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Gun Rights In Virginia: What Is Really Going On

With all of the crazy things flying around the internet these days, we decided we would try and make sense of the upcoming / current and proposed gun law changes in Virginia.

What Is Happening To Gun Rights In Virginia?

First, let’s start with a little bit of a background. In the last election, Democrats took over the Congress in Virginia. They also won the governorship by getting Ralph Northam re-elected even though it emerged that he had worn “black face” or dressed like a clansman during a party he attended early in his career. (He never did say which one in the picture was him.)

With a Democratic Governor in office, Virginia was completely in the hands of the Democrats for the first time in a long time. Let’s just say they wasted no time trying to start curbing people’s 2A rights.

Their strategies for gun safety include: expanding background checks and banning “assault firearms”.


Northam Gun Confiscation

Northam’s first step was to request $4.8 million to form an 18 person team to enforce his proposed “assault weapons” ban.

In response, 91% of the counties in Virginia have declared themselves “gun sanctuaries” that will not enforce the proposed gun ban and confiscation scheme. These are modeled after the “sanctuary city” declarations that the left declared when they didn’t want to enforce federal immigration laws in their communities for political reasons.

Local sheriffs have stated that they would go as far as deputizing thousands of people in their county in order to get around the proposed gun confiscation.

Ironically, the legislation is having the opposite effect right now. Many gun store owners in Virginia cannot keep AR-15s in stock. Also, they are selling out of things like silencers and high capacity magazines.


What Kind of Guns Are Going To Be Confiscated in Virginia?

Well, the proposed legislation is as follows:

* Assault Firearms

* Certain Magazines

* Trigger Activators

* Silencers

Violations would be a Class 6 Felony to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, possess or transport anything that meets the definition of an “Assault Firearm”.

Also, you cannot carry a shotgun that with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which the shotgun is chambered.

Anyone who currently owns one of these treasures as of November 1, 2019 may continue to do so until July 6, 2020 at which time they must either:

* render the device inoperable

* remove it from the state

* transfer the arm to someone outside the state

* surrender the arm to the state


HB 569 Out-of-state concealed handgun permits; reciprocity

According to the recent legislation introduced for the 2020 Session, there will be reciprocity in Virginia for concealed carry provided the following:

* Holder is at least 21

* The issuing state has a 24 hour a day means of verification of the validity of the permit

* The issuing state has requirements and qualifications that are adequate to prevent possession of permit by persons who would be denied a permit in Virginia

Currently, the Virginia law states:

The holder of an out-of-state concealed handgun permit who is at least 21 years of age is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in Virginia if:

(a) the other state has a means of verification of the validity of the permits issued in that state, accessible 24 hours a day, if available;

(b) the person carries a government-issued photo identification and displays it upon demand of a law-enforcement officer; and

(c) the person has not previously had a Virginia concealed handgun permit revoked.”

You can read more about the proposed concealed carry legislation below:


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Where Are The Dove This Year?

I just got back from a week in Mico, TX (west of San Antonio) and I can tell you this. Even though the last 2-3 years have been not as good according to the locals, I saw dove every time we turned around last week. Flying over head, sitting on the power line, standing in line at the grocery store, circling the tanks. I think it is going to be a good year!

If you have some eyes on dove in your neck of the woods, please provide a comment below so others can see.

Does Weather Play A Part In Dove Season?

Yes it does. Large weather systems like hurricanes can move migratory bird patterns hundreds of miles in either direction. This season has been really mild with respect to hurricanes, so this doesn’t seem to be a problem in 2019.

How Does Weather Affect The Choke And Shells You Use?

Really choke selection is going to be about the kinds of shots you are likely to get in your chosen hunting area. For longer shots you would consider a full choke, while for closer shots and crossing patterns, you might be better off with a modified choke. Most people hunt dove with an open / modified choke and 7 1/2 shot, but your specific hunting conditions may dictate a different setup.

Is It True That Opening Weekend Is Always The Best?

I don’t know about where you hunt, but in the Central Zone in Texas, it always seems that you see plenty of birds on the wire until you get to the first day of Dove Season. Then they seem to take off like they know the season is open. For this reason, I tend to like to go on opening day and then continue if the hunting is good.

How Does Someone Hunt Dove If They Want To Try?

  1. Get a hunting license: You can get a license for hunting dove in the State of Texas by going to this link:
  2. Find some available land to hunt on: This part is a little more tricky as there aren’t any open hunting lands in Texas that you can use for hunting dove that I am aware of.

    You can easily find a guide to assist you by googling “guided dove hunts houston tx” for example – OR – you lease some land for the season by going in with a group of friends and leasing some appropriate land for the season. If you haven’t hunted before, going with a guide is your best option.

What Are The Dove Hunting Zones In Texas?

When Does Dove Season Open In Texas?

Dove season varies for each zone in Texas.

Regular Dove Season

North Zone

Sept. 1 – Nov. 12, 2019 
Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

Central Zone

Sept. 1 – Nov. 3, 2019 
Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan. 14

South Zone

Sept. 14 – Nov. 3, 2019 
Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan. 23,

Special White-winged Dove Days

South Zone

Sept. 1 – 2, 2019 
Sept. 7 – 8, 2019

Falconry Statewide

Nov. 16 – Dec. 2, 2019