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  1. Dozens of additional counties and cities have joined the 2A Sanctuary status roles. A couple counties are avoiding the issue, despite thousands of 2A supporters. Chesterfield (suburbs just south of Richmond, 350,000 residents) has equivocated and failed to vote. Rural counties are all signing on. More county meetings tomorrow. Status map, Rockingham county (est, 3000 supporters) and Chesterfield (hallway shown, thousands inside meeting room and outside), Latest development at the state level. Governor has threatened "consequences" to locales that approve these resolutions. State officials have been calling cities and threatening to withhold funding for police departments. Counties are not subject to the funding blackmail. Cities are mostly ignoring the threats.
  2. I'm no lawyer, so I may get the exact language or terms here incorrect, but this is the basic situation in VA and surrounding states. Justice Scalia in the DC vs. Heller struck down the DC handgun ban but held that the Second Amendment gives citizens a right to own weapons “in common use at the time.” Justice Scalia said, however, that not every gun meets that definition. “The Second Amendment does not protect those weapons not typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes,” he wrote in Heller. Specifically, the Heller opinion cited “the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of ‘dangerous and unusual weapons,’” such as “weapons that are most useful in military service—M–16 rifles and the like.” Virginia falls under the 4th Circuit Court. Following draconian gun laws issued in MD and NJ, where assault firearm sales are prohibited but ownership is grandfathered, the 4th circuit ruled that ARs and the like are unusual types of weapons, not commonly in use. So the 4th circuit found a way to limit ARs by declaring them unusual. The only way to reverse this position is for it to go back to the Supreme Court.
  3. Just in, the Dems, in the face of the widespread protests, are back pedaling. An attempt at appeasement. https://www.virginiamercury.com/2019/12/09/northam-backed-assault-weapon-bill-will-include-grandfather-clause-for-existing-guns/?fbclid=IwAR3rjJrI8N4Vsi5qDAzuYvNxotHuGNyu4vsZU1TqHIACpP42dHGpRyBHrf8 You can keep your AR if you register it. Right. This had been predicted--the confiscation bill was a negotiation ploy so everyone would be relieved when they put the grandfather clause back in. I don't think it's gonna fly at this point. People are too upset. They overplayed their hand by poking the bear.
  4. Maybe last update for tonight. Virginia Patriots. Makes me proud to see this. Just to put this in perspective, the local Board of Supervisors and City Council meetings are being absolutely swamped by thousands of 2A supporters. The meeting rooms are filled to overflowing with many more outside the courthouses and county admin buildings, all over the state. Many meetings have been moved to local high school auditoriums due to the large crowds. The circular orange stickers you see on people are "Guns Save Lives" stickers passed out by the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL.ORG) the most active gun rights organization in the state.
  5. There are two very interesting things happening to counter the proposed gun restrictions. Culpeper county Sheriff vows to deputize thousands to preserve their gun rights. https://www.foxnews.com/us/virgina-sheriff-vows-to-deputize-resident-in-response-to-expected-gun-control-legislation-from-state-democratic-lawmakers Tazewell County has passed a Militia resolution, implementing a provision of the Virginia State constitution https://wvva.com/2019/12/09/militia-resolution-provides-extra-protection-for-tazewell-county-residents/ Folks, we are seeing a real uprising in the state. My county Board of Supervisors meets Thursday. I'll be there, along with a thousand or more other 2A supporters.
  6. There surely is some truth in this, but I doubt it's confined to Virginia. Over the past couple years, the courts re-drew state house and senate voting districts and the narrow Republican majorities in both state houses were lost with just a few seats being turned by $millions poured into these few races by Bloomberg's Every Town for Gun Safety. Some local folks have expressed dismay at the lackluster Republican response, but I'm not sure how they could counter the millions of dollars being spent. I've read that the Republican voters actually turned out in larger than expected numbers, but perhaps in the already "Red" districts. Northern Virginia, often blamed for the shift from Red to Blue, has a very large and dense population of federal employees, lobbyists and federal contractors as well as folks fleeing crime-ridden Maryland, who apparently brought their politics with them. Also, the larger cities tend to vote Democrat as well--Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, etc. The rest of the state is largely rural and votes Republican. Just look at the 2A map I posted earlier if you want to see the distribution. Kind of a miniature version of the US map, isn't it?
