Sunday, May 12, 2013
Group says they plan "open carry march" from Virginia into Washington, DC.
Talk about fireworks. A group that says it plans to march from Virginia into DC on the Fourth of July with loaded guns — a violation of DC gun laws — is being met with resistance by DC's Chief of Police Cathy Lanier. "Passing into the district with loaded firearms is a violation of the law and it will be treated as such,” Lanier said during an interview with NewsChannel 8. Lanier says police will stop the march on the Arlington Memorial Bridge, mentioned as the route to be taken by the group. A Facebook page set up by organizer Adam Kokesh, an Iraq war veteran and radio talk-show host, calls it an "Open Carry March" and reads: "On the morning of July 4, 2013, Independence Day, we will muster at the National Cemetery and at noon we will …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Vice President holds panel with Sen. Tim Kaine and other leaders on gun safety, gun laws, expanding mental health.
Sunday, January 27
By Katherine Johnson and Mechelle Hankerson, Capital News Service Vice President Joe Biden held a round-table discussion about gun violence Friday at Virginia Commonwealth University, saying “we cannot remain silent” on the issue. The discussion was closed to the public, but in remarks outside the panel he said the group reached a “broad consensus” that certain parties should be denied access to guns. They include convicted felons, those guilty of domestic violence and those who are legally found to not be capable because of mental capacity. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jim Cole joined Biden for the discussion. Virginia officials …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Members tasked with reviewing, making recommendations about safety in Virginia schools.
A state task force designed to review school safety procedures and make recommendations for any improvements at Virginia's schools - created in the wake of the December shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. - is set to begin next week, after Gov. Bob McDonnell has named 45 people to be members of the group. Shortly after the shootings, which left 26 students and educators dead, Gov. Bob McDonnell issued Executive Order 56 establishing a multidisciplinary task force to review school and campus safety. In addition to several state legislators, law enforcement officials and mental health and safety experts, the task force also includes k through 12 and university-level educators and administrators, two students and the father of…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova wants county's gun turn-in service better publicized.
Fairfax County officials are looking into hosting events for residents to hand over unwanted guns for destruction. The initiative is resulting from last month's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, asked staff during the Board’s meeting Tuesday to publicize more heavily the county’s existing gun turn-in service so residents might be encouraged to get rid of their firearms. “Many residents have contacted my office to voice concern regarding guns,” Bulova said. “Most residents do not realize that Fairfax County provides a voluntary gun turn-in service.” Unwanted or unneeded firearms and ammunition can be turned into the Fairfax County Police Department…
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Twenty-eight wounded warriors and their significant others visited the NRA firing range on Tuesday.
One might think the last thing a wounded veteran wants to be around is the sound of live ammunition, but that can be a very erroneous assumption. None of the wounded veterans at the National Rifle Association’s firing range on Tuesday even so much as flinched as 15 guns were fired, almost simultaneously—in fact, the veterans were visibly beaming. “This was awesome,” said Army Master Sergeant John Masson, who lost a leg and his dominant left-hand and arm aftera an improvised explosive device was set off in Afghanistan. “It’s the first time I got to shoot using my non-dominant hand so it was real nice.” Twenty-eight veterans and significant others staying at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda arrived via bus to the …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Virginia's Attorney General told gun rights advocates he considers the school's gun ban bad policy that doesn't promote safety.
The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) was certain Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli had sold them out. “His opinion on the GMU ban went against us,” said VCDL Vice President Jim Snyder in his introduction of Cuccinelli at Thursday night’s membership meeting in the Mason Governmental Center. Cuccinelli soon allayed the group’s fears: “As Attorney General I cannot undercut my client by going out and saying something like, ‘You’re idiots for doing this.’ But the case is over, and I can now say I think they’re crazy.” In January 2011, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld George Mason University's prohibition against guns in campus buildings and at sports and entertainment events. The Attorney General’s office had written a legal opinion …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Virginia Citizens Defense League to question Attorney General at Thursday meeting in Annandale.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will address the membership meeting of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) on November 17. According to AmmoLand.com, "The Attorney General will be speaking about his support for the GMU gun ban, when he originally told VCDL members, as a candidate for Attorney General, that the ban wasn’t valid." In a video (included with this article), Cuccinelli tells a VCDL gathering, "I've heard the college question. They don't have the legal authority to pass the regulations they're passing that trump what the General Assembly has said." Last week at George Mason University, VCDL protested the school's ban on faculty and students carrying guns on campus, and on all people carrying guns inside …