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March 2020 Bulletin

The March 2020 Club bulletin is available for download here

 

The Bulletin Archive is available here


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Club Operations and COVID-19

Aligning with Federal, State and Local governance and guidelines, Fairfax Rod & Gun Club is suspending operations of the Canteen, dining area and Pro Shop from Monday March 23rd, 2020 through Monday April 6th.  The clubhouse will remain open for restroom access and potable water during this period.  A decision about shutting down the clubhouse may come later because if we shut down the clubhouse, we are effectively closing the Club for scheduled events.  The April Board meeting may be conducted electronically, the Club President and Board of Directors will make that decision as soon as feasible.

The purpose of closing this portion of our Club is as stated above, promoting social distancing to help us deal with this viral outbreak, and keep the Club a viable outlet for our membership. In the event of increasingly widespread cases of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Board will subsequently notify the membership of further restrictions on Club functions, including the possibility of completely closing for a period. While we do our best to keep our facilities clean, please be aware the environment is not sterilized.

We will keep you apprised as this progresses, please watch for electronic notices and check the website or with match and league directors. Here is some helpful information from a local healthcare provider:

You should have peace of mind.

Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) most people who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms and will make a full recovery. Older people, and/or those with other health issues are more at risk. The majority of infants, children and adolescents with COVID-19, who traditionally are more susceptible to severe respiratory infections, have had more mild cases of the infection and recovered within one to two weeks. General guidelines for those who have travelled overseas or outside of the country are 14-day quarantine; check with the CDC and your local health provider for guidance, and watch for any symptoms.

Washing your hands is the best defense.

Currently, no vaccine or approved drug to combat COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to this virus. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. And please try to stay away from touching your face. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used as an alternative, but handwashing is your best defense.

There’s a difference between myths and facts. 

It’s important to stay informed with the right information. Visit www.novanthealth.org/coronavirus for more resources. If you have additional questions about COVID-19, please call the Prince William Health Department (703) 792-6300 or the Virginia Department of health (800) 222-1222 (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/). This is intended for non-emergency general questions from the public.

We understand this is a time of stress and uncertainty for many in our communities. Novant Health will post updates related to COVID-19 at novanthealth.org/coronavirus so you can keep up to date as well.

Jeff Bolster, Club President


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Spring Dinner and Helping Hands Postponed

The Club Spring Dinner has been postponed, we will schedule an event in a few months. The Helping Hands auction scheduled for April 4th is being rescheduled, the date will be determined in a few weeks.
Thank you for your understanding and patience,
Jeff Bolster, President


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The Legal Use of Firearms for Self-Defense in Virginia

The Legal Use of Firearms for Self-Defense in Virginia – 

When the Defensive Use of Firearms Is Permissible

and How to Win the Legal Battle That Will Follow

Attorney and FRGC member Steve Sulzer is pleased to announce that he will be presenting his law of self-defense course again at the club on Saturday, May 30, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the Club House.  

The course teaches Virginia’s legal limits on the use of deadly force in self-defense situations, with a particular focus on the use of firearms.  It will give you a working knowledge of the legal boundaries between a justified use of firearms in self-defense and an incident that will expose you to criminal prosecution and civil damages liability.  If you live or work in Virginia and rely on firearms for self-defense, this course will give you a practical set of guidelines and steps you can take to maximize your chances of winning (and financially surviving) the legal battle that inevitably follows your use of a firearm for self-defense. 

In Part I of the course, Mr. Sulzer explains in everyday terms Virginia’s boundaries between the lawful and unlawful use of firearms.  The presentation is highlighted and illustrated with practical examples involving real-life situations, including street confrontations, home invasions, and defending others.  Mr. Sulzer will cover new developments in Virginia’s basic standard for the lawful use of deadly force, as well as Virginia’s Castle Doctrine, its stand your ground principle, its legal rules relating to threat duration and proportionality of response, and Virginia’s troublesome law regarding brandishing.  Mr. Sulzer also addresses whether you can still rely on prevention of an atrocious felony in Virginia to justify the use of deadly force.

After a short break for lunch, Part II of the course explains each step in the post-incident legal process, and gives you a real understanding of how the system works.  Mr. Sulzer teaches you how to deal with 911 calls and pre-arrest interaction with the police, when and how to assert your Fifth Amendment rights, and what follows after an arrest.  He provides you with practical steps you should take and tools you will need to (i) protect your legal rights and (ii) help you (and your counsel) extricate you from the legal system with the least amount of difficulty.  Part II also discloses the real magnitude of your exposure in defending against criminal prosecution and civil suits and describes vital and surprisingly affordable ways to financially survive the legal process.  

