Virginia Governor Ralph Northam today signaled the start of a new age. This following Northam and his party wresting control of the General Assembly from Republicans on Tuesday.
As a result, Democrats look to chart a more left-leaning course. When asked if he supports confiscating assault weapons from gun owners, Northam demurred.
“That’s something I’m working [on] with our secretary of public safety.” The governor added, “I’ll work with the gun violence activists, and we’ll work [on] that. I don’t have a definitive plan today.”
Northam cited a number of steps ready to be taken. Among them, universal background checks, banning sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, restoring the law limiting purchases to one gun a month.
“We will at least start with those,” Northam stated.
Washington Free Beacon firearms policy reporter Stephen Gutowski took to Twitter this afternoon and wrote: “Meanwhile Virginia Democrats are filing bills to make the possession of millions of currently-owned firearms illegal. SB16 bans possession of many rifles without any grandfathering provision which means it’s confiscation.”
As he posted a link to proposed legislation that authorizes blocking the “importation, sale, possession, etc., of assault firearms.”
Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) president Philip Van Cleave declared in late November support is rapidly growing at county-level across the state to push back on Democrats’ attempts restricting people’s constitutional freedoms.
While the Free Beacon published in a piece last month: “Democrats have a strong incentive, in the form of millions in dark money, to implement new gun control laws. In each of the last three election cycles, Everytown for Gun Safety—backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg—and other gun control groups have spent large sums of money backing Democrats. Everytown spent $2.5 million to help push Democrats into the majority in Virginia, while the National Rifle Association spent just $300,000 supporting Republicans, according to CNBC.”
Bloomberg was formerly Mayor of New York City and jumped into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary fray only ten days ago. His media outlet Bloomberg News was denied access to all of President Donald Trump’s campaign events. That in response to an announcement they will refrain from investigating him and his Democratic rivals.
The gun control debate surely will continue to trigger heated exchanges between rivals ahead of a fierce 2020 election.