Virginia residents have responded overwhelmingly to Democratic Ralph Northam’s all-out assault on the right to bear arms by declaring many counties to have Second Amendment Sanctuary status.
After far-left Democrats secured enough seats to control the Virginia legislature on November 5, 2019, Governor Northam reacted by announcing his plan to wage a war on guns.
One a pro-gun-rights group compared Virginia Democrats’ plan to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Philip Van Cleave, the president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League quoted Japanese admiral, Isoroku Yamamoto who said after the attack, “I fear that all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
Van Cleave said, “That’s exactly what shoving gun control down our throats will do, too!”
Van Cleave went onto write to say, “Northam has declared war on Virginia’s gun owners.”
Rural Virginians have responded to Northam’s heavy-handed approach with a sense of urgency by declaring their counties 2nd Amendment sanctuaries in a last ditched effort to stop state officials proposed anti-gun laws.
Part of the urgency is due to the fact Democrat lawmakers see little chance for retribution for supporting stricter gun control. Other states have shown that pro-gun-rights groups have been overpowered after stricter gun policies were passed in the wake of mass shootings.
According to the Giffords Law Center, 26 state legislatures and Washington, D.C. passed 67 new gun control laws last year that are aimed at restricting gun access.
Some bills proposed by Governor Northam that were defeated last year when Republicans controlled Virginia’s legislature are:
Banning “dangerous” weapons and accessories: Included is “assault weapons”, high-capacity magazines, silencers, and bump stocks.
Mandated background checks on all gun sales and transactions: This includes anyone who rents, traded, sells, or transfers a firearm. Currently in Virginia, sales between two citizens — at a gun show or elsewhere — are exempt.
Allowing so-called Red Flag laws (Extreme Risk Protection Orders): The new VA bill would allow the courts and law enforcement to temporarily take someone’s firearms should they be deemed a threat to themselves or others.
Making it illegal to “recklessly” leave loaded, unsecured firearms around children under 18: Redefines children as 18 rather than 14. Such laws would raise the punishment from a Class 3 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony.
Limiting handgun sales to one a month: Purchasing more than one handgun in 30 days would bring up to a 12-month jail sentence and a maximum fine of $2,500. Anyone who wants to buy more than one gun in a month would have to apply for it through the State Police and undergo an enhanced background check.
Bill Dixon, an avid hunter and gun owner from Pungo, said reaction from the gun-owning community will be “loud”. He said, “There is going to be a big backlash. Specifically, what that is going to be, I can’t tell you.
For now, 22 Virginia counties aren’t waiting for the hammer to fall having already declared themselves to be Second Amendment Sanctuaries and a safe haven for those with a legal concealed weapon permit. Many more are in the process of discussing similar legislation.