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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Help VSSA Make History at the Supreme Court!

Recently, a group of state firearms rights associations banded together for the purpose of filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in the case of Heller v. District of Columbia. This case initially overturned the 31-year-old DC handgun ban at the District Court level, and is being appealed to the Supreme Court by the city of Washington, DC, who are intent on maintaining the most draconian gun control law in the city. The results of this case could be either a great victory or a devastating defeat for gun owners in the United States, and we need to employ every weapon at our disposal in fighting this decisive battle.

On January 23rd, the VSSA Board of Directors voted to add VSSA to a list of 18 other state associations that have signed on to this effort. Initially led by the Texas State Rifle Association, the New York Rifle & Pistol Association, the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and the Delaware State Sportsman’s Association, fifteen other state associations later joined forces in this important endeavor before VSSA's inclusion yesterday. The other associations involved in addition to the lead associations and VSSA are the Alabama State Rifle & Pistol Association, the Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association, the Georgia Sport Shooting Association, the Idaho State Rifle & Pistol Association, the Illinois State Rifle Association, the Indiana State Rifle & Pistol Association, the (Maine) Pine Tree State Rifle & Pistol Association, the Mississippi State Firearms Owners Association, the Missouri Sport Shooting Association, the Montana Rifle & Pistol Association, the Nebraska Shooting Sports Association, the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, the North Carolina Rifle & Pistol Association, the Oklahoma Rifle Association, the Oregon State Shooting Association and, the Utah State Rifle & Pistol Association. The addition of VSSA yesterday brings the current total to 19. The amicus brief will be filed on February 4, or possibly before, depending the date of the filing by the appealing party (in this case the DC city government).

The preparation of the amicus brief is an expensive and time-consuming process, and is not without significant cost. This has been made easier for the state associations by this collaborative effort, but contributions from individuals would also help to offset the cost. Any help for this project would be gratefully accepted.

Donations can be made to defray VSSA's cost in participating. You can make an unrestricted donation directly to the VSSA for use in our share of the legal expenses. Be sure to note on your check "War Chest."

You can send your check payable to VSSA: Virginia Shooting Sports Association, P. O. Box 1258, Orange, VA 22960-0741.

Be a part of history and help VSSA in its effort to support the Second Amendment in this ground breaking case.

2 comments:

Lee said...

To help make donations easier, may I suggest you add a PayPal "Donate" button to your blog. Someone could click on the and safely send an online contribution to you. I am not working for them; I just thought this might be a neat idea to help facilitate getting money into the War Chest.
Check out the PayPal Help Center for an eight-step procedure on how to do it. I'll be sending you a paper check on Saturday morning. Good Luck with Heller v. District of Columbia. (Falls Church)

VSSA President said...

Lee,

We are looking at online memberships and donations. We just want to make sure that the personal information is safe. PayPal is one of the options we are considering.

Thanks for visiting the blog.