Stopping the anti-gun laws in Virginia

For anyone living in Virginia. Please help. We’ve managed to stop quite a few gun ban related laws. This is coming and we are trying to stop it before it goes to the floor:

Delegate Simon’s Gun Ban would outlaw every single 80% finished or unfinished lower, turning tens of thousands of Virginians into felons overnight.
It is vital that you call today to stop Simon’s Gun Ban!
The Bill is sitting in the Firearms sub-committee in the House.

It is vital that you call the following State Delegates and tell them to vote NO on HB2276, no matter how it is amended.
Delegate Coyner- 804-698-1062
Delegate Jenkins- 804-698-1076
Delegate Price- 804-698-1095

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@Kent You folks are in a tough battle. I’m not a VA resident but, am a VCDL member. I wish more people nationwide would show their monetary support at the front lines.

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Talking to chris to raise more money

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I donate money where I see fit. Too bad I don’t have billions or even millions. Poor men do what we can.

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Updates from VCDL. They got booted off of Mailchimp, so are using some other email system. If you’ve signed up for their VCDL alerts in the past, but aren’t getting them now (they’ve had several in the past week) make sure to check your spam folders and/or re-apply for the alerts.

I’m just copy/pasting bits from their last email I found important/timely, and adjusted a little of the formatting below


Action item: Fairfax City hearing on local gun-control on February 9
Fairfax City is getting public input and voting on their proposed local gun-control ordinance. The meeting is virtual on Tuesday, February 9 , at 7 pm. As written, it has the maximum restrictions: prohibits guns in local government buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, and at permitted events or at events that should have been permitted. No exceptions for CHP holders. However, when discussing this ordinance late last year, there seemed to be a possibility that parks could be exempted and a slim possibility some kind of concession for permit holders. Their plan was to introduce the most restrictive version and possibly modify it during the meeting on February 9.

Information on attending the virtual meeting and commenting on it is here: Welcome to the Meeting Documents and Archived Media Page | City of Fairfax, VA

The proposed ordinance can be seen here: https://fairfax.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=11&clip_id=2608&meta_id=86339

Action item: Winchester planning local gun-control. Hearing on February 9
Winchester City Council is pushing local gun-control, using the events of January 6 in DC as an excuse. They plan on getting public input (and voting?) on the proposed ordinance on Tuesday, February 9, at 6 pm in a virtual meeting. Winchester wants to do what seven other tyrannical localities have done: prohibit guns in local government buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, and at permitted events or at events that should have been permitted. No exceptions for CHP holders, either, which at least Newport News had the decency to do.
Information on how to attend the meeting virtually and/or send in comments are here: City Council Regular Meeting and Work Session | City of Winchester

News story:

We do not yet have a link to the actual proposed ordinance.

Gun-bill status in the General Assembly
HB2081, which bans guns within 40 feet of a polling place, cleared the House and heads to the Senate, where we will try to stop it. Here is the House vote:

Voting anti-gun: Adams, D.M., Aird, Askew, Ayala, Bagby, Bourne, Bulova, Carr, Carter, Cole, J.G., Convirs-Fowler, Delaney, Gooditis, Guy, Guzman, Hayes, Helmer, Heretick, Herring, Hope, Hudson, Jenkins, Jones, Keam, Kory, Krizek, Levine, Lopez, McQuinn, Mugler, Mullin, Mundon King, Murphy, Plum, Price, Rasoul, Reid, Roem, Samirah, Scott, Sickles, Simon, Simonds, Subramanyam, Sullivan, Torian, Tran, VanValkenburg, Ward, Watts, Willett, Williams Graves, Filler-Corn

Voting pro-gun: Adams, L.R., Austin, Avoli, Batten, Bell, Bloxom, Brewer, Byron, Campbell, J.L., Campbell, R.R., Cole, M.L., Cox, Coyner, Davis, Edmunds, Fariss, Fowler, Freitas, Gilbert, Head, Hodges, Hurst, Kilgore, Knight, LaRock, Leftwich, Marshall, McGuire, McNamara, Miyares, Morefield, O’Quinn, Orrock, Poindexter, Ransone, Robinson, Runion, Rush, Tyler, Walker, Wampler, Ware, Webert, Wiley, Wilt, Wright, Wyatt

HB1773 (Constitutional Concealed Carry), HB1793 (CHP holders exempt from local gun-control), HB2285 (additional One Handgun a Month exemptions) were all killed by the Public Safety Firearms committee, proving again that the committee’s name of “Public Safety” is a misnomer. HB2310 (extension on validity of online training to March 31) passed out of subcommittee, but expect mischief in full committee on Friday.

Your emails and calls made a difference on HB2319, which requires a gun owner to keep their firearms inaccessible to any person who is a cohabitant and is prohibited from having firearms. Originally the bill required all guns to be unloaded and the ammunition stored separately. The revised bill drops both of those requirements. VCDL is now neutral on HB2319. HB2319 passed out of committee and will be heard in full committee on Friday.

Article on some of the gun bills being considered:

Blacksburg predictably passes maximum local gun-control
Blacksburg Town Council once more shows its tyrannical side, passing a full-throated local gun-control ordinance:

Here is the ordinance:

https://blacksburg.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=20&event_id=5657&meta_id=92709

Gun control was meant to control minorities and it does
Gun control has a shameful history in America. It was created by Democrats to disarm blacks and other minorities from around the time of the Civil War onward. A disarmed segment of the population is much easier to control than an armed one.

