Monday, September 28, 2020

2020 Annual Raffle Winners

 At the VSSA Annual Meeting on Saturday, the winners of this year's Annual Raffle were drawn. The winners are:

1st Prize - Sig Sauer P365 SAS - Scott B. Montvale, VA

2nd Prize - $200 Bass Pro Gift Card - Vickie H. - Bowling Green, VA

3rd Prize - $100 Cash - John F. - Oakton, VA

Congratulations to the winners!  This was one of our more popular raffles in recent years.  Thanks to everyone for your support this year.


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Gun Rights Policy Conference is This Weekend Online

The Second Amendment Foundation's Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) was moved online this year due to restrictions related to the Wuhan Virus.  There are 120 speakers scheduled to attend.  If you register, you will receive access to a library of gun rights related resources.  You can register at http://www.saf.org/grpc.  You’ll be able to watch all of the GRPC events live on YouTube and Facebook.  If your register for the event, you can also take part in several virtual events on both Friday and Saturday evenings via Zoom, allowing virtual attendees to mix and mingle online with many of the speakers. The theme for this year's event is "Elect Freedom" and it could not be more timely.  Every pro-rights activist should try and take advantage of this opportunity to hear from some of the nation's top gun rights voices.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

When It Comes to Gun Control, Facts Don't Matter to Biden

 After the horrific attempted execution of two Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies by a thug this past weekend, Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden took to Twitter to call for a ban on "weapons of war":


Never mind the fact that a handgun was used by the attacker.  Did Biden tip his hand that he thinks all guns are "weapons of war" and call for a complete gun ban?  Probably not but you get the picture.  The term "assault weapons" just means "guns I don't like" so what actually passes as an "assault weapon" is a moving target as we saw with Delegate Mark Levine's HB961 in the General Assembly this year.

Today, Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, writes about this over at The Federalist.
Biden is purposefully conflating handguns and criminal activity with lawful firearm ownership. The concern is why. Biden’s tweet clearly labels what he sees in the video as a “weapon of war,” and Biden’s backers, including anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who funds the gun control groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, don’t want everyday Americans to own firearms.

Bloomberg said Americans can’t be trusted with their constitutional right to own a gun. He made this outrageous claim just days after Jack Wilson, a concealed carry permit-holder and member of the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, responded immediately to a murderer in his church and neutralized the threat just six seconds after it began. Bloomberg is now dumping $100 million into Florida to buy the state for Biden and Bloomberg’s gun control fantasy.
Biden and Kamala Harris have an extreme plan when it comes to gun control.  As Keene said at the end of his piece, if Biden has his way, Americans will be disarmed and helpless against the criminals that Democrats in our cities refuse to confront.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Will Swing States With Gun Sales Boom See Growth in Gun Voters?

The Washington Free Beacon reports today that nine presidential vote swing states have seen a surge in gun sales over that last several months:

A broader look at monthly sales data, as measured by FBI background checks, confirms swing state voters' eagerness to arm themselves in 2020. The nine states at the epicenter of the presidential race between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden each saw historic seasonally adjusted gun sales in June—larger in all cases than the record-setting sales of March—a sign of surging demand for firearms in the wake of rioting and protests that have turned violent.
The story goes on to talk about the number of  first-time buyers according to a National Shooting Sports Foundation survey that estimates 40 percent of gun-store customers in the first half of 2020 were new, and of those, a large number were women and minorities.

The question is will these new gun buyers also become gun voters.  The consensus among those gun store owners interviewed for the story seems to be not right away:
Swing state dealers and activists have seen a rush on their inventory as Election Day approaches. They are confident that the surge will create new gun voters, but they have yet to see new gun-rights activists. And with COVID, the economy, and civil unrest dominating the 2020 election, it is not clear gun rights will break through as a significant factor despite the stark contrast in policy proposals from Trump and Biden.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Herring Joins Amicus Brief Defending Ability of States to Enact Gun Control Laws

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has joined a group of 18 state attorneys general supporting the ability of states to pass gun control laws.  The Augusta Free Press has the story here.

