Archive for the 'Gun Control' Category

Virginia Dems Cave On Confiscation As 2A Sanctuaries Expand

BY Herschel Smith
5 hours, 37 minutes 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.

Ralph “Kill The Babies Give Me All Your Guns” Northam

BY Herschel Smith
17 hours, 20 minutes ago

Spread this meme far and wide, via email distribution, Gab, Twitter, or other social media.  H/T readers Fred  and JFP.

By way of explanation, Ralph “all your guns are belong to us” Northam has demanded all your guns, Virginians, and volunteered “comfort care” for live aborted babies (comfort care is normally reserved for application in end-of-life situations where the goal is to reduce pain and agony).

Documents uncovered from earlier this year show that Virginia governor Ralph Northam obtained talking points on abortion policy from both Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.

The documents were released today by Judicial Watch, which filed requests in February under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, seeking records of communication between Northam’s staff related to abortion or the abortion bill sponsored earlier this year by state representative Kathy Tran. The group also requested records of communication between Northam’s staff and Planned Parenthood or the abortion-advocacy PAC EMILY’s List.

Judicial Watch filed the requests immediately after Northam defended Tran’s abortion bill, which would’ve amended Virginia law to allow abortion later in pregnancy and, as Tran admitted in a hearing, even during delivery. In a late-January radio interview, Northam attempted to justify his support for the bill, saying: “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated, if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

You say all of that to the Almighty during the judgment and see what He thinks of your comfort care, Ralphie.

Governor Ralph Northam: “Register Your AR-15s Or Hand Them Over”

BY Herschel Smith
1 day, 2 hours ago

Via WiscoDave, this bit of humor from Ralphie.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced Monday his assault weapons ban will mean AR-15 owners can either register their guns with the government or hand them over.

The Virginia Mercury reported Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky used a statement to say, “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.”

This didn’t even work in Connecticut or New York.  What makes Ralphie think his follies will work in Virginia?  We’ll call them “Ralphie’s follies” from now on.

Besides, this runs directly contrary to ordinances already adopted by Virginia counties.  And take careful note, it isn’t the 2A supporters who are fomenting the coming fight.  It’s the collectivists.  It’s always the collectivists.

One final point.  If you study this video very carefully, the tripe that it’s the mischief-makers who are riling people up to make hunters think their way of life is being threatened is a lie, and everyone knows better.  The ordinance adopted by the county of Buchanan specifically discusses AR-15 style rifles, and the people aren’t going to turn them in or register them.

This isn’t about hunters or hunting.  It never was, and it never will be.

Misdirected Blame In Virginia Gun Battles

BY Herschel Smith
1 day, 18 hours ago

David Codrea.

Just to be clear—rather than face up to the truth of who is doing the killings in his district, Jones is blaming the “disproportionate harm” committed by his Norfolk constituents on residents of counties like Tazewell, where the Board of Supervisors not only overwhelmingly passed a sanctuary resolution, but went a step further and passed a Militia resolution, both to overwhelming citizen approval.

The blame and alleged reason for all of this is a misdirect, as well as the second misdirect in all of this, pointing the finger at Tazewell and similar counties.

The stated reason for gun control – increased safety for everyone – has nothing whatsoever to do with why they want gun control.  They’re just copping selling points for ignorant soccer moms.  The stated problem – gun owners – is the second misdirect.

Controllers are just liars all around, and each new lie stacks on top of the other in the set.  It’s a tangled web, to be sure.

ATF Letter To Congress On Bump Stocks

BY Herschel Smith
2 days, 17 hours ago

Len Savage received this document as part of his FOIA request.  He asks, “I wonder how many other members of Congress received similar letters?”

This congressman stood by mute while the ATF did an end run around the constitution concerning how laws are made.  Because overlords.  Because administrative state.

And note, Trump is as willing to use this administrative state to accomplish his ends as the democrats.

In order to prevent you from having to download a PDF, I’m showing this to you in JPEGs.

