Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is not even trying to disguise what he is doing anymore.
Northam, who somehow escaped a “blackface” scandal (probably because Democrats get special dispensation in these matters), along with anti-gun Democrat allies in the Virginia General Assembly, have passed a series of gun-control measures that many in the state believe will lead to confiscation of firearms.
With help from anti-gun zealot Michael Bloomberg’s group, Everytown for Gun Safety, Democrats took control of the Virginia House last November, and have wasted no time implementing Bloomberg’s agenda in the Commonwealth. Everytown contributed over $1.5 million dollars to Virginia Democrats during that election cycle.
LET has reported over the past few weeks that gun owners in Virginia, along with some law enforcement officials have become increasingly concerned that these series of laws are in essence a run on the Second Amendment. An overwhelming majority of counties in Virginia have declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.”
In response, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said that the resolutions establishing sanctuaries were “part of an effort by the gun lobby to stoke fear,” and added that the resolutions “have no legal effect.”
A Democrat lawmaker told the Washington Examiner that Northam might cut off state funds to counties that do not comply with the gun laws and suggested that he could call out the National Guard to enforce the gun laws.
However, a spokesman for Northam, Alena Yarmosky downplayed that, saying that he had “absolutely no plans to call in the National Guard.”
Fast forward to the most recent budget bill in Virginia, HB30.
In the bill, $250,000 is appropriated to assist with enforcement of Northam’s gun control measures.
According to the bill, the money is appropriated for the “estimated net increase in the operating cost of adult correctional facilities resulting from the enactment of sentencing legislation as listed below.”
It appropriates $50,000 for enforcement of each of five areas:
- Allow the removal of firearms from persons who pose substantial risk to them or others- $50,000
- Prohibit the sale, possession, transport of assault firearms, trigger activators and silencers- $50,000
- Increase the penalty for allowing a child to access unsecured firearms – $50,000
- Prohibit possession of firearms for persons subject to final orders of protection- $50,000
- Require background checks for all firearms sales- $50,000
In other words, “we know people are not going to comply, so we are going to lock them up.”
Clearly the anti-gun Democrats in the Virginia legislature, as well as Northam are anticipating that gun owners in Virginia will find themselves being incarcerated for failing to comply with Virginia’s unconstitutional gun confiscation scheme.
The laws that have already been passed, along with those which have been introduced for the next legislative session in Virginia would ban commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, such as the AR-15.
Further, the ban would extend to common firearms parts, and would NOT grandfather current owners. So, if you live in Virginia and own an AR-15, once the legislation is signed by Northam, you would be required to surrender the weapon, or face arrest and incarceration.
Law-abiding gun owners who are found in possession of an “assault firearm” could be convicted of a Class 6 felony, which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
The laws also contain (probably intentionally) vague language, adding words such as “any characteristic of like kind.” These words appear after each list of prohibited features throughout the law, which adds ambiguous language subject to interpretation by either law enforcement or judicial officials. Do not think for a minute that this is not done on purpose.
Further, the legislations says, “’Assault firearm’ includes any part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert, modify, or otherwise alter a firearm into an assault firearm, or any combination of parts that may be readily assembled into an assault firearm.”
“Part or combination of parts.” Basically any “part” that could be used to “potentially” convert a semi-automatic firearm into an “assault” firearm under the statute would in and of itself be considered as an “assault firearm” and subject to arrest and conviction as a Class 6 felony.
Can you say slippery slope?
One can imagine that laws such as this one in Virginia are the first step in a march toward total gun confiscation. “Let’s get the scary looking guns off the street, then we can go after the rest.”
Gun laws such as the ones proposed in Virginia are nothing but feel-good claptrap.
Statistics show that long guns are rarely used in violent crime. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, in 2018 there were five times as many individuals listed as killed with “knives or cutting instruments” than with rifles of any kind. Rifles were also used less than “blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.)” or “personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.).”
Another provision is the implementation of “universal background checks.”
UBC’s do NOT stop criminals from stealing firearms, and to believe otherwise is foolish.
According to the US Department of Justice, 75% of criminals who possessed a firearm during their crime and who ended up incarcerated had acquired the firearm through theft, off the street, or from a family member or friend. Less than 1% got the firearms from dealers or non-dealers at gun shows.
So, Northam and the Virginia legislature, without even trying to hide what they’re doing, have allocated additional money in the budget for the purposes of enforcing their unconstitutional gun grab.
