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    Gun Owners Lobby Day 2010 Old Virginia News
    [Photos courtesy Old Virginia News (news.oldva.org)]


    From a VA-ALERT.

    VA-ALERT is a project of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.

    [First person singular pronouns (I, my, mine, etc) reference Philip Van Cleave, President VCDL]

    Two years ago we had 400 show up for Lobby Day, last year it was 600,
    this year we broke 1,000! Gun Save Lives stickers EVERYWHERE you
    looked! The General Assembly was packed and whenever I talked to a
    Delegate or a Senator in the afternoon they all made a point to say
    that they had lots and lots of gun owners visiting with them that
    morning.

    That, ladies and gentlemen, was music to my ears.

    A fantastic job done by all and I wish to thank all of you who turned
    out on a beautiful winter day to protect all of our rights!

    --

    As I was afraid, the anti-gun Senate Democratic leadership (lead by
    Senator Saslaw) put anti-gunner McEachin on the Senate Courts of
    Justice committee, making it that much harder for pro-gun bills to pass.

    But VCDL and its members only climb higher and harder when faced with
    a taller wall. By getting those thousand people to the General
    Assembly today, we showed that we are in this to win.

    Lives are at stake and every gun ban must ultimately be repealed.

    Tomorrow and for several days this week, I will be talking to key
    Senate members about VCDL's bills.

    --

    I want to thank our hard working Executive Members and Board members
    for making everything go as smoothly as it did. Dennis O'Connor, John
    Fenter, and Bruce Jackson were a particular blessing to have working
    on this. Chip Fetrow had the PA system up and running flawlessly,
    making it easier for such a large crowd to hear everything being said
    clearly.

    Of course with such a large influx of people, coordination got dicey
    at times, but in the end it worked out great!

    --

    The Tea Party rally, which started at 10, graciously allowed me to
    speak and we let them use VCDL's PA system, making life simpler for
    them and us, since our rally immediately followed their rally and we
    didn't have to waste time switching in a PA system.

    The Tea Party ended up running about 20 minutes into VCDL's time slot,
    but we still ended up squeezing in all our scheduled speakers. I
    looked at it this way: the Tea Party was talking about guns for those
    20 minutes anyhow ;-)

    I would like to thank the following for speaking at the rally:

    Delegate Mark Cole
    Delegate Bill Carrico
    Scott Lee of WRVA's Lee Brothers Talk Show on Saturday mornings (1140
    AM on the radio dial)
    Ted Deeds, Law Enforcement Alliance of America (who reminded the crowd
    that law enforcement's Amicus Brief on McDonald v. Chicago started
    with the words "Guns Save Lives" )
    Patrick McSween, ex-Chairman for the Republican Party of Virginia and
    a Constitutional lawyer
    Donna Holt with the Virginia Campaign for Liberty
    Tricia Stall, who graciously volunteered to not repeat the invocation
    that she had done for the Tea Party rally an hour earlier so we could
    squeeze in all of our speakers on our shortened time slot.

    --

    Media coverage:

    Channel 12 in Richmond:

    Video - NBC12 News, Weather Sports, Traffic, and Programming Guide for Richmond, VA |

    -

    Virginian-Pilot:

    Groups rally for and against gun control in Richmond | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

    Groups rally for and against gun control in Richmond Posted to:
    General Assembly News Virginia

    The Associated Press
    January 18, 2010
    By DENA POTTER

    RICHMOND

    Those on both sides of the gun rights issue fired their first shots
    Monday, with battles being declared both inside and outside the state
    Capitol.

    Several hundred rallied for gun rights on the morning of Martin Luther
    King Jr. Day, followed by an afternoon rally attended by dozens
    calling for stricter gun laws.

    Inside the Capitol, Democrats pushed through committee changes that
    will make it more difficult to advance looser gun laws, while
    Republicans cried foul.

