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Scholastic Action Shooting Program Virginia State Championship

VSSA - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 16:06
The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) recently held its state championship at the Winchester Izaak Walton League (WIWL) in Winchester, VA. The match had a total of 58 entries across five different shooting disciplines. SASP is a team sport where athletes compete in squads of four. Athletes shoot for time at five steel targets that are arrayed in four different stages.
Athletes from as far as Ohio participated in the Virginia SASP State Championship.SASP began in earnest in Virginia in 2015 when Team LoCo Motion was established in Purcellville. In 2016, the Winchester Izaak Walton League established the WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets. This year, Liberty University established a collegiate team which took 2nd Place in the SASP Collegiate Nationals in the Spring. A number of new SASP teams are being established in the Commonwealth, with participation in the state championship expected to double next year.

Squad results were:
Rimfire Pistol
Varsity (High School) and Intermediate (Middle School) Divisions
State Champion – WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Team LoCo Motion

Rimfire Rifle – Iron Sights
Open Division (High School and Middle School mixed)
State Champion – WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Ross County Steel Ringers
3rd Place – Team LoCo Motion

Rimfire Rifle – Optic
Open Division
State Champion – WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Ross County Steel Ringers
3rd Place – Team LoCo Motion

Pistol Caliber Carbine
Open Division
State Champion – Team LoCo Motion
2nd Place – WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets

SASP athletes are also recognized at the individual level with high overall awards. Team LoCo Motion Captain Adam Jardines who was the rimfire pistol state champion, became the Commonwealth’s first athlete to compete in the centerfire pistol division.

Individual results were:
Rimfire Pistol
Varsity Division (High School)
State Champion – Ethan Jardines, Team LoCo Motion
2nd Place – Maccoy Gilkison, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
3rd Place – Andrew Sullivan, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
Ethan Jardines of Team LoCo Motion receiving the rimfire pistol championship cup from Liberty University Head Coach Dave Hartman.Intermediate Division (Middle School)
State Champion – Alexander Baird, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Lauren Creese, Team LoCo Motion
3rd Place – Scarlett Leatch, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets

Rimfire Rifle – Iron Sights
Varsity Division
State Champion – Ethan Jardines, Team LoCo Motion
2nd Place – Maccoy Gilkison, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
3rd Place – Talon Morris, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
Intermediate Division
State Champion – Alexander Baird, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Ayden Wilson, Ross County Steel Ringers
3rd Place – Hayden Thomas, Ross County Steel Ringers

Rimfire Rifle – Optics
Varsity Division
State Champion – Maccoy Gilkison, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Andrew Sullivan, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
3rd Place – Adam Jardines, Team LoCo Motion

Intermediate Division
State Champion – Alexander Baird, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Ayden Wilson, Ross County Steel Ringers
3rd Place – Hayden Thomas, Ross County Steel Ringers
Alexander Baird of the Blue Ridge Bullets with Match Director Mark Prater and WIWL Representative Stan Kugler.Pistol Caliber Carbine
Varsity Division
State Champion – Maccoy Gilkison, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Andrew Sullivan, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
3rd Place – Jack Bright, Team LoCo Motion

Intermediate Division
State Champion – Alexander Baird, WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets
2nd Place – Lauren Creese, Team LoCo Motion
3rd Place – Walter Davis, Jr., WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets

SASP State Advisor Dr. Eliot Jardines stated, “Our state championship went exceedingly well and it is clear our athletes have come a long way this season. I look forward to a strong performance at SASP Nationals in mid-July. We owe a big debt of gratitude to the Winchester Izaak Walton League for hosting the championship. We certainly could not have asked for better hosts, or more dedicated volunteers. We were honored to have Dave Hartman, the Head Coach of the Liberty University SASP team present awards at the noon ceremony, and representing WIWL for the afternoon awards ceremony was Mr. Stan Kugler.”
Alexander Baird, Maccoy Gilkison, Talon Morris and Andrew Sullivan of the Blue Ridge Bullets receiving their squad awards from Stan Kugler.As the teams gear up for the new shooting season staring in September, SASP is keenly interested in expanding the program throughout Virginia. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the VA State Advisor at admin@locomotionfoundation.org to learn more about establishing a team, available funding and scholarship opportunities.

