Today is the day that thousands of Virginians and millions of other Americans have been waiting for: It’s Lobby Day in Richmond.
Today, supporters of the US Constitution, specifically the Second Amendment, are gathering ensure their voices are heard. They will not give up their right to bear arms, and today, legislatures will hear their message loud and clear.
Law Enforcement Today has been bringing you stories almost daily on the slow but steady infringement attempts by Virginia’s newly-democrat run General Assembly, and by Governor Northam. The most recent being Northam’s declaration of a state of emergency, effectively banning the carrying of firearms at the State Capitol building and the surrounding area.
Amid all the controversy, and with 96 percent of municipalities having declared themselves sanctuaries for gun rights, Republican Senator Amanda Chase has called for Governor Ralph Northam to resign.
— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) January 20, 2020
Effective 12:00 pm on Monday, January 20th.
Today. During Lobby Day.
Senator Chase hasn’t been silent on her concern for the upcoming gun grabbing attempts in her state, and, despite Governor Northam trying to push gun-toting, law-abiding citizens away from exercising their First Amendment rights, she has been calling on those same folks to show up today and make it very clear that they do not want to lose the right to protect themselves and their families.
An excerpt from her post: “He’s lost the confidence of 96% of the county’s and municipalities here in the Commonwealth and shoved anti-gun legislation in the faces of Virginians. This is more than a Democratic, Republican or Independent issue, this is not just a Virginian issue.
“This is an American issue.
“He’s failed to uphold the very Constitution he swore he’d uphold in office.”
The senator has been warning rallyists on the Internet of the “set up” they’re walking in to; hinting that at any sign of unrest, whether that person is an actual rallyist or a “government plant,” there will be arrests made under the charges of domestic terrorism.
Saturday, she posted on Facebook, “It’s sad to see when you’re [sic] own Republican colleague supports the same gun grabbing agenda the liberals, socialist and anti-2nd Amendment legislators push down the throats of law-abiding citizens. This is betrayal to the voters and political straddling of both sides of the fence.
“When over 90 plus percent of Virginia county’s [sic] and towns have voted for 2nd Amendment Sanctuary City’s, We The People have spoken.
“I will call out the corruption on both sides of the isle when I see and hear about it, to alert you, the people of this great Commonwealth.
“I will continue fighting for your Constitutional Freedoms and Rights so help me God.”
The people are indeed speaking today, Senator Chase, and all of America is watching.
“When government feels they have the right to strip the freedoms of Americans, it becomes the rightful duty of Americans to take back those freedoms to their proper sovereignty.”
-Senator Amanda Chase
Here is Senator Chase’s full post from Sunday afternoon calling for the Governor’s resignation:
“In lieu of the egregious actions and demands of Governor Northam preventing law abiding citizens to protect themselves and stripping away the citizens of this Commonwealth their Constitutional Freedoms and Second Amendment Rights through legislation, I’m calling on the governor to step down voluntarily effective 12PM tomorrow night, January 20th.
“How can the man of no integrity support the integrity of the office?
“Virginians demand better governance on the grounds of freedom, not tyranny.
“First, he was endorsing third trimester abortions, violating his very oath as a Doctor to do no harm.
“Secondly, he could not remember if he was black face or white face. I’m sure Martin Luther King would have felt dishonored, and betrayed.
“And now he’s mandating law abiding citizens, under an executive order, to be unable to protect themselves and practice their Constitutional Rights here at the Capital.
“He’s lost the confidence of 96% of the county’s and municipalities here in the Commonwealth and shoved anti-gun legislation in the faces of Virginians. This is more than a Democratic, Republican or Independent issue, this is not just a Virginian issue.
“This is an American issue.
“He’s failed to uphold the very Constitution he swore he’d uphold in office.
“Virginia expects better leadership and I will lead that charge.”
Thousands of 2A supporters gathered in Richmond Monday to protest the unconstitutional change sweeping through the commonwealth’s legislature.
Some reports have indicated that infiltrators have come to the rally in an attempt to cause violence. Take a look at the following video, where one “libertarian” suggests that he and another person “start the revolution today” by jumping a fence to “kill that guy”.
He was immediately called out.
"Look punk, look punk, we know what you're about, you're an infiltrator, get the fuck out"
Glow in the darks are having a tough day today. pic.twitter.com/kXjNhzcSPX
— Mister AntiBully (@MisterAntiBully) January 20, 2020
Here’s a live look at the rally.
