VCDL to conduct second Lobby Day

VCDL to conduct second Lobby Day

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    VCDL to conduct second Lobby Day

    As most of you know, the VCDL conducts an event on the first day of each VA state legislative session in January. We call it Lobby Day. It is arguably one of the most successful, regularly organized pro-gun events in the country. We pack the legislative office building in Richmond with hundreds of pro-gun people (a few come from out of state). All are open carrying and wearing big, orange "Guns Save Lives" stickers. We break up into teams, each of which has targets of 10-12 legislators. We visit every state legislator's office, present the VCDL legislative agenda document and talk to either the legislator or their senior aide. This year, similar to previous years, this, along with some other VCDL efforts, were successful in getting over 60 anti-gun bills killed in committee. None of them made it to a floor vote. We even got one pro-gun bill passed by the legislature, but the governor wouldn't sign it.

    This year, Gov. Northam has called a special legislative session in response to the Virginia Beach mass shooting, despite the fact that the VB police chief, who is usually anti-gun, said publicly that none of Northam's proposals would have stopped that shooting.

    The VCDL is for the first time I am aware of, going to do a second Lobby Day on July 9, the first day of the special session, just to address Northam's proposals. Again, we will pack the legislative office building, but also, we will kick off VCDL attendance at all the committee meetings for this special session. We will also conduct "contact your legislators" phone and email campaigns. This has proved a winning formula for the VCDL for many years.

    Join us if you can. If not, wish us luck.
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    Best of luck! Keep fighting the good fight! Keep us posted here, and if you get disheartened, we’ll help cheer you up.
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    I do wish you good luck and wish I could be there to join you! Having been part of lobby day several times in my state for an organization (not gun related) that I belong to, I know the legislators are impressed when everywhere they look in "their" building they see people wearing buttons, clothing or name tags identifying their organization.

    Heck, I even asked my father to go along a couple times and promised him he didn't have to say a word - just be there and be noticed. He did that.
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