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Congressman Rob Wittman represents Virginia’s 1st District. He attended the 2017 Congressional Shoot-Out, presented each year by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. He is proud of the fantastic shooting, hunting and fishing opportunities in his district.  He talks about the importance of getting young people outdoors to expose them to hunting and the shooting sports. Preserving those and Second Amendment rights require that people exercise them, and have a great time while they are doing so. Originally aired on Cam & Co 05/17/17.

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Apparently, gone are the days when Democrat candidates for Governor in Virginia try to appeal to gun owners to get elected.  Remember when then candidate Mark Warner had outdoor enthusiast Sherry Crumley and strategist Mudcat Sanders help him build “Sportsmen for Warner”?  He successfully ran away from his past of strong support for three-day waiting periods for the purchase of firearms, opposition to shall issue concealed carry, support for the Clinton gun ban, and successfully kept the NRA from openly endorsing his Republican opponent.  He went on to sign 17 substantive pro-rights bills while Governor, had no vetoes, and earned an “A” rating from the NRA in his 2008 U.S. Senate Race.

Even Tim Kaine, who used taxpayer money to send buses of supporters to the 2000 “Million Mom March” as Mayor of Richmond, tried to reach out to gun owners and reassure them he was not supportive of new gun control.  His term for Governor was not as friendly to gun owners as Warner’s as he vetoed several good bills that gun owners would have to wait for Governor Bob McDonnell to sign.

Terry McAuliffe, began the move away from appealing to gun owners, though seemed to think touting his purchase of a shotgun early in the 2013 campaign meant he supported firearm freedom.

This year, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam and former Congressman Tom Perriello are falling all over themselves to be the most anti-rights candidate.  Perriello has completely flip flopped on his position related to firearm freedom where he was endorsed by the NRA in 2010, only to now call them a  “nut-job extremist organization.”  UVA political scientist Larry Sabato told NBC News recently that Northam may actually be to the left of Perriello on guns and other issues.

This election is vitally important to Virginia gun owners.  The individual elected this November will sign into law the next legislative redistricting maps.  If the next Governor is anti-rights, you can be sure he will demand a redistricting map that will help elect more candidates that are supportive of his position on key issues.  Those maps will be law for 10 years.  Virginia gun owners must get involved now to elect pro-rights candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and the House of Delegates.  In the case of the Governor’s race, that most assuredly will not be a Democrat.

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Remember back in 2014 when Bloomberg promised to spend $25 million in the mid-term elections to defeat pro-rights candidates and push gun bans?  The NRA responded with a campaign of its own:

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Well, Bloomberg is back again with another promise to spend $25 million to defeat National Concealed Carry Reciprocity.  Politico has the story here:

Everytown for Gun Safety, founded and funded by the billionaire former New York City mayor, is hiring several new top staffers and turning much of its attention to state legislatures, while moving to a defensive posture in Washington as it tries to stop what’s known as “concealed carry reciprocity” from becoming law. That will include starting to score Congressional votes, like the NRA does, to guide spending decisions more directly.

Don’t be surprised to see Bloomberg get involved in Virginia’s state-wide elections this year.  In 2015, Bloomberg spent over $3 million on two state senate races, winning one and losing the other, trying to switch the Virginia Senate to an anti-rights majority.  With current Governor Terry McAuliffe having vetoed every substantive piece of pro-rights legislation over the last four years, Bloomberg is likely to spend heavily to keep the Virginia Governor’s office in the hands of an anti-rights occupant.

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Urban folks, feed on constant recitations of fears, out number and out vote us by many millions.  We cannot buy a mail order firearm because we were told, and almost everyone believes, that JFK was killed by a $20 mail order war surplus M39 Carano infantry rifle.  So sellers ship to licensed dealers who comply with BATF requirements.  You can still purchase a long gun in your and an adjacent state over the counter but firearms that look like the military M-14 (like Armalite Rifle model 15s) are further regulated.  Mine is a CMP program rifle, H-bar, no flash suppressor or bayonet lug, so it’s OK.

