If there were any lingering doubts about how Virginia Democrats would push through gun control legislation if they were in the majority, those questions disappeared in Richmond Thursday when anti-gun Gov. Ralph Northam signed several gun control measures.
According to the Washington Examiner, Northam—who began calling for restrictive gun laws last year following a shooting in Virginia Beach—signed legislation that included expanded background checks, a so-called “red-flag law, and a measure to allow local governments to impose tougher restrictions than state and federal laws.
“Gov. Northam is completely out of touch with the people of Virginia,” said Erich Pratt, senior vice president of Gun Owners of America, according to The Center Square. “While many cities across the country are reporting increases in murders, police have been ordered to stand down in the face of violent rioters. In response, Americans, including many in Virginia, are buying guns at record rates. But Northam and his fellow cronies in the Democrat Party could care less about what Virginians truly need.”
Democrats took over the state General Assembly last year when only about 40 percent of the state’s registered voters bothered to cast ballots. But earlier this year, furious Virginia gun owners descended on the Capitol building in a massive demonstration. While a crowd of some 22,000 showed up, many carrying firearms, Democrat lawmakers essentially ignored them and went about pushing their gun control agenda.
Northam, the Washington Examiner reported, insisted the new laws will not infringe on the Second Amendment rights of Virginia citizens, but gun owners vehemently disagree. He also claimed the new laws will help prevent gun-related crime.
According to NBC12 news, Northam had proposed several bills earlier this year. They included requirements for so-called “universal background checks, reinstatement of the one-handgun-a-month restriction, a requirement to report lost or stolen guns within 48 hours, and a requirement to surrender firearms within 24 hours of being served with a protective order.
Second Amendment grassroots activists across the country have been saying for months that Virginia is the model for the entire country if Democrats take control of the White House and U.S. Senate in 2021. Gun prohibition lobbying groups are promising to spend tens of millions of dollars to help sway the national elections toward Democrats running for Congress.
Until last year, Republicans held a slight majority in Richmond and were able to derail gun control efforts, but that changed last fall. Northam crowed about Democrat victories.
The Virginia legislative elections do not occur again until November 2021.
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