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Each year, VSSA's lobbying team is at the General Assembly everyday working with legislators to defeat bad bills and pass good bills.  By the time the legislators walk into a subcommittee or committee meeting, they have met with your lobbying team and know the VSSA position on every bill.  You may not see our name in the newspaper or TV news as having stood up in committee to address a bill but rest assured, the committee members know our position and we are confident at the time the committee meets that your rights will be protected by the Delegates and State Senators.  And that work is important now more than ever!

After the Democrats won a majority of seats in the House of Delegates and the State Senate, they wasted no time in prefiling a flood of gun ban legislation.  For the Governor's part he said after the election he is focused on eight things he proposed during the July special session:

His list:

  • "Universal" background checks
  • A ban on firearms with so-called " high capacity" magazines, suppressors and bump stocks
  • Reinstating Virginia’s handgun rationing law
  • Requiring reporting of lost and stolen firearms within 24 hours
  • An "extreme risk protection", or "red flag", law
  • Tougher penalties for allowing children under 18 to access to loaded firearms
  • Allowing municipalities to “enact any firearms ordinances that are stricter than state law”
  • Prohibiting anyone subject to a protective order from possessing firearms

 

Since the legislation started posting on the Legislative Information System (LIS) gun owners have been showing up in the hundreds (even in numbers as high as 1500) to urge their local governments to pass Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions.  As of December 9th, there are 59 sanctuary localities with more to come.  Governor Northam and Democrats in the General Assembly have taken notice. Northam is backing away from banning possession of modern sporting rifles already owned, and instead of confiscation, will require registration of those firearms.  This development changes nothing!   VSSA opposes registration of any type and will vigorously oppose any attempt to ban the sale and purchase of America's most popular rifle  whether it includes registration or not!

Now is the time to contact your legislators and let them know you do not support proposals that target law abiding gun owners and would have no affect on violent crime.  Even if your legislator is anti-gun, they need to hear from you to know they have constituents that oppose the proposals.  You can find your legislator by clicking here.  

Also, please plan to be at the State Capitol on January 20th in a show of numbers to let legislators know you oppose Governor Northam's gun control!  The thousands that have shown up at their local board of supervisors, town councils, and city councils, need to come to Richmond on January 20th.

And finally, support the VSSA War Chest.  This is the fund we use to pay for our legislative efforts.

There's never been a more important time for you to be a VSSA member, renew your membership, and to support the VSSA War Chest.  Only a small portion of member dues are available to help pay for VSSA's campaign and legislative efforts.  Your donations are needed to continue to protect your firearm freedom!!!  Credit card contributions by Visa and Mastercard graciously accepted.

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