Report: Virginia Governor donates first quarter’s salary to non-profit that supports law enforcement and first responders

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RICHMOND, VA- According to a report from Fox News, Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin, has announced that he will be donating his first quarter salary to a non-profit that provides support to first responders who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

On April 6th, Youngkin appeared in front of a banner for the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program (VALEAP) and stated that he would donate his $43,750 paycheck to the organization.

During his campaign for governor, Youngkin, a reported multimillionaire, pledged to donate his entire $175,000 governor’s salary if he was elected to office. He has a reported net worth of $300 million. Youngkin said in a statement:

“I pledged to serve our Commonwealth without accepting a salary because I want to continue giving back to the Commonwealth and helping Virginians in every way I can.”

He added:

“I have chosen to donate my salary to the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program (VALEAP) because of their important mission to assist law enforcement personnel and first responders who have undergone traumatic critical incidents.”

The governor continued:

“This reaffirms my ongoing commitment to support our men and women in law enforcement with mental health resources, training, and equipment to ensure we are serving those that protect our communities across the Commonwealth.”

According to its website, VALEAP was established in 2008 following the horrific 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech University that left 32 people dead and 17 injured. The website states:

“No one understands cops like other cops. That’s why the organization is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who are trained law enforcement professionals, including Municipal Police Officers, Sheriffs’ Deputies, College/University Police Officers, State Troopers, and Law Enforcement Chaplains.”

Reportedly, during his campaign, Youngkin established his pro-police reputation and made law enforcement one of the first constituencies that he met with after he was elected.

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In November 2021, he met with the Chesterfield County Sheriff and the Chesterfield County police for a roundtable discussion. After, he told reporters that it would be the first of many sessions that he would conduct. He said in a statement:

“We’re sitting here at a 20-year high in murder rates in Virginia. We see some of our great cities like Richmond ranked in the top 65 deadliest cities in America.”

The governor laid out a “Day One” plan that he said would increase law enforcement salaries, equipment budgets, and training. He also said he wants to make sure his administration protects qualified immunity, thus protecting law enforcement from what he calls “frivolous civil lawsuits.”

When asked about the uptick of violence in Richmond and how he plans to prevent future gun violence, Youngkin said:

“I think we first have to start with making sure that we have a fully-funded law enforcement community.”

He said that another step in preventing violence is to engage with the community and referenced a program that has been used in other cities to reduce gun violence. The governor said:

“There are so many successful community engagement programs that have worked across the country like Operation Ceasefire, community engagement programs that I think should be pressed to the forefront.”

According to a report from the Washington Post, on March 2nd, Youngkin used his first veto to kill a bipartisan bill that would have allowed the Arlington County Board to hire an auditor to investigate police misconduct rather than putting the matter in the county manager’s hands.

After he exercised his veto, Youngkin said in a statement:

“The best way to ensure that any bad actors within law enforcement are held accountable is to stand up for law enforcement, not tear them down or subject them to politically-motivated inquiries.”

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Governor signs “Second Amendment Protection Act” blocking Biden’s feds from enforcing “unconstitutional laws”

March 23rd, 2022

CHEYENNE, WY – Gov. Mark Gordon signed the Second Amendment Protection Act into law Monday, with a number of law enforcement officials in attendance.

The law is designed to protect Second Amendment rights, as well as prevent federal regulation of firearms, accessories, magazines and ammunition within the state. Many Wyoming sheriffs, police departments, gun rights advocates and lawmakers said the legislation was needed to counter overreach from President Joe Biden’s administration.

The Republican governor said at the signing ceremony:

“This is an honor to be able to sign this bill. I thank everyone who worked on this bill to get it to my desk. It joins the Firearms Freedom Act. It’s a very strong statement of Wyoming appreciation for Second Amendment rights and the constitutional opportunities to use firearms.”

The bill, passed during the state legislature’s recently concluded 2022 budget session, was sponsored by Republican Sen. Larry Hicks. He said at the signing:

“This is a culmination of a lot of effort with law enforcement, gun owners in Wyoming, Shooting Sports Foundation, all those people that have a strong belief in the Second Amendment. We hope that the federal government will never do an unconstitutional act that would infringe upon people’s Second Amendment right.”