Gun control still affects minorities at a much higher rate than other groups and it is still being pushed by Democrats. Gun control needs to be defunded and repealed in its entirety. The Democrat Party needs to get onboard with protecting civil rights, not destroying them.

Terry McAuliffe wants to run for Virginia Governor again and wants a ban on semi-automatic rifles if he wins
Here we go again. Another Democrat politician, Terry McAuliffe, that wants to take our guns. Forget that semi-automatic rifles are rarely used by criminals. People are beat to death with hands and feet at a much higher rate than they are shot with any kind of long gun.

Terry McAuliffe is running again to be Governor and this time he is running on a gun-control agenda. Election day is Tuesday, November 2, and gun owners had better get to the polls in droves if we want to keep our guns.

Article on Lobby Day

Virginia Supreme Court to rule on a concealed handgun in backpack in car at feet of passenger
From one of our attorney members:

The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral argument this week in the matter of Myers v. Commonwealth (link to audio below) in which the Court is asked to decide whether a handgun concealed within a backpack at the feet of a passenger in the right front passenger seat falls within the vehicle exception to the concealed carry statute. Defendant was convicted of carrying concealed without a permit under these facts and the conviction was upheld at the Court of appeals.
It is hard to know where the Court will rule. On delivery, I did not find either counsel to be particularly effective, but the counsel for the Attorney General’s office was downright terrible. She seemed utterly unprepared to present the argument.

Here’s the link: http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/scv/oral_arguments/2021/jan/200165.mp3

Support for gun control is at lowest level since 2016

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@Harvey I’m getting my emails.
Keep up the fight, brother!

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https://www.virginiamercury.com/2021/01/27/va-democrats-new-gun-proposals-include-background-checks-at-shooting-ranges-ban-on-ghost-guns/

@USCCA can we add “2021” to the title of this thread?

The below is from VCDL’s email from THURSDAY so I’m not sure if there have been updates since then. I’ve made minor formatting tweaks.


SENATE JUDICIARY

The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. Bias against gun owners was evident as two gun-control bills pass out of committee and two pro-gun bills were killed. The hearing was a joke, with only gun-control advocates allowed to speak on one bill, all gun-control advocates and only one pro-gun advocate allowed to speak on another bill. I was allowed to speak on only one bill out of four bills! I must say that the Republican leadership was far more organized and evenhanded when they ran the General Assembly.

Here are the four bills considered:

SB1466, Obenshain, which exempts CHP holders from local gun-control, was killed by a 9 to 5 vote.

Voting anti-gun: Edwards, Saslaw, Lucas, Deeds, Petersen, Surovell, McClellan, Boysko, Morrissey
Voting pro-gun: Obenshain, McDougle, Stuart, Stanley, Peake

SB1430, DeSteph, removes requirement for a redundant background check to private sales of NFA items. Killed by an 8 to 6 vote.

Voting anti-gun: Edwards, Saslaw, Lucas, Deeds, Petersen, Surovell, McClellan, Boysko
Voting pro-gun: Obenshain, McDougle, Stuart, Stanley, Morrissey, Peake

SB1381, Ebbin, prohibits possessing or transporting a firearm in Capitol Square or into state government buildings (including rest areas). Passed by a 9 to 4 vote. Heads to Senate Floor.

Voting anti-gun: Edwards, Saslaw, Lucas, Deeds, Petersen, Surovell, McClellan, Boysko, Morrissey
Voting pro-gun: Obenshain, McDougle, Stanley, Peake

SB1382, Favola, takes away gun rights permanently for a conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence. Passed by a 8 to 4 vote. Heads to Senate Floor.

Voting anti-gun: Edwards, Saslaw, Lucas, Petersen, Surovell, McClellan, Boysko, Morrissey
Voting pro-gun: Obenshain, McDougle, Stanley, Peake

HOUSE COURTS OF JUSTICE

HB1992, Murphy, takes away gun rights permanently for a conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence. The bill was improved slightly to match Senate bill SB1382 as to which individuals are covered by the bill. But this bill is still horrible. HB1992 now heads to the House Floor.

Voting anti-gun: Herring, Watts, Hope, Keam, Simon, Sullivan, Levine, Heretick, Mullin, Bourne, Delaney, Guy, Scott
Voting pro-gun: Kilgore, Bell, Edmunds, Ransone, Leftwich, Adams, L.R., Campbell, J.L., Miyares, Coyner

HOUSE FLOOR

HB1909, Subramanyam, allows local school board to treat their offices and meeting rooms as if they were a k-12 school for the purpose of banning guns. Passed. Headed to Senate.

Voting anti-gun: Adams, D.M., Aird, Askew, Ayala, Bagby, Bourne, Bulova, Carr, Carter, Cole, J.G., Convirs-Fowler, Coyner, Delaney, Gooditis, Guy, Guzman, Hayes, Helmer, Heretick, Herring, Hope, Hudson, Hurst, Jenkins, Jones, Keam, Kory, Krizek, Levine, Lopez, McQuinn, Mugler, Mullin, Mundon King, Murphy, Plum, Price, Rasoul, Reid, Roem, Samirah, Scott, Sickles, Simon, Simonds, Subramanyam, Sullivan, Torian, Tran, VanValkenburg, Ward, Watts, Willett, Williams Graves, Madam Speaker

Voting pro-gun: Adams, L.R., Austin, Avoli, Batten, Bell, Bloxom, Brewer, Byron, Campbell, J.L., Campbell, R.R., Cole, M.L., Cox, Davis, Edmunds, Fowler, Freitas, Gilbert, Head, Hodges, Kilgore, Knight, LaRock, Leftwich, Marshall, McGuire, McNamara, Miyares, Morefield, O’Quinn, Orrock, Poindexter, Ransone, Robinson, Runion, Rush, Tyler, Walker, Wampler, Ware, Webert, Wiley, Wilt, Wright, Wyatt

HB2081, Levine, prohibits guns within 40 feet of a polling place. No CHP exemption either. Headed to Senate. Passed. Headed to Senate.

