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Will Fredericksburg's Annual Compensated Confiscation Event Instead Offer a Way For People to Score Cheap Used Firearms?

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Jazz Shaw at Hotair.com had this article yesterday talking about how some enterprising folks are hoping to turn Fredericksburg's annual compensated confiscation (so-called "gun buy-back") event into an opportunity for some used firearms at cheap prices.  It's just one more example that these so-called "buy-back" programs are meaningless when it comes to getting guns out of the hands of violent criminals.  But don't take my word for it.  Look at what the U.S. Department of Justice's evaluation bureau, the National Institute of Justice said about the compensated confiscation schemes as part of a White Paper that NRA obtained in 2013:
Gun buybacks

Twitter summary: Buybacks are ineffective unless massive and coupled with a ban

Goal: Reduce access to firearms by incentivizing owners to dispose of their unwanted guns rather than transfer them to a more risky possessor

Evidence: Gun buybacks are ineffective as generally implemented. 1. The buybacks are too small to have an impact. 2. The guns turned in are at low risk of ever being used in a crime. 3. Replacement guns are easily acquired. Unless these three points are overcome, a gun buyback cannot be effective.

The 1997 Australia gun buyback and its associated regulations is an exception to this. 1. It was large, buying back 20% of the firearm stock. 2. It targeted semi-automatic weapons. 3. It coupled the buyback with a ban on certain weapons and a nationwide registration and licensing program. There is strong evidence that it reduced mass killings (before the initiative massacres occurred on average once per year and none have occurred in the 15 years since).

The Australia buyback appears to have had no effect on crime otherwise. One study (Leigh & Neill 2010) has proven confusing in that its abstract suggests that Australia’s gun buyback reduced firearm homicide rates by 80%, but the body of the report finds no effect. Others (Reuter & Mouzas 2003) have used the same data and also found no effect on crime although they also noted that mass shootings appear to have disappeared in Australia. A third study (Chapman et al 2006) using Australian data from 1979 to 2003 shows that the firearm homicide rate was already declining prior to the firearm reforms and that there is no evidence that the new legislation accelerated the declines. This remains true when data through 2007 are added to the analysis (conducted by G. Ridgeway on 1/3/2013 at NIJ). Shaw appeared on NRATV yesterday to discuss the "buy back" and the folks who are trying to turn the event into an opportunity for some inexpensive used guns.


NY Times: Gun Control Advocates Find a Deep-Pocketed Ally in Big Law

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The New York Times reported yesterday that several big law firms have joined together to provide "pro-bono" services to gun control groups wishing to push their agenda through frivolous law suits:
After the Orlando nightclub massacre and a string of other mass shootings, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Covington & Burling; Arnold & Porter; and four other prominent law firms formed a coalition with gun control groups that until now have worked largely on their own. Together, the firms are committing tens of millions of dollars in free legal services from top corporate lawyers who typically bill clients $1,000 an hour or more.

This effort is highly unusual in its scale. Although law firms often donate time to individual causes, and some firms have worked on gun control on a piecemeal basis, the number and the prominence of the firms involved in the new coalition are unheard-of for modern-day big law. Other firms are expected to join in the coming months.The Times reports that the coalition will seek to try new strategies to help push the gun ban lobby agenda:
Rather than fighting the political headwinds, the coalition is focusing on courts and state regulatory agencies, among the few places where they might still gain some traction. The coalition is drafting lawsuits and preparing regulatory complaints that could be announced as soon as next month, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, one of the nonprofit advocacy groups that helped form the coalition, along with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brennan Center for Justice, a legal think tank at New York University School of Law.

On one front, the coalition will seek to overturn state laws that have gone largely unchallenged, including new policies that force businesses to allow guns to be carried on their property. The group also plans to mount the first formal challenges to congressional restrictions on publishing government data on gun violence. Taking a page from the fight against big tobacco two decades ago, it will seek the help of regulators to challenge what it views as the gun industry’s attempts to stifle competition. VSSA Life Member and Second Amendment attorney Steve Halbrook talked about this new coalition on NRANewsTV's Cam and Company.
Now is not the time for complacency.  While we will have a pro-rights President and Congress, the gun ban lobby is not going to just close their doors and walk away.  Bloomberg has been taking his agenda to the states for the past several years.  Now we have deep pocket law firms following that strategy.  Now more than ever, gun owners need to join their state associations to help fight the coming battles.

