Up until quite recently, Virginia was a very solid 2A state.
Of course, they have oddities like the law that requires the “Virginia Tuck,” a law that states that you can carry in a bar, but only if your firearm is plainly visible. (So concealed carry people tuck their shirt behind the holster to be compliant.)
It is silly and odd, but not actively harmful. Well, it looks like this is changing in a big way.
Why The Need for Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions?
The recent statewide elections in Virginia have changed the face of the legislature. Virginia already voted in Governor Northam in a previous election cycle.
Now, through the direct actions of Mike Bloomberg and his over-financing of local political candidates, the Democrats have achieved significant margins in both houses of the legislature. This has put Northam’s gun control agenda on the fast track.
Let’s take a closer look at a couple of the bills being considered.
“The bill prohibits a dealer from selling, renting, trading, or transferring from his inventory an assault firearm to any person. It also prohibits any person from importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, or transporting an assault firearm.” Doing so is a felony.
If this passes, it means none of these types of guns can be sold or owned. They define “assault firearm” as any gun with a 10-round (or larger) magazine, or a shotgun capable of holding seven rounds or more.
In other words: almost every semi-auto rifle or pistol and lots of bolt-action guns. There is no grandfather clause, so this MUST be enforced with confiscation.
“Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm…”
This makes carry permit classes, any kind of shooting or tactical class or even training your children or spouse to shoot a felony. More from this bill:
“Assembles with one or more persons with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm…
This will be later defined as “open carry is intimidation.” It will immediately be used to stop protests and anti-protests by people who are openly or concealed carrying.
This goes beyond the 2A. This makes you have to choose between exercising the First or Second Amendment. That’s why several counties are considering Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions.
What Are Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions?
These bills are being countered by a large groundswell of support at the local level for the Second Amendment. Many sheriffs and county boards have declared their counties “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.”
The Sheriff’s have publicly refused to enforce new laws they see as unconstitutional. In many instances, the county board of supervisors has passed laws criminalizing enforcement of laws deemed to be unconstitutional by the sheriff.
Virginia has 95 counties and 39 independent cities that also act as counties. Of those, more than 40 have taken a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” stance.
We still have to see if the bills pass. Then, if they do, how strongly the sanctuary efforts are when the rubber has to hit the road. It certainly looks like the D.C. metroplex counties may need to be detached from the rest of Virginia.
A similar situation happened with West Virginia in 1861.
What are your thoughts on these bills and second amendment sanctuary resolutions? Let us know in the comments below.