Dec 14

VCDL 2015 Lobby Day is 19 January in Richmond

VCDL 2015 Lobby Day is January 19th

Protect Your Gun Rights!

VCDL Lobby Day 2015

Join us in Richmond on Monday, January 19!

If you are a gun owner, plan on attending the Virginia Citizens Defense League’s Lobby Day 2015.

Lobby Day is a day when gun owners speak with one loud voice to the lawmakers about protecting and enhancing our right to keep and bear arms!

We usually have between 600 and 1,000 people attending, but we really want to flood the building this year!

When: Monday, January 19, 2015 starting at 8:30 AM
Where: Virginia General Assembly Building at the southeast corner of 9th and Broad streets in
Richmond (across from Richmond City Hall). Look for people wearing blaze orange
“Guns Save Lives” stickers

Attendance is free. Street parking is free, too, as it is a holiday.

VCDL is planning on having buses from major areas in the state. Check back here for more details soon.

Lobbying is easy! During Lobby Day you will be put into a group with other gun owners. We’ll have veteran Team Leaders from previous Lobby Days in each group to quickly teach you what you need to know.

Later that day there will be a rally at 11 AM at the Bell Tower on the Capitol grounds. We have some excellent gun-rights speakers lined up, including well-known Second Amendment activist, columnist, and blogger, David Codrea.

NOTE: Persons with valid Concealed Handgun Permits are allowed to carry in the General Assembly Building, the Capitol, and on the grounds of the Capitol. The only restricted place is the gallery of the Senate.

Up to date info directly from VCDL, Click Here

To discuss at VGOF, Click Here

Dec 14

VA Governor McAuliffe (D) to push for package of new gun restrictions

By Jenna Portnoy
The Washington Post
© December 14, 2014

RICHMOND

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday will call for a package of gun restrictions, including a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that private vendors at gun shows perform background checks.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during the opening event for the new I-95 Express Lanes on Wednesday. (Molly Riley/AP)

McAuliffe will also propose keeping guns away from people convicted of crimes related to domestic violence and revoking concealed-handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, will unveil his plan during a speech in Arlington the day after the two-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a news release.

It will be hard for him to persuade the Republican-controlled General Assembly to give up any ground on Second Amendment issues, especially as some fend off challenges from the right. But the governor is betting that the mass shootings at Sandy Hook and at Virginia Tech University in 2007 make it politically toxic for Republicans in more moderate districts to oppose the measures.

“Our Commonwealth and our nation have seen too many tragedies as a result of dangerous weapons getting into the hands of the wrong people,” McAuliffe said in the release. “These common-sense proposals will keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”

But gun rights advocates argue that restricting ownership would not have stopped the Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech shootings or others for which mentally ill people were responsible.

McAuliffe in May signed a bill sponsored by state Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, allowing gun dealers to use a state police database to see whether a gun has been used in a felony before they make a purchase. The law takes effect Jan. 1.

A limit on purchases to one gun per month became law in 1993 under Democratic Gov. Doug Wilder, but it was repealed during the tenure of Republican Bob McDonnell nearly two decades later.

The news release from McAuliffe, which says the governor is a “gun owner and supporter of the Second Amendment,” praises the limit as a way to “prevent dangerous people from stockpiling and trafficking dangerous weapons.”

After Bath County Democratic Sen. Creigh Deeds’ son stabbed his father and fatally shot himself last year, lawmakers passed bills, which the governor signed, aimed at improving access to mental health services.

Citing American Journal of Public Health research that the administration says shows that women are much more likely to be killed by domestic violence when a gun is present, McAuliffe would ban anyone subject to a protection-from-abuse order from having a gun.

The ban would also apply to anyone convicted of certain misdemeanors, such as stalking, sexual battery, assault and battery against a family member and brandishing a firearm, as well as anyone with two or more assault and battery convictions.

McAuliffe would also revoke concealed-handgun permits for parents who are delinquent on child support payments. There are about 9,000 such people, and they owe more than $15 million, the governor’s office said.

