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  • 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...
  • Virginia gun owners to testify in Maryland?

    01/25/2010 6:02:00 AM PST · by Cheeks · 8 replies · 438+ views
    VCDL Alert ^ | 1/24/10 | Cheeks
    ********************************************** 2. Virginia gun owners to testify in Maryland? ********************************************** Some Maryland legislators have been encouraging Virginia gun owners to come to Maryland to testify on HB 52, a bill that would honor Virginia CHPs in Maryland. The bill is going to be heard at 1 PM on Tuesday, January 26th, in the House Judiciary Committee, room 100, in Annapolis, MD. Get there early to sign up to speak on HB 52. If it is critical to you to protect yourself just as you can in states like Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia using your Virginia CHP,...
  • Virginia gun rights group to lobby Richmond on Martin Luther King day

    01/13/2010 10:15:01 PM PST · by majstoll · 2 replies · 548+ views
    The ^ | January 13, 2009 | Mike Stollenwerk
    For years the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) has been rallying members to attend its annual Lobby Day at the Virginia General Assembly on Martin Luther King Day. In one respect this year is no different in that the League's Lobby Day is scheduled to start at 9AM on Monday, January 18, 2010 (Martin Luther King day). But in another respect 2010 is different - following impressive victories by pro-gun candidates for the House of Delegates, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, VCDL's 2010 VCDL Lobby Day theme is "Transforming Gun Rights in Virginia." And the group is expecting results....
  • Roanoke (VA) police actions spark lawsuit (concealed carry)

    01/01/2010 7:09:42 PM PST · by Perseverando · 51 replies · 2,901+ views
    The Roanoke Times ^ | December 31, 2009 | Mike Gangloff
    A Roanoke man says officers violated his rights during a dispute about his gun license. A Roanoke man is suing city police over an altercation with officers that he said began as an argument about his permit to carry a concealed firearm. Aaron A. Stevenson filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke alleging that his constitutional rights were violated during a May 6 traffic stop. He named two officers, Chief Joe Gaskins and the city as defendants. On Wednesday, police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson referred questions to City Attorney Bill Hackworth, who was out of town and could...
  • VCDL Protests VA Mayors Membership in the Anti Gun Group Mayors Against Illegal Guns(VA)

    11/12/2009 5:21:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 442+ views ^ | 11 November, 2009 | na
    Virginia - -( Yesterday 24 VCDL members showed up at the Portsmouth City Hall to support VCDL urging the Mayor to drop his membership in the disgraceful Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) – a front for generic gun control run by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The first problem we had was a requirement that you sign in and show photo ID. Board member John Fenter is working to get that fixed. Under the Freedom of Information Act they cannot turn someone away from a public meeting because they didn’t bring any ID. John and I went up to the...
  • Metro columnist Dan Casey: Fight to expand gun rights is far from over(VA)

    11/10/2009 4:07:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies · 742+ views ^ | 10 November, 2009 | Dan Casey
    This is a big week for the Virginia Tech chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. It's Defense Education Week, and the student group, which has 100 to 200 members, has organized a week's worth of seminars and gatherings in support of concealed carry on Virginia college campuses. Monday night's featured speaker was Philip Van Cleave, president of the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League. Earlier Monday, I spoke to Ken Stanton, 32, a serious-sounding engineering graduate student and the vice president of the Virginia Tech chapter of the concealed carry group. Here's his argument in favor of guns on...
  • Virginia incumbents’ losses explained by weakness on gun rights

    11/08/2009 8:39:29 PM PST · by majstoll · 12 replies · 969+ views
    the ^ | November 8, 2009 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Last Tuesday’s election in Virginia has been reported by some as a vote of no confidence in the Obama administration. Maybe it was – but a closer look indicates that seven of the nine incumbents who lost were caught flat footed on gun rights. . . . Philip Van Cleave, President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. feels that "the results show that this election was open season on anti-gun incumbents. The antis have lost at least five reliable anti-gun votes in the already pro-gun House of Delegates, and their perennial bill to restrict private firearm sales at gun...
  • Antis Are Upset About VCDL Protesting Anti-Gun Mayors(VA)

    10/28/2009 4:58:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies · 338+ views ^ | 27 October, 2009 | vcdl
    Virginia - The antis have “learned” about VCDL protesting the Falls Church Mayor, tomorrow, Monday, October 26 and the Norfolk Mayor, Tuesday, October 27 and are, er, up in arms. They are trying to get their members to turn out at the city council meetings to counter our protest. As EM Matt Gottshalk said when he saw this, “I’ve never seen so much slander in so few words.” Here is what the Virginia Center for Public Safety (how’s that for a misnomer?) sent to their members (my comments imbedded in brackets) CRITICAL ALERT! Please forward this to anyone who can...
  • Virginia gun group to protest Congressman Cantor's "roundup" on Oct. 17

    10/07/2009 7:27:40 PM PDT · by majstoll · 3 replies · 469+ views
    The ^ | October 5, 2009 | Mike Stollenwerk — for several years now they have been asking Representative Eric Cantor (R - VA) . . . to hold their annual Roundup at a venue which respects gun rights . . . But the Republicans have steadfastly refused . . . Said Gunst to other rally planners, "we consider ourselves a freedom friendly mall, and at this point we have the Roundup surrounded."
  • Gun-rights advocates say Coliseum staff challenged free-speech rights(VA)