Fighting Words In Virginia Over Proposed Gun Laws

BY Herschel Smith
2 days, 17 hours ago

The fellow in the video above hasn’t issued fighting words.  He’s relaying them because he’s heard them.

And there are a lot of other instances this last week.  The Sheriff of Culpeper County has promised to deputize thousands in the defense of their second amendment rights.  Another country is forming a militia after having declared themselves a sanctuary county.

This subsection makes it the responsibility of counties to maintain a militia, not a National Guard or other standing army.

This is because the purpose of the militia is not just to protect the county from domestic danger, but also protect the county from any sort of tyrannical actions from the Federal government. Our constitution is designed to allow them to use an armed militia as needed. If the (Federal) government takes those arms away, it prevents the county from fulfilling their constitutional duties. But, this is not limited to just our county, but also as part of a network of sister counties showing solidarity for both Virginia’s, and the American Constitution.

The Virginia AG isn’t taking no for an answer.

“The resolutions that are being passed are being ginned up by the gun lobby to try to scare people. What we’re talking about here are laws that will make our communities and our streets safer. We’re talking about universal background checks, finally, maybe, Virginia will pass universal background checks to make sure that people who are dangerous, who are criminals and who aren’t permitted to buy guns, won’t be able to buy guns,” said Herring. “So, when Virginia passes these gun safety laws that they will be followed, they will be enforced.”

The NRA and the rest of the “gun lobby,” whatever that is, is so incompetent and compromised that it couldn’t manage an organizational effort like this if the lives of the entire board of directors depended on it.

He’s either stupid or he’s a liar and knows better.  Either way, he’s intent on sending men into harm’s way to enforce laws written out of Northern Virginia.

But these are just the preliminaries.  Sheriffs have to be willing to put state agents in jail for trying to enforce these new laws.  Militiamen have to be willing to raise rifles.  Citizens have to be willing to set up road blocks.  Things are testy now.  They may get really difficult in the near future.  Judges will have to be ignored, homes will have to be secured, and neighborhoods will have to be willing to do more than set up watch programs.

All eyes are on Virginia.

Banking On Disarmament

BY Herschel Smith
5 days, 19 hours ago

David Codrea.

Wexton says she “wants banks and credit card companies to flag purchases that could signal a person is preparing to carry out a mass shooting.” You know, kind of like the Department of Pre-Crime, but this one will rely on the type of economic fascism the power zealots refer to by the euphemism “public/private partnership.” Those “partners” like Citigroup and Bank of America, who are banking on disarmament, will be glad to help.

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The good news is this is much ado about nothing—for now. GovTrack and its Skopos Lab prognosis give Wexton’s bill a “1% chance of being enacted.”

Oh, I’d say give it a year for the controllers to wrap up complete control over the system and then get back with me.

Intelligence Report #2 From Virginia

BY Herschel Smith
1 week ago

Survival Blog, from a writer named Vigilant in Virginia.

 … 22 Virginia counties have adopted second amendment sanctuary resolutions. My county was among them. I went to the recent public hearing regarding this matter and was joined there by several hundred patriotic Americans in support of their right to keep and bear arms. Many speakers boldly noted to the Board of Supervisors that the Second Amendment is not about hunting, but maintaining an armed citizenry to inhibit government tyranny. The turnout and knowledge level of these fellow citizens is encouraging and makes me hopeful that freedom will be defended, that many will not simply capitulate to socialism or worse.

However, I must temper the enthusiasm of my fellow patriots. The Supervisors in my county have at times taken breathtakingly spineless actions in order to raise taxes, to have someone else to blame. And our county is poorly run by a good old boy network of people growing government for their own benefit. These people protect their own hind ends at all costs, and they commit to no position that will cost them a dime or any credibility with the sleepy voters. Let’s not think that all of a sudden these wimps have awakened to the reality of militant liberalism and are ready to fight. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The resolutions being adopted have no force of law or regulation. The Supervisors in Virginia counties have no authority over local sheriffs, and they have no sway over the State Police, National Guard, Federal law enforcement, or anyone else who might be tasked with gun confiscation. Right before passing the 2A resolution, our Board recognized some EMS personnel for good work, and the 2A document has just as much legal weight as the certificates of appreciation handed to the firemen.