The law states that officers are prohibited from enforcing, administering or cooperating with an unconstitutional act of any kind, and sets one of the harshest punishments for violation in the nation. An individual who knowingly violates the law is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.

The Second Amendment Protection Act does not restrict law enforcement in Wyoming from providing assistance to federal authorities for purposes not specifically mentioned in the new law and does not prohibit state or local government entities from accepting federal funds for law enforcement purposes.

Specifically, the law prohibits state government and its political subdivisions:

“. . . from using any personnel or funds appropriated by the legislature of the state of Wyoming or any other source of funds that originated within the state of Wyoming to enforce, administer or cooperate with any act, law, treaty, judicial or executive order, rule or regulation of the United States government that infringes on or impedes the free exercise of individual rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

Dwane Pacheco, Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police Executive Board President and Rock Springs Police Chief, applauded the bill being signed into law and assured skeptics that it has the teeth needed to block federal control within the state. Pacheco, testified throughout the legislative session in support of the bill, said:

“We stand strong together to hold ourselves and our officers accountable to not enforce, administer or cooperate with any unconstitutional acts. This is one of the most important legislative actions on a personal and professional level that I have seen in my career.”

The Second Amendment Protection Act was favored over a similar bill, called the Second Amendment Preservation Act, which would have set harsher punishments for violators and put law enforcement at risk of civil action by citizens.

The bill passed with a large majority and takes effect on July 1.

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‘Not in our state’: Arizona governor signs bill barring enforcement of federal gun control laws

April 9, 2021

ARIZONA Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey recently took a stand for the Constitution:  He signed into law legislation that would ban any sort of enforcement of federal firearm laws which would be deemed to violate the Second Amendment.

The landmark legislation that serves as a win for those among the pro-Second Amendment crowd came to fruition despite efforts and petitions launched against it by none other than Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety.

Governor Doug Ducey signed into law HB 2111 on April 6th, which has been dubbed as the “2nd Amendment Firearm Freedom Act” that had been passed by both the Arizona House and Senate back in March.

The purpose of the bill is as simple as it sounds, in that it’s an effort to preemptively counteract any potential federal gun laws that might infringe upon the Second Amendment or state law in Arizona regarding firearms.

Back on February 24th, the House passed the bill quite narrowly in a 31 to 29 vote in favor of the bill.

On March 30th, the Senate voted 17 to 13 in favor of the bill which then saw it handed over to the governor’s desk on March 31st. One week after landing on the governor’s desk, the bill was signed on April 6th.

Now this of course will undoubtedly raise concerns regarding the Supremacy Clause and the doctrine of preemption. The aforementioned serves as a means to reiterate that federal law will always supersede state law.

However, the Supremacy Clause and the doctrine of preemption has been flagrantly disregarded by the states for several years.

Said flagrant disregarding of such can be seen with states that have passed laws allowing the recreational use of marijuana, or states that have created effective legal shields for illegal immigrants via barring cooperation with federal authorities to enable immigration enforcement.

Essentially, HB 2111 is not really all that different in spirit when compared to states and localities that have adopted “sanctuary laws.”

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone is slightly critical of HB 2111, but not necessarily because he’s against the Second Amendment.

Sheriff Penzone’s concerns are the potential confusion it could present to law enforcement within the state, as well as noting that it’s perhaps arbitrary creating a state law to back the Constitution since the document cannot be legally subverted already:

“You could make the easy argument saying it’s a state practice – the person has a right to bear arms, therefore you’re in conflict with that. Now you’re putting officers or deputies in this position where they’re questioning whether or not some other entity will determine if it’s in conflict with the Second Amendment, therefore do we act on it? And that’s where it creates problems.

“Whether you are very much in support of the second amendment, whether you have concerns about gun laws – the Constitution is its own entity. It has its protections. If you violate the Second Amendment, you don’t need a state statute to say that is unlawful or unconstitutional.”

The Maricopa County Sheriff said that he’s not going to pay too much mind to this new legislation, and instead stay hyper focused on deterring prohibited possessors from gaining access to firearms:

“My priority right now is the loophole issue. We still are allowing for firearms, whether it’s small capacity or large capacity weapons to get in the hands of people who, if they went through that legal process that applies in certain circumstances, would be prohibited from that purchase.

“So it’s how do we do a better job making sure people we know should not lawfully possess a firearm, that we’re doing our best to get the weapons out of their hands.”

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