Federally licensed firearm dealers must conduct background checks before selling a gun, but private vendors face no such requirement, giving criminals what McAuliffe calls “an easy avenue” to buy guns at gun shows, where some vendors are private.

McAuliffe wants all vendors at the shows to be required to conduct background checks. However, in a separate provision, he would give state police the authority to process voluntary background check requests when submitted to them by private vendors. In an address Wednesday, he will set aside $100,000 to pay for state police to attend the shows. He would also prohibit gun shows from advertising the private vendors’ exclusion from the background checks.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/mcauliffe-to-unveil-gun-control-measures-including-expanded-background-checks/2014/12/13/666f61f2-8146-11e4-8882-03cf08410beb_story.html

http://hamptonroads.com/2014/12/mcauliffe-push-package-new-gun-restrictions

Aug 01

VA ABC settles with college student over water purchase

Virginia student settles lawsuit over her mistaken arrest after water mistaken for beer
Published July 31, 2014 (AP)

RICHMOND, Va. – A college student who says she fled in terror when undercover officers who thought she had illegally bought beer swarmed her SUV has reached a $212,500 settlement with the state of Virginia.

Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced the settlement Wednesday night with Elizabeth Daly, who had filed a $40 million federal lawsuit against agents with the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The lawsuit said Daly had bought a carton of sparkling water at a supermarket in April 2013, which the agents mistook for beer. She said that the badges around the agents’ necks were not clearly visible, and that the agents did not identify themselves as officers.

Read more: http://vagunforum.net/general-discussion/abc-settles-with-college-student-over-water-purchase-t22367.html

Jul 28

DC Gun Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

  • The Decision – Court Orders DC Gun Ban Unconstitutional
  • Read the actual decision handed down by Senior US Circuit Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr.  Also posted are the text of the two ordinances imposed upon DC residents by the City Council.  Parts of these ordinances were nullified by the court order.

    Read and comment ->

  • VGOF Official Statement: Do Not Carry a Gun Into DC Today 
  • by allingeneral » Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:04 am

    There’s a lot of discussion today concerning the Saturday ruling by a US District Court Judge regarding the nullification of a couple of Washington DC’s gun restrictions. Several discussions have indicated that DC Police Chief Lanier sent out a memo to all DC police telling them not to arrest people from out of state who carry in DC (i.e. non-DC residents).

    It is VGOF’s official stance at this time that it WOULD NOT BE PRUDENT TO CARRY A FIREARM INTO WASHINGTON DC for several reasons.

    1) There is still a lot of confusion related to this ruling, and unless you have wads of cash and a good lawyer to defend you, then it would be best to let things air out for awhile

    2) DC still bans magazines over 10 rounds as well as certain types of ammunition. So, if you wander on into DC with your .40 caliber pistol loaded with 14 hollowpoints, you may very well find yourself in a a predicament very quickly.

    3) The National Park police are in charge of the Mall and tons of other areas where federal jurisdiction allows for different penalties above and beyond any law that was passed by the DC City Council.

    I’m interested in hearing others’ thoughts, and possible reasons why to not just jump in the car and drive up to DC today with your sidearm.

    Read and comment ->

Chief Lanier provided guidance to the DC police force that essentially instructed them not to arrest anyone lawfully carrying a firearm. Guidance is in the link here: DC Police Chief Lanier Guidance to The Force

VGOF still strongly suggests waiting for the air to clear a bit before attempting to carry your firearm in DC!

Jan 03

Duck Commander line of Mossberg firearms

Phil Robertson and Mossberg have teamed up to produce a line of Duck Commander branded firearms.

Here’s the lineup followed by a 40 second commercial which has Phil reciting part of the Declaration of Independence.

