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.”
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.
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.
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