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... to be honest … [VCDL has] been really successful in preventing our legislators from passing any meaningful [gun-control] legislation on this issue [universal background checks].”

Stephanie Soechtig, Director "Under the Gun"
June 2, 2016

“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

Governor McAuliffe Wants to Make the State-Agency Gun-Ban Permanent. We Need to Fight Back!


Late last year Governor McAuliffe put into effect an "emergency" ban on the carry of firearms in state agency buildings (DMV, ABC stores, etc.), banning even those with CHPs.

What was the emergency situation that the ban was addressing?  There was none.  When was the last time you heard of a shooting in a state agency building?  When was the last time you heard about one of Virginia's 421,000 CHP holders committing a violent crime?

Everything the Governor does is based on politics and its associated rhetoric.  The state-agency gun-ban is just another example of McAuliffe putting politics over the SAFETY and RIGHTS of Virginia's citizens!


VCDL urged the General Assembly to clarify that state agencies cannot have any kind of gun ban without the permission of the General Assembly. Delegate Mike Webert put in HB 1096, a state-agency preemption bill, to do just that.  The bill passed the House by 65 to 33 and the Senate by 21 to 17, but did not become law because McAuliffe showed his disdain for the General Assembly and gun owners by vetoing it. 


Emergency regulations cannot be in force forever; they have to be replaced with a "permanent" version.

Your written requests for a public hearing on the emergency regulation earlier this year worked!  That's why the Commonwealth is having a public hearing on the permanent regulation.

The hearing is Wednesday, August 31, from 10 AM to noon at:

Pocahantas Building (a block south of Capitol Square)
900 E. Main Street (northwest corner of 10th and Main)
Richmond, VA

**Carry is NOT allowed, with everyone having to go through metal detectors (McAuliffe, always the hypocrite, sure likes HIS security, doesn't he?)**


This is a hearing, so everyone who wants to speak will be allowed to do so.  There is a sign-up sheet, with names called in the order they are on the sheet.  You will have two minutes to speak.  No signs are allowed, but VCDL GSL stickers will be available.

You can simply say, "I oppose this regulation."  If you wish to say more than that, here are some talking points:

1.  Where is the problem this is supposed to solve?  There have been no shootings in Virginia state agency buildings and the ban on concealed carry is even more unreasonable, as CHP holders are the most law-abiding group of citizens in the Commonwealth.

2.  The Governor has no direct authority from the General Assembly to ban guns in state agency buildings.  To that end, this year the General Assembly passed a bill clarifying that the Governor cannot do any type of gun control without the express permission of the General Assembly. The only reason that bill did not become law is that the Governor vetoed it!  This action ignores the will of the People, as expressed through their elected representatives in the General Assembly.

3.  Since 1960, all but two of the public mass-shootings have been in gun-free-zones, like this regulation creates.  This would make state-agency buildings in Virginia less secure, not more secure!


Click here to leave your written comment opposing the permanent regulation.  The title should clearly state that you oppose the regulation:

The written comment period ends on October 21.

VCDL Exposes Katie Couric’s Documentary Scandal

Deceptive editing by Katie Couric maliciously and significantly changed the response of VCDL members in her new gun control infomercial, “Under the Gun”.


The story as reported by VCDL President, Philip Van Cleave on May 23, 2016.


The blog by VCDL Executive Member Pat Webb who participated in Couric's group interview of nine VCDL members.

This intentional distortion of the VCDL members' responses brings into question the credibility of any of Couric's past, present, or future work as well as the credibility of Yahoo News for tolerating a news anchor who would perpetrate such an unethical fraud.

This Couric scandal is amazing -- she is being pounded by everyone -- Washington Post, New York Times, Washington Times, CNN, FOX, and well over 50 or so more media outlets!  NO ONE IS DEFENDING HER.

Funny pokes at Katie’s “creative” editing, putting the shoe on the other foot:

A reminder of a similar fraud, this time it was by Dateline in 1993.

