1. Regardless of election outcome, we have work to do in Virginia 2. Carry a gun always. Another example of an unexpected threat stopped by someone using a gun defensively 3. VCDL virtual membership meeting on Wednesday, November 18 4. Norfolk 2nd Amendment Preservation group urges Norfolk to stop stalling on 2nd Amendment Sanctuary status 5. Remember that for localities that have banned guns in certain areas, there must be signs at all entrances or the ban doesn't apply 6. FOIA: Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords behind Virginia's red flag law and attempt to shutdown gun stores during COVID-19 7. Company selling apparel that benefits VCDL 8. Shocking: Everytown lying about firearms being the leading cause of death for teens in Virginia 9. Florida Governor drafts law that would allow looters to be shot 10. Hopefully you didn't buy one of these portable wall hangers 11. Pro-gun restaurant owner from Colorado and VCDL Lobby Day attendee, elected to Congress! 12. OH, NO! Tell me it isn't so! These two guys from Virginia had G, GU, GUNS!! 13. Neat homemade repeating slide-action shotgun 14. New study: Healthcare workers help drive gun surge 15. Can't carry a gun somewhere? How about a cane? 16. Thanks to those who made the VCDL/RRRC shooting match on October 31 a success!
1. Regardless of election outcome, we have work to do in Virginia The federal election is still up in the air with corruption appearing to be rampant in some states. However the election turns out, VCDL's main focus is going to be here in Virginia, as the state government players remain the same for 2021. Gun-hating Democrats control the Senate, the House, and the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General positions, so expect another batch of heinous gun control to be introduced.
No doubt there will be a semi-automatic rifle ban, a magazine-capacity greater than 10 rounds ban, and a suppressor ban introduced. And expect an attack on reciprocity, which would greatly limit carrying in other states.
Lobby Day 2021 is on Monday, January 18th, and we need to dwarf the 2020 Lobby Day turnout to send a strong message that gun-control is unacceptable.
A year from now a new Virginia House of Delegates will have just been elected and we need to make sure that it is no longer controlled by those who want to strip us of our rights, when that General Assembly convenes in January, 2022!
Oh, and don't make any assumptions about having to come to Richmond unarmed. Details will be covered in future alerts.
See you there!
2. Carry a gun always. Another example of an unexpected threat stopped by someone using a gun defensively "Rare" doesn't mean "never happens."
3. VCDL virtual membership meeting on Wednesday, November 18 VCDL is have its monthly virtual membership meeting on Wednesday, November 18, from 8pm to 9:30 pm. The meeting can be watched live on Youtube and Facebook, or it can be watched as a recording after that.
4. Norfolk 2nd Amendment Preservation group urges Norfolk to stop stalling on 2nd Amendment Sanctuary status Sufficient signatures were gathered (2,656 with only 1,300 required) during the election to compel the Norfolk City Council to consider a Second Amendment Resolution! City Council has 30 days to respond.
A new effort will now start to collect 4,000 signatures to get a referendum put on the ballot which will prohibit Norfolk from banning guns in public places. The 2,656 people who signed the current petition can re-sign the new referendum petition.
5. Remember that for localities that have banned guns in certain areas, there must be signs at all entrances or the ban doesn't apply Reminder that those localities that choose to have local gun-control in parks, government buildings, recreation and community centers, and at permitted events and adjacent streets (Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Charlottesville, Richmond City, and Newport News, currently), MUST post notices at all entrances and access points or the ordinance is not enforceable. Should there be a sign, you miss it, and you are either open carrying or doing an absolutely horrible job of carrying concealed, you will be notified and asked to leave by the police. Refusal to do so can get you charged with either trespass or a violation of the said gun-ordinance. Note that some of the signs are quite tiny and easily missed.
Also, remember that Newport News only prohibits open carry, but not concealed carry, in the specific locations specified by their ordinance.
6. FOIA: Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords behind Virginia's red flag law and attempt to shutdown gun stores during COVID-19 Some FOIAs by Ammoland, that VCDL is also studying, brought to light what we had already surmised about the incestuous ties between gun-control groups and the Northam Administration.