IACP Resolution on Prohibition of Campus Carry

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No real surprise here.  The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has often come out in favor of gun control.  Their membership is made up of  individuals who work Mayors or other municipal governing body officials who are anti-rights, so to keep their job, they tend to be too.

At the 2016 IACP Annual Conference, IACP approved the following resolution:
Prohibition of Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) on College and University Campuses
Submitted by: University and College Police Section
UCPS.05.t16

WHEREAS, our nation’s colleges and universities are bastions of freedom of expression and learning, and must continue to address the most controversial subjects of the day. These environments continue to be safe havens for discovery and growth for our nation’s young adults. Introducing concealed weapons on our nation’s campuses jeopardizes those cherished values; and

WHEREAS, based on Mother Jones' Investigation: US Mass Shootings, 1982-2016, despite high-profile shootings, homicides at our nation’s colleges and universities remain rare events. There is no credible evidence to suggest that armed students, faculty, staff and community users would make our nation’s campuses safer; and

WHEREAS, in 2013, the homicide rate at our nation’s colleges and universities was 0.1 per 100,000 of enrollment, and by comparison. the criminal homicide rate in the United States was 4.4 per 100,000. Further, the Department of Justice found that 93% of violent crimes that victimize college students occur off campus. In 2013, 21 million students were enrolled on our nation’s colleges and universities, and only 24 were fatally victimized on campus; and

WHEREAS, in a 2013 poll at 15 colleges and universities, 94 percent of faculty members opposed concealed carry on campus and in a similar 2013 poll, 79 percent of students said that they would not feel safe if concealed guns were allowed on their campus, and

WHEREAS, research shows that approximately half of our nation’s college students binge drink or abuse illegal or prescription drugs, and nearly 25 percent of college students suffer from substance abuse and dependence, therefore, leading to an increased danger by adding the availability of a firearm to persons with a reduced ability to use appropriate judgement, and

WHEREAS, suicide is the second leading cause of death for college age young adults. On average, 1,100 college students commit suicide each year while another 24,000 attempt suicide. The firearm suicide rate of 18 to 21 year-olds is nine times higher than the firearm suicide rate of people 17 and under. Suicide attempts with guns are fatal 90 percent of the time; and

WHEREAS, allowing concealed carry firearms upon our nation’s campuses would have no positive effect on campus safety and would, inversely, decrease the actual and perceived safety of our students, staff, faculty and community users; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police promotes the prohibition of concealed carry weapons upon this nation’s college and university campuses.States like Utah and Colorado have had campus carry for a number of years without any incidents involving legally carrying students or staff.  The same can be said with the new states added to the list like Texas, which has had campus carry at four year institutions since August, and Tennessee, which allows faculty and staff to carry.  Idaho has had campus carry for the last two years.  There have been no incidents.  So, it would seem that all those stories of drunk college students that would pull their firearm to settle an argument are about as prophetic as the "blood in the streets" predictions that were common when concealed carry began being the norm in state after state.

Va. Court of Appeals: Circuit Courts Cannot Require CHP Applicants to Provide Photo ID With Application

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Robert Herron, the attorney for Kenneth Richards, sent along the following to the VSSA Office.  Richards challenged the practice of providing a photo ID as part of the concealed Handgun permit application process.
VIRGINIA BEACH — DECEMBER 5, 2016: Robert Herron Law, P.C., is proud to announce that the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of our client in a case challenging whether the Norfolk Circuit Court can require a photo ID as part of a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) application. The Court of Appeals held that circuit courts cannot require a photo ID to be submitted with a completed CHP application.

This case is significant because several circuit courts across Virginia continue to impose additional requirements on CHP applicants, even though Virginia law specifically prohibits courts from requiring applicants to produce anything other than what is required by the code and on the application.

The case started when Kenneth Richards attempted to renew his concealed handgun permit with the Norfolk Circuit Court. After Richards submitted his completed application, the court requested that Richards provide a copy of his photo ID. Richards refused to provide a photo ID, and he even quoted the relevant statute to explain why he would not provide a photo ID.