Duck Commander Mossberg Lineup

Jan 02

MAGPUL relocating to Wyoming and Texas after Colorado went crazy

We all know about the craziness in Colorado last year – banning “High capacity” magazines and the like. MAGPUL manufactures magazines that are now illegal to own in Colorado, and as they promised before the legislation was rammed through, they are relocating out of the state that apparently doesn;t want them there.

Here is a press release from MAGPUL Industries, followed by press releases from the governors’ offices of Wyoming and Texas.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 2, 2014

Contact:
Duane Liptak, Director of Product Management and Marketing
Tel: 303-828-3460×170
Email: dliptak@magpul.com

Magpul Industries Announces Plans for Relocation
Company Is Moving Operations to Wyoming and Texas

Magpul Industries announced today that it is relocating its operations to Wyoming and Texas.

The company is relocating manufacturing, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Magpul is leasing a 58,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility during the construction of a 100,000 square foot build-to-suit facility in the Cheyenne Business Parkway. The Wyoming relocation is being completed with support from Governor Matt Mead, the Wyoming Business Council and Cheyenne LEADS.

Magpul is moving its corporate headquarters to Texas. Three North Central Texas sites are under final consideration, and the transition to the Texas headquarters will begin as soon as the facility is selected. The Texas relocation is being accomplished with support from Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Economic Development Corporation.

“Magpul made the decision to relocate in March 2013 and has proceeded on an aggressive but deliberate path” says Doug Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Magpul Industries. “These dual moves will be carried out in a manner that ensures our operations and supply chain will not be interrupted and our loyal customers will not be affected.”

The company began a nationwide search for a new base of operations after legislation was enacted in Colorado that dramatically limits the sale of firearms accessories – the core of Magpul’s business. Magpul plans on initially transitioning 92% of its current workforce outside of Colorado within 12-16 months and will maintain only limited operations in Colorado.

“Moving operations to states that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important,” says Richard Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer for Magpul Industries. “This relocation will also improve business operations and logistics as we utilize the strengths of Texas and Wyoming in our expansion.”

About Magpul
Founded in 1999, Magpul was launched to manufacture an innovative device to aid in the manipulation of rifle magazines while reloading under stress. The company’s name comes from the original product called the Magpul. Over the last decade Magpul has continued to grow and develop into additional product areas using much the same mission and process with a focus on innovation, creativity, and efficiency.

For more information, please contact Duane Liptak at dliptak@magpul.com, 303.828.3460 x170.

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OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD

State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

January 2, 2014

******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:
Renny MacKay
Communications Director
renny.mackay@wyo.gov

Governor Welcomes Magpul Industries to Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Magpul Industries has announced that it will relocate its manufacturing, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Governor Matt Mead expressed his support in helping with the move, which begins immediately and his appreciation for Magpul recognizing the state’s benefits to a manufacturing company.

“Wyoming and Magpul are a great match. The state is looking to expand and diversify its economy. Bringing an innovative and growing manufacturing operation to Wyoming is a significant step for the state. We offer Magpul an attractive tax environment, stable and reasonable regulations, not to mention a firm commitment to uphold the Second Amendment,” Governor Mead said.

The company plans to lease a 58,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility while the construction of a new 100,000+ square foot build-to-suit facility is being completed in the Cheyenne Business Parkway. This two-phased approach allows for rapid movement of operations out of Colorado where the company is currently located. Additionally, Magpul is moving its corporate headquarters to Texas.

Magpul Industries has been looking at relocation since early this year. “Magpul made the decision to relocate in March 2013 and has proceeded in an aggressive but deliberate manner,” said Doug Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Magpul Industries. “These dual moves will be carried out in a manner that ensures our operations and supply chain will not be interrupted and our loyal customers will not be affected.”

“Magpul has a core set of values that guides its business plan, its relationship with its employees and how it develops and produces its products,” said Randy Bruns, Chief Executive Officer of Cheyenne LEADS. “We are pleased that they will be anchoring that approach to business here in southeast Wyoming. The company’s move to Cheyenne represents a significant expansion of local manufacturing and job diversity.”

