Guns.Com Article: Keep Virginia Gun-Friendly

I’ve penned my first opinion editorial (op-ed) at Guns.com today. It’s titled, “The fight to keep Virginia gun-free must continue.” Below is an excerpt:

Last Monday, the Virginia State Senate Courts of Justice Committee shot down another series of anti-gun legislation from Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The Senate committee rejected a bill that would have imposed background checks on private firearm sales and another bill that would have limited firearm purchases to one a month.

Additionally, this Republican-controlled committee passed a bill that would allow for lifetime concealed handgun permits and a subcommittee of the Virginia House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety scrapped some more anti-gun bills.

McAuliffe’s support for gun control shouldn’t come as a surprise. While campaigning for governor in 2013, McAuliffe pledged support for “mainstream and majority supported gun control measures like universal background checks, limiting the size of magazines, and a return to the 1-gun-per-month rule.” True to his word, McAuliffe introduced a series of gun control bills in January 2014–that were subsequently defeated in the Virginia House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee.

Despite McAuliffe’s penchant for pushing gun control in our state and the impression it may give others about our feelings towards the Second Amendment, Virginians know how disingenuous the gun control lobby truly is.

Continue reading at Guns.com.

Grateful to Have Attended My First SHOT Show

I recently had the pleasure of attending my first SHOT Show convention in fabulous Las Vegas. As a relative newbie to the gun industry, I took away so much information from the event, met various people in the industry, and made some new friends along the way.

(I especially want to thank Michelle Scheurmann of Sportsman Channel for encouraging me to attend the conference. I can’t thank her enough!)

Below are some of my pictures from SHOT Show:

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Top Shot’s Chris Cheng and I!

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Here I am testing out the MMC Armory PDW 7 rifle.

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Was honored to be covering SHOT Show as a member of the press!

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Caught up with and interviewed Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich

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Hung out with some fellow Virginians, Ed Levine and Brian Griffiths of Virginia Citizens Defense League

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Modeling this cool gun coin at SHOT Show

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Was fun catching up with my pal Cam Edwards of NRA News

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Was also fun to run into Dana Loesch and her husband Chris at SHOT Show

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And topped off my trip to SHOT Show/ Vegas with a trip on the High Roller Wheel. It seriously has the best view of Vegas!

 

Here are some of the Counter Cultured articles I wrote for SHOT Show:

1) Counter Cultured Chats with Chris Cheng at SHOT Show

2) Katie Pavlich Talks ‘Safe Haven’, Youth Outreach at SHOT Show

3) More Women Are Flocking to the Gun Industry

4) New Documentary Exposes Dangers of Gun-Free Zones

5) The Coolest Guns from SHOT Show

Some of my tweets and photos from SHOT Show were featured in this Twitchy article. (How cool is that?!)

To learn more about SHOT Show, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and familiarize yourself with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

Hope to see you next year, Las Vegas!

 

New Counter Cultured Article: Coolest Guns at SHOT Show 2015

I’ve penned a new post up at Counter Cultured today called “The Coolest Guns from SHOT Show 2015.”

Below is an excerpt:

While at SHOT Show last week, I checked out some of the latest rifle, handgun, and pistol models from various gun manufacturers.  As a relative newbie in the gun industry, SHOT Show gave me a glimpse into this unfairly vilified yet wonderful community.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) SHOT Show attracted roughly 64,000 people and is the largest outdoor shooting sports convention in existence. Since the conference is not open to the general public, I was lucky to preview new guns. (This made many of my guy friends super jealous – ha!) Though absorbing these surroundings proved to be daunting at times, in the best sense possible, I can accurately divulge information on the beauty of firearms now.

Here are some of my findings from SHOT Show. Enjoy!

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Exciting News: I’ll Be an Op-Ed Columnist for Guns.com

Hello readers!

I’m happy to announce another writing opportunity I’ve been given. In addition to writing here, for Counter Cultured, for A Taste of Patriarchy, and for Townhall.com, you can soon find my work at Guns.com.

Guns.com is the premiere news site for all things shooting sports. Their content covers topics such as  self-defense, competitive shooting, ballistics, hunting, hand loading, and gun rights. I’ve read their website for several years now, and am excited to add my voice to their website! I’ll be writing two articles for them every month.

Stay tuned for my first post early next week!

Follow them on Twitter and LIKE them on Facebook!

-Gabriella

New Counter Cultured Article: Columbia University Hosts Anti-Gun Training For Journalists

Here’s my latest blog post at Counter Cultured. Excerpt below:

No matter how many times anti-gun lies and correspondent misinformation are debunked, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and his gun grabbing organizations are adamant about disarming Americans.

Everytown for Gun Safety is hosting a training for aspiring journalists  in Phoenix, AZ from April 17-18, 2015. The training is being put on by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, which is a project of Columbia University’s Journalism School.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Catch Counter Cultured at SHOT Show!

Hello readers and fellow SHOT Show attendees!

