Virginia Citizens Defense League

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The Virginia Citizens Defense League is a United States gun rights advocacy group. Founded in October 1994 as the Northern Virginia Citizens Defense League, it was incorporated as VCDL in May 1998. It has been described as being to the right of the National Rifle Association.[1] The current president of VCDL is Philip Van Cleave.

The VCDL is the organizing group for the 2020 VCDL Lobby Day protest.

VCDL filed a defamation lawsuit for $12 million against Katie Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig over criticisms of the group in the documentary Under The Gun.[2] On May 31, 2017, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division dismissed the case. The opinion of the Court states "Because the film is not false or defamatory, the Court grants the defendants' motion."[3]


  1. ^ Beckett, Lois (10 January 2020). "Virginia Democrats won an election. Gun owners are talking civil war". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  2. ^ Katie Couric and the First Amendment: Under the Gun, Larry Iser, Forbes, September 15, 2016
  3. ^ Civil Action No. 3:16-cv-00757-JAG

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