As Virginia Democrats get ready to declare war on Gun Owners, a battle is brewing throughout the state that echoes arguments that led to the American Revolution. Virginia Democrats are attempting to pass Senate Bill 16, which would ban commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, like the AR-15 and certain firearm magazines.
According to the NRA, the ban would even extend to common firearm parts. The restrictions included in the proposed legislation does not grandfather current owners. The legislation is clearly designed to be firearms confiscation, as current owners would be forced to dispossess themselves of their property or face a felony conviction.
But even more troubling is Governor Ralph (Blackface) Northam is preparing to jail gun owners that don’t comply.
The governor and his communist allies in the State Senate are pushing budget bill (HB30) which includes a quarter-million dollars for the “increase in the operating cost of adult correctional facilities resulting from the enactment” of Northam’s gun control measures. Yes, they are getting ready to put gun owners who don’t comply with gun bans in jail!
100 cities/counties across Virginia Declare themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries
In response to Democrat lawmakers who have threatened to use force to make Virginians comply with their draconian gun control measures, Gun owners are storming local government offices demanding that their government leaders establish sanctuaries for gun rights. So far it seems to be working!
100 counties, cities and towns throughout the stated have approved some type of resolution to become Second Amendment sanctuaries.
The resolutions vary throughout the state, but most of them declare the intention of local officials to oppose any “unconstitutional restrictions” on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. In the last two months, more than 100 counties, cities, and towns in Virginia have approved such resolutions.
Virginia Sherrif Says he will Deputize Residents
One Virginia sheriff has vowed to deputize thousands of county residents “to protect their constitutional right to own firearms.”
“Every Sheriff and Commonwealth Attorney in Virginia will see the consequences if our General Assembly passes further unnecessary gun restrictions,” Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins wrote on Facebook.
The Virginia Defense League and Gun Owners of America, the gun-rights group that is pushing the Second Amendment sanctuary movement sent a letter to their supporters urging them to resist any unconstitutional gun control law the General Assembly passes in the new session next year.
“It is apparent that AG Herring and Governor Ralph Northam believe that Virginia localities have a duty to actively assist the Commonwealth in the enforcement of any law enacted by the General Assembly. These officials appear to believe that such blind obedience is required irrespective of whether a law violates the U.S. Constitution, the Virginia Constitution, or is manifestly destructive of the preexisting rights of the People of Virginia,” the groups wrote. “This radical view is demonstrably false, and ignores the significance of the fact that local officials are required by law to take an oath to support the federal and state constitutions above the laws enacted by the General Assembly.”
Northam Threatens Law Enforcement
Northam threatened that any law enforcement agency that doesn’t comply and enforce his gun grab would see their funding or authority revoked. “If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be consequences, but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it,” Northam told reporters.
A few days later, Democrat Delegate Lee Carter of Manassas sponsored HB 67, which would apply to any law enforcement official, noting that those who “willfully refuses to perform the duties of his employment,” will be terminated and ineligible for future law enforcement employment for another year.
Virginia Democrats Threaten to use National Guard to go after Gun Owners
Rep. Donald McEachin made threats earlier this month saying the Virginia National Guard could be called in to enforce gun control laws. “And ultimately, I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law,” Rep. Donald McEachin said. “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.”
Gov. Northam warned there would be consequences for law enforcement who don’t enforce new gun legislation.
“If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be some consequences but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it,” Northam said.
The Virginia National Guard released the following official statement:
We have received multiple questions regarding proposed legislation for the 2020 General Assembly session and the authority of the Governor of Virginia to employ the Virginia National Guard in a law enforcement role.
We understand and respect the passion people feel for the U.S. Constitution and 2nd Amendment rights. We will not speculate about the possible use of the Virginia National Guard. I encourage everyone to be patient while we allow our elected officials to work through the legislative process. We have not received any requests from the Governor, or anyone on his staff, about serving in a law enforcement role related to any proposed legislation.
I expect our Soldiers, Airmen, and members of the Virginia Defense Force to be professional and respectful in their discussions about this subject. As private citizens, our personnel are free to express their opinions to their elected officials, but they should not engage in any political activity while in a uniformed status. We will provide regular updates when appropriate during the General Assembly session. Please utilize your chain of command to direct any questions or concerns to my office, and we will do our best to address them.
From the Adjutant General of Virginia: “We have received multiple questions regarding proposed legislation for the 2020 General Assembly session and the authority of the Governor of Virginia to employ the Virginia National Guard in a law enforcement role.— Va. National Guard (@VaNationalGuard) December 13, 2019
Militias Forming in Virginia
In some areas of Virginia, people are actually starting to form Militias. In fact, the Board of Supervisors in Tazewell County approved a resolution placing emphasis on citizens’ rights to form a militia.
Tazewell County, Virginia, is forming a militia to defend the Constitution and, specifically, the Second Amendment, in the now-deep blue state. Within hours, they were flooded with emails from people across the state who wanted to join. These included military veterans, officers, and other patriotic Americans.Independent Sentinel reports:
County Administrator Eric Young Said:
“Our position is that Article I, Section 13, of the Constitution of Virginia reserves the right to ‘order’ militia to the localities. Therefore, counties, not the state, determine what types of arms may be carried in their territory and by whom. So, we are ‘ordering’ the militia by making sure everyone can own a weapon.”
Thus, if anyone from the state tries to remove the Sheriff from their elected office because they refuse to enforce unjust laws, those state officials will be faced with a lawful militia composed of citizens within the state.
Caroline County Va Sheriff Tony Lippas comments on 2A. “I know the Sheriff can start a militia if need be.” #2A #Virginia #Constitution #liberty #wehaverights @TuckerCarlson pic.twitter.com/V2aab4DbpN— SirJames24820 (@james24820) December 12, 2019
List of Gun Sanctuaries in Virginia
Latest sanctuary map with Fauquier and Charles City counties. pic.twitter.com/f7Tl77F3AK— Phil Van Cleave VCDL (@VCDL_ORG) December 24, 2019