RICHMOND, VIRGINIA- If anti-gun legislation in Virginia were like a game of volleyball, you could say that the Democratic House of Delegates member Dan Helmer is bumping a bill in order to set up the spike for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.
Despite being labeled as progressives, Helmer is working to introduce regressive legislation that would no longer honor a myriad of out-of-state concealed carry permits.
Of course, we’re talking about one of the candidates that was funded by Michael Bloomberg, so it’s hardly a shocker.
This latest attack on the second amendment, titled HB 569, aims to undo previous bipartisan policy enacted that recognized every state’s concealed carry permits issued within the country.
A look at the way the law currently stands with regard to Virginia’s reciprocity model is fairly logical. Currently, the state honors Right-to-Carry permits issued by all other states.
For those non-residents visiting Virginia, they’re free to exercise concealed carry within the Commonwealth so long as they obey the local laws and carry a photo identification.
Not to mention, the way the law currently works helps Virginians when they travel to various other states. That’s because some states will only honor an individual’s Right-to-Carry permit if the visitor’s home state recognizes the permits their state issues.
However, the way the reciprocity laws currently stand weren’t always in effect, and Helmer wants to revert back to Virginia’s old ways. What led to Virginia recognizing every other state permit occurred due to the Virginia AG Mark Herring making a move to nearly wipe out recognition of out-of-state permits.
Up until late 2015, Virginia only observed 30 of the 50 states Right-to-Carry permits. At the time, Virginia endowed the state AG some flexibility on what the Commonwealth would accept when observing out-of-state Right-to-Carry permits.
After an audit performed by the blatantly anti-gun Herring, he announced on December 22nd, 2015, that only 5 of the original 30 states would continue to be recognized by Virginia regarding Right-to-Carry permits.
The amendment to the law was to take affect within the Commonwealth on February 1st, 2016.
Lawmakers within the state saw this could cause some unjust issues for both residents of Virginia and those looking to visit their state. Thus, in early 2016, HB 1163 and SB 610 were passed via an amazing endeavor of bipartisan collaboration.
The 2016 legislation made Virginia a full recognition state and required the state police to enter into formal reciprocity agreements with any state that so required. This marked a huge win for law-abiding gun owners.
The Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation passed the House of Delegates by a margin of 72 to 26, while it passed the Senate 29 to 11. It was then signed by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe.
The agreement reached by the often-juxtaposed political parties just made too much sense not to enact. After careful examination of the data pertaining to those who are issued Right-to-Carry permits, researched revealed that they’re some of the most law-abiding citizens in the country.
Yet, after all that great and collaborative work and reasoning, in comes HB 569 to tear it all down.
The newly proposed legislation is technically not new, it just aims to eradicate all the progress accomplished in early 2016. Thus, if Helmer gets his way and the bill moves forward, Herring will be poised to once again try and essentially eliminate observing out-of-state permits.
Unfortunately, Herring is still the state AG, even after admitting to donning blackface back in the 1980’s. Maybe folks should start clamoring for his resignation again to help thwart this potential move.
You can start to understand why Bloomberg was “gunning” to get people like Helmer into positions of legislative power. The type of “gun control” nonsense being pushed by Helmer has nothing to do with public safety, because data shows the affected individuals aren’t even remotely a threat to the general public.
This is nothing more than political cretins reveling in their anti-gun bias and testing the waters to see what else they can do to eliminate guns throughout the entire state.
Virginians need to keep a close eye on what’s going in with their elected officials, as there’s bound to be more proposed legislation restricting gun owner’s rights within the Commonwealth.
In the meantime, the Governor of Virginia has declared a state of emergency and reportedly has riot police and the National Guard at the ready, all while a number of counties are threatening to secede.
On Tuesday, a resolution was introduced by West Virginia (House Concurrent Resolution 8, or HCR 8), offering the Second Amendment sanctuary counties of Virginia to secede and join their State.
This is huge.
West Virginia knows their fellow Americans are feeling the weight of unconstitutional legislation and repeated attempts to strip them of their rights. So they’re offering a helping hand.
West Virginia became a state during the Civil War in 1863 after seceding from the Confederate State of Virginia. The population was divided over the issues surrounding the war, and people of what is now West Virginia felt their interests were neglected, that they were underrepresented in the state government, and that they were carrying the majority of the burden of taxation. So, they became their own entity.
In recent years, a large part of the population of the Commonwealth of Virginia has once again felt the neglect and underrepresentation in government and feared for the infringement of their rights, specifically their Constitutional right to bear arms and an unfair distribution of tax dollar usage throughout the state.
