VA-ALERT: Membership meeting in NoVA TOMORROW (Wednesday)

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VA-ALERT: Membership meeting in NoVA TOMORROW (Wednesday)

Postby Taggure » Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:09:25

VA-ALERT: Membership meeting in NoVA TOMORROW (Wednesday), Creigh Deeds stabbed
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1. VCDL membership meeting TOMORROW in Annandale - Wednesday, November 20th
2. State Senator Creigh Deeds is severely stabbed and his son is dead
3. Charlottesville wants to restrict the open carry of semi-automatic firearms within their city limits
4. VCDL gets a mention in the recent edition of the NRA's First Freedom magazine
5. CMP offering classes on building an M1-Garand - limited time offer

1. VCDL membership meeting TOMORROW in Annandale - Wednesday, November 20th

VCDL will have its monthly membership meeting on Wednesday, November 20, at the Mason Government Center in Annandale. We will be discussing the election results and looking at VCDL's agenda for 2014. Also a candidate vying for Senator Mark Warner's seat, Howie Lind, will say a few words.

Fellowship starts at 7:30 PM and the meeting is called to order at 8 PM sharp.

After the meeting, we will adjourn to a local restaurant for continued fellowship.

Directions to the meeting can be found by clicking here:


If you need any supplies such as cards or brochures or desire shirts or mouse pads etc just drop Bruce Jackson a line and let him know. Bruce will bring your items to the meeting. His email address is

Get a jump on Black Friday! ;-)

2. State Senator Creigh Deeds is severely stabbed and his son is dead

Our prayers go to Senator Creigh Deeds as he struggles with life-threatened stab wounds and a personal tragedy. His son, Gus, appears to be his attacker. Sadly, Gus, who was having some severe mental issues, appears to have committed suicide by shooting himself after he stabbed his father.

On Monday Gus had been committed for a 4-hour mental-health evaluation and it was determined that he needed to be detained another 72 hours. There were no beds available, so Gus was released. And early this morning he tried to kill his father.

Looks like our mental health system has failed us yet again.

From the

3. Charlottesville wants to restrict the open carry of semi-automatic firearms within their city limits

Charlottesville wants to be able to ban the open carry of CENTERFIRE rifles and handguns that have a magazine in them that will hold MORE than 20 rounds. Same goes for shotguns that hold more than 7 rounds.

There is a Virginia law that allows such a ban, but only in our larger cities and counties. It exempts CHP holders. It also exempts non-CHP holders if the loaded gun is in a closed compartment or container in a vehicle.

Charlottesville wants to be added to the list of localities that can enforce that law.

Here's the law:

§ 18.2-287.4. Carrying loaded firearms in public areas prohibited; penalty.

It shall be unlawful for any person to carry a loaded (a) semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock or (b) shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered on or about his person on any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, public right-of-way, or in any public park or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public in the Cities of Alexandria, Chesapeake, Fairfax, Falls Church, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, or Virginia Beach or in the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Henrico, Loudoun, or Prince William.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to law-enforcement officers, licensed security guards, military personnel in the performance of their lawful duties, or any person having a valid concealed handgun permit or to any person actually engaged in lawful hunting or lawful recreational shooting activities at an established shooting range or shooting contest. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

The exemptions set forth in § 18.2-308 shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to the provisions of this section.


With your help we will tank the bill when it comes before the General Assembly in January.


From the

City eyes gun, smoking, car idling limits

Charlottesville’s legislative wish list calls for new city restrictions on guns and vehicle idling and a ban on smoking in certain public parks, but getting the General Assembly to approve the measures could prove a tall task.

The City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on its 2013-14 legislative agenda, which, if approved, would go to Del. David J. Toscano to introduce to the General Assembly.

Toscano said that while he has not yet reviewed the city’s requests, they pose challenges in the statehouse.

Under the Dillon Rule, which establishes the primacy of states over localities, for initiatives like those Charlottesville is considering to move forward, each issue would need to be presented as a separate bill and be approved by a super-majority of both chambers of the General Assembly and then signed by the governor.

