Virginia Gun Owners! Terry McAuliffe Wants to Ban Guns Using ‘Public Health Crisis’

You won’t find a more radical gun control plan than Terry McAuliffe’s. (Photo: Public Domain)

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe wants to crack down on gun owners by declaring “gun violence” a “public health crisis.”

McAuliffe is running neck and neck with his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, and the results of this race could have far-reaching effects on the gun-owning community in the state.

A loss would undoubtedly result in an “assault weapon” ban, which failed to garner enough support last year to pass the Democrat-controlled legislature. McAuliffe also plans to ban standard capacity magazines, homemade firearms, and openly carried firearms.

Most concerning, however, is his apparent desire to take a page from the COVID-19 handbook and use a “public health crisis” to ram down gun control policies without the approval of the legislature.

McAuliffe wants to use this alleged public health emergency to create a “Virginia Office of Gun Violence Prevention” to “collect and synthesize research, develop a statewide framework for preventing gun violence, and coordinate with other state and local agencies to save lives.”

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Background check laws would also be “strengthened” under McAuliffe’s plan. The Virginia General Assembly passed a universal background check law last year, but McAuliffe wants to go even further.

“Now that Virginia has required background checks on all gun sales, we must expand the law to cover transfers of ownership. It’s simple. If you want to give a gun to a friend, the person receiving it should have to undergo a background check,” McAuliffe writes. He also plans to “further explore the possibility” of waiting periods and a permit-to-purchase requirement.

In addition, the would-be governor wants to close the “hate crime loophole” by prohibiting those who commit these crimes from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. McAuliffe claims that 185 hate crimes were reported in 2019 but does not say how many of those reports were verified, prosecuted, or convicted.

Larry Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation sounded the alarm about McAuliffe’s “public health” scheme for Virginia gun policy.

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“McAuliffe’s gun control plan doesn’t sound like much of a plan. It is an excuse to infringe on Virginians’ constitutionally protected gun rights of those who obey the law and ignores failing policies that defunded police and let criminals run rampant with no accountability,” Keane says.

The upcoming election will be the greatest test so far of the Second Amendment sanctuary movement that swept the state after the Democrats gained complete control of the Assembly in 2019. As GunsAmerica reported at the time, gun owners descended on their town and county council meetings and turned 91 of 95 counties into Second Amendment sanctuaries.

According to the latest polling, McAuliffe holds a slim 3.4-point lead over Youngkin, well within the margin of error for most polls.

If Virginia gun owners show up to the polls in force, they could sway this election in Youngkin’s favor.

Voting opens on Nov. 2, 2021.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Timothy Yates October 19, 2021, 8:33 pm

    If Turdy becomes Governor, and his ideology and “wish list” come true it will lead to a lot of deaths in VA. Blood will be on his hands.

  • Carlos October 19, 2021, 6:00 pm

    That’s how communist do, dissarm the Citizens, to control, Never surrender your Freedom. God Bless the USA.

  • oldfuzz695 October 16, 2021, 10:36 am

    McAuliffe would kiss Hildabeast’s…..ring in front of the U.S. Capitol with a brass band playing Dixie.

  • Oliver October 16, 2021, 4:46 am

    I predict that McAuliffe will win the election because the electoral process is permanently corrupt. No Republican will win an election again.

  • John B October 15, 2021, 5:56 pm

    Virginia gun owners must show up to vote this time around. Last time they didn’t and got a Bloomberg b*tch in Northam. McAuffie is a communist nutjob.

  • John B October 15, 2021, 5:55 pm

    Hopefully Virginia gun owners will show up to vote this time around. Last time they didn’t and got a Bloomberg b*tch in Northam. McAuffie is a communist nutjob.

  • Jack B October 15, 2021, 1:32 pm

    So, what’s the difference between McCauliffe and any other communist dictator, other than he isn’t currently in office?

  • Boz October 15, 2021, 12:09 pm

    IiberaIism is a pubIc heaIth crisis!

  • John Boutwell October 15, 2021, 10:41 am

    Want to lessen gun violence?
    Place minority children in 2 parent homes and teach them right from wrong.

  • Tarheel October 15, 2021, 8:02 am

    The actual health care crisis will arise when good people can no longer defend themselves against those that pay no attention to laws anyway. A quick look at any major city run by liberals and the numbers of innocent people killed by miscreants. One only has to read the federalist papers to understand why we have a second amendment. However totalitarians like McAuliffe hide all this promising safety and security which of course they can never supply while at the same time insuring complete obedience from the unarmed populace. The history of EVERY SINGLE COMMUNIST country was started in such away. If one thinks this asshat is not a communist, just look at how he is attacking parents at school board meetings calling them domestic terrorist and bringing down the full weight of the justice dept. upon the outspoken.

  • Robert Frasconi October 15, 2021, 7:52 am

    Terry McAuliffe is an enemy domestic.

  • Steve bernardo October 15, 2021, 7:51 am

    Keep Digging that Hole dude!! Cant wait to see VA turn RED

  • Christopher R Cherry October 15, 2021, 5:16 am

    If the four states can come together and share information on guns used in crimes, they can form the same allegiance to protect the constitution and allow reciprocity of the neighboring states ccw permits with the same access and information.

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