No sooner had the dust begun to settle on the 2019 elections than has gun control emerged as a certain election issue in 2020, with eyes focused on at least two states, Virginia and Wisconsin.
According to WDBJ News, with Democrats now in control of that state’s legislature and governor’s office, it is a certainty that new gun control measures will be on the table in January. Gov. Ralph Northam has already promised to resurrect his gun control agenda that was essentially dismissed in the summer.
Claiming his proposals to be “common sense” measures, Northam indicated he wants to revive the one-gun-per-month law, institute expanded background checks, ban on so-called “assault weapons” and pass “child access prevention” legislation. He would also allow local governments to ban guns from certain buildings, and require gun owners to report lost or stolen guns.
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It’s the first time in many years Democrats will have full control, and the situation does not bode well for gun owners in the Old Dominion.
Northam boldly declared Virginia is “a blue state” as he promised to push liberal issues, including gun control.
Northam told reporters this week his legislative proposals “will save lives in Virginia.” He asserted the majority of Virginians agree with his proposals.
Democrats were able to take control after anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund poured some $2.5 million into the Virginia elections.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s Democrat Gov. Tony Evers wants to pass what that state’s gun control advocates are calling “moderate, common-sense proposals,” according to Fox News. However, Republicans in control of the legislature show no signs of cooperating.
There seems little doubt that guns are going to be used as a political football next year, first in state legislatures and then as the election season cranks up. At the same time, the U.S. Supreme Court has accepted one Second Amendment case for hearing, and there are at least four others currently waiting to be accepted for review.
Billionaire-supported gun prohibition lobbying groups are gearing up for the 2020 elections. Their intent is to take the U.S. Senate, retain the House majority and unseat President Donald Trump before he can nominate more conservative judges and possibly another Supreme Court justice to the federal bench.
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