After Peaceful Virginia Rally, State Legislators Plan to Go Ahead with Gun Control Plans

After the peaceful and clean pro-gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia state legislators say they plan to enact gun control laws anyway. An estimated 22,000 or more gun-rights protesters rallied on and around the capitol on Monday.

“I was prepared to see a whole lot more people show up than actually did and I think it’s an indication that a lot of this rhetoric is bluster, quite frankly,” said anti-gun activist Chris Hurst reports ABC 13.

In light of their plans to push forward with a long list of anti-gun legislation, cities and counties all across Virginia say they will not enforce any of the new laws, with leaders and sheriffs declaring their jurisdictions “Second Amendment sanctuaries.”

One person was charged with violating a prohibition on face coverings on Lobby Day. Mikaela E. Beschler, 21, was charged with wearing a mask in public. There were no other charges or conflicts.

After the protest, rallygoers stayed behind to clean up the area. “We want to show an example to everyone else,” said Elyas Christley to CBS 6. “This is how you protest peacefully.”

“We are going to package this up and put it in [Governor] Ralph Northam’s mailbox,” Christley added.

Speaking at the rally, Culpeper Sheriff Scott Jenkins said he will evaluate the news laws (if passed) to interpret their constitutionality himself before acting on or enforcing any of them.

Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan and deputies joined the protest. (Photo: Grayson County Sheriffs Office/Facebook)

“I’m the first, and I might be the only sheriff who said from the beginning, my intent was [not] to not enforce laws duly enacted, my intent was to swear in thousands of deputy sheriffs and make it legal for them to possess weapons that they’re trying to ban and restrict,” said Jenkins to WJLA. “I’m sworn to uphold the Constitution, and that’s what I intend to do.”

“If the bills go through as proposed, they will not be enforced,” said Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan. “They are unconstitutional. We support upholding the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia. That’s what we will do.”

In advance of the rally, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency to force a ban on carrying weapons in public during Lobby Day. In response many protesters set up just outside the protest area, completely surrounding it.

See Also: VCDL to Sue Gov. Northam, Dems Propose 10 Percent Ammo and Gun Tax

State Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement to law enforcement officers on Second Amendment sanctuaries, saying “It is my opinion that these resolutions have no legal effect. It is my further opinion that localities and local constitutional officers cannot nullify state laws and must comply with gun violence prevention measures.”

Some of the proposed new gun control bills include mandatory background checks for all gun transfers, a red flag law, and gun purchasing limits within a 30 day period.

Also following the rally legislators are proposing to criminalize speech criticizing the governor.

“The governor and the leadership of the democrats have declared war on law-abiding citizens and gun owners and their votes today just confirmed that that’s where we’re going,” said Philip Van Cleave, President of Virginia Citizens Defense League.

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  • Rivahmitch February 7, 2020, 2:40 pm

    Remember the rare wisdom of JFK when he said “Those who make peaceful change impossible will make violent revolution inevitable”. A governor who kills defenseless infants wants to make adult citizens equally defenseless… what could possible go wrong? ” Is life so dear or peace so sweet…..?”Patrick Henry was right…MOLON LABE!!

  • Nobody January 27, 2020, 12:51 am

    I’ve always said that the psychos that were shooting-up the schools, churches, malls and theaters were killing the wrong people…

  • IPDAILY January 24, 2020, 6:59 pm

    Why on earth would anyone ever vote for a Demonrat. They are all liars and thieves. Once they obtain power they use that political power to crush the little guy. Always trying to rewrite our constitution. Take our rights away or take our firearms away. They legislate what light bulb we can use in our home. what amount of water toilets use per flush these things seem small, but are only a narrow view of all the regulation coming out of Washington everyday This all seems trivial by comparison to losing our firearms. I believe they are not, it’s all connected, we are being taxed on everything and regulated on most things Americans are becoming less free everyday this is the demonrats plan for all of us. It will be the death of our nation the demonrats are utilizing death by a million cuts or boil a frog. One day we will wake up and wonder what happened to our freedoms.

  • Michael J January 24, 2020, 2:43 pm

    Politicians and their bureaucrats once elected serve only themselves and their sponsors. We aren’t surprised that its business as usual are we?

  • s220 January 24, 2020, 1:26 pm

    The Liberal Democratic mayor’s in Philadelphia and elsewhere have made their cities into Sanctuary havens that protect illegals from being deported by ICE. Why can’t Virginian’s get 2A protection from these Democrats by proclaiming their counties 2A Sanctuary’s? I don’t get it. Democrats don’t want to abide by Federal Laws and get away with it, yet they don’t want to recognize these 2A counties?