Virginia gun owners have made it clear that they are vehemently opposed to the proposals coming out of the Virginia House. Northam and the Democrats have seen and heard county after county in Virginia enacting Second Amendment sanctuary policies and they see the handwriting on the wall.
Second Amendment patriots are digging in and the politicians have drawn a line in the sand. They have thrown down with Bloomberg and the rest of the gun grabbers, constitutional rights be damned.
How ironic that the very people who will find themselves getting screwed over by Northam are the same ones who must fund this with their tax dollars.
Keep your eye on Virginia. Battle lines have been drawn and it has the potential to get very ugly. When Northam and the Democrats start having people locked up for exercising their rights as Americans, perhaps that will be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.
On Christmas, we shared the words of a police officer to Virginia politicians: We took an oath, and real cops won’t confiscate firearms. It’s a message written by LT from Humanizing the Badge
Here it is, in case you missed it:
In light of all the 2nd Amendment debate and the debacle that is Virginia and its governor (who I don’t respect enough to even know his name) spouting off about “If we have constitutional laws…” blah, blah, blah. Listen up.
I work in civilian law enforcement. I am also a veteran.
I work with many veterans, some of whom still serve in the reserves or National Guard. In both oaths, military and civilian, we all swore to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States.
We did not swear to obey a tyrant or dictator.
I’ve been in law enforcement for over 21 years. In all that time I have met not one law enforcement officer who was anti-gun. Oh, I know they exist, but they are not being intellectually honest.
You see, law enforcement officers everywhere KNOW that guns save lives.
Guns prevent crime.
Guns stop attacks.
Guns even the odds between the criminal and his would-be victim.
Guns stop stalkers when a piece of paper doesn’t. (Shout out to my dear friend Ann who shot and killed her estranged husband when came to attack again.)
Real cops, not politicians, KNOW that more honest gun owners mean less crime.
If there is anyone wearing a badge that disagrees with this they are a liar- statistics prove this time and again. Literally every state that loosens gun carry restrictions nearly immediately sees a drop in violent crime.
When I am on patrol, I take time to reach out and thank civilians for exercising their 2A rights- yes, even the open carriers. I have detained or arrested thousands of people.
Not one legal carrier has ever threatened me or my partners.
I even joke about one particular restaurant in my town where veterans meet for breakfast. I say if anything ever pops off in here we are all going to die in the crossfire!
The populace has so many guns they cannot be counted. They couldn’t be confiscated even if the government threw every available resource at it.
The only thing to possibly curb gun ownership is a voluntary buy-back program. Those only work when a populace is convinced that “the children will be safer”.
After all, who doesn’t want safe children, right? Seems I’ve heard that rationale somewhere before.
Why don’t we all study up on history (before the DOE changes it in all the books), lest we repeat it.
Cops and veterans, we are of the same mold. We speak the same language. We get each other, because in many cases we are both.
We are protectors. It’s in our nature. We will stand up for the weak and for the populace.
In many ways, law enforcement IS the best defense against a tyrannical government. I mean just look what Virginia sheriffs have done.
When the governor spoke out of turn, they told him to pound sand before any bills have even passed.
So let’s stop all the boogaloo talk and just stand together.
Cops aren’t coming to your door for your guns.
It just isn’t going to happen.
The Second Amendment is here to stay because we know how important it is. It is an integral part of our fabric. It really does make us all equal in the eyes of the government. It works for the United States of America, the greatest civilization in history.
Earlier today, Larry Keane from NSSF – wrote about how Virginia’s new gun control plan isn’t about saving lives – it’s about controlling them.
They’re telling us it’s about public safety, that Virginia must have strict California and New York-style gun control to make our communities safer.
Do not believe them. The mask is off. It was never about public safety. It was never about safer communities. Gov. Ralph Northam and his fellow gun control Democrats pushing for dispossession of lawfully owned firearms aren’t doing this to make Virginia better. They’re doing this as a naked power grab.
The latest legislation pre-filed for the upcoming 2020 session is proof.
Democrat Delegate Lee Carter of Manassas sponsored HB 67, which would apply to any law enforcement official, noting that those who “willfully refuses to perform the duties of his employment,” will be terminated and ineligible for future law enforcement employment for another year.
The bill was filed just days after Gov. Ralph Northam warned against the more than 100 counties and municipalities that already adopted Second Amendment or Constitutional sanctuary resolutions.
Northam offered a veiled threat that any law enforcement agency that doesn’t get on board with enforcing his gun grab would see their funding or authority revoked.
“If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be consequences, but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it,” Northam told reporters.
