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  • Katie Couric facing $12M defamation lawsuit over #GunGate

    09/14/2016 7:48:07 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 14, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I’d thought we might have heard the last of the Katie Couric infomercial posing as an examination of gun rights issues. After all, there was public outrage aplenty and even Couric herself finally admitted that the editing of the piece “might have been misleading.” (Really? You think so?) But the group which was the victim of the insulting and misleading editing, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, is bringing the GunGate story back into the news this week. Our colleagues at Bearing Arms have obtained documents confirming that the group is seeking to take Couric to court over the slanderous piece...
  • BREAKING: Katie Couric Sued for $12 Million For Defamation In Anti-Gun Documentary

    09/13/2016 10:20:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 9/13/2016 | Bob Owens
    Second Amendment rights advocacy organization the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), along with two of its members, today filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric, director Stephanie Soechtig, Atlas Films, and Studio 3 Partners LLC d/b/a Epix for false and defamatory footage featured in the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun. The film portrays a fictional exchange in which members of the VCDL appear silent, stumped, and avoiding eye contact for nearly nine seconds after Katie Couric asks a question about background checks. An unedited audio recording of the interview reveals that—contrary to the portrayal in the film—the...
  • Katie Couric, Stephanie Soechtig sued for $12M for deceptive edits in anti-gun documentary

    09/13/2016 12:54:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies ^ | Sep. 13, 2016 | Jessica Chasmar
    A Virginia gun-rights group is suing Katie Couric and the producers of the documentary “Under the Gun” for $12 million in defamation over an interview that was revealed to have been deceptively edited. The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) and two gun-rights activists featured in the film, Daniel Hawes and Patricia Webb, are suing Ms. Couric, who produced the documentary and led the interview in question, as well as director Stephanie Soechtig, Atlas Films and Epix, the film’s distributor. The suit filed in federal court Tuesday, obtained by, claimed the producers of the film “intentionally manipulated” footage to make...
  • Katie Couric Accused of Deceptive Editing in Second Documentary

    06/08/2016 1:18:06 PM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 8, 2016 | Stephen Gutowski
    Katie Couric’s 2014 documentary Fed Up includes instances of deceptive editing similar to 2016’s Under the Gun, according to several people familiar with the making of the film. Fed Up, which focuses on obesity and the food industry, was directed by Stephanie Soechtig and produced by Couric. The film includes two interviews with figures who hold viewpoints counter to the narrative of the film, and sources say both interviews include at least one misleading or deceptive edit intended to embarrass the interviewee. Dr. David Allison, an interview subject in the film and the director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center,...
  • Why the Second Amendment is under attack this week

    05/16/2016 10:09:54 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 29 replies
    Examiner ^ | May 16, 2016 | Dave Workman
    It’s a tradition as old as yellow journalism, “Bash the Second Amendment” week, and it was off to a vigorous start with last night’s debut of “Under the Gun,” touted as a “documentary” hosted by Katie Couric and broadcast on Epix. The press seems to relish in doing gun control stories in the week leading up to the annual convention of the National Rifle Association. The NRA gathers this coming weekend in Louisville, and in addition to the Couric program, there’s an anti-gun opinion piece in today’s Seattle Times from Jerry Large, and another column in today’s Daily Californian that...
  • Anti-Gun Film(katie BS)

    05/25/2016 8:13:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 5/24/2016 | Bob Owens
    Producer Katie Couric and Director Stephanie Soechtig stand accused of doctoring the responses of a group of participants in their anti-gun propaganda film, Under the Gun. If substantiated, the claim will destroy Couric’s reputation as a journalist and Soechtig’s reputation as a director. It appears that the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) participants have the evidence in the form of audio from the interview that substantiates their claims.
  • Katie Couric Regrets ‘Poor Decision’ to Insert Pause in Gun Documentary Interview

