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Thursday, September 14, 2017

RTD: Bloomberg's Everytown to Spend $1 Million in Virginia Elections

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports this morning that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety has committed to spend $1 Million in Virginia Elections this fall.
The fund is donating $450,000 directly to gubernatorial contender Ralph Northam, and spending $250,000 on mailers on his behalf. It's also giving $300,000 to Attorney General Mark Herring for his re-election bid, as he faces attack advertising from the National Rifle Association.

"We are making this initial investment because Ralph Northam and Mark Herring have been forceful champions for gun violence prevention in Virginia, while their opponents subscribe to a dangerous 'guns everywhere' agenda," Brynne Craig, a senior strategist for Everytown, said in a statement.

Everytown, a New York-based advocacy group largely bankrolled by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has been a big spender in recent Virginia contests.
The article also reports that volunteers in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area with another Bloomberg funded gun ban group, Moms Demand Action, plan to canvass and to make phone calls for Northam and other Democrats.

In addition to the Bloomberg groups, Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control group led by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, has endorsed the Democratic ticket in Virginia, but has yet to announce any donations.

Look for this to just be a down payment on more spending.  If Bloomberg was willing to spend $2 million in State Senate and House elections in 2015, you can bet he is going to spend more than the announced $1 million in state wide elections.

Update: I talked about this with NRATV host Cam Edwards later in the day.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Matching Patients With Gun-Friendly Doctors

Many of us are fortunate to have doctors that don't pry into things that have absolutely nothing to do with treating us.  Some are not so fortunate.  Several years ago Florida passed a law preventing doctors from asking patients about whether they have firearms in the home.  Pro-rights legislators in Virginia attempted to pass a similar law several years ago with no success.   Recently, the Florida law was overturned by a circuit court decision.  Yesterday, Dr. Robert Young Executive Director of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership appeared on NRATV.com to discuss the organization's new referral service for people who want a gun-friendly doctor. 2Adoc.com is now recruiting pro-Second Amendment health care providers. Dr. Young says that it is a project that has been years in the making. They are issuing a call to anyone in healthcare who would like to participate. The circuit court decision against Florida’s Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act showed that it was time to act.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Eric Holder Redistricting Group Donates $500K to Northam Campaign

The Washington Post had this article yesterday about how the Obama-backed National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), run by former Attorney General Eric Holder, recently donated $500,000 to the Ralph Northam campaign.  The group is hoping to end the stranglehold that Republicans have on a large number of congressional delegations and state legislatures by turning the redistricting process over to so-called "non-partisan" redistricting commissions.
“This first campaign investment marks the next stage of the NDRC’s work for fairer maps in Virginia and around the country,” Holder said. “Ralph Northam is the clear choice for fairer maps that better reflect the values of Virginia’s communities. Virginians deserve a political system that works for voters, not politicians.” 
Why should this matter to gun owners in Virginia?  The Governor elected in November will sign the redistricting plan after the 2020 Census.  You can bet that if Ralph Northam is elected, he will veto every redistricting map that does not give more seats to his anti-gun friends.  If you like Virginia's pro-gun legislature, this should be an extra incentive to get involved in this year's campaign.  You can do that by contacting one of the NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representitives below and find out how you can help.  VSSA is working to get the news to gun owners about campaign activities of the NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representatives.  If you don't want Virginia to become California or New Jersey, you have the ability to insure that doesn't happen.

NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative - Fredericksburg
Britton Ross · britton@nrailafrontlines.com · (919) 902-1787

NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative - Tidewater
Sean Nottoli - Sean@nrailafrontlines.com

NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative - Central Virginia
Patrick DeStefano · patrick@nrailafrontlines.com · 864-680-0399

Friday, September 1, 2017

Virginia Gun Collectors Show - November 4-5, 2017

The Virginia Gun Collectors Association (VGCA) - a VSSA affiliate club - will hold their next show at the Prince William County Fairground Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 2017. Show hours are Saturday, 9am - 5pm and Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Admission is $8.00 per day or $10.00 for a weekend pass.

VGCA is proud to maintain a no junk policy and a positive collectors atmosphere. What you will find at their show, are knowledgeable vendors, with quality firearms, as well as ammunition and shooting supplies. The VGCA provides a firearms evaluation table where experienced collectors will provide you with an estimate on your firearm's value and help you learn about your current collection pieces.

