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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Gun Owners Get Win after Tuesday's Special Election to Fill Vacant House of Delegates Seat

In 2017, Virginia Democrats won 15 seats in the House of Delegates, with Republicans narrowly maintaining a majority at 51-49, which preserved the pro-gun majority by a single seat. Over the summer, Delegate Greg Habeeb resigned to focus on his personal career, setting up a special election to fill the uncompleted term.  On Tuesday, pro-gun Republican Joe McNamara defeated Democrat Carter Turner in that and keeping that crucial pro-gun majority.  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to talk about this one bright spot in Tuesday's otherwise worrisome Virginia results. State Delegate Ben Cline won his congressional seat, so another special election will be held during the holiday season. It cannot be stated strongly enough how important it is that we begin preparing now for the off-year 2019 legislative races. Gov. Ralph Northam would be delighted to sign any gun control bill that came his way should that Second Amendment firewall fail and turn Virginia into New Jersey or California overnight.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Election Post Mortem - Predicted "Blue Wave" More of a Blue Ripple

Yesterday, the voters appear to have voted for more gridlock as they awarded continued majority control of the U.S. Senate to the GOP while the House of Representatives flipped to Democratic Control.  The latter was helped with the loss of three pro-rights representatives from Virginia - Scott Taylor in the 2nd, Dave Brat in the 7th, and Barbara Comstock in the 10th.  Both Brat and Taylor were defeated by newcomers to the electorial process while Comstock was defeated by Jennifer Wexton, an anti-rights member of the the Virginia General Assembly.

Since the beginning of this election cycle the mainstream media and the left have told us that there would be a "Blue Wave" that would give Democrats large majorities and the House of Representatives and would flip the Senate.  This was thought because the left seemed much more motivated to vote with Donald Trump in the White House.  Then, Chucky Schumer decided to destroy the reputation of a good man, Brett Kavanaugh.  Even before that occurred it has begun to look like taking control of the U.S. Senate was going to be a long shot but Schumer's strategy likely led to the defeats of Senator Joe Donnelly in Indiana, and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

So what does all of this mean for our Second Amendment freedom in the coming two years?  Roll Call wrote this morning House Democrats plan to move forward with criminalizing private firearm sales.  Roll Call also notes that such an effort is likely to stall in the Senate as both the President and the Senate GOP have shown zero interest in any bill that could be construed as infringing upon Second Amendment rights.  All three of the Democrats that flipped seats in Virginia are on board with more restrictions on our rights, including so-called "universal" background checks, banning modern sporting rifles, and banning standard capacity magazines. While Bloomberg's fake news outlet, The Trace, tried to paint the best face on last night's returns by saying pushing gun control did not hurt them, the fact is, at least in the 7th District where I live, not one of Spanberger's television ads mentioned gun control.  In fact, almost all of them failed to even mention she was a Democrat.  I did not see any of the ads for Wexton (10th) and Luria (2nd) but Bloomberg and Gabby Giffords spent heavily in the 10th District.

What the election results do show us is we have a lot of work to do in the suburbs.  That is where House races were lost yesterday according to Roll Call and other news outlets.

In Virginia, we now turn our attention to the state legislative races that will be held in 2019 where the House of Delegates and the State Senate will all be up for re-election.  If we lose the pro-gun majorities in both houses, Virginia will look like New Jersey and California virtually overnight when it comes to gun laws.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Cardinal Cup Action Pistol Championship Results

The Cardinal Cup Action Pistol Championship was held at Bedford Rifle & Revolver Club on September 30th. The results are as follows:

State Champion- Overall
Kevin Angstadt
Radford, VA

Grand Senior Production and Grand Senior Metallic Sight Winner
Steven Kalinski
Bedford, VA

Lawman Winner
Travis Hayton
Bluefield, VA

Congratulations to the participants and the winners.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Gun Control Activists Successful at Smith and Wesson Holding Company Shareholder Meeting

CNBC has the story here.
The maker of Smith & Wesson firearms lost a prolonged fight with religious groups and other shareholders who have been pushing it to consider a plan to help reduce the harmful effects of its products.

The investors, led by The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, presented a resolution on gun safety at American Outdoor Brand's annual shareholder meeting Tuesday, the same resolution it successfully passed at Sturm Ruger earlier this year. And the preliminary voting showed the shareholders also won this fight.