Thousands of people have gathered in and around the Virginia State Capitol in downtown Richmond to rally for gun rights. Here's a bird's eye view of the event. You can follow along with live updates here: https://t.co/SG1m2WoECK #RVA #richmond https://t.co/PZQBrDFS0E
— WTVR CBS 6 Richmond (@CBS6) January 20, 2020
Not tuned in to how we got to this point? Check this out.
The Gun Grab
Virginia has been a battleground for gun-rights activists and those who want guns removed from law abiding citizens.
Several bills have been pushed in the interest of promoting gun grabs, and Delegate Mark Levine’s HB 961 is the most severe lately. Levine’s proposed legislation has to be one of the most encompassing forms of a gun ban ever drafted.
When you dive into how the state intends to redefine what an assault weapon is, you’ll understand all the pushback.
While some critics might cite that HB 961 allows for owners of certain types of the defined assault weapons can petition for a special license to keep them, it’s no promise that they’ll be approved.
Furthermore, if approved to be on the list, the names of those individuals will be placed on a database. We all are privy to how well lists like these strengthened the disarmament of the Jews in WW2 Germany via the Weimer Republic and the Third Reich’s contortion of it.
We’ve reported before on what the state of Virginia defines as an assault weapon currently, which could affect thousands of lawful gun owners in the state if banned solely under current definitions. The state currently defines an assault weapon as:
“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.”
Now, this proposed bill even changes the language of what an assault weapon is further.
Typically, what would come to mind when someone thinks of an “assault weapon”, they’ll envision some enormous, automatic rifle that can mow down scores of people in seconds. However, Virginia’s new proposal defines nearly any semi-automatic gun as something fitting the bill of an “assault weapon”.
Guns that carry ten or more bullets in their magazine would fall under an assault weapon as defined by the state, which nearly all manufactured magazines can carry.
The ban would also encompass any gun that carries what’s known as a folding stock, which all that means is that it’s a rifle that can be folded for convenient storage. It doesn’t matter if the weapon can host one bullet or nine, if it folds, it’s an assault weapon.
If your gun has a detachable magazine and a second hand grip, then that would be outlawed too.
If your gun has the capability to merely accept a magazine that would protrude beyond the base of the grip, then it’s an assault weapon as defined by the new legislation.
Also, if your unloaded gun weighs more than 3.125 pounds, it would be an assault weapon.
While the Striker shotgun, commonly called the “street sweeper”, had been outlawed for years – now any revolving cylinder shotgun would be outlawed, too.
Also, any gun that has a threaded barrel would be banned. What a threaded barrel allows is for an apparatus to be attached to the front, typically a suppressor or silencer.
This classification of assuming that silencers make guns actually “silent” and thus more deadly and “assault” status is a complete myth disseminated by movie sound effects.
Your standard silencer will reduce the noise of a discharged bullet by roughly 30 decibels, bringing the noise of a gun to somewhere around 130 decibels total when fired.
For comparisons sake, a police siren ranges anywhere from 100-140 decibels – which is a far cry from the sound effects perpetuated by Hollywood action films.
Considering that hearing loss can occur around the 85-decibel range, that silencer attached to a gun isn’t going to conceal that one was shot.
The proposed bill by Levine extends a “grace period” for lawful owners to dispel of their high capacity magazines, unlawful triggers and suppressors. After the grace period ends, they’re now felons.
Attacks Against 2A Supporters
We also reported on how a politician in Virginia suggested everyone in support of the second amendment is mentally ill.
“These people are crazy. They’re like little kids.”
Virginia Senator Dave Marsden has said some nasty things about gun rights advocates. He attended a public meeting in Fairfax County over the weekend and reportedly called Second Amendment supporters “little kids.”
A microphone that was on caught Marsden in conversation about constitutionalists, saying,
“These people are crazy,” and, “Yea, they’re like little kids. As long as we don’t reply we’ll get through this.”
Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn also had some things to say about 2A supporters. When Marsden asked her if she was “going to stick around for the 10 o’clock gun nuts,” she answered,
“These are insane people.”
Clearly a supporter of abolishing the rights of Virginians to bear arms, Senator Marsden sent a follow-up letter to his constituents, just to be sure his opinion was perfectly clear. In the letter, he said, “too many of your members and other 2A supporters appear to have mental issues.”
Marsden later appeared on radio show Mornings on the Mall with Mary Walter, who read part of his letter on the air.
Instead of hanging his head in shame and apologizing for the incredibly insulting remarks he made, he said the following:
“A significant number of these things were indicative of very unstable people, and this is worrisome. The responses I was getting were from people who showed signs of having mental health difficulties.”