  7. Here's the status of our 2A Sanctuary effort.
  8. I don't know if this topic is permitted here, but it's extremely important that everyone understand what is happening in Virginia. Once a relatively gun-friendly state, with the Bloomberg-funded Democrat take over of the state legislature a month ago, a bunch of anti-2A bills have been pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session early next month. Virginia gun owners have mobilized to try to stop this gun confiscation effort. The proposed laws are far more restrictive than any other state, including CA, MA, etc. The purpose of this post is to provide information and links in case anyone is interested, and NOT to start a political discussion on the topic. I imagine we all share similar views, so no need to "preach to the choir" as it were. If you are so inclined, there are opportunities to contribute to the grass roots efforts identified in the links below. I have seen comments that compare this first effort at gun confiscation to the British' effort to disarm and confiscate Massachusetts' militia supplies in 1775, which led to the battles of Lexington and Concord. Senate Bill 16 (SB16) here: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB16 Prohibits possession of virtually all AR style rifles and pistols (and, individually, their component parts) as well as some auto loading shotguns. There is no grandfather clause, and possession is a felony. No so-called "buy back" program is specified, so it's up to each person to dispose of their prohibited firearms. Magazines larger than 10 rounds that you possess are grandfathered, but you cannot transfer, sell or import them. SB 64 here: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB64 Prohibits firearms training or assembly with intent to intimidate or cause civil unrest. Teachers and facilities could be charged with a felony should a trainee open (or concealed) carry to a rally for example (only takes one person to claim they are intimidated). There are several other equally onerous bills, including universal background checks (and gun registry), red flag law, raising gun purchase age to 21, prohibit access to a firearm to anyone under 18. Patriots in Virginia are rallying and working to pass local resolutions declaring counties and cities as Second Amendment Sanctuaries. Effort is described here: https://www.vcdl.org/ There is a planned large rally on 1-20-20 at the VA state capital. An effort to recall the Governor is here: https://virginiaconservatives.net/ National Media have reacted this way: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mischief-makers-with-an-agenda-promote-gun-sanctuaries-in-virginia/2019/11/29/d93f3830-106e-11ea-bf62-eadd5d11f559_story.html If you are on Facebook, search for Virginia Gun Owners Forum (VGOF) for discussion updates. If it can happen in Virginia, it can happen in other states. The NRA has not been very vocal on this situation so far, even though their headquarters are in Virginia. I am assuming they are marshaling their resources for a court battle when the time comes. They are leaving the existing efforts alone as they carry more weight as a grass roots revolt rather than an "NRA funded campaign." There is some wisdom in that approach I think. Wish us luck. It's going to be an interesting situation.
  9. When I was shooting a Stoeger, I put Cylinder chokes in both tubes.
  10. I just used a couple wood screws and washers to hold a pair of inexpensive leather holsters I found on ebay.
  11. Wild West Mercantile sells some cowboy pants that are very lightweight. I have a pair in brown and a pair in grey. That's what I wear in the summer. https://www.wwmerc.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?item=CM81-CM&type=store&category=30030
  12. Ordered a Limbsaver medium grind-to-fit. Thanks. I was not thinking a butt cover, but Null, I like the idea. Thanks for that. BTW, Limbsaver has a downloadable pdf of templates that you can print out and use to select the best pad.
  13. Looking to replace the butt plate on my Norinco '97 with a good recoil pad. Will likely trim the stock about 1/2-3/4 inch to keep LOP about the same. Any advice on which pad would fit best?
  14. I didn't say "you can't miss fast enough to beat some of your competitors." I said "you can't miss fast enough to win." Of course some of that is hyperbole, and I'm clearly not the first one to use that saying. I was cautioned with this axiom as I was starting out some 4 years ago. I think it's good advice to new shooters. The essence, as I took it, is that while shooting fast is the objective, if you miss too many times, you'll suffer in the standings. You need to balance speed and accuracy--total focus on one or the other yields varying results.
  15. You can't miss fast enough to win.
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