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Annual Election Meeting Minues

Doug Marshall, on behalf of the Teller Committee (consisting of Al Willard, Doug Marshall, Curt Anderson, Van Keys, and Jamie Martin), presented the results of the election.

A total of 231 ballots were received, 0 were disqualified; therefore, a total of 231 ballots were valid.

The results are as follows:

• President: Jeff Bolster – 227 votes (write in votes: 2 Gerald Conway)
• Vice President: Denise Loring – 230 votes (write in votes: 0)
• Recording Secretary: Howard Finkel – 230 votes (write in votes: 0)
• Corresponding Secretary: MK Tribbie – 226 votes (1 write in vote: Tommy Carroll)
• Treasurer: Tom Fortunato – 229 votes (1 write in vote: Denton Browning)
• Sgt-at- arms: Ken Moore – 229 votes (1 write in vote: David Evans)
• Directors:
- Kevin Baker – 226 votes
- Houng Soo – 197 votes

• FR&GF Secretary: Mike Robertson – 224 votes

Congrats to all and thank you to the Teller Committee for their time spent tabulating the ballots.

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Upcoming Education Committee Classes

AR Class Level 1 – April 26, 2020

Have an AR-15 pattern rifle, otherwise known as a Modern Sporting Rifle? Want to get one but know nothing about it? Have one and want to learn more about it? Introducing the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club sponsored Basic AR-15 Rifle Course. 

Through lecture, demonstration, and practical exercises this course introduces the shooter to the AR-15 style firearm and how to safety use it. 

Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the AR-15 Rifle's capabilities, characteristics, and nomenclature; through verbal examination and demonstration.
  • Demonstrate safe firearm handling of the AR-15 Rifle through practical examination.
  • Demonstrate the employment and operation of the AR-15 Rifle to include proper sight use, loading/unloading procedures, and troubleshooting malfunctions through practical examination.
  • Demonstrate two firing positions of the AR-15 Rifle (standing and kneeling) and how to safely and effectively transition between them through practical examination.
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly maintain the AR-15 Rifle through basic disassembly, cleaning, lubrication, and reassembly.

This course is a basics to the AR-15 pattern of rifles, so no specific knowledge of the platform is required. However, basic safe gun handling and basic marksmanship of a rifle is required. 

Class will be conducted on April 26, 2020, from 9 am to 5 pm. Class is open to Club members and their guests. Club members will get priority over guests. Class will be held rain or shine. Cost for the class is $50 and covers Club fees, consumables, and RSO support. Classroom will be held in the Clubhouse, range session on Culver after lunch. 

Students are required to have the following minimum gear:

  • Basic range safety equipment (eyes and ears (electronic helpful))
  • Basic clothing for the weather (we will be outdoor on Culver for the range session)
  • 300 rounds of commercial manufacture .223 Remington or 5.56 mm NATO ammunition
  • Functional AR-15 rifle*, including
    • chambered in .223 Remington or 5.56 NATO only
    • iron sights or optic (red dot or 1-x magnified scope)
    • rifle sling
    • 3-4 20 or 30 round magazines
    • 1-2 magazine carriers (belt or chest, optional)
    • Rifle Chamber Flag
  • Rifle cleaning gear (optional; cleaning materials will be provided)
  • Water, snacks, bag lunch

* Note: If you do not have an AR pattern rifle, ammunition, magazines, etc., let us know and we can provide loaner equipment. Student will be responsible for any loss or damage due to negligence. Student will be responsible for covering ammunition costs. 

Course instructor is Club member Timothy Florio. Tim Florio enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004 and served in 3rd Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) for the majority of his time. After four deployments and eight years of service, Tim was honorably discharged and began to pursue a career in federal law enforcement. Since 2014 Tim has been a Police Officer within the Department of Defense and has been utilizing his military experience ever since. Tim Florio has co-authored his agencies Carbine Operators Course and served as a subject matter expert for the implementation of a Designated Marksman program. Tim is currently assigned to the Tactical Response Team (TRT) and also serves as a firearms instructor. 

Course Assistant Instructor is Club member Tony Moller. Tony is the Club's IDPA Match Director and Co-Education Chair. Tony is an NRA Training Counselor and Instructor with 13 years experience. He is certified in the following disciplines: Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Range Safety Officer, Personal Protection, Muzzleloading, Refuse to Be a Victim, and Home Firearm Safety. He is an NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer and an IDPA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer. Tony ran a Boy Scout Shooting Sports Venture Crew for 12 years. 

