterested or unable to play for traditional high school athletic teams. In addition to Robinson, other Fairfax County schools in the Public High School Rifle League (PHSFL) include W.T. Woodson, Lake Braddock, West Potomac and West Springfield. Arlington County also has three varsity teams in the PHSRL: Washington-Lee, Yorktown and Wakefield (which is a new team). Ciarula told the Board Wednesday night that the biggest challenge for Robinson and other schools participating in the sport is finding practice space. Robinson uses the NRA Range.
The challenge of practice space hasn't hindered Robinson's team performance however. The post notes:
Robinson has dominated the league, winning PHSRL region titles in 19 of the past 26 years. The team regularly sends its top shooters to Division I programs; this year’s team has a few NCAA prospects, including Carroll; Nicholas Kanellis, who plans to attend a service academy; and Zach Eisenberg, a lacrosse player-turned marksman who is considering North Carolina State.Read the entire article. In the midst of gun ban politicians trying to restrict our rights, articles like this and others that appeared in the last year reporting the popularity of the shooting sports in schools shows we are succeeding in making gun ownership part of our everyday life.
“[T]he five-year point of service is, to me, a point of decision: has a meaningful difference been made and it's time go home, or is serving in Congress a career and the hope is to serve much longer?” Rigell asked.
“Given the two alternatives, my belief in term limits, and in reflecting upon what my team and I have accomplished, I am at peace about coming home.” Also retiring is 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt. While the 5th District will likely be more difficult for Democrats to pick up, the 2nd District is considered competitive and sets up a possible pick-up opportunity for Democrats.
Other pro-rights members of the committee include: State Senator John Edwards (D), Senator Ryan McDougle (R), Senator Richard Stuart (R), Senator Bill Stanley (R), State Senator Bryce Reeves (R), State Senator Tom Garrett (R), State Senator Ben Chafin (R), and State Senator Glen Sturtevant (R).
In addition to the above stalwart supporters of our Second Amendment rights, we can usually count on State Senator Norment (R) and State Senator Creigh Deeds (D) to vote with us except on rare occasions. In the case of Deeds, he has sided with the anti-rights crowd on requiring background checks on private sales at guns shows in the past. The anti-rights crowd only has four solid votes on the committee and would only have at most six if either one of both of the two less reliable votes (Norment or Deeds) sides with them.
Elections have consequences and defeating McAuliffe and Bloomberg in the last election means we have a pro-rights Courts of Justice committee chaired by a strong supporter of our rights.