Virginia’s Second Amendment sanctuary movement has shifted its focus on fighting Democrat Governor Ralph Northam’s $4.8 million plan to enforce an “assault weapons” ban.
This plan will have an 18-officer team attempt to enforce this ban.
Two grassroots groups sent out alerts this week to inform Virginia gun owners about four budget hearings that took place on Thursday, January 2, 2020. They asked their members to get their elected officials’ perspective on banning or confiscating weapons.
“We understand that this is short notice. But it would have a significant impact if many of our members could show up and make a 3-minute statement and ask questions of the legislators in attendance,” stated the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
“We see in the governor’s proposed budget that he wants $4 million and 18 new law-enforcement positions to enforce a ban on commonly-owned firearms,” said Erich Pratt, Gun Owners of America senior vice president.
“Gun owners want to know: Is this money going to be used for the gun confiscation?” he continued.
Both groups have played a major role in catalyzing the Second Amendment sanctuary movement ever since Governor Northam promised to push forward comprehensive gun control legislation after Democrats scored major victories during the 2019 elections. Democrats now control all branches of the Virginia state government.
These results caught gun owners off-guard, which then prompted them to flood town and county meetings to push sanctuary resolutions that ignore state-level gun control.
So far, 91 percent of all state counties have passed such resolutions.
In two weeks, these groups plan to bus in thousands of gun owners as a part of a “lobby day” in Richmond in order to prevent gun control from being passed.
On the other hand, gun controllers are working around the clock to push for gun control, which includes enhanced background checks and a ban on certain sporting weapons such as AR-15 rifles and pistols.
In addition to the $4.8 million for an 18-person assault weapons ban enforcement team, Northam’s budget includes $2 million to hire 10 more people to carry out other gun control measures, which include universal background checks, a one-gun purchase per month limit, and red flag gun confiscation orders.
“We need to get as many pro-gun Virginians as possible to attend these meetings and demand to know if the delegates and senators plan to allocate money — as delineated in budget — to confiscate common, household firearms from Virginia citizens,” VCDL wrote in their email alert.
The fate of Virginia gun laws is definitely up in the air.
However, Democrats are serious when they threaten to push policies like gun control.
The next session of the Virginia General Assembly will likely be the most heated in recent memory.
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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