After the circuit court denied his application, Richards appealed to the Court of Appeals. On October 31, 2016, the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled in Richards’ favor, holding that the Norfolk Circuit Court was not permitted to require a photo ID as part of a completed CHP application. The Court of Appeals also ordered that Richards’ application should be processed without a photo ID, as he originally submitted it.

“Hopefully, this will prevent someone else from having to go through the same thing,” said Richards. “The law is clear. They are not allowed to require additional information. Surely a court should follow the law? It’s that simple.”

Richards’ attorney, Robert Herron, of Virginia Beach, says this case is important because of the principle. “Virginia is a ‘shall-issue’ state,” according to Herron. “The legislature has said courts cannot set their own standards for a concealed handgun permit. A photo ID might not seem that important, but it could get worse and worse, to the point that an individual judge might arbitrarily choose which people can defend themselves. That’s not how it works in Virginia.”

A PDF of the Court of Appeals’ opinion can be found at www.robertherronlaw.com/news.
Robert Herron Law, P.C., practices criminal defense and firearms law throughout Virginia.  

AP: Gun-rights Backers Vow to Go on Offense During Trump Years

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An Associated Press report was carried in several print news outlets over the weekend, picking up theme of Wayne LaPierre's latest video posted shortly after the election.  In that video, LaPierre told viewers "Our time is now."

The AP story, this one from the San Antonio Express reported:
Firearms enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump's campaign and his full-throated support of the Second Amendment are expecting a sweeping expansion of gun rights under his administration and a Congress firmly in Republican hands.At the top of the list is concealed carry "National Reciprocity."  As they have done in the past, the anti-gun crowd says it would be ironic that Republicans who usually support "states rights" would trample them by forcing states to accepted concealed carry permits they did not issue:
In pursuing their agenda, the gun lobby and its GOP supporters could find themselves at odds with two other tenets of Republican orthodoxy: states' rights and local control.

"It would be ironic to see conservatives who long have professed a belief in states' rights override states' choices in this area," said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law.Chemerinsky also told the AP that congress probably doesn't have the constitutional authority to order states to recognize concealed carry permits from elsewhere.  Yet, our drivers licenses are good from state to state, and concealed carry reciprocity is the same principle as requiring states to accept drivers licenses.

With the White House and both houses of Congress in pro-rights hands for at least the next two years, now is the time to push our agenda.  We don't know when we will have a better opportunity than this.

Toledo Blade: Calls Renewed for Campus Carry

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Officer.com shared this article from the Toledo Blade noting that calls for campus carry have been renewed in Ohio after Monday's car/knife attack at Ohio State:
Monday's attack at Ohio State University has renewed calls to allow students to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses.

Current law prohibits such weapons on campuses, but the state Senate is expected this week to consider a bill in lame-duck session to allow schools to decide for themselves whether to allow those with concealed-carry permits to carry on campus.

Even on campuses where the bans would remain in place, a violation would be reduced to a minor misdemeanor, eliminating the risk of jail time if the offender proves within 10 days that he has a legal permit to carry.

"Fortunately, an OSU police officer was close by and able to shoot and kill the suspect to stop the attack," said Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Association. "But even so, those being attacked were unable to defend themselves effectively because Ohio law forbids carrying a concealed handgun on school campuses, even if school authorities may be willing to allow it."The gun ban crowd promptly responded with a commonly heard refrain that adding armed civilians to the mix would make it hard to determine who the good guys were and that the scene would be chaos.  Never mind there is no evidence that has been the case in the past.

The Ohio State University campus newspaper notes there is a bill winding it's way through the state legislature that would allow an "opt-in" provision for campuses that want to allow campus carry:
House Bill 48, as it is referred to, passed in the Ohio House of Representatives a year ago, but is now working its way through Ohio’s Senate. The bill would allow concealed carry-permit holders to carry guns inside day care facilities and within certain areas of police stations and airports.

The legislation includes an “opt-in clause” for public universities, allowing institutions to independently decide whether students can carry or not. For universities that decide not to opt-in, House Bill 48 would reduce the charges of licensees carrying on campus from a felony to a misdemeanor.The OSU President is not in favor of the idea.

Campus Carry will again be on the agenda in several states in 2017 and will likely pass in some.  Virginia has yet to seriously consider bills introduced on the subject and with Governor Terry McAuliffe in office, is not expected to give any attention to the bills this year either.