Voting anti-gun: Adams, D.M., Aird, Askew, Ayala, Bagby, Bourne, Bulova, Carr, Carter, Cole, J.G., Convirs-Fowler, Coyner, Delaney, Gooditis, Guy, Guzman, Hayes, Helmer, Heretick, Herring, Hope, Hudson, Hurst, Jenkins, Jones, Keam, Kory, Krizek, Levine, Lopez, McQuinn, Mugler, Mullin, Mundon King, Murphy, Plum, Price, Rasoul, Reid, Roem, Samirah, Scott, Sickles, Simon, Simonds, Subramanyam, Sullivan, Torian, Tran, VanValkenburg, Ward, Watts, Willett, Williams Graves, Madam Speaker

Voting pro-gun: Adams, L.R., Austin, Avoli, Batten, Bell, Bloxom, Brewer, Byron, Campbell, J.L., Campbell, R.R., Cole, M.L., Cox, Davis, Edmunds, Fowler, Freitas, Gilbert, Head, Hodges, Kilgore, Knight, LaRock, Leftwich, Marshall, McGuire, McNamara, Miyares, Morefield, O’Quinn, Orrock, Poindexter, Ransone, Robinson, Runion, Rush, Tyler, Walker, Wampler, Ware, Webert, Wiley, Wilt, Wright, Wyatt

HB2128, Lopez, increases the possible wait time for a background check from three days to five days. Passed. Headed to Senate.

Voting anti-gun: Adams, D.M., Aird, Askew, Ayala, Bagby, Bourne, Bulova, Carr, Carter, Cole, J.G., Convirs-Fowler, Delaney, Gooditis, Guy, Guzman, Hayes, Helmer, Heretick, Herring, Hope, Hudson, Hurst, Jenkins, Jones, Keam, Kory, Krizek, Levine, Lopez, McQuinn, Mugler, Mullin, Mundon King, Murphy, Plum, Price, Rasoul, Reid, Roem, Samirah, Scott, Sickles, Simon, Simonds, Subramanyam, Sullivan, Torian, Tran, VanValkenburg, Ward, Watts, Willett, Williams Graves, Madam Speaker

Voting pro-gun: Adams, L.R., Austin, Avoli, Batten, Bell, Bloxom, Brewer, Byron, Campbell, J.L., Campbell, R.R., Cole, M.L., Cox, Coyner, Davis, Edmunds, Fariss, Fowler, Freitas, Gilbert, Head, Hodges, Kilgore, Knight, LaRock, Leftwich, Marshall, McGuire, McNamara, Miyares, Morefield, O’Quinn, Orrock, Poindexter, Ransone, Robinson, Runion, Rush, Tyler, Walker, Wampler, Ware, Webert, Wiley, Wilt, Wright, Wyatt

HB2276, Simon, bans 80% kits for making homemade guns. Passed. Headed to Senate.

Voting anti-gun: Adams, D.M., Aird, Askew, Ayala, Bagby, Bourne, Bulova, Carr, Convirs-Fowler, Delaney, Gooditis, Guy, Guzman, Hayes, Helmer, Heretick, Herring, Hope, Hudson, Hurst, Jenkins, Jones, Keam, Kory, Krizek, Levine, Lopez, McQuinn, Mugler, Mullin, Mundon King, Murphy, Plum, Price, Rasoul, Reid, Roem, Samirah, Scott, Sickles, Simon, Simonds, Subramanyam, Sullivan, Torian, Tran, VanValkenburg, Ward, Watts, Willett, Williams Graves, Madam Speaker

Voting pro-gun: Adams, L.R., Austin, Avoli, Batten, Bell, Bloxom, Brewer, Byron, Campbell, J.L., Campbell, R.R., Carter, Cole, J.G., Cole, M.L., Cox, Coyner, Davis, Edmunds, Fariss, Fowler, Freitas, Gilbert, Head, Hodges, Kilgore, Knight, LaRock, Leftwich, Marshall, McGuire, McNamara, Miyares, Morefield, O’Quinn, Orrock, Poindexter, Ransone, Robinson, Runion, Rush, Tyler, Walker, Wampler, Ware, Webert, Wiley, Wilt, Wright, Wyatt

BILLS BEING CONSIDERED IN THE HOUSE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ON FRIDAY 1/29/21

HB2310, Runion, extends the acceptance of online training for CHPs to April 30, 2021. Expect there to be mischief attempted on this bill by the Democrats.

HB2319, Guzman, requires firearms be secured from a prohibited person living in the same home as a gun owner. This bill was changed in committee to be acceptable and VCDL is now standing neutral on this bill.

@USCCA or @Dawn can we add “2021” to the OP title?


