VA: Victory in the Old Dominion
The ban on household firearms, HB 961, was carried over until next year by a vote of 10-5 in committee — with the requirement that the Virginia Crime Commission examine the bill.
Questions were raised in Committee today about the bill’s vague definitions, unconstitutional provisions such as criminalizing gun ownership, and many other issues mentioned in our previous emails.
Obviously, this is not the end of the war, but we most likely won this battle on this bill at least for this year!
So take just a moment to enjoy the results of your hard work!
While unlikely, it is still possible that this vote could be “reconsidered” this coming Wednesday by the Judiciary Committee if someone who voted on the winning side moves to reconsider the vote. Again, while unlikely, it is not impossible.
Governor “Blackface” Northam could also reintroduce the bill at any time until the end of the 2020 General Assembly session. He has that power.
So, we must remain vigilant! No doubt, your many emails, phone calls, attendance at hearings, and the immense gun owner presence at Lobby Day made the difference!
Significantly, both Republicans and Democrats questioned Delegate Mark Levine on his assertions, such as claiming the US Supreme Court has upheld similar laws.
Thanks for taking the time to make your voices heard!
Now we have a few more bad gun bills to defeat, which we will alert you about in the near future.
In the meantime, make sure your voter registration is up to date, that your like-minded friends and family are registered to vote, and that you do not stop educating your neighbors about this.
Again, this is not the end of the fight. We are going to need to get lots of new voters to the polls during the next election — or else our rights will remain on the chopping block.
Without the Second Amendment, every other right contained in our Bill of Rights would be threatened!
This battle is not over yet. So we need to make sure that we can replace the pro-criminal legislators with ones who respect their oath of office and the Constitution.
Article by Erich Pratt