Richmond City Council Passes Ordinance to Ban Firearms in City Buildings and Parks

VSSA - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 15:00
Last night, Richmond City Council passed Mayor Levar Stoney's ordinance to ban firearms in city buildings and parks.  The measure however will not go into effect unless the General Assembly repeals the state firearms preemption statute.  Preemption means that localities cannot pass their own gun control, which would result in a patchwork of laws across the state.  CBS 6 has the story:

VSSA Affilated Team Raffle to Support Trip to National Championship

VSSA - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 14:49
Team LoCo Motion, a Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) team and VSSA affiliated club, is attending the SASP National Championship in Marengo, Ohio in mid-July. The team is selling SASP National Raffle Tickets as a means of raising funds to offset the cost of the trip. Team LoCo Motion recently took first place in pistol caliber carbine division at the Virginia SASP State Match, hosted by the Winchester Izaak Walton League.

The raffle has five fantastic prizes including:

  • Dan Wesson Firearms – Pointman Nine PM-9
  • STI – DVc Limited Island 2011 Pistol
  •  Mossberg – MMR Tactical with Vortex Red/Green Dot Combo
  • Browning – 1911 .380 Medallion Pro
  • Taurus – PT111 Millennium G2 9mm

Tickets are $10 each. The drawing will take place on Friday July 19 at the SASP National Championship in Marengo, Ohio – raffle ticket holders need not be present to win.

To purchase raffle tickets please visit:
Eliot Jardines (571) 919-1288 – admin@locomotionfoundation.org

New NRA-ILA Website "StopNorthamsGunbBan.org"

VSSA - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 13:11
If you live in Virgnia you may have received an email today from NRA-ILA with an update from NRA-ILA.  Included in it is a new web site StopNorthamsGunBan.org.  The website includes talking points that you can use when drafting letters to the editor and talking with legislators.

Gun Ban Lobby Going Full Throttle on Social Media to Push for Special Session Floor Votes

VSSA - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 13:52
Here is a sample:

The #GVPSession is our opportunity to save lives in Virginia! @SpeakerCox & @TommyNorment: bring the #DangerousWeaponsBan & #ERPO to a floor vote! Everyone in the @VASenate & @VAHouse should have an opportunity to vote on these bills.— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) June 26, 2019
We’re ready to be LOUD and put the pressure on at the #GVPsession in Richmond on July 9! We’re focused. We’re determined. And we’re ready to #TakeActionNotSides against gun violence in America. pic.twitter.com/ciYBnJ8PtM— Brady (@bradybuzz) June 26, 2019 At the #GVPsession, we are urging @SpeakerCox and @TommyNorment to bring #ERPOS and the #DangerousWeaponsBan to the floor for a vote. The @VaHouse and @VASenate MUST have the opportunity to vote on this important legislation. pic.twitter.com/1fev47Rbl2— Brady (@bradybuzz) June 26, 2019 Text "Virginia" to 877-877 to be connected to @SpeakerCox and @TommyNorment!

Tell them Virginians WANT #gunreform now! #GVPsession #EndGunViolence pic.twitter.com/6WBMjlxAPt— Brady (@bradybuzz) June 26, 2019 If you are not engaged with your state legislators, you need to be, the other side is.

Like Abington, Norfolk Gun Control Roundtable Well Attended by Gun Owners

VSSA - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:00
Governor Northam's gun control roundtable discussions set up shop in Hampton last night.  The original location had to be moved due to the large number of people that showed up.  The first hour was only for the media and invited activists and supporters of the Governor's proposals to enact gun ban measures.  The second hour was open to the public and included a large number of gun owners who did not want any part of what Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran was selling.  Wavy 10 has the story.

Gun Owners are pushing back hard as even the Governor has admitted during last week's Boys State that none of his proposals would likely have changed anything in Virginia Beach the day of the shooting:
The next student at the microphone asked how those measures would help, arguing it doesn’t appear they would have prevented the shooting in Virginia Beach.

“The assailant used a silencer, a suppressor. Why do you think he did that?” Northam countered from the stage.

The student, standing away from the microphone, said quietly, “So nobody could hear him.”

“So do you think that we need silencers on the street?” Northam continued. “Do you think that if he hadn’t had a silencer, perhaps not as many people would have been killed because people in the building would have been able to hear the firearm discharge?”

Northam conceded that his proposals wouldn’t have necessarily prevented the Virginia Beach shooting. But he said the legislation his administration has backed would have helped.Continue to contact your State Senator and member of the House of Delegates and politely tell them that you do not support anything that the Governor is proposing and remind them that even though there was a restriction on employees taking firearms into Virginia Beach buildings, that did not stop the killer, a Virginia Beach employee, from taking his gun into the building and killing his colleagues.

In related news, a Virginia Beach employee wants the ban lifted on employees carrying in city buildings.

