@ "...fine tune Bills for next year and meet with members of the General Assembly over the summer and fall..."
Am I understanding correctly that this group will be working outside of the existing VCDL organizational framework? I hope so since the indecision VCDL exhibited this year might very well have resulted in the passage of one or more CD bills which could have had unintended consequences and weakened the protections we already enjoy.
By all accounts, if not for the near revolt at VCDL's "neutral" CD stance at the Annandale meeting on Valentine's Day, the drum User had been beating would never have been heard in time to stop the train wreck. At least once the breadth and depth of the membership's displeasure with VCDL leadership on the 2012 VA Castle Doctrine initiatives was highlighted, things changed rapidly and we saw the infamous midnight alert...VCDL's CD stance suddenly changed from "neutral" to "strongly opposed." And the rest, as they say, is history...bruised egos and all.
It sounds like this group is intent on getting an early start on matters, well before the 2013 session, by building a wide base of grass roots support for a properly vetted CD bill (as well as Constitutional Carry) which the VCDL membership will enthusiastically rally behind. I'm hopeful they will be the centerpieces of the 2013 Lobby Day gun-rights demonstration...and draw a larger crowd than we've ever seen.
Thanks, Peter, for spearheading this effort. Your leadership is appreciated.