  • SeppW January 24, 2020, 1:12 pm

    The other problem is Republican’s and the RNC allowed the Dems/Libs to flip the state legislature. Nothing will never happen until the congressional districting is fixed. Liberals, an invasive species, has infested Northern VA and until it’s fixed they will hold onto the executive and legislative branches. For all I know they own the judiciary too.

    Even my county, much to my chagrin, was flipped, except the sheriff and he only won by the slimmest of margin.

  • Someolboy January 24, 2020, 1:00 pm

    “Do Nothing Democrats” as Hannity says, waste your money, allow in illegals, put more people on welfare, what have the Do Nothing Democrats done for you? For the people they supposedly serve? Everybody needs to wake up and see the bigger picture – The USA is going away, traditional values, your way of life, your ability to make a living, how so you say? Once this country has enough immigrants, how do you think they are going to vote? How are millions of voting immigrants going to affect your vote? How are you going to find work when an immigrant will do it for $5 an hour? Please think about it and just look at the Southern half of California as an example. This is where your Democrats are taking us – fair warning…

  • Michael 5 January 24, 2020, 12:23 pm

    Politicians and their bureaucrats once elected serve only themselves and their sponsors. We aren’t surprised that its business as usual are we?

  • Norm Fishler January 24, 2020, 11:46 am

    Did ANY of you expect that this rally would change anybody’s mind?

  • Tom January 24, 2020, 11:19 am

    Remember folks . . . ALL OF YOU “MODERATES” who voted for Bill Clinton brought us this mess. Clinton played politics and made SURE that his waterboy, Terry McAullfe became governor by finding a “libertarian” to run and split the republican ticket. After two terms from a liberal governor, VA is done. The democrats will gerrymander and change things forever UNLESS lazy republicans get off their butts and vote.

  • Zupglick January 24, 2020, 10:45 am

    The Socialists want to disarm the people so they can have their slaves back.
    They don’t care what color the slaves are.

  • Dexter Winslett January 24, 2020, 10:23 am

    They need to arm themselves and water the Tree Of Liberty.

  • Kimberpross January 24, 2020, 10:17 am

    It would be nice if the citizens of Virginia will see through this guy and vote out the cancer that has manifested their capital. Not only are the legislators attacking the 2A they are proposing to attack the 1A as well. I wonder what other freedoms and liberty they feel the citizens of Virginia do not need? If ever their was a case for a recall or an impeachment, here it is.

    • Tom January 24, 2020, 11:25 am

      Problem is that Virginia is turning into New Jersey. Literally, right before our eyes. Most all of the suburbanites have no need for that “scary black rifle” and they don’t care either about magazine capacity. They don’t think that these things matter so they vote for the “progressive” ticket.

      Folks, ANYTHING emanating from today’s democrat party Is traitorous and worthy of a flush. If you are a democrat or support this “party” in any way, YOU are part of the problem.

  • D.J. January 24, 2020, 9:43 am

    ” Proposing laws to criminalize speech criticizing the governor . ”

    Any of that sound familiar ?
    Nazi Germany , communist China , the Soviet Union , Cuba , etc . ?

    Anyone ?

    Really , it sounds like totalitarian authority to me . Can anyone justify
    electing an individual that violates their oath of office , defies the
    Constitution , commits treason ?

    Shameful !

    • Tom January 24, 2020, 11:28 am

      Yep. Its sad though that so many simply don’t see this or care. This “war of Northam Aggression” will not end well.

  • John W. Raccasi January 24, 2020, 9:34 am

    Criminalize criticizing speech, who do these corn holes think they are !?!

  • Marshall January 24, 2020, 6:58 am

    So, an anti-gun activist [Chris Hurst], thinks pro 2A rhetoric is “bluster” because ONLY 22k people showed up to protest? On a MONDAY, DURING business hours…? He does know, that most people have to work, right?

  • Robert Frasconi January 24, 2020, 6:36 am

    Upon the governor making war upon the people merely exercising their inherent rights, the president of the united States (small “u” intended) must arrest the governor on charges of treason.

    The governor and any accessory to the crime of treason, including the state AG, legislators, military personnel, and law enforcement who aid and abet this war against the people and their inherent rights, must also be tried as the treasonous war criminals by this unconstitutional war action

    Upon conviction, televised public hangings must be held so that the maximal deterrent effects of the consequences for treason (I.e., making war against the people) are communicated with such utmost clarity that even the mentally-deranged, Communist, Neo-Bolshevik billionaires who are funding this Bolshevik Revolution 2.0 will receive the message.

    Don’t Tread On Me!

  • Jon January 24, 2020, 5:09 am

    The number of 22000 is a joke. That crowd was massive and was easily four times the 22000 number. I’m praying the courts do their jobs and stave off war.

    If Northam and his kind are willing to murder a new born baby, what do you think they will do to us that don’t agree when they’ve finally disarmed us?

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