On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam unveiled his final list of gun control measures that he wants legislators to put forward during the special session of the General Assembly.
The special session starts next week.
After the Virginia Beach municipal building massacre, the Democratic Governor called a special session of the General Assembly, which starts on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. The Republican governor rolled out several gun control proposals.
Northam declared, “Now is the time to act — Virginians deserve votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers,” Northam said in a statement. “I urge the members of the General Assembly to engage in a thorough, meaningful discussion about these proposed bills and to allow every member to cast their votes on the floor.”
The Virginia governor is proposing the latest trends that gun controllers have been pushing for nationwide.
Northam wants Virginia to enact universal background checks, assault weapons bans, and high-capacity magazine bans. On top of that, Northam would like to have Virginia join the accessory ban craze by banning bump stocks and silencers. Northam also desires to bring back Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month law, mandate that lost and stolen firearms be reported to police within 24 hours, and enable municipalities to enact firearm ordinances that are stricter than state law, such as regulating firearms within municipal buildings. He also wants to stiffen the penalty for people who violate so-called “safe storage” law.
Last but not certainly least, Northam wants to implement “red flag” gun confiscation orders, which allow law enforcement or prosecutors to petition judges to seize legally owned guns if someone is allegedly a threat to themselves or others.
Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly have yet to release a set of proposals, but House Speaker Kirk Cox intends to introduce legislation that places tougher penalties, which includes mandatory minimums—against offenders of gun control laws.
Republicans only have narrow majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. So, it could take only a handful of legislators to sell out and ultimately let gun control pass. The House Speaker’s initial statements should have gun rights advocates worried. Instead of actually pushing measures that would enhance gun rights or at least roadblock gun control, Cox has indirectly shifted the goal post towards pro-gun control talking points.
On paper, it at least looks like gun control is dead in the water in the Virginia General Assembly due to its political makeup.
Smith & Wesson Stepping Up Production to Meet Record Setting Astronomical Demand for New Guns
They’re stepping up production.
One of the biggest gun manufacturers in the United States is pledging to step up gun production as demand for new firearms soars to astronomical proportions. Smith & Wesson is pledging to boost their manufacturing to “maximum capacity” to meet unprecedented demand.
Gun sales in 2020 have crushed the records set in any previous year by a hefty margin, with the combination of the coronavirus and nationwide race riots aided and abetted by the Democratic Party serving to convince millions of Americans who have never owned guns before that they need to arm themselves.
“As we’ve seen before during these surge periods, these results reflect that despite our record numbers in market share growth, consumer demand for our products during the quarter still exceeded our internal manufacturing capacity levels,” said Mark Smith, CEO of the firearms company that was founded in 1852, in a call on Thursday. “We’re continuing to ramp up…. We’re going to go to maximum capacity.”
The company moved almost 600,000 guns from a period between May and July, smashing its records and depleting its existing inventory of newly manufactured guns.
“When we get into these surge environments like this, and as you can see from the [gun background check numbers] we’ve never seen one quite this high, the demand in the industry just outstrips the industry’s ability to supply,” Smith said. “And we’re no different. You can look at the inventory numbers from us and from some of the other firearms, retailers, and manufacturers, and I think we’re just out of inventory.”
Elevating existing manufacturing levels could prove critical to lowering surging prices for firearms, as retailers are unable to match demand. Ammunition continues to sell for record-setting prices, signaling a need for ammunition manufacturers to meet sky-high demand as well.
Smith and Wesson manufacturers a wide variety of popular civilian firearms, including AR-15 style rifles, a multitude of pistols and revolvers, and .22 rimfire rifles.
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