Yes, Virginia… They Want To Seize Your Guns

Opinion By Larry Keane

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Yes, Virginia… They Want To Seize Your Guns

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Got guns, Virginia? Your state government wants them.

Virginia lawmakers are pre-filing bills that would clamp down on gun rights to the point of dispossessing law-abiding gun owners of their legally purchased modern sporting rifles and other commonly-owned semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Everything is on the table for the incoming state legislature, from criminalizing youth hunters to forcing through the entire wish list of gun control measures.

Virginia Democrat State Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, who represents portions of Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Falls Church, all suburbs of Washington D.C., sponsored S.B. 16, which would prohibit the sale, transfer and possession of so-called “assault firearms” and certain magazines. Violating the measure would be a state felony.

The text of the proposed legislation goes further than the states with the strictest of gun control laws. If passed, Virginia’s lawmakers would instantly turn lawful owners of America’s most popular-selling centerfire rifle into instant felons, unless they dispossess themselves of their legally purchased modern sporting rifle. There are way more than 16 million modern sporting rifles in private ownership in America. While the exact number of these popular rifles in Virginia isn’t known as state-specific estimates don’t exist, it’s important to note there is no proposed grandfather clause to exempt the likely several hundreds of thousands of rifles already in legal possession or even to register them.

New York and Connecticut passed their draconian gun control laws that prohibited the sale of modern sporting rifles but allowed those already lawfully owned to kept if registered with the state. The attempt to register these rifles was an abysmal failure, however. As many as one million modern sporting rifles were estimated to be legally owned in The Empire State when they forced through a ban and registration in 2014. Connecticut did the same in 2013, where there were believed to be 350,000 rifles.  At the registration deadline in Connecticut, just 41,347 rifles were registered.  New York refused to answer the question until a Freedom of Information request was filed. State officials finally admitted only 23,847 registrations were filed.

Changing Definitions

The legislation would also change what is considered an “assault firearm.” Under the proposed definition, it would include any firearm that is capable of accepting a detachable magazine and one of the following characteristics:

  • a folding or telescoping stock
  • a pistol grip
  • a thumbhole stock
  • a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand
  • a bayonet mount
  • a grenade launcher
  • a flare launcher
  • a silencer
  • a flash suppressor
  • a muzzle brake
  • a muzzle compensator
  • a threaded barrel capable of accepting a silencer, flash suppressor, a muzzle brake or a muzzle compensator, or,
  • any characteristic of like kind, which is left open to the individual to determine if they’re in violation of the proposed law.

Pistols would be subject to the same definition, with the exception of the pistol grip. Also banned would be any firearm capable of holding more than 10 rounds with a fixed magazine, shotguns with revolving cylinders, or any of the listed characteristics, and those shotguns with a fixed magazine capacity of more than seven rounds. The ban also extends to “assault firearms” parts that can be assembled into a rifle.

Magazines

It’s not just the guns they’re after. The proposed legislation would also ban the import, sale, barter or transfer of any firearms magazine that’s designed to hold more than 10 rounds. That would seem to allow the millions of standard capacity magazines to remain as legally held, it’s just the overwhelming majority of the rifles with which they’re designed to be used wouldn’t be. The language is also important. It reads “designed to hold,” which indicates that after-market parts to limit the capacity wouldn’t work. Only those “designed” for just 10 rounds would remain legal for sale.

Age-Based Gun Ban

If that weren’t bad enough, Sen. Saslaw also introduced S.B. 18 that would institute an age-based gun ban, making it a felony to purchase a firearm unless the buyer is over 21. That would deny adult Virginians their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, yet they are eligible to vote, serve on juries, marry, serve in uniform and are fully vested in their rights to free speech and exercise of religion.

But it does more. It would also erase the Old Dominion’s hunting and recreational target shooting heritage by making it a felony to allow anyone under 18 to be in possession of a firearm by themselves. This would make criminals of those parents who allow their teens to hunt by themselves on their own property unless they were under the immediate supervision of a parent or guardian or adult over 21 with parental permission.