The proposal calls on American Outdoor Brands, Smith & Wesson's parent company, to put together a report on whether the gun maker is adequately addressing the risks that its products are associated with gun violence and to show evidence it is exploring ways to make safer guns and products to reduce this violence.
The CEO of American Outdoor Brands, James Debney, stated the obvious when he said it was a politically motivated vote. This continues the trend of investor activism against gun manufacturers as liberal organizations like the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), among others, have pushed for gun control and prevent pension funds from investing in firearms manufacturers, especially those that manufacture modern sporting rifles. AFT also backed the Interfaith Center's proposal.

Smith and Wesson is the second firearms manufacturer targeted by Interfaith.  Ruger's shareholders passed a similar proposal in May at their stockholder meeting.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Roll Call: Giffords PAC Airs New TV Ad Against Comstock in Virginia

Roll Call reports this morning that the anti-rights Political Action Committee (PAC) of former congresswoman Gabby Giffords is dropping a second TV ad against Virgnia's 10th District representative Barbara Comstock:
The spot, debuting Wednesday and obtained first by Roll Call, opens with footage of a parent playing with a small child.

“Congress should be doing everything it can to protect families from gun violence,” the narrator says. “But time and again, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has sided with the NRA over us.”

The ad is part of Giffords PAC’s $1 million investment in the suburban D.C.-based 10th District, which is near the NRA’s national headquarters. It will air on cable across the district, with heavy play in Loudon and Fairfax counties.
The 10th District is thought to be the best "pick-up" opportunity for the Democrats as both Hillary Clinton and Governor Ralph Northam carried the district by double digits.  Every gun owner in the 10th District needs to contact the Comstock campaign and to see how you can help with less than 50 days until the election.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Roanoke City Council Wants to Ban Firearms from Council Meetings

Earlier this month the Roanoke Times reported that the city council will once again ask the General Assembly to give it the authority to ban firearms from their meetings.  Similar efforts have failed in the past but the much slimmer pro-rights majority now in the House of Delegates has given them hope that this time may be different:
The new proposal is more narrowly tailored. It doesn’t seek a total ban on firearms in the municipal building but instead seeks to bar guns in places where a local governing body is meeting.

The ban would apply only during a council session, not all the time, and it would apply wherever the council meets, even if it’s not in the municipal building.

“That’s a step and it’s only one step,” said Councilman Bill Bestpitch during the meeting of council’s legislative committee, which he chairs.

He noted that there’s ample precedent for what the city is seeking. Guns are banned from local courthouses and parts of the General Assembly itself.

“This is really no different than other arms of government,” he said.
NRATV's Kerry Picket discussed the proposal with Dana Loesch on Friday's episode of Relentless.
This makes the special election in the 8th House of Delegate's District to fill the vacant seat left vacant by Delegate Greg Habeeb even more important.  The candidates are E. Carter Turner III (D) and Joseph McNamara (R).  The election will coincide with the General Election on November 6th.

VSSA Life Member Steve Halbrook on Big Banks Denying Services to Gun Companies

Gun control activists, frustrated by their inability to pass federal gun control laws, are pressuring the nation's largest banks to refuse to do business with firearms manufacturers and retailers. Such policies circumvent the Constitution and federal law.  VSSA Life Member, Second Amendment attorney and scholar Steve Halbrook is taking part in a pro-con debate on the issue in several newspapers. On Friday, Halbrook appeared on NRATV's Cam and Company to discuss his OP/ED and the issue.  He describes Aristotle's warnings about oligarchs - the consequences of concentration of power in the hands of a few. He said that's what's happening with banks like Bank of America and CitiBank, taking it upon themselves to supersede federal and state laws. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing something similar in New York, punishing insurance companies in an effort to suppress the lawful First Amendment speech of the National Rifle Association. The ACLU agrees. Steve says the gun control radicals don't care how their goals are achieved.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

2018 Annual Raffle Winners

The winning tickets for this year's Annual Meeting Raffle were drawn last night at the VSSA Annual Meeting.  The winners are below.

1st Prize - Henry Golden Boy Silver Rifle Used for the 1,000 Man Shoot
G. Horne – Hampton, VA

2nd Place - Cabela's $250 Gift Card
R. Keeble – Gore, VA

3rd Place - $100 Cash
R. Morrison, Crewe, VA

Thanks to all of our members who supported this year's raffle.  A special thank you to Mr. Morrison who asked that his prize to support the VSSA War Chest.