The sheriff stood up in our meeting and proclaimed loudly that he was not going to ignore enforcement of any law, but he is hearing our concerns. He qualified his support multiple times, while sounding like he is on our side. Only time will tell.

Look, when the order for gun confiscation comes down, any sheriff who does not comply will eventually be removed by force by the feds or State Police. If any county politician stands up against them, they will be removed as well. I’ve long believed that gun confiscation will not be practical to implement until food rationing is in place, where the government will have leverage over the population and law enforcement through selective food distribution. Just like in Connecticut and New Jersey today where outlawing firearms/magazines has resulted in embarrassingly few surrenders of hardware, gun owners are not going to give up their firearms without either a fight, or being starved out.

What these 2A sanctuary counties are doing is great, as far as it goes, but don’t expect your local sheriff’s deputies to block the Fed’s access to your home when the order happens. This is the order you may not even hear about until that knock comes at your door. All politicians do everything to serve themselves, all the time, without exception.

It’s just as I’ve said all along.  And I would add LEOs to the mix of people who serve themselves, or perhaps “Vigilant in Virginia” is doing that by categorizing them as politicians.

Declarations of sanctuaries is merely symbolic and can only be a first step.  It sends a message, but unless and until local and county politicians and LEOs are willing to put their careers and safety on the line arresting State or FedGov agents who attempt to enforce confiscatory orders, this goes nowhere.  It will have been nothing more than a flash in a pan.

In the comments there is this interesting web site,, which is tracking sanctuary counties and the ongoing meetings and protests.

Prior: Intelligence Report From Virginia

Grass Roots Movement To Second Amendment Sanctuaries In Virginia

BY Herschel Smith
1 week ago

News from Virginia.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was at the front of the minds of both elected officials and residents Tuesday night.

When Virginia Beach City Council met Tuesday for its first meeting of the month, the Second Amendment wasn’t listed on the agenda. Yet hundreds showed up to voice their thoughts on the city becoming a “Second Amendment sanctuary.”

So much so that the City Council Chambers and all of city hall reached capacity, leaving even more people outside during the meeting. By 6:30 p.m. the crowd had swelled to the point that both the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office and police department were on-scene to close the road down in front of city hall.

The gun rights advocates wore orange stickers saying “Guns Save Lives” in the shadow of Building 2 at the municipal center, where six months earlier a gunman killed 12 and injured 4 others.

10 On Your Side was unable to hear who spoke before the council because of capacity and “open mic night” comments are not recorded. However, we do know one of the speakers was Vincent Smith, Division Manager for the Virginia Beach Department of Public Works, who spearheaded the request. He also has created a petition calling for a change in a policy that prohibits city employees from having guns at work.

Outside former Republican congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Scott Taylor addressed the crowd.

“I don’t want to be a felon for protecting myself and exercising my constitutional rights,” Taylor said to cheers.

He called the resolution “a political statement that tells Richmond ‘you will not infringe on our constitutional rights’.”

Members from Moms Demand Action, a dissenting group that focuses on demanding “reasonable solutions” to gun violence in America, was also in attendance.

“Even though you might see a lot of people here, obviously Virginians came out and voted for gun safety legislation this session,” said Sibel Galindez, a co-lead with the Hampton Roads chapter.

Galindez said what alarms her the most is the notion that policy could be ignored.

“Lawlessness has no place in Virginia Beach,” Galindez said.

The “sanctuary” movement has spread in Virginia since the Nov. 5 election, when Democrats gained majority control of both the State Senate and House of Delegates. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has said his party’s leaders will push for gun control measures and more than a dozen bills concerning firearms have already been pre-filed.

