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VA Legislative Update

Here is an update on the proposed gun ban. This remains a concern for our Club and as such we must remain vigilant. 

Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapon ban?

The Associated Press  February 17, 2020, 10:20 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal.

Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee room packed with gun advocates.

Four moderate Democrats joined Republicans in Monday’s committee vote, rejecting legislation that would have prohibited the sale of certain semiautomatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and banned the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds.

The bill was a top priority for Northam, who has campaigned heavily for a broad package of gun-control measures. The governor’s spokeswoman, Alena Yarmosky, said he’s disappointed with the result but determined to continue to press for the measure.

“We will be back next year,” she said.

David Majure, a gun-rights supporter who attended the committee hearing, said he’s glad about Monday’s results but not convinced the bill is dead for the year.

“I’m happy about it, but I don’t trust them,” he said.

Virginia is the current epicenter of the country’s heated debate over guns, as a new Democratic majority seeks to enact strict new limits.

Democrats ran heavily on gun control during last year’s legislative elections when they flipped control of the General Assembly for the first time in more than two decades.

But gun owners, especially in rural communities, have pushed back hard. Last month, tens of thousands of guns-rights activists from around the country flooded the Capitol and surrounding area in protest, some donning tactical gear and carrying military rifles. And more than 100 counties, cities and towns have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, vowing to oppose any new “unconstitutional restrictions” on guns.

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VA Legislative Update

Please see important information below from VSSA on pending firearms legislation and the assault weapons ban. If you view this as an infringement on your rights please contact your Virginia state senators:


House Passes Bill Banning Sale of "Assault Weapons"  - Three Democrats vote no.

Today, the House of Delegates passed HB 961, Governor Northam's ban on so-called "assault weapons", standard capacity magazines and suppressors.  Three Democrats voted no - Delegates CarterHeretick, and Tyler.  Please contact them and thank them for voting no on this unconstitutional bill.  Delegate Kelly K. Convirs-Fowler did not vote.  This vote now heads to the Senate.  VSSA is concentrating on Senators Lewis, Petersen, Deeds and Edwards to help defeat this bill.  Three of those are members of Senate Judiciary.  If it is reported from Senate Judiciary, only two of those are needed to defeat the bill on the floor.  Please contact them and politely ask them to vote oppose HB961.  If you use AR-15 or similar rifles in competition, please share that information with the Senators and let them know.  If you are not a competitive shooter, and would like some information that can be helpful in contacting your Senator, you can find some great information that you can use in your emails by clicking here.  

Also passing today was HB264.  HB264 started out as a bill that would remove the ability to take an online course to complete the required training to apply for a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP).  As reported out of committee however, it ends up making it difficult to complete the training even in person as the bill struck language that made it clear that NRA Certified Training is acceptable, and instead states that training must be from a state certified trainer.  DemocratRoslyn Tyler voted no.  Please contact Delegate Tyler and thank her for her vote. 

Other bills that passed the House today are:
HB600   Family day homes; storage of firearms. This bill requires family day homes (in-home childcare etc) to have firearms unloaded and ammunition locked up separately when in operation. 54-45 (Delegate Tyler voted no)
HB1288 Firearms; purchase, possession, etc., following two or more misdemeanor convictions. 52-47 (Delegates Tyler and Price voted no)
HB1499 Virginia Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund; created.Reported 8-0 (The Senate version of this bill was amended to remove the reference to guns)  68-31

In the Senate, two bills were on the calendar.  One passed and one was defeated.

S.B. 67 Reporting lost or stolen firearms; civil penalty. Requires that, if a firearm is lost or stolen from a person who lawfully possessed it, such person shall report the loss or theft of the firearm to any local law-enforcement agency or the Department of State Police within 24 hours after such person discovers the loss or theft or is informed by a person with personal knowledge of the loss or theft. Violation is a civil penalty of $250.  This bill basically further victimizes the victim of a theft.  Defeated 19Y-21N with Senators Petersen and Lewisvoting no.  Please contact them and thank them for their vote against further victimizing the victim of a crime (theft of a firearm).

S.B. 543 Firearms shows; mandatory background check. This bill makes the voluntary background check for private sales at gun shows mandatory.  With the passage of SB70, not sure why this bill is necessary but the patron said there is no guarantee that SB70 will become law so he wanted to make sure this was made mandatory. Passed 26-14

There are no firearm related bills on the Senate Judiciary Committee docket tomorrow.

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Swap Meet Notice

The first swapmeet of 2020 is to be held February 23 and we are now taking table reservations.  Please send an e-mail to Bob Paiani (dayglo@comcast.net) and you will receive a prompt response as to the status of your table reservation.

NOTE: Set up is 8:00 am, the show starts at 9:00, and table sellers are expected to stay till the close at Noon.

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Principles of Concealed Carry Course

A Principles of Concealed Carry Course is being offered on Saturday, 29 FEB 2020 at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club, 7039 Signal Hill Rd, Manassas, VA 20111. An overflow section will be held on the following Saturday, 7 MAR.

The class meets the training requirements for a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit application. The class will run from 0900 AM to approx 2PM. There is no live fire component to this course. So if you are considering a concealed handgun permit, this class will give you an overview of the process, guidance on handgun and ammo selection, a discussion of carry options, and the legal ramifications of your permit. You will leave with the required documentation for your CHP permit application.

Dan Lees and John McLaughlin, both NRA Certified Pistol Instructors, will lead the course.  Contact John and Dan at That1911Guy@gmail.com for additional information. The registration fee is $100 ($150 for non-members), payable at class time. 

Register here 

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VA Legislative Update

Members, keeping you apprised of proposed gun legislation please see below from the Virginia Citizens Defense League (they do most of the work for the February Lobby Day efforts). Please read up on this and please contact all of your legislators with your input.
Thank you,
Jeff Bolster, President, Fairfax Rod & Gun Club
ACTION ITEM: More gun bills hitting the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, February 3, at 8 am!

Sorry for shot notice on these hearings, but welcome to the "new" version of the General Assembly.  :-(

Unfortunately, turnout for these hearings have not been all that large.  if you can make this hearing, here are the details:

Senate Judicial Committee
Senate Room A
Pocahontas Building (temporary General Assembly Building)
900 East Main
Richmond, VA 23219

Here are the gun bills being heard:

S.B. 13Ebbin, prohibits firearms and other weapons in Capitol Square buildings and grounds.  A city or county treasurer, commissioner or deputy commissioner of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission can carry, but not a CHP holder.  Another "I hate gun owners" bill.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 14Saslaw, makes “trigger activators” illegal and a Class 6 felony, even though, with one exception in another state, crimes are not committed with these items.  Another "we've got to do SOMETHING" bill.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 15Ebbin, prohibits firearms and other weapons in buildings that are either owned or leased by the Commonwealth.  A solution to a non-existent problem.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 64, Lucas, prohibits one or more persons from intimidating others by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm or explosive device. Who decides what is “intimidation,” considering a violation is a felony?  This bill would allow anyone to shut down any rally or meeting of a gun club or a gun organization by making a false accusation of intimidation.  There is no penalty for someone lying about intimidation, either.  An unjustified restriction on right to free speech, right to free association, and the right to keep and bear arms.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 67McClellan, requires that a person report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours of discovering the firearm is lost or stolen.   Who is to say exactly when the victim “discovered” the loss or theft?  The bill is also setting a precedent that a victim, who did not report the firearm stolen quickly enough, is somehow liable for the misuse of that stolen firearm.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 71Lucas, treats child day centers or religious preschools as if they were a K-12 school for purposes of possessing firearms or other weapons.  This bill is a solution in search of a problem and makes it very difficult for gun-owning parents picking up or dropping off their children to do so legally.  Make a mistake and you can be charged with a FELONY.  “Gun-free zones” are where over 90% of public mass killings occur.  Another "I hate gun owners" bill.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 353Bell, requires outdoor shooting ranges to be at least 500 yards away from any property zoned for residential use, unless it meets requirements of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Health, Safety and Security have been met.  There is no grandfathering provision for existing outdoor ranges and the fines are MASSIVE.  This bill makes it harder for law-abiding citizens to have a place to shoot and everyone is being punished because Senator Bell didn't like how a few situations in Loudoun County were handled by local government.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 436Surovell, creates a “Virginia Voluntary Do Not Sell List,” where a person can voluntarily have their name added and, later, removed if desired.  A person on the list cannot purchase a firearm, under penalty of a misdemeanor if they try.  What this bill actually accomplishes is a mystery, but a person could maliciously put another person on the list.  The penalty for doing so, if caught, is a misdemeanor.  VCDL opposes.

S.B. 490Favola, prohibits a person who has been convicted of stalking, sexual battery, or assault and battery of a family or household member from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm.  Has provisions for rights restoration.  VCDL does not support misdemeanor convictions taking away gun rights.  That said, VCDL could support this bill if it only focuses on domestic violence convictions, which already take away gun rights at the federal level, and keeps the rights restoration language.

S.B. 543Edwards, requires background checks for private sales at gun shows using the Virginia State Police to do the background check.  While VCDL opposes this bill, it is not as onerous as the Universal Background Check bills.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 581Howell, for purposes of someone recklessly leaving a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger life or limb of a person who is not an adult and is under a certain age, raises that age from 14 to 18 and makes the punishment a felony.  A person under 18-years-old can be both very mature and have had training with firearms where leaving the loaded firearm out is not dangerous or reckless.  In fact, there have been plenty of cases where a person under 18-years-old has used a firearm to stop a violent home-invasion.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 684Mason, takes away a person’s gun rights, even if an appeals court at the time they review a person’s involuntary admission to an inpatient facility or a mandatory admission to an outpatient treatment facility finds the person no longer requires such treatment.  Rather than just restoring the person’s gun rights right there, the bill forces the person to go through a separate restoration process.  This puts a completely unnecessary financial and time-consuming burden on the person to get their gun rights restored.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 985DeSteph, provides that in any litigation in which the constitutionality of a law of the Commonwealth is at issue and in which the court finds that the law is unconstitutional, the Commonwealth shall reimburse the aggrieved party for attorney fees and costs.  This will help ensure that unconstitutional laws are not passed and, if they are, the party suing the Commonwealth and winning in court will not be out any money for doing so.  VCDL supports.

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January 2020 Newsletter

The January 2020 Club bulletin is available for download here

The Bulletin Archive is available here

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FR&GC T-shirts, golf shirts, and vests are now available for sale

FR&GC T-shirts, golf shirts, and vests are now available for sale. Part of every purchase supports the Club's Williams Education Fund. Please see here for the order form and instructions!

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