The gun measure would bar people from carrying in public loaded semi-automatic rifles and pistols over .22 caliber with magazines holding more than 20 rounds of ammunition, according to a staff report. Shotguns loaded with more than seven shells also would be banned.

Councilor Kristin Szakos said the ordinance is aimed at preventing violence.

“At this point, if a police officer or a security person sees somebody walk into a building with one of these guns, there is nothing they can do about it,” Szakos said. “If they could do something, it would make a huge difference.”

There has been one gun homicide in Charlottesville this year, when Jarvis Brown, 22, was shot to death in the Fry’s Spring neighborhood.

In January, an unidentified man entered the Kroger on Hydraulic Road in Charlottesville carrying a loaded AR-15 assault rifle.

The same ban is in place in the cities of Alexandria, Chesapeake, Fairfax, Falls Church, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond and Virginia Beach as well as the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Henrico, Loudoun and Prince William, according to the Virginia Code.

Outgoing Councilor Dave Norris said the council has not taken up a gun control ordinance before. Norris said he fears the measure would not get far in the General Assembly.

“I think any kind of gun control issue, unfortunately, is dead on arrival in Richmond, because the gun lobby exerts so much control there,” he said. “Any measures to regulate gun violence are perceived as threatening the Second Amendment, which is unfortunate, because the Second Amendment even includes the words ‘well regulated.’”

Toscano agreed that the measure faces a challenge.

“Any kind of gun control issue is extremely problematic,” he said. “It will be a hot-button issue no matter what, independent of the arguments for it.”


4. VCDL gets a mention in the recent edition of the NRA's First Freedom magazine

VCDL is mentioned in an article on the Virginia Tech massacre and Holly Adams. Holly is a mother of one of the victims killed during the massacre. Instead of running mindlessly into the false arms of gun control, she instead saw the sad message in her daughter's death: if only someone besides Cho had been armed, maybe her daughter, Leslie Sherman, might be alive today.

She's a brave woman.

Here's the article: ... faeb9ac/89

5. CMP offering classes on building an M1-Garand - limited time offer

These classes fill up super fast.

From VCDL Civilian Marksmanship Program coordinator, Michael Irvin:

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is pleased to announce six "CMP-AMC" or Advanced Maintenance Class for 2014 for students with strong mechanical aptitude and a desire to learn how to work on their M1 Garand rifle. AMC classes are limited to 20 students and will be held at the CMP's Custom Shop in Anniston.

The 2014 AMC class schedule is:

January 31 - February 2
March 28 - 30
June 4 - 6
August 8 - 10
September 26 - 28
November 5 - 7

The three-day class is intended for individuals interested in knowing how the M1 Garand rifle functions in detail, as well as those desiring to know how to properly perform advanced maintenance procedures to their personal rifle(s). The class involves classroom lecture as well as hands-on shop time. Tools will be provided for students to use during the class.

There is a $1,400 fee for the class and includes the CMP Special Rifle that participants will build in the class and three lunches that are provided. The class fee of $400.00 will be charged to the credit card provided approximately 4-5 weeks prior to the class. Cancellation requests may be submitted by email or phone to the Custom Shop at or call (256) 835-8455, ext. 1113. Cancellations received at least 30 days prior to the class will receive a full refund. Any cancellation received 29 days or less will receive a 50% refund ($200.00). The balance of the class fee plus applicable taxes and shipping costs for the CMP Special Rifle will be charged to the credit card provided during the class.

The classes are expected to fill quickly and students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The 2013 November AMC Class was filled within 2 hours after the announcement. Registration will open on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25th at 9:00AM EST. All registrations must be made through the CMP's Competition Tracker website. It is highly recommended that individuals register for a Competition Tracker account and have a user name and password (Note: This is not the same log in information as the CMP E-Store or Forum). To register for an account, please visit If you need help registering for a Competition Tracker account, please contact Christina Roguski at or (419) 635-2141, ext 1114 or Brooke Fleming at or (419) 635-2141, ext. 1124.

For even more information about CMP Advanced Maintenance Clinic, or specific questions, please visit or contact John or Chris at or call (256) 835-8455, ext. 1113.

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