Virginia: Petty Bloomberg-bought Delegates Target NRA Firearms Training

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Virginia: Petty Bloomberg-bought Delegates Target NRA Firearms Training

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- Further revealing that their operative motive is political prejudice rather than public safety, the Michael Bloomberg-bought ,Virginia House of Delegates, has escalated their direct attacks on law-abiding gun owners and your NRA. Astute readers will remember that earlier this year Delegate Dan Helmer (D-40) introduced HB 567, a bill calculated to shut down the NRA Range in Fairfax, Va. This week, the House of Delegates Public Safety Committee passed HB 264, which targets NRA’s high-quality firearms training.

HB 264 would limit law-abiding Virginians’ ability to obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) by reducing the ways in which an applicant could demonstrate the requisite competence with a handgun.

At present there are a several ways to demonstrate this competence, which are enumerated in VA Code Ann. § 18.2-308.02. This includes:

  • Completing any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course;
  • Completing any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law-enforcement agency, institution of higher education, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or the Department of Criminal Justice Services;
  • Completing any firearms training or safety course or class, including an electronic, video, or online course, conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor;

HB264 would eliminate all reference to the National Rifle Association in § 18.2-308.02 and eliminate the training option outlined in the first bullet point entirely.

This means that the state would no longer by default recognize the firearm safety and training courses offered by NRA. Firearms instructors would be required to obtain an additional state certification from the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in order to offer classes that would satisfy the training requirement for a CHP. The legislation does not grandfather current NRA instructors from this requirement. At present, there are almost 3,000 NRA certified firearms instructors in the Commonwealth.

This change would be even more dangerous than it first appears. The DCJS firearm instructor certification requirements are set by regulation. This means that they can be altered by Virginia’s executive branch. Anti-gun politicians, like disgraced Gov. Ralph Northam and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, could increase the burdensome certification requirements without going through the General Assembly. This could choke off the availability of the DCJS firearm instructor certification, and therefore law-abiding Virginians’ access to the training necessary to exercise their Right-to-Carry.

HB264 would also eliminate the ability to acquire the requisite CHP firearms training through a video or online course.

These changes are designed to make it harder for law-abiding Virginians to access the firearms training required to exercise their Right-to-Carry. Reducing the number of individuals certified to provide CHP training and manner in which the training may be administered would limit the availability of such training – endangering those facing a threat that necessitates immediate access to a CHP. This reduction would also increase the costs of receiving training – creating a regressive economic burden that would disproportionately harm the poor and vulnerable.

These burdensome changes will not benefit public safety. For his book More Guns Less Crime, Economist John R. Lott attempted to measure the effects of burdensome Right-to-Carry training requirements. Lott determined that “The presence or length of training periods typically show no effect on crime…” Lott also found that an increase in training requirements and permit fees will lower the rate at which individuals obtain Right-to-Carry permits.

The Public Safety Committee’s attack on high-quality electronic, video, or online firearms training is especially luddite and nonsensical. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles offers online “driver improvement clinics” (sometimes court-ordered) that can determine whether or not a driver will be permitted to continue to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth. Virginia’s premier public institutions of higher education, like the College of William & Mary, offer online degree programs.

Once again, the Bloomberg-bought House of Delegates has proven that their gun control agenda is about their own ugly political and cultural bigotries.

Stay tuned to www.nraila.org for updates. And, in the meantime, please sign up to volunteer to help defeat Gov. Ralph Northam and Michael Bloomberg’s gun control legislation.


National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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RJL
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RJL

CRIMINAL…

Don Moran
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Don Moran

Enough is enough, if you’re not voting for firearms rights, you’re voting against your own safety.

Not voting is the same as voting against yourself.

Register and vote in EVERY election!!!

StLPro2A
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StLPro2A

A politician with a law never stops a bad guy with a gun.
He only controls the good guys which is his true agenda.
A legislator with a bill is far more dangerous to the populace as a whole than a citizen….good or bad….with a gun.

StWayne
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StWayne

If this “gadgetry” against the Constitution is allowed to persist, I fear they will come after our ink wells and spit wads next.

Wass
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Wass

It should be obvious, from even a casual observation, that the efforts of Bloomberg, et.al. Is to end in the USA all civilian gun ownership, or, at least, heavily restrict it on the level of that of the E.U. They can doll it up with names like “gun safety” (funny, that’s something we know is OWNED by the NRA etc.), but we aren’t fooled. The trouble is, what to do against the phalanx of Bloomberg’s media power? The bottom line is, re-eject Trump. Any other candidate will drive gun rights into the sewer.

loveaduck
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loveaduck

There are always more horse’s asses than horses.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” That’s the 2A. That’s the law. I don’t give a rat’s a$$ about WHO makes money teaching firearm safety, N.R.A., G.O.A. or some school someplace. It used to be something that Fathers (usually) taught their children how to handle a firearm, how to be safe with it, how/why to respect it and to accurately shoot it. It would be a good thing if it gets taught in a public setting. Why not at schools? Why not on a range somewhere? That’s the problem and that’s the… Read more »

Charlie Foxtrot
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Charlie Foxtrot

So, the NRA doesn’t get to make money anymore for the mandatory carry permit training they supported in the first place. This is what happens when you sell gun owners out for your own financial interests!

Will you NOW support constitutional carry in states where there is a way to pass it, like Tennessee? Or will you continue to create unnecessary permit schemes to generate profit, like the concealed-only carry permit the NRA supported last year in Tennessee?

Virginians are getting screwed, while the NRA made money with the Virginia carry permit training for years.

JPM
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JPM

I can’t help but wonder how much of those fees NRA collects on the “Mandatory” training goes straight into LaPierre’s pocket.

Tionico
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Tionico

NRA as an norganisatiion do not get a per-student kick for those taking NRA instructor taught courses. Each certified instructor may, if he chooses, to charge a fee for his services Most do. TO claiim that NRA continues to rake in the bux for training is wrong thinking, and inaccurate. Ranges also pay fees to have their range certified by NRA, but beyond those annual fees, NRA do not benefit directly. Yet the range can charge users a fee for the use of their dirt. I am no longer an NRA member, so I’m not standing up for them. They… Read more »

Charlie Foxtrot
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Charlie Foxtrot

The NRA makes money off any online portion of a training class, the training material itself for the hands-on portion of a class and the instructor training/certification! So, yes, the NRA does benefit directly and indirectly from the mandatory training it pushes. The issue is that the NRA itself appears in the law, which is what the NRA tried to do last year in Tennessee. We had a chance to get constitutional carry passed last year, but the NRA instead backed a separate, secondary carry permit scheme. The bill was written such that an NRA online training certificate was good… Read more »

truthman
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truthman

PATRIOTS IN FLORIDA WAKE UP YOU ARE NEXT! Bloomberg has already bought our State Senate Republican Leader Bill Galvano. Bloomberg is using him to destroy the Florida Republican Party! Look at the amount of Money Bloomberg gave to Galvano’s pac To write SB-7028. Dates and Details: 10/26/18 Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund P. O. Box 4184 New York NY 10163 political org. 300,000.00 09/04/18 Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund P. O. Box 4184 New York NY 10163 political org. 200,000.00 This Radio station is right in galvanoes Home District Call The Morning Road Show with Phil Dann’s Deplorables… Read more »