The lawsuit will seek to declare Virginia's "brandishing" statute 18.2-282 ruled unconstitutional as clashing with the Second Amendment and also for being unconstitutionally void for vagueness (violation of due process if one cannot know from the statute what is legal and what is not legal so as to act within the law without risking legal jeopardy). Virginia's generic "assault" statute 18.2-57 was also used, but that is a very broad, wide-ranging statute. As used for having an "open carry" gun in public, that is also unconstitutional "as applied" to holding a gun in public for the same reasons.
We have attracted the support of a professional fund-raising company in Virginia, Tidewater Strategies. They would not have given us a second thought without what you did to help.
They are willing to do something truly extraordinary: Start fund-raising to support "open carry" and "constitutional carry" of weapons protected by the Second Amendment ON CONTINGENCY -- WITHOUT charging a fee up front. That is extraordinary and almost unheard of.
WE DO NEED at least $2,500 in out of pocket expenses (that is NOT to me, NOT to our organization, NOT to the fund-raiser, but to vendors to do set-up work) to set up a website with the ability to process donations and keep records, and have different landing pages for each fund-raising appeal, hire some of the vendors for receiving and accounting for donations, etc.
As I wrote earlier anti-gun activists are trying to work around the Heller decision. They can't ban guns outright so they are trying to make gun ownership meaningless. They are trying to make it so you can own a gun, as long as you keep it disassembled in your house and never show it to anyone.
Democrat Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, the Democrat Virginia Governor and the nationwide gun-grabbing organizations are going to come down like a ton of bricks against our lawsuit because it is a mortal threat to their agenda of disarming U.S. citizens and taking away guns.
But we have to set up a legal structure to do this. The "Open Carry Legal Defense fund, Inc." will hire an independent firm to receive the donations and account for every dollar under strict standards. The Fund will hire a bookkeeper to account for and report on this.
If you can help, we are going to start raising the $2,500 in hard out-of-pocket expenses to pay to third party vendors and professionals. None of this money goes to me or anyone in the legal defense fund. This is all "seed money" to create a much bigger engine.
Most fund-raising companies require $20,000 to $50,000 start-up money. We are getting an awesome opportunity here because the guys at Tidewater Strategies are as motivated and conservative as any of us.The Second Amendment mandates that "The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
However, Virginia has convicted citizens of just HOLDING a B. B. gun "in such a manner" as to make someone feel afraid.
Under the Second Amendment and the Virginia statute, they did nothing wrong.
Simply holding a gun in public is called "open carry" or "constitutional carry."
It is legal. It is a constitutional right.
But now gun-haters are trying to change the law to say that if anyone else is present when you hold a gun and they claim to be afraid, then you are a criminal and they will prosecute you for a misdemeanor of "brandishing" and a misdemeanor of "assault by intimidation."
It is very clear: They are claiming that merely if someone in the area claims to be afraid -- in their purely subjective claim from their point of view -- then you just holding a gun are committing a crime in Virginia.
We are asking for help from second amendment organizations. They will not be able to make a decision without reading the transcript.
which will include updates and notes and also an itemized spreadsheet of how these donations are being used.
Money will be disbursed out of the escrow account at SunTrust Bank only for authorized purposes to support this campaign to reform these ambiguous and vague laws to defend your Second Amendment rights.
NOTE: Donations under $200 for sure are not publicly revealed, and possibly none of the donations will be publicly known. But we will have to file a Form 990 income tax return for non-profit organizations
NOTE: For your donations and efforts, we have complete bookkeeping records. I don't want to publish them widely because it does reveal some strategy. But if any donor wants a copy, just email me.
I am a Virginia attorney, licensed in Virginia, Jonathon Moseley in Woodbridge, Virginia . (703) 656-1230. Contact@JonMoseley.com. www.JonMoseley.com