Virginia – -(Ammoland.com)- I was contacted by two different pro-rights Virginia legislators a few weeks ago because they were receiving some emails on Gun Violence Protection Orders (GVPO) and weren’t sure what they are.
In a nutshell, GVPOs allow a judge to order the police to confiscate all of your firearms based solely on the word of a person who is claiming that you are a danger to yourself or others.
And, no, you don’t get to fight the order in court before the police show up at your door to confiscate your firearms at gun point. You won’t even know the order exists until the doorbell rings.
At some point, after your guns have been confiscated, you can go to court to argue that your guns should be returned to you. If the judge disagrees, you will have to wait for another period of time before you can ask again.
So a vindictive family member or neighbor can lie to a judge and, shortly thereafter, you will be unexpectedly looking down the barrel of a police officer’s gun as you are stripped of your right to keep and bear arms!
There were two GVPO bills introduced in the VA General Assembly THIS YEAR that we killed in subcommittee: HB 1758 (Delegate Sullivan) and SB 1443 (Senator Baker). Because the bills died so soon, most legislators never got to see the bills or have the implication of the bills explained to them.
This threat to our rights is very real and has been implemented in California and a few other states.
We need to send pre-written emails to our Delegates and Senators explaining what GVPOs really are and asking the legislators to oppose any such legislation in the future. To do so is quick and easy. Just click here: https://tinyurl.com/k94lrvv
About Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):
Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.
For more information, visit: www.vcdl.org.
It is interesting to note that within the mental health profession, studies have found that we are unable to predict with better than about 40 percent accuracy (and THAT is with psychological testing and a history of prior violence!), whether a person will commit a violent act in the future. Keep in mind that the 40 percent or so figure is the BEST accuracy rate we have had in any study, most studies found much less. And an uninvolved, unbiased, trained and experienced mental health professional who believes someone is “dangerous to himself of others” has to go through a… Read more »