Just a small sampling of the media coverage of this scandal:


The Washington Free Beacon:

Audio Shows Katie Couric Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Activists


The Blaze:

An ‘Infomercial for Gun Control’: Pro-Gun Rights Group Accuses Katie Couric of Editing Interview Footage in New Documentary  


The Washington Post:

Audiotape: Katie Couric documentary falsely depicts gun supporters as ‘idiots’   

Hollywood Reporter:

Katie Couric, 'Under the Gun' Filmmaker React to Editing Controversy

Steven Crowder:

RED-HANDED: Katie Couric Caught Editing Video to Push Anti-Gun Lies…


Katie Couric stands by 'Under the Gun' as director apologizes for misleading edit   

Washington Times:

Katie Couric doc accused of deceptively editing interview with pro-gun activists   

The Daily Wire:

Katie Couric's Pro-Gun-Control Documentary Unfairly Edits Interview With Gun Rights Activists   

Truth Revolt:

Katie Couric's New Anti-Gun Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Group  


FOX’s Special Report with Brett Baier  

Rush Limbaugh
transcript from 5/26/2016  

Russia Times (and they know something about editing for propaganda purposes):

Katie Couric’s documentary slammed for deceptively editing interview with pro-gun activists

Washington Post / Volokh Conspiracy:

Erik Wemple on the misleading edit of gun rights supporters in new Katie Couric documentary

Huffington Post (wow - Couric really has no friends left!):

Here’s A Pro Tip For Katie Couric Before She Does Another Documentary

National Public Radio (NPR):

Manipulative Editing Reflects Poorly On Katie Couric, Gun Documentary


The Federalist:

Katie Couric Decried ‘Edited’ Planned Parenthood Footage, Then Doctored A Gun Owner Interview  

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

VCDL Lobby Day: January 16, 2017

VCDL will hold its annual Lobby Day on Monday, January 16, 2017 starting at 8:30 AM!  Lobby Day is held at the General Assembly Building, located at 9th and Broad Streets in Richmond.  Just look for a sea of people wearing a bright orange "Guns Save lives" stickers.

This is an excellent opportunity for an educational family outing.  Schools are closed for the holiday and youngsters will get a first hand look at how the legislative process works.  Plan ahead -- take off work and bring family and friends!

People are assigned to groups and enter the General Assembly Building to lobby for gun bills.  Each group will have veterans, so don't worry if you never done any lobbying. 

Each team will have a copy of VCDL's 2017 Gun Bill Analysis which describes our position on the gun bills in front of the General Assembly.

At 11 AM we will have a rally at the Bell Tower, just down the hill from the General Assembly (near the intersection of Bank St. and 9th Ave.)  Various speakers will address the crowd, with the rally and Lobby Day ending at noon.  Actual times and speakers will be announced closer to the event via our VA-ALERT.  If you are not signed up for this free service you may do so here.

If you have a concealed handgun permit you can carry in the General Assembly Building and in the Capitol.  The Governor's ban on concealed carry in state agencies does NOT apply.

Here's a link to our Lobby Day Facebook page:

Here's a video from a previous year to give you an idea what Lobby Day is about:

The 2016 Legislative Session

The 2016 Legislative Session is over and the anti-gunners were disappointed that ALL of the bills on their wish list were struck down!

You can check what passed, what didn't, and what was vetoed with our 2016 Legislative Tracking Tool.


VCDL Ads running in January and Feburary 2016

VCDL is running radio ads on WRVA in Richmond, Virginia starting January 14th and running through mid-February.

Electronic billboard ads are also running in Richmond, Roanoke Fredericksburg, and Virginia Beach from January 11th for four weeks.  Here is a sampling of some of the message thatr will be displayed:

Audio of ads running on WRVA (AM 1140) in Richmond

Lobby Day Ad.mp3

Our Gun Rights Are Under Attack.mp3

McAuliffe and Herring Want to Disarm Us.mp3

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