King George 4H Shooting Team Wraps Up Great Year

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The King George 4H Shotgun Club had great 2016 season! The club would like to thank everyone who helped make the season such a success - Northern Virginia Gun Club (NVGC) for the great facility and for providing targets from the clubs shotgun budget as well a club sponsors Friends of NRA and the  Virginia Shooting Sports Association as well as Terry Misch, King George Extension Agent. Below is a summary of the team's most recent accomplishments.


2016 4-H Shotgun Championships at Conservation Park of Virginia. On September 24th, five King George Shotgun Club Members attended the 2016 4-H Shotgun Championships at Conservation Park of Virginia. The King George 4H Team consisted of Jackson Parker, John Parker, Paul Sevier and Joseph Parker and Jordan Stevens. 4H certified instructors Jon Yagla, Joe Primerano and Jody Sevier, also attended. Jordan Stevens finished second and Paul Sevier finished in fifth in the Junior Division high overall championship. Jordan Stevens received a nice trophy for his efforts. Jordan tied for first in wobble trap with a perfect 25 (and got his ball cap blown apart by fellow shooters at the end of the Awards Ceremony). John Parker posted his first 25 straight in skeet. Only five shooters posted 25’s all day, and we had two of them!
King George 4H Shooting Team.  Left to right, Jon Yagla, coach, Joe Parker, Paul Sevier Jordan Parker, Joe Primerano, adult leader, Jack Parker, John Parker, Jody Sevier, coach.
Jordan Stevens, 2nd Place, Junior Division2016 VTA Grand Old Dominion 24-25 September Richard Dodson (NVGC Member) and Kendall Rhodes (King George 4H Shotgun Club member) attended the VTA Grand Old Dominion Trap Shoot at Winchester VA on 24 September. Kendall shot a 94/100 in the16 yard event, in a strong wind, coming in second in the junior category (1st place was a 95). She also tied for first place in Class C. She has been invited to participate in JMU Shotgun Club practices at the school by Kurtis Russell, JMU Clay Target Team Head Coach and NRA Level 2 Coach.

2016 State 4-H Shoot at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center Six King George Shotgun Club Members attended the 2016 State 4-H Shoot at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox VA on 10 September 2016. The KG team consisted of Jackson Parker, John Parker, Matt Macaluso, Kendall Rhodes, Paul Sevier and Jordan Stevens. 4H certified instructors Joe Primerano and Jody Sevier served as trappers for the Trap field throughout the day. We had a lot of first time shooters at the formal competition for trap and skeet and they performed well. A big ATTABOY goes to NVGC Members Jon Yagla, Joe Primarano, Jess Riggle and Jody Sevier for coaching and preparing everyone for the event. The King George Shotgun Team earned several gold, silver and bronze ribbons for top level shooting.
King George Shooting Team at Holiday Lake
Both the Northern Virginia Gun Club and the King George 4-H Shotgun Club are VSSA affiliated clubs.  You can read the entire summary of the team's 2016 accomplishments by clicking here.  Congratulations on a great season and a special thanks to team coach Jon Yagla for passing along the report.

VSSA Club Home to Olympians and National Champions

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On November 23rd, Arlington/Fairfax IWLA, a VSSA affiliated club, held a reception for two members who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics,  Gold Medalist Ginny Thrasher and Lucas Kozeniesky.  Both Thrasher and Kozeniesky are Fairfax natives and both are products of the Arlington/Fairfax air rifle program.  The Fairfax Board of Supervisors presented the two with resolutions recognizing their accomplishments and Congress Woman Barbara Comstock present Ginny with a Congressional Resolution.  Attendees were treated to hamburgers and hotdogs by the club.
Ginny Thrasher and Lucas Kozeniesky with Bucky Sills, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock and Fairfax Board Member Pat HerrityCongressman Barbara Comstock presents Ginny Thrasher with Copy of Congressional Record recognizing Thrashers accomplishment.
Ginny Thrasher with Bucky Sills
Kozeniesky and Thrasher with Fairfax Board members Kathy Smith, and Pat Herrity



Alabama Nurses Get Self-Defense Training

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WBRC has the story here.  The women learned how to use firearms safely and also learned when they should or should not shoot.  Places like hospitals are considered "soft targets" where terrorists or others who want to commit mass murder believe they will meet little resistance in carrying out there crime.  Great job ladies for taking responsibility for your own safety and security!
WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL
Hat tip Cam Edwards.