Here are representative comments from FRGC members who have attended Mr. Sulzer’s course at the club:

“This is a fabulous course!”  “Well-informed instructor. Clear takeaways, useful vignettes to illustrate points.  Great course, very informative.”  “Realistic explanation of reality and process.”  “Smooth, well laid out, well spoken.”  “Extremely well organized.  Excellent content.”  “Very complete – lots of good examples.  Thank you for a great job.”  

This course has become the gold standard for those who carry concealed or rely on firearms for home security and self-defense.  It is taught by Stephen L. Sulzer, a highly respected attorney with 39 years of legal experience and special expertise in the law of self-defense in Virginia.  He is also an NRA-certified pistol instructor, has held a Virginia concealed carry permit since the late 1990s, has ten years of competitive shooting experience, and is a longtime FRGC member.  

The course is only open to FRGC members and their families.  The cost for the course is $100 per person – a $50 discount off the $150 price that is now being charged to the general public.  FRGC family members under the age of 18 will be admitted free of charge.  Attendance is capped at 20 and reservations for the class are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.  You are well-advised to act promptly while open spaces are available.  Pre-payment of the course fee is required to reserve a seat.  Payment can be made by check payable to Stephen L. Sulzer PLLC and sent to 10903 Beach Mill Road, Great Falls, VA  22066.  Absent proof of illness or an act of God, the course fee will not be refunded for last-minute no-shows.  You can sign up for the course by communicating with Mr. Sulzer via email at ssulzer@sulzerpllc.com or by phone at 703-899-2903.

Steve Sulzer Bio  


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2020 Spring Dinner Postponed

Members, aligning with our President's cautionary directives to our nation, the Club is postponing our Spring Dinner. Club operations are as normal as possible and the Club remains OPEN, and the April 4th Helping Hands auction will go as scheduled as of today.
Health organizations note the Covid-19 (corona virus disease 2019) can be defeated by hand washing, avoiding large crowds for now to minimize risk of inadvertently spreading the virus, quarantining yourself in the event of becoming sick, and keeping our elderly population safe by postponing visits. There are unknowns that are being determined every day, and we are all working through this together.


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Jim Snook's wife passed away

Members, we received notice that previous Club Manager Jim Snook's wife Margarit passed away. Jim joined the Club in 1967 as an Associate member, and was bestowed an Honorary membership in 1972. Condolences to Jim, and his family and friends.


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DOERFLEIN SKEET LEAGUE

We have 3 leagues a year, each followed by an Awards Banquet.  The Spring and Fall leagues are limited to twenty 6-man teams; whereas the Winter league is limited to twelve 6-man teams (some teams always sit out).  Most teams return league after league, but occasionally we have a few vacancies for individuals.  If you'd like to be added to our Waiting List, please contact Bob Myers at <rumyers@hotmail.com>.  We also publish a Substitute List, and to be added to it, we need your best phone number.
Detailed League Rules can be found at SHOTGUN > Doerflein Skeet League > RULES.
 
The next league (DSL Spring 2020) starts on Thu, 9 Apr.  It'll run 15 weeks (which includes 3 Bye nights) with a fee of $84 (for targets and awards).


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VA Gun Control Legislation Class

VIRGINIA’S RECENTLY-PASSED GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION – 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR ITS LEGAL AND PRACTICAL EFFECTS ON YOU

Attorney and FRGC member Steve Sulzer will be presenting a new course at the club on Sunday, April 19, 2020, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Club House.  This course will deal with the anticipated legal and practical effects of the extensive gun control legislation that is now being finalized by the 2020 Virginia General Assembly.  

It is anticipated that all (or almost all) of the gun control bills that are still under consideration in the 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly will be passed and enacted into law.  These pending bills include:

 

  • A red flag law that will permit issuance of “emergency substantial risk orders” – orders that will enable law enforcement authorities to confiscate your firearms without any due process protection.
  • An amendment to Virginia’s preemption law which allows city and county governments to create their own laws restricting the possession and carry of firearms in local government buildings, public parks, and recreation and community centers, and at or adjacent to certain public events. 
  • A law prohibiting the purchase of more than one handgun in a 30-day period – but with a potentially useful list of exceptions.
  • A law raising the bar with respect to the training required to obtain a concealed carry permit in Virginia.
  • A law making it a felony to brandish while in a group formed with intent to intimidate another person.
  • A law requiring universal background checks for all firearms sales.
  • A law requiring that you report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement.
  • A law prohibiting possession of firearms for as long as a protective order is in effect against you.
  • Laws relating to storage of firearms at day care facilities and access to firearms by children.
  • Laws limiting who may carry in K-12 school zones and expanding school gun free zones to include daycare and preschool facilities, subject to exceptions.