    So far, 30 bills have been filed that would allow concealed handguns
    to be carried in more places and make it easier to get both guns and
    the permits. Gun supporters had hoped to get more bills enacted this
    year because Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, who took office on
    Saturday, supports gun rights. Former Gov. Tim Kaine often vetoed pro-
    gun bills.

    "That pen is out of ink," said Andrew Goddard, whose son Colin was
    shot four times in 2007 when a gunman opened fire at Virginia Tech,
    killing 32 students and faculty. "We know that we're going to be going
    backward. It's just a case of how many of those bills are going to get
    through, not whether they get through."

    Democrats in the Senate made that a little more difficult.

    Senate Democrats gained one seat in special elections to fill those of
    two departing Republican senators, so that their majority now stands
    at 22-18. On Monday, they adjusted the makeup of several powerful
    committees, including the Courts of Justice Committee that hears
    virtually all gun-related bills, to give themselves a 10-5 majority.

    Still, at least three Democrats on that committee have supported gun
    rights bills in the past.

    "We're going to have a battle in front of us, however we've fought
    battles before and won them," said Philip Van Cleave, president of the
    pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League. "If they're going to put the
    odds against us, that's fine, because we're not going to walk away
    disenchanted. The more obstacles they put in front of us, the harder
    we'll fight."

    Some of the pro-gun bills include:

    —Repeals of the prohibition against buying more than one gun per month.

    —Allowing those with concealed handgun permits to carry weapons into
    places of worship, courthouses when courts aren't in session; but
    while city councils or county boards are meeting, emergency shelters,
    in school parking lots or into schools when not in session and by
    faculty at colleges and universities.

    —Requires guns acquired in gun buyback programs to be sold at auction
    to licensed gun dealers instead of destroyed.

    —Allows concealed guns to be taken into bars and restaurants as long
    as the gun owner doesn't drink alcohol.

    —Allows court clerks to grant a concealed carry permit without a
    judge's approval.

    —Prohibits property or business owners from banning a gun owner from
    keeping the weapon in a locked vehicle.

    —Prohibits Circuit Court clerks from releasing information on those
    who have concealed handgun permits.

    —Allows concealed carry permit renewals through mail, removes the
    requirement for fingerprints and allows permits to be granted for life.

    Another bill, sponsored by Del. Charles Carrico, declares that the
    federal government has no authority to regulate firearms that are made
    and sold in Virginia.

    Carrico told boisterous supporters of the bill, dubbed the Firearms
    Freedom Act, it is "more than just about your Second Amendment rights,
    it's about Virginia standing up to the federal government and saying
    we're going to exercise our Tenth Amendment rights," which guarantees
    states' rights.

    Robert Sadtler, 42, of Richmond, was one of several hundred people who
    attended the morning rally, carrying a pistol and saying he was there
    "defending liberty." Sadtler said efforts at gun control show fear and
    ignorance on the part of politicians.

    "The fact of the matter which gun control just blatantly ignores is
    that evil will do evil things and banning particular tools is not
    going to change things," he said.

    Later in the day, far fewer gun control supporters wrote the names of
    those killed or injured in gun violence on hearts made from
    construction paper and placed them into a basket before lying on the
    grass outside the Capitol for three minutes to signify the time it
    takes to purchase a gun. As they lay, some weeping softly, about a
    dozen gun rights advocates, many with guns in holsters on their hips,
    watched nearby.

    "It should not be a party issue. It should be a public safety issue,"
    Lori Haas, whose daughter Emily was shot and wounded at Virginia Tech,
    said about gun control. "And we should be able to count on our
    legislators to vote on laws that protect the public."

