Skip to comments.With new clout, Virginia Democrats to push for gun control
Posted on 12/13/2017 9:45:12 AM PST by Perseverando
RICHMOND Days after Virginia Democrats astounding Election Day successes, one of the states most influential gun rights groups sent a warning to its members.
Gun control will be coming at us hard and heavy, the Virginia Citizens Defense League said in an email with the subject line 2017 Elections and the path ahead.
With the Democrats gaining clout, the group said, it expects a push for legislation in Virginia to implement universal background checks, ban assault weapons and restrict handgun purchases.
The Defense League has urged members to reach out to non-gun owners to boost ownership and take off work for a lobbying day in January.
Democrats swept all three statewide offices and picked up at least 15 Virginia House seats, nearly wiping out the Republicans overwhelming majority.
Meanwhile, the GOP controls the Senate 21-19, which would make getting landmark legislation through both chambers difficult. Still, lawmakers said they expect movement on gun-control measures that could attract bipartisan support.
Guns are a perennial issue in this swing state that is home to the National Rifle Associations headquarters in Fairfax County and site of one of the countrys deadliest mass shootings Virginia Tech in 2007.
Nationally, gun-control advocates point to election night outcomes in Virginia and elsewhere, New Jersey and Washington state included, as a sign of momentum heading into next years midterm elections.
In November, voters proved that they were willing to vote on the issue of gun safety ... Make no mistake: Heading into the 2018 midterm elections, the momentum is on the side of the gun violence prevention movement, said one gun control group, Moms Demand Action, in a statement.
The NRA didnt respond to interview requests from The Associated Press.
Jeff Ryer, a spokesman for Virginias Senate Republican caucus, said he expects lots of gun-control legislation to be filed. But he doubts much would pass.
David Hancock, manager of gun seller Bob Moates Sport Shop in the Richmond-area suburb of Midlothian, echoed that sentiment.
Were not expecting any major changes right away, he said.
But Democrats say the sea change means theyll have more committee representation, more sway in general and in some cases might need just one Republican vote to secure a gun measures passage.
For Del. Kathleen Murphy, who represents parts of two Northern Virginia counties, gun control is personal.
Her brother was shot to death during a robbery, and she doesnt want another family to go through what hers did. She plans to reintroduce a bill that would make a second conviction for domestic abuse a felony, making those convicted unable to own guns. Its the type of common sense measure that has failed before but might have a chance this year, she said.
I dont understand the refusal of people on the other side to recognize that we can do something in a bipartisan way to make guns safer and to make our children and families safer from gun violence without harming peoples right to carry arms, she said.
Del. John Bell, another Northern Virginia Democrat and an Air Force veteran, said he plans to introduce several gun-related bills after campaigning heavily on the issue. One would require in-person training to obtain a concealed handgun permit. Currently, training can be done online or by video.
Another proposal already filed would ban bump stocks, the device used by a gunman who opened fire in Las Vegas, killing 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Pressure could also come from Charlottesville, which is grappling with the aftermath of a white nationalist rally this summer that descended into chaos.
Virginia law doesnt allow localities to implement restrictions on firearms during special events, and many attendees at the rally were heavily armed.
Charlottesville plans to push for legislation that would change that, City Manager Maurice Jones said at a city council meeting Monday.
Gun-control bills would likely get a receptive audience with Gov.-elect Ralph Northam, an Army veteran who supports universal background checks and an assault weapons ban. His campaign received nearly $1.4 million from former New York Mayor Michael Bloombergs Everytown for Gun Safety.
Exit polling from Nov. 7 shows gun legislation was near the top of Virginia voters minds.
In polling conducted for The Washington Post and other media organizations, voters ranked gun policy second only to health care out of five issues they said matter most in decided how they voted in the governors race.
Among the 17 percent of voters who said gun policy mattered most, 49 percent said they voted for Northam, who has an F rating from the NRA, and 49 for Gillespie, who has an A rating. The polls overall margin of error was plus or minus four percentage points.
Philip Van Cleave, president of the pro-gun Defense League, said he thinks many gun owners had become complacent but wont be after this election.
It has woken up gun owners big time, he said.
They always scream “Gun control” but never say how. There are so many state and federal gun laws that making one more, whatever it would be, would not make a bit of difference.
PS: All the guns they want to ban/control are all ready out there and all they’ll wind up doing is causing more of their state gun owners to buy more or those that don’t have any to do so. Then what?
Today Virginia. Tomorrow Alabama. This is what happens when Democrats get control of things. If you are a gun owner. Believe in the Second Amendment. Support those of us who do, and yet, you vote Democrat? Then you are a dumb-F. Too stupid to even have a Social Security number.
What a shock!
Registration and then confiscation.
Yep, so-called “Principled Conservatives” can’t see the wood for the trees.
ATTEMPTED Registration ... FAILED confiscation ... and then ...
I’m leaving Virginia before they get to registration.
“..ATTEMPTED Registration ... FAILED confiscation ... and then ...What?...”
You know and I know and so does everyone else....but I just can’t say it as I’ll be banned. Let’s just imagine that all these RAT/UniParty bassturds are gone.
Registration then tragic boating accidents. The only firearms that’d be registered are those that are bought through a licensed dealer (who’ll be put out of business soon as those gun laws are enacted). A lot of junk guns will be bought up and turned in during an “amnesty” period. Then only cops, gangs, terrorists and politician’s body guards will have guns. Welcome to the UK.
“ATTEMPTED Registration ... FAILED confiscation ... and then ...
Who’s death? That’s to be determined.
This whole Alabama election was just a dry run on a new MO the entrenched establishment RNC will be testing going forward to make sure they will always get a pliant and submissive representative in the Congress. McConnell has finally found the formula to keep true Conservatives out thus not threatening his control even if that control leads to minority Republicans in the house and senates for decades to come. Time for a new party folks!
It would to you and to me.
Suck it California East, I mean Virginia. You voted for it, now take it like us losers her in California take it.
Awesome that the voters couldn't tell the difference between a conservative small government pro 2nd amendment republican and a partial birth abortion favoring gun grabbing democrat;
And all Moore was going to do in DC was give thumbs up to Trump’s SCOTUS nominees.
Everything else is just noise.
The Alabama GOP country clubers shot themselves in the foot this go around. It’s all about the Party, the Party! We can’t have riff-raff in here doing anything but voting, WE run the Party, you peasants just vote the way we tell you. What utter fools. They would rather lose a senate seat than to give up the ability to retain control and give up the $$$.
Democrats are just evil totalitarian heathen bent on retaining total control and power. The GOP have become nothing more than a bunch of greedy crooks after as much money as they can get and enjoying what little power the Democrats let them exercise. Both are worthless POS.
I’ve never had an intelligent “talk” with a democrat. They are the political Lemmings of our society. They think they should be protected by laws written on paper but you should not be in the “real world” and protect yourself in any manner that works.
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