Virginia Dems Cave On Confiscation As 2A Sanctuaries Expand

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

Via WiscoDave, sure they did.

Virginia Democratic leaders abandoned their gun confiscation proposal Monday following a grassroots outpouring of opposition to gun control across the state.

Governor Ralph Northam (D.) and incoming Senate majority leader Dick Saslaw (D.) said they will no longer pursue their marquee plan to ban the possession of “assault weapons.” Instead, they will include a provision to allow Virginians to keep the firearms they already own. The reversal comes before the newly elected Democratic majority has even been sworn in, after a majority of the state’s counties declared themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries.”

“In this case, the governor’s assault weapons ban will include a grandfather clause for individuals who already own assault weapons, with the requirement they register their weapons before the end of a designated grace period,” Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky told the Virginia Mercury.

It’s being presented in an interesting way, with an interesting lede, yes?  Dems have caved, while demanding registration.

David Codrea remarks, “So not being able to buy new ones and having to register old ones is being presented as a “win”?”

I would remind readers what the controllers really want.

The only way we can truly be safe and prevent further gun violence is to ban civilian ownership of all guns. That means everything. No pistols, no revolvers, no semiautomatic or automatic rifles. No bolt action. No breaking actions or falling blocks. Nothing. This is the only thing that we can possibly do to keep our children safe from both mass murder and common street violence.

Unfortunately, right now we can’t. The political will is there, but the institutions are not. Honestly, this is a good thing. If we passed a law tomorrow banning all firearms, we would have massive noncompliance. What we need to do is establish the regulatory and informational institutions first. This is how we do it:

The very first thing we need is national registry. We need to know where the guns are, and who has them. Canada has a national firearms registry. We need to copy their model. We need a law demanding all firearms be registered to a national database. We need to know who has them and where they are. We need to make this as easy as possible for gun owners. The federal government provides the money and technical expertise, and the State police carry it out. Like a funded mandate. Most firearms already have a serial number on them, so it would really be a matter of taking the information already on the ATF form 4473 and putting it in a national database. I think about 6 months should be enough time.

Along with this, make private sales illegal. When a firearm is transferred, make it law that the registration must be updated. Again, make it super easy to do. Perhaps over, the internet. Dealers can log in by their FFLs and update the registration. Additionally, new guns are to be registered by the manufacturer. The object here is to create a clear paper trail from factory to distributor to dealer to owner. We want to encourage as much voluntary compliance as possible.

Now we get down to it. The registration period has passed. Now we have criminals without registered guns running around. Probably kooky types that “lost” them on a boat or something. So remember those ATF form 4473s? Those record every firearm sale, going back twenty years. And those have to be surrendered to the ATF on demand. So, we get those logbooks, and cross reference the names and addresses with the new national registry. Since most NRA types own two or (many) more guns, we can get an idea of who properly registered their guns and who didn’t. For example, if we have a guy who purchased 6 guns over the course of 10 years, but only registered two of them, that raises a red flag.

Now, maybe he sold them or they got lost or something. But it gives us a good target for investigation. A nice visit by the ATF or state police to find out if he really does still have those guns would be certainly warranted.

The boys in Virginia know all of this.  They will NOT register their firearms with anyone, FedGov or state.  Noncompliance will be near 100%.  They are going to have to make a difficult decision when the first person, otherwise peaceable, is on trial for owning an AR-15.

They can stand idly by and watch, thankful it isn’t them, or they can set up road blocks and surround his home with patriots to prevent the enforcement of the law, raising and aiming rifles if needed.

Time will tell which path they choose.


Comments

  1. On December 11, 2019 at 2:59 pm, Red in OleVirginny said:

    When I was a much younger man I was talking to an old time bear hunter in my home State of Virginia. He hunted just north of SR33 (east of Swift Run Gap) in some very rugged country. He ran a pack of dogs who were great at tracking – but it’s very wild land. I asked him “If those dogs take off up the side of a mountain – and you can’t keep up – how are you going to deal with that bear?”
    His answer – ” That bear has to sleep somewhere.”

  2. On December 11, 2019 at 5:43 pm, Johnny Rebel said:

    Yankees gonna Yankee.

  3. On December 11, 2019 at 5:59 pm, Sanders said:

    They take a step back, take a step forward. Keep moving forward until they are in a rout. Otherwise, the gun grabbers never give up. They are programmed like the Terminator.

  4. On December 11, 2019 at 7:55 pm, Bob said:

    Ha ha. Virginians fell for it. This was the plan all along but if Dems said so there would be pushback and compromise. So they went in threatening confiscation, and then went in with a “compromise” bill that they wanted. Virginians will go home proud having stood up to the gobirment, NRA will claim victory, and Virginians get screwed per original plan.
    Suckers.

  5. On December 11, 2019 at 8:00 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    @Bob,

    Meanwhile, the 2A sanctuary meetings continue unabated, and no Virginian I know agrees to these rules.

    So there’s that.

  6. On December 11, 2019 at 9:03 pm, George said:

    ain’t nothing changed. still gonna do it.

  7. On December 14, 2019 at 5:27 am, Dan said:

    The Demonrats have not “caved” on anything. They are simply backing off from their attack a TINY BIT to get some maneuvering room and wait for the INEVITABLE next big thing to come along and distract the populace from their agenda. Then they will be RIGHT BACK AT IT seeking to disarm us. The ONE THING the left is totally consistent about is NEVER GIVING UP on imposing their goals of disarming us so they can rule us. They merely change tactics and try different approaches….but they will NEVER EVER GIVE UP UNTIL THEY ARE DEAD. And that is what will be required for us to secure or freedom and 2A rights.

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