Register here: http://fxrgc.com/form.cfm?id=37


AR Class Level 2 – May 24, 2020

By popular demand an "advanced" version (Level 2) of the FXRGC AR Basics has been developed. Building off the basic fundamentals and principals taught in the Level 1 class, students will now have the opportunity to learn the following:

  • Sling assisted shooting
  • Transitioning to and support hand shooting
  • Shooting with the aid of barricades and cover
  • Understanding and employing optic offset
  • Transitioning to a sidearm
  • Reloads

By using the Bowl at Culver, each bay will be set up to emphasize a certain skill and the students will employ said skill to negotiate the course of fire. As always safety will be paramount and careful consideration will be paid to location of targets/berm areas. There will be NO moving while simultaneously shooting and this class will focus on smoothness/consistency over speed. 

Students are required to have the following minimum gear:

  • Basic range safety equipment (eyes and ears (electronic helpful))
  • Basic clothing for the weather (we will be outdoor on Culver for the range session)
  • 200-300 rounds of commercial manufacture .223 Remington or 5.56 mm NATO ammunition
  • Functional AR-15 pattern rifle, including:
    • chambered in .223 Remington or 5.56 NATO only
    • iron sights or optic (red dot or 1-x magnified scope)
    • rifle sling: 2-point or 1-point sling only; no 'parade' slings
    • 3-4 20 or 30 round magazines
    • 1-2 magazine carriers (belt or chest, optional)
    • Rifle Chamber Flag
  • Functional Pistol, including:
    • Strong Side Outside Waistband (OWB) Holster
    • 50-100 rounds of pistol ammunition
  • Water, snacks, bag lunch

Class Prerequisite: You must have either attended the FXRGC Level 1 AR Class, or be current/former military or law enforcement. Registering for the class via the form below does not guarantee you a slot in the class. All applications will be reviewed and you will be notified appon acceptance into the class. 

Class will be conducted on May 24, 2020, from 9 am to 5 pm. Class is open to Club members and their guests. Club members will get priority over guests. Class will be held rain or shine. Cost for the class is $50 and covers Club fees, consumables, staff, and RSO support. There is no classroom portion for this class - range only. 

Register here: http://fxrgc.com/form.cfm?id=32


Please direct any questions regarding courses to Tony Moller at tony@aroooo.com


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VA Legislative Update

Here is an update on the proposed gun ban. This remains a concern for our Club and as such we must remain vigilant. 

Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapon ban?

The Associated Press  February 17, 2020, 10:20 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal.

Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee room packed with gun advocates.

Four moderate Democrats joined Republicans in Monday’s committee vote, rejecting legislation that would have prohibited the sale of certain semiautomatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and banned the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds.

The bill was a top priority for Northam, who has campaigned heavily for a broad package of gun-control measures. The governor’s spokeswoman, Alena Yarmosky, said he’s disappointed with the result but determined to continue to press for the measure.

“We will be back next year,” she said.

David Majure, a gun-rights supporter who attended the committee hearing, said he’s glad about Monday’s results but not convinced the bill is dead for the year.

“I’m happy about it, but I don’t trust them,” he said.

Virginia is the current epicenter of the country’s heated debate over guns, as a new Democratic majority seeks to enact strict new limits.

Democrats ran heavily on gun control during last year’s legislative elections when they flipped control of the General Assembly for the first time in more than two decades.

But gun owners, especially in rural communities, have pushed back hard. Last month, tens of thousands of guns-rights activists from around the country flooded the Capitol and surrounding area in protest, some donning tactical gear and carrying military rifles. And more than 100 counties, cities and towns have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, vowing to oppose any new “unconstitutional restrictions” on guns.

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Principles of Concealed Carry Course

A Principles of Concealed Carry Course is being offered on Saturday, 29 FEB 2020 at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club, 7039 Signal Hill Rd, Manassas, VA 20111. An overflow section will be held on the following Saturday, 7 MAR.

The class meets the training requirements for a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit application. The class will run from 0900 AM to approx 2PM. There is no live fire component to this course. So if you are considering a concealed handgun permit, this class will give you an overview of the process, guidance on handgun and ammo selection, a discussion of carry options, and the legal ramifications of your permit. You will leave with the required documentation for your CHP permit application.

Dan Lees and John McLaughlin, both NRA Certified Pistol Instructors, will lead the course.  Contact John and Dan at That1911Guy@gmail.com for additional information. The registration fee is $100 ($150 for non-members), payable at class time. 

Register here 

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VA Legislative Update

Members, keeping you apprised of proposed gun legislation please see below from the Virginia Citizens Defense League (they do most of the work for the February Lobby Day efforts). Please read up on this and please contact all of your legislators with your input.
Thank you,
Jeff Bolster, President, Fairfax Rod & Gun Club
ACTION ITEM: More gun bills hitting the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, February 3, at 8 am!