    05/26/2016 5:55:56 PM PDT · by McGruff · 93 replies
    The WRAP ^ | May 26, 2016 | Beatrice Verhoeven
    Katie Couric is upset that an eight-second pause inserted into an interview she did with gun rights activists in the documentary “Under the Gun” has drawn criticism, calling the edit an “unnecessary mistake,” according to an individual with knowledge of her thinking. The individual spoke to TheWrap and said that director Stephanie Soechtig inserted the pause, which critics are calling an example of “deceptive” and “appalling journalism.” “This was an unnecessary mistake,” the individual told TheWrap. “It did not represent editing someone’s sentences, there was no factual error, this is not a mistake that is a substantive mistake. It could...
  • GunGate – Katie Couric Alters VCDL Responses in “Documentary”

    05/30/2016 12:11:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gadsten Guns Blog ^ | 27 May, 2016 | Kitty
    GunGate – Katie Couric Alters VCDL Responses in “Documentary” By Kitty on May 27, 2016 Katie Couric has been exposed as a fraud over the current GunGate debacle, and since Gadsden Guns owner Pat Webb was one of the parties whose answers were altered in the so-called documentary, we feel it’s our duty to speak out and share the truth about what really happened.GunGate – How it Happened Under the guise of documentary journalism, pro-gun activists were interviewed by Katie Couric in order to “provide varied viewpoints.”In fact, those are some of the exact words that were included in the...
  • Katie Couric says sorry for 'misleading' edit in gun rights documentary

    05/31/2016 7:38:34 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 31, 2016 | Lois Beckett
    Katie Couric apologized on Monday after days of criticism about a “misleading” edit in her new documentary that made gun rights advocates “appear to be speechless” when asked a simple question about gun control. “I take responsibility,” the news anchor wrote in a statement on the website for Under the Gun, a documentary about gun violence in America that she narrated and produced.
  • Donald Trump: Katie Couric "Should Be Ashamed" Of "Fraudulent Editing"

    06/01/2016 3:33:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 41 replies ^ | June 1, 2016 | Awr Hawkins
    On May 31, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump weighed in on Katie Couric’s “fraudulent editing,” tweeting that she “should be ashamed” of herself. Katie Couric’s gun control film — Under the Gun — contains an 8-second pause that was inserted in the editing process. That pause gives viewers the false impression that pro-gun proponents were unsure or stumped when Couric questioned them about gun control.
  • Couric’s Director Unapologetic Over Selectively Editing Interview With Gun Owners

    06/05/2016 9:38:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies ^ | 6/4/2016 | Matt Vespa
    What was your intention with inserting that pause? You have Katie asking the group this question, “Do you think people on the terror watch list should be allowed to own guns?” Katie’s asking the question of the group, but as the filmmaker, I want to ask the question of the audience. So what I was thinking, my editor was thinking was we need to stop for a second, because the film moves along at a really fast clip. So you’ll see that throughout we’ll stop down after something happens or when we present something. The terror watch list is a...
  • Yahoo executives convene emergency meeting to discuss their hack, dishonest ‘global anchor’

    06/07/2016 10:37:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/07/16 | Dan Calabrese
    But can't think of anything to do about her, like, oh, say, fire her for being a dishonest hack. It’s impossible to feel any sympathy for Yahoo here. When they made Katie Couric their “global anchor” on the apparent belief that she was some sort of serious journalist, they either knew what they were getting into or were so ignorant of the real truth that they were investing in their own demise. And Yahoo has enough problems apart from the fact that the face of its news operation is a lying left-wing propagandist masquerading - and not very convincingly -...
  • Katie Couric’s Anti-Gun Producers Repeatedly Violated Federal Gun Laws

    06/03/2016 5:37:52 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 59 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6-3-16 | Sean Davis
    Katie, get your gun lawyer. By now you’ve probably heard about Katie Couric’s new anti-gun documentary “Under The Gun,” and how her producer doctored video of interviews with gun owners in order to make them look stupid and heartless. Couric’s producer and director, Stephanie Soechtig, admitted to doctoring the video, and Couric herself kinda sorta apologized for it. But that’s not the worst thing that happened with the making of this documentary. It turns out that Couric’s production team deliberately conspired to violate federal gun laws. According to video obtained by Ammoland, a shooting sports news website, one of Couric’s...
  • BREAKING: EPIX Pulls Katie Couric’s Fraudulent Documentary “Under The Gun”

    05/31/2016 10:34:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | May 31, 2016 | Bob Owens
    Just two weeks after first airing and one week after director Stephanie Soechtig and executive producer/narrator Katie Couric were caught in a scandal where Soechtig replaced the answer to a question with footage shot at a different time, the streaming media channel EPIX has pulled their original film.

