The National Association for Gun Rights, reported on a recent victory that gun owners scored against anti-gun Governor Ralph Northam, the same governor who BLP exposed for either wearing blackface or a KKK hood in medical school.
The Virginia General Assembly came into session on July 9, 2019 to address the issue of gun control, but ultimately shutdown all discussions the same day. Gun owners caught a break when no gun control measures went to Northam’s desk.
The National Association for Gun Rights had staff present in Richmond for the special session delivering thousands of petitions from pro-gun Virginians to their elected officials. These petitions were designed to urge lawmakers to oppose Northam’s gun control schemes.
Staff from a gun rights organization skyrocketing in membership, the American Firearms Coalition, confronted Northam directly as he scurried away to avoid their questioning.
Gun owners dodged the proverbial bullet when gun control died on arrival. The Virginia legislature will not meet again until November 18th.
After the regular session of the Virginia General Assembly, committees in both the House and Senate came together to refer a slew of gun control bills to the Virginia State Crime Commission.
The State Crime Commission is comprised of members from both the House and Senate, as well as individuals appointed by the Executive branch. This body does not have legislative or regulatory power, and only has the authority to make recommendations to the Virginia General Assembly provided that they have the majority of the legislative members of the commission onboard.
Republicans have slim majorities in both the House and Senate as well as majority legislative control on the State Crime Commission.
Northam was obviously dealt a major blow when all his gun control schemes were killed on July 9.
But he wasn’t the only one that saw his image tarnished.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment took heat from his own caucus after filing a gun control bill right before the special session kicked off.
As a result, Republican Senator Bill Stanley resigned as Senate Majority Whip right after Norment filed his gun control bill.
After tremendous pressure placed by groups like NAGR and the American Firearms Coalition, Norment abruptly withdrew his bill and declared that he won’t support “any measure that restricts the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” according to a report from WDBJ 7.
Norment quickly rescinded his bill and stated that he won’t support “any measure that restricts the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” according to WDBJ 7.
That being said, the fight to preserve gun rights in Virginia is far from over.
As the upcoming general election approaches, Democrats are looking to take complete control of the General Assembly to make sure that Virginia falls even further in those rankings.
Should they control all branches of the government, Democrats will work with Northam to carry out all of his proposals in 2020.
For that reason, NAGR is “keeping a close eye on the Virginia State Crime Commission and is working on a battle plan to expose anti-gun politicians and lobby candidates for office in support of the Second Amendment in the days leading up to the elections this fall.”
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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