Still giddy now that Virginia’s state government is under complete Democrat control for the first time in a generation, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday that they’re going to take on and go after gun owners.
Regarding gun control, he referred to eight “common-sense” bills he proposed for the special legislative session he convened in July, in the aftermath of a mass shooting in Virginia Beach on May 31. Republicans who controlled the General Assembly shut down that session after 90 minutes — sending all of the bills to the crime commission and promising to reconvene after the election.
Northam mentioned universal background checks, banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, restoring the law that limits purchases to one gun a month, and a red flag law that would empower a court to remove a gun from a person deemed to be a risk to himself or others.
Asked whether he supports confiscating assault weapons from gun owners, Northam would not say:
“That’s something I’m working [on] with our secretary of public safety,” he said. “I’ll work with the gun violence activists, and we’ll work [on] that. I don’t have a definitive plan today.”
CNBC reported that Everytown for Gun Safety — a gun control-advocacy group largely bankrolled by billionaire Michael Bloomberg — “spent $2.5 million this year to influence voters in Virginia versus approximately $300,000 by the NRA, which has its headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.”
The End of the Commonwealth
Since they will control both the legislature and the governor’s mansion, it will be up to Democrats to redraw boundaries for state legislative and congressional districts after the 2020 Census. Democrats benefited on Tuesday from a federal court decision earlier this year that ordered the state to redraw dozens of district maps because 11 had been racially gerrymandered. Several of those districts became more favorable to Democrats. “The is a blue state,” Northam said. “I made that announcement last night…So Virginia’s blue. I want everybody to know that.”