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Alexandria, Virginia is Creating Safe Spaces for Criminals

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Even after Virginia passed an orgy of gun control measures in the recent session of its legislature, municipal governments have continued to press the issue.

Alexandria Mayor Justin M. Wilson and the City Council took advantage of HB421/SB35, a bill signed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on April 22md which weakens the state firearms preemption measures currently in place.

In other words, localities now have more leeway in prohibiting the possession, carry, or transportation of firearms in several locations.

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The NRA-ILA highlighted some of the locations covered under this law:

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(i) in any building, or part thereof, owned or used by such locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality, for governmental purposes; 

(ii) in any public park owned or operated by the locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality; 

(iii) in any recreation or community center facility operated by the locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality; or 

(iv) in any public street, road, alley, or sidewalk or public right-of-way or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public and is being used by or is adjacent to a permitted event or an event that would otherwise require a permit.

The gun rights advocacy organization also brought attention to what local officials in Alexandria have been planning for the past few weeks::

On June 4th, the city manager presented the mayor and city council with legislation in the form of File #20-0902​. With the intent of restricting firearms as much as state law permits, the proposed legislation changes the city code to prohibit firearms in all of the locations listed under the amended preemption statute. Even law-abiding citizens with a Virginia concealed handgun permit would be prohibited from carrying a firearm for self-defense in these locations. Those found in violation of the proposed prohibitions would face up to a year imprisonment and a $2,500 fine.

On June 22, 2020, the Alexandria City Council finally passed an ordinance to ban firearms on all public property.

The law goes into effect on July 1 and bans firearms and ammunition from all facilities and parks in the city.

Virginia is clearly moving in an anti-gun direction and it does not look like it will be changing course anytime soon.

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The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him

Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.

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President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.

On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.

The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. But Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”

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In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”

“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.

Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.

Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.

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