VCDL update from Feb 4th is below, includes a few action items if you live in those counties


1 Portsmouth City Council to discuss “gun violence” at work session on 2/9/21
The Portsmouth City Council work session is on Tuesday, February 9, starting at 4 pm. At this point there is going to be a discussion with the Portsmouth PD on “gang-related criminality and gun violence”. This could be simply something informative on gangs, but it could also become a discussion on passing local gun-control.

We will be monitoring to see what is discussed and whether we need to start contacting City Council. If you plan on watching the meeting live and can report back what was discussed, that would be great!

Thanks to VCDL’s Watch Team Leader for Portsmouth for catching this and reporting it.

2 REMINDER: Fairfax City Council to get input and vote on local gun-control on 2/9/91

Fairfax City is getting public input and voting on their proposed local gun-control ordinance on Tuesday, February 9. The meeting is virtual and starts at 7 pm.

As written, it has the maximum restrictions: prohibits guns in local government buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, and at permitted events or at events that should have been permitted. No exceptions for CHP holders.

However, when discussing this ordinance late last year, there seemed to be a possibility that parks could be exempted and a slim possibility some kind of concession for permit holders. Their plan was to introduce the most restrictive version and possibly modify it during the meeting on February 9.

Information on attending the virtual meeting and commenting on it is here (get your comments in by Monday): https://www.fairfaxva.gov/services/about-us/city-meetings

The proposed ordinance can be seen here: https://fairfax.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=11&clip_id=2608&meta_id=86339

3 REMINDER: Winchester City Council to get input and vote on local gun-control on 2/9/21

Winchester City Council is planning local gun-control, using the events of January 6 in DC as an excuse. They are getting public input and voting on the proposed ordinance on Tuesday, February 9, at 6 pm in a virtual meeting.

Winchester wants to do what eight other tyrannical localities have done: prohibit guns in local government buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, and at permitted events or at events that should have been permitted. No exceptions for CHP holders, either, which at least Newport News had the decency to do.

Information on how to attend the meeting virtually and/or send in comments are here (get your comments in by Monday): https://www.winchesterva.gov/city-event/city-council-regular-meeting-and-work-session-20

4 ACTION ITEM: Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to get input and vote on local gun-control on 2/10/21
On Wednesday, February 10, at 6 pm the Loudoun Board of Supervisors is going to get public input and vote on an ordinance that would prohibit carry in local government buildings, parks, and community and recreation centers.

A proposed amendment to the ordinance would allow CHP holders to carry in parks, as long as they carry concealed and the gun is not a centerfire rifle or pistol that has a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds, or has a threaded barrel or a folding stock, or is a shotgun that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered. Uh, you can’t carry a concealed rifle or shotgun in Virginia, so that part of the ordinance is moot if you are required to carry concealed with a CHP.

Here is the original proposed ordinance. Here is the ordinance with the proposed park exemption for CHP holders.

ACTION ITEM

We need contact the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and tell them not to pass any ordinance that disarms citizens, putting those citizens at the mercy of armed and dangerous criminals.

Electronic/call-in public input: To give electronic public comments, speakers are strongly encouraged to sign up in advance by contacting the Office of the County Administrator at (703) 777-0200 by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the Public Hearing. Electronic input in this Public Hearing will be facilitated by the WebEx Events platform. To participate, speakers may log-on with a computer or dial in by phone. Detailed log-on instructions will be provided to individuals who sign up in advance and posted online the day of the Public Hearing at http://loudoun.gov.

You can also send an email to the entire Board of Supervisors by clicking here: mailto:bos@loudoun.gov

VCDL update from Feb 10th is below


1 Winchester ignores overwhelming comments against local gun-control
On Tuesday, the vast majority of comments given to the Winchester City Council on their proposed local gun-control were against the ordinance. Ignoring the comments, the Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance, which prohibits carry in local government buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, and at permitted, or should have been permitted, events and adjacent streets. No exceptions for CHP holders. Violators will be warned before being charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor.

2 Fairfax City lowers penalty, but passes local gun-control ordinance
After much detailed discussion and hearing from the public, including most against the proposed local gun-control ordinance, Fairfax City Council passed the ordinance prohibiting carry in local government buildings, parks, and recreation and community centers on Tuesday. Banning carry at permitted, or should have been permitted, events was stripped out of the ordinance. Also the penalty was reduced from a Class 1 misdemeanor (up to a $2,500 fine and/or up to 12 months in jail) to a Class 4 misdemeanor (up to a $250 fine and no jail time).

City Councilman Li was the shining star, standing up for liberty and the only one to vote against the ordinance. Li also put in an amendment to exempt CHP holders, but that motion was defeated. In second place was Councilman Harmon, who supported Li’s amendment exempting CHP holders, but, sadly, he voted for the final package.

A warning will be given to anyone violating the ordinance before being charged with the Class 4 misdemeanor.

3 Portsmouth gun discussion was not focused on gun control
On Tuesday, the Portsmouth City Council heard testimony on gangs and “gun violence.” Since it dealt with guns, the meeting was monitored to see if local gun-control would be discussed. Local gun-control did not come up. Gang violence in the City was the focus.

4 Loudoun County postpones consideration of local gun-control

On Wednesday, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors met to get public input on two proposed ordinances banning carry in County buildings, parks, and recreation and community centers. The 2nd proposal exempted CHP holders in parks. After hearing the public input, Chairwoman Randall and Supervisor Briskman moved to suspend the rules and vote on the ordinance. That motion was withdrawn when it was clear most of the Board wanted more time to consider the ordinance. The Board then voted to postpone consideration of the proposed ordinance until their March 2, 2021 business meeting. That would allow more time for amendments to be proposed and considered.

