Tuesday, January 28, 2014

VA-ALERT: Legislative Update / Gun shows - help needed

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1. Legislative update
2. URGENT: VCDL booth at Virginia Beach gun show still needs some helpers!
3. VCDL booth at Bristol gun show needs helpers!

1. Legislative update

Yesterday several bills were heard in committees.


SB 608, Senator Carrico, lifetime CHP bill. This bill is a duplicate of the Delegate Lingamfelter's HB 736. Both bills have new language which has been substituted to eliminate some serious problems. However, VCDL is working with both Delete Lingamfelter and Senator Carrico to fix some other problems, one critical, with the substitute bills. SB 608 passed unanimously out of committee and heads to the finance committee.


SB 510, Senator Favola, takes away gun rights for certain violent misdemeanors, passed out of committee on a 10-2-3 vote. The bill now heads to finance, where hopefully it will die. VCDL strongly opposes this bill.

Voting pro-liberty: Obenshain, Garrett

Voting anti-liberty: Norment, Saslaw, Marsh, Howell, Lucas, Edwards, Puller, McDougle, McEachin, Stuart

Not voting (abstain): Vogel, Stanley, Reeves


SB 520, Senator McEachin, "universal" background check bill, KILLED by a 6 to 9 vote! VCDL had strongly opposed this bill.

Voting pro-liberty: Norment, Edwards, Obenshain, McDougle, Stuart, Vogel, Stanley, Reeves, Garrett

Voting anti-liberty: Saslaw, Marsh, Howell, Lucas, Puller, McEachin


HB 66, Delegate Ramadan, requires K-12 schools to have at least one resource officer passed out of committee, but has just been killed in Appropriations. VCDL was neutral on this bill as a poor execution (resource officer) of a great idea (more guns in schools, preferable concealed handguns).

HB 307, Delegate Lingamfelter, allows grades 7-12 to offer hunter safety courses. Passed unanimously out of the committee and heads to the House Floor. VCDL strongly supported this bill.


For those interested in Sunday hunting (VCDL is neutral), a Sunday hunting bill (HB 1237, Delegate Gilbert) has passed the House today by a 71 to 27 vote and is headed to the Senate.

2. URGENT: VCDL booth at Virginia Beach gun show still needs some helpers!

We have an urgent need of your help to man the VCDL table at the Virginia Beach Gun Show, which is being held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on February 1-2, 2014 (THIS WEEKEND!).

As you can see below, we have four shifts to cover. If you can't do all of one, let Virginia Beach gun show coordinator, Gary F. Moeller, know what you can do and he'll try to work you in.

Any and all help is appreciated. If you have questions or want to help, address your email to Gary at: vbgunshows@vcdl.org

For new volunteers: To volunteer you must be a member of VCDL. You will be paired with an experienced person and you will learn the ropes quickly.

VIRGINIA BEACH GUN SHOW, February 1-2, 2014:

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

3. VCDL booth at Bristol gun show needs helpers!

K & R GUN SHOW, Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9


Help needed during these time frames:

SAT: 9 AM--5 PM
SUN: 10 AM--4 PM

If you can help, please contact Al Steed Jr. at: al@vcdl.org

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dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to
Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

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