It's not surprising that this Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign would take this approach as the campaign is produced by the AdCouncil, which was also responsible for a "safe storage" PSA campaign funded by the Obama administration and produced in collaboration with the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). That series of ads included kids saying, if you store your guns safely "I won't be scared." Based on numbers from the National Safety Council Injury Facts 2014 Edition, the total number of unintentional firearms related deaths in 2012 was only 600 - that 's total, not just children. So to get anywhere near the number that the "End Family Fire" campaign uses they must be including suicides in the total. Suicide brings a completely different set of issues with it besides just the availability of firearms.
VSSA supports NSSF's Project ChildSafe initiative which encourages gun owners to store their firearms properly when not in use. It's successful and the record low numbers of unintentional firearm related fatalities is proof. Brady and Ad Council should leave the messaging of safe storage to people who know guns and gun owners.
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The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) has seen significant growth in Virginia this year. SASP was created by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation in 2013 and consists of youth ages 10 – college competing in pistol and rifle. Athletes shoot at five steel targets that are arrayed in four different stages while timed. The program currently boasts approximately 1,200 participants nationally and 50 within the Commonwealth.
The SASP program began in earnest in Virginia in 2015 when the LoCo Motion Foundation established Team LoCo Motion in Purcellville. In 2016, the Winchester Izaak Walton League established the WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets. Each of these teams has grown significantly both in terms of numbers as well as competitive prowess. Both teams received significant support from Friends of the NRA/NRA Foundation. Three new teams are being established, two of are sponsored by the Young Marines and one by the US Naval Sea Cadets.
Members of the Blue Ridge Bullets sponsored by the Winchester Izaak Walton League at SASP Nationals.Team LoCo Motion head coach Eliot Jardines was recently appointed the SASP State Advisor for the Commonwealth. “We are very pleased with the growth of SASP in Virginia. With the help of our steadfast supporters the NRA and the SASP national staff, we were able to pull off the first ever Virginia SASP State Match,” he stated. Held at the NRA Headquarters Range, the state match was contested in the rimfire pistol, rifle-optic and rifle-iron sights divisions. In addition to the two VA teams, an SASP team from Gaston County, North Carolina also participated. In addition to the competition, attendees were given a guided tour of the National Firearms Museum and had a chance to meet newly elected NRA President Oliver North who was on hand to welcome the competitors.
Members of Team LoCo Motion at SASP Nationals.The culmination of the competitive season is the SASP Nationals in Ohio however and there is where Virginia’s teams have made their presence known. This year’s SASP Nationals had a record 1,200 entries, making it simultaneously the world’s largest youth action shooting event and the largest steel match in history. Given this level of competition, the Commonwealth’s teams achievements were quite remarkable.
Newcomers to Nationals this year, the WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets acquitted themselves quite well with their Intermediate (middle school) rimfire squad placing 18th out of 23 squads. The team also fielded two squads in the open rimfire division (squads with both middle and high school students), which placed 21st and 45th out of 68 squads. At the individual level, Amelia Lunceford placed 10th and Carigan Cogle placing 12th in the ladies Intermediate Advanced Division. Graceleigh, Genevieve and Emmaline Blodgett placing 14th, 18th and 19th respectively in the Intermediate Entry Level Division. On the men’s side, Talon Morris took 7th and Maccoy Gilkison took 12th in the Intermediate Entry Level Division.
Team LoCo Motion returned for its third year to SASP Nationals. The Senior (high school) squad took 9th out of 32 squads in rimfire pistol with the Intermediate squad placing 15th out of 23 squads. At the individual level, team captain Adam Jardines placed 16th in the highly competitive men’s Varsity Division, squad leader Corrine Whisenant taking 6th in the women’s Junior Varsity Division and Jack Bright taking 15th in the men’s JV Division. At the intermediate level, squad leader Ethan Jardines took 5th place in the men’s Intermediate Advanced Division while Lauren Creese likewise took 5th in the women’s IA Division. The team also tried their hand at the new pistol caliber carbine (PCC) discipline and took 5th place in the Open Division.
