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More than a million restricted, prohibited guns in Canada

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A year and a half after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government came to office promising to tighten Canada's gun laws, there are now more than a million restricted and prohibited firearms across the country.The number of restricted firearms in Canada rose 5.5 per cent last year, reaching its highest point in more than a decade, according to the annual report from the RCMP's commissioner of firearms. There are now 839,295 restricted firearms, many of them handguns.

VSSA Member and Author Bruce Lawlor Discusses Takeaways from Manchester Suicide Bombing

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Yesterday, VSSA Member and author, Maj. General (Ret.) Bruce Lawlor, was on NRATV's Grant Stichfield's program to discuss the suicide bombing in Manchester, England. Lawlor shares the takeaways from the attack to make sure that similar bombings don't happen in the U.S. Stinchfield airs live on NRATV weekdays at the top of the hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.  Earlier this year, Maj. Gen. Lawlor's book When Deadly Force is Involved was published.  He is a former CIA case officer, first Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and a former professor at Virginia Tech. He is certified as a firearms instructor in self-defense and has conducted research on the use of small arms and the rules of engagement for military personnel operating in heavily populated, civilian environments.


Gabriella Hoffman: Warner's Inconsistency on National Concealed Carry Ignores the Facts

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Media consultant and Virginia concealed handgun permit (CHP) holder Gabriella Hoffman has this Op/Ed in the Bristol Herald Courier calling out U.S. Senator Mark Warner for his flip-flop on National Carry Reciprocity.  Warner previously supported legislation allowing permit holders to carry nationwide.  He recently came out in opposition to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.  Hoffman writes:
Warner’s opposition to the bill is particularly troubling because our state is one of only 19 states that currently recognizes the valid permits of every other state in the country. Oddly enough, Warner has no issue with gun owners from Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York exercising their right to self-defense when they come to Virginia. Yet he fails to apply this principle to his own law-abiding constituents desiring to exercise that same right in those states.

Warner even suggests expanding CHP rights would encourage more “gun violence.” How laughable.Hoffman goes on to point out that CHP holders are some of the most law-abiding people in the country and cites Dr. John Lott's research showing CHP holders are more law-abiding than police officers:
By comparing crime reports and revocations of CHP permits in Florida and Texas, he found that permit holders are less likely to commit crimes than police officers. Lott found similar results across the country. Given this, Warner is either obfuscating the facts, or is eager to have billionaire gun control activist Michael Bloomberg continue to line his coffers with donor money.She also points out what happened when Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring tried to end Virginia's reciprocity and recognition agreements with 25 states - a public outcry led to bipartisan support for legislation introduced to overturn that likely would have withstood a veto by Governor Terry McAuliffe.  This forced McAuliffe to throw his AG under the bus and reach a deal that not only restored the agreements with the 25 states, but actually expanded Virginia's reciprocity to include states not previously recognized.

Warner is used to flip flopping however when it comes to the issue of guns.  He originally opposed Virginia's CHP law but flipped when he ran for Governor.  He also signed more pro-rights legislation than any other Governor in recent memory.  But now that he is in the minority party in the U.S. Senate, he apparently believes he needs to toe the anti-rights line of the majority of his Senate Democrat colleagues.

Hat-tip to Cam Edwards of NRATV.com Cam and Company.

June Primary Endorsements

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The NRA Political Victory Fund has posted grades and endorsements for the June 13, 2017, primary.  Besides the primary for the state wide offices, there are number of primaries in House of Delegate races.  As the state association affiliate of the NRA, VSSA supports the candidates that have been endorsed by the NRA and urges all VSSA members to support those candidates in the primary.  In races where there is no endorsement, VSSA members are encouraged to review the NRA-PVF grade when considering your vote on June 13.

In the race for Governor, all three GOP candidates received an "A" rating while both Democrat candidates received an "F".  In fact both Lt. Governor Ralph Northam and former Representative Tom Perriello, have been trying to "out gun control" each other for the past couple of months.  It is clear that no matter who wins the GOP primary, that candidate will be best able to work with gun owners to protect our Second Amendment freedom and to sign meaningful legislation that has been vetoed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

VSSA urges all gun owners to go to the polls on June 13th and let your voice be heard.

Shooting at Shreveport apartment complex

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Police are investigating an early morning shooting that injured a man at an apartment complex in Shreveport..  The shooting happened just after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Country Club Apartment Homes on Lakeshore Drive. Detective tells us a woman was inside her apartment and a man tried to attack her.

Homeowner fired at intruders

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A homeowner is recovering after a home invasion on Woodington Lane in northwest Charlotte. That homeowner fired 14 shots at the intruders then ran for help, police said. Witnesses said the man who owns the home crawled out of a small window, slid down a sloped ledge, and injured himself when he fell on the ladder rail on the back of a work truck. "I said, 'You don't look all right. What's going on?'” a neighbor who saw the homeowner running down the street said. “And he said, 'I need you to call 911. Somebody broke into my house.'" The neighbor did not want to be identified.  

NRA Wants to Ease Laws on Buying Gun Suppressors

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The National Rifle Association, which typically rests its case on the Second Amendment and personal security, is framing legislation that would make it easier to buy gun silencers as a public health issue.

Australia: Gun control advocates slam changes to NSW firearm laws

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Changes to firearms laws proposed by the NSW government have been savaged by opponents who claim they represent a step backwards for gun control in Australia.But Police Minister Troy Grant argued the changes have the support of NSW Police and are "justified, balanced, improve community safety and enhance our robust firearms regime in NSW".

Oregon: Anti-Gun Bill Assigned to Committee

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Today, Senate Bill 1065 has been assigned to the Senate Rules Committee chaired by state Senator Ginny Burdick (D-18), who is also one of the main sponsors of the bill.  SB 1065 is an omnibus anti-gun bill that was introduced yesterday in an effort to revive two previously dead bills, Senate Bill 764 and Senate Bill 797.  Both SB 764 and SB 797 failed to pass the policy committee deadline on April 18 and were considered dead for the rest of the 2017 legislative session; however, Senator Burdick along with Senator Prozanski and Representative Williamson, introduced SB 1065 as a priority bill to avoid this committee deadline. 

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