On November 5th, control of both the House and Senate of the Virginia General Assembly flipped to Democrat control. The Virginia Democrats owe a huge debt to Michael Bloomberg for the millions he poured into the state, and they are returning the favor by pushing extreme, unconstitutional infringements on gun owners.
Examples include magazine capacity limits, outright bans on AR-15 style rifles without grace periods.
These infringements are new to Virginia, which historically has been rational and supportive of gun ownership.
Although the new session will not begin until January 8, these Second Amendment infringements have been pre-filed in the General Assembly
Second Amendment advocates throughout Virginia have petitioned their local elected officials—city councils, boards of supervisors, and sheriffs—to consider making their locality a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” county or city.
22 Virginia counties have declared themselves 2A sanctuaries with 6 of other counties’ action pending.
Even though law-abiding Virginian gun owners have not broken any laws, news organizations have characterized gun advocates as mischief-makers and vigilantes.
Norfolk Delegate Jay Jones accuses gun owners of having “bombarded” local officials with requests–I guess citizen involvement is a no-no.
While Mr. Jones says that 2nd Amendment advocates are “indicative of the same mindset that … led this country to dissolve into a civil war”, they are instead using every lawful means available to voice opposition and support the Constitution.
The reality is, and Governor Northam has said himself, is that none of the measures would have stopped any of the mass killings at Virginia Tech nor Virginia Beach.
While Democrat lawmakers bristle at the term confiscation, if you are forced to give up your AR-15, it’s basically being confiscated.
The Second Amendment precludes the type of government infringements contained in the General Assembly bills.