As the teams gear up for the new shooting season which starts in September, the Scholastic Action Shooting Program will be adding three new teams before the end of 2018. SASP is keenly interested in expanding the program outside of Northern Virginia and interested parties are encouraged to contact the State Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about establishing a team, available funding and scholarship opportunities.
- 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
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
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 – email@example.com
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.
Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, held a town-hall style discussion Wednesday on VMI’s post in Lexington. Police chiefs, sheriffs, commonwealth’s attorneys, legal experts and other Democratic lawmakers spoke.
Hurst hopes to present a bill in the Virginia Legislature in the 2019 session that gives police more power to take action in emergency situations. The proposal is called an Extreme Risk Protection Order. It lets officers take someone’s guns for a two-week period if they get a warrant. These are cases where someone is a serious, imminent threat to themselves or others.
It could come into play if someone’s drunk and threatening someone, if someone posts on social media threatening to shoot someone or if there’s reason to believe someone might hurt themselves. The so-called "Red Flag" legislation is what the gun ban lobby believes is the most doable, having already passed in other pro-rights states like Florida. Of course the devil is in the details and previously there has been a concern over due-process rights before someone loses their Second Amendment Rights.
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Now a decade after the Heller decision pro-gun laws have swept through many states. A dozen states now even have “constitutional” or “permitless” carry for handguns. There are over 100 million gun owners in America and more than 16 million people have permits to carry concealed handguns (up from about 1 million in the mid-1980s). A recent United Nations’ Small Arms Survey found that American civilians now have 393 million firearms (46 percent of all of the guns in civilian hands in the world).While lower courts have done their best to pretend the decision never happened, more and more Americans are exercising their right to keep and bear arms. But as Jacob Sullum wrote at Reason.com last month, the U.S. Supreme Court has been mostly silent since the 2010 case that overturned the Chicago handgun ban (McDonald vs. Chicago). Sullum's article dived into a Vox article written by Duke law professor Joseph Blocher and Eric Ruben, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, which makes the case that rather than ignoring Heller, the lower courts are simply applying the exceptions drawn by Heller. Those "exceptions" from the decision is this part:
"Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons. Pp. 54–56."Ruben and Blocher's narrative is also pushed by the gun ban lobby, like the op/ed in today's USA Today, written by Eric Tirschwell, director of litigation and national enforcement policy at Everytown for Gun Safety, and Mark Frassetto, senior counsel, Second Amendment litigation for Everytown. That piece claims that policy makers and law makers must understand the Second Amendment is what "the courts have actually said it means" rather than what gun rights advocates say. They claim:
...many obstacles remain as we work to strengthen and enforce our gun laws, Heller and the courts have made clear that the Second Amendment is not one of them.
Until SCOTUS agrees to hear another important case, we will continue to hear such talk. That makes this year's off year elections very important. It is possible that President Trump will get one more court appointment before the end of his first term. Unless we have a pro-rights majority in the U.S. Senate, we won't get a new appointment confirmed.
The picture below is Mike Jamison (in the red hat) shooting his 280 Bolt gun.
The second picture is Alan Lashley watching the shooting and the wind changes from the safety of the tent.
The third picture is Marc Chicowitz shooting Mike's bolt gun.
The 4th picture is Marc shooting his antique (an M1A).Another good shot for perspective. That is Mike on the ground shooting 1000 yards. Mike said "sorry, the targets are too far away to see!"
It was in the 90s all weekend and they were all "well done" by the end of the weekend. Thanks Mike for sending the photos!
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors turned down a proposal to change the county's weapons and explosives ordinance following an incident in which three homes were inadvertently shot upon in May.
On Thursday, supervisors voted instead to direct county staff to study the safety concerns identified by the board and report back Dec. 4 with solutions.A VADGIF biologist spoke and reinforced what we noted in our legislative alert yesterday regarding the deer population:
District Wildlife Biologist Kevin Rose from the Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries directed the board’s attention to hunting and vehicle safety stating that more than 80 percent of the deer population is harvested with firearms in Loudoun.
The biologist added that the locality has the highest reported number of deer collisions and cause of injuries -- an average of 26 annually in the past five years -- in the commonwealth.