Thousands gathered Monday at Capitol Square to express their dissatisfaction with plans by the newly-sworn-in Democratic majority in the General Assembly to impose strict gun laws.
President Trump has also weighed in on the gun grab, tweeting on Friday afternoon.
“Your 2ndAmendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia. That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away. Republicans will win Virginia in 2020. Thank you, Dems!”
Conservative state senator Amanda Chase of District 11 went to Facebook on Friday with a stark warning for anyone who is planning on attending the rally on Monday.
“Does the Patriot Act ring a bell? Does the National Defense Authorization Act ring a bell? Chase is warning pro-Second Amendment activists that under the provisions of those two acts, they could be labeled as “domestic terrorists[s].”
Chase believes that by issuing the state of emergency, Northam is setting the groundwork for going after the pro-gun advocates. She specifically warned those attending the rally who may be wearing military fatigues or displaying military insignia.
“The Governor, using the media has already set the state for this to happen,” she said. “He has already laid the groundwork to make the entire movement look like an insurrection.”
She also said that she doesn’t believe just those wearing camouflage or wearing military insignias have reason for concern.
“They are kicking things into high gear,” she wrote. “Military veterans were/are even listed as potential domestic terrorists. We were told not once, but several times by the current President, ‘It’s Not Me they are after, It’s You, The American People.’”
NBC news reporter Ben Collins called the march for rights a “white nationalist” gathering on Sunday, all while warning against spreading “made up stuff” on Twitter. Collins is just another example of a hack that has led to the term “fake news” becoming a prominent moniker to describe the mainstream media.
In a tweet that Collins since deleted, he said:
“Reporters covering tomorrow’s white nationalist rally in Virginia, I’m absolutely begging you: Verify information before you send it out tomorrow, even if it’s a very sensational rumor you heard from a cop. Don’t become a hero in new-Nazi propaganda circles with made-up stuff.”
“Reporters covering tomorrow’s white nationalist rally in Virginia, I’m absolutely begging you:
Verify information before you send it out tomorrow, even if it’s a very sensational rumor you heard from a cop.
Don’t become a hero in neo-Nazi propaganda circles with made-up stuff.
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 19, 2020″
“Verify information.” “Made-up stuff.” Collins should reread what he said.
The tweet lead to a torrent of online criticism, which led Collins to defend his comments. He argued that federal law enforcement had arrested six suspected neo-Nazis in advance of the rally in Georgia, Maryland and Delaware, with some of those suspects allegedly planning on going to the rally in Richmond, VA.
Collins had also said that there had been an “enormous amount of 4chan and Qanon chatter,” which are typically intelligence community monikers for conspiracy groups and troll websites.
When Collins deleted the tweet, he sent another one saying:
“Hi everybody! I’m deleting a tweet so I can be super clear about tomorrow’s rally in Virginia. The Lobby Day protest is and has traditionally been a gun rights rally, but white nationalists, including militant group The Base, have been planning violent action at the event.”
Nice try at a recovery there, Ben.
An attendee at the rally in Richmond Virginia dispels the media smears against rally-goers.
— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) January 20, 2020
Second Amendment Sanctuary
Over 100,000 Virginia gun owners have publicly shown their support for Second Amendment Sanctuaries in some way. They’ve attended meetings, held rallies, written letters and emails, made phone calls.
The leader of the movement and organizer of some of the rallies is the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
The organization’s president, Philip Van Cleave, commented, “Now it’s time. Now we’re going to melt down their phones, explode their inboxes on their email. We’re going to bombard them more than they’ve been bombarded.”
He also said that anti-gun legislation is “pouring in like a waterfall.” I would have to agree.
“They picked a fight with a set of people who are tired of it,” he continued. “We’re tired of being the whipping boy. Every time somebody shoots up a bunch of people in a gun-free zone, they come after us, and we’re tired of it. We’re fed up, and we’re not giving up any more. We’re not the problem.”
“Our freedom started here and … we’ll be damned if it ends here.”
Excuse me while I wipe my eyes and sing the pledge of allegiance, hand and rifle over my heart.
It’s reported that 94% of Virginia supports the sanctuary movement. It appears that no one has given that statistic to Marsden and the rest of his anti-gun cohort.
Virginia Second Amendment Alliance, comprised of Virginia Citizens Defense League, Gun Owners of America, 2AC3, and other second amendment advocates, is preparing for a rally on Lobby Day scheduled for Monday, January 20.