Enter: West Virginia’s resolution.
In part, the new resolution references the unfair tax claims between counties. It then goes on to elaborate on Virginia’s government attempting to strip its citizens of their right to bear arms.
HCR 8 points to several of the Virginian founding fathers for its arguments for second amendment rights:
“Patrick Henry-who stated to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788 that. “The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
“Richard Henry Lee-who stated in The Federal Farmer that ‘To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms.’
“George Mason-who stated that, “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”
“Thomas Jefferson-who stated in his first draft of the Virginia Constitution, that ‘No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
The resolution continues, “The actions of the government at Richmond undertaken since the recent general election have, regrettably, resulted in unproductive contention and escalating a lamentable state of civic tension.
“[It] has been proven in numerous instances…[that] the peaceful partition of neighboring peoples can occur, and, is often very beneficial to both sides in reducing tensions and improving the tenor of discourse over ongoing political and societal differences.”
Most importantly, HCR 8 reads:
“In a spirit of conciliation, the Legislature of West Virginia hereby extends an invitation to our fellow Virginians who wish to do so, to join us in our noble experiment of 156 years of separation from the government at Richmond; and, we extend an invitation to any constituent county or city of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the body politic of the State of West Virginia…and we hereby covenant that their many grievances shall be addressed, and, we further covenant with them that their firearms rights shall be protected to the fullest extent possible under our Federal and State Constitutions.”
The Commonwealth government allowed secession in 1863. Will the State again allow it in 2020? That’s a lot of tax dollars to wave goodbye to.
This West Virginia offer comes on the same day that Virginia Governor Northam is expected to declare a state of emergency.
What does this mean? Riot police and National Guard alike, while not yet deployed, will be in a state of “activation,” meaning they are at the ready for deployment and are at a heightened state of readiness.
While the purpose of deployment would be dispersal of the crowd if necessary, we can all see the level to which this occurrence could quickly rise.
Due to Northam’s threat, the Virginia Second Amendment Alliance (VSAA) group, which is coordinating the Lobby Day Rally in Richmond for many 2A advocate groups, has now recommended that attendees do not bring their children to the event.
This is also huge.
The VSAA has been pushing for peaceful rallies from the start. Law Enforcement Today has previously reported on their safety plans for the rally:
They have outlined routes and streets to avoid due to the nearby medical campus; they’ve encouraged attendees to dress “normally” and not wearing body armor which can be perceived as intimidating; they’ve kept members up to date with the laws and rules of carrying firearms and where they will be allowed and prohibited; they’ve done all these things to be sure to remain in compliance and well within the law while exercising their first amendment right to protect their second.
This is just another instance of far-left Virginian legislators attempting to silence 2A advocates. They are rushing votes without advising the public in order to block people from carrying firearms on the grounds of the Capitol. They’re moving the issues on the docket to allow for a vote on the gun legislation before lobbyists have had their chance to meet with legislators.
And now they’re pushing for a “state of emergency.”
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Northam will also prohibit firearms “within the capital area.”
Northam has alleged that he is attempting to avoid another incident similar to that which occurred in Charlottesville in 2017. Admittedly, those riots were horrid.
However, they were not associated with 2A supporters in any way. They were filled with conflicting groups of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
Last I checked, a person wanting to be granted his constitutional rights didn’t make him associated with groups that should be labeled as domestic terrorists.
The fear hype and comparison of these essentially domestic terrorist groups to law abiding citizens supporting their right to bear arms is absurd, and it shows exactly where those on the far-left stand and what lengths they’ll go to in order to strip away said rights.
I would love to hear Governor Northam’s justification for this heightened state of alarm for his police and military members. Because as far as I can see, there isn’t any. No violence has come from 2A supporters. None have called for violence, and in fact, they’re demanding the opposite.
One member of the VSAA posted on Facebook to update members on the escalating tensions caused by the extreme left attempting to spark fear into people and demonize 2A supporters.
In his post, he said, “We cannot shy away from this. We must make our voices heard. Through peaceful protest and lobbying. Do not call to violence. Do not give them the ammunition they so desperately seek…
“I cannot stress this enough, the situation is now serious, but we fully intend to peacefully exercise our Rights and commitment to the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
Oh, now I see what you’re talking about, Governor! They’re big, bad, scary, gun-toting bullies! If the secession is accepted, voted on, and passed, it will be interesting to see what will be left of the Virginian population given the number of local municipalities who have voted to become 2A sanctuaries.
If I were a Virginian, West Virginia would be looking pretty damn appealing right about now.