There was a motion to table the whole proposed ordinance. Unfortunately that motion was only supported by Supervisors Kershner and Buffington.

One of the amendments that might come up on March 2 is to allow CHP holders to carry in those County buildings that don’t have security screening (supported by Supervisor Letourneau).

There were lots of excellent speakers, the majority of which were against the ordinance. A couple of Jewish speakers supported the exemption for CHP holders in parks due to threats to the Jewish community. I was baffled why they would accept the carry prohibition in buildings. Surely, they must realize that they could be attacked just as easily in a library as in a park?

Let’s keep up the pressure on Loudoun County!

5 General Assembly update
Today, the Senate Judiciary committee heard two House bills:

HB2128, Lopez, allows the Virginia State Police to take up to 5 days to perform an “instant” background check. The bill passed out of committee on a 9 to 6 partisan vote and heads to the Senate Floor.

Voting pro-gun: Norment, Obenshain, McDougle, Stuart, Stanley, Peake

Voting anti-gun: Edwards, Saslaw, Lucas, Deeds, Petersen, Surovell, McClellan, Boysko, Morrissey

HB2310, Runion, allows people who took their online CHP training before January 1, 2021 and tried to apply for their CHP before January 1, 2021, but were not able to do so due to COVID-19 restrictions, to be able to reapply until March 31. The bill passed out of committee unanimously and heads to the Senate Floor.

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VCDL update from Feb 13th is below. I changed the formatting a little bit, and removed a bunch of links to articles that IMO weren’t needed, if you want to see them go sign up for VCDL alerts :wink:


VCDL got an extension on 18-20 year olds purchasing handguns being exempt from UBCs until December 15, 2021!
Success!

Earlier this month, VCDL and GOA went to court to extend the current stay on the requirement that 18 to 20 year olds are subject to Virginia’s Universal Background Check law when purchasing handguns. The current stay was set to expire in February.

The judge granted the VCDL/GOA motion and the stay was extended until December 15, 2021.

Christiansburg Town Council says a firm “NO” to local gun-control!
After watching Blacksburg pass local gun-control, Christiansburg Town Councilman Steve Huppert thought that Christiansburg could use a little tyranny, too. So he wrote a Letter to the Editor and then this article was published in the Roanoke Times:

https://roanoke.com/news/local/christiansburg-councilman-favors-town-adopting-gun-control-measure-akin-to-blacksburg/article_54dc66e8-67c1-11eb-8354-332f91708142.html

Notice in the article how Huppert says, “You just want to take small bites.” There is no satisfying gun-controllers. They won’t stop until our right to keep and bear arms is but a distant memory and America’s beacon on the hill has gone dark.

However, VCDL EM John Wilburn was having none of it. He and another gun-rights supporter headed to the next Town Council meeting to head that puppy off at the pass. John sent me this report:

At the end of all other business, Councilman Huppert proposed a presentation on gun control at a March council meeting. The Mayor asked each of the other five council members if they would be interested in such a presentation and all five were an unambiguous NO. The Mayor then commented that he was not interested in gun control citing that the “95%” of gun owners who aren’t the problem might be part of the solution and that the town cannot shoulder the costs of screening and security like the courthouse.

Then, Councilman Showalter brought up that Huppert raises this issue several times per year and no one is interested and asked Huppert to “drop it.” Huppert agreed.

So for the time being, gun control is a dead issue in Christiansburg.

What a breath of fresh air compared to the Blacksburg Town Council!

Here is the followup story in the Roanoke Times:

https://roanoke.com/news/local/christiansburg-councilman-finds-no-takers-on-gun-control-measure/article_1cc0fb6a-6b50-11eb-a6ad-b33a41917ac2.html

Badass Brass is giving a 10% discount to VCDL members!
Badass Brass, LLC, which offers used brass and other loading supplies, is now offering a 10% discount to VCDL members. Just enter VCDL2021 at checkout and the discount will be applied automatically. Website: badassbrass.com

Easy to remember: VCDL to have monthly membership meetings online on third Thursday
Since we no longer have to schedule meetings at the Mason District Government Center a year in advance (nor will we be holding meetings there), we have decided to have an online membership meeting every 3rd Thursday of each month, starting this month. The meetings will begin at 8 pm. Currently they can be watched on VCDL’s Youtube channel (http://tiny.cc/VCDLyoutube). We are planning on having them available on more platforms in the future.

The next meeting is going to be on February 18.

A look at some federal gun bills
“Crazy Sheila” Jackson Lee, who says and does the stupidest things, has put in a bill, H.R. 127, that is the gun-control lobby’s dream. It has gun and ammo registration and licensing, a psychological evaluation requirement, horrendously-stiff penalties for possession of a gun or ammunition without a license, a ban on .50 caliber ammo, a requirement to notify the U.S. Attorney General if you loan or give a gun to someone else, a complete ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and much more. The bill is so bad that it has ZERO co-sponsors! Not even other Democrats want to come within 500 feet of that bill.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has put in a bill to suspend the gun rights of anyone who has been merely “investigated” for Domestic Terrorism. With friends like Rubio…

https://www.unz.com/estriker/senator-marco-rubio-introduces-bill-to-suspend-gun-rights-of-anyone-who-has-ever-been-investigated-for-domestic-terrorism/

This bill would make it illegal to purchase a gun on layaway, amongst many other things, under the guise of fighting “gun trafficking”:

https://bearingarms.com/patrick-richardson/2021/02/11/gun-trafficking-cripple-legal-market-n40310

NRA sues Fairfax County over park ban. VCDL still eyeing options
The NRA is suing Fairfax County over their ban on possession of firearms in parks and in areas adjacent to a permitted event, or an event that should have been permitted. Fairfax County is not the only jurisdiction that has implemented this type of unreasonable local gun-control ordinance. VCDL continues to review the other localities for possible legal action. Stay tuned.

