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VCDL Lobby Day -- Richmond VA

  • 01/20/2020
  • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • General Assembly Building -- Richmond VA


VCDL Lobby Day is our biggest and most important event of the year.  We need to absolutely pack the General Assembly building this year, with everyone wearing our Guns Save Lives stickers.  We meet between 7:30 and 8:00 am and form into teams, which then go into the building to lobby.


At 11:00 am we will gather at the Capitol steps to have a rally, which will have many speakers.


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VCDL Lobby Day 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020


VCDL will be holding the most important Lobby Day Rally

that we have ever had on Monday January 20th, 2020!


If you care about your gun rights in the slightest

then it is vital that you show up at this rally!


Watch VA-ALERT or the Rally Facebook page for more details


Buses

NEW! A bus from Southwest Virginia is now available!

Also general info on buses

We have a bus leaving from the Claypool Hill Walmart to

Lobby Day on January 20.

As with all our buses, seats are only $35/person.

Sign up at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lobby-day-bus-southwestern-virginia-tickets-87511117107 


Buses will be coming from Roanoke/Lynchburg (with stops on the way),

Fairfax, Fredericksburg, and Hampton/Norfolk.

Details as soon as we have contracts signed.

See details below


Car Pools

In addition to buses, VCDL has set up a car pool / shared ride site.

Note: you have to establish a free account with GroupCarPool.com

in order to add a car pool or sign up for one.

http://tiny.cc/vcdlride


Speakers (more announcements forthcoming)

** Dick Heller from the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of DC v. Heller

** Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms and host of the Cam & Co Youtube channel

** Jeff Katz, talkshow host on Richmond's powerhouse radio station WRVA



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1. VCDL BUS CHARTERS TO LOBBY DAY

VCDL is chartering buses to Lobby Day on January 20. All seats are $35. All depart Richmond at 2 PM. Sign up through Eventbrite; all signups go live on Thursday morning at 6AM.


A donation of $35/person will *just* cover costs for the nine buses. If you want to donate more, please do. If you want to buy seats for others, please do. If you prefer to make a donation via PayPal (see https://vcdl.org/donate/pp ) you may do so, but you will still need your Eventbrite ticket.


To donate a seat for another rider, use this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/donate-a-seat-on-a-bus-for-lobby-day-jan-20-2020-tickets-85874911171


If you want to pay by check, mail it to VCDL Treasurer, 19390 Beaver Dam Rd, Beaverdam, VA 23015-1350 - but you'll still need your Eventbrite ticket.

Direct questions, if any, to mailto:bus@vcdl.org


Buses will run from


- Roanoke - Roanoke Park and Ride

Departs 4:30 AM Leaves Richmond at 2 PM

Signup: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/85445575015


- Shenandoah Valley with pickups in New Market, Woodstock, and Harrisonburg

Departs Woodstock at 3:30 AM

Departs New Market at 4:00 AM

Departs Harrisonburg at 4:30 AM

Leaves Richmond at 2 PM

Signup: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/85421476937


- Fairfax (2 buses)

- From Fairfax County Government Center Park & Ride

12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax

Departs 5:30 AM Leaves Richmond at 2 PM

Signup: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/85363417279


- Fredericksburg

Leaves Route 17 Commuter Lot

Departs 6:30 AM Leaves Richmond at 2 PM

Signup: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/85418917281


- Virginia Beach (2 buses)

Leaves Indian River Road Park & Ride 977 Reon Dr, Virginia Beach

Departs 5 AM Leaves Richmond at 2 PM

Signup: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/85429234139


- Norfolk

Leaves from WalMart 7530 Tidewater Drive

Departs 5:15 AM Leaves Richmond at 2 PM

Signup: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/85425462859


- Hampton.

- From Hampton Coliseum, 1000 Coliseum Drive

Departs 5:30 AM Leaves Richmond at 2 PM

Signup: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/85392538381


2. OTHER BUSES WE KNOW OF


CULPEPER/WARRENTON: Hosted by Rivenoak Armoury LLC. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/444206749612034/ or 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vcdl-lobby-day-bus-ride-culpeperwarrenton-area-tickets-85780897975


MANASSAS: Fairfax County Rod and Gun Club is planning two buses from Manassas. Details as we learn them.


