Republicans Join Democrats in Advancing Anti-Gun Regulations in Virginia

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The proposed ban would significantly increase the area where shooting is not permitted, to include private property.

Leesburg, Virginia – -(AmmoLand.com)- Republicans Ron Meyer and Matt Letourneau, who sit on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, joined their Democratic colleagues by backing anti-gun groups demands. Loudoun County is an affluent Washington, DC suburb located in Northern Virginia.

The demands were to send studies to the Transportation and Land Use Committee that would expand the area of the county where shooting is prohibited. Currently shooting is banned in most of the eastern portions of the county. The proposed ban would significantly increase the area where shooting is not permitted, to include private property.

The study also would double the minimum distance required for shooting from 50 yards to 100 yards from primary and secondary roads. Target shooters will also be required to have a berm when shooting.

Hunters say these regulations will cut down on where they can hunt. They point out that the land they and their families have been hunting on for hundreds of years would now be off limits. They feel it is not only a violation of their Second Amendment rights but also a violation of their property rights.

Ron Meyer doesn’t see these proposals as either a violation of property or gun rights. In fact, he considers these regulations as protecting property rights.

Ron Meyer doesn't see these proposals as either a violation of property or gun rights.
Ron Meyer doesn’t see these proposals as either a violation of property or gun rights.

“I believe it is wrong to violate people’s right to life and property — like allowing the shooting of homes without penalty. All of the eight homes shot lead to zero fines and/or successful prosecutions,” Meyer told AmmoLand. “The goal of the committee discussion is to figure out how to fix that, while not infringing on 2nd Amendment rights. 2nd Amendment rights do not trump our rights to life and property — they need to be balanced. No one has to right to shoot another’s home without penalty.”

Meyer is referring to an incident where gunfire hit a house. The police were not able to determine who fired the shots. Other gun rights advocates think new laws are not the answer and there should more focus on enforcing current laws.

Meyer tends to bring up the fact that Trump lost his district when questioned about why his voting record on the gun issue is more in line with the Democratic side of the board than the Republican side. Letourneau’s district also leans lefts. A lot of Republicans see the two as pandering to their left-leaning constituents.

Meyer and Letourneau’s voting record hasn’t escaped the notice of other prominent Republicans like the President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies and NRA Board member, Willes Lee.

“Meyer and Letourneau are exactly why voters are wary of Republicans. Concocting ‘non-solutions’ that serve only to restrict our civil rights more doesn’t make Loudoun County safer,” Lee told AmmoLand. “Worse is that every Republican in the state, especially elected officials, won’t speak against them. Republicans need to join brave Second Amendment and firearms-rights supporters to fight these ridiculous proposals.”

Other residents of Loudoun County are also upset over the apparent defection Meyer and Letourneau to the Democrats side of the issues involving guns.

One Facebook user wrote: “These guys are doing the Democrats job for them. It’s inexplicable and utterly dishonest. “

Many people shared the feeling of betrayal although some Republicans seem to back the ideas of Meyer and Letourneau by pushing the idea that the Second Amendment is only about the right to own a firearm and not about the right to shoot a gun.

One Facebook user that agreed with the two Republicans wrote: “The 2nd Amendment is about the right to bear arms, not the right to discharge your firearm wherever you want.”

The measure passed the Board by a vote of 5-4 with all Democrats and the two Republicans voting for it sending the proposed changes to the February Transportation and Land Use Committee meeting.

Matt Letourneau did not return a request for comments to AmmoLand.


About John CrumpJohn Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.

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Right
Right
2 years ago

We voted your two faced lying butts in we can recall you for any legal reason remember that

TT
TT
2 years ago

Politicians who sign anti-gun laws are guilty of treason and should be tried and hung.

Bill
Bill
2 years ago

Too many northerners with their Marxists ways have moved into that area. They trashed where they are from and will trash anywhere they go.

ras
ras
2 years ago

While we were asleep, the Democrats (Communists0 have infiltrated the Republican Party and we foolishly believed that they were conservatives and would protect our rights. This is not a new tactic. It is one however that we conservatives have failed to recognize as being played out right in front of our eyes.