Correction on name of Fairfax City Councilman
I had a typo in the name of the freedom-minded Fairfax City Councilman who stood up for gun owners recently: Sang Yi is the correct spelling.

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Marco Rubio is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I supported him during the primaries. I was snowed. I think Ivanka Trump plans to run against him. Correct me if I’m wrong.

VCDL ACTION ITEM!

VCDL update from Feb 14th is short and includes links to autogenerate a message to you the VA legislator. It will ask for your name/address and match to your senator.

The first link asks your senator to oppose the following bills which have past out of the house

HB1992 - misdemeanor domestic violence convictions takes away gun rights for life
HB2081 - bans guns within 40 feet of a polling place
HB2276 - bans homemade guns and 80% receivers

And the second link asks your senator to support the following bill

HB2298 - Removes the requirement that the propellant be loaded along with the projectile or projectiles in the definitions of muzzleloading rifle and muzzleloading shotgun.

The VCDL email is below


There are two emails to send for bills being heard on Monday morning (February 15) in the Senate Judiciary committee (and maybe heard on the Floor after that if the bills pass out of the committee). Even if you don’t see this message until Monday, send both emails anyhow.

Click here to send an email opposing three gun-control bills.

Click here to send an email supporting one pro-gun bills.

Let’s roll!

VCDL Update from Feb 17th


Gun bills that have passed the General Assembly and are headed to Governor’s desk

HB2128, Lopez, allows the state to take up to 5 days to do an “instant check,” before a gun can be released to the purchaser. In 2020, there was not a single case in Virginia of someone who had waited the current maximum of 3 days, got their gun, and was later determined to be a prohibited person. Talk about solving a non-problem! The case that was referenced in needing this law was a mass-shooting by a person at a church in South Carolina. In that case, it didn’t take the police 5 days to figure out he was prohibited, but 2 months! So if that had happened in Virginia, this bill would have made no difference at all. VCDL Strongly Opposes this bill.

HB2310, Runion, allows someone who took an online CHP training course before January 1, 2021 and tried to apply for their CHP before January 1, 2021, but couldn’t get an appointment before January 1 due to COVID-19 restrictions, to have until before May 1 to reapply. The law becomes effective immediately upon the Governor signing the bill. VCDL Strongly Supports this bill.

Gun bills that are still alive in the House

SB1381, Ebbin, prohibits firearms in Capitol Square and in state government buildings. The Public Safety Firearms subcommittee put in and amendment that makes the wording the same as Delegate Levine’s SB2295, which basically also prohibits guns on the streets and sidewalks that surround Capitol Square. The full committee will vote on that amendment on Friday and I expect them to rubber stamp the change. VCDL Strongly Opposes this bill, which is a solution in search of a problem.

Gun bills that are still alive in the Senate

HB1909, Subramanyam, allows a school board to make their buildings and meeting rooms “gun-free” zones (good luck with that). The bill was changed in the House before it went to the Senate. The bill currently does not make a violation a felony, as it did originally. It doesn’t specify a penalty, so it is a Class 1 misdemeanor by default. Like school property, guns left in vehicles must be unloaded (why do they insist on this inherently dangerous requirement that could trigger an unexpected discharge?), or the gun can be loaded if the gun owner has a CHP and remains in the vehicle. The bill is currently assigned to the Public Education subcommittee of the Education committee. VCDL Strongly Opposes this bill, which does nothing for “safety,” but infringes yet again on gun owners.

HB1992, Murphy, takes away a person’s gun rights for a conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence. The bill was modified in committee to automatically restore the person’s gun rights after 3 years and who the bill covers was narrowed to more closely match federal law. HOWEVER, it isn’t clear from case law that it will restore those rights federally. The bill is now headed to the Finance committee. VCDL Strongly Opposes this bill as written. VCDL could support the bill if 1) the definition of who is covered EXACTLY matches federal law and 2) the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury, the right to hold public office, and the right to be a notary public are also taken away and then automatically restored with the firearms rights. Doing so would also remove the federal prohibition.

HB2081, Levine, makes it illegal to possess a firearm within 40 feet of a polling place. The bill is currently on the Senate Floor and was supposed to be voted on today, but it was passed by until tomorrow. That usually indicates a problem in getting support for the bill or some other issue with the bill. VCDL Strongly Opposes this bill, which is a solution in search of a problem.

HB2276, Simon, dealing with “plastic guns” was updated in committee. It now prohibits purchasing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, etc. an unserialized homemade gun. It allows those who already have such a gun to keep it, transport it, or carry it, but they cannot sell it, trade it, or give it away. The bill squeaked out of committee and may well have some trouble on the Senate Floor. Senator Chap Petersen made it clear that the bill needs work before he can support it on the Senate Floor. VCDL Strongly Opposes this bill, which is a solution in search of a problem.

