Virginia Gun Ban And Likely Confiscation Without Grandfather Clause Proposed By State Legislature

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 1 day ago

American Military News.

Virginia lawmakers are now considering a state law banning the ownership of certain semi-automatic guns deemed “assault firearms” and limiting the magazine capacity of other firearms in the state — and there are no clauses that would allow existing owners to continue possessing them.

Virginia state Sen. Richard Saslaw introduced SB16, which would expand the definition of an “assault firearm” to cover many different semi-automatic rifles and pistols. The bill would call for the ban of such firearms, barring people from purchasing, possessing, selling or transferring those weapons.

Among the changes in firearm definitions, the bill would expand the term “assault firearm” to include semi-automatic centerfire rifles and pistols with a fixed magazine capacity greater than 10 rounds. The bill would also ban semi-automatic rifles and pistols with detachable magazines that also have folding and telescoping stocks, barrel shrouds, and thumbhole grips and second hand grips.

Rifles, under the new bill, would not be allowed pistol grips, bayonet mounts, grenade or flare launchers, silencers, muzzle breaks and flash suppressors.

Virginians would not be allowed pistols that accept the magazine into the weapon at any other point than the pistol grip. Pistols would also have an unloaded weight limit of 50 ounces.

The bill also limits shotguns to a magazine capacity of no more than seven shells.

“The provisions of this act may result in a net increase in periods of imprisonment or commitment,” the bill says, indicating increased imprisonments as one likely outcome of its passage.

Virginians will likely have to make hard decisions soon on their firearms, as well as declared “sanctuary” counties and their associated CLEOs and deputies.


Comments

  1. On November 29, 2019 at 12:06 am, Poshboy said:

    The lawsuits on this, violations of the Second and Fourth Amendments, will be numerous, and will halt enforcement for as long as the legal battles take. Which will take years.

    I would urge the Trump DOJ to look at these bills as probably 18USC242 violations as well, with the appropriate penalties weighed in on the lawmakers supporting and voting for it.

  2. On November 29, 2019 at 12:29 am, Herschel Smith said:

    But these same laws are in place in NJ, NY, Mass., Hawaii, etc., and the SCOTUS hasn’t taken it up yet. And tell me what the Trump DOJ has done for gun owners?

  3. On November 29, 2019 at 3:42 am, Ratus said:

    This law should also have a problem with the prohibition State “ex post facto laws” in the US Constitution, clause 1 of Article I, Section 10.

  4. On November 29, 2019 at 7:11 am, Matt said:

    While legal challenges are all a necessary part of the moral war front, deep down I think everyone knows where this is heading and what the choice is. That choice is far bigger, far deeper, far more fundamental than guns.

  5. On November 29, 2019 at 7:29 am, ragman said:

    The real question is “how many state and local cops are willing to die trying to enforce these unconstitutional laws “? And believe me, they will die trying to confiscate previously lawful property. And let’s not forget that this is the state where the execution of babies that happened to survive an attempted infanticide is perfectly legal. What a horrible place the Old Dominion has become!

  6. On November 29, 2019 at 8:08 am, Mark Matis said:

    One can thank the District of Corruption, ragman.

  7. On November 29, 2019 at 9:27 am, Wes Rhinier said:

    https://ncrenegade.com/editorial/maybe-it-begins-in-virginia/

  8. On November 29, 2019 at 1:51 pm, Michael (from Utah) said:

    I’m not sure I’d put too much hope in the Trump DOJ doing anything about this. Bill Barr is anti-gun himself, so I doubt he cares much about your 2nd Amendment rights.

  9. On November 29, 2019 at 2:29 pm, Heywood said:

    This is a great wake up call for all liberty loving Americans. Figure it out NOW. Not next week. Not next year. NOW! How much is too much? How many of my freedoms am I willing to sacrifice? What steps am I willing to take?

    Just like being a responsible concealed (or open) carrier of a firearm, the time to figure out what you are going to do, how much you are willing to risk, is BEFORE you are faced with the adversity. It can’t be a blurry line. This is no time for waffling. A line in the sand must be drawn, and any incursion over that line must be met with your predetermined reaction.

    I fear that the days of blissful ignorance are over. Talk about it. Pray about it. And decide.

  10. On November 30, 2019 at 5:43 pm, joe stalin said:

    They know law enforcement cannot protect (it’s not their job) people but don’t care, which leaves us with an inequity, them (and the illegal aliens they favor) versus us because they believe they can.

    Methinks they haven’t really thought this through. Prepare for a battle royale at the state level.

  11. On December 2, 2019 at 12:19 pm, Joe Schmo said:

    This is absolutely ridiculous, and it has NOTHING to do with protecting citizens; it’s about asserting compete government control over everything. I think Ragman is correct … there’s a fight coming. Maybe New Jersey has caved … maybe NY and Mass have too, but there’ll come a point when patriotic Americans will no longer keep backing up and Civil War will break out. But maybe, just maybe that’s what the Left wants. I don’t know how many military or LE personnel will be willing to fight that fight. I hope cooler heads will prevail and it will not come to that. Because, if it does, this country is going to be wrecked.

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