    05/31/2016 10:33:26 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 72 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 31, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Katie Couric's gun control movie has gotten a lot of criticism for fraudulently editing a discussion with the Virginia Defense League. Just earlier today apologized today for the misleading edits. EPIX has just announced that it is no longer showing the movie here. The two might not be unrelated. Will Apple now pull the movie from iTunes?
  • Katie Couric And The Anti-Gun Documentary: Not Just Vanishing Journalism Ethics, But Vanishing

    05/30/2016 8:58:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ethics Alarms ^ | 27 May, 2016 | Ethicsalarms
    Just in time for the Presidential campaign, old friend Katie Couric has been kind enough to remind us just how little we can trust journalists, how arrogant they are regarding their unethical methods, and how the profession that is supposed to protect democracy is now a threat to it.Having failed in her effort to be a network news anchor and a talk-show host, the former “Today Show” star  is now biding her time at Yahoo News waiting for a comeback opportunity. She served as executive producer and narrator of “Under the Gun,” an anti-gun documentary written, produced, and directed by...
  • Audio Shows Katie Couric Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Activists

    05/25/2016 4:20:24 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 23 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5-25-16 | Stephen Gutowski
    The makers of a new Katie Couric documentary on gun violence deceptively edited an interview between Couric and a group of gun rights activists in an apparent attempt to embarrass the activists, an audio recording of the full interview shows. At the 21:48 mark of Under the Gun a scene of Katie Couric interviewing members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights organization, is shown. Couric can be heard in the interview asking activists from the group, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?” The...
  • Unethical journalism: Couric alters words of VCDL members

    05/23/2016 12:44:21 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 50 replies
    Virginia Citizens Defense League Alert ^ | 5-23-16 | Philip Van Cleave
    “Creative” editing by Katie Couric, who must have graduated from the Joseph Goebbels School of Journalism, has intentionally and significantly changed the response of VCDL members in a new video called “Under the Gun” - and I have PROOF. VCDL APPROACHED TO BE PART OF A “DOCUMENTARY” I received an email in March of 2015 from Kristin Lazure, a producer for Atlas Films, asking if VCDL would be part of "a documentary about the gun violence prevention movement in America.” In the email, Kristin said, "Some of the storylines we're exploring include the legislative process on the federal and state...
  • VA-ALERT: Federal Candidate Survey Results (Presidential Campaign)

    02/28/2016 8:12:02 AM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 4 replies
    VCDL has surveyed the Democrat and Republican candidates for President. The VCDL 2016 Federal Candidate Survey can be viewed at: So far, the responses are: DEMOCRAT Hillary Clinton -- Bernie Sanders -- REPUBLICAN Ben Carson -- Ted Cruz Pro-Gun John Kasich -- Marco Rubio -- Donald Trump Very Pro-Gun Note: If any other candidate returns a completed survey before the Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Primary, I will update this message. *************************************************************************** VA-ALERT is a project of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians....
  • Analysis of Obama's Executive Orders on guns (VCDL analysis)

    01/05/2016 1:29:12 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 29 replies
    Before I begin my analysis, I'dlike to point out that the number the President uses for deaths caused by the use (or misuse) of a firearm includes suicides (much more than half of the total) and lawful self-defense shootings by citizens and police. Should suicide and lawful self-defense be considered “gun violence?” No. ANALYSIS Much of the Executive Orders (EOs) really don’t change anything, but try to put a menacing or intimidating spin on them. Others simply double-down on existing enforcement (yawn), some are bad, and one VCDL likes. Here is what they really do (or don’t do). 1. A...
  • Man armed with AR-15 stands guard at Virginia military recruiting offices