Also, I'll be on NRATV's Cam and Company this afternoon at 5:30 pm discussing the latest developments as the Special Session approaches.

Fredericksburg City Council to Vote on Resolution Asking GA to Repeal Preemption

VSSA - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 14:42
Tomorrow night, the Fredericksburg City Council will vote on a resolution asking the General Assembly to repeal the state's firearms preemption law. Currently, localities cannot enact gun control, only the General Assembly can pass laws related to firearms.

The meeting is at 7:30 pm, and will be held at:

Council Chambers
715 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

To speak against the resolution you will need to sign up for the public comment portion.  To do so, contact City Council Clerk, (540) 372-1010, Ext 228.

Richmond Mayor Stoney Plans to Ban Firearms in City Buildings and Parks

VSSA - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 14:32
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney held a press conference this morning and proposed banning firearms in city buildings and parks.  The Richmond Times Dispatch has the story.
Mayor Levar Stoney wants to bar people from carrying guns in Richmond-owned buildings and parks, he said Monday.

Stoney announced plans to introduce an ordinance at Monday night’s City Council meeting banning guns in City Hall, city-owned buildings, public parks and other community facilities.

If approved by the council, Stoney said the Richmond ordinance would take effect immediately – if state lawmakers grant localities the authority to ban guns in municipal buildings at the special session scheduled later this month.

“I don’t want to wait to start this process until after we’ve been granted the authority,” Stoney said at a press conference Monday morning.Stoney all but admits he doesn't have the authority to enact such a ban unless the General Assembly approves the Governor's announced plans to introduce legislation during the July 9th Special Session to roll back statewide preemption. But, he wants to put the process in place so if that were to happen, he has the ordinance already set to go.  If you live in the City of Richmond, make your voice heard to your City Council member that you oppose Mayor Stoney's proposed ordinance.

Still Waiting on Legislation for Special Session

VSSA - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 13:02
A quick look at the General Assembly Legislative Information System shows that no legislation has been prefiled as of today.  We do know that one GOP Delegate has said he has a proposal that he thinks will gain support on both sides of the assembly.
Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, says that when he talks to police and prosecutors about guns, they tell him they need more tools to crack down on gun-theft rings and the black market in stolen firearms.

And one tool they told him that wish they had is one federal law enforcement agencies have used for seven decades. It is the power to ask judges to cut convicts’ sentences if, once in prison, if those offenders give police the information needed to bring drug-smugglers, gun-runners and other organized criminals to justice. While we know what Governor Northam proposed during his press announcement earlier this month, nothing has been turned into legislation and that list apparently was not all inclusive so there could be more than what he laid out in the announcement

Vocal Second Amendment Supporters Pack Abington Gun Control Roundtable

VSSA - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 13:51
In what probably illustrates why Governor Northam scheduled only one Gun Control Roundtable in western Virginia, the administration heard from a number of opponents to his gun control proposals yesterday in Abington.  WVVA has the story.  When you watch the video of the news story on WBBA's web site, you gotta love the male anchor's air quotes when he talks about what Northam calls "sensible" gun laws.
In Abingdon, Secretary of Public Safety & Homeland Security Brian Moran spoke to a crowd of people questioning the need for new laws.

Moran noted several of Northam’s proposed solutions including universal background checks and reinstating the one hand gun a month law. But many in attendance say the laws are unnecessary and infringe on their second amendment rights.

“This is confiscation without representation,” said one attendee. Many in the crowd voice how they believe all of Northam’s proposed plans will eventually lead to more control in how law abiding citizens use their guns.Make sure if you have not contacted your State Senator or Delegate, that you make your views known to them before July 9th. 

Are We Really Surprised Time Kaine is Not Honest About Gun Control

VSSA - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 15:31
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has turned out to be Governor Northam's go-to guy to push gun control.  He has hosted two of the gun control round tables (one in Richmond and one in Stafford) that the Governor scheduled for the end of last week and Monday and Tuesday of this week.  This is the same Tim Kaine whot called on Northam to resign after the "blackface" scandal earlier this year.  Now Kaine has become part of the effort to rehabilitate Northam's reputation by pushing gun control after the May 31st Virginia Beach shooting.  And, like President Obama, Kaine is saying things that just aren't true.  For instance, last week he said that so-called "universal" background checks are supported by gun owners and NRA members and they keep guns out of the hands of criminals.  NRATV's did the job that the news anchor should have done after Kaine made those statements.

