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IMPORTANT NOTICE -- ONLINE PRESENTATION OF NEW COURSE OFFERING

IMPORTANT NOTICE -- ONLINE PRESENTATION OF NEW COURSE OFFERING AT THE CLUB:

VIRGINIA’S 2020 GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION – ITS LEGAL AND PRACTICAL EFFECTS ON YOU

To comply with COVID-19 social distancing protocol and the club’s need to shut down the clubhouse for classes and meetings, Attorney and FRGC member Steve Sulzer will still be presenting his Virginia 2020 Gun Control Legislation course as scheduled on Sunday, April 19, 2020, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM -- but it will be presented ONLINE using the “Zoom” platform, instead of being done in-person at the Club House.  Instructions on how to use the FREE Zoom online meeting platform will be provided to club members who sign up for the class.

It is anticipated that all (or almost all) of the gun control bills passed by the 2020 General Assembly and sent to Governor Northam will be enacted into law.  These bills include:

 

  • A red flag law that will permit issuance of “emergency substantial risk orders” – orders that will enable law enforcement authorities to confiscate your firearms without any due process protection.
  • An amendment to Virginia’s preemption law which allows city and county governments to create their own laws restricting the possession and carry of firearms in local government buildings, public parks, and recreation and community centers, and at or adjacent to certain public events. 
  • A law prohibiting the purchase of more than one handgun in a 30-day period – but with a potentially useful list of exceptions.
  • A law raising the bar with respect to the training required to obtain a concealed carry permit in Virginia.
  • A law making it a felony to brandish while in a group formed with intent to intimidate another person.
  • A law requiring universal background checks for all firearms sales.
  • A law requiring that you report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement.
  • A law prohibiting possession of firearms for as long as a protective order is in effect against you.
  • Laws relating to storage of firearms at day care facilities and access to firearms by children.
  • Laws limiting who may carry in K-12 school zones and expanding school gun free zones to include daycare and preschool facilities, subject to exceptions.

 

In response to these bills and others, Mr. Sulzer has developed his new course – “Virginia’s 2020 Gun Control Legislation – Its Legal and Practical Effects on You.”  The course will provide a plain-spoken explanation of these new laws and will describe steps you can take to prepare for their legal and practical effects on you as a responsible gun owner.  

The course will be taught by Stephen L. Sulzer, a highly respected attorney with more than 39 years of legal experience and special expertise in the Second Amendment and Virginia firearms law.  He is also an NRA-certified pistol instructor, has held a Virginia concealed carry permit since the late 1990s, has ten years of competitive shooting experience, and is a longtime FRGC member.

The April 19 course date is only open to FRGC members and their families.  The cost for the course is $100 per person – a $25 discount off the $125 price that is now being charged to the general public.  FRGC family members under the age of 18 may take the course free of charge.  Attendance is capped at 30 and reservations for the class are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.  You are well-advised to act promptly – now that the course has been moved online, we expect it to fill quickly.  Pre-payment of the course fee is required to reserve a seat.  Payment can be made by check payable to Stephen L. Sulzer PLLC and sent to 10903 Beach Mill Road, Great Falls, VA  22066.  Absent proof of illness or an act of God, the course fee will not be refunded for last-minute no-shows.  You can sign up for the course by communicating with Mr. Sulzer via email at ssulzer@sulzerpllc.com or by phone at 703-899-2903.


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Jim Coleman

We received notice that Jim Coleman passed away on 03/06/2020 due to pneumonia. Our prayers and condolences to Jim's family and friends, many in the Club new Jim.


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Club Event Closures regarding COVID-19

Update 31 March 2020; Club Event Closures regarding COVID-19
Club members, the Board of Directors voted unanimously this evening (31 March 2020) to suspend all Club events through 10 June 2020. This aligns with recent statewide mandates.
The Club will remain operationally open for member use; the clubhouse for restrooms/handwashing/potable water will remain open as will the outdoor ranges. This was not an easy decision, the Club cannot be construed as to not following State governance. Your Board of Directors is extremely aware of the strain this puts on many facets, and are following the greater good.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to resuming full operations as quickly as feasible. Should State governance be revised, the Club Board will take prompt action accordingly.
Most respectfully,
Jeff
Jeff Bolster, President
Fairfax Rod & Gun Club


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Range Safety Orientation

The club's Range Safety Orientation on April 5th is cancelled.  We hope to resume this monthly event on Saturday, May 2nd.  Please contact Kevin Baker, Safety Chairman at safety@fxrgc.org if you have any questions.