    07/21/2015 8:01:39 AM PDT · by NorthMountain · 19 replies
    MyFOXDC ^ | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 1:56 PM EST | By Emily Miller, FOX 5 Chief Investigative Reporter
    WINCHESTER, Va. - The horrific murder of four Marines and one Navy petty officer in Chattanooga showed the vulnerability of military recruitment centers. They are in public locations, and by law, they are “gun free zones” -- meaning the military that are there are not allowed to carry their weapons. As the country realized the Marines that were killed were unarmed at the recruiting center, people have started showing up to provide security. At 8 a.m. Friday morning, one man decided to spend his day off standing guard outside of a military recruitment center in Winchester, Virginia. He is not...
  • ECPI Denies Student’s Second Amendment Club Request

    06/28/2014 7:01:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    10WAVY ^ | June 27, 2014 | Anita Blanton
    A student in Virginia Beach says his attempt to start a Second Amendment Club on campus at ECPI University fell flat, leading to heated call for change online. The school says people don’t know the whole story. Right now gun rights websites are supporting Patrick Winslow’s fight to start his club, but the university claims it’s rooted in misinformation. 10 On Your Side got to the bottom of the debate that has so many people up in arms. “I have now taken on an effort to want to educate the students and the faculty on the Constitution, Declaration of Independence,...
  • VA-ALERT: Cantor's out, Brat's in [VCDL role in Cantor defeat]

    06/11/2014 12:14:19 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 5 replies
    Virginia Citizens Defense League ^ | 6-11-14 | Philip VanCleave
    None of the political pundits saw this coming - Dave Brat beat Eric Cantor and beat him by a full 11%! Eric Cantor was his own worst enemy in his reelection bid. For years VCDL tried to get Cantor to simply return his VCDL Candidate Survey to give his gun-owning constituents an idea of his future votes on gun-related issues. That is not a time-consuming thing and it would have been a great way for him to communicate his current AND FUTURE support for our right to keep and bear arms to over 26,000 people.n But, no, he refused. I...
  • VA:Lobby Day sees Pro and Anti second Amendment Groups at the Capitol

    01/24/2014 4:33:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I have read through a number of accounts of Lobby Day at the Virginia Capitol at Richmond on 20 January.  I was drawn to study the event because of an account on wvtf public radio.   The account on wvtf said that competing crowds of people were lobbying in favor of second amendment rights and those who wish to restrict those rights, occurred on Tuesday.  I think the reporter simply got the day wrong, because all of the other coverage that I could find indicated the events occurred on Monday, 20 January, 2014. The orientation of the reporter for...
  • Bevy of gun-control bills shot down in Virginia House

    01/18/2014 1:17:17 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 34 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 1-17-14 | Bill Sizemore
    The House of Delegates panel widely known as the graveyard of gun-control bills consigned a slew of them to oblivion Thursday. The Republican-controlled subcommittee of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee tabled a series of gun-control measures, meaning they are unlikely to be revived. The hours-long session delighted pro-gun forces, arrayed on one side of the room wearing "Guns Save Lives" stickers, and infuriated gun-control advocates on the opposite side wearing "Background Checks Save Lives" stickers. Rejected by the panel were these measures, all proposed by Democrats: -- HB812, to required universal criminal background checks for firearm purchases. --...
  • Openly Carried Long Arms in Virginia – VCDL’s Position

    09/04/2013 6:30:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 3 September, 2013 | VCDL
    Brandon Howard Protest Obama while open carrying his AR15 in VirginiaVirginia Citizens Defense League Covington VA --( Let me start with making the following key point:  VCDL is NOT a gun-control organization.  Period.We support the right of gun owners to do whatever they choose as long as they are not breaking the law.Keep that at the forefront of your thoughts as you read on. A TALE OF THREE LOCALITIES VCDL member Brandon Howard recently open carried an AR-15 at three different Tea Party protest events held at different locations and on different days. (The rifle  was strapped on his back...
  • Guns at public meetings invoke uneasy peace

