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“... 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 2013 legislative session is off and running and the anti-gunners are pulling out all the stops.
We need YOU to be involved this year more than ever before!
We had a great turnout at the 2013 VCDL Lobby Day on Monday January 21st and our senators and delegates definitely know that we will not stand for any further infringment of our rights.
On a recent edition of The John Fredericks Morning Show, Virginia 2nd District Representative Scott Rigell talked about his support for enhanced penalties for straw-man purchases and his pro-gun record.
“Andy Schmookler’s recent article on gun control is flat out wrong (“Draw the line on weapons of war,” Feb. 21). I am not sure which history he has been reading, but events over the last 400 years do not support his conclusions. His position would be amusing if it were not for the dangerously unworkable solutions to end mass murders that he, President Obama and other liberals propose.
The Second Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with hunting and target-shooting and everything to do with the right and duty of individual citizens to be armed so they may defend themselves, their community and their country. This right to bear arms was demanded from the newly formed central government in 1791 by “We the People” because we had just previously rebelled against a tyrannical government that, among other things, had tried to disarm us ... ”
Read the entire letter at The Roanoke Times.
A VCDL backed bill to further enhance concealed handgun permit holder privacy protections is on the way to Governor McDonnell for his signature.
In 2009, a VCDL backed bill was passed and signed into law which prevented the Virginia State Police from releasing private details about permit holders but this bill would extend the same prohibition to county clerks of court.
Read more at ABC 13 WVEC.
Do you want your doctor asking you or your kids about the guns in your house?
I know that I don't!
But President Obama and some doctors groups are attempting to paint gun ownership as a public health issue in their efforts to find new ways to restrict and discourage gun ownership. President Obama specifically wants to allow the question when there is a young child at home.
Dr. Christine Matson, the Chairwoman of Eastern Virginia Medical School's Department of Family and Community Medicine, says that she asks about guns in a questionaire titled "Behaviors that may put your health at risk." In her mind, gun ownership is in the same category as smoking, drinking, and drug abuse.
Dr John Harrington is the Division Director for General Academic Pediatrics and he admits that the goal of asking patients is to make guns "less accessible."
Read more at The Virginian-Pilot.
A Sunday editorial in the Roanoke Times featured the admonition “Don't let your gun turn up in a crime.”
The editorial starts out by correctly noting that most guns used in crimes do not come from the so-called 'gunshow loophole'. Rather, they note that the majority of “guns don't start out illegal ... they're owned by good, law-abiding citizens who think of themselves as responsible gun owners and would shudder to think their possessions would turn into criminals' tools.”
However, the editorial then goes on to say that an increase in gun violence in Roanoke occured at the same time as a rise in burglaries and then took a jab at gun owners. “It is a point gun owners should note, especially those clinging to the notion they own weapons in order to defend themselves, their loved ones and their castle.”
The editorial finishes off by clearly implying that those self-same gun owners who are 'clinging' to their rights do not do enough to prevent their guns being stolen by criminals. “There are ways to prevent the theft of guns ... Those who consider themselves responsible gun owners might want to double-check that they indeed are exercising an abundance of caution.”
Read the entire insulting editorial at The Roanoke Times.
In the wake of the outcry over New York's Journal News publishing an interactive map of permits in their readership area and the subsequent criminal targetting of gun owners, many states where permit data is currently public are considering making the data private. You should include Virginia on that list.
Last Friday, the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee passed a bill out of committee that will make the data private except in the course of a criminal investigation.
VCDL President Philip VanCleave notes that it has happened in Virginia as well. In 2007, the Roanoke Times did something similar by publishing the entire list of permit holders. He went on to say that “There are people there whose lives are at risk.”
Read more at The Daily Press.
At the February 7th, 2013 meeting of the Craig County Board of Supervisors, VCDL President Philip VanCleave stood to address Craig County VCDL members' concern over a proposal from the January meeting of the Board of Supervisors that a public shooting range located in Craig County be shut down.
He barely gets to introduce himself before Board Chairman Millie Harrison tries to cut him off and not allow him to speak. Craig County residents, who also happen to be members of VCDL, quickly shut down her dismissal of VCDL as an out-of-town organization.
In the end, it was another victory for Virginia's gun owners. The Potts Slope range is not going to be shut down, and the Board member who asked for that has retracted her request.