So far, 23 counties have passed resolutions ensuring they will not use their public resources to enforce any unconstitutional gun laws.

However political experts and even Taylor admitted that the state would ultimately be able to enforce its laws.

“At this point, we just have to figure out what we are empowered to do and to see if we can find out something. But obviously we have to protect the Second Amendment, we’ll figure out a way,” said Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer following the meeting.

Virginia Beach was not the only locality to hear public support for the Second Amendment on Tuesday night.

Gloucester County voted to become a “Second Amendment sanctuary” Tuesday after another lengthy public hearing.

“Lawlessness has no place in Virginia Beach,” Galindez said.  But the only time the controllers believe that is when they control the laws.

I disagree with the notion that the state would be able to enforce its laws.  It depends upon which laws and how.

If the county officers are willing to prevent state officers from confiscatory orders, they can stop it.  If they are only willing to refuse themselves to be involved, it cannot be stopped and these protests are merely symbolic.

As for purchase of new firearms, it’s legal to buy long guns in adjacent states.  It’s not legal under current ATF rules to buy handguns anywhere else without an FFL review in your home state before the weapon crosses state lines.  That’s a problem because the FedGov controls that, not the state.  Here it depends upon just how far the sanctuary counties and cities are willing to go to prevent FedGov from arrest and prosecutorial powers in sanctuaries.

So I see it as entirely feasible to prevent confiscation if they are willing.  I see it as much more problematic to ensure the purchase of new [illegal] firearms.

It gets spicier from here.  We’re only just beginning.  Both sides are feeling froggy.  Patriots have some real work to do in Roanoke.

More Additional Deliberations On Virginia Anti-Paramilitary Law

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 1 day ago

Via Uncle comes this post from Tam.

All these people wanting you to set your hair on fire and run in circles with them about ZOMG THE DEEP STATE IS TRYING TO OUTLAW GUN TRAINING IN VIRGINIA haven’t even read the existing law. Consider that fact when deciding how much credence to give to their mouth-noises.

Calm your tits, Herschel, and do thirty seconds of research before running to your keyboard for a change.

Uncle says of this in the comments that “I’m guilty of not reading the whole thing. And MattW is too.”

Okay, whatever.  That’s fine with me.  But I’m not.

So let’s try this again.  I saw the strike-through upon initial read, as well as the italics associated with the addition.  That’s not the point as I’ve pointed out and am doing here again.

So quoting from a recent analysis.

First of all, I was also aware that Senate Bill No. 64 was an amendment to the existing code, not a new code.  However, as I stated in the comments to my analysis, “This seemingly would also prohibit open carry (Virginia is an open carry state) as well as congregations of individuals as happened in Charlottesville. Finally, you’ll notice that the code is “amended and reenacted.” Apparently, no one has enforced a provision to prohibit tactical training thus far. You can bet your bottom dollar they will now.”

Taking a deeper dive into these waters, Max asks this. “Would you want some dudes down the road training in firearms and explosives with the purpose of conducting terrorist activities? I don’t think so.”

But that’s exactly what’s happening as we speak.  There are Islamist paramilitary training compounds operating around the nation today, one of them in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  I recall discussing this face to face a few years ago with John Guandolo at Understanding the Threat.  To the best of our knowledge, this camp is still in operation with no pressure to cease operations.  And take special note – South Carolina also has a law similar to the one in Virginia, i.e., S.C. Code 16-8-20.  To date, no officer of South Carolina has used this law to shut down the camp in Rock Hill.  One of those training camps is also in Virginia, and the Sheriff has defended them.

So there will indeed be bias in the application of this Virginia law.  Besides, what constitutes a “terrorist activity” is in the eyes of the beholder.  To some, an Islamist training camp constitutes a terrorist threat.  Others couldn’t seem to care less (viz. the officers of SC).  To some, patriots training for protection of home and hearth, or for protection against a tyrannical government, constitutes a terrorist threat.

