This is war.
Virginia – We’ve seen in recent months that various counties have opted to label themselves as “Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities”, poking fun at locations who consider themselves a harbor for illegal immigrants while also telling the country that they won’t bow down to unconstitutional gun laws.
Well, now lawmakers in Virginia are pushing to gain help on a federal level and are threatening to use the National Guard to execute their proposed legislation if it passes.
While activists and Democrats in the region say “Abolish ICE” because they don’t like enforcing and following immigration laws, they’ll seek to arrest those who won’t enforce laws they personally agree with. Go figure.
According to the Washington Examiner, Democrat lawmakers on Capitol Hill are now saying that local police and sheriffs who refuse to enforce gun control measures that they’re attempting to pass in Virginia should face prosecution and even action taken by the National Guard.
Since November’s Virginia Legislature elections proved to be fruitful for Democrats, giving them control of both chambers, gun control measures and legislation has been moving forward. These laws include everything from “red flag” laws, bans on what’s deemed as “assault weapons”, and also universal background checks.
Thus, legal gun owners along with the support of several sheriffs within Virginia formed Second Amendment Sanctuary counties in an attempt to proactively counter these sorts of unconstitutional laws.
Essentially, the delineation of a Second Amendment Sanctuary status reinvests the power to local authorities to choose not to enforce certain gun control laws.
In light of the Democratic acquisition of the chambers, along with discussions of egregious gun control measures, over 75 counties in Virginia have now chosen to adopt the status. Most recently, Spotsylvania County’s board of supervisors voted consistently to approve a resolution stating that county police will not enforce state-level gun laws that violate Second Amendment rights.
Yet, Virginia Democratic officials are not taking these motions lightly. Their response is that any local law enforcement that attempts to usurp their passed legislation will face consequences.
Democratic Virginia Representative Gerry Connolly opined on the fate of local and county police who opt to refuse to enforce future gun control measures:
“I would hope they either resign in good conscience, because they cannot uphold the law which they are sworn to uphold, or they’re prosecuted for failure to fulfill their oath. The law is the law. If that becomes the law, you don’t have a choice, not if you’re a sworn officer of the law.”
Democratic Virginia Representative Donald McEachin recommended cutting off state funds to counties that don’t adhere to gun control laws that make it through legislation:
“They certainly risk funding, because if the sheriff’s department is not going to enforce the law, they’re going to lose money. The counties’ attorneys’ offices are not going to have the money to prosecute because their prosecutions are going to go down.”
The irony in this is that Trump has been criticized for threatening to pull funding for states that don’t’ adhere to federal laws and Democrats screamed at the sky. Now, they’re looking to adopt the very same tactics that fuel their “Resist” Twitter feeds.
But McEachin didn’t stop there either. He also mentioned that Governor Northam could call upon the National Guard to enforce their questionable legislation, if passed.
“And ultimately, 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.”
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has suggested that the Second Amendment Sanctuary statuses that have been adopted by various counties are nothing more than folks within the gun lobby acting as alarmists:
“The resolutions that are being passed are being ginned up by the gun lobby to try to scare people. What we’re talking about here are laws that will make our communities and our streets safer.”
Yet, there’s not data to actually suggest that a “red flag” law works the way it’s intended, as that law is under the highest scrutiny from pro-Second Amendment locals. There’s no way to quantify the effectiveness of a law that is aimed to deter a crime that hasn’t happened yet, nor a plot not even formulated in scheme from an alleged would-be armed criminal.
We simply cannot allow laws that punish people who haven’t done or planned anything illegal, which is why the locals are pushing back.
On November 18, mere weeks after Democrats learned they would be controlling the government in Virginia, State Sen. Dick Saslaw introduced a bill that he will sponsor next year in the 2020 legislative session. The bill will outlaw not only the sale or transfer, but also the possession of certain firearms.
SB16 provides that:
‘It is unlawful for any person to import, sell, manufacture, purchase, possess or transport an assault firearm” and makes such actions a Class 6 felony. Of note is that in Virginia, Class 6 felonies are punishable by imprisonment for between one and five years.’
This proposed bill widely expands the definition of “assault” firearms, including a wide range of center-fire rifles, pistols and shotguns.
Basically, every rifle of the common AR-15 type design, as well as a number of pistols and shotguns that are commonly used for personal defense, target shooting, and hunting would be banned.
Since mere possession of such weapons would be illegal, they would also have to be either surrendered to or seized by law enforcement authorities in the jurisdiction in which they are located.
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This law, if enacted, would greatly exceed any other gun control law in the United States by making possession of the covered firearms illegal, rendering them subject to seizure from their owners.
Saslaw is not the only politician looking to jump on the gun control bandwagon. The governor of Virginia, Northam, has stated that he plans on reintroducing a package of laws addressing “gun violence” during the next legislative session.
“Things like universal background checks. Getting rid of bump stocks, high volume magazines, ‘red flag’ laws. These are common sense pieces of legislation. I will introduce those again in January,” he said. I’m convinced, with the majority now in the House and the Senate, they’ll become law and because of that Virginia will be safer.”
Earlier this year after a mass shooting in Virginia Beach where 13 people were killed, Northam convened a special session of the state legislature to consider a group of bills including background checks and limiting devices that suppress the sound of gunshots. Also included was a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Republican legislators blocked consideration of the bills, with House Speaker condemning the special session as an “election year stunt.”
During the election cycle, former New York City mayor and current Democrat presidential wanna-be Michael Bloomberg spent $2.5 million on the election on behalf of Democrat candidates through his Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying group.
Under Saslaw’s bill, Virginians would not be allowed pistols that accept the magazine into the weapon at any other point than the pistol grip.
They would also be limited to an unloaded weight of 50 ounces. The bill would also limit shotguns to a magazine capacity of no more than seven shells.
The bill itself indicates that it may increase imprisonment.
“The provisions of this act may result in a net increase in periods of imprisonment or commitment,” an indication that increased imprisonments are a likely outcome of its passage.
The National Rifle Association, as expected, opposes the bill. According to the NRA-ILA, the bill does not grandfather existing owners of the firearms, stating that current owners would have to give up their banned firearms or face a felony conviction. The NRA said that the bill is “clearly designed to be firearms confiscation.”
The law also uses the words “like kind”, which the NRA defines as “unacceptable vagueness” that would place a burden on gun owners with guessing how courts may interpret the provision and potentially judge components on their firearms.
It is likely that any such legislation passed in Virginia will end up in the Supreme Court. In 2008 in the Heller decision (District of Columbia v. Heller), the Supreme Court ruled that the right to keep and bear arms belongs to everyone.
So, keep your eye on Virginia. It may be “ground zero” for fighting back for our Second Amendment rights.
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