 

In response to the expected passage of these bills and others, Mr. Sulzer has developed his new course – “Virginia’s Recently-Passed Gun Control Legislation – How to Prepare for its Legal and Practical Effects on You.”  The course will provide a plain-spoken explanation of these new gun control laws and will describe steps you can take to prepare for their legal and practical effects on you as a responsible gun owner.  

The course will be taught by Stephen L. Sulzer, a highly respected attorney with more than 39 years of legal experience and special expertise in the Second Amendment and Virginia firearms law.  He is also an NRA-certified pistol instructor, has held a Virginia concealed carry permit since the late 1990s, has ten years of competitive shooting experience, and is a longtime FRGC member.  

The course is only open to FRGC members and their families.  The cost for the course is $100 per person – a $25 discount off the $125 price that is now being charged to the general public.  FRGC family members under the age of 18 will be admitted free of charge.  Attendance is capped at 30 and reservations for the class are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.  You are well-advised to act promptly while open spaces are available.  Pre-payment of the course fee is required to reserve a seat.  Payment can be made by check payable to Stephen L. Sulzer PLLC and sent to 10903 Beach Mill Road, Great Falls, VA  22066.  Absent proof of illness or an act of God, the course fee will not be refunded for last-minute no-shows.  You can sign up for the course by communicating with Mr. Sulzer via email at ssulzer@sulzerpllc.com or by phone at 703-899-2903.

Steve Sulzer Bio

 

 


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Eric Warren Witzig Obituary

Eric Warren Witzig, born on July 17, 1946, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the late Dr. Warren F. Witzig and Bernadette d’ Lourdes Sullivan Witzig, died during the morning of February 18, 2020. He was 73 years old and battled cancer for three years.

Mr. Witzig was a resident of Northern Virginia since 1960. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the American University in Washington, D.C., and his master’s degree in criminal justice from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. For twenty years, Mr. Witzig was a member of Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department. He was a homicide detective and Agent of the Chief Medical Examiner for the last decade of his police career. He was also a Police Fellow with the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and was trained as a criminal personality profiler.

Some of his major cases included the airliner crash of Air Florida’s Flight 90 into the frozen Potomac River and work on the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.

Mr. Witzig joined the FBI’s Training Division where he worked in the Investigative Support Unit as a Crime Analyst and Major Case Specialist. He was an integral part of the Bureau’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. He retired from the Bureau as a Unit Chief and Supervisory Intelligence Analyst assigned to a special criminal investigation project.

At the time of his death, Mr. Witzig was the Vice Chairman and Director of the Murder Accountability Project—www.murderdata.org—seeking resources for state and local police to clear homicides.

Mr. Witzig was a major donor to the University of Tennessee. In 2014, he and his wife created and funded the “All Creatures Great and Small” endowed clinical professorship shared by the College of Social Work and the College of Veterinary Science.

He was predeceased in 2015 by his wife of 46 years, Barbara Christine Sowers Witzig, of Annandale, VA. Her sister, Dr. Karen M. Sowers of Knoxville, Tennessee, was the Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Tennessee (UT).

Mr. Witzig is survived by his mother, Bernadette d’ Lourdes Sullivan Witzig, of State College, PA, and sisters Leah W. Witzig of State College, PA, and Dr. Lisa W. Witzig (Ed Mornston), of Alexandria, VA; and his brother, Marc W. Witzig, Esquire (Debbra Lewis), of Camp Hill, PA. Also surviving him are six nieces and nephews and seventeen grand nieces and nephews.

Contributions in Mr. Witzig’s memory may be made to the All Creatures Great and Small Endowed Clinical Professorship at UT. Checks may be sent to the University of Tennessee Foundation and sent to the Development Office, UT College of Social Work, 117 Henson Hall, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37996.


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Helping Hands John Clouse Estate

The Estate of John Clouse will hold an auction April 4th at Fairfax Rod and Gun Club.

Preview of the Lots is from 8:00-9:00 am, and the auction starts at 9:00 am.

Members can find the catalog in the Members Area here.

 


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CSM (Ret) John McPhee Pistol Class

FXRGC will be hosting (sponsored by Ed Stawowczyk)  highly regarded instructor CSM(R) John McPhee on 22-23 August for a two day pistol course. Cost is $850 per shooter and club members have priority for signup for the first 30 days. The course will have a maximum of 8 students, so early signup is encouraged. https://gunfighteruniversity.myshopify.com/products/2-day-pistol-course-august-22-23-2020-at-fairfax-va


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February 2020 Bulletin

The February 2020 Club bulletin is available for download here

The Bulletin Archive is available here


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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

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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

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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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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