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Old 01-20-2009, 6:35 AM
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Default Lobby Day in Richmond VA UPDATED with good news!

Here's a little story that takes place here in VA. We had a lobby day at our state capitol yesterday to lobby our state legislators about gun control issues. About 500-600 gun owners showed up and two anti-gun people. Everyone broke into groups and visited each state rep and voiced our opinions on a few bills that are being considered. The big one was the gunshow loophole bill. As it stands now, we can to PPT without background checks. The bill (I forget the number) would require background checks to be conducted on all gun purchases, including PPT. The crime commission met last week and voted to not make any recommendations for or against this bill because so many gun owners voiced their opinions against this bill. As a result, that bill is now dead. Another bill is the CCW in resteraunts that serve alcohol. Right now, it is illegal to CCW in any establishment that serves alcohol. You have to OC (loaded is OK too). If this bill passes, we could CCW in resteraunts and not cause such a scene when tourists see us packing heat at the bar. This bill would also let students and staff CCW on campus. The last one is an anti-gun bill raising the fee for background checks from $2 to $5.

We'll have to wait and see how well our state reps listen to us. Usually, they do, but we have some anti-gun folks running around the state causing problems.

I posted this to give ya'll some hope and maybe some encouragement to voice your opinions to your state legislaters. It takes more than an e-mail or a phone call sometimes. One of our law makers was surprised at the turn out of all us gun owners and was impressed that we cared enough about the issues that some people drove three hours one way to attend our lobby day. Most of you may remember the huge one click campaign we had here on CG back in 2007 and how successful that was. When the bills are introduced, it's time to make yourselves heard LOUD AND CLEAR!!! Good luck.

For more info on our Lobby Day, check out VCDL http://www.vcdl.org/
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Old 01-20-2009, 6:47 AM
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Thanks rod, great post.
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Interesting concept. Do you have to schedule those visits withlawmakers in advance? Here it's pretty hard to be admitted into the holy of holies.
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Old 01-29-2009, 3:26 AM
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Committee Votes to Expand Concealed Handgun Carry Rights
Posted: Jan 28, 2009 07:32 PM
Updated: Jan 28, 2009 10:12 PM
At the General Assembly Wednesday, a senate committee voted to expand the rights of concealed handgun permit holders. The committee voted nine to six to allow the concealed carry of guns into restaurants that sell alcohol.
Under the proposal, firearms carriers are not allowed to consume alcohol. Supporters say it bolsters Second Amendment rights. Opponents claim booze and bullets don't mix.
http://www.nbc29.com/


This next story isn't so good but it's not the end of the world. We think it will get shot down in the Senate (again)



'Gun-Show Loophole' Bill Passes Va. Senate Panel
Posted: Jan 26, 2009 06:38 PM
Updated: Jan 27, 2009 02:14 AM

A Senate committee has passed a bill to require private dealers at gun shows to perform background checks on buyers.
The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 8-7 Monday for the legislation to close the so-called gun-show loophole, where private dealers are not required to perform the checks required of licensed gun dealers.
The legislation is introduced annually, but it has only cleared the committee a couple times in the past. It has never passed out of the full Senate.
Even if it does, the measure is all but guaranteed to die in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates.
http://www.nbc29.com/Global/story.as...av=menu496_2_5
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VA to get campus carry is fantastic news indeed.
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Our lawmakers dont have to listen to us, they give you the "we have the right to disagree" qutoe and move to vote on feeling, not facts.

Good deal for VA!
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Awsome, I may have to try and get my next duty station in VA....
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RIGHT ON! GO VIRGINIA!
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Oh, wouldn't it be just a JOY to live in a FREE state?
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