With democrats in full control of the state of Virginia, the first order of business was decreasing the citizens’ constitutional rights and safety by imposing a stringent set of new anti-gun laws, touted as ‘violence prevention bills.’
The bills now headed to the Senate for further action and amendments (with vote results in parentheses) include:
- A return to Virginia’s one-handgun-per-month purchase limit (53-47). [This limits the Second Amendment right for law-abiding citizens, restricting their access to legitimate products.]
- Expanded background check requirements to cover even private gun sales (54-46). [It’s anyone’s guess how background checks will be performed by private citizens, so many experts argue that this is a clear attack on gun owners, in order to prevent the transfer of firearms.]
- A “red flag” law to allow the temporary removal of guns from someone shown to pose a threat to themselves or others (52-46). [Red Flag laws, as they are commonly known, are used against law-abiding citizens to strip them of due process. Essentially, nearly anyone can make a ‘claim’ against someone else (like the lady in Colorado who was just charged with perjury for trying to have someone’s guns confiscated by the government) and the gun owner loses all Second Amendment rights until that person can prove to the court system that he or she is not a threat. This is blatantly unconstitutional, many people argue, and should be challenged in court.]
- A requirement that most lost or stolen firearms be reported to police within 24 hours of learning the gun is missing (55-44). [Again, why does this need to be a law? Gun owners typically report stolen weapons immediately, but this could be a way to ensure that gun owners are penalized if they stored the gun ‘improperly.’]
- An expansion of the types of protective orders that automatically prohibit a person from carrying a gun (56-42). [No specifics here, because many on the left do not want citizens to understand the depth of the intrusive and restrictive laws that are being passed.]
- Making it illegal to recklessly leave a loaded, unsecured gun in a manner that endangers the life or limb of someone age 18 or younger (an expansion of current law, which applies to minors 14 and younger). The bill also would raise the penalty from a Class 3 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony (54-46).
- Allowing local governments to enact gun possession and transportation regulations that are more restrictive than state or federal law (50-48).[Basically, this gives the state of Virginia the power to pass even more unconstitutional laws restricting and regulating gun ownership.]
Most Republicans opposed all of the bills, expressing concerns about gun rights.
The Virginia Senate, also now controlled by Democrats, have passed a number of similar measures already this session.
Many people argue that the reason guns are so terrifying to the elite ruling class is that they ensure the protection of all other individual liberties and tyrannical governmental abuse.