It all centers on the gun control Gov. Northam promised. He said if he could get the legislature to flip from a very narrowly held Republican lead in both the House of Delegates and state Senate to Democrat, he could force through draconian gun control.
Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg dumped $2.5 million and the statehouse is now narrowly Democrat, with a 21 to 19 majority in the state Senate and 55 of 100 seats in the House of Delegates.
Turn Them In
That’s hardly landslide territory, but enough that Democratic State Sen. Richard L. Saslaw pre-filed SB 16, to prohibit the sale, transfer and possession of so-called “assault firearms” and certain standard magazines.
Violating the measure would be a state felony. That means to avoid running afoul of the law, law abiding citizens who currently own these firearms would need to get rid of them or surrender them to the government.
Gov. Northam tried to quell the uproar as sanctuary county resolutions passed county-by-county. His spokesperson said the governor would include a “grandfather clause” that includes a “requirement they register their weapons before the end of a designated grace period.”
No one could blame Virginians for not trusting the governor. Registering their legally owned firearms would give the state government a database of where they need to go to confiscate them later.
That’s not exactly conspiracy theory thinking.
Gov. Northam previously said outright confiscation was on the table when he told reporters in November, “That’s something I’m working [on] with our secretary of public safety.”
Electorate Speaks, Politicians Threaten
Now, the governor is scrambling. The electorate is up on arms, quite literally, and his gun control allies aren’t allaying fears. They’re stoking serious constitutional concerns.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring dismissed the legal standing of Second Amendment referendums, but in doing so dismissed the will of the people taking part in the democratic process and voicing displeasure with their government.
He downplayed the legislation as just simple background checks, but demanded:
“So, when Virginia passes these gun safety laws that they will be followed, they will be enforced.”
Democratic Congressman Donald McEachin wasn’t helping. He suggested Gov. Northam call out the Virginia National Guard to enforce the ill-received gun restrictions.
He somehow forgot two things. Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms noted that if Gov. Northam were to do it, he’d be the first sitting “governor to use the National Guard to prevent the exercise of a constitutional right since Orval Faubus called out the Guard in Arkansas to keep black students out of a Little Rock high school.”
He’d also be turning Virginians against their fellow citizens, many of whom, are undoubtedly gun owners, ironically carrying actual assault rifles to disarm owners of legally owned modern sporting rifles.
This push for gun control in the Old Dominion isn’t about making the Commonwealth safer.
The anti-gun rhetoric and attack on Constitutionally protected American rights are pushing Virginians to an untenable choice. Virginians are being forced to choose between exercising their rights and protecting themselves and their families or surrendering their freedoms at the end of a gun.
It’s ironic, for a state that has the motto of “Sic Semper Tyrannus,” or thus always to tyrants.
The new laws in Virginia are confusing, to say the least. So we broke it down for you.
We’ve been going to great lengths to document the ongoing efforts to restrict gun owner’s rights over in Virginia. Gun control advocates have been hard at work trying to push an array of new restrictions, including universal background checks, “assault weapons” bans and red flag laws that would allow authorities to temporarily take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.
One of the greatest things to come from the Democrat elitists stirring the pot is that the lawful, gun owning population is waking up to what’s going on around them in their state.
Over 100 cities and counties within Virginia have declared themselves to be second amendment sanctuaries, so as not to infringe upon the rights endowed by the Constitution. We’ve seen the formation of militias that are intent on protecting their rights within the state as well, showing that the gun owning population aren’t standing idly by.
For those new to the topic, you might ask what all this noise is about.
Well, there’s two aspects of newly proposed legislation that are the most troublesome; red flag laws and the banning of assault weapons. In order to understand what an assault weapon ban in Virginia would look like, you’d need to understand what the state defines as an “assault weapon”.
The state defines an assault weapon as such:
“A semi-automatic, centerfire, firearm equipped with a folding stock, or equipped at the time with a magazine capable of holding more than 20 rounds, or capable of accommodating a silencer/suppressor.”
When most people think of assault weapons, an image comes to mind of an 80’s action hero movie where someone is mowing down an enemy army single handedly with a machine gun.
Yet, if you look at the language present in what the state defines as an assault weapon, a 9mm Beretta 92 toting the MEC-GAR 20 round magazine would be an assault weapon by definition. That type of gun is a pretty standard model of hand gun, where one pull of the trigger equals one bullet coming out, which that type of gun is also a “semi-automatic”.
Politicians and activists love using the word semi-automatic, since to the untrained ear it resonates as “automatic”; which then likens an image of a machine gun.
