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2018 VSSA Annual Meeting

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 11:18
The VSSA Annual Meeting will be held on September 15, 2018 at the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter, IWLA, 14708 Mt. Olive Rd, Centreville, VA 20121. Activities begin at 12:00 Noon; dinner at 5:30 PM followed by Annual Meeting and after dinner speaker. VSSA election results will be announced and the VSSA raffle drawing will be conducted. The dinner menu is pulled pork barbeque, pulled chicken, beef brisket and delicious side dishes. The cost for dinner is $18.00. After noon activities include:
  • Pistol: Standard and “fun” targets
  • Rifle: Standard and “fun” targets
  • Air Rifle/Air Pistol: Standard and “fun” targets
  • Shotgun: Standard trap targets
  • Archery: Standard and “fun” targets
Guns, targets and ammo will be provided for pistol, rifle, air rifle and air pistol. There will be a small target charge for shotgun shooting and shooters can purchase 12 and 20 gauge shells at the range. Check out the state-of-the-art air rifle/air pistol range and try your hand at this challenging sport.

Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy your favorite activities with fellow VSSA members! Mark your calendar now!

This year's annual raffle prizes are as follows:
1st Prize: Henry Golden Boy Silver 1000 Man Shoot Rifle
2nd Prize: $250 Cabela's Gift Card
3rd Prize: $100 Cash
The Henry Golden Boy Silver 1000 Man Shoot rifle is a limited edition firearm! On November 14, 2016, NRA and Henry Repeating Arms teamed up to set a record and raise funds to continue efforts in protecting the 2nd Amendment. Freedom loving Americans joined together to set a world record by simultaneously firing 1,000 Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy Silver rifles at Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ. Henry Repeating Arms generously donated the custom engraved rifles to the NRA and they in turn paid it forward by donating one rifle to every NRA State Association.

The Henry Golden Boy Silver rifle in .22LR is configured with octagon barrels, American walnut stocks, and fully adjustable Marbles semi-buckhorn sights. This beauty features a mirror-bright nickeled receiver cover, matching barrel band and buttplate, and a gleam that'll get you noticed proudly anywhere you shoot. The Henry Golden Boy Silver for the 1,000 Man Shoot comes custom with a 1,000 Man Shoot commemorative logo (watch the video below for a great shot of the rifle and logo) and Allen case, making it one of a kind. Or one-in-a-thousand.
You can download tickets here if you would like a chance to win this firearm.  Download a dinner reservation form here.  Simply complete the raffle ticket information portion and dinner reservation form and to: Virginia Shooting Sports Association, PO Box 1258, Orange, VA 22960

Loudoun Youth State Shooting Champions

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 11:41
Members of Team LoCo Motion have risen to state-wide prominence having recently won state championships at the Scholastic Action Shooting Program State Match.  Established in 2015, Team LoCo Motion participates in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) where youth, ages 12 – college shoot pistols and rifles at steel targets while timed.  The state match took place at the NRA Headquarters range in Fairfax.  In one of his first official acts, NRA President Oliver North was on hand to welcome the athletes.During the competition, athletes competed as a four-person squad shooting both rimfire pistol and rifle.  The Team LoCo Motion Red Squad took 2nd place in the rimfire pistol division, just missing first place by only 0.62 seconds.  Red Squad members included Nathan Ellis of Leesburg, Adam and Ethan Jardines of Purcellville as well as Corrine Whisenant of Harpers Ferry, WV.   In the rimfire rifle - optics division, the Team LoCo Motion Crimson Squad took 3rdplace.  Squad members included Lauren Creese of Purcellville, Anna and Ben Soltis of Round Hill and Corrine Whisenant.
At the individual level, the team took the lions share of championships:-        Michael Soltis of Round Hill took 1st place in the collegiate rimfire pistol as well as collegiate rifle - iron sights divisions-        Adam Jardines of Purcellville took 1st place in the high school rimfire pistol division-        Ethan Jardines of Purcellville took 1stplace in the middle school rimfire pistol and rifle – iron sights divisions
Team LoCo Motion, has received grant funding from the NRA Foundation and the Town of Purcellville.  As a way of assisting other youth development programs, the team runs pistol qualifications sessions for the VIKING Division Sea Cadets in Purcellville, as well as the Leesburg and Winchester Civil Air Patrol squadrons.  For more information about the team, visit www.locomotionfoundation.org.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:Eliot Jardines – admin@locomotionfoundation.org

Defense Distributed Wins Against Big Three Gun Ban Groups, More Battles Ahead

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 10:48
VSSA covered the story of Defense Distributed in a recent edition of our member newsletter. For those who may not have seen that, earlier this month, the Justice Department decided to settle a lawsuit with Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation related to Defense Distributed hosting and distributing certain computer files that can help devices such as 3D printers, manufacture firearms at home. Wilson believed, among other things, that his First Amendment rights were restricted by being prohibited from spreading the information in those files, which he believed to be protected speech. The government's official announcement that it was lifting its ban on the distribution of the files (the government had the position that distributing the files constituted illegal munitions export) was supposed to happen this past Friday.

Well, as can be expected, the gun ban lobby went apoplectic, and three of them, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, and GiffordsPAC, filed suite in a federal court in Texas.  From Reason.com's coverage of the story:
Panicked, a trio of gun-control interests (Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, and GiffordsPAC) tried to muscle in on the lawsuit at the very last minute and prevent the settlement from going into effect. Friday, after a hearing before Judge Robert Pitman in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, their attempt failed, the settlement went into effect, the lawsuit is over, and the files are being freely distributed.

...The Brady Campaign and their partners, Wilson thinks, were just hoping to stall resolution of the settlement and "kill us with paperwork and keep us in court" for possibly years longer. "The Judge saw through everything, is the long and short of it" Wilson says. The executive branch, Wilson says, "gets to decide on national security prerogatives" and in a sense Wilson says his side was being forced to defend the arguments of his ostensible legal opponents in the federal government, "which is that the courts can't review" the decision to let the files be distributed.This likely isn't the end of Wilson's legal battles as Reason reports the New Jersey AG sent a letter to him threatening a lawsuit and CBS reports that last night Defense Distributed agreed to block Pennsylvania users after an emergency hearing Sunday night in federal court in Philadelphia.

Lee County Facing Backlash from VA DOE and VA AG Over Decision to Allow Armed School Staff

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 13:07
Lee County, located in far southwest Virginia, is facing backlash from state officials, including Governor Northam, the state Department of Education and the Attorney General over the decision to allow school staff to be armed while on the job.  But, the county is so far undeterred in their decision.  Yesterday, Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Brian T. Austin spoke with NRATV's Dana Loesch about the Board's decision and the reaction of state officials.