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Virginia Citizens Defense League

Virginia Citizens Defense League

Covington VA --( It’s not a full-fledged victory, but it is a victory nonetheless.

Orapax has been approved unanimously to operate a sporting clays range for two years before having to apply for an extension or modification to their Special Use Permit (SUP).

The restrictions are typical government silliness:

  • Range can only be operated during hunting season from 9/1 through 4/30 each year. The Orapax range wanted to operate just the opposite – to bring in income outside of hunting season.
  • Range is to operate from 10 AM to 4 PM and only have a maximum of 18 people per day use the range.
  • The range can only be open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Not having the range open Sunday will be harmful to the business.

The good news is that Orapax has their foot in the door and will be able to show that the values of surrounding properties will not go down and perhaps could even go up. It’s a big step forward, but not as big as I had hoped.

The meeting started at 7 PM and they finally voted on the ordinance at 2 AM.

Thanks to all who came out and to those who sent in emails or made calls supporting the range. It all helped as there were quite a few opponents there and they weren’t happy with the final vote. But, at the end of the day they’ll see that this was much to do about nothing.

Alerts are going to continue to pour out for the foreseeable future, as the explosion of gun coverage in the media continues and as legislation is being introduced in Congress and, soon, in the General Assembly.

Hold on to your hats, it’s going to be a rough ride. I appreciate your patience with the upcoming volume of alerts and updates. We are in a serious fight and we intend to win.

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right. Visit:

  • One User comment to “Orapax Virginia Shooting Range Approved”

    1. F. U. Youguncrazybastard on January 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM said:

      I live in Goochland County and was happy that some sort of compromise had been reached between the many residents who opposed this range and the few actual Goochland county residents who supported it. This measure was voted down 5 to 1 before the restrictions were agreed upon. The impact on property values alone should have been enough to cause this measure to be defeated but the impact on quality of life for nearby residents is immeasurable.
      However, from the tone of this article, it appears that nothing short of complete capitulation will do for you. If you would just try to understand that compromise is not synonymous with defeat then maybe the rest of the world wouldn’t look upon you as demented violence freaks with a completely self-serving agenda. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is NOT a fundamental human right. It is a Constitutional right – one that was granted by law and can be taken away by law. A fundamental right is one that can neither be granted by law nor taken away by it. You need to learn the difference between the two. A fundamental right is the right to live in a peaceful, non-toxic environment – unpolluted by lead and needless noise. I will now work harder than ever to have even greater restrictions imposed on the range.
      “Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians.” That is a laugh. For my part, I’ll thank you to stay as far away from my human rights as you can. Thanks for confirming my already low opinion of your group.

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