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“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
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!
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.
And lots of ladies carrying, too!
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!
At the 2013 Gun Rights Policy Conference, known by attendees as the GRPC, VCDL President Philip Van Cleave spoke about the many victories that VCDL and Virginia gun owners enjoyed in the 2013 legislative session.
He also shared the challenges we face and the goals we are working toward in the upcoming session.
Virginia resident Michael McNeill filed a petition with the Virginia Supreme Court requesting a Writ of Mandamus to compel Petersburg Circuit Court Clerk Shalva J. Braxton to follow Virginia law when it comes to concealed handgun permit application processing procedures.
A Writ of Mandamus is a judicial order compelling an official carry out a “ministerial duty,” i.e., a duty which is non-discretionary.
In Virginia, the legislature requires Circuit Court’s to issue concealed handgun permits if the applicant pays $50, submits proof of firearms training, and passes a background check.
Braxton initially told Petersburg NBC 12 News through her attorneys that “it’s not a big deal” to require citizens to submit applications for concealed handgun permit (CHP) renewals in person, even though state law requires Clerks of Court to accept CHP renewal applications by mail.
Read more at Mike Stollenwerk’s DC Gun Rights Examiner.
On a recent edition of The John Fredericks Morning Show, Virginia 2nd District Representative Scott Rigell talked about his support for enhanced penalties for straw-man purchases and his pro-gun record.