Sales tables cost $65.00 each and Display tables are FREE. No sales may be conducted from display tables. If you have any special needs, questions about available tables or show rules, please contact Rick Nahas, the Show Administrator, at 571-215-8761 or via email at jet53sw@aol.com.

For more information about the table or the show, visit http://www.vgca.net/gunshow.html.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Dave Kopel on "Kolbe vs Hogan" and the Racist Roots of Gun Control

The Independence Institute has filed an amicus brief in the case of Kolbe v. Hogan (VSSA has also joined a State Association Amicus opposing the 4th Circuit ruling).   It's an appeal to the Supreme Court of the Fourth Circuit's ruling supporting Maryland's "assault weapons" ban.  In the ruling, the majority opinion said so-called "assault weapons" can be banned because they are like "M-16s" and are "weapons of war", made for "mass carnage".  

Independence Institute Research director Dave Kopel was on NRATV's Cam and Company yesterday and said the Fourth Circuit used a shred of the Heller decision to claim that semi-automatic rifles are "weapons of war." It is not only unconstitutional, it is a danger to law enforcement. Police officers are not carrying weapons designed for "mass carnage." They are using appropriate firearms for lawful defense of their lives and the lives of law-abiding citizens.

Kopel also talked about his latest article in The Hill on the racist roots of gun control laws. Guns protect Americans from white supremacists, while gun control laws protect white supremacists.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Upcoming Campaign Volunteer Opportunities For Campaign 2017

NRA-ILA has the following opportunities for gun owners and sportsmen to get involved in the state wide campaigns for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General:

Louisa Grassroots Training Workshop

The Louisa Tea Party is hosting a NRA-ILA Grassroots Training on Thursday, August 24th at 7pm. This Grassroots Training Workshop will bring together the Tea Party and NRA-ILA, to teach the most effective methods to make their voice heard this election season. Grassroots activists will learn how to phone bank, door knock, and attend events in support of winning the Governor's Mansion in November.

Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Louisa Public Library, 881 Davis Hwy, Mineral, VA
RSVP by clicking here.

Fredericksburg Grand Opening

The Grand Opening of the Fredericksburg NRA-ILA Field Office will be held Saturday, August 26th. This office will provide Second Amendment Supporters from around the Fredericksburg Community the ability to empower themselves and voices in support of pro-gun candidates this November. Throughout the day, attendees will be able to attend training sessions, talk to voters, and learn how to change the election. Food, drinks, and prizes will be given out to all attendees!

In order to become an effective Grassroots Activist, you are encouraged to attend a Grassroots Training Workshop. Two classes are available.

Saturday, August 26th
11:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Fredericksburg NRA-ILA Field Office
300 Westwood Office Park, Fredericksburg, VA
RSVP by clicking here.

Richmond Grand Opening 2017

The Grand Opening for the 2017 NRA-ILA Richmond Campaign Headquarters will be Saturday, August 26th, at 12pm. This will be a day filled with activities as NRA-ILA continues the push to win back the Governor's Mansion in November, and you are invited attend! Throughout the day, NRA-ILA will be hosting training Sessions, Phone Banks, and Door Knocking Events in support of NRA-ILA endorsed Candidates. Prizes will be awarded to the day's best volunteers! Food and drinks will be provided throughout the day. The Office is located next to Molly Maid.

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Richmond NRA-ILA Field Office
8132 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23235
RSVP by clicking here.

Labor Day Phone - a Thon

Come "Kick off the Election Season" by showing your support for NRA-ILA endorsed Candidates at the Labor Day Phone-a-Thon Saturday, September 2nd at 9am. This is a family Friendly event not to be missed. This is a great opportunity to show your support for candidates who believe in preserving our Second Amendment rights. Now is the time to "Stand and Fight" for our Liberty and Freedom. NRA-ILA will be providing plenty of cold drinks throughout the day and pizza in the evening. Prizes will be handed out for contest winners. Space is limited so reserve your spot today! There will be rotating phone banks throughout the day to ensure that the maximum amount of voters can be reached, see below for times available!

Saturday, September 2nd
10:00am - 1:30pm
1:30pm - 4:30pm
4:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, September 02, 2017 at 09:00 AM
300 Westwood Office Park, Fredericksburg, Va.
RSVP by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Reminder from NSSF that August is National Shooting Sports Month

NSSF had an amusing way to remind shooters in yesterday's Bullet Points newsletter that August is National Shooting Sports Month, so get out to the range.
So, don't let that ammo go to waste! Take someone shooting.