NCPC and Bureau of Justice Assistance Team Up to Encourage Private Sellers to Use FFLs for Gun Sales

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Today, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) launched a new public awareness campaign that encourages individuals to use a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) when selling firearms from their private collection.  This is something that was already available to people but NCPC believes not many people are aware of this option.  It is not a change in policy and is similar to what Governor McAuliffe and Republican leadership agreed to earlier this year in Virginia in that it is totally voluntary.

The campaign, titled Sell with Certainty, uses a combination of print media, web ads, and a radio PSA to distribute the message that background checks are the only way to make sure your buyer is truly able to own a firearm.
This is the second time since 2013 that NCPC and BJA have teamed up to put out PSAs related to firearms.  The first was a little more of what you would have expected from the government with scary images about kids getting their hands on guns and encouraging gun owners to "Lock it Up."  This campaigns appears to have gone the other direction and attempts to be apolitical and more informational.
It should be noted that FFLs don't usually provide this service for free.


The Youngest Gun Rights Activists in the Nation

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After the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings, this blog shared the story of two young Iowa competitive shooters, Meredith and Natalie Gibson, who are prohibited by law from handling handguns in their home state.  After learning of the prohibition, they worked to get legislation passed to change the law.  They pushed for The Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act. It would allow youth under the age of 14 to use handguns under the supervision of a parent or guardian. It passed the full House as well as committees in the Senate, but State Senator Steve Sodders, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, would not allow the bill to be brought to a vote.  So, Meredith and Natalie Gibson knocked on doors, raised funds, walked in parades and talked to thousands of people. Their goal was to bring about a Republican majority in the Iowa Senate and to unseat Senator Sodders.  He’s on his way out now thanks to this year's election and the efforts of these two young ladies.  Meredith and Natalie expect to be able to shoot a handgun under the supervision of their dad, Nathan, now that the chief impediment to the Youth Safety and Parental Rights Act will now be gone. Yesterday, they spoke with NRANews Cam and Company host Cam Edwards about this great victory.



Election Post Mortem - Trump and Gun Owners Win

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The election results from last night confirmed that Donald Trump tapped in to an undercurrent of unrest among a segment of the public.  Unless you were listening to certain talk radio programing, you heard that Trump was going to lose because polls showed he was trailing and could not win.  National Review's Jim Geraghty addressed that in his post election Morning Jolt:
Everything I wrote yesterday about the polls generally being right most of the time is now inoperative. Pollsters have had off years before, but there has never been a colossal ten-car pile-up like this in the polling industry. The entire industry needs to scrap everything they know about the electorate and start over. One of the giant questions they must address is whether we now live in an atmosphere of such far-reaching and stifling social disapproval of politically incorrect positions that a significant portion of respondents no longer feel comfortable expressing their actual beliefs to a pollster.As Geraghty said, there really is a "silent majority" that waited until election day to voice their opinion.

It also looks like the NRA knew what they were doing in their placement of Campaign Field Representatives (CFRs).  NRA-ILA strategically chose eleven states to place one or more CFRs and their efforts paid off in seven in the Presidential race and helped defeat the so-called "universal background check" ballot initiative in Maine.  NRA made it known via Twitter:
Congratulations, President-elect @realDonaldTrump, on your hard-fought victory! #2A pic.twitter.com/Ju6J9YH43s— NRA (@NRA) November 9, 2016
On the gun ban lobby side, Politico reported Monday that Bloomberg spent $65 million, with $25 million going to ballot initiatives including three gun related efforts, one in Washington (Allows courts to prevent dangerous individuals from acquiring guns), one in Nevada ("universal" background checks) and Maine ("universal" background checks), and the rest on several U.S. Senate candidates - both Republican and Democrat and several statewide races.  On the ballot initiatives, he won handily in Washington, barely won in Nevada, and lost in Maine.  He also had mixed results in the Senate and statewide candidate races.