The group announced Sunday that the first anti-gun legislation has been approved by the Joint Rules Committee which bans firearms in the Capitol. To include the Pocahontas building, where the lobbyists are meeting. This means that lobbyists will have to leave their weapons at home or stay off of the Capitol’s immediate property, as there isn’t yet any ruling on the surrounding area.
But wait, you say. Any legislation passed won’t be in effect until July 1, 2020 or January 1, 2021 depending on whether passed by the House or Senate, you say.
Yeah, the democrats knew that too. Which is why they rushed the vote and sent it through the Joint Rules Committee instead of the proper channels of the House, as the rules committee decisions are effecting at 11:59pm the day they’re voted on.
“Our focus here is to keep everybody safe,” said Filler-Corn. “These are policies and rules that should have passed a long, long time ago.”
Right. Sneaky, sneaky, Gun Haters.
The Alliance is putting out information in order to keep their rally peaceful and to ensure that lobbyists associated with the movement are doing things the right way. They are advising attendants to not arrive in tactical gear. They’re putting out maps to ensure they don’t disturb the local hospital.
Busses, shuttles, and carpools have been set up. Updates are being given to ensure all laws, rules, and policies are being followed.
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That sure does sound like a big group of people with “mental health issues,” Senator Marsden. Maybe instead of name-calling, you should listen to what the people of Virginia are saying, the rights they are demanding to keep.
What Van Cleave said is worth repeating:
“Our freedom started here and … we’ll be damned if it ends here.”
No More Concealed Carry?
What’s worse, now Virginia lawmakers are trying to change the law over who can and cannot carry a concealed weapon in their state — including cops and active military.
State Delegate Dan Helmer filed a bill this past Wednesday that would allow the Attorney General, Mark Herring, the ability to determine which states’ concealed carry permits Virginia would continue to recognize, and potentially making it almost impossible for people to protect themselves if they do not live in Virginia.
Not that they plan to let Virginians protect themselves either.
It appears that this would include members of the military that are stationed at one of the many Virginia bases.
According to the Washington Examiner, Virginia’s current concealed carry reciprocity law recognizes every out-of-state concealed carry license. However, the new proposal from Helmer could limit the number of out-of-state concealed carry permits Virginia recognizes if Herring deems their carry permit requirements insufficient.
“This is certainly more restrictive than the current process, which recognizes everyone’s permit. He can start saying, well, for this reason, or that reason, I’m not going to recognize their permit now,” Virginia lawyer George Lyon of Arsenal Attorneys told the Washington Examiner.”
There are provisions where people can be denied a permit. For example, if they’ve had a stalking conviction or if they’ve had a drug conviction or possibly multiple DUI convictions.”
Virginia, home of the headquarters for the National Rifle Association, saw the legislature flip from Republican to Democrat after the 2019 election.
The state’s concealed carry reciprocity law went through a temporary tweaking back in 2015, when the General Assembly found itself in a grudge match with Herring over firearms-related issues.
The Examiner said that Republicans initially refused to budge over passing two specific measures. The Attorney General ceased the concealed carry reciprocity agreements Virginia had with 25 states.
Six of these states, which had recognized Virginia’s concealed carry permit on the condition that the Commonwealth recognize their concealed carry licenses, severed their agreements with Virginia as well.
Representatives from both sides of the aisle were able to reach a consensus on the measures, one associated with domestic violence and protective orders and the other related to state police being stationed at gun shows for background checks of private sellers.
Herring reinstated not only the original reciprocity agreements, but also created reciprocity pacts with every state that offers them. As a result of this deal, all out-of-state concealed carry permit holders could carry concealed in Virginia.
The summary of the bill says:
Out-of-state concealed handgun permits; reciprocity. Reinstates the prior law providing that the holder of an out-of-state concealed handgun permit who is at least 21 years of age is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in Virginia if the other state (i) has a 24-hour-a-day means of verification of the validity of the permits issued in that state and (ii) has requirements and qualifications that are adequate to prevent possession of a permit by persons who would be denied a permit in Virginia.
Under current law, the holder of an out-of-state concealed handgun permit who is at least 21 years of age is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in Virginia if
(a) the other state has a means of verification of the validity of the permits issued in that state, accessible 24 hours a day, if available;
(b) the person carries a government-issued photo identification and displays it upon demand of a law-enforcement officer; and
(c) the person has not previously had a Virginia concealed handgun permit revoked. The bill states that the Attorney General shall
(1) determine whether states meet the requirements and qualifications of the bill,
(2) maintain a registry of such states, and
(3) make the registry available to law-enforcement officers for investigative purposes. The bill further requires the Attorney General to review the determinations of whether states meet the requirements and qualifications of the bill and update the registry accordingly every two years.
