We love our friends and family nationwide, but today we have a special message for our neighbors in the state of Virginia.
You might have heard us mention the Virginia Citizens Defense League before…
VCDL is an outstanding organization that does so much more than represent Virginia’s gun owners.
In addition to VCDL’s exemplary commitment to gun owners, both members and non, this grassroots organizations takes political activism to the next level.
From initiatives like Lobby Day, during which Virginia gun owners organize to travel to the state capital and actually meet with elected officials, to statewide grassroots effort to inform, educate, and assist state citizens, we’re proud to support VCDL in all of its endeavors.
Which is why we’re taking the time to introduce you to VA-ALERT.
Joining VA-ALERT is free, and it’s one of the most useful services that a Virginia gun owner can subscribe to.
You’ll get regular updates about what’s going on in the Virginia legislature – the good, the bad, and the activism.
Every VA-ALERT gives you current and relevant information, but takes it a step further by telling you what you can actually do to make a difference. A lot of people talk about what’s wrong with their government, but VCDL’s VA-ALERT is designed for people who are actually willing to do something about it.
In addition to the latest news, VCDL takes it a step further by telling you things you won’t hear in the mainstream media, including our wins, our losses, and useful information about upcoming legislation that will make a difference in the lives of Virginia’s gun owners.
Still not convinced that this is basically the best thing to ever happen to Virginia politics?
Check this out.
Here are some of the things that were included in the latest VA-ALERT:
The good: Governor McAuliffe has signed 2 more pro-gun bills into law, both of which become effective on July 1:
HB 206, courtesy of Delegate Webert, removes the requirement for a 2nd ID when purchasing a firearm. Isn’t that a relief?
HB 810, thanks to Delegate Lingamfelter, removes the requirement for proof of citizenship when purchasing an “assault firearm.” We’ll talk more about that particular terminology another time…
The bad: In addition to passing the two bills listed above, the Governor has also vetoed some more pro-gun bills:
Vetoed: Delegate Lingamfelter’s HB 560 would clarify that intent to induce fear is a key component of brandishing a firearm.
Vetoed: HB 766 and SB 626 from Delegate Gilbert and Senator Vogel, respectively, would have turned a protection order into a concealed handgun permit for 45-days. This was vetoed despite the fact that battered women who file protective orders are most at risk during the first few days after filing, by the way.
Vetoed: HB 1234, another of Delegate Lingamfelter’s, would allow school security officers to carry a firearm in the performance of their duties.
Sadly HB 766 and SB 626, the legislations that dealt with protection orders, are dead…
BUT HB 560 and HB 1234 can be saved with a veto override.
Here’s the beautiful thing:
There’s something you can do about it.
And you don’t have to stand around holding a picket sign.
Those who signed up for VA-ALERT have access to an awesome tool that makes activism much more effective, AND easier to manage with your already busy schedule.
Of course, we’ll share those tools with you now. We’re nice like that.
Not only does this option make it easy to find your specific representatives…
…it also writes the message for you, so all you have to do is sign your name and send it.
How cool is that?
And it works, too.
When representatives see the emails start flooding in, they recognize that VCDL is taking action, and Virginia’s citizens aren’t just spectating.
Because we’re all sending the same message, we’re not individual people without any influence anymore – we’re VCDL, a force to be reckoned with, and the actual voice of the people.
You don’t have to be a VCDL member to sign up for VA-ALERT, but we urge you to consider membership…
Plus, VCDL members get some pretty neat perks in our store. Just saying.
For the rest of you who aren’t Virginia residents, what organizations serve your state? We’d love to feature them here on our blog! Leave us a comment below and we’ll definitely check it out.