Virginia: Governor McAuliffe Announces Next Gun Rights Grab

Terry McAuliffe Bad for Gun Rights
Virginia: Governor McAuliffe Announces Next Grab for Your Gun Rights

Charlotte, NC –-(  Under the guise of “public safety,” Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Monday his push for a package of gun control measures during the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly in his latest misguided attempt to erode the rights of law-abiding citizens.

McAuliffe’s scheme for rolling back your constitutionally protected freedoms includes:

  • Attempting to reimpose the ineffective one-handgun-per-month (gun rationing) restriction that Virginia repealed in 2012.

In light of the recent Pew poll results that we reported on in Friday’s alert, it’s obvious that McAuliffe and anti-gun leader Michael Bloomberg, his political patron, are clearly out of touch with the views and priorities of ordinary Americans on this issue.  Gun rationing schemes are archaic and ineffective.  Like every gun control law, one-gun-a-month restrictions only burden law-abiding citizens and do absolutely nothing to reduce violent crime.  Purchasers of firearms are already subject to criminal records checks, and further and arbitrary control of these legal items does nothing but unfairly burden Virginia’s law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen.

  • Seeking to arbitrarily strip some 9,000 Virginia residents of their right to hold concealed handgun permits for falling behind on child-support payments and pursuing prohibitions for people convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes from possessing a firearm.

Being behind on child-support payments is not relevant to your constitutional right to defend yourself and does not indicate that you are a violent person or a danger to others.  In many cases, individuals who are behind on child support payments may have simply hit on hard financial times and making it more difficult for them to defend themselves will only compound their difficulties and offer no public safety benefit.  Likewise, misdemeanor offenses should not warrant the permanent loss of Second Amendment rights.  No other civil right is lost in the Commonwealth for conviction of misdemeanor offenses.  McAuliffe clearly wishes to treat the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as a second class civil right.

  • Attempting to expand background checks.

Anyone engaged in the business of buying and selling firearms for livelihood and profit must be federally licensed as a firearm dealer (FFL) and thus there is no such thing as a “private vendor.”  A gun dealer must maintain a record of every firearm received from, or transferred to, another person or dealer and any further expansions of the law will have no impact on criminal activity.  Today, gun control activists like McAuliffe are trying to expand this system to all firearm transfers at gun shows, under the banner of “universal” background checks; an innocent sounding title for what should really be called “universal registration.”  What they won’t tell you is that no background check system will ever be truly “universal” because criminals will not submit themselves to such system and therefore their anti-gun approach once again singles out individuals who are law-abiding citizens.  The NRA opposes these misleading proposals and will work diligently to defeat this legislation.

Please contact your state legislators before the Virginia General Assembly convenes on January 14 and let them know that you oppose McAuliffe’s latest attempt to trample on the rights of Virginians.

To identify who represents you in the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates, please click here.

Not only will we be busy ensuring the defeat of McAuliffe’s anti-gun agenda, but we also need to be fully engaged in the 2015 legislative elections in Virginia.  All eyes will be on the Old Dominion as a run up to the important 2016 presidential election, so NRA members and gun owners need to send an unmistakably clear message.  NRA-ILA’s Grassroots Division has a number of free volunteer programs to increase your activism.  To learn more, visit the “Get Involved Locally” section at

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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John Carr

It all boils down to one thing. (SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED UPON)
Wake up America and smell the gun powder.

Bob Sadtler

Nobody get too cranked up over this. Virginia’s lower chamber, the House of Delegates, has a 2/3 republican majority, and all but two or three from northern Va are solidly pro gun, and the ones that first hear gun bills are HARD CORE friends. Moreover, above all else, the Speaker of the House HATES CONTROVERSY. He is wicked pissed at Gov McBagman, and I am quite confident that, while not a big fan of gun owners, he will give our friends free reign to teach Mr Slushmoney where the REAL power is in Va politics. NONE of this will ever… Read more »


Have you ever noticed that it is the demoncrats that want to take our guns away from us? How much more are we going to take before we the people stand up and say no more enough is enough. You decide if this fits what is going on today; I think of Hitler, Lenin, Stalin and the rest, Fooling the people into thinking they knew best, They traded their arms for hoes and wooden staves, And they traded their freedom, and wound up slaves. if you think that by backing obamba that things are going to be ok then you… Read more »


Have any of you people ever noticed that it is mostly the demoncrats that are pushing for the removal of our right to own a gun the NRA as well as a number of PRO gun groups have been fighting these anti-gun bills all along, With CALIF. the gov there has signed 95% of all the anti gun bills that have passed his desk moonbeam brown another demoncrate. the only thing the demon crats want is to control the people and what we do. This was taken out of the NRA journal back in 1992 DO YOU WANT MY GUN… Read more »


Little by little, bit by bit ‘Progressives’ march toward their goal of a total gun ban. You can’t stop criminal behavior so there will always be a call for more and more regulation.


NRA MIA? Hardly! What about bill I-594? Its the NRA’s fault that the voters in Wash.State are idiots! And its the NRA’s fault Boehner is a piece of sh&t that gives obama everything he wants? You don’t think the NRA had any hand in the mid-terms election results? Well they did, millions and millions ! The NRA is good but they cant fix stupid ! As far as classic cars I don’t have no idea what you are talking about and I doubt you do either ! Fat salaries ? How would you know what they pull down?

Newtown Fakery

Put up or shut up. The NRA has been MIA for some time. Like bill I-594. Like the latest spending bill. Silence.
But they have plenty of money for classic cars and FAT salaries.