Virginia – -(AmmoLand.com)- The 2019 Virginia General Assembly session started on Wednesday 1/10/2019. Bob Sadtler and I have been at the General Assembly Building both Wednesday and Thursday lobbying key legislators. Lobbying provides important information in both directions: we explain why certain bills should be supported or opposed and we often get important inside-track information.
Bob and I learned last night that a bill that Virginia Citizens Defense League requested was not going to be submitted by a legislator who had hit her quota of bills, so today Bob and I found another legislator to put in that bill for us.
Bills will still be trickling in until January 18th. Virginia Citizens Defense League’s Gun Bill Analysis document will be done that weekend and posted on the VCDL website so that you can preview what we will be handing to legislators on Lobby Day (the 21st).
That said, the VCDL 2019 Legislative Tracking System is up and running, and you can see all the gun bills that we are following. It will be updated as new bills appear.
Currently, there are seven bills that we Strongly Support, including Constitutional Carry and repeal of “good and sufficient reason” for church carry.
- There is one bill we Support – no sales tax for those purchasing gun safes up to $1,000 in value.
- There are 34 bills we Strongly Oppose, including Red Flag law (Emergency Substantial Risk Order), One Handgun a Month, Universal Background Checks, gun and magazine bans, gun rights lost for misdemeanor convictions, preemption weakening so localities can do their own gun bans at will, punishments for person whose gun is lost or stolen and is not reported to the police quickly enough, and more.
- There are three bills we Oppose, including bills restricting Tannerite use.
- There are six bills we are Neutral on.
Many of the legislators and aides that Bob and I talk to told us that they are looking forward to seeing all of you on Lobby Day!
VCDL ANNUAL PRE-LOBBY DAY DINNER SET!
Virginia Citizens Defense League will be having a pre-Lobby Day dinner at the same location we have had it for the last few years:
Hibachi Sushi And Supreme Buffet
8087 W Broad St, Henrico, VA 23294
Dinner starts at 6 pm on Sunday, January 20. No need to RSVP.
See you there!
LEGISLATIVE ACTION ITEMS COMING ON MONDAY
On Monday I expect the first Legislative Action Items to be going out here on VA-ALERT. Be ready to respond to those items so we can pound the General Assembly in huge numbers. We will be sending out more such Legislative Action Items for the next several weeks.
STILL SOME ROOM ON THE BUSES
There is still time to reserve your space on a Virginia Citizens Defense League bus (coming from Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Virginia Beach, and Hampton. Contact Leyla and Tess at [email protected] to do so.
About Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):
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.
For more information, visit: www.vcdl.org.