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March 2020 Bulletin

The March 2020 Club bulletin is available for download here

 

The Bulletin Archive is available here


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Club Operations and COVID-19

Aligning with Federal, State and Local governance and guidelines, Fairfax Rod & Gun Club is suspending operations of the Canteen, dining area and Pro Shop from Monday March 23rd, 2020 through Monday April 6th.  The clubhouse will remain open for restroom access and potable water during this period.  A decision about shutting down the clubhouse may come later because if we shut down the clubhouse, we are effectively closing the Club for scheduled events.  The April Board meeting may be conducted electronically, the Club President and Board of Directors will make that decision as soon as feasible.

The purpose of closing this portion of our Club is as stated above, promoting social distancing to help us deal with this viral outbreak, and keep the Club a viable outlet for our membership. In the event of increasingly widespread cases of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Board will subsequently notify the membership of further restrictions on Club functions, including the possibility of completely closing for a period. While we do our best to keep our facilities clean, please be aware the environment is not sterilized.

We will keep you apprised as this progresses, please watch for electronic notices and check the website or with match and league directors. Here is some helpful information from a local healthcare provider:

You should have peace of mind.

Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) most people who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms and will make a full recovery. Older people, and/or those with other health issues are more at risk. The majority of infants, children and adolescents with COVID-19, who traditionally are more susceptible to severe respiratory infections, have had more mild cases of the infection and recovered within one to two weeks. General guidelines for those who have travelled overseas or outside of the country are 14-day quarantine; check with the CDC and your local health provider for guidance, and watch for any symptoms.

Washing your hands is the best defense.

Currently, no vaccine or approved drug to combat COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to this virus. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. And please try to stay away from touching your face. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used as an alternative, but handwashing is your best defense.

There’s a difference between myths and facts. 

It’s important to stay informed with the right information. Visit www.novanthealth.org/coronavirus for more resources. If you have additional questions about COVID-19, please call the Prince William Health Department (703) 792-6300 or the Virginia Department of health (800) 222-1222 (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/). This is intended for non-emergency general questions from the public.

We understand this is a time of stress and uncertainty for many in our communities. Novant Health will post updates related to COVID-19 at novanthealth.org/coronavirus so you can keep up to date as well.

Jeff Bolster, Club President


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Spring Dinner and Helping Hands Postponed

The Club Spring Dinner has been postponed, we will schedule an event in a few months. The Helping Hands auction scheduled for April 4th is being rescheduled, the date will be determined in a few weeks.
Thank you for your understanding and patience,
Jeff Bolster, President


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The Legal Use of Firearms for Self-Defense in Virginia

The Legal Use of Firearms for Self-Defense in Virginia – 

When the Defensive Use of Firearms Is Permissible

and How to Win the Legal Battle That Will Follow

Attorney and FRGC member Steve Sulzer is pleased to announce that he will be presenting his law of self-defense course again at the club on Saturday, May 30, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the Club House.  

The course teaches Virginia’s legal limits on the use of deadly force in self-defense situations, with a particular focus on the use of firearms.  It will give you a working knowledge of the legal boundaries between a justified use of firearms in self-defense and an incident that will expose you to criminal prosecution and civil damages liability.  If you live or work in Virginia and rely on firearms for self-defense, this course will give you a practical set of guidelines and steps you can take to maximize your chances of winning (and financially surviving) the legal battle that inevitably follows your use of a firearm for self-defense. 

In Part I of the course, Mr. Sulzer explains in everyday terms Virginia’s boundaries between the lawful and unlawful use of firearms.  The presentation is highlighted and illustrated with practical examples involving real-life situations, including street confrontations, home invasions, and defending others.  Mr. Sulzer will cover new developments in Virginia’s basic standard for the lawful use of deadly force, as well as Virginia’s Castle Doctrine, its stand your ground principle, its legal rules relating to threat duration and proportionality of response, and Virginia’s troublesome law regarding brandishing.  Mr. Sulzer also addresses whether you can still rely on prevention of an atrocious felony in Virginia to justify the use of deadly force.

After a short break for lunch, Part II of the course explains each step in the post-incident legal process, and gives you a real understanding of how the system works.  Mr. Sulzer teaches you how to deal with 911 calls and pre-arrest interaction with the police, when and how to assert your Fifth Amendment rights, and what follows after an arrest.  He provides you with practical steps you should take and tools you will need to (i) protect your legal rights and (ii) help you (and your counsel) extricate you from the legal system with the least amount of difficulty.  Part II also discloses the real magnitude of your exposure in defending against criminal prosecution and civil suits and describes vital and surprisingly affordable ways to financially survive the legal process.  

Here are representative comments from FRGC members who have attended Mr. Sulzer’s course at the club:

“This is a fabulous course!”  “Well-informed instructor. Clear takeaways, useful vignettes to illustrate points.  Great course, very informative.”  “Realistic explanation of reality and process.”  “Smooth, well laid out, well spoken.”  “Extremely well organized.  Excellent content.”  “Very complete – lots of good examples.  Thank you for a great job.”  

This course has become the gold standard for those who carry concealed or rely on firearms for home security and self-defense.  It is taught by Stephen L. Sulzer, a highly respected attorney with 39 years of legal experience and special expertise in the law of self-defense in Virginia.  He is also an NRA-certified pistol instructor, has held a Virginia concealed carry permit since the late 1990s, has ten years of competitive shooting experience, and is a longtime FRGC member.  

The course is only open to FRGC members and their families.  The cost for the course is $100 per person – a $50 discount off the $150 price that is now being charged to the general public.  FRGC family members under the age of 18 will be admitted free of charge.  Attendance is capped at 20 and reservations for the class are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.  You are well-advised to act promptly while open spaces are available.  Pre-payment of the course fee is required to reserve a seat.  Payment can be made by check payable to Stephen L. Sulzer PLLC and sent to 10903 Beach Mill Road, Great Falls, VA  22066.  Absent proof of illness or an act of God, the course fee will not be refunded for last-minute no-shows.  You can sign up for the course by communicating with Mr. Sulzer via email at ssulzer@sulzerpllc.com or by phone at 703-899-2903.

Steve Sulzer Bio  


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2020 Spring Dinner Postponed

Members, aligning with our President's cautionary directives to our nation, the Club is postponing our Spring Dinner. Club operations are as normal as possible and the Club remains OPEN, and the April 4th Helping Hands auction will go as scheduled as of today.
Health organizations note the Covid-19 (corona virus disease 2019) can be defeated by hand washing, avoiding large crowds for now to minimize risk of inadvertently spreading the virus, quarantining yourself in the event of becoming sick, and keeping our elderly population safe by postponing visits. There are unknowns that are being determined every day, and we are all working through this together.


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Jim Snook's wife passed away

Members, we received notice that previous Club Manager Jim Snook's wife Margarit passed away. Jim joined the Club in 1967 as an Associate member, and was bestowed an Honorary membership in 1972. Condolences to Jim, and his family and friends.


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DOERFLEIN SKEET LEAGUE

We have 3 leagues a year, each followed by an Awards Banquet.  The Spring and Fall leagues are limited to twenty 6-man teams; whereas the Winter league is limited to twelve 6-man teams (some teams always sit out).  Most teams return league after league, but occasionally we have a few vacancies for individuals.  If you'd like to be added to our Waiting List, please contact Bob Myers at <rumyers@hotmail.com>.  We also publish a Substitute List, and to be added to it, we need your best phone number.
Detailed League Rules can be found at SHOTGUN > Doerflein Skeet League > RULES.
 
The next league (DSL Spring 2020) starts on Thu, 9 Apr.  It'll run 15 weeks (which includes 3 Bye nights) with a fee of $84 (for targets and awards).


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VA Gun Control Legislation Class

VIRGINIA’S RECENTLY-PASSED GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION – 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR ITS LEGAL AND PRACTICAL EFFECTS ON YOU

Attorney and FRGC member Steve Sulzer will be presenting a new course at the club on Sunday, April 19, 2020, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Club House.  This course will deal with the anticipated legal and practical effects of the extensive gun control legislation that is now being finalized by the 2020 Virginia General Assembly.  

It is anticipated that all (or almost all) of the gun control bills that are still under consideration in the 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly will be passed and enacted into law.  These pending bills include:

 

  • A red flag law that will permit issuance of “emergency substantial risk orders” – orders that will enable law enforcement authorities to confiscate your firearms without any due process protection.
  • An amendment to Virginia’s preemption law which allows city and county governments to create their own laws restricting the possession and carry of firearms in local government buildings, public parks, and recreation and community centers, and at or adjacent to certain public events. 
  • A law prohibiting the purchase of more than one handgun in a 30-day period – but with a potentially useful list of exceptions.
  • A law raising the bar with respect to the training required to obtain a concealed carry permit in Virginia.
  • A law making it a felony to brandish while in a group formed with intent to intimidate another person.
  • A law requiring universal background checks for all firearms sales.
  • A law requiring that you report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement.
  • A law prohibiting possession of firearms for as long as a protective order is in effect against you.
  • Laws relating to storage of firearms at day care facilities and access to firearms by children.
  • Laws limiting who may carry in K-12 school zones and expanding school gun free zones to include daycare and preschool facilities, subject to exceptions.