This assault weapons ban would also allow guns that have a folding stock to be confiscated, no matter if the firearm’s magazine hosts less than 20 bullets.
For those that have no clue as to what a folding stock is at the end of the day, it does absolutely zero to increase or decrease what a firearm can discharge. A gun with a folding stock is designed somewhat like a traditional wood stock rifle, the difference being that you can fold it up for compact storage purposes, that’s it.
Heaven forbid a lawful gun owner wants more space in their closet.
Now here’s the ringer on assault weapons bans: “capable of accommodating a silencer/suppressor”.
There are several makes and models of fairly standard and popular handguns that can accommodate a silencer. If enacted, owners of Smith & Wesson M&P Threaded Kits, Beretta M9A3s, 9mm and .45 ACP Springfield Armory XDMs, and pretty much any Glock or Sig Sauer handgun.
These laws coming down the pipe are aimed at convincing residents of the state into support that are completely oblivious as to how Virginia defines assault weapons. While the non-firearm enthusiasts think they’re gunning to take down machine guns, they’re really trying to get rid over every lawfully owned gun.
While the assault weapons ban will work to achieve getting most guns out of law-abiding citizens hands, legislators have red flag laws right around the corner to sweep up those other pesky firearms that don’t meet the threshold of “assault weapon”.
Essentially, all that is needed to have a weapon confiscated under red flag laws is one single person’s opinion about another. What that means is that someone, in fact, anyone can make a claim that someone is a danger to themselves or others, and then people with guns come to take your guns.
There’s no simpler way to explain it; and other states outside Virginia have already adopted these vary laws that have weaponized someone’s opinion about someone else.
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You might be asking… well just who exactly is going to enforce these new laws? Cops in the area are wondering the same thing.
They’re well aware that massive numbers of police officers, veterans and other residents are so adamantly opposed to their sweeping gun control legislation that they’re fighting back.
But Virginia officials want the “peasants” to know they don’t give a damn.
In a four page opinion, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring stated that localities who have declared themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries (and there are a lot) have “no legal effect.” He went on to say:
“When the General Assembly passes new gun safety laws, they will be enforced, and they will be followed. These [Second Amendment Sanctuary] resolutions have no legal force, and they’re just part of an effort by the gun lobby to stoke fear.”
In case you’ve been completely off grid and out of touch for the past few weeks, let me catch you up on what’s going on in the State of Virginia.
In essence, Democrats are attempting to pass gun control laws that would strip the state of their second amendment rights to bear arms. And patriots are preparing to fight back.
Several gun control bills have been introduced in Virginia and gun owners in the state fear for the outcome when democrats take over both houses of the General Assembly in January 2020.
Over one-hundred local governments in the state have declared themselves Second Amendment Sanctuary locations, including eighty-six out of ninety-five counties, and at least fifteen local city or town governments. Additionally, citizens in many of those Sanctuaries have begun forming militias standing ready to fight for their rights.
In Culpeper County, Sheriff Scott Jenkins made a public statement that he would “screen and deputize thousands of law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms.”
Sheriff Jenkins thanked the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors for declaring their intention to defend their rights. Further, he said:
“Every Sheriff and Commonwealth Attorney in Virginia will see the consequences if our General Assembly passes further unnecessary gun restrictions.
America has more guns than citizens and murder has long been illegal. At best, the proposed gun restrictions will disarm or handicap our law-abiding in their defense and possibly cause a criminal to choose another tool for evil.”
The Sheriff’s statements as well as reports of militias rising in numbers prompted democratic Representative Donald McEachin to encourage Democrat (sensing a pattern here…) Governor Ralph Northam to activate the National Guard to enforce these laws. Rep McEachin said:
“I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law. That’s his call, because I don’t know how serious these counties are and how severe the violations of law will be. But that’s obviously an option he has.”
Law Enforcement Today received many military member responses to this threat, saying they, too, would not enforce these proposed unconstitutional laws. It boils down to this: Politicians insisting on law enforcement and military to strip people of their rights for political gain are asking for civil war.
Which is interesting because Delegate Jay Jones (shockingly, democratic) wrote this:
“The bills passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor are binding for our entire Commonwealth and its citizens.
The legal precedent we would set by allowing communities to selectively ignore those laws at will is alarming and indicative of the same mindset that nearly one hundred and fifty years ago led this country to dissolve into a civil war.”
I’m not even going to get into the absurdity of his statements; I’ll just focus on the fact that Virginia Democrats clearly recognize this very real threat of another civil war, right in their state, and yet they press on with trying to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens.
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