Below is where Maryland is along the path to registration and disarmament.  Handguns, that can’t be bought out of state, are seen as an important street crime problem.  To promote public safety a state issued Handgun Qualification License (HQL) has been legislated into being.  Without an HQL dealers don’t spend much time with you.  To get one you need to:

  • Log into the Maryland State Police licensing portal (website) and create an account.
  • From your driver’s license, tell them everything you know they already know about you.
  • Have a document that shows you have received firearms training or shows that you have served in the armed forces and been honorably discharged (DD214) or an ID showing that you are on active duty. Scan and upload these documents to your MSP account.
  • Pass the many question (OMB 1140-0020 part 1) test… have you murdered anyone or been indicted for same, are you a drug attic, are you under a court order concerning chasing women at night?
  • Get finger printed. Take $60 (paper money) to Maryland State Police; U of M campus police works but call to find a proper time for them.  Gun shops have a list of finger printers.  This includes the FBI background check.
  • Keep checking the MSP web site. When all the wickets have been checked off it will ask for $50.
  • Wait a few weeks for them to make the little laminated card the size of your driver’s license.
  • You now need a 10 digit number and a 4 digit PIN so log on again and fill in a 77R, the same BATF questions to which the state has added questions about your sanity. The numbers get e-mailed to you and posted to your MSP account that the dealer will access.  They allow you to purchase one handgun.  In 30 days you can apply for another set.  I’ve been told (hearsay) that five’s the limit.
  • Go buy your hand gun. In a week they’ll send you an e-mail telling you that you can take it
  • And, yes, there’s still a $10 fee for something.

Clearly, this is a model that other states’ gun banners will wish to imitate, but as it discriminates against citizens with limited access to computers, needed skills, or our language, might we get the ACLU to join us in attempting to recover our obstructed right to participate in a militia?  Don’t wait up!

The night I took my PT1911 home robbers smashed into a Maryland shop and took 24 handguns and 7 rifles.  A much more efficient process.  Of course there is a solution to that process: only sell firearms in state police armories (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tue-Sat) manned by cheap (no state benefits) contract clerks.  Profits to be used to support public safety programs.

I’m not going to like the future.  Have a nice day.

F. J. Wiley, III

(Editors note: The author, F.J. Wiley, III, resides in Catonsville, Maryland and owns a farm in Madison County, Virginia.  The original submission has been edited for length and content.  The views expressed are those of the author)

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Does the Second Amendment mean something different today than it did when our great nation was born? In the premiere episode of The DL, “The Truth About the Second Amendment,” Dana Loesch introduces her new NRATV series and is joined by NRA personalities and gun rights advocates to examine the enduring and fundamental meaning of the Second Amendment, despite what you might hear from the mainstream media.

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President Trump has kept his promise to appoint a judge to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court that occurred due to the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016.  He chose Judge Neil Gorsuch, who current sits on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and according to Independence Institute Research Director Dave Kopel, he has a good record on Second Amendment related cases.  From NRA America’s First Freedom:

“The Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own firearms and may not be infringed lightly.” So wrote U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch in United States v. Miguel Games-Perez. That case demonstrates why Judge Gorsuch is a worthy successor to Justice Antonin Scalia.

Yesterday, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox appeared on NRATV to talk about the nomination.

And something that I don’t remember ever seeing, is the NRA sitting beside the President of the United States in a White House meeting.  Yesterday, Wayne LaPierre joined representatives from Concerned Women for America, American Values, Susan B Anthony List , National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Tax Reform, Federalist Society, Leadership Institute, National Right to Life, and the Evangelical Advisory Council, to talk about advancing the nomination as fast as possible.

Gun owners should contact their U.S. Senator and urge them to confirm Judge Gorsuch.

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Wayne LaPierre has just released a new video message on NRATV titled, “NRA: Donald Trump’s Strongest Ally.” In it, the NRA Executive Vice President and CEO discusses how gun owners and patriots defied the media and their elitists friends to send Donald J. Trump to the White House. “This election was a grassroots rejection of the elite class that wants to rule America. And the only organization that has fought that fight without apology is the National Rifle Association of America,” LaPierre says. He also notes that “But the time for celebration is over. Our moment to make history begins now … Already, the forces that conspired to keep Donald Trump out of the White House are coming together to sabotage his administration.”

LaPierre then calls upon “the tens of millions of patriots all over this country who stood by our side in defense of Donald Trump—to stand by our side once more.” LaPierre states that “Our time is now,” and asks freedom loving Americans to stand with the NRA to help Donald J. Trump “put a pro-2nd Amendment majority on the Supreme Court,” among other things. “Together, we will truly make America great again,” LaPierre says.  Supporters are asked to share the video using #OurTimeisNow.

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