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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!

In response to the May 31st shooting in Virginia Beach, Governor Ralph Northam called a Special Session of the General Assembly to take up a list of gun control proposals.  There is nothing new in these proposals. In fact, the Virginia Beach Chief of Police said that no new laws would have prevented the tragedy that occurred this weekend.  

These are the laws Northam proposed:

  • Universal background checks
  • Child access prevention
  • One gun a month limits
  • Banning so-called "assault weapons" and bump stocks
  • Banning Suppressors
  • Requirement to report lost or stolen guns
  • Allowing localities to ban guns from municipal buildings
  • Red flag laws

Northam gave away his real intent when he called on the legislators to bring all of the proposals before the entire assembly and not to kill them in committee.  There is more politics than prevention in his proposal.

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 get involved in the campaign of pro-rights candidates.  If we don't want to become a state like New Jersey or California, we must get active and vote.

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

This year, all 100 seats in the General Assembly will be up for re-election.  Gun owners cannot afford to sit this one out.  If the gun ban lobby takes control of the General Assembly, it will just be the start of their efforts to "Califonacate" Virginia when it comes to gun laws.  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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