From Pro-gun State Senator to Anti-Gun - Profile of Senator John Edwards

VSSA - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 09:13
Virginia Mercury has this article on State Senator John Edwards, who for most of his career in the General Assembly supported 2nd Amendment Rights and was endorsed as recently as 2015 by the NRA, but who last session voted for every gun ban proposal that came before the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.
He says he can’t anymore. Over his past four years in office he quietly shifted from either not voting on or opposing most gun control legislation that came his way to backing the entire slate of proposals put forward by Gov. Ralph Northam this year, including the one-hand-gun-a-month law he helped overturn.

“The NRA’s attitude was always the same,” Edwards, a 75-year-old lawyer and former Marine, said. “You can’t do anything. Nothing can be done. But something has to be done.”

His break was gradual, he said – driven less by a single event and more by a growing sense that the tide of violence was rising and the NRA was only becoming more strident in its resistance to any reform.

It mirrors a broader shift among Democrats in a state where opposition to new gun control measures was once assumed key to winning rural areas. Edwards wasn't the only formerly pro-gun Democrat the Mercury spoke with.  Former Delegate Albert Pollard, who also was endorsed by the NRA while in office, said much the same as Edwards:
Former Del. Albert Pollard, a Northern Neck Democrat who, like Edwards, was once endorsed by the NRA, agrees. And, like Edwards, he says the organization hasn’t done itself any favors in recent years.

“It’s hard for today’s younger activists to believe, but at one point in time, the NRA was not a partisan organization,” he said. “They’ve clearly drifted into the fringe.” It's interesting that Pollard says NRA has drifted to the "fringe" because the NRA's position on everything from opposing bans on semi-automatic rifles, to opposing bans on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, to opposing background checks on private sales, was the same when Edwards and Pollard first ran for office as it is today.  The NRA is endorsing mostly Republicans not because they are an arm of the Republican Party but because most Democrats (and basically all in Virginia) take a position on those issues that is opposite the position of the NRA.

21st Annual VSSA's Crush'n Clays Another Success

VSSA - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 18:56
Last Saturday, 90 shooters gathered under mostly sunny skies to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the 21st Annual VSSA's Crush'n Clays.  In the first 20 years, this event, which is the nation's longest running clay target charity event, raised over $375,000 for this worthy cause.

During lunch, a special presentation was made to the family of the late Dominick Casciano, in recognition of his longtime support and sponsorship of the event.

The final results for the day of shooting are below.

Bernie Koderski 2019 Crush n Clays Champion
Mike Gilbert Class A Champion
Bob Walla Class B Champion
John Anderson Class C Champion
Bill Patterson Class D Champion

Team Awards (honors only)
1st Place
Piedmont Sportsmen Club - 132
Lu Charette
Mark Charette
J.R. Wingfield
Andrea Smith

2nd Place (Tie) -124
Trigger Time Youth
Christian Applegate
Kevin Higgins
Austin Hill
Zach Zedmak
Nick Walla

2nd Place (Tie) -124
Casciano TM 1
Dominick Casciano III
Dale Clark
Leo Roppo
Richard Musser
Ernie Lyles

3rd Place - 122
D&F Construction
Mike Burlein
Mike Gilbert
Will Hobson
John Dywler

Congratulations to all the individual and team winners and thanks to all of the participants for supporting this event for 21 years. Hope to see you all next year.

Why Gun Control is Not the Answer to What Happened in Virginia Beach.

VSSA - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:24
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has reached into the playbook of the gun ban lobby and is using the tragedy in Virginia Beach on May 31st to try and resurrect his political career and call for more gun control.  Never mind the fact that nothing he is proposing would have stopped the shooter from committing his crime.  Last Friday, Amy Swearer of the Heritage Foundation wrote this article and laid out the case for why gun control is the wrong answer to this shooting.
Northam’s proposals show a deep misunderstanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying gun-related violence in general, and mass public shootings in particular.

Worse, they inherently place the blame for these criminal actions on the shoulders of hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Virginia gun owners who will never use their firearms in an unlawful manner.She goes on to point out that according to data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), data which by the way CDC declined to publicize, indicates that the number of annual defensive gun uses is likely around 1 million.  She concludes her article by pointing out law-abiding citizens are not made safer by enacting restrictions that make it more difficult to defend themselves, especially when those restrictions don’t really address the "real mechanisms of criminal gun use."   All we do is "tie one hand behind their backs" while "congratulating ourselves for having 'just done something' about gun violence."

Amy was on NRATV's Relentless with Dana Loesch to talk more about her article.

