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2020 Legislative Session


The 2020 Legislative Session started January 8, 2020 and represents the greatest threat to gun rights Virginians have faced in modern times! 


To track the status of the Session bills, use VCDL's 2020 Legislative Tracking Tool.


Mark your calendars for Lobby Day, January 20, 2020.  See below for vital details.


To download VCDL's 2020 Gun Bill Analysis document (PDF), click here.



New VCDL Second Amendment Ad With Sheriffs


Sheriff's that appear in the video are:


Giles County Sheriff Morgan Millirons 

Rockbridge County Sheriff Steve Funkhouser 

Amherst County Sheriff E.W. Viar 

Montgomery County Sheriff Hank Partin 

Page County Sheriff Chad Cubbage & one of his Deputies 

Floyd County Sheriff Brian Craig 

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins 

Carroll County Sheriff Kevin Kemp 

Bland County Sheriff Jason Ramsey 

Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan 


VCDL Lobby Day 2020: Monday, January 20, 2020



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VCDL held the most important Lobby Day Rally that we have ever had on Monday January 20th, 2020!


THANK YOU to the estimated 30-70K people who attended!


For more details:

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Second Amendment Sanctuaries - Fighting Back Against Tyranny!

A Second Amendment Sanctuary is any locality that says it will not enforce any unconstitutional (federal or state) gun laws!  Many sheriffs are going to take the County's lead on this and county police could be told not to enforce such laws either.  (Law enforcement officers do not have to, and shouldn't, enforce any unconstitutional laws.)


NOTE:  Just because a locality is a sanctuary doesn't mean you can't be arrested.  We must stop the gun-control bills from ever becoming law.  This fight will take at least two years, so stay engaged!  Attend Lobby Day to help convince the General Assembly to defeat all gun-control bills.

Since November 6, 2019, we now have 147 Second Amendment Sanctuary counties, towns, and cities!

Click Here to See Entire List

  • Accomack
  • Alleghany
  • Altavista
  • Amelia
  • Amherst (county)
  • Amherst (town)
  • Appalachia
  • Appomattox
  • Augusta
  • Bath
  • Bedford (county)
  • Bedford (town)
  • Berryville
  • Big Stone Gap
  • Blackstone
  • Bland
  • Bluefield
  • Botetourt
  • Bowling Green
  • Bristol
  • Brunswick
  • Buchanan
  • Buckingham
  • Buena Vista
  • Burkeville
  • Campbell
  • Caroline
  • Carroll
  • Cedar Bluff
  • Charles City
  • Charlotte
  • Chase City
  • Chesapeake
  • Chesterfield
  • Chilhowie
  • Chincoteague
  • Claremont
  • Clarke
  • Clifton Forge
  • Colonial Heights
  • Covington
  • Craig
  • Crewe
  • Culpeper County
  • Culpeper Town
  • Cumberland
  • Dickenson
  • Dinwiddie
  • Elkton
  • Essex
  • Town of Exmore
  • Fauquier
  • Floyd
  • Fluvanna County
  • Franklin (City)
  • Franklin (County)
  • Frederick
  • Front Royal
  • Galax
  • Giles
  • Gloucester
  • Goochland
  • Goshen
  • Grayson
  • Greene
  • Greensville
  • Town of Grottoes
  • Halifax
  • Hanover
  • Henrico
  • Henry
  • Highland
  • Hopewell
  • Isle of Wight
  • James City
  • King and Queen
  • King George
  • King William
  • Lancaster
  • Lee
  • Louisa
  • Lovettsville
  • Lunenburg
  • Madison
  • Martinsville
  • Mathews
  • Mecklenburg County
  • Middlesex
  • Mineral
  • Montgomery
  • Mount Jackson
  • Nelson
  • New Kent
  • New Market
  • Northampton
  • Northumberland
  • Norton
  • Nottoway
  • Orange
  • Page
  • Parksley
  • Patrick
  • Pittsylvania
  • Poquoson
  • Portsmouth
  • Powhatan
  • Prince Edward
  • Prince George
  • Prince William
  • Pulaski
  • Pulaski (town)
  • Rappahannock
  • Richmond County
  • Roanoke County
  • Rockbridge
  • Rockingham
  • Rocky Mount
  • Rural Retreat
  • Russell
  • Salem
  • Saltville
  • Scott
  • Scottsville
  • Shenandoah
  • Smyth
  • Southampton
  • Spotsylvania
  • Stafford
  • Stanley
  • Strasburg
  • Suffolk
  • Surry
  • Sussex
  • Tappahannock
  • Tazewell County
  • Vinton
  • Virginia Beach
  • Warren
  • Warsaw
  • Washington
  • Waynesboro
  • Westmoreland
  • White Stone
  • Wise County
  • Wise Town
  • Wythe
  • York

