Virginia Citizens Defense League Lobby Day 2013 Wrap Up

Virginia Delegate Joe Morrissey Preaching Gun Safety with his finger on the Triigger
Virginia Delegate Joe Morrissey Preaching Gun Safety with his finger on the trigger, as onlookers duck.
Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

Covington VA –-( We had around 750 gun owners proudly wearing their Guns Save Lives stickers at the General Assembly!

We FLOODED all of the floors. Legislators and legislative aides could not and did not miss our message and our numbers.

Teams were formed outside, each headed by a Team Leader. The teams then entered the General Assembly Building. Each team went to the offices of their preassigned legislators. The teams delivered the VCDL Gun Bill Analysis document and talked to the legislators and/or their legislative aides, lobbying for VCDL’s agenda.

Fun was had by all and the teams did a fantastic job representing gun owners!

Our message blared like a loud Klaxon, while the antis made more of a peeping sound.

EM Bob Sadtler deserves special recognition for the hard work and long hours he put in coordinating the Team Leaders for Lobby Day.

EM Chip Marce, one of our Team Leaders wanted me to share this. His pride in his team is quite palpable and is shared by the other team leaders I have heard from:

“I wanted to let you know that from my perspective as a team leader, Lobby Day was a great success. If you have the opportunity, I would appreciate it if you could convey a huge THANK YOU!! to those who attended.

I’m completely biased of course, but my team was simply ‘The Best!’ I couldn’t have hoped for better folks to go with today. My team shored me up as I stumbled, made great points to our representatives that hadn’t even occurred to me, and were just great advocates for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

I was sitting in some delegates office earlier today, I can’t remember which, and it struck me that I would take ANY ONE of my team including ( make that especially!! ) the teenagers over the bulk of the delegates and senators we have. Their stories and backgrounds were spot on, and they showed a passion for liberty that is too rare to see in these cynical times. I also found it fascinating to see the level of deference and respect we received, even when dealing with folks who we know to be our opponents. I think that politicians instinctively know who the lead dogs are, and I knew who the real leaders were at the GA today.

(Oh. Did I mention that I had a great team?)

To my team and everyone who showed for Lobby Day, thanks for making my
job as a Team Leader a real joy.”


A special thanks to all those who worked very hard to make Lobby Day a success this year:

  • EM Robert Sadtler
  • Board member Dennis O’Connor
  • Board member Bruce Jackson
  • Board member John Fenter
  • VCDL VP, Jim Snyder

Team Leaders: Lee Affholter, Doug Peterson, Jan Walter, Chuck Nesby, Chip Marce, Jeff Hamlin, Joe Ligon, Malcolm Blundell, John Wilburn, Greg Trojan, Christopher Karanski, George Overstreet, Alan Fisher, and Dave Hicks.



WRVA, Richmond’s premier AM radio station, had VCDL Lobby Day as the lead on the news every half hour on Monday morning.

A photo of some of the crowd awaiting to be assigned to teams:


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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: