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Virginia: General Assembly to Convene July 9th for Special Session on Gun Control

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Virginia: General Assembly to Convene July 9th for Special Session on Gun Control

Despite his failed gun control agenda being soundly defeated early on in the 2019 regular legislative session, Governor Ralph Northam has called a special session to once again push for radical gun control in response to the tragic murders in Virginia Beach last month. 

Gov. Northam and his media allies are desperate to deflect attention from scandals involving all three statewide office holders and are cynically trying to blame Virginia's law-abiding gun owners for the actions of a madman.  Of course, they know that none of the policies Gov. Northam is proposing would have prevented the tragic murders in Virginia Beach, but they will significantly impact the rights of Virginia’s law-abiding gun owners.  That’s why it’s critical that every gun owner in the Commonwealth contact their legislators and urge them to OPPOSE Gov. Northam’s and his media allies’ gun control agenda.  Contact your legislators below.

A June 7th press release from Northam’s office made clear that the Governor is seeking to enact the following severe firearms restrictions upon law-abiding citizens while doing nothing to stop criminals:​

  • Criminalization of the private transfer of firearms;
  • A ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms;
  • A ban on firearm suppressors;
  • Firearms rationing (described by the governor’s office as “one-gun-a-month law,” as opposed to Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month law that was repealed in 2012);
  • Procedures to confiscate firearms from otherwise law-abiding individuals without due process;
  • Mandatory firearm storage requirements;
  • Mandatory lost or stolen firearm reporting; and
  • A weakened Virginia firearms preemption statute that would empower local governments to create a complicated patchwork of gun laws.

The wording of the press release suggested that this is not a complete list of the gun control measures the Governor wants the General Assembly to consider.

Again, please contact your legislators and urge them to OPPOSE Gov. Northam’s gun control agenda.

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