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This Virginia Gun Group Leads the Fight Against Gun Control in Richmond

In wake of recent illegal executive orders coming out of Richmond, Virginia, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) is leading the fight to hold the capital accountable.

If you are a gun advocate or enthusiast in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you may already be familiar with the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL). If not, be sure get acquainted with them.

VCDL was originally founded in October, 1994 as the Northern Virginia Citizens Defense League (NVCDL). Due to immense interest and growth in membership statewide, they became incorporated as VCDL in May, 1998. Here’s some more background information about the group:

VCDL is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental human right of all Virginians to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Section 13 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Philip Van Cleave, president of VCDL, said the group will especially be ramping up their efforts on Richmond Lobby Day, which is scheduled to take place on January 18th, 2016. Their goals? To “push pro-gun legislation and get people to lobby” their representatives in the General Assembly, he said.

He also added that his group’s members will be “distributing legislative summary bills dealing with gunsboth good and bad bills” on Lobby Day.

Ed Levine, a VCDL Executive member and founder of both Virginia and D.C. Carry, also echoed the urgency to protect Second Amendment rights in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Levine said, “The chance of you needing a firearm for self defense is ZERO percent…until it’s 100 percent!”

In addition to attending Lobby Day, VCDL regularly hosts meetings, social events, and gatherings throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Moreover, they attend gun shows throughout the state.

Preparation for Lobby Day couldn’t come at a better time. Right before Christmas, Attorney General Mark Herring (D-VA) announced the Commonwealth is cutting concealed handgun permit (CHP) reciprocity with 25 states because their laws are supposedly “weaker” than Virginia’s.

Last October, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), who campaigned on gun control in 2013, issued an executive order banning most forms of carrying firearms in Virginia’s state houses.

In response to these moves, some Virginia lawmakers have called to remove Governor McAuliffe of his armed security guard since he is repulsed by guns.

Virginia gun owners are prepared to fight back against anti-gun politicians in Richmond this year. If you wish to join the VCDL, go to and for $25 per year, you can become a member.

Join them for their Lobby Day to tell lawmakers “no more gun control” by showing up at the Virginia General Assembly building at 8am on Martin Luther King Day, January 18.


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This Virginia Gun Group Leads the Fight Against Gun Control in Richmond