A whole lot more are on the way.

Click Here to See Entire List

  • Albemarle
  • Arlington
  • Fairfax
  • Loudoun - failed
  • Lynchburg - failed, may retry in January
  • Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Radford City
  • Roanoke CIty - declined
  • Staunton
  • Tazewell town
  • Winchester

Don't see your county?  Send an email with each Board of Supervisors' name, email address, and phone number in the body of the message (ie, no screen shots or attachments please) to:  president@vcdl.org




You can also contact your Supervisor and send them this link to VCDL's model Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution:

https://www.vcdl.org/resources/Resources/Model_Resolution.docx 



Massive turnouts for Board of Supervisors meetings!


Amelia County - standing room only, with crowd overllow through the hall and down to the front of the building.  Estimated 600 people.




Shenandoah County - estimated 1,000 gun owners at the meeting, which overflowed into the parking lot!




Louisa County - estimated 600 to 800:



August County - estimated 2,000 people.  Massive overflow outside, too:



Virginia Beach - estimated 1,500 people.  Overflow outside:



Floyd County - estimated over 1,000



Prince George - estimated 600 to 800



Colonial Heights



Spotsylvania County - estimated well over 1,000




Prince William County - estimated well over 1,000



Smyth County - over 1,000



Caroline County - over 600



Bedford County - 1,500+



Chesapeake - over 1,000



Rockingham County - 2,000+



Russell County - over 1,000 in attendance



Fauquier County - 2,000+ in attendance



Lancaster County



Chesterfield County - 1,500




"Red Flag" Laws Are a Serious Threat to Our Liberty - Spread the Word NOW!

To learn about the serious threat that Red Flag laws pose to our gun rights and our other constitutionally protected rights, click here.

Spread the Word on the Dangers of 'Universal Background Checks'

Universal Background Checks are really designed to make private gun-sales illegal and will be the first step towards mandatory gun registration and, later, confiscation.  To learn the truth about UBCs, click here.

Deadly Gun-Free Killing Zones

Since 1950, 98% of public mass-shootings have occurred in so called "gun-free zones," which clearly were gun free in name only.  To learn more about why mass murderers love gun-free zones, click here.

Win a Gun - VCDL's 2019 Membership Contest is now over!

The top five people who recruit new VCDL members this year will receive a firearm!  The next five people will receive ammunition!


Due to the current Second Amendment Sanctuary effort and the pending extremely contentious General Assembly session, the winners and the awards will be announced after the General Assembly session is over.


People Are Talking About VCDL

“... to be honest … [VCDL has] been really successful in preventing our legislators from passing any meaningful [gun-control] legislation on this issue [universal background checks].”

Stephanie Soechtig, Director "Under the Gun"
Newsbusters.com
June 2, 2016


"The VCDL...regards being armed as 'a fundamental human right,' favors concealed carry on K-12 school property, and maintains a Gun Dealer Legal Defense Fund."

Nashville Scene commentator Bruce Barry
April 29, 2016 


“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 (currently the Virginia Attorney General) 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 2019 Special Legislative Session


The 2019 Special Legislative Session Lobby Day is on July 9, 2019.  


To track the status of the Special Session bills, use VCDL's 2019 Special Session Legislative Tracking Tool.


Here is the 2019 Special Session Firearm Bill Analysis document.


Mark your calendars for the next regular Lobby Day, January 20, 2020.


To see the gun bills that were introduced this year during the regular session of General Assembly and their status, use VCDL's  2019 Legislative Tracking Tool.



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