James B. Potter
James B. Potter
2 years ago

As a Loudoun County citizen just shy of 35 years, I have experienced an ever increasing change in the demographics. Eastern Loudoun was once rural. No longer. It’s suburbia USA. Wall to wall walls. With no stopping in sight. With all new folk. Few, I dare say, are Constitutional Republicans. Loudoun East has gone the way of Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington. Matt Letourneau serves these people, probably in the majority now. So, before we can vote Matt out, we need someone to stand up to run against him.

Rick
Rick
2 years ago

Part of the problem to begin with is when people do not use common sense when they are shooting. Weather it’s hunting or target practice. You need to know what is behind your target. Now because of people not realizing this the assholes come out of the woodwork and right away want to throw restrictions on shooting. The only good thing that has came out of this is we get to see some flip flopping happening. Now we know who not to vote for in the future. Bottom line pay attention to where you are shooting. We have enough problems… Read more »

Nova JB
Nova JB
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick

Exactly, on multiple occasions bullets hit houses. I get they didn’t know exactly who fired the rounds when they were using their legal full auto firearms, but the sheriff’s department knew who they were. They should have fined the property owner of the land they were shooting from and the owner of the automatic rifle.
Instead they punted now politicians who are desperate to not get voted out will sell us out thinking these progressives will vote for them anyway.

The Green Watch Dog
The Green Watch Dog
2 years ago

I suggest that everyone, who owns a gun, becomes well versed in gun laws in which the state they reside.
In addition, I suggest that one becomes member of a gun protection rights organization, in case you are faced with legal action, or a criminal charge. I see confusion across the board, with pro gun activist, as a causal observer.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
2 years ago

Anti-firearm republicans are symptomatic of deep socialist penetration into positions normally occupied by conservatives. The solution of course is to spread the word on these flimflam hucksters especially how they pass themselves off as conservatives. Start recall petitions if they’re allowed. Find real conservatives to run against them in the next election. Call their offices. Find money sources willing to back lawsuits for violating constitutional guarantees. Eventually, if the socialist grip becomes too tight, conservatives will again have to win their freedoms with armed violence.

Colonialgirl
Colonialgirl
2 years ago

Repukilcans; NOT Republicans; Wonder if they anti-Trump too ?

grizzman1
grizzman1
2 years ago

HANGEM’ HIGH!
The penalty for TREASON is DEATH!
These 2 milk-sops( Indecisive and COWARDS ) forgot about FREEDOM & LIBERIES in making their vote!
They should have a recall, and vote in a DemoTARED! At least they are honest about wanting to take your FREEDOMS!
These 2 IDIOTS are RePUBLIPUKES!
HANGEM’, HANGEM HIGH!

Carlo
Carlo
2 years ago

Welcome to Nazi Germany, Cambodia under Pol Pot, Communist China, USSR (Yes I know it isn’t called that anymore) Italy under Mussolini, Castro’s Cuba. People better wise up they are coming for our guns. Saul ALinsky teaches ask for a lot and then be willing to get a little. Just takes longer but it works. Alinsky was the one Hillary wrote a paper on and idolized him and so did Obama. And watch out for Beto O’Rourke. He goes by Obama’s play book. very anti gun and may run for president in 2020.

Udo Walter
Udo Walter
2 years ago
Reply to  Carlo

Carlos, NAZIS did not disarm the German citizens the Zionist Weimar Republic did. The shooting sport was extremely popular with the NAZIS and gun rights have been guaranteed by the Fuehrer himself
to his people.

Carlo
Carlo
2 years ago
Reply to  Udo Walter

First off Udo I am NOT Hispanic it is Carlo and I am of Italian descent. Few German citizens owned, or were entitled to own firearms in Germany in the 1930s.The Weimar Republic had strict gun control laws. When the Third Reich gained power, some aspects of gun regulation were loosened, such as allowing ownership for Nazi party members and the military. The laws were tightened in other ways. Nazi laws disarmed “unreliable” persons, especially Jews, but relaxed restrictions for “ordinary” German citizens. The policies were later expanded to include the confiscation of arms in occupied countries. Get your facts… Read more »

Ron
Ron
2 years ago
Reply to  Udo Walter

Carlos, few people know this,and even more refuse to believe it. (Indoctrinated PC)
Ron #1?

