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    Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL)
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    Media Contact:
    Philip van Cleave
    President, http://www.vcdl.org
    President@vcdl.org
    804-639-0600 • 703-372-3285 • 757-271-3705 • 540-446-5783

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 17, 2009
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    VCDL Members to Converge on Richmond on Monday, January 19, 2009, for
    "Operation Freedom's No Loophole"

    Pro-Gun Bills Flood General Assembly

    Online Petition to Repeal the Ban on Guns in Restaurants


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    VCDL Members to Converge on Richmond on Monday, January 19, 2009, for
    "Operation Freedom's No Loophole"
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    Following on the heels of the Virginia Crime Commission’s decision
    last week to NOT recommend banning private gun sales at gun shows,
    hundreds of VCDL members will converge for an all day citizen lobby
    effort at the General Assembly in Richmond.

    In addition to meeting with legislators to provide and explain the
    VCDL legislative agenda packet, members will take part in two large
    scale outdoor rallies in Capitol Square. Due to the expected
    attendance of hundreds of VCDL members, the Capitol Police have
    extended VCDL the courtesy of providing expedited entrance to the
    General Assembly Building on 9th Street for members who show their
    concealed handgun permits. See more at http://www.vcdl.org/#LOBBYDAY.

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    Pro-Gun Bills Flood General Assembly
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    Over a dozen pro-gun bills have already been introduced and more are
    expected! VCDL’s top priorities include repealing bans on carrying
    guns in restaurants, K-12 schools, and colleges:

    HB 1821 (Delegate Johnson) & SB 1035 (Senator Hanger): Repealing the
    absurd ban on carrying concealed handguns in restaurants licensed to
    serve alcohol. Only 12 states ban gun carry at all restaurants
    licensed to serve alcohol. Georgia repealed their restaurant ban last
    year and Tennessee is widely expected to follow suit this year.

    HB 1822 (Delegate Johnson): Repeals the pernicious victim disarmament
    zone at K-12 school for concealed handgun permit holders. Many states
    allow concealed handgun permit holders to carry on K-12 school grounds
    including California, Oregon, and Delaware. Even the draconian
    federal Gun Free School Zones Act allows permit holders to carry in
    schools. Virginia permit holders have legally carried concealed
    handguns at schools while inside vehicles since 2005 without any
    problem.

    HB 1656 (Delegate Marshall): Clarifying that full time college
    faculty members holding concealed handgun permits are exempt from
    college administrative rules against such otherwise lawful conduct.
    Virginia is like most states where gun carry on college campuses is
    not a criminal offense.

    HB 1851 (Delegate Lingamfelter): Exempts active duty military from
    Virginia's onerous "one handgun a month" rationing scheme. Many or
    most Virginia citizens serving in the military are deployed away from
    Virginia so much they might only be in the state for a month or less
    each year.

    HB 1734 (Delegate Pogge): Streamlines concealed handgun permit
    application procedures in several respects, including requiring Clerks
    of Courts to accept applications by mail as is done already by the
    Virginia State Police for non-residents, and in many localities such
    as Fairfax and Chesterfield Counties.

    NOTE: VCDL expects the General Assembly to handily defeat all the
    anti-gun bills introduced this year, but is going to focus on
    defeating SB 1166 (Senator Watkins), a bill to increase the gun
    transfer tax by 150% to $5 per gun just to keep alive the obsolete and
    redundant Virginia Firearms Transaction Center. After the federal
    Brady Act was passed, most states just let the federal government
    handle dealer background checks through the National Instant
    Background Check System -– these checks are FREE to dealers and gun
    owners. Virginia is in a budget crisis -– it’s time to shut down the
    obsolete and redundant Virginia Firearms Transaction Center and repeal
    the gun transfer tax.

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    Online Petition to Repeal the Ban on Guns in Restaurants
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    And finally, the online petition to repeal the Virginia "restaurant
    ban" on concealed carry at http://www.petitiononline.com/VCDLrtrb/petition.htmlis
    gaining steam with over 3,200 signatures so far.

    The petition is expected to grow exponentially as the General Assembly
    debates the issue and, like the online petition last year to end the
    hated "abuser fees," help finally repeal the hated Virginia
    "restaurant ban."

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    Media Contact:
    Philip van Cleave
    President, http://www.vcdl.org
    President@vcdl.org
    804-639-0600 • 703-372-3285 • 757-271-3705 • 540-446-5783

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    Nice packet of information.
    Thanks.

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