    08/13/2013 7:34:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Virginia Gazette ^ | August 13, 2013 | Cortney Langley
    JAMES CITY – Security is on the minds of James City County employees and others in the wake of an Aug. 5 fatal shooting during a supervisors meeting in a rural Pennsylvania township. Between heated rhetoric and more citizens openly carrying firearms to public meetings, both officials and citizens are pondering the nuances between rhetoric, political statement, intimidation and actual threats. It may also lead to new ways to deliver public comment. In Pennsylvania, a lone shooter who had been involved in a decade-long zoning dispute with the locality struck during a public meeting. According to news reports he killed...
  • High-stakes battle in Old Dominion

    07/12/2013 10:28:29 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | July 12, 2013 | Jeff Knox
    Jeff Knox describes contest for governor between pair on opposite sides of firearms issue Virginia is the only state in the union holding major general elections in 2013. While there are a few special elections for Congress and a handful of mayoral and gubernatorial elections around the country this year – and the important recall elections in Colorado – only Virginia is holding elections for governor, lieutenant governor and all 100 seats in their House of Delegates – the larger part of the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere. Both Republicans and Democrats want to win big in the...
  • VA:VCDL (for Virginia Citizens Defense League) Conducts Successful Protest of Bloomberg Tyranny Tour

    06/23/2013 3:55:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 June, 2013 | VCDL President
    wset.images.worldnow.comFrom: VCDL President SIGNS? WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' SIGNS! ER, WELL, OK, MAYBE WE DO On Wednesday I surveyed VCDL's inventory of signs from previous events, but found that I didn't have any applicable signs here in Richmond for the Bloomberg Tyranny Tour (BTT). I got in my car and began my drive up to Roanoke for my talk at the Roanoke City Republican Committee meeting. On the ride up I called EM John Wilburn in Blacksburg to ask him if he could help me with signs for Friday. John jumped into action with member Sheila Rigney and they...
  • Virginia’s Gun Ban Bob McDonnell Strikes Again

    02/18/2013 9:50:37 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Virginia --( This VGOC action alert contains: 1. An urgent call to Action to Stop Gun Ban Governor Bob McDonnell’s last minute legislative plan to sneak new gun bans past gun owners. Please use the message below to call the Governor as soon as possible. 2. A cut, copy and paste email to be sent to key legislators who can stop Bob McDonnell’s SB 1377 and SB 1378. Both bills are designed to entrap and severely punish innocent, unsuspecting gun owners in brand new gun crime traps. 3. An urgent request for a donation to your VGOC to help fund...
  • More Anti-Gun Bills Shot Down in Virginia Committees

    01/21/2013 4:47:39 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 19 January, 2012 | VCDL
    Covington VA --( The Senate Courts of Justice committee this week killed or neutralized all but one anti-gun bill. The one bad bill that passed out of committee initially, did so because Senator Edwards was away from the General Assembly due to weather and normally pro-gun Senator Stanley voted to support the bill. :-( Senator Marsh’s “gun show loophole” bill was heavily modified and ended up requiring that only gun dealers could sell guns at a gun show. After the meeting Senator Stanley indicated that he had misunderstood the full ramifications of the modified bill. The committee reconvened on the...
  • VCDL VA-ALERT: IMPORTANT: Gun bills moving on Thursday! (1/17/2013 in VA General Assembly)

    01/16/2013 10:07:48 AM PST · by Perseverando
    Virginia Citizens Defense League ^ | January 16, 2013 | Philip VanCleave
    From: VCDL President [] Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 1:41 AM To: xxxxxxxx Subject: VA-ALERT: IMPORTANT: Gun bills moving on Thursday! ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Not yet a VCDL member? Join VCDL at: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- VCDL's meeting schedule: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Abbreviations used in VA-ALERT: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- MARK YOUR CALENDARS Some important pro-gun and anti-gun bills are being heard in subcommittee THURSDAY, January 17th at 5 PM! The most important pro-gun bill of the session (Delegate Marshall's bill to allow teachers and others to be armed - HB 1557) will be heard, as will some anti-gun bills. Let's get a big turnout to support...
  • URGENT: Congressional Republicans to double-cross gun owners? (VCDL Alert)