We’re two weeks away from SHOT Show in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Like many of you, I can’t contain my excitement about heading out West for this one-of-a-kind trade show. (It’ll be nice for this California girl to return to the Wild West!) Why is that? I’ll get to see the gun industry at work, network with like-minded Second Amendment supporters, and explore Las Vegas after eight years since my last visit. (Don’t worry–Sin City is quite easy to resist. I’m all about good food, stunning architecture, and beautiful skylines!) Most of all, this will be my very first SHOT Show experience.

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For those of you curious as to why I’m attending this conference, it’s to cover the show for Counter Cultured – the cultural conservative blog my sister and I run. (Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!) I’ll be blogging about the latest updates from National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which hosts the annual event, and plan to chat with some big whigs of the shooting sports/hunting industry. (How awesome is that?)

You can also follow all of my updates from SHOT Show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Hope to see many of you in two weeks!

Best,

Gabriella

Winning: More Lithuanians Are Purchasing Guns for Self-Defense

You might be thinking, Why should I care about people in Eastern Europe buying more guns for self-defense? Let me tell you why: These people, with whom I share a similar heritage, realize that gun control will lead their country into disarray and tyranny that once befell the nation during Soviet times.

Here’s more about the trend from Lithuanian Tribune:

Audrius Čiupaila, the head of the licensing division of the Public Police Board under the Police Department, said the number of weapons bought between March and October went up by 7 percent year-on-year.

In his words, the gun arsenal owned by Lithuanian citizens increases by 3,000-4,000 various weapons every year.

People in the country currently own over 100,000 various pistols, revolvers and different shotguns. Some of them are highly spectacular guns that can be used for more than just self-defence, sports or hunting, but also for a guerrilla war.

Compared to the United States, most of Europe has strict laws against gun ownership or boasts laws that prohibit concealed carry. Lithuanian gun laws are quite restrictive as they’re regulated by the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, the Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior, the Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance, and the Weaponry Fund of the Republic of Lithuania, and the European Commission. (Yikes!) However, Lithuanians may privately own semi-automatic firearms and handguns with a permit.

Compared to the U.S., Lithuanians must present a reason to purchase a gun as ordained by the Holder’s Right to Acquire and Possess Weapons and Ammunition Law of 2002. Its provisions are outlined below:

1. Permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania and legal persons registered in the Republic of Lithuania may acquire and keep weapons, ammunition for the following purposes:
1) hunting;
2) sports;
3) self-defence;
4) professional activities;
5) collection;
6) training;
7) scientific research;
8) other purposes, if they are in conformity with laws and international agreements and treaties.

2. Permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania and legal persons registered in the Republic of Lithuania shall have the right to acquire ammunition for weapons which they are entitled to possess.

Unlike the U.S., Lithuania doesn’t permit open carry or conceal carry in public. Their age requirements are different, as well. Under ‘Requirements for Permanent Residents of the Republic of Lithuania, Legal Persons Registered in the Republic of Lithuania in Order to Acquire and Possess Arms and Ammunition of Certain Categories or Types’, these requirements must be met in order for citizens to acquire a handgun or semi-automatic firearm:

2. Long firearms with rifled barrels classified in Categories B and C, and cartridges for them may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 21 years of age, have a valid hunter’s licence and at least 3 years of hunting experience, as well as by legal persons, having a licence to hire weapons, upon having obtained a permit.

3. Long firearms with smooth-bore barrels, pneumatic weapons, archery weapons classified in Categories B and C, their ammunition may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 18 years of age, have a valid hunter’s licence, as well as by legal persons, having a licence to hire weapons, upon having obtained a permit.

4. Weapons classified in Categories B and C, and their ammunition may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 16 years of age – members of shooting sports organisations, as well as by legal persons, upon having obtained a permit.

5. Short firearms classified in Categories B and C for self-defence, cartridges for them may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 23 years of age, upon having passed an examination and obtained a permit.

6. Long firearms with smooth-bore barrels classified in Categories B and C, cartridges for them for self-defence may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 18 years of age, upon having passed an examination and obtained a permit.

7. Weapons classified in Categories B and C, their cartridges for the purpose of professional activities may be acquired and possessed by natural persons and legal persons registered in the Republic of Lithuania, upon having obtained a permit. The said weapons may be carried by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 21 years of age – employees of legal persons registered in the Republic of Lithuania, upon having passed an examination and obtained a permit. Automatic firearms, ammunition for them may, upon having obtained a permit, be acquired and possessed by the Bank of Lithuania; the said weapons may, in the course of official duties, be carried by employees of the Bank of Lithuania – permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 21 years of age, upon having passed an examination and obtained a permit.

Though gun laws in my ancestral homeland are quite restrictive compared to American gun laws, particularly that of my adopted home state Virginia, it’s encouraging to see more Lithuanians keep and bear arms. The Soviet tried to put a muzzle on Lithuanians with gun control before. Let’s hope Lithuanians and others in Eastern Europe take matters into their own hands to prevent tyranny from rearing its ugly head again in the region.