HB2295, Levine, prohibits guns in Capitol Square and state government buildings. The bill was amended in committee to narrow the prohibitions to match Senator Ebbin’s SB1381. Thus the prohibition on carry on the streets surrounding Capitol Square were removed. The bill is now on the Senate Floor. VCDL Strongly Opposes this bill, which is a solution in search of a problem.

HB2298, Farris, allows hunting with a new type of muzzleloader that uses a “FireStick”, which allows the powder to put into the gun from the breach end in a safer manner than a conventional muzzleloader. The bill is now on the Senate Floor. VCDL Strongly Supports this safety measure.

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Next coming up in northern Virginia
Fellow Loudoun County Residents,

On this coming Tuesday, March 2nd, the final vote on whether or not law-abiding citizens will be stripped of their 2nd Amendment protected rights is happening Loudoun County, and we need you to act.

We all know that so-called ‘gun-free’ zones are nothing more than mass killing zones where the only people with a gun are criminals and homicidal maniacs.

But apparently County Supervisors Matt Letourneau and Phyllis Randall would rather see you shot, raped or robbed, than to allow you to legally carry firearms.

There are three vital actions you must take right now to defend your right to keep and bear arms on County Property-

The right to life also means the ability and means to defend your life and the lives of those you love. Government cannot make you safe, for if so, prisons would be the safest place on earth.

So making society a prison is far from being the solution.

Facing rising violence, the free people of Loudoun County have the pre-existing right to self-defense, which is also codified in both the United States and Virginia Constitutions. For over seven months we have been fighting to preserve your right to protect yourself and those you love on property that you pay for. But without your help, we cannot succeed.

This is why you must call Loudoun County Chair Phyllis Randall at 703-777-0204 and demand she immediately stop her gun banning schemes.

To fight against the destruction of your right to keep and BEAR arms, we created the Virginia Gun Rights Task Force . This is a group of highly trained, no-compromise liberty fighters, who work tirelessly to defend your gun rights.

But unless you join us in this effort, prepare to see more women raped and crime rates explode in Loudoun County. Funneling millions of out-of-state special interest dollars in Loudoun County, Bloomberg and his radical supporters are attempting to destroy your God given rights.

Will you let them get away with it?

If not, click here to join the Virginia Gun Rights Task Force and our efforts to stop the Loudoun County Gun Grabbers.

Hiding behind the ‘R’ label, County Supervisor Matt Letourneau is teaming with Randall to ban law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms to protect themselves and those they love. Remember, just a year or so ago, Letourneau teamed with ex-County Supervisor Ron Meyer to try to ban shooting on private property in Loudoun County.

It does not matter what party affiliation politicians claim, it is how they vote that counts. If Letourneau votes to create ‘mass killing’ zones in Loudoun County, he must and will be held accountable.

If you do not call, if you do not sign up to speak, the anti-gun radicals will think you support their efforts to gut the 2nd Amendment. Will you let that happen?

This is why you must call Loudoun County Chair Phyllis Randall at 703-777-0204 and demand she immediately stop her gun banning schemes and also call 703-777-0200to speak at the March 2ndSupervisors Meeting, located at the Government Center, 1 East Harrison Street in Leesburg.

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VCDL Update from Feb 28th. I believe this is the last update for this session, the bills that passed both houses will goto the governor’s desk for final signing.

Bills that have changed status are in italics


Gun bills that have passed the General Assembly and are headed to Governor’s desk

SB1381, Ebbin, and HB2295, Levine, prohibits firearms in Capitol Square and in state government buildings. The final bills removed tasers from the list of prohibited weapons, leaving only firearms and explosives as being prohibited. The final bills also narrowed the area where carry on the sidewalks surrounding the Capitol isn’t allowed. The prohibited area is on Bank Street where the legislators walk between the Capitol Building and the Pocahontas Building. Thus, all but a very small area of the sidewalk surrounding the Capitol (100 feet total) are not affected by the ban. Parking lots on state property were removed as a prohibited area and state parks were specifically exempted from the firearm ban. VCDL Strongly Opposed this bill.

HB1909, Subramanyam, allows a school board to make their buildings and meeting rooms “gun-free” zones (good luck with that). The final bill narrowed the scope to cover only buildings where the school board meets regularly to conduct business. As far as parking lots on prohibited property, the same rules as for a school apply: either guns are unloaded and stored in a closed container or a person with a CHP can have a concealed, loaded handgun in the vehicle as long as the CHP holder stays in the vehicle. Finally, a violation of this law was reduced from a Class 6 felony, to a class 1 misdemeanor. VCDL Strongly Opposed this bill.

HB1992, Murphy, takes away a person’s gun rights for a conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence. The bill was modified in committee to automatically restore the person’s gun rights after 3 years and who the bill covers was narrowed to more closely match federal law. HOWEVER, it isn’t clear from case law that it will restore those rights federally. VCDL Strongly Opposed this bill as written. VCDL could support the bill if 1) the definition of who is covered EXACTLY matches federal law and 2) the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury, the right to hold public office, and the right to be a notary public are also taken away and then automatically restored with the firearms rights. That would guarantee the removal of the federal prohibition, as opposed to maybe doing so.

HB2081, Levine, makes it illegal to possess a firearm within 40 feet of a polling place. VCDL Strongly Opposed this bill.