STAUNTON: A VCDL member has chartered a bus coming from Staunton. We'll release details as we can.


SW VIRGINIA: Stephanie Miller Moir has charted four buses from Bedford - Tractor Supply 5:00 am; Lynchburg - Sam's Club 5:30 am; Appomattox - Farmers Bank 6:00 am; Farmville - Walmart 6:30. Sign up for that bus at https://tinyurl.com/s8nc2b2. Fare is $35 plus an online booking fee per seat.


WASHINGTON COUNTY: Washington County GOP has two buses coming. They leave from Woodstock at 6:30 AM and will not arrive in time for an 0800 start. They plan to be in Richmond by 0900 and their people will be meeting with Delegate Todd Gilbert. POC is Dianne Wyss, email mailto:info@shencogop.org.


WEYERS CAVE - We've heard of a potential bus from Weyers Cave; we'll update as we know more.


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LOBBY DAY LOGISTICS & IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Here are several things you need to know if coming to the VCDL Lobby Day on January 20th.


PARKING: If you are coming by car, there will be a satellite parking area at the Diamond located at 3001 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23230. The entrance to the parking lot is round the corner on Robin Hood Road. VCDL will be running shuttle buses from the Diamond to 9th and Broad Streets from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Shuttle bus and parking are free, but if you want to make a donation to help cover the cost you can donate online by going to http://vcdl.org/donate. Street parking and local private garages will fill up quickly and we are trying to keep the traffic congestion around the area as low as possible.


HANDICAP DROP OFF: There will be an area on E. Marshall Street between 8th and 9th for handicap drop-off and pick-up. This will also be the location where the shuttle buses from the Diamond parking lot will load and unload. It is a 5 block walk to the point where the lines will form to enter the building and about 3-4 blocks to the entrance to Capitol Square. This is the closest that the Richmond Police Department (RPD) can get us. Also, please be advised that there will be no special entry line into the building for disabled people. The Capitol Police (CPD) and the Department of General Services (DGS) have indicated that one line and one entrance will be used for everyone.


BUS PARKING: If you are coming in a bus that we don't know about please contact us at bus@vcdl.org so that we can give you directions on the roads the buses must take to get to the parking area. Buses will be parked and will remain in that location until they are re-boarded for the trip home. It will be a short walk down the hill to the Capitol Square, about 4 to 6 blocks. RPD officers will guide you across Broad Street and will stop traffic as necessary for pedestrian crossing.

We would like to know the number of buses if possible so we can gauge how much parking will be needed. Passenger vehicles, including passenger vans, will NOT be permitted to park in the bus parking area.


STREET CLOSINGS: Broad Street will be restricted to one lane in each direction from 14th Street to 7th Street and will be closed at from time to time for pedestrian traffic. 9th Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from Cary Street to Broad Street. Main Street will be closed from 14th Street to 9th Street. Franklin and Grace Streets between 8th and 9th. Bank Street will be closed as well. These street closures will be in effect from 7:00 am until approximately 4:00 pm.


LOBBY TEAMS: Teams will begin forming at 8:00 am and start entering the GA Building right away. ARRIVE EARLY IF YOU INTEND TO LOBBY! We will meet at or near 10th and Bank Streets, form groups and move down 10th Street to Main to enter the building. Team Leaders will likely have orange VCDL clipboards and will be wearing high visibility vests. Seek them out as soon as you arrive and try to get on a team. Most team leaders will have a list of the Delegates and Senators with whom they will be meeting. However, if you can’t find a team with YOUR Delegate or Senator, we encourage you to join a team anyway, as things are likely to be crowded. Some Team Leaders are posting their Senator and Delegate assignments on Facebook. You can hook up with them in the VCDL Group.


EXPECT LONG LINES: There will be a large turnout. Not everyone will fit in the building at once. When the capacity is reached, entry into the building will be halted until people leave. Please visit your assigned offices and perhaps your own Senator's and Delegate's offices and then exit the building so others can enter. Patience is essential. If you have trouble standing for extended periods consider bringing a folding chair. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD BY CPD AND DGS THAT THERE WILL BE NO SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR HANDICAP ENTRY INTO THE BUILDING.


