It Begins: Virginia Judge Rules No Guns Allowed At Pro-Gun Rally — In Open-Carry State

(Gateway Pundit) – Democrats took over both chambers of the Virginia legislature in November, and as expected, they’re pushing anti-gun laws through as quickly as they can.

On Thursday, lawmakers in the state Senate passed an the first pair of bills in a wave of gun-control legislation that is set to come up for votes. One bill would restore the state’s previous one-handgun-a-month rule, while the second would allow local governments to ban guns in public buildings, parks and at permitted events — including political protests. The vote was straight party line, 21-19.

Democrats have also proposed an assault weapons ban, red flag laws and universal background checks.

Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam immediately banned all guns ahead of Monday’s pro-gun rally, citing “credible and serious threats.” Virginia is an “open-carry” state, meaning residents don’t even need a concealed-carry permit but can rather just wear a gun openly.

“We have no intention of calling out the National Guard,” Northam said. “We’re not going to cut off people’s electricity. We’re not going to go door to door and confiscate people’s weapons. We’re going to pass common sense legislation that will keep guns out of dangerous hands and keep Virginia safer.”

A Virginia judge on Thursday ruled that a firearms ban can remain in place during the pro-gun rally on the Capitol grounds in Richmond. Thousands are expected to attend. Gun rights advocates appealed the ruling.

“Without relief from this court, petitioners and thousands of other rally participants will be irreparably denied their right to bear arms,” the groups’ attorneys argue in their appeal.

But Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Friday urged the state Supreme Court to reject the appeal.

“Determined to prevent another tragedy, the Governor issued a carefully limited Executive Order. The Order does not prevent anyone from speaking, assembling, or petitioning the government. Instead, it temporarily precludes private possession of firearms in a sensitive public place during a specified time to protect public safety and safeguard the rights of all citizens to peacefully speak, assemble, and petition their government,” Herring said in a legal brief.

“The plaintiffs argued the firearms ban violates the First and Second Amendments and that Northam didn’t have the authority to impose it. According to The Associated Press, Judge Joi Taylor said in her ruling the governor has the authority under state law to take action related to the “safety and welfare” of the state. Taylor also cited rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court that the right to bear arms can be subject to limits,” CBS News reported.

With Democrats in control of both legislative chambers, Republicans can do little but complain. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is probably the first assault on the Second Amendment. And we’re going to see many after that,” said Republican Sen. Bill Stanley. He argued that the bill giving localities control over guns in public spaces would create “little pockets here and there where guns are good and guns are bad.”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. The real tragedy here in Virginia is having democrats in control of the legislating.

    Terry McAwful and his Charlottesville debacle and now Blackface and his signature failure .

    Yep , democrats are the enemy of the people !

  2. Virginia is the test for the rest of the country. The global elitists and left want the country disarmed so they can proceed with the one world govt. They cant subjugate the populas till they disarm us. It might be nearing the point where it will come to a civil war. Dangerous times ahead.

  3. History does not support Northram.

    Texas Mass Shooting Survivor Tells Congress We Need Fewer Restrictions on Guns
    Sep 20, 2019
    By: Teresa Mull

    Suzanna Gratia Hupp survived a 1991 mass shooting at a Luby’s in Killeen, Texas that claimed the lives of 23 people, including Hupp’s parents. Since then, Hupp has been pushing for fewer restrictions on firearms.

    The Dallas Morning News reports:

    “I reached for the gun in my purse on the floor next to me,” Hupp told a congressional committee Wednesday during a hearing on the economic costs of gun violence. She recounted the moments after the killer, George Hennard, crashed his pickup into the restaurant where she was eating with her parents and opened fire. “But then I realized that a few months earlier I had made the stupidest decision of my life. My gun was 100 yards away, dutifully left in my car to obey the law because at that time in the state of Texas, carrying a handgun was illegal.”

    Hupp’s campaign to ease restrictions on guns has spanned several decades. She won a seat in the Texas House, where she served for 10 years. On Wednesday, she told her story during a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee.

    Hupp, a chiropractor, was invited by fellow Republicans, and she focused her testimony on what she called “the high cost of gun control.”

    Few GOP members of the committee attended the hearing, which lasted nearly two hours. Democrats used the opportunity to make their case for strengthening background checks for gun purchases and passing “red flag” laws that let law enforcement seize firearms from people deemed dangerous. The Texans on the panel, both Republicans — Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Kenny Marchant of Coppell — did not attend.

    Hupp is not the only victim of a mass shooting to speak out against gun control. Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter during the Parkland, Florida school shooting earlier this year, said this week on Fox News, “My daughter paid the ultimate sacrifice because of those Democratic policies and I’ve been hurt by the Democrats more than anybody in this country — and I hold them responsible.”

    Congress is set to debate another ban on so-called “assault weapons” next week. And in Texas, GPM reported that following the mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa, Texans were left wondering how their local government would respond.

    In early September, they got their answer. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed eight executive orders to help bolster the training, tools, and resources law enforcement and the public need to provide and respond to Suspicious Activity Reports.

    “Abbott’s executive orders are essentially a form of ‘Red Flag lite,’ encouraging Texans to report fellow Texans over so-called suspicious behavior,” Chris McNutt, Executive Director for Texas Gun Rights told Gunpowder Magazine. “This, of course, can simply be putting a pro-gun or ‘don’t tread on me’ sticker on your car, which triggers the far Left-wing extremists Abbott is trying to placate with these orders.”

    • TYRANNY IN FULL EFFECT!! NO THE GOVERNOR DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO PICK AND CHOSE WHEN CITIZENS ARE ABKE TO EXERCISE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, THIS POS NEEDS TO BE REMOVED ASAP AS HE IS AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE FEDERAL AND STATE CONSTITUTIONS AND ANY TRUE LEO NEEDS TO CARRY OUT THEIR OATH AND ALLOW OUR RIGHTS TO BE EXERCISED AS INTENDED. THIS SHIT IS GETTING REAL AND ITS ALL ON THE TYRANNICAL LEFT. STAND YOUR GROUND!!

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