Carlo
Carlo
2 years ago
Reply to  Udo Walter

Ron, you are right most people do not know this. But those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. And please, it is Carlo!

Ron
Ron
2 years ago
Reply to  Carlo

Whoops….Carlo.
‘Communism In Germany’ Adolf Ehart

Ron 1

FEZ
FEZ
2 years ago

I’m not sure if the previous repliers are Loudoun County residents. There is some history to this issue. Over a two month period there were 4 incidents of houses being hit by bullets. These did not all happen at the same address. This issue would not have come up if those responsible had paid better attention and concern as to where their expended rounds came to a stop. Increasing the setback distances for shooting is an easy way out. Those responsible for hitting the homes as well as those in their company should be held responsible, not all gun owners… Read more »

Douglas Kuykendall
Douglas Kuykendall
2 years ago

Looks like these boys might need a visit

joefoam
joefoam
2 years ago

Pointing out that Trump didn’t win in the district makes it OK to go anti-gun? Typical politician, pandering for votes rather than representing his constituents. The fools refuse to accept that accidents happen and no amount of legislation will stop them from happening. When they figure out how to stop accidents please let me know so I can cancel all my insurance coverage.

Rock
Rock
2 years ago

I guess those who voted these two pricks into office didn’t do their homework before voting day… I bet you’ll do some SERIOUS homework next election. These two should NEVER be on a Republican ballot or mind again.

GregTorchia
GregTorchia
2 years ago
Reply to  Rock

Don’t care what political brand you wear/ the penalty for treason is death/1776 On steroids this time

The Green Watch Dog
The Green Watch Dog
2 years ago
Reply to  GregTorchia

Share with us Greg, the last time anyone was convicted for treason in the United State of America……

Ron
Ron
2 years ago

Well green watch…Iva Toguri D’Aquino (Tokyo Rose) was convicted of treason in 1949. She was the 7th to be convicted of treason in the history of the United States.
Pres Gerald Ford pardoned her 1/19/77 full and unconditional She had been set up and was innocent.
I don’t recall of anyone else…perhaps the traitor ‘Johnathan Pollard? Who wasn’t Innocent.

GregTorchia
GregTorchia
2 years ago
Reply to  GregTorchia

No time like the present /no bird like a pheasant /if not now ,then when ??if not us ,,then who Sherlock Holmes?What do you think they’re going to do to you in the FEMA camps -chop your head off ?””treason”” of course WILL the charge Green mountain dog all nice and neat like Patrick Henry

MickeyM
MickeyM
2 years ago

bye bye Ron Meyer and Matt Letourneau

The Green Watch Dog
The Green Watch Dog
2 years ago

Have there been any meetings for public comment, or are there any planned? Does the NRA have arbitrators, mediators whatever the title, whenever our elected officials plan to pass a gun control bill they oppose? I myself oppose this bill for a number of reasons. I never hear any anyone reaching out, except when Ted Nugent makes threats.

Nova JB
Nova JB
2 years ago

Yes, there was one two weeks ago, I’m not aware of the NRA being there but the Virginia Citizens Defense League VCDL was there. The take away from the meeting was education over legislation would be best but if I had to guess the anti gun moms called relentlessly to push them to pass laws.
The problem is the careless have ruined it for the rest of us.

David
David
2 years ago

Traiters!!

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
2 years ago

The opposite side of the same corrupt coin,leftist’s of both parties.

Ron
Ron
2 years ago
Reply to  Green Mtn. Boy

Republicans turned inside out. Happens a lot. I don’t believe there is one election where there are not flip flops.
Unfortunately the voters don’t find out till it’s over with. Then we say…wait till next time. A 3rd party is in dire need.
Well, it has been for some time now.

Rights 50
Rights 50
2 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Recall them its a right we seldom exercise

m.
m.
2 years ago

another swallows-well follower