Virginia – -(AmmoLand.com)- With the pending hurricane warnings it is a good time to remind Virginians that their right to keep and bear arms is unchanged, even in a declared state of emergency.
After the gun confiscations that took place in Louisiana immediately after Hurricane Katrina, Virginia Citizens Defense League pushed for protections in Virginia law against such a thing happening here.
The following year those protections were signed into law. In Virginia, a state of emergency has no effect on our right to keep and bear arms, unless you are in a government-run shelter:
§ 44-146.15. Construction of chapter.
Nothing in this chapter is to be construed to:
(3) Empower the Governor, any political subdivision, or any other governmental authority to in any way limit or prohibit the rights of the people to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by Article I, Section 13 of the Constitution of Virginia or the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, including the otherwise lawful possession, carrying, transportation, sale, or transfer of firearms except to the extent necessary to ensure public safety in any place or facility designated or used by the Governor, any political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or any other governmental entity as an emergency shelter or for the purpose of sheltering persons;
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.