“We rely on firearms deer hunting to control the deer herd,” Rose said. “Any restriction that majorly handcuffs the ability -- for hunters to use firearms to harvest deer -- is going to negatively affect our ability to manage deer.”While this situation was caused by one or more people apparently discharging a firearm in an unsafe manner, it provided the opportunity for gun ban members of the General Assembly to attempt to do at the local level what they currently can't do at the state level. From the Times report:
In May, Democrats from Loudoun’s state delegation called for the county to outlaw the discharging of firearms.
“It is our opinion that the local zoning code better provides a mechanism to proactively reduce the likelihood of injuries or damages from stray gunfire occurring in the first place,” the letter states.The VSSA member in attendance noted that gun owners had won a complete victory until a couple of squishy Republican members of the board threw a lifeline to the gun ban Democrats on the board, and offered up the study of safety concerns. So, we won the first round, but may have to fight this again in a watered down form.
A special thanks to VSSA member Chris M. for attending and providing a report of the meeting and to Delegate Dave LaRock and State Senator Dick Black who were also in attendance and spoke in support of defeating the new ordinance.
Supervisor Umstattd is overreacting to a rare incident in Loudoun where a firearm was discharged carelessly and resulted in minor property damage.
Discharging a firearm is always a serious matter but if the Board reacts hastily to an isolated incident, that would be a serious mistake. Unfortunately that may be what is about to happen in Loudoun County.
The proposal would ban shooting if there is another occupied structure within a half-mile of where you are shooting. That would pretty much ban shooting in the entire county!
You can click here to view Umstattd's proposed ordinance.
You can click here to view a review of current ordinances, laws, and the single incident
Loudoun was once the locality with the Commonwealth's best deer hunting. Increased development has put a large portion of the county off limits to hunting with firearms, resulting in a large over-population of deer. Imagine what banning the use of firearms in the entire county for harvesting deer will do to exacerbate that problem. Just a couple of the effects of deer overpopulation are property loss due to auto collisions, which also sometimes result in the loss of human life. Lyme disease is also a by-product of deer overpopulation, and that is already at epidemic levels in Loudoun. Such a policy change could cause Lyme cases to increase further.
In addition to the proposed ordinance, the Board may also consider other changes.
If you live in Loudoun County, it is strongly suggested you attend this meeting. The meeting starts at 5 pm at:
Loudoun County Government Center
Board Room, First Floor
1 Harrison Street, S.E.
Leesburg, VA 20177
Also, please email BOS@Loudoun.gov to make your opposition known to all supervisors, even if you cannot attend tonight's meeting.
Frietas is endorsed by the NRA-PVF and by VSSA. Please make sure you go out and vote tomorrow, and vote for Nick Freitas. For more on Delegate Freitas' campaign, take a look at his interview on a May edition of NRATV Cam and Company.
This one is Mike working the target.
Mike Jamison and Phil Lowry entered the CMP Eastern Games at Camp Butner, NC as the VSSA Sniper Team, shooting Springfield 03A4 bolt action Period sniper rifles. They were able to placed on a squad with friends from Virginia/NC who were also shooting. Joining Mike and Phil was Alan Lashley, long-time VSSA coach and recently retired from the Virginia Guard, now living and fishing in Wilmington, NC, and Mark Chicowitz, another Virginian.
Phil Lowry is on the ground shooting, Mike Jamison is laying next to him , coaching him and reading the wind. Alan Lashley ( former VSSA coach) is scoring. Marc Chikowitz is watching on the scope, (another Virginia shooter)
The VSSA Sniper team (Roanoke Branch) was in action May 19th and 20th at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The rain let up Sunday just in time for a beautiful day at the range. Mike Jamison and Don Hanley shot together. Scores at 300 yards were competitive, but 600 yards is still giving them some trouble.
At least Monday's decision serves one useful purpose: It exposes the federal judiciary's willingness to elevate some constitutional rights over others.
If a city enacted zoning laws that effectively outlawed abortion clinics, and a federal appeals court had permitted it, the Supreme Court would have stepped in a heartbeat later. Under precedents going back to Maher v. Roe (1977), any law representing "direct state interference" with abortion is evaluated using strict scrutiny, the most exacting standard of legal review. Few such laws survive. (The 9th Circuit did not apply strict scrutiny to Alameda's law.)