Virginia’s gun rights battle is real. The intention to disarm law-abiding Virginians is serious. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is focused and determined to defeat this gun control agenda and protect the ability of Virginians to exercise their Second Amendment rights.


National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout National Shooting Sports Foundation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations, and publishers. www.nssf.org

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standfirm
standfirm
6 months ago

The entire state should stand together as “new” felons if that’s what it takes. If the state legislature wants to deem them felons so be it. Stand together. If you cave, there’s no going back from losing your guns, Ever!

Arny
Arny
7 months ago

These are the very same people that have no problem selling weapons around the world to topple foreign Govts. Even sell nuclear secrets to enrich themselves. Yeah I guess I would be worried if in their shoes. Fast & Furious was a good example. Ukraine, Libya, etc.

Stripeseven
Stripeseven
7 months ago

Unless those that seek to destroy America are prosecuted for their crimes against the people, these assaults will continue. The Constitution was written for government despots. TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242 explains in a language that everyone can easily understand, that deprivation of rights is a federal crime. No one is above the law…

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
7 months ago

It would appear that your scary weapons only need to be registered if you intend to commit a crime and be caught with it. Somehow that’s the only way the government can actually find them. But as for the good law abiding folks who actually complied with the Anti-Constitutional requirement, we’ll just gave to wait and see what becomes of them.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
7 months ago
Reply to  MICHAEL J

@USA, If so, then we better start thinking ahead. Por ejemplo: When leos serve a warrant on you, it will be at your house because that is where everyone has their stuff, including guns. So where can one put his stuff, including guns, so when the illegal confiscators come, with an unconstitutional warrant, they will find nothing? But it also has to be a place of convenient access.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
7 months ago

This is what a tyrannical government looks like. Since the democratic COMMUNISTS have gained control of the Virginian government, they plan on CONFISCATING all of the semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and handguns which were purchased LEGALLY.
Thus poses the question; HOW DID THESE NAZIS GET VOTED IN??????????

Arny
Arny
7 months ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Nazis is exactly what they are. Dating back to WWI. Kissinger kids.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

They DIDN’T!! The only way they can get in anymore is for them to rig the elections. This is done by ALL of the elections software/machine companies, who are in bed with the Commiecrats! The only way we can defeat this is to massively turn out in a Red Tsunami like we did in 2016 to keep Hitlery Clinton out!!

StWayne
StWayne
7 months ago

This is what conflagration under the color of law looks like. They take a law that used to serve the greater good, twist it into a weapon, where it then ignites other laws to that end. It eventually scares the masses into capitulating, where every time they drive by, there it is is: another law abiding citizen hanging upside-down from a bridge. “Next!”

StWayne
StWayne
7 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

Seems to me more and more that the left doesn’t give a rat’s ass as to what’s legal anymore, or Constitutional, but how they can wrap it around our necks, where the means will always justify their ends. It’s like a slip knot. The more we fight against it, the tighter our own actions make it. Word.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

@StW, this is exactly why we need to stop complying with ALL the non-laws that these tyrants have passed, or will pass. At some point, they’ll take actions that “cross the Rubicon”, and we will be in a full-on 2nd American Revolution. Something we should have (to be honest) done 106 years ago.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
7 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

, we must vote the left out, and keep them out. Many generations have been school programed by the left. Retaking the local school boards is crucial to restoring the republic.

TEEBONE
TEEBONE
7 months ago

Sen. Saslaw should change his name to Sen. Scofflaw.

hippybiker
hippybiker
7 months ago

Coming to a State near you. They’re trying this Sh*t here in Florida. We’re fighting them tooth and nail!

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
7 months ago

The solution? Shoot redcoats. The ENFORCERS of this crap would be the problem as they would be the traitors to their oaths. The “law” makers can be taken out with a vote. The ENFORCERS will have to be taken out with a bullet. I quote Ivan Throne here: There are countless articles and commentators and pundits who fence and tangle, who tumble and roll the slogans and platitudes of gun control, civilian disarmament, public safety, gun violence epidemics, commonsense restrictions, loopholes, Second Amendment rights and other sophisticated and nuanced and ultimately irrelevant sophistries that dance around