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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.

For the last 25 years, VSSA has successfully beat back attempts to restrict our rights.  But, something has changed.  The gun-ban lobby has transformed itself into a massive, national political operation that now has the ability to single-handedly tip the scales in nearly every election.  In last November's election, the gun-banners put their new campaign machine to the test right here in Virginia.

The result: They not only installed anti-gun politicians in the governor's office, the lieutenant governor's office, and the attorney general's office, but they also defeated scores of pro-gun state legislators who were considered unbeatable, leaving us just a two seat pro-gun majority in the House of Delegates.

When the 2018 Virginia General Assembly convened on January 10, 2018, over 60 anti-gun bills were introduced, many of which are already law in places like New Jersey, California, Washington State, and Oregon.   Bills like mandatory “universal” background checks, a bump stock ban, one-gun-a-month gun rationing, bans on commonly owned firearms and magazines, mandates on reporting lost or stolen firearms that put the burden on law-abiding gun owners and not the criminal, among many other attempts to restrict our rights.  By the midway point of the session, all of those bills had been defeated, including a bill that would undo the bi-partisan agreement on concealed carry reciprocity that was enacted two years ago. 

But think about it, after the Parkland School Shooting, our anti-gun opponents are now filled with an unbridled hatred of everything we stand for.  Not only our firearms.  They hate our freedom.  And right now, their out-of-control hatred is being harnessed by an anti-gun campaign machine unlike anything in our lifetime. 

Now, the gun ban lobby turns their attention to the 2018 mid-term elections.  And, they plan to use last year's Virginia election as their model.  And in 2019, they will again look to finish what they started in 2017 here in Virginia.  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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