Virginia: Important Statement about VCDL Capital Lobby Day, Jan 20th 2020

Monday, January 20, is VCDL’s Lobby Day. It is not VCDL’s Protest Day.

Virginia Citizens Defense League Lobby Day
Virginia Citizens Defense League Lobby Day

Virginia – -( Monday, January 20, is Virginia Citizens Defense League’s Lobby Day. It is not VCDL’s Protest Day.

There is a distinct difference between the two.

Lobby Day is about, well, lobbying – sending a message to the General Assembly and to the Governor, Attorney General, and the Lt. Governor. That message is simple: no more gun control that in any way, shape, or form negatively affects law-abiding gun owners. Bills that go after criminals or bills that are beneficial to gun owners are fine.

While there have been some verbal threats by the Democrat leadership to push major gun control down the throats of Virginia’s gun owners and some very bad bills already filed to back up that threat, NOTHING has happened yet and won’t until after January 8th 2020. And perhaps it won’t happen at all if we press hard enough.

The second amendment sanctuary movement, with its absolutely massive turnouts of gun owners, is sending a deafening message to lawmakers ahead of Lobby Day. On top of that, we now believe the size of the crowd on Lobby Day could be absolutely incredible, possibly historic if gun owners from around the state follow through and attend as we believe they will. You will absolutely want to be a part of this!


Various militia groups from Virginia and nearby states have graciously volunteered to provide security. With a large Capitol, Richmond, and State police presence, not to mention enough citizens armed with handguns to take over a modern mid-sized country, we have the security base covered nicely. That said, we welcome our militia brothers and sisters to be part of making the day a success! Some militia groups are looking to take canned food donations during Lobby Day and deliver them to a Richmond Food Bank. Please contribute.

Long Guns

If you are asking how you can help with VCDL’s mission, carrying long guns at Lobby Day is not helpful – it is a distraction. Virginia Citizens Defense League’s important messages inevitably get lost as the press rushes to get pictures of anyone carrying an AR or AK. The stories then become about the rifle, not Virginia Citizens Defense League’s agenda. You can set your watch by it. Long guns are not easy to carry in a crowd, either. VCDL needs its voice heard loud and clear in order to able to stop the onslaught of gun-control bills.

Laws you need to know for carry in Richmond

You can’t have a magazine in a centerfire rifle or pistol that holds more than 20 rounds unless you have a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP). You must also have a Virginia CHP if the centerfire rifle or pistol has a threaded barrel or a folding stock. Click here to see the code section, which also covers similar restrictions on shotguns: 18.2-287.4

Open carry without a CHP is legal in Virginia, but watch the restrictions in the previous paragraph.

You need a CHP to carry in the General Assembly or Capitol Building. Once through security, you can carry openly or concealed in the buildings. You cannot carry in the gallery over the Senator Floor. Keep an eye on these alerts. Should any of this change, we will notify you here.

Virginia Citizens Defense League Lobby Day is a peaceful event about gun rights and NOTHING ELSE

We are NOT there to have arguments with the other side. They lobby, we lobby, and never the two shall meet. Just ignore them.

And we are not there to push any other agenda. Our total focus is on protecting our right to keep and bear arms. Period. This is not about flags, statues, history, etc. Just guns.

If you somehow find yourself being harassed by the other side, don’t engage them. They could well be baiting you and recording what you do for propaganda purposes. If necessary, go find a police officer and let them take care of the person causing the disturbance. Otherwise, just ignore them and go about your business.

VCDL has a great relationship with the Capitol Police, the Richmond Police, the Virginia State Police, and most other law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth. We welcome their presence and are glad they are there to keep everything peaceful, while we work on the job at hand.

This should be a great event, with freedom-loving Americans from all walks of life standing should-to-should to protect our most precious civil right – the right of self-defense. See you there!

Virginia Citizens Defense LeagueAbout 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.

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I read Ammoland daily and the comments especially. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of the same commenters ( trolls ?) showing up with negativity VCDL is a gun rights ACTIVIST organization and have be holding Lobby Day events for several years. You naysayers and keyboard commandos state it will accomplish nothing , all the while saying you won’t vote, attend rallies or you deride pro gun organizations. You seem to chomp at the bit for the shooting to start ! I’m a Nam vet ; I’ve seen war and it ain’t pretty, noble or glorious, a Civil War even… Read more »

Will Flatt

Soros is paying to bus in a small army of antifa goons to initiate violence and create a melee that the communist media can use to marginalize gun owners. Frankly, event planners need to plan for contingencies, and NOT count on the police to help – they often get ORDERED TO STAND DOWN by communist politicians.

Some guy

They want a fight, and I expect the Americans to give the traitors what they ask for, because that is America!