    06/29/2009 5:18:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies · 988+ views
    Times Dispatch ^ | 27 June, 2009 | Will Jones
    The Virginia Citizens Defense League is used to fighting for the right to carry guns. But now it's having to defend the right to wear stickers about carrying guns. The group says officials at the Richmond Coliseum recently attempted to stop members from handing out blaze-orange "Guns Save Lives" stickers before an appearance by radio and television talk-show host Glenn Beck. "It's bad enough they're trying to trample the Second Amendment. Then you come and attack the First," President Philip Van Cleave said, referring to the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of the right to bear arms and to free speech. Dolly...
  • VCDL PAC endorsements for this weekend's Republican convention

    05/27/2009 9:50:59 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies · 331+ views
    For those of you who are delegates to the GOP Convention this weekend I would like to remind you who VCDL PAC has endorsed for statewide office. GOVERNOR ----------------- We have not made an endorsement for Governor as there is no competition at this time for that race. LT GOVERNOR ---------------------- VCDL PAC Strongly Endorses Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling as the GOP nominee for reelection as Lt. Governor ATTORNEY GENERAL -------------------------------- VCDL PAC Strongly Endorses Sen. Ken Cuccinelli as the GOP nominee for Attorney General VCDL members have always been strong supporters of the election process in the Commonwealth of...
  • VCDL endorsed Ken Cuccinelli for VA Attorney General

    03/04/2009 11:50:13 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies · 470+ views
    The Republican Party is holding a Convention on May 29-30, 2009, to select candidates to run for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General in the General Election. VCDL-PAC is endorsing a candidate for each of these positions at the Republican Convention: LT. GOVERNOR: William T. "Bill" Bolling. This endorsement is based on the excellent record Lt Governor Bolling established representing the interests of Virginia gun owners during his career in the Virginia General Assembly, as well as his forthright and unequivocal 100% pro-gun answers to the VCDL Candidate Survey. The Bolling campaign website is: ATTORNEY GENERAL: Kenneth T. "Ken" Cuccinelli,...
  • Virginia Citizens Defense League Lobby Day a success! (Large Images)

    01/20/2009 8:58:09 AM PST · by bmwcyle · 9 replies · 1,209+ views
    ME ^ | 1/20/2009 | bmwcyle
    The Capitol Police said that there were easily 500 gun owners at the 1/19/2009 VCDL rally at the General Assembly! Oh, and there was a grand total of TWO anti-gun protesters there today, neither one looking very happy. With the liberal press interviewing them A roll of "Guns Save Lives" stickers were handed out indicates that the total count of VCDL members that were at the General Assembly today was right at 600 - that's a 50% increase from last year's 400 attendees! Everywhere I turned, there were those VCDL stickers. Teams of VCDL members were going in and out...
  • Norfolk police clashes fires up gun rights group

    10/05/2008 5:39:06 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 11 replies · 777+ views
    Virginian Pilot ^ | Oct 5,, 2008 | Harry Minium
    Once again, members of a guns-rights advocacy group are coming to City Hall, claiming their rights have been violated by the police. The Virginia Citizens Defense League, a Northern Virginia-based group, said 100 or more of its members will descend upon Tuesday's City Council meeting to vent their displeasure, many with guns holstered to their hips. The group is upset about a police confrontation involving a member carrying a weapon openly, which is legal in Virginia. The group last came to the City Council in August 2007, when members protested the arrest of Chet Szymecki of Yorktown at Harborfest for...
  • Open Carrying

    07/18/2008 3:54:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies · 90+ views
    The Sentinal ^ | 15 July, 2008 | Sailorcurt
    I know VCDL doesn't specifically encourage or discourage open carrying...and i agree with that policy; it's a personal choice...and we are pro-choice. I, personally, open carry in the summer almost daily. It's just more convenient and comfortable than concealing when wearing shorts and a T-shirt. I was going to relate this story the other day, but got sidetracked and never got it put up. A post and subsequent conversation with an Ohio blogger regarding that state's fledgling open carry movement brought it to the forefront of my mind again. Last week, I was shopping for a birthday gift for my...
  • Gun-toting diners draw little notice (VA)

    05/12/2008 11:27:49 AM PDT · by JZelle · 36 replies · 80+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-12-08 | Matthew Barakat
    The patrons at Champps in Reston, an upscale restaurant and bar chain, were eating ribs and drinking beer on a recent Saturday when customer Bruce Jackson stood up and made an announcement: He was armed, and so were dozens of other patrons. The armed customers stood up in unison, showing off holstered pistols. Mr. Jackson said a word or two about the rights of gun owners to carry firearms in Virginia, then thanked everyone for his or her attention and sat down. And the diners returned to their burgers and Budweisers. The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) organized the dinner...
  • Growing numbers seeking permits for concealed handguns (VA)

    04/12/2008 11:54:54 AM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 48+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | April 11, 2008 | Dave Forster & Kristin Davis
    SUFFOLKChristopher Corbett exercised one of his new rights soon after turning 21: He applied for a concealed-handgun permit.He said his father, a police officer who has "seen the worst of the worst," was adamant."People should be able to protect themselves without worrying if the police are going to get here in time," Corbett said.The number of applications for concealed-handgun permits is soaring across Virginia, including in Hampton Roads. People don't have to state a reason when they apply, so no one can say with certainty what's driving the trend.But theories abound.Some in the firearms industry say it's a response...