Cheyenne LEADS is pursuing a grant and loan package through the Wyoming Business Council that will enable LEADS to construct a building that can be leased to Magpul. Cheyenne LEADS has secured a temporary facility in a vacant warehouse and committed to bring it into useable condition and make it available to Magpul while a new facility is under construction. “This project has clearly been a team effort of the Governor’s Office, the Wyoming Business Council, Laramie County and Cheyenne LEADS, working closely with Magpul,” states Bruns. “It is to the credit of the Cheyenne community and LEADS’ board of directors, past and present, that LEADS has the capacity to play an important role in bringing Magpul here.”

Magpul was founded in 1999 with the intent of developing a simple device to aid in the manipulation of rifle magazines while reloading under stress. Since that time, the company has expanded its production line to include consumer products and firearm accessories from phone cases to rifle stocks to magazines based on proprietary composite material. The company products are known for their extreme reliability and durability and have become some of the most sought after accessories in the industry. “This company brings a new level of manufacturing capability to Cheyenne and the state,” stated Bob Jensen, Chief Executive Officer of the Wyoming Business Council. “It will serve as a magnet that will help significantly grow Wyoming’s manufacturing industry and is a great investment for Wyoming.”

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Office of the Governor

Rick Perry

For Immediate Distribution

Jan. 2, 2014

Press Release

Governor’s Press Office: 512-463-1826

Lucy Nashed: lucy.nashed@gov.texas.gov

In Case You Missed It: Magpul Industries to Move Headquarters to Texas

AUSTIN – Firearm accessories manufacturer Magpul Industries has announced it is relocating its corporate headquarters from Colorado to Texas. Magpul began a nationwide relocation search following the passage of anti-2nd Amendment legislation in Colorado this summer that made it difficult for the company to do business.

“In Texas, we understand that freedom breeds prosperity, which is why we’ve built our economy around principles that allow employers to innovate, keep more of what they earn, and create jobs,” Gov. Perry said. “I’m proud that Magpul is the latest employer to join the ranks of companies that call Texas home.”

“Excessive government regulation undermines a culture based on personal responsibility and creates a detrimental business environment,” Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick said. “Texas supports personal freedoms and our company will thrive in that environment.”

Gov. Perry has reached out to more than 30 firearm manufacturers in states across the country that are considering restricting sales and manufacturing in the industry. Magpul cited the Lone Star State’s business-friendly environment, predictable regulations and consistent respect for the Second Amendment as key elements in its decision to relocate.

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Dec 23

Beretta firearms marks Virginia off list because of McAuliffe election

Beretta has eliminated Virginia from its short list of states to move its company because anti-gun Democrat Terry McAuliffe was elected governor.

The firearms manufacturer made the decision to scratch Virginia off the list after the McAuliffe campaign fixated on restricting gun owners’ rights after receiving over $1 million in campaign donations from billionaire New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

“The anti-gun ads that McAuliffe ran in northern Virginia were particularly offensive,” Jeff Reh, general counsel of Beretta USA, told me in an interview. “And the fact that he could gain a voting advantage by doing so caused us additional concern.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/23/terry-mcauliffe-election-gun-control-means-beretta/#ixzz2oL9oq0GV

Nov 27

Happy Thanksgiving VGOFers!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

I know that we all have a lot to be thankful for, and a lot to be hopeful for. This has been a difficult year, but even with the worst president in history – the most rabidly anti-gun president in history – we have still managed to protect the Second Amendment and our collective rights associated with it. We must not let our guard down in this fight – and the fight isn’t just for the Second Amendment – it’s for the entire Constitution and our existing way of life in the United States.

Please talk about freedom and responsibility while you’re with your family this weekend. Help them to understand that “We the People” are the only ones who can keep our country free, and that it can only be done by voting for true Conservatives at the local, state and federal levels.

The weather is getting a bit nasty out there, so please be careful if you’re traveling.

