Monday, November 25, 2019

Correct Email Address for Supervisor John Koontz

Dear MCRC Members and Friends of MCRC,

I gave incorrect email addresses for Supervisor John Koontz.  His correct email is:

Also, for those wondering where the concerns are coming from in a more specific way, please see Prefiled SB-16 and HB 4021 from the 2019 General Assembly.  I'm attaching the language contained in SB-16.

Thank you for your prompt attention and responses!

Trudy Feigum
MCRC Chairman

Sunday, November 24, 2019

PRIORITY - Second Amendment Sanctuary County Designation - Middlesex County Republican Committee

Dear MCRC Members and Friends of MCRC,
Attached is a draft Resolution to designate Middlesex County a 2A (Second Amendment) Sanctuary County. I will present this resolution in behalf of MCRC to the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors at their meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 3.
This action is in response to multiple proposals that are part of the Democrats' wish list of prefiled bills for the 2020 General Assembly.  Specifically, to the bills that, if signed into law, would make anyone housing a firearm a FELON.  I can go down a list of what would be required, but first and foremost would be surrender of firearms to the government.
As Republicans, we know such a measure to disarm U.S. citizens is in violation of the United States Constitution.  We also know this has been tested with the United States Supreme Court.  If the Democrats in Virginia successfully move this forward, it appears it may be court-tested again.  Recognizing the political climate, nothing is beyond potential.  Which is why you are receiving this CALL TO ACTION.
Time is of the essence--it is crucial.  You need to call or email your own district supervisor. Tell them you want Middlesex County designated a 2A Sanctuary County.  This is vitally important...they must hear from their own constituents ahead of the BOS meeting.  And, they need to hear in numbers! 
Please contact your local supervisor immediately and ask for their support to designate Middlesex County a Sanctuary County for the Second Amendment. 
Chip Holt = 804-704-0560 or
Wayne Jessie = 804-854-9340 or 
Pete Mansfield =  804-758-5335 or 
Kathy Swinehart = 804-358-5656 or
John Koontz = 804-564-8852 or or
Our actions are vitally important to help ensure our Second Amendment Rights, to keep Middlesex County from enforcing laws that are unconstitutional and to help avoid costly and time-consuming court appearances. 
Many, many counties in Virginia are doing exactly as we are.  Some have already adopted the resolution and others have it on their December agendas.  Are you a hunter?  Do you enjoy shooting sports?  Are you concerned about personal defense?  All will be impacted if this Democrat tide is not turned back.
Please plan to attend the December 3 BOS meeting which begins at 3:00 p.m. I will present during Public Comment which will begin at approximately 3:10.  The matter will be discussed by the BOS later in the meeting (it is already on their agenda). 
Thank you--ahead of time--for responding to this CALL TO ACTION!!
Trudy Feigum
MCRC Chairman

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Fwd: Gun Rights - Patrick Co Va sheriff


Subject: Gun Rights


Since Virginia is a Dillion Rule state we wonder how much authority you sheriffs have to hold the state and federal governments in check. We trust you but have concerns about the objectives of the state and federal governments since Socialism is on the increase. If you feel free to share any information, like
Sheriff Smith from Patrick County did in the statement below, it would be reassuring. With your permission I would share it with others who are as concerned as I am. Thank each of you for your dedicated service to your counties and know that we law abiding citizens have your backs and appreciate every thing you do to keep us safe.
This from the Patrick Co Va sheriff.

I want to take this opportunity to address my constituents regarding a very important matter. As you well know, with the majority shift in the Virginia General Assembly following the recent election, much speculation has risen regarding the potential passage of numerous gun control laws in our great Commonwealth. I am concerned, along with virtually every law enforcement leader in this region, about the potential fallout from these changes and how they will affect your day to day life.
I want to preface this correspondence by saying this: The men and women of this office work hard every day to protect you, your family and your property. We have arrested and prosecuted hundreds of individuals under our already existing state gun laws. Virginia has some of the toughest laws in the nation regarding felons in possession of guns, providing mandatory minimum prison sentences. We do this with a skeleton crew, often covering nearly 500 mountainous square miles at night time with just two deputies. Needless to say, if someone is trying to hurt you, it likely will take us what may seem like an eternity to get to you. Many of you live alone. Some of you are single moms who are the only protection your children have. Do you want to be told that you can't have a magazine for your hand gun that is capable of firing more than ten rounds of ammunition? Do you want to be automatically criminalized because you couldn't afford to pay 35 dollars for a background check if your father gives you a gun to protect yourself with from a violent, estranged husband? These are some of the proposals that have been introduced for passage. Check it out for yourself by googling Virginia's gun control proposals for the July 2019 special legislative session.
Anyone who knows me knows my deep support and appreciation for our Constitution and its Bill of Rights. My oath of office requires me, and every deputy sheriff that I appoint, to swear to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is my responsibility to see that you are not subjected to unlawful and unreasonable searches of your home by my deputies. It is my responsibility to ensure that you are not treated inhumanely while you are in custody. It is my responsibility to see that your freedom or property is not taken from you without probable cause, as the fourth amendment demands. It is also my responsibility to protect your right to keep and bear arms. If many of the laws pass that have been proposed in the special legislative session held in July of 2019, I will be placed at odds with many of them and the oath that I have sworn to as your sheriff. I can assure you, my fellow Patrick Countians, that I will unequivocally be loyal to my oath of office and support the 2nd Amendment and the Constitution of this great land. Your right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Overnight criminalization of someone who possesses a certain type of gun or ammunition magazine is an infringement. The issuance of a gun confiscation warrant based on hearsay without proper due process is an infringement. In addition, the confiscation proposal places law enforcement, particularly sheriff's deputies, in grave danger because we are the ones that are most often commanded to carry out these protective orders. These are examples of the types of legislation that have been proposed. I urge you to stand with me and your constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Virginia's rich gun culture and patriotic history is counting on your voice.
More soldiers have died on Virginia soil than in any other state in the union. Some fought to free our country from tyranny, others fought to keep this great country from being torn apart. Please help me in stopping the erosion of our Constitutional rights that so many before us have sacrificed for. Write your state delegate, state senator, and the Governor's office. Respectfully share your concerns with them. I am convinced that many of these proposals can be defeated. I will leave you with a quote from one of our founding fathers: "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety," Benjamin Franklin.
It is an honor serving you,
Daniel M. Smith, Sheriff
Patrick County, Virginia

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."  

-- Thomas Jefferson