Senator Janet Howell: We would have citizens wandering the halls carrying Uzis and other assault weapons

VSSA - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:18
That was State Senator Janet Howell's description of the annual Second Amendment Lobby Day at the General Assembly in E. J. Dionne's Washington Post article on Governor Northam's push for gun control in a special session.  Senator Howell wasn't the only one quoted though.  There is this from former State Senator and now Congresswomen Jennifer Wexton:
If you want to know how things have rolled in Virginia on the firearms issue, consider that Gun Lobby Day is an unofficial but highly memorable event held every year at the state Capitol on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“That was so wrong for so many reasons,” Jennifer Wexton, a former state senator who is now a member of Congress, observed about the timing of the pro-firearms offensive. Wexton, first drawn to politics in part by her desire for tougher gun laws, said that the state Senate’s Republican leadership would “put up all the gun bills on that day and kill them, one after another.”You see, even though Governor Northam claims the GOP majority holds "early morning meetings" where they kill everything, the fact is, the State Senate holds hearings on the bills with the most people are at the General Assembly to be heard - on Martin Luther King Day when a number of groups hold lobbying days, not just the pro-rights community, but the anti-rights folks hold a rally at the Bell Tower and are there for the Senate Courts of Justice Committee meeting.  On the House side, the subcommittee that hears gun related bills meet at 4:00 PM on Thursday afternoons in a usually packed meeting room and both pro-rights and anti-rights supporters are there to speak for or against legislation.

So, no Ms. Wexton, it isn't wrong for so many reasons.  And, no, there weren't people runing around the halls of the General Assembly Building with "Uzis and other assault weapons".

Delegate Todd Gilbert on Governor Northam's Call for Gun Control Special Session

VSSA - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 14:50
Delegate Todd Gilbert was on the Virginia Talk Radio Network this morning talking about Governor Northam's new calls for gun control and a special session.

VSSA Talks Governor Northam's Gun Control on Cam and Company

VSSA - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 14:09
Legislative Director David Adams was on NRATV's Cam and Company last night talking about the Governor's call of a gun control special legislative session,

Don't Get Distracted

VSSA - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:49
Folks, I've seen a lot of chatter from people upset about the President's comment related to suppressors after a reporter's shouted question as he was boarding the plane for Europe and later in an interview with Peirs Morgan. I put his response in the same category as the comment that the press said was a slap at the Duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle, that was nothing of the sort - it's a distraction.  As a friend recently commented on social media, we need the President to keep packing the courts as this is already paying dividends.  The Hearing Protection Act isn't happening with a Democrat led House and less than 60 votes for it in the Senate.  We need to keep our eye on the ball.  The Court is literally the only way gun rights will move forward for the foreseeable future. 

And while we are at it.  Would someone please have Donald Jr. educate his dad on suppressors! 

WRIC Live Feed of Governor Northam's News Conference to Call Special Session

VSSA - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 10:00
News Conference will begin at 10:00 AM

Governor Northam Calls for Special Session to Take Up Gun Control in Response to Virginia Beach Shooting

VSSA - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 09:54
The Roanoke Times reports that Gov. Ralph Northam will recall lawmakers to the state Capitol in coming weeks to take up a package of gun-control legislation he said is urgently needed to prevent killings like Friday's mass shooting in Virginia Beach.  In this morning's announcement he said he will call legislators back later this summer.  He will hold a 10:AM news conference that will be available on this blog.
He said in an interview that he wants the Republican-controlled General Assembly to hear from the public about the need for "common-sense" law related to guns and accessories.

Republicans have previously rejected Northam's gun control bills out of hand, but a top GOP lawmaker signaled Monday that he's open to a legislative debate.

Northam's expected announcement comes less than a week after Virginia Beach city employee DeWayne Craddock used two semi-automatic handguns, a silencer and extended ammunition magazines to kill 12 people, all but one them colleagues he had worked with for years, and injure several others. Craddock was then killed in an intense gunbattle with police during which a bullet hit one officer in a bulletproof vest.

Northam's package of bills includes legislation that directly relates to Friday's shooting — including a ban on silencers and high capacity ammunition magazines as well as broadening the ability of local governments to limit guns in city buildings. But Northam said other recent shootings, including the death last month of a 9-year-old girl who was shot at a community cookout in Richmond, are also driving his call for a special session.

Suppressors are currently legal in Virginia, but an individual has to undergo what amounts to a federal anal exam from ATF after paying a $200 tax before a purchase can be completed.  It normally takes at least six months for the process to run it's course.

Some law enforcement told news outlets on Saturday that the suppressor did not necessarily make it easier for the killer to complete his plan and that it was likely his familiarity with the building that allowed him to kill so many.

Contact you legislators now and let them know that you oppose any new restrictions on your rights.