Sorry for shot notice on these hearings, but welcome to the "new" version of the General Assembly.  :-(

Unfortunately, turnout for these hearings have not been all that large.  if you can make this hearing, here are the details:

Senate Judicial Committee
Senate Room A
Pocahontas Building (temporary General Assembly Building)
900 East Main
Richmond, VA 23219

Here are the gun bills being heard:

S.B. 13Ebbin, prohibits firearms and other weapons in Capitol Square buildings and grounds.  A city or county treasurer, commissioner or deputy commissioner of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission can carry, but not a CHP holder.  Another "I hate gun owners" bill.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 14Saslaw, makes “trigger activators” illegal and a Class 6 felony, even though, with one exception in another state, crimes are not committed with these items.  Another "we've got to do SOMETHING" bill.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 15Ebbin, prohibits firearms and other weapons in buildings that are either owned or leased by the Commonwealth.  A solution to a non-existent problem.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 64, Lucas, prohibits one or more persons from intimidating others by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm or explosive device. Who decides what is “intimidation,” considering a violation is a felony?  This bill would allow anyone to shut down any rally or meeting of a gun club or a gun organization by making a false accusation of intimidation.  There is no penalty for someone lying about intimidation, either.  An unjustified restriction on right to free speech, right to free association, and the right to keep and bear arms.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 67McClellan, requires that a person report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours of discovering the firearm is lost or stolen.   Who is to say exactly when the victim “discovered” the loss or theft?  The bill is also setting a precedent that a victim, who did not report the firearm stolen quickly enough, is somehow liable for the misuse of that stolen firearm.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 71Lucas, treats child day centers or religious preschools as if they were a K-12 school for purposes of possessing firearms or other weapons.  This bill is a solution in search of a problem and makes it very difficult for gun-owning parents picking up or dropping off their children to do so legally.  Make a mistake and you can be charged with a FELONY.  “Gun-free zones” are where over 90% of public mass killings occur.  Another "I hate gun owners" bill.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 353Bell, requires outdoor shooting ranges to be at least 500 yards away from any property zoned for residential use, unless it meets requirements of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Health, Safety and Security have been met.  There is no grandfathering provision for existing outdoor ranges and the fines are MASSIVE.  This bill makes it harder for law-abiding citizens to have a place to shoot and everyone is being punished because Senator Bell didn't like how a few situations in Loudoun County were handled by local government.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 436Surovell, creates a “Virginia Voluntary Do Not Sell List,” where a person can voluntarily have their name added and, later, removed if desired.  A person on the list cannot purchase a firearm, under penalty of a misdemeanor if they try.  What this bill actually accomplishes is a mystery, but a person could maliciously put another person on the list.  The penalty for doing so, if caught, is a misdemeanor.  VCDL opposes.

S.B. 490Favola, prohibits a person who has been convicted of stalking, sexual battery, or assault and battery of a family or household member from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm.  Has provisions for rights restoration.  VCDL does not support misdemeanor convictions taking away gun rights.  That said, VCDL could support this bill if it only focuses on domestic violence convictions, which already take away gun rights at the federal level, and keeps the rights restoration language.

S.B. 543Edwards, requires background checks for private sales at gun shows using the Virginia State Police to do the background check.  While VCDL opposes this bill, it is not as onerous as the Universal Background Check bills.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 581Howell, for purposes of someone recklessly leaving a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger life or limb of a person who is not an adult and is under a certain age, raises that age from 14 to 18 and makes the punishment a felony.  A person under 18-years-old can be both very mature and have had training with firearms where leaving the loaded firearm out is not dangerous or reckless.  In fact, there have been plenty of cases where a person under 18-years-old has used a firearm to stop a violent home-invasion.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 684Mason, takes away a person’s gun rights, even if an appeals court at the time they review a person’s involuntary admission to an inpatient facility or a mandatory admission to an outpatient treatment facility finds the person no longer requires such treatment.  Rather than just restoring the person’s gun rights right there, the bill forces the person to go through a separate restoration process.  This puts a completely unnecessary financial and time-consuming burden on the person to get their gun rights restored.  VCDL strongly opposes.

S.B. 985DeSteph, provides that in any litigation in which the constitutionality of a law of the Commonwealth is at issue and in which the court finds that the law is unconstitutional, the Commonwealth shall reimburse the aggrieved party for attorney fees and costs.  This will help ensure that unconstitutional laws are not passed and, if they are, the party suing the Commonwealth and winning in court will not be out any money for doing so.  VCDL supports.

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January 2020 Newsletter

The January 2020 Club bulletin is available for download here

The Bulletin Archive is available here

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FR&GC T-shirts, golf shirts, and vests are now available for sale

FR&GC T-shirts, golf shirts, and vests are now available for sale. Part of every purchase supports the Club's Williams Education Fund. Please see here for the order form and instructions!

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