Herring and his colleagues filed the brief in the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Duncan v. Bacerra, a lawsuit filed by a group of California gun owners and VSSA's sister organization, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, that challenges California’s ban on high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.  VSSA previously joined an amicus brief with law enforcement groups and other state and local firearms rights groups supporting Duncan's challenge to the law.   In August, a three judge panel of the 9th Circuit affirmed the decision of the District Court striking down the ban.  As expected, California appealed the decision to an en banc panel of the appeals court.

Herring is looking to protect the gun control laws passed in Virginia earlier this year:

“Virginia and every other state has the right and the responsibility to protect their communities by enacting commonsense gun safety measures that will save lives and reduce gun violence,” Herring said. “This year, with a new General Assembly, Virginia was finally able to pass new, widely supported gun violence prevention laws like expanded background checks, a one-handgun-a-month law, a “red flag” law and more. I will continue to fight in court alongside my colleagues to make sure that states have the right to pass their own gun safety measures.”
Joining Herring are the usual suspects you would expect - the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

City of Richmond Expands Local Gun Ban

Last night, Richmond City Council passed Mayor Stoney's expansive gun ban in the city.  The Times Dispatch has the story here.  It basically bans firearms at any event, whether it is a permitted event or not, as well as streets around such events: 

The new law, approved Tuesday evening, bans the carrying of guns at any event, whether or not it is formally permitted by the city. The ban would also apply to any public area by an event, including streets, sidewalks, alleys and other public rights of way.

Proposed by Mayor Levar Stoney, the ordinance is intended to lower the risk of violent confrontation between protesters and police, or protesters and counter protesters, as demonstrations against police violence and racial inequality continue across the country.
While some council members expressed concerns about the ordinance, they all voted for it in the end:
During Tuesday’s special council meeting, however, some council members continued to voice reservations about broadening the ban, expressing concern about how police would enforce the law. Several public speakers at the start of the meeting also questioned whether the ban infringes on their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

“I think it’s really weak. The way it’s written is not great,” said Councilwoman Kristen Larson, who raised concerns about enforcement of the ban in areas adjacent to an event.
The City's new police chief said it was necessary based on what happen in Kenosha, WI, last month:
In remarks to the council before Tuesday’s vote, Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith noted recent events in Kenosha, Wis., where a 17-year-old fatally shot two people amid recent protests after video emerged of a police officer shooting a Black man in the back seven times. There also was a fatal shooting during recent protests in Portland, Ore.

“When you increase tensions with firearms, it’s just not a good mix,” Smith said. “Sooner or later, we are going to have different groups with different opinions who square off with each other. I believe this will be something we can use to increase safety in all of Richmond.”
Mayor Stoney is an anti-rights radical.  He is up for re-election this year.  Unfortunately, when it comes to Second Amendment issues, none of his opponents can be counted as friends of gun owners.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

A Conversation with USCCA's Tim Schmidt

Today's BearingArms.com's Cam and Company featured a conversation with the United State's Concealed Carry Association's (USCCA) Tim Schmidt.  USCCA is headquartered in Wisconsin so it is timely that Cam chose to speak with Schmidt today.

Schmidt told Cam that there is a “sleeping giant” in America.  These people believe in the free market, "old-school" American values, and they want to protect their homes and their families. When it comes to the situation related to Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17 year-old who went to Kenosha to "protect businesses" and ended up in a life or death situation, Schmidt told Cam "people need to know exactly what they’re doing before they get themselves into trouble."



This Fredericksburg 911 Call Illustrates the Importance of Voting in November

I was listening to the Polite Society Podcast today (episode 555).  Part of the discussion (about 25 minutes in) was about a 911 call on June 13 that has not gotten much attention in the mainstream media and only got some play on social media.  I know this is the first time I have heard it.  A young mother in Fredericksburg and her daughter got caught in the middle of a protest (I would call it a riot as peaceful protesters don't jump on cars) and their car was blocked.  She calls 911.  Listen to what happened.  Fredericksburg City Hall told police they were not allowed to interfere with protesters.  The young mom was told she had to call City Hall and complain.  If this doesn't illustrate the importance of voting in November, nothing does.  Don't think for a minute that if Joe Biden wins this type of thing will stop, it will only get worse.