People Are Talking About VCDL

VCDL, which prides itself on being more radical than the National Rifle Association (NRA) with stickers that say 'guns save lives,' supports allowing guns on school grounds, on college campuses, in libraries and government facilities and in bars. They oppose closing the gun show loophole and universal background checks.

State Senator Mark Herring August 2, 2013

... the Virginia Citizens Defense League, the commonwealth’s dominant gun lobby.

Roanoke Times Metro Columnist Dan Casey - Jan 6, 2013

The law was a victory for the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun-rights organization that makes the NRA look moderate.

Eleanor Clift – Politics Daily – July 5, 2010

[VCDL] campaigns for the right of gun owners to tote firepower in all kinds of places … including outdoor festivals and college campuses.

The Daily Press – Oct 20, 2007

Virginia Citizens Defense League . . . is on a mission to root out every nugget of gun control it can detect in Virginia. It has been behind campaigns to make sure concealed weapons are allowed in local government buildings, even civic centers, and fought to open up state and local parks to concealed weapons.

The Daily Press – Nov 27, 2006

They’re pretty effective, I have to give them credit.

Jim Sollo, Chairman of Virginians Against Handgun Violence

Virginian Pilot – Nov 11, 2002

The 2015 Legislative Session

The 2015 legislative session is upon us and the anti-gunners are hoping that you won't show up!

We need YOU to be involved this year more than ever before!  You need to plan on being at VCDL's 2015 Lobby Day at the General Assembly on Monday January 19th, 2015!



Click Here For The VCDL 2015 Legislation Tracking Tool  

Click Here For VCDL's New General Assembly Voting Record Scorecards

Spread the Word on the Dangers of 'Universal Background Checks'

Do You Know the Dangers of
“Universal Background Checks”?

Some people are now pushing for “Universal Background Checks” (UBCs), where all gun transfers, even private gifts between friends & family, must go through a gun dealer.  While UBCs may sound harmless at first glance, they are NOT.

To be able to enforce UBCs, the government will have to implement a gun registration scheme, followed by “compliance inspections” in your home to verify that you registered all your guns and that you still have them.  Even non-gun owners could be required to register as such, and be subject to home inspections for verification, too.

It becomes easy to confiscate your guns since the government will know exactly which guns you own.  And you’d better have all those registered guns, and no others, when the government knocks on your door!

Click here to read more and to print out our flyer for sharing with as many people as you can - gun owners and non-gun owners alike

Liberty University Panel on gun rights 10/22/15

Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of American and VCDL President Philip Van Cleave discuss gun rights with group at Liberty University in Lynchburg.  Over 60 people attended the event.


Behind the scenes at NBC 12 in Richmond - gun panel debate on Oct 21, 2015

News anchors Sabrina Squire and Curt Autry of NBC 12 in Richmond are on the right side.  Taken shortly before the cameras began filming.

The Panel consisted of:

* VCDL President, Philip Van Cleave

* President, Proactive Shooters, James Reynolds

* Executive Director for Citizens Against Crime, Charles D. Willis

* Virginia State Director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Lori Haas

The panel debate can be viewed here:

Link to debate



VCDL members stand by McLean gun store!

VCDL floods the McLean Citizens Association (MCA) meeting on October 7th.  The association was considering whether to pursue some way to pressure the NOVA Firearms store, which had just moved to a new location near a k-12 school, to move.  The MCA created an ad-hoc committee to look into any possible actions.  The committee will report back next month and MCA will decide what to do, if anything.

VCDL members, vastly outnumbering the antis, showed the strong support that NOVA Firearms has to simply be left alone.  VCDL will be watching this issue carefully.



Sheriff candidate for Montgomery County attends VCDL picnic in Claytor Lake State Park

Hank Partin, candidate for Montgomery County Sheriff, (left) with VCDL President, Philip Van Cleave, at VCDL picnic in Claytor Lake Park in September, 2015.  The other two candidates were invited, but only Hank took the time to come.