Last night was a good night overall for gun owners.  Trump has vowed to appoint justices to the Supreme court that will not overturn Heller.  He has said he will put his Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the judicial appointments.  We shall see.  And, Bloomberg will continue to spend his unlimited pot of money at the state level in areas where he thinks he has the best shot to win.  We need to analyze our win in Maine and use what worked there to defeat him going forward.  But for now, we can all breath a sigh of relief that Hillary Clinton will not take up residence in the White House.

Guns at Polling Places

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The media has made a big deal about this in the last couple of weeks, most recently the Chicago Tribune via the Washington Post.  The report used a story from the Huffington Post to illustrate that people open carrying at polling places are doing so to intimidate voters:
On Friday, voters headed to drop off their absentee ballots at a voting location in Virginia's Loudoun County were greeted by a man sporting both a Trump shirt and a gun strapped to his waist, the Huffington Post reported.

"He's like, 'Who are you going to vote for, crooked Hillary?' And I was like, that's really none of your business," Erika Cotti, an active Democrat, told the website.

It may not have been the most effective mode of political outreach. But it wasn't an illegal one. Virginia is an open carry state - and, as in most open carry states, there is no exception for polling places.

Most states have no laws regarding guns in polling places, because, for the most part, they haven't really needed to make them. The confluence of firearms and polling places isn't something America has been concerned about on a national scale - until now.It's a right to carry firearms for personal protection, in Virginia, that includes both open and concealed.  As gun owners, we should decide the best methods so as not to draw unnecessary attention to ourselves.

NPR: Firearms Industry Soars Amid Election-Year Angst, Shattering Records

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NPR has the story here.  NPR spoke to a gun shop owner in California for the story.  The shop owner, David Strickroth, rightly says gun owners are not convinced that Hillary Clinton supports the right of individually keep and bear arms.  He then follows up with this:
... He hears from gun owners and enthusiasts who are afraid that they'll lose their right to own certain types of firearms if Clinton becomes president.

Personally, he doesn't believe that will happen. Strickroth is no fan of Clinton and won't be voting for her on Tuesday, but he says that any restrictions on people's Second Amendment rights will "eventually [get] to the court and the court will say, 'No, you can't do that,' " he says.

He references the uproar and fear that followed the 1968 Gun Control Act and the last two presidential elections and gestures around his gun shop. "I'm still here," he says.We still have people on our side who don't understand the seriousness of this election.  If Hillary Clinton wins, she will have the power to render the Second Amendment irrelevant by making court appointments.  She can also do additional "Executive Actions" that congress will be powerless to overturn because it takes 60 votes in the Senate to move legislation.

Final Weekend Before Election Richmond Volunteer Opportunities

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This is the final weekend before the election.  If you live in the Richmond area, below are some volunteer opportunities in which you can participate:


Click a link below to RSVP!
Friday, November 4th, 5pm-8pm Phone Bank in Colonial Heights
We will be holding a phone bank to ensure our Second Amendment supporters get out to the polls on November 8th.

Saturday, November 5th, 10am-4pm Neighborhood Walk in Richmond
Your NRA team your fellow Frontlines Volunteers will meet at Dominion Shooting Range off Midlothian Turnpike to go on a neighborhood walk in the area.

Saturday, November 5th, 5pm-8pm Phone Bank at Dominion Shooting Range in Richmond
Come by, shoot a few rounds at the range, and make some calls to help us protect your right to do so!

Sunday, November 6th, 12pm-3pm Phone Bank in Colonial HeightsWe will meet at Dance's Sporting Goods to make calls to pro-gun Virginians.

Sunday, November 6th, 3pm-7pm Neighborhood Walk in Colonial HeightsNRA staff and volunteers will be knocking on doors in the Colonial Heights area to invigorate our pro-gun base.

If you would like to help us out on any of these days, make sure to click the link and RSVP. If you have any questions, or if you'd like to help from home, please contact Joseph Vrechek at (817) 729-8365 or at joseph@nrailafrontlines.com. We hope to see you there!

