Second Amendment activists and supporters believe that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam continues to threaten their right to bear arms. Following a massive $1.5 million donation by way of Everytown for Gun Safety, the state of Virginia is now run by a Democratic majority. Clearly, this will make egregious gun law passage an easier play throughout the state.
County sheriffs are creating record amounts of gun sanctuaries throughout the state, a play on the “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants throughout the country. But heated exchanges between liberal politicians and second amendment supporters have inspired numerous theories of gun grabs. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring called sanctuary statuses “part of an effort by the gun lobby to stoke fear.”
Additionally, Alena Yarmosky, a spokesman for Northam, claims that another theory whereas the National Guard will be called in to assist in a gun grab is untrue. Northam has “absolutely no plans to call in the National Guard,” she said.
This morning, however, a Virginia 2A supporters are fielding a new perceived threat. Virginia’s most recent budget bill, HB30, allots $250,000 to assist in gun control enforcement.
HB30’s specific verbiage declares an “estimated net increase in the operating cost of adult correctional facilities resulting from the enactment of sentencing legislation as listed below.”
- Allow the removal of firearms from persons who pose substantial risk to them or others- $50,000
- Prohibit the sale, possession, transport of assault firearms, trigger activators and silencers- $50,000
- Increase the penalty for allowing a child to access unsecured firearms – $50,000
- Prohibit possession of firearms for persons subject to final orders of protection- $50,000
- Require background checks for all firearms sales- $50,000
The budget allocation seems to indicate a projected uptick in gun law violation arrests. The laws above are active, but more are coming, including bans on AR-15s. The law would be retroactive, meaning that all current AR-15 and semi-automatic rifle owners would be in violation of law. So if you own an “assault rifle,” it would be a Class 6 felony. Worse more, the law remains a bit vague on what is or isn’t an “assault rifle.” It also includes all parts associated with the gun, not just the portion which requires the background check. For example, using an AR-15, the lower portion which feeds the rifle requires a background check to purchase. But the upper, the barrel, the stock, etc., do not. If you are pulled over with a barrel or stock, you don’t possess a firearm, at least in most steps. Virginia is changing that law to include “all associated parts.”
A “Part or combination of parts” that could be converted into a semi-automatic “assault firearm” will be considered violations of the law.
Given the popularity of the AR-15, it isn’t difficult to see why more budget would be needed to effectively disarm, prosecute, and jail citizens.
You can view Virginia HB30 here.
Author: Jim Satney
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