The vast majority of deaths are from motor vehicle accidents. And one must also take into account that this is for age groups 12 - 19. I'm not sure why they wouldn't include 11-year-olds, but no doubt it would skew the results even further away from homicides, suicides and accidental firearm deaths.
9. Florida Governor drafts law that would allow looters to be shot The concept isn't new, but it may be time to resurrect it. "You loot, we shoot" was on a sign I saw in a photo after Katrina. Pretty sure there was no looting in that neighborhood in Louisiana. People have gotten hurt and murdered trying to protect their property from looters. Insurance doesn't cover losses from looting, you are on your own.
Here in Virginia you can protect innocent human-life with deadly force, but not property.
11. Pro-gun restaurant owner from Colorado and VCDL Lobby Day attendee, elected to Congress! Lauren Boebert, the owner of Shooter's Grill in Rifle, Colorado, beat an incumbent Republican in a primary and went on to win the election to be in Congress. She's strongly pro-gun and even came all the way from Colorado in January to attend Lobby Day. In fact, she was interviewed while at Lobby Day. I wish I had the chance to meet her there, but it didn't work out.
In the article below, I love how, when denied an interview by Ms. Boebert, a reporter for the New York Times suddenly discovers Liberty, the Constitution, and the Rule of Law, all at once! ("That's what freedom may look like in a second Trump term: more the my-way-or-the-highway muzzle of a Glock than the liberty enshrined by the Constitution and the rule of law.") Will wonders never cease?
12. OH, NO! Tell me it isn't so! These two guys from Virginia had G, GU, GUNS!! So, two gun-owners from Virginia traveled to Pennsylvania allegedly heading to where a vote count was being done. One had a Virginia CHP and the other didn't. So, when they arrived in Philadelphia and were walking around, the person with the CHP carried a concealed handgun and the other person openly carried their gun. They supposedly also had an AR-15, which was left in their vehicle.
The actual problem is that Pennsylvania does not honor Virginia permits. You have to get a non-resident PA permit if you wish to carry there (easy and quick to get). Also, while PA is an open carry state, it is NOT in Philadelphia, unless you have a valid CHP.
Supposedly the police got a "tip" that these two were headed to Philadelphia and were keeping an eye out for them. There is no evidence that either gun owner posed any kind of threat. Yet, you'd think they were about to destroy half of the City!
To me this press conference seems to be more political showboating by the Philadelphia police and wide-eyed freaking out by the media, than anything else. The press, as always, have their narrative. Unfortunately for the media, the prosecutor pretty much shot their hopeful narrative down.
Do check the local laws when you travel to another state armed. VA CHPs are recognized by most states, but NOT ALL of them.
15. Can't carry a gun somewhere? How about a cane? Tom Ashmore, who has the website below, and associated video, on using a cane for self-defense, has offered to do a lecture/demo as a VCDL fundraiser. Once things get back to normal, we will probably schedule something in central Virginia, assuming there is interest.
16. Thanks to those who made the VCDL/RRRC shooting match on October 31 a success! Getting the usual door prizes to hand out to the shooters in the VCDL/Roanoke Rifle and Revolver Club Match this year was unusually difficult, due to COVID-19's affects on the economy. That said, we still had many stores who stepped up to sponsor prizes, as well as two individual prize-sponsors. We thank all of them for their generosity and support and we urge you to thank the businesses personally when you visit their store:
* Trader Jerry's, Salem
* Big Boyz Guns, Blue Ridge
* Lynchburg Arms; Lynchburg * Bryansteens Gun and Archery, Roanoke * Gander Mountain, Roanoke * Ed French and * Al Steed Jr
We also thank those VCDL volunteers who drove many, many miles to get those prizes lined up and collected! Al Steed Jr. and EM Ken Modica set up and ran the VCDL table, as well as prepared the food, and Kathy Smith did the registration, while the rest of us were having fun. Thank you Al, Ken, and Kathy!
We also thank the Roanoke Rifle and Revolver Club for hosting the event, and to the many Range Safety Officers who ran the stages.