Heed the Call-up

The VCDL has been at Lobby Day for many years. The antis keep their distance and don’t bother us, and we don’t bother them. The presence of the VCDL at Lobby Day has always been at least one or more magnitudes of difference than the antis, one reason why the VCDL has been so successful. The antis bring a half-dozen or so, the VCDL brings a couple hundred or more. Do to the efforts of the VCDL, many bad bills and laws have been defeated and many good laws enacted. The VCDL is why Virginia changed from “may issue” to… Read more »

Will Flatt

@HTCU, I am not disputing the good that VCDL is doing. What I’m saying – and what you’re not getting – is that the dynamic has changed. You cannot count on police when you have communists in charge telling them to stand down so bused-in anfifa goons can come in and assault people, and the commies TRYING to provoke an armed response [shooting]. AND THE ANTIFA GOONS HAVE STANDING ORDERS TO ASSAULT RALLY-GOERS. If this means the antifa dummies get shot, HOW DO YOU THINK THAT WILL PLAY ON THE NATIONAL LEFT-WING MEDIA??? What I’m saying is, if people plan… Read more »

jack mac

WF: The “leftists” will attempt to destroy what they cannot have.

Will Flatt

@laughing Jack mac They’re already doing that. And there’s no need to use “” “” on the word leftist. Dems = marxists = maoists. Sometimes I call them commiecrats. The shoe fits. Let them wear it!!

Will Flatt

He sure would look funny trying to walk around with an AR-15 permanently jammed up his arse!!

jack mac

Heed: As long as most of the police there consider themselves peace officers instead enforcement officers of public servants, you should fine. Power be with you.


@USA – I’ve never left Vegas with less money than I expected to. Maybe your analogy isn’t as strong as you intended? Sounds as though VCDL is doing all they can to insure that any violence cannot be blamed on legal gun owners – which of course means that media will not cover it or blame it on “parties unknown”. It is enough to simply say that violence occurred during a gun-lobbying-event, then leave implication unsaid. They don’t have to lie to leave perception that gun-owners are responsible for all violence.


VCDL can do what it wants, of course. Others find it laughable to think anything will keep the press from lambasting gun owners, to follow BS 20 round magazine limits, or to not carry long guns. Given the severity of the attack on the 2A, and given that a show of FORCE now may be the best chance to avoid real violence, it’s absurd to think you control what happens or can turn this into a Sunday picnic. This is WAY bigger than VCDL.

Some guy

There was a time to avoid real violence…….but that day has long gone.

Wild Bill

@Sg, Ok, we are on the way! Get six to ten thousand parking places, evening meals, and breakfasts ready. We will hold first formation in the morning and divide up into companies.


Been doing this “working the system” for many years, have you? Getting (and writing) gun laws passed in favor of gun owners? Fighting the bad laws and getting the legislators to deep six them before they see the light of day?
Been doing all of that, have you? All on a volunteer basis? I’m sure with your vast experience, you can just hold a show of force and the legislators will –what? Pass a law against a show of force? You are a freaking idiot.


He’s absolutely correct about not packing long guns.


Do we want to fail those who died on “Foreign Land.”


Maybe someone should play this during “lobby day.”


That will work too! I have a friend, and fellow retiree, who when he grew out his beard, looked just like Charlie Daniels. Sounded like him also.


2ndA rally? Guys, I know your hearts are in the right place but you are setting yourself up for a big fall. This rally will be the juiciest target for a false flag that the anti’s could ever hope for. You are playing the enemies game and it’s a no win, ever. There is NO VOTING / LOBBYING YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS. The controllers will never back down. Let this come to a head once and for all. Have zero people show for this event. NO MORE begging to retain your rights, you only give the anti’s legitimacy by… Read more »


Hey I’m just pointing out that we have an on going coup against an elected president by the Intel agencies and the left. You think they aren’t going to plant guys with kkk and Nazi gear in the rally, put someone mental in a tall building with an AR? ‘we’ are challenging their authority, they will not let this stand! An event will happen and the media will already have cameras rolling. Think how much better the optics if you let them come to you? Have your cameras rolling as they take guns from some Korea vet… Ect. Ect Rally’s?… Read more »

Some guy

Boobytrap everything, and lure the traitors in……grab them by the belt buckle, gotta get in close…… IEDs are a great force multiplier, just look at how the muzzys do it.

jack mac

Kaiser: A use for a handgun is to get a long gun to fight with. The VCDL are not yet lobbing for a fire fight. Their request to only legally carry handguns at the event is good. They are gathering armed. The time to carry long arms is when and where our public servants attempt to forcibly prevent us from doing so. This will be the time to muster instead of rally. Waiting is not a viable option.

jack mac

USA: The enforcement agencies of our public servants are proficient at infiltrating agitators into domestic organization. Apparently better than doing so with foreign terrorist groups. Picking out a hidden false flagger is no more likely than spotting a prohibited free citizen.


Is VCDL really asking us to rely on others for our self defense? That seems quite antithetical. If it is longarms they are going after, it is longarms we should be carrying.

Some guy

Wow! These VCDL guys are delusional. Either that or they are surrender monkeys. There is no way that some lobbying is going to stop the traitors…….. You VCDL guys will still be talking as they push you into the cattle cars. But don’t worry, the DNC/antifa guards will give you a nice shower as soon as you get off the train….