 

In response to the expected passage of these bills and others, Mr. Sulzer has developed his new course – “Virginia’s Recently-Passed Gun Control Legislation – How to Prepare for its Legal and Practical Effects on You.”  The course will provide a plain-spoken explanation of these new gun control laws and will describe steps you can take to prepare for their legal and practical effects on you as a responsible gun owner.  

The course will be taught by Stephen L. Sulzer, a highly respected attorney with more than 39 years of legal experience and special expertise in the Second Amendment and Virginia firearms law.  He is also an NRA-certified pistol instructor, has held a Virginia concealed carry permit since the late 1990s, has ten years of competitive shooting experience, and is a longtime FRGC member.  

The course is only open to FRGC members and their families.  The cost for the course is $100 per person – a $25 discount off the $125 price that is now being charged to the general public.  FRGC family members under the age of 18 will be admitted free of charge.  Attendance is capped at 30 and reservations for the class are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.  You are well-advised to act promptly while open spaces are available.  Pre-payment of the course fee is required to reserve a seat.  Payment can be made by check payable to Stephen L. Sulzer PLLC and sent to 10903 Beach Mill Road, Great Falls, VA  22066.  Absent proof of illness or an act of God, the course fee will not be refunded for last-minute no-shows.  You can sign up for the course by communicating with Mr. Sulzer via email at ssulzer@sulzerpllc.com or by phone at 703-899-2903.

Steve Sulzer Bio

 

 


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CSM (Ret) John McPhee Pistol Class

FXRGC will be hosting (sponsored by Ed Stawowczyk)  highly regarded instructor CSM(R) John McPhee on 22-23 August for a two day pistol course. Cost is $850 per shooter and club members have priority for signup for the first 30 days. The course will have a maximum of 8 students, so early signup is encouraged. https://gunfighteruniversity.myshopify.com/products/2-day-pistol-course-august-22-23-2020-at-fairfax-va


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Annual Election Meeting Minues

Doug Marshall, on behalf of the Teller Committee (consisting of Al Willard, Doug Marshall, Curt Anderson, Van Keys, and Jamie Martin), presented the results of the election.

A total of 231 ballots were received, 0 were disqualified; therefore, a total of 231 ballots were valid.

The results are as follows:

• President: Jeff Bolster – 227 votes (write in votes: 2 Gerald Conway)
• Vice President: Denise Loring – 230 votes (write in votes: 0)
• Recording Secretary: Howard Finkel – 230 votes (write in votes: 0)
• Corresponding Secretary: MK Tribbie – 226 votes (1 write in vote: Tommy Carroll)
• Treasurer: Tom Fortunato – 229 votes (1 write in vote: Denton Browning)
• Sgt-at- arms: Ken Moore – 229 votes (1 write in vote: David Evans)
• Directors:
- Kevin Baker – 226 votes
- Houng Soo – 197 votes

• FR&GF Secretary: Mike Robertson – 224 votes

Congrats to all and thank you to the Teller Committee for their time spent tabulating the ballots.


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Upcoming Education Committee Classes

AR Class Level 1 – April 26, 2020

Have an AR-15 pattern rifle, otherwise known as a Modern Sporting Rifle? Want to get one but know nothing about it? Have one and want to learn more about it? Introducing the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club sponsored Basic AR-15 Rifle Course. 

Through lecture, demonstration, and practical exercises this course introduces the shooter to the AR-15 style firearm and how to safety use it. 

Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the AR-15 Rifle's capabilities, characteristics, and nomenclature; through verbal examination and demonstration.
  • Demonstrate safe firearm handling of the AR-15 Rifle through practical examination.
  • Demonstrate the employment and operation of the AR-15 Rifle to include proper sight use, loading/unloading procedures, and troubleshooting malfunctions through practical examination.
  • Demonstrate two firing positions of the AR-15 Rifle (standing and kneeling) and how to safely and effectively transition between them through practical examination.
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly maintain the AR-15 Rifle through basic disassembly, cleaning, lubrication, and reassembly.

This course is a basics to the AR-15 pattern of rifles, so no specific knowledge of the platform is required. However, basic safe gun handling and basic marksmanship of a rifle is required. 