A Safe and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Oct 28

VGOF endorses Ken Cuccinelli for Virginia Governor

VGOF recognizes the dire importance of this year’s governor’s race in Virginia. Millions of dollars have been spent on ad campaigns for Terry McAuliffe (Terry McAwful!) by outside hate groups in an effort to defeat Ken Cuccinelli for the Virginia Governorship.  McAuliffe has the backing of long-time gun-haters including Michael Bloomberg, Bill Clinton, and others.  It would be a mistake for anyone who holds the Second Amendment dear to vote for anyone other than Ken Cuccinelli.

The following is the text from an NRA flier.  VGOF agrees with the NRA’s endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli for Governor, and hopes that your vote will be counted on November 5th!

Use Your Vote to Save Your Gun Rights…
Defeat Terry McAuliffe!

In his race for Governor, Terry McAuliffe promises to force Obama’s gun control agenda on YOU and every law-abiding gun owner in Virginia.
• McAuliffe supports a ban on commonly owned rifles, pistols, and shotguns.
• McAuliffe supports a ban on standard- capacity magazines.
• McAuliffe wants to re-impose the failed and discredited one-handgun-a-month gun rationing scheme.
• McAuliffe wants to make it a crime for you to transfer privately-owned firearms, between many family and friends.
• McAuliffe stands shoulder-to-shoulder with President Barack Obama in working to destroy your constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
• McAuliffe is F-Rated by the National Rifle Association.

NRA ENDORSES Ken Cuccinelli FOR GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA

• As Virginia’s current Attorney General and a former state Senator, Ken Cuccinelli has an outstanding, life-long record of support for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
• Cuccinelli voted to protect citizens’ fundamental right to self-defense during a declared state of emergency by protecting against government seizure or confiscation of lawfully-possessed firearms.
• Cuccinelli voted to protect the private information of concealed carry permit holders, which has been abused by the media and criminals in other states.
• Cuccinelli voted to maintain uniform protections for gun owners throughout the state.

cuccinelli_mcauliffe_flier

Sep 17

Washington Navy Yard Shooting

My deepest and most sincere condolences to those who are affected by the senseless killings that occurred at the Washington Navy Yard in Building 197, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Headquarters on 16 September, 2013. I am a contractor who directly supports NAVSEA, and I spent almost 10 years on active duty in the Navy. These people are my brothers and sisters. They are the people to whom I report at the highest levels of the mightiest navy that the world has ever known. I pray that God will bless all of them in this terrible time, and I pray for the souls of those who were lost.

There are many in our society who will want to blame guns instead of blaming the individual who perpetrated the crime. Regardless of the man’s motives (I refuse to use his name here to increase his notoriety), it is HIS FAULT, not the fault of an inanimate object.

Certainly, the Democrat party and many Republicans (RINOs), will attempt to ensure that they don’t “Let a good crisis go to waste”. They will use the killings as political motivation to enact more gun control legislation and continue to erode the freedoms that Americans currently enjoy, which were endowed by our Creator and enumerated in the Bill of Rights by our Founding Fathers.

We must all stand firm with the understanding that responsibility and freedom go hand-in-hand. There will always be crazy people in our society who will turn to violence in one form or another when they feel that they have no other alternative. When someone loses their way and decides to commit suicide while taking other lives with them, is there anything that can be done to stop them? What if the killer had instead chosen to use a sword, or a vehicle, or a knife or baseball bat? Would there be cries from the left for baseball bat control?

On the flip-side of the coin – what if one of the 12 (possibly 13) casualties were allowed to exercise their right to self-defense while at work? What if a couple dozen people in Building 197 had been carrying concealed firearms in accordance with the law? News reports indicate that it took police approximately 7 minutes to respond to the first reports of gunshots. This left a lot of time for this man to indiscriminately spray bullets from the 4th floor balcony overlooking the atrium. I would like to think that a brave, responsible, law-abiding citizen could have stopped the killer within moments of the first shots ringing out, possibly saving the lives of several people.

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