VIRGINIA- They’re well aware that massive numbers of police officers, veterans and other residents are so adamantly opposed to their sweeping gun control legislation that they’re fighting back.
But Virginia officials want the “peasants” to know they don’t give a damn.
In a four page opinion, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring stated that localities who have declared themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries (and there are a lot) have “no legal effect.” He went on to say:
“When the General Assembly passes new gun safety laws, they will be enforced, and they will be followed. These [Second Amendment Sanctuary] resolutions have no legal force, and they’re just part of an effort by the gun lobby to stoke fear.”
In case you’ve been completely off grid and out of touch for the past few weeks, let me catch you up on what’s going on in the State of Virginia.
In essence, Democrats are attempting to pass gun control laws that would strip the state of their second amendment rights to bear arms. And patriots are preparing to fight back.
Several gun control bills have been introduced in Virginia and gun owners in the state fear for the outcome when democrats take over both houses of the General Assembly in January 2020.
Over one-hundred local governments in the state have declared themselves Second Amendment Sanctuary locations, including eighty-six out of ninety-five counties, and at least fifteen local city or town governments. Additionally, citizens in many of those Sanctuaries have begun forming militias standing ready to fight for their rights.
In Culpeper County, Sheriff Scott Jenkins made a public statement that he would “screen and deputize thousands of law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms.”
Sheriff Jenkins thanked the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors for declaring their intention to defend their rights. Further, he said:
“Every Sheriff and Commonwealth Attorney in Virginia will see the consequences if our General Assembly passes further unnecessary gun restrictions.
America has more guns than citizens and murder has long been illegal. At best, the proposed gun restrictions will disarm or handicap our law-abiding in their defense and possibly cause a criminal to choose another tool for evil.”
The Sheriff’s statements as well as reports of militias rising in numbers prompted democratic Representative Donald McEachin to encourage Democrat (sensing a pattern here…) Governor Ralph Northam to activate the National Guard to enforce these laws. Rep McEachin said:
“I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law. That’s his call, because I don’t know how serious these counties are and how severe the violations of law will be. But that’s obviously an option he has.”
Law Enforcement Today received many military member responses to this threat, saying they, too, would not enforce these proposed unconstitutional laws. It boils down to this: Politicians insisting on law enforcement and military to strip people of their rights for political gain are asking for civil war.
Which is interesting because Delegate Jay Jones (shockingly, democratic) wrote this:
“The bills passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor are binding for our entire Commonwealth and its citizens.
The legal precedent we would set by allowing communities to selectively ignore those laws at will is alarming and indicative of the same mindset that nearly one hundred and fifty years ago led this country to dissolve into a civil war.”
I’m not even going to get into the absurdity of his statements; I’ll just focus on the fact that Virginia Democrats clearly recognize this very real threat of another civil war, right in their state, and yet they press on with trying to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens.
At this time, it is unclear exactly which gun control laws will be pushed forward come January, but several have already been introduced. Perhaps the biggest and most opposed was introduced by Senator Richard Saslaw, SB16.
This bill is an expansion of the term “assault firearm” and proposes a total ban on these firearms, including the commonly owned AR-15. It also limits the number of shotgun and rifle rounds civilian magazines can hold, to seven and ten, respectively.
The most controversial part of this bill? Current owners of the new and more broad definition of “assault firearms” will NOT be grandfathered in, which is typical of laws such as this.
This means that if passed, the government declares the right to confiscate ALL of these “assault firearms” in the state. If citizens are found to be in possession in this type of firearm, they face a Class 6 felony conviction, which allows for up to five years imprisonment.
Prince William County’s Chairman at-large, Corey Stewart remarked:
“The Attorney General is delusional if he thinks this is just some movement that’s been ginned up by the so-called gun lobby,” Stewart said. “This is a groundswell movement if there ever was one.”
The Attorney General, the Governor, and other democrats preparing to take office in January would do well to remember that.
“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves…and include all men capable of bearing arms.” Richard Henry Lee 1788