VCDL Raffle Winner!

Raffle winner Michelle Smith (3rd from left)

Congratulations to the winner of the VCDL raffle in the Roanoke area, Michelle Smith!

From left to right VCDL member Sheila Rigney, VCDL executve member John Wilburn, raffle winner Michelle Smith with her new Glock 19, and VCDL member Ryan Burch.

They are standing in front of Pawn Plus (1695 North Franklin St, Christiansburg), which donated the gun for the raffle.  VCDL wishes to thank Pawn Plus for its generous support!

VCDL President speaks at 2013 Gun Rights Policy Conference

At the 2013 Gun Rights Policy Conference, known by attendees as the GRPC, VCDL President Philip Van Cleave spoke about the many victories that VCDL and Virginia gun owners enjoyed in the 2013 legislative session.  

He also shared the challenges we face and the goals we are working toward in the upcoming session.


Petersburg, Va. Circuit Court Clerk backs down to gun group

Virginia resident Michael McNeill filed a petition with the Virginia Supreme Court requesting a Writ of Mandamus to compel Petersburg Circuit Court Clerk Shalva J. Braxton to follow Virginia law when it comes to concealed handgun permit application processing procedures.

A Writ of Mandamus is a judicial order compelling an official carry out a “ministerial duty,” i.e., a duty which is non-discretionary.

In Virginia, the legislature requires Circuit Court’s to issue concealed handgun permits if the applicant pays $50, submits proof of firearms training, and passes a background check.

Braxton initially told Petersburg NBC 12 News through her attorneys that “it’s not a big deal” to require citizens to submit applications for concealed handgun permit (CHP) renewals in person, even though state law requires Clerks of Court to accept CHP renewal applications by mail.

Read more at Mike Stollenwerk’s DC Gun Rights Examiner.

Virginia Representative Scott Rigel says he is one of us

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.

Great pro-gun letter to the editor in Roanoke Times

“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.

VCDL-backed privacy bill goes to governor's desk

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.

Virginian-Pilot discusses doctors asking about guns

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.

Roanoke Times editorial implies gun owners are to blame for stolen guns

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.

Virginia carry permit data may become private

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.