The bill removes the requirement for the Superintendent of State Police to enter into agreements for reciprocal recognition with other states that require an agreement to be in place before the state will recognize a Virginia concealed handgun permit as valid in the state and provides that the Attorney General may enter into agreements for reciprocal recognition with any state qualifying for recognition.
The bill also reinstates the recognition of certain Maryland concealed handgun permits and eliminates the requirement that the Superintendent of State Police enter into agreements for reciprocal recognition of concealed handgun permits or licenses with other states where agreements were in existence on December 1, 2015.
The entire bill can be read here.
Staying in Power
And here’s the thing. These “lawmakers” in Virginia know what they’re doing is unconstitutional. So they’re taking it a step further to ensure they stay in power, creating whatever new bills they like.
Paul Krizek wrote a bill that, if passed, could make it virtually impossible for these rights-stealing politicians to get recalled. These unconstitutional hacks are not only trying to move their state to a tyrannical environment, they are trying to make sure that they can enact their illegal will without fear of reprisal or removal from office.
The bill is summarized as:
Removal of public officers; petition requirements; signature requirements. Clarifies that the requirement that a petition for the removal of a public officer be signed under penalty of perjury applies only to the person or persons filing such petition with the circuit court. Registered voters signing the petition for purposes of reaching the required number of signatures shall not be required to sign under penalty of perjury. The bill also increases the required number of signatures to a number of registered voters in the locality equal to 25 percent, up from 10 percent, of the total number of votes cast at the last election for the office, and requires the signatures to be collected within a 60-day period.
The recall process in Virginia is like most states. There is a petition that must gain signatures of registered voters in the district of the elected official. Prior to Krizek’s bill, it required the signatures of 10% of the number of votes in the previous election. The petition would then be sent to the circuit court who would then require the elected official to show cause why they should not be removed from office. If the court determines that they do not show just cause to stay in office, they go to trial. If found to be in breech of any of the actions that provide grounds for removal, they will be removed from office.
While we were not able to find out how many registered voters live in the area with a population of 80,010, the numbers from the election in 2019 show that 19,407 people voted. With a 10% requirement, a petition for a recall would need 1,941 signatures.
Should Krizek’s bill get pass the General Assembly and wind up on Governor Northam’s desk for signature, the number of required signatures would be 25%.
For Krizek’s district, that would be 4,852.
Escalating the recall process to the governor’s mansion, it would require over 646,000 signatures.
Oh, I forgot to mention, the signature gathering window is 60 days. And, the filer of the petition has to sign it under penalty of perjury related to the statement of the grounds or reasons for removal.
In case you are wondering what offenses rise to the level of removal from office, here you go.
- For neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties when that neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office;
- Upon conviction of a misdemeanor pursuant to Article 1 (§ 18.2-247 et seq.) or Article 1.1 (§18.2-265.1 et seq.) of Chapter 7 of Title 18.2 and after all rights of appeal have terminated involving the:
- Manufacture, sale, gift, distribution, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell, give, or distribute a controlled substance or marijuana;
- Sale, possession with intent to sell, or placing an advertisement for the purpose of selling drug paraphernalia; or
- Possession of any controlled substance or marijuana and such conviction under subdivision a, b, or c has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of such office;
- Upon conviction, and after all rights of appeal have terminated, of a misdemeanor involving a “hate crime” as that term is defined in § 52-8.5 when the conviction has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of such office; or
- Upon conviction, and after all rights of appeal have terminated, of sexual battery in violation of § 18.2-67.4, attempted sexual battery in violation of subsection C of § 18.2-67.5, peeping or spying into dwelling or enclosure in violation of § 18.2-130, consensual sexual intercourse with a child 15 years of age or older in violation of § 18.2-371, or indecent exposure of himself or procuring another to expose himself in violation of § 18.2-387, and such conviction has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of such office.
The petition must be signed by a number of registered voters who reside within the jurisdiction of the officer equal to25 percent of the total number of votes cast at the last election for the office that the officer holds. Such signatures shall be collected within a period of 60 days. A registered voter signing the petition shall not be required to sign under penalties of perjury.
Any person removed from office under the provisions of subdivision 2, 3, or 4 may not be subsequently subject to the provisions of this section for the same criminal offense.
So, the obvious question would be: which of the above was Northam and Democratic leadership guilty of when they decided that they were just going to trample on the 2nd Amendment rights of Virginians under threats of martial law and military governance?
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