Max and others have to remember that the way this all plays out will be a function of overzealous prosecutors and jurors who are soccer moms from Alexandria, Virginia, whose husbands probably work in some sort of government work.  To them, an open carrier is a terroristic threat, and especially two open carriers who go to dinner with their families.  Two or more guys who go rucking in the mountains while carrying rifles as part of their own personal fitness training would certainly be perceived by soccer moms in Alexandria as a threat.  Remember what David Codrea has recently observed concerning this: “Eyes of the beholder.”

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So the law existed before, but it will be reenacted with some modifications.  I see this as a threat to liberties, and the enforcement of it may become a model for other states.

So this amended code does several things.  Virginia is an open carry state.  I don’t really care that some folks like to conceal or that others like to bang on open carriers.  Carry however you wish, just don’t dictate to me how I carry or preach to me what you think is the best tactical approach.  I’ll decide that for myself given the circumstances and my desire for comfort at the time, and whether I have to engage in non-permissive carry.

As regular readers know, I have been from the beginning an outspoken and vocal proponent and supporter of open carry.  North Carolina is a “gold star” open carry state.  Virginia is also an open carry state.  I’ve done some work to make South Carolina an open carry state, albeit to no avail at the moment.

One thing it does is make open carry suspect now.  The amendment includes ” … Assembles with one or more persons with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm.”

Intent is an irrelevant feature of the amendment to the code.  An overzealous prosecutor and a soccer mom from Alexandria, Va., can determine anything they want.  I’ve seen it happen in the Charlotte, where the CMPD stopped a black man who was openly carrying.  The Fourth Circuit had to slap down the CMPD.  To this day the CMPD doesn’t accept that ruling.  I know this because I’ve debated CMPD cops about it, and I’ve been told that to this very day they would do the same thing.

This amendment to the code can be applied to step back from being an open carry state.  That bothers me a great deal.  It’s my right for it to bother me a great deal.  I don’t really care what you think about open or concealed carry.

There is another thing this does.  This is an reenactment of the same code that is in existence at the moment.  My brother is a lawyer.  I happen to know that there is a debate about what exactly it means when a statute is “reenacted,” as opposed to legislative inactivity or simple amendment.  I do not now and did not at the time of penning the initial post have the time to go through all of the administrative interpretations in Virginia on how this code had been applied in the past, and whether the legislature will be overruling or affirming administrative application of it, or simply putting it back into the public consciousness.  Again, the legislature isn’t merely amending the code.  They are reenacting it.  That’s slightly different.

Virginia has turned blue.  Progressives now control the governor’s mansion, the house and the senate.  That means that they will get to nominate and appoint many administrative officers and judges.  A reenactment of this code, once again, places it into the public consciousness with both the public and the officers of the state.

You do what you wish in Virginia, just make sure you don’t openly carry while wearing a Gadsden flag t-shirt in a Charlottesville ice cream shop.  You may be arrested for being one-or-more people parading around with firearms for the purpose of intimidation.

And if you teach or train others to perform properly with firearms, you may have a target on your back.  We’ll see how all of this plays out.  The worst may come to pass, or Lord willing, this may have minimal effects.  I hope for the later rather than the former.

So Tam, like you have probably done, I’ve done some looking at how long we have readers.  It’s somewhere around two minutes.  I simply cannot write down an essay every time I post.  No one would read it, and no one would read it if you did that either.  Thanks for playing, but when you wrote that I had not even read the existing law, not only were you incorrect, you didn’t really know that.  You didn’t know that because you didn’t call me or write me to ask.  That’s what you should have done.  If you had, I would have sighed and typed out a long note sort of like this post.  And then you would have known.  You may have disagreed, but that’s okay.  Disagreeing is fine.  Assuming something you don’t know isn’t.

Do you do that with your gun articles too?

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