Wanted to take a quick minute to update you on some key dates coming up for Second Amendment rights here in VA:
January 8, 2020
This is the beginning of the legislative session. This is when debate begins on how many of your rights they want to take away this year. Moms Demand Action is already planning on being there, and they’ll be ready. From their site:
Join us in Richmond on the first day of the General Assembly session for our 2020 Advocacy Day! We finally have a gun sense majority in both the Senate and House of Delegates, and we can’t wait to talk legislators about the important common sense legislation that will be considered this session.
Make no mistake, they’re going to be demanding that the Legislature pay back their chief funding source (Mike Bloomberg) for the money he pumped into this election. There needs to be Second Amendment advocates there as well.
January 13, 2020
This is the day that the NRA has set up as an advocacy day. While I have my issues with the NRA (and their virtual disappearance up to this point), having people there to articulate our side to legislators definitely won’t hurt. It doesn’t seem like they’ve put a lot of effort into it, so you’re on your own getting there.
January 20, 2020
This is VCDL lobby day. There will be individual lobbying as well as a rally with VA speakers. The VCDL has put a lot of effort into this, including setting up buses and car pools to get people to the event. The VCDL has done a TON of work since the election with the sanctuary movement and now with this lobbying day. I highly encourage you to attend, and I’ll be trying to attend as well.
The only downside to this is that MDA will be there at the very start of the session, and the VCDL lobby day will be almost two weeks later. If you can make both days, that would be ideal, but I know that money is tight this time of year and we’ve all got work to do as well.
These dates will be your change to speak up against HB 67, SB 16, SB 64, and plenty of other bills that will either slowly chip away at or massively seize chunks of your rights.