HB2128, Lopez, allows the state to take up to 5 days to do an “instant check,” before a gun can be released to the purchaser. In 2020, there was not a single case in Virginia of someone who had waited the current maximum of 3 days, got their gun, and was later determined to be a prohibited person. Talk about solving a non-problem! The case that was referenced in needing this law was a mass-shooting by a person at a church in South Carolina. In that case, it didn’t take the police 5 days to figure out he was prohibited, but 2 months! So if that had happened in Virginia, this bill would have made no difference at all. This pointless bill has been signed by the Governor and becomes effective on July 1, 2021. VCDL Strongly Opposed this bill.

HB2298, Farris, allows hunting with a new type of muzzleloader that uses a “FireStick”, which allows the powder to put into the gun from the breach end in a safer manner than a conventional muzzleloader. VCDL Strongly Supported this safety measure.

HB2310, Runion, allows someone who took an online CHP training course before January 1, 2021 and tried to apply for their CHP before January 1, 2021, but couldn’t get an appointment before January 1 due to COVID-19 restrictions, to have until before May 1 to reapply. The law becomes effective immediately upon the Governor signing the bill. VCDL Strongly Supported this bill.

Bill to ban homemade guns and 80% receivers was defeated!

Congratulations - your phone calls and emails help defeat one of the worst gun bills in the 2021 General Assembly session and defeated two other bad gun-bills, as well!

HB2276, Delegate Simon, which VCDL Strongly Opposed, would have prohibited purchasing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, etc. an unserialized homemade gun. HB2276 originally banned possession with no grandfather clause for existing gun owners. The prohibition on possession was removed, allowing those who already had such a gun to keep it, transport it, or carry it, but not sell it, trade it, or give it away. The bill squeaked out of committee and was amended on the Senate Floor to become effective only if it is passed again during the 2022 General Assembly session. Senator Chap Petersen (D) made a great case against the bill on the Senate Floor. The bill passed the Senate, but because it didn’t match how it was passed in the House, the bill headed back to the House. The House rejected the Senate version. The bill went to a conference committee (House conferees: Simon, Hope, Robinson. Senate conferees: Deeds, Petersen, Surovell), but it did not report out. Quite possibly the conference committee simply could not agree on a compromise acceptable to both Houses. Or, perhaps, the General Assembly decided that HB2276 was such a hot potato, that they just let it die a quiet death. Either way, the clock ran out late Saturday night and the General Assembly adjourned for the year. (The actual end of session is Monday, but that day is not used to pass legislation. Only staff and a few legislators will be there to wrap up some technical odds and ends.)

Other gun-control bills defeated this session include:

  • SB1250, Deeds, required a background check for rental guns
  • SB1382, Favola, would have created a lifetime ban on firearm ownership for those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence
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Below is a trimmed down version of the latest VCDL update since it’s rather wordy. If you’d like to get the full content, please sign up for VCDL alerts…


Loudoun County Board of Supervisors passes modified local gun-control

Tuesday night, all but two of the public speakers on the Loudoun County proposed local gun-control ordinance were against it. It was overwhelmingly opposed and I was proud of some of the excellent speakers on our side.

The original version, which was put forward by Moms Demand Action member and Board of Supervisors member Juli Briskman, was rejected by a 4 to 5 margin with Supervisors Phyllis Randall and Kristen Umstattd joining Tony Buffington, Caleb Kershner, and Matthew Letourneau in voting against the motion.

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In summary, here is what the ordinance does:

  • Bans guns and ammunition, including those belonging to CHP holders, in County buildings, including community and recreation centers. If a building is owned or leased by the County, the ban only applies to those parts of the building used for government purposes. Components of firearms or ammunition are not prohibited. Bullets, just like cartridges, are considered ammunition, however, and appear to be banned.
  • Bans guns in parks, except for CHP holders if the handgun is concealed and has a magazine that holds 20 rounds or less.
  • Guns, ammo, and components can be stored in vehicles as long as they are out of sight. The only place I can see this is useful is in parks for non-CHP holders.
  • There are no bans at permitted events or at events that should be permitted.

Next county election, those of you in Loudoun need to get involved politically and give Saines, Briskman, Turner, and Glass the old heave-ho. Randall and Umstattd are not exactly friends either, but at least they do have some modicum of respect for gun owners.

Thanks to Letourneau, Buffington, and Kershner for standing solidly with gun owners.

Portsmouth looking to rescind 2A Sanctuary resolution - who are the players on City Council?

The following was compiled by our Watch Team for Local Government team leader. We need to keep Portsmouth in alignment with the 95% of the state that is either a Second Amdendment or a Constitutional Sanctuary:

… snip list of people on the city council …

Breaking! Prince George County to discuss hunting with a rifle on March 9

We need to keep an eye on Prince George County, as the Board of Supervisors was going to be discussing hunting with a rifle at their March 2 work session, which was cancelled. The subject is supposed to come up at their March 9 regular meeting. The agenda for that meeting has not yet been published. Once we have confirmed that subject is on the agenda, an action item will be put out.

I certainly hope many members here are reading these posts, or have signed up for the VCDL email notices (you need not be a VCDL member to get them).
Do not become complacent thinking that it can’t happen in your state.

@Kent and @Harvey , keep it up!!

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Yes. VCDL’s choice of weapons are the phone and email. And it works. Let’s make sure it works more. Youngkin is a wolf in sheep’s clothing