In today's California, even adult movie theaters enjoy greater legal protections than gun stores. In a 1986 decision, the Supreme Court said the First Amendment allows municipalities to restrict such theaters (apparently they were a thing before the Internet) only if zoning laws provide a "reasonable opportunity to open and operate an adult theater within the city."The U.S. Supreme court has not taken any meaningful Second Amendment cases since McDonald. There currently are not four justices that are willing to vote in favor of hearing cases on the issue. This is possibly because one or more of the remaining four that voted in the majority in Heller and McDonald are unsure whether they have five votes to find in favor of overruling a gun control law that comes before them. No one really knows, but what we do know is Justices Thomas, Gorsuch and Alito have expressed frustration that this fundamental right becomes more and more marginalized with each case that is turned down.
The perils of this reverberate across the nation. As cases like Maryland's so-called "assault weapons" ban, New Jersey's and Maryland's may-issue concealed carry law, and California's numerous onerous gun control laws continue to survive because SCOTUS will not hear them, the gun ban lobby will use such laws to craft legislation in other states. Virginia is ever so close to turning anti-gun. All it will take is to flip one seat in each house of the General Assembly for us to turn into California or New Jersey over night.
Who were the shareholders that made the proposal? According to the New York Times, a coalition of religious women and health care networks which are members of the shareholder advocacy organization Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, representing the Sisters of the Holy Names and 10 other "faith-based organizations" and Catholic Health Initiative. Members of the group bought shares in Ruger and Smith and Wesson two years ago hoping to influence the way the companies do business. Ruger's largest shareholder, money management firm BlackRock and Vanguard, another large investor in the company, backed the "shareholder's activist resolution" which is how Ruger described the proposal. John Richardson at the blog No Lawyers, only Guns and Money, has a great breakdown of what occurred. Ruger's response is below:
"The proposal requires Ruger to prepare a report. That's it. A report," Killoy said. The company will follow through on its obligation to produce that report, he said.
"What the proposal does not, and cannot do, is to force us to change our business, which is lawful and constitutionally protected. What it does not do, and cannot do, is force us to adopt misguided principles created by groups who do not own guns, know nothing about our business, and frankly would rather see us out of business." One of the shareholders, Rev. J. Michael Solberg — a pastor in Hinsdale, Ill., who is also a leader of the Metro IAF's Do Not Stand Idly By campaign; objected to CEO Kilroy's characterization:
"We are not gun control advocates," Solberg said. "We are not encouraging you not to make certain weapons. We are encouraging you to take the reputational risks of this issue seriously, and engage with those who want to make a difference."While it does not require Ruger to change the way they do business, it does demonstrate the perils faced by publicly held gun companies. Malcontent shareholders were able to wield more power than the numbers of shares they likely hold would normally have allowed because they were able to convince large shareholders like BlackRock and Vanguard (which have been a target of Parkland activist David Hogg's boycott calls) to support their efforts. The same coalition will be pushing identical efforts at the shareholder meeting of American Outdoor Brands Company (Smith & Wesson) later this year.
Being a public company provides access to capital, but it does come at some price - like activist investors. It's likely most of the time companies are able to beat back such attempts. This time however nervous large investors like BlackRock and Vanguard helped push these shareholders over the finish line. Will this give pause to other firearms related companies that are looking to go public? Only time will tell.
Delegate Freitas enlisted in the United States Army after High School. Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Nick served two combat tours as a Green Beret in the Middle East. After Nick’s service as a Green Beret, he became Director of Operations for a service-disabled, veteran-owned defense contractor. Nick is currently serving his second term as a Virginia House of Delegates member, originally elected in 2015. Nick and his wife, Tina, and their three children live in Culpeper, VA.
Gun owners need to do all they can do between now and June 12 to help Delegate Freitas win the primary. You can find out how to contact the campaign by clicking here.
Yesterday, Delegate Freitas spoke with NRATV host Cam Edwards. He spoke about the 2017 off-year elections where Virginia went from a two-thirds pro-gun rights majority to a one-vote majority in the House of Delegates. Freitas also said progressives don't want a few "common sense" limitations - they want to gut the Second Amendment. He said it's time to respect the constitutional rights of gun owners. They must stop trying to use the government to disarm us. You can watch the entire interview below.