First let me welcome you aboard. We're happy to have you here and trust that you will both learn and contribute much.
And welcome to the Commonwealth of Virginia. You will, indeed, find our state and our traditions world's apart from that to which you have been accustomed. We only ask that you leave your baggage at the border as we desire to keep Virginia, Virginia.
I cannot speak for Roanoke, but in my neck of the woods, which is about 35 miles from Washington, DC, my area is VERY gun-friendly and lenient to gun owners and carriers. I imagine people will soon weigh in who live in Roanoke County to give you all the information you want.
Yes, joining VCDL is highly recommended and we certainly hope to have you on board. VCDL is at the forefront of the preservation of our basic rights and they do one heck of a job in our state. For a little example of how things are here, let me relate something to you.
On January 18th, Lobby Day was celebrated in Richmond. About 1000+ VCDL people showed up in the capital to lobby their representatives in their offices. And guess what? We were armed and carrying openly while going through the offices and the building and meeting with our public servants. Bet you can't do that in New York.
So once again, welcome to you and I hope you enjoy your time here and in our fine state.