    01/02/2013 3:31:34 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 25 replies
    Virginia Citizens Defense League ^ | 1-3-13 | Philip Van Cleave
    Many of you may remember Richmond talk show host, Doc Thompson. He currently has a radio show in Michigan. Much like me, he gets some "inside" information from time-to-time. He has received a communication between a friend and someone in the Republican Party leadership. That communication is troubling as it says the congressional Republicans are seriously considering selling out gun owners to "seem reasonable." They are considering a magazine ban, changes to background checks, and more. Here is a link to the email with redactions to protect the sources: URGENT ACTION ITEM We need to contact ALL of our...
  • Legislators must hear from us NOW! (VCDL picks up the gauntlet!)

    12/19/2012 4:25:04 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 8 replies
    Virginia Citizens Defense League ALERT ^ | 12-19-12 | Phillip Van Cleave
    We need to contact our Senators and Congressmen NOW and tell them that we do not want ANY more gun control! No ifs, ands, or buts. We don't know what the NRA is going to do and we don't want to gamble on it. DO THIS NOW! Understand this: any vote in support of gun control, including bans on guns and magazines, whether the bill passes or fails, will be a vote that VCDL and its members will NOT forget and NOT forgive at election time. This is Virginia, the Cradle of Liberty, and we will NOT accept our rights...

    12/19/2012 11:37:10 AM PST · by Cheeks · 21 replies ^ | 12-19-12 | VCDL
    VCDL IS PREPARING FOR ALL OUT CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS AND TO PROTECT SCHOOLS VCDL's thoughts & prayers are with the families, friends, and all who were affected by the atrocity committed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by a criminal monster on Friday. Words cannot adequately express our deepest sympathy to the victims and the revulsion we feel for the vile act of a lunatic. Although some gun organizations have dropped off the radar screen, VCDL has been active and on the offensive - from newspapers to television, from local news to national shows. From the Washington Post...
  • VCDL Reports on Chesterfield County VA Guns In Parks Ordinance(VA)

    09/21/2012 6:09:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 September, 2012 | VCDL
    Covington VA --( Wednesday Sept 19th, the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors had a hearing on fixing a poorly-worded ordinance which confused some Chesterfield police officers into unlawfully kicking a gun owner out of a Chesterfield park. Here is the old wording: “Sec. 14-11 (B) No person shall transport, possess or carry a loaded firearm within 100 yards of any property line of any county public school or county park, except as otherwise permitted by state law.” The County Attorney recommended this change: “Sec. 14-11 (B) No HUNTER shall transport, possess or carry a loaded firearm within 100 yards of any...
  • VCDL Read N' Carry - Richmond Public Library, Main Branch 8/15/12 5PM-7PM

    08/13/2012 7:06:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 10 August, 2012 | Philip Van Cleave
    THE ISSUE (from Philip Van Cleave) As I reported a few days ago, the Richmond City libraries had a policy on their web site claiming that all concealed weapons were illegal under state law. (That, of course, has never been true.) Upon contacting the person in charge, I was told the policy on the web was wrong and had mistakenly not been updated to match their current policy. She said they were going to fix the wording. I explained that the entire item about guns should simply be removed, since the library has absolutely no control over whether a person...
  • VCDL’s Roanoke County picnic was a rousing success

    07/16/2012 7:41:14 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 4 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | July 16, 2012 | John Pierce
    On Saturday last, VCDL held a picnic in Green Hill Park in Salem, VA. The event, billed as the “Oh yes we can!” picnic garnered quite a bit of media attention. The picnic, which was attended by over 150 people despite the at-times torrential rain, was held to protest a badly worded Roanoke County ordinance concerning guns in parks. The ordinance which I wrote about when it was first brought to my attention by well known gun rights activists Ed Levine and Brian Reynolds is the most convoluted ordinance I have ever read, including I might add those we studied...
  • Gun rights group is up in arms about Roanoke County law(VA)

    07/15/2012 5:39:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 14 July, 2012 | Bryce Williams
    They say it makes it seem that carrying a firearm in county parks is illegal, even though it's not. That's why they organized a protest and picnic today at Green Hill Park in Salem. It's all about semantics. Members of the pro-gun group say they want to make sure their 2nd amendment rights are protected. The Virginia Citizens Defense League says the purpose of this protest is to bring awareness to an issue they feel is extremely important. This ordinance isn't a new one. It's been on the books for quite some time. The county issued a statement. It says:...
  • New Virginia Gun Laws Taking Effect July 1st, 2012

    06/26/2012 3:31:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 25 June, 2012 | John Pierce
    Once again, the Virginia Citizens Defense League has delivered for Virginia gun owners. Thanks to the tireless efforts of VCDL activists, the 2012 Legislative Session was even more of a rousing success than the 2011 Session. Not only was every single anti-gun bill opposed by VCDL defeated but the session ended with almost a dozen VCDL supported bills passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor McDonnell. These important changes will take effect on July 1st … Better Protection For Gun Owners During Declared Emergencies I have written before about the dangers of emergency declarations stripping citizens of their right...
  • Virginia House Passes 2 Guns Bills; 8 More on the Way

    02/09/2012 9:05:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 8 February, 2012 | NRA
    Today, the Virginia House of Delegates passed two pro-gun bills: House Bill 25 and House Bill 754. HB 25 passed in the state House by an 81 to 17 vote and HB 754 passed by a 74 to 22 vote. Both bills will now go to the Virginia Senate for its consideration. HB 25, sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole (R-88), seeks to prohibit the Clerk of the Court from disclosing information contained on a concealed handgun permit application or on an order issuing a concealed handgun permit. Sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), HB 754 would eliminate the optional fingerprinting...
  • Virginia Citizens Defense League to hold meetings in Vinton, VA and at gun shows

    11/23/2011 7:20:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    DC Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 November, 2011 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Virginia's largest gun rights group, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, is ramping up for what many expect to be a pro-gun legislative session in 2012. Part of that ramp up includes a VCDL supper meeting at Famous Anthony's at 323 East Virginia Ave. in Vinton, VA on 28 November 2011. Additionally, the VCDL will be also manning membership drive tables at gun shows state-wide over the next few months. Here is the VCDL announcement: ************************************************** 1. VCDL Supper Meeting in Vinton on November 28th! ************************************************** VCDL will have a membership supper meeting at: FAMOUS ANTHONY'S, 323 East Virginia Ave Vinton...
  • Virginia background checks for gun sales challenged

    11/21/2011 11:17:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 21 November, 2011 | Julian Walker
    Virginia's criminal background check system for firearm purchases, the first of its kind in the nation, is being targeted for elimination. Gun-rights advocates have lobbied Gov. Bob McDonnell to scrap the program, arguing that it is redundant because a federal background check system can replace it. Gun-control groups say doing so would take a valuable law enforcement tool away from Virginia State Police and undermine state gun laws. Efforts to cancel the state's 22-year-old background check system, known as the Virginia Firearms Transaction Program, could be debated in the upcoming General Assembly session. Republicans will control state government for the...
  • VACDL Plans Pro-Gun Rally on Virginia Tech Campus, November 17th

    10/27/2011 5:54:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 26 October, 2011 | Nick Leghorn
    Virginia Tech was the site of one of the bloodiest school shootings in the history of the United States. On that day a single gunman killed 33 people and injured 25 more before he took his own life. Many of us on this site believe the vast majority of those deaths could have been prevented by a single legally armed citizen and their firearm, but thanks to gun-free school laws and policies every victim was unarmed and defenseless. The Virginia Civil Defense League, Virginia’s firearms owner rights protection group, just announced their plans to hold a protest on November 17th...
  • A Victory for Self Defense in Wise, VA

