As you may have heard, Virginia Democrats have promised to pass new gun-control legislation in 2020.
And as you also may have heard, this flagrant assault on the 2A rights of Virginians has created a groundswell of backlash as more than 75 of the state’s 95 counties have passed resolutions declaring themselves, “Second Amendment Sanctuaries,” meaning they will not observe nor enforce any law that infringes on one’s right to keep and bear arms.
This face-off between pro-gun forces at the municipal and grassroots level and their anti-gun opposition in the Legislature raises an obvious question, who wins when the rubber meets the road? Say the Dems do pass all eight proposals (see list below), what happens when a large percentage of the population does not come to heel.
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said while there will not be “retaliation” there will be “consequences” for those who openly flout the law.
“There’s not going to be retaliation. That’s not what I’m about. I’m about making Virginia safer,” said Northam on Wednesday.
“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,” he continued. “But I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it.”
Gov. Northam did no spell out exactly what he meant by consequences. He did clarify that he would not confiscate firearms under the proposed ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
“We’re not going to take people’s guns away,” said the governor.
Democratic Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin (4th District) did have some ideas as to what those consequences could be. One way to get counties to fall in line is to cut funding; another, he said, was to bring in the national guard.
“They certainly risk funding, because if the sheriff’s department is not going to enforce the law, they’re going to lose money. The counties’ attorneys offices are not going to have the money to prosecute because their prosecutions are going to go down,” he told the Washington Examiner.
“And ultimately, I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law,” he continued. “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.”
Bringing in the National Guard to quell the resistance and arrest citizens who violate these unconstitutional measures would be a disaster. Let us hope that Northam has more sense than that. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
The list of proposed gun control from local news affiliate WSET:
- Legislation requiring background checks on all firearms sales and transactions. The bill mandates that any person selling, renting, trading, or transferring a firearm must first obtain the results of a background check before completing the transaction.
- Legislation banning dangerous weapons. This will include bans on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, bump stocks and silencers.
- Legislation to reinstate Virginia’s successful law allowing only one handgun purchase within a 30-day period.
- Legislation requiring that lost and stolen firearms be reported to law enforcement within 24 hours.
- Legislation creating an Extreme Risk Protective Order, allowing law enforcement and the courts to temporarily separate a person from firearms if the person exhibits dangerous behavior that presents an immediate threat to self or others.
- Legislation prohibiting all individuals subject to final protective orders from possessing firearms. The bill expands Virginia law which currently prohibits individuals subject to final protective orders of family abuse from possessing firearms.
- Legislation enhancing the punishment for allowing access to loaded, unsecured firearm by a child from a Class 3 Misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony. The bill also raises the age of the child from 14 to 18.
- Legislation enabling localities to enact any firearms ordinances that are stricter than state law. This includes regulating firearms in municipal buildings, libraries and at permitted events.