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    Virginia Governor Announce Anti-Gun Legislation

    Virginia Governor Announce Anti-Gun Legislation
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    I have a number of friends who live in Virginia. They’re generally pro-gun politically, though only a few are gun people, per se. Unfortunately for them, they have Governor Ralph Northam.
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    The Democrat is now proposing a package of gun control legislation that he claims will make people’s lives better and safer, despite having done nothing of the kind anywhere else on the planet.
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    He said the package includes measures to require universal background checks; establish an Extreme Risk Protective Order; reinstate Virginia’s One Handgun a Month law; prohibit individuals subject to final protective orders from possessing firearms; ban assault firearms; prevent children from accessing firearms; and require individuals to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement.
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    “We lose too many Virginians each year to senseless gun violence, and it is time we take meaningful steps to protect the health and safety of our citizens,” said Governor Northam. “I look forward to opening a dialogue with the General Assembly on this legislative package of reasonable gun violence reforms, which appropriately balances Second Amendment Rights with public safety.”
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    The universal background check bill will close a loophole in Virginia law, and require background checks on all firearm sales, including private, or online sales.
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    Virginia’s one handgun a month law had been in effect for almost 20 years prior to its repeal in 2012.
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    Two lawmakers will sponsor legislation to reinstate the law.
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    Virginia has consistently been identified as a source state for crime guns recovered in other states, and this bill will help to prevent people from stockpiling firearms and transporting them for sale in other states, Northam claims.
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    Oh, holy crap.
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    First, the Second Amendment’s language is clear. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Just what the hell is a law that limits people to one handgun per month besides infringement? It doesn’t actually make anyone safer. Criminals will still get guns and use straw purchases, they’ll just have to enlist more people to help them.
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    Additionally, there’s no “loophole” that allows face-to-face transfers without a background check. That’s how the law is written because otherwise, people have difficulty selling their personal property. There’s also the little fact that background checks create paperwork, which becomes a de facto brand of registration.
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    In other words, it’s not a loophole when it’s part of how the law was designed to function.
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    Northam is looking to restrict it because he labors under the delusion that background checks stop criminals from getting guns. They don’t. Instead, it just creates headaches for the good guys and hoops they have to jump through to buy or sell a firearm.
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    There’s nothing that Northam is proposing that will make anyone safer. The only potential one might be the extreme risk protective orders, but as we’ve already seen, lawmakers are making these way too vague and not providing adequate protection for the rights of gun owners. These are going to be used to punish people over personal disagreements. It’s not going to stop horrific events from taking place.
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    If Northam actually cared about that, he’d be trying to look at what mass shooters and violent criminals have in common, then trying to address those factors.

    Instead, he’s just going through what sure as hell looks like the standard gun control dance steps, as prescribed by the Democratic National Committee. The same ones that have never worked.
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    Read More: https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2019/0...NDpM4raQiTdh5I
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    My Thoughts:
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    Thank goodness the Republicans still control the house in VA.
    The only easy day was yesterday
    Dedicated to my brother in law who died
    doing what he loved being a Navy SEAL

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    Va. Governor’s Gun-Confiscation Proposal Could Affect Millions of Residents
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    Ban on possession of 'assault firearms' would affect 'most firearms' currently sold, industry group says
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    BY: Stephen Gutowski
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    The plan to ban the sale and possession of certain kinds of firearms proposed by Virginia governor Ralph Northam (D.) could affect millions of gun owners, an industry group said on Friday.
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    The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents gun manufacturers and dealers, said the vague description of the legislation released by Northam on Jan. 4 would apply to most firearms currently on sale in the commonwealth.
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    "The legislative proposals being discussed would put most firearms beyond the reach of law-abiding Virginians who choose the firearms of their choice to protect themselves, hunt, and practice recreational target shooting," said Lawrence G. Keane, the group's general counsel. "That could potentially impact the availability of tens of millions of firearms."
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    While short on details, Northam's announcement said part of the proposed gun-control package would ban the "sale, purchase, possession, and transport" of undefined "assault firearms" including "any firearm that is equipped with a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition." Since the vast majority of semiautomatic handguns and rifles in the state are sold standard with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, it appears the proposed ban would affect most firearms on sale in Virginia. Additionally, the announcement of the ban did not include mention of any grandfathering to allow what NSSF estimated would be millions of Virginians who already own such firearms to legally keep them.
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    The governor's office did not respond to multiple requests for more details on his proposed ban and confiscation plan or answer questions on how such a plan would be enforced.
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    Republican leadership of Virginia's legislature indicated they would oppose Northam's gun-control push. "The @vahousegop will steadfastly fight to defend the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens from far-left gun control proposals this session," Kirk Cox, the Republican speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates, said on Twitter last week.
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    Republicans currently control both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates but only by the slimmest of margins: one vote in the house and two in the senate.
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    The National Rifle Association and Virginia Citizens Defense League said they would fight to prevent the new gun ban and confiscation effort from becoming law.
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    "Virginians want elected officials to address the root causes of violent crime and find solutions that will save lives instead of pursuing gun-control policies that criminals will not follow and will make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves," Catherine Mortensen, spokesperson for the NRA's Institute of Legislative Action, told the Free Beacon. "This latest gun-control agenda is being pushed by politicians who would rather score political points than tackle the tough issues related to violent crime."
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    "None of the gun bills that Governor Northam is pushing will make Virginians any safer," Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, explained to the Free Beacon. "But they would go a long way into turning law-abiding Virginia citizens into inadvertent criminals."
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    The NSSF similarly called such a ban ineffective and advocated instead for Virginia to focus on solving firearms thefts from gun dealers and better enforcing current law.
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    "Proposals to ban firearms based on arbitrary cosmetic features has proven to be an ill-advised way to legislate for public safety," Keane told the Free Beacon. "The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban showed no impact on reducing crime or violence over its 10 years of existence, and in fact, as ownership of modern sporting rifles increased since the ban expired, crime has fallen precipitously. Efforts would be better served in enforcing existing laws, including reducing the rate of thefts and burglaries at firearms retailers in the Old Dominion."
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    Read More: https://freebeacon.com/issues/va-gov...K_zaLIFUzCPVog
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    My Thoughts:
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    Typical Democrat
    The only easy day was yesterday
    Dedicated to my brother in law who died
    doing what he loved being a Navy SEAL

  4. OPS,
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    Do you have a pretty collection? Valuables? Some to pass down to the kids? Do you keep them nicely polished and locked safely out of reach?
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    What good are guns these days?
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    Most people (even republicans) rely on government nowadays. The government has great military, can build big beautiful walls, soon everybody will be tracked via rfid.
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    Seriously. Nobody even defends their own Property anymore. Certainly not from the Feds. Sure, a 22 would be suitable for an apartment or even around the house. But militias in this day and age? Property Rights to hold and protect? Those concepts are so outdated there is no need for guns anymore.

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