    -

    WTOP:

    Gun rights supporters rally at Va Capitol - wtop.com

    Gun rights supporters rally at Va Capitol January 18, 2010 - 12:56pm
    By DENA POTTER
    Associated Press

    RICHMOND, Va. - Hundreds of Virginians rallied in support of bills
    that would allow concealed handguns to be carried in more places and
    make it easier to get both guns and the permits.
    Guns rights advocates who rallied Monday at the Capitol decried Senate
    Democrats, who planned to put at least one more anti-gun Democrat on a
    key committee that hears all gun bills. Gun supporters had hoped to
    get more bills enacted this year because Republican Gov. Bob
    McDonnell, who took office on Saturday, supports gun rights.

    Former Gov. Tim Kaine often vetoed pro-gun bills.

    Bills have been filed to repeal the law that limits gun purchases to
    one a month, to allow concealed guns on school property, in
    courthouses and in restaurants and to make it easier to get a
    concealed carry permit.

    -

    NBC:

    Lobbyists Packing Heat in Virginia | NBC Washington

    Packing Heat at the Va. CapitolGun owners push to loosen laws

    By JULIE CAREYUpdated 6:41 PM EST, Mon, Jan 18, 2010

    David Sutherland
    It was easy to spot one group lobbying in Richmond today -- they were
    the folks with loaded handguns at their sides.

    Every year the Virginia Citizens Defense League holds its pistol-
    packing lobby day to push for gun law reforms.

    With Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell freshly sworn in, gun rights
    advocates see this session as their best chance in years to push for
    less regulation. Sporting fluorescent stickers that declared "Guns
    Save Lives," they said it's high time to repeal the law that bans
    concealed weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol.

    They also want lawmakers to lift the ban on buying one handgun a
    month. And they'd like to be able to apply for a concealed weapons
    permit by mail, without the messy requirement of fingerprinting.

    Typically, bills pushed by the gun rights activists win approval in
    the Republican-dominated House but end up being spiked in the
    Democratic-controlled Senate. It remains to be seen whether having the
    first GOP governor in eight years will help the cause of gun owners in
    the 2010 session.

    -

    Richmond Times-Dispatch:

    Pro-gun, states-rights rally draws 1,000 to Capitol | Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Pro-gun, states-rights rally draws 1,000 to Capitol
    BOB BROWN/TIMES-DISPATCH
    Gun rights advocates turned out in force on Capitol Square today.
    Several in the crowd were seen carrying weapons. [PVC:
    Several?!!???!!! ;-) ]

    A pro-gun, pro-states rights rally at the state Capitol this morning
    drew roughly 1,000 people who were encouraged afterward to file into
    the General Assembly Building to lobby their legislators.
    They are among several groups lobbying state lawmakers today,
    including mental-health and public safety advocates and the anti-tax
    group Americans for Prosperity.

    The rally crowd is interested in two bills in particular. House Bill
    10 "protects an individual's right and power to participate, or to
    decline to participate, in a health-care system or plan."

    House Bill 69 says firearms and ammunition made in Virginia and
    retained here are not subject to federal law or regulation under the
    authority of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.

    "I support freedom," said Harry Holt, a Midlothian resident, who was
    handing out stickers. "I think the federal government is overreaching
    their power too quickly and too pervasively."

    Del. Charles W. Carrico Sr., R-Grayson, stood before the crowd and
    recited the words of Patrick Henry, echoing sentiments written on
    several signs: the states have rights.

    "Are we going to be free men or are we going to be slaves to the
    federal government of the United States?" he asked.

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    Photos courtesy Old Virginia News (news.oldva.org):

    Gun Owners Lobby Day 2010 Old Virginia News

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    "It should not be a party issue. It should be a public safety issue,"
    Lori Haas, whose daughter Emily was shot and wounded at Virginia Tech,
    said about gun control. "And we should be able to count on our
    legislators to vote on laws that protect the public."

    The funny thing is that she is spot on! Absolutly, we should count on them to vote on laws that protect the public...

    By allowing them to protect themselves and their loved ones from criminals who will continue to ignore every gun control law that gets passed.

    Somehow, I don't think that's how she meant the comment when she said it though.
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