Class will be conducted on April 26, 2020, from 9 am to 5 pm. Class is open to Club members and their guests. Club members will get priority over guests. Class will be held rain or shine. Cost for the class is $50 and covers Club fees, consumables, and RSO support. Classroom will be held in the Clubhouse, range session on Culver after lunch. 

Students are required to have the following minimum gear:

  • Basic range safety equipment (eyes and ears (electronic helpful))
  • Basic clothing for the weather (we will be outdoor on Culver for the range session)
  • 300 rounds of commercial manufacture .223 Remington or 5.56 mm NATO ammunition
  • Functional AR-15 rifle*, including
    • chambered in .223 Remington or 5.56 NATO only
    • iron sights or optic (red dot or 1-x magnified scope)
    • rifle sling
    • 3-4 20 or 30 round magazines
    • 1-2 magazine carriers (belt or chest, optional)
    • Rifle Chamber Flag
  • Rifle cleaning gear (optional; cleaning materials will be provided)
  • Water, snacks, bag lunch

* Note: If you do not have an AR pattern rifle, ammunition, magazines, etc., let us know and we can provide loaner equipment. Student will be responsible for any loss or damage due to negligence. Student will be responsible for covering ammunition costs. 

Course instructor is Club member Timothy Florio. Tim Florio enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004 and served in 3rd Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) for the majority of his time. After four deployments and eight years of service, Tim was honorably discharged and began to pursue a career in federal law enforcement. Since 2014 Tim has been a Police Officer within the Department of Defense and has been utilizing his military experience ever since. Tim Florio has co-authored his agencies Carbine Operators Course and served as a subject matter expert for the implementation of a Designated Marksman program. Tim is currently assigned to the Tactical Response Team (TRT) and also serves as a firearms instructor. 

Course Assistant Instructor is Club member Tony Moller. Tony is the Club's IDPA Match Director and Co-Education Chair. Tony is an NRA Training Counselor and Instructor with 13 years experience. He is certified in the following disciplines: Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Range Safety Officer, Personal Protection, Muzzleloading, Refuse to Be a Victim, and Home Firearm Safety. He is an NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer and an IDPA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer. Tony ran a Boy Scout Shooting Sports Venture Crew for 12 years. 

Register here: http://fxrgc.com/form.cfm?id=37

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AR Class Level 2 – May 24, 2020

By popular demand an "advanced" version (Level 2) of the FXRGC AR Basics has been developed. Building off the basic fundamentals and principals taught in the Level 1 class, students will now have the opportunity to learn the following:

  • Sling assisted shooting
  • Transitioning to and support hand shooting
  • Shooting with the aid of barricades and cover
  • Understanding and employing optic offset
  • Transitioning to a sidearm
  • Reloads

By using the Bowl at Culver, each bay will be set up to emphasize a certain skill and the students will employ said skill to negotiate the course of fire. As always safety will be paramount and careful consideration will be paid to location of targets/berm areas. There will be NO moving while simultaneously shooting and this class will focus on smoothness/consistency over speed. 

Students are required to have the following minimum gear:

  • Basic range safety equipment (eyes and ears (electronic helpful))
  • Basic clothing for the weather (we will be outdoor on Culver for the range session)
  • 200-300 rounds of commercial manufacture .223 Remington or 5.56 mm NATO ammunition
  • Functional AR-15 pattern rifle, including:
    • chambered in .223 Remington or 5.56 NATO only
    • iron sights or optic (red dot or 1-x magnified scope)
    • rifle sling: 2-point or 1-point sling only; no 'parade' slings
    • 3-4 20 or 30 round magazines
    • 1-2 magazine carriers (belt or chest, optional)
    • Rifle Chamber Flag
  • Functional Pistol, including:
    • Strong Side Outside Waistband (OWB) Holster
    • 50-100 rounds of pistol ammunition
  • Water, snacks, bag lunch

Class Prerequisite: You must have either attended the FXRGC Level 1 AR Class, or be current/former military or law enforcement. Registering for the class via the form below does not guarantee you a slot in the class. All applications will be reviewed and you will be notified appon acceptance into the class. 

Class will be conducted on May 24, 2020, from 9 am to 5 pm. Class is open to Club members and their guests. Club members will get priority over guests. Class will be held rain or shine. Cost for the class is $50 and covers Club fees, consumables, staff, and RSO support. There is no classroom portion for this class - range only. 

Register here: http://fxrgc.com/form.cfm?id=32

 

Please direct any questions regarding courses to Tony Moller at tony@aroooo.com

 


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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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