People Are Talking About VCDL

VCDL, which prides itself on being more radical than the National Rifle Association (NRA) with stickers that say 'guns save lives,' supports allowing guns on school grounds, on college campuses, in libraries and government facilities and in bars. They oppose closing the gun show loophole and universal background checks.

State Senator Mark Herring August 2, 2013

... the Virginia Citizens Defense League, the commonwealth’s dominant gun lobby.

Roanoke Times Metro Columnist Dan Casey - Jan 6, 2013

The law was a victory for the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun-rights organization that makes the NRA look moderate.

Eleanor Clift – Politics Daily – July 5, 2010

[VCDL] campaigns for the right of gun owners to tote firepower in all kinds of places … including outdoor festivals and college campuses.

The Daily Press – Oct 20, 2007

Virginia Citizens Defense League . . . is on a mission to root out every nugget of gun control it can detect in Virginia. It has been behind campaigns to make sure concealed weapons are allowed in local government buildings, even civic centers, and fought to open up state and local parks to concealed weapons.

The Daily Press – Nov 27, 2006

They’re pretty effective, I have to give them credit.

Jim Sollo, Chairman of Virginians Against Handgun Violence

Virginian Pilot – Nov 11, 2002

The 2014 Legislative Session

Bills are starting to drop for the 2014 legislative session and, emboldened by the election of a radical anti-gun governor,  the anti-gunners are pulling out all the stops.

We need YOU to be involved this year more than ever before!  You need to plan on being at VCDL's 2014 Lobby Day at the General Assembly on Monday January 20th, 2014!


Click Here For The VCDL 2014 Legislation Tracking Tool  

VCDL Meeting in Roanoke - a full house!

In was standing-room-only with over 100 people present at the VCDL membership meeting in Roanoke on Tuesday, February 25!  Many thanks to the Odd Fellows Lodge for providing the excellent facilitiy.

And thanks to Board member Al Steed Jr (in blue shirt addressing the meeting below), Ed French, Sherril Smith, Sheila Rigney, and Executive members John WIlburn, Dave Hicks, Dave Knight, and Ken Modica for making southwest Virginia the most active part of the state for VCDL activities, hands down.

Food was served before the meeting was called to order (thanks to the Odd Fellows Lodge and various members for the food!) and there was even a birthday cake for VCDL's president made by Shellie Meikle and Linda Steed (with help from Stephen Meikle)!


VCDL Lobby Day 2014: the Rally

Who was there?  YOU were.


Friends and family


Candidates, too


The Press was there



The speakers

Thanks to member Kevin Schindler for the great photos above!

Lobbing inside the General Assembly Building


VCDL in Militia and Police subcommitte and Richmond membership meeting

VCDL members watch as Militia, Police, and Public Safety subcommittee considers some gun bills


Members listen to Board member Dennis O'Connor as he discusses what happened that night in subcommittee.


In Memorium: Hugh Cain, R.I.P.

It is with great sorrow that I report the passing of long time VCDL member Hugh Cain from the Tidewater area.  Hugh died suddenly on Saturday, November 23rd.  He worked the VCDL booth at gun shows regularly, so many of you may know him.  He will be missed.

Member Ron Hyson, who used to be a VCDL Gun Show Coordinator, wrote this about Hugh:

"Hugh was a retired Navy Corpsman who spent most of his service with the Fleet Marines as a Medic.  Hugh was also a Vietnam Vet.  Most of all he was a great guy who didn't pull any punches - if you asked Hugh a question, he would tell you exactly how he felt.  I admired him for that, his friendship, and his service to our country."

Hughes obituary is here:

Some photos (thanks to Ron Hyson):

Above - Hugh is on the right talking to the VCDL President at a Shad Planking event

Above - Hugh is on the far right with the volunteers for the VCDL booth at a Shad Planking.  (Ron Hyson is in the center kneeling.)

Above - Hugh is 3rd from the left.


New Castle Open Carry Day a success!

Some photos:



And lots of ladies carrying, too!

VCDL Raffle Winner!

Raffle winner Michelle Smith (3rd from left)

Congratulations to the winner of the VCDL raffle in the Roanoke area, Michelle Smith!

From left to right VCDL member Sheila Rigney, VCDL executve member John Wilburn, raffle winner Michelle Smith with her new Glock 19, and VCDL member Ryan Burch.

They are standing in front of Pawn Plus (1695 North Franklin St, Christiansburg), which donated the gun for the raffle.  VCDL wishes to thank Pawn Plus for its generous support!