Five Days to the Biggest Election of Our Lifetime

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I know we hear every year that "this is the biggest election of our life" but I honestly believe that is true this year.  The U.S. Supreme Court has a vacancy and the person that is elected President will determine if the vacancy is filled by a pro-rights justice or if it will tilt the court to the anti-rights side for probably a generation or more.  VSSA's sister organization, Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) said it best in their Thursday Bulletin today:
Gun owners, if there was ever a time for all hands-on deck, it is now.  I know there is some hesitation about voting for a less than perfect candidate.  This time we don't have that luxury.  If they are pro-gun, vote for them and don't look back.   We can work out the other details later.Earlier this week this blog posted ways that people in the Richmond area can help get out the vote.  There is also a way for gun owners in the rest of Virginia to get involved and you don't even have to leave your home.  Just click here and you will be taken to an NRA web site that will help you make phone calls from home to turn out pro-rights voters in Virginia.  In order to make the NRA phone-from-home options available, you will need to sign up as an online volunteer.  After you sign up, be sure to check your email. NRA will send information about your next step.

One Week Left to Stop Hillary Clinton

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Next week this time the polls will be just a few hours from closing.  Here are some things you can do to help turn out pro-rights voters if you live in the Richmond area:

Wednesday, November 2nd, 4pm-7pm Neighborhood Walk in Short Pump
Volunteers will be knocking on doors and encouraging pro-gun voters to get out to the polls and make the pro-gun voice heard this year.

Thursday, November 3rd, 4pm-7pm Neighborhood Walk in Glen Allen
Don't miss the last Glen Allen neighborhood walk of the season! NRA staff and fellow Frontlines Volunteers will be engaging with the community about our Second Amendment rights, our pro-gun candidates, and, most importantly, getting our supporters out to vote!

Friday, November 4th, 5pm-8pm Phone Bank in Colonial Heights

If you have any questions, or if you cannot make these events but would like to help from home, please contact NRA Campaign Field Representative Joseph Vrechek at (817) 729-8365 or joseph@nrailafrontlines.com.

Tim Kaine's "Gun Violence" Lies

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BearingArms.com contributor Bob Owens does a great job of picking apart Tim Kaine's recent op/ed in Time Magazine.  Owens starts out by pointing out Tim Kaine's "creative rhetoric."  Kaine even says he is a "proud supporter of the Second Amendment" because he owns a gun.  Then Kaine drag's out the gun ban lobby's favorite talking points on mass shootings, "terrorist watch list" and non-existent "gun show loophole".  It didn't take long for Owens to shoot down every one of the lies.  It's a good read.



Few Private Sellers Taking Advantage of Voluntary Background Checks at Gun Shows

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The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that since the new law that took affect on July 1 allowing state police to conduct background checks for privates sellers who wish to check out their prospective buyer, only 21 people have used the service, most in Northern Virginia gun shows:
At gun shows across the state from July 9 to Oct. 23, 21 private sellers opted for the checks.

None of those checks resulted in a transaction being denied because the buyer was a person prohibited from buying a firearm, such as a felon, a person convicted of domestic violence, or someone who had been committed involuntarily to a mental health facility, according to data from the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center, operated by Virginia State Police.

By comparison, 12,606 mandatory background checks were performed by federally licensed firearms dealers at the 23 shows, and 110 of those people were denied the purchase of a weapon, the transaction center said.Now, you can look at this news two ways, either there aren't that many people interested in doing background checks, or, and this is what I think is more likely, guns shows never were a huge "bazaar" for private individuals selling hundreds of firearms skirting the watchful eye of background checks.

Of course, the gun ban lobby is not satisfied with voluntary checks, sticking to their talking points, saying you will only start catching people who shouldn't have a gun when the checks are mandatory:
“The fact that there have been no denials, in this small sample of sales, is also something that would be expected, since the buyer has obviously agreed to be checked, which would self-select people with clean backgrounds,” Goddard said.

“It will only be when these checks are mandatory, or take place on a large scale, that we are likely to see denials. Voluntary compliance is not the way to effectively stop sales between private seller and ineligible buyers.”But here is the important quote from the story by Mike Matthews, senior supervisor in the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center, that confirms what I said above:
Matthews said the percentage of private firearms sales at gun shows is smaller than many people might think.

He estimated that perhaps 15 to 20 private sales occur on average at a weekend gun show over two days out of 600 to 800 total transactions — the great majority of which are conducted by licensed dealers who are required to perform background checks.

“This is just an estimate of me walking around the show and what I see,” Matthews said. “I don’t think the number is as big as people make it out to be.”Really puts the lie to the "40% of gun sales don't go through a background check" garbage the gun ban lobby and President Obama often use.

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