    09/27/2011 6:02:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 September, 2011 | VCDL
    Covington VA --( In late July, EM Dave Hicks heard that the Town of Wise, Virginia, had a “No Weapons” decal on the the main door of their Administrative Building. He documented that report with this picture above. On August 3, he sent an email formally requesting copies of any records related to any ban of firearms on any Town of Wise property that were in addition to those restrictions expressly authorized by Commonwealth statute. He cited Virginia Freedom of Information Act (§ 2.2 -3700 et seq.). He also, referred to Virginia Code § 15.2-915 (prohibiting localities from adopting or...
  • VCDL & Tea Party Convention - Richmond, 10/8 - 10/9 (VA)(First person account)

    10/10/2010 8:42:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 10 October, 2010 | Skidmark
    OK, I've had a dose of ibuprofin, my nap, more ibuprofin, a light supper, more ibuprofin, a peaceful night's sleep dreaming of a restored constititional republic where public offices are filled only by people who refuse to take pay for their service, refuse to spend a penny of taxes unless there is a constitutional authority to do so that does not devolve back to the Commerce Clause, and get no medical care coverage or pension they did not purchase/invest in out of their personal funds. And more ibuprofin. Both Friday & Saturday started off with breakfast at the 3rd Street...
  • INTERVIEW: Point-counterpoint on guns in restaurants(Poll VA concealed weapons)

    07/15/2010 3:32:09 AM PDT · by bmwcyle · 28 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 7/14/2010 | Ryan Nobles
    RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It has now been just about two weeks since a new Virginia law went into effect allowing concealed weapons in bars and restaurants. Now, both sides of the issue are already weighing in on its impact. Today we get the opinions of people directly connected to the new law. Phillip Van Cleave is the President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a group that fought to get the law passed.
  • Governor Bob McDonnell Signs VA Restaurant Carry into Law

    04/14/2010 8:14:29 AM PDT · by P8riot · 54 replies · 782+ views
    NRA-ILA ^ | 4/14/2010 | NRA-ILA
    Governor Bob McDonnell Signs VA Restaurant Carry into Law Fairfax, Va. - Governor Bob McDonnell has signed into law a NRA-backed measure allowing right-to-carry permit holders to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense in restaurants, providing they do not consume alcohol.  State Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24) and Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15) were the principal sponsors of Senate Bill 334/House Bill 505.  “This is a victory for self-defense in Virginia," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “As headlines remind us, violent crime can happen anywhere. Law-abiding Virginia residents now have the option to carry a...
  • Guns in the saloon: Virginians have a right to defend themselves

    03/05/2010 4:50:03 PM PST · by ThomasHart · 15 replies · 448+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 5,2010 | Editorial
    Someone who is drunk shouldn't be handling a gun, but that doesn't justify a ban on concealed carrying in all places that serve alcohol. On Tuesday, the Virginia House of Delegates joined the state Senate and voted 72-to-27 to overturn this ban. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's signature is all that stands in the way of getting rid of this dangerous restriction. Over the past two decades, a sweeping wave of freedom has allowed more citizens to carry concealed handguns. States have realized that there is little reason to restrict the carrying of concealed handguns by those who have received permits....
  • VA-ALERT: Urgent Legislative Alert, Action Items!‏

    02/09/2010 1:43:57 PM PST · by Cheeks · 311+ views
    VCDL Alert ^ | 2/9/10 | Philip van Cleave
    VA-ALERT: Urgent Legislative Alert, Action Items! 1. Gun bills to be heard in Senate Courts of Justice full committee tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10th, INCLUDING A RESTAURANT BAN REPEAL BILL! 2. Restaurant Ban Repeal vote in House Militia, Police and Public Safety committee this morning - good news! Action Item. ********************************************************************* 1. Gun bills to be heard in Senate Courts of Justice full committee tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10th, INCLUDING A RESTAURANT BAN REPEAL BILL! Tomorrow is going to be a KEY day for the restaurant ban repeal, the anti-freedom "gun show loophole" bill, and other important gun bills - so we...