DRESS FOR THE WEATHER: It is January. It can be cold. Most of the day will be spent outside. Please check the weather and dress appropriately. Business casual or better attire is suggested. When you are communicating with people you do so with your appearance as well as your words. Wear comfortable shoes. There is a hill to climb from Main to Broad and the Capitol Square area is hilly as well. The elevators in the building will be packed so you may end up using stairs.


FOOD: There have been some food truck vendors who have indicated that they will be nearby. There are restaurants in the vicinity as well. However, with this many people in the area there will be long lines. It is advisable to bring snacks or sandwiches. We will post an alert soon if there are any prohibited items. We are waiting for advice from RPD and CPD.


CARRY: As of this moment, carry is prohibited inside the General Assembly (GA) Building and the Capitol. For this reason we suggest that if you intend to go inside to lobby you should leave your firearm at home, in your hotel room, or out-of-sight in your locked vehicle. DO NOT LEAVE AN UNSECURED GUN IN AN UNLOCKED CAR! There have been multiple firearms stolen out of vehicles lately. DO NOT HANDLE A LOADED FIREARM. VCDL's firearm safety policy at all VCDL-sponsored meetings, events, or gatherings has always been that loaded firearms shall NOT be handled; they will remain holstered or otherwise secured at all times. Don't ask someone to hold your gun while you go in the building. We suggest that if you are lobbying and come unarmed that you travel in groups with a DD...Designated Defender. This person volunteers to stay outside while the others go in and make our voices heard. As an alternative, you can use a fanny pack type holster which can be taken off and handed to your companion for safe keeping while you go into the building. AGAIN, DO NOT TAKE THE FIREARM OUT OF ITS HOLSTER.


Folding knives with a metal blades less than 3 inches are allowed. However, some of the Capitol police officers were not aware of such knives being permitted on Monday, January 13. If the Capitol Police won't let you bring in such a knife, request a sergeant or a lieutenant to be summoned. Twice I carried a 2.9-inch knife and placed it in the provided screening basket as I went through security on January 19th. No problem.

Be patient with the Capitol Police on the screenings. It was not their idea, but Democrat leadership's idea. The police are just doing their job and VCDL has always had an excellent working relationship with them.


SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: There have been many rumors, videos, and articles flying around the internet. We cannot stress enough that this is a peaceful day to address our Legislature. Yes, we hold a rally, but the point of the day is communication with our Representatives. To our knowledge there are no credible threats of violence. That being said, please practice appropriate situational awareness. IF YOU SEE A BAD ACTOR flag down a police officer and point it out. If someone tries to provoke you, smile and walk away. There is probably someone secretly recording the interaction, with the intent of capturing some kind of inappropriate reaction on your part. Don't take the bait. It's not worth the bad press. The eyes of the nation and the world are on Virginia and VCDL right now and we must show them that gun owners are not the problem. Lead by example. We have been and continue to be in close contact with several law enforcement agencies and will keep them informed of all potential threats that we become aware of. Law enforcement will be in abundance at the event, both uniformed and plain clothes.


SCHEDULE: We begin lobbying at 8:00 am and continue until 10:30 am. From 11:00 am until noon we will have a rally at the Capital steps. It will be crowded, so try to get there early if you want to be able to see (and hear) the speakers. Once the rally is over you can continue lobbying, grab some lunch, or head back to your bus/car. OUR BUSES WILL DEPART AT 2:00 pm so allow yourself ample time to return to your bus.


SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE DEFENDER: Normally our newsletter, The Defender, is mailed to members and not available to the public until the next copy is published. However, we have decided to make this one available to everyone as it contains important information about Lobby Day. Please review map to familiarize yourself with the layout. The link is here.


Thank you all for your support. For those coming from other states to stand with Virginia, we appreciate you making the long trip. This will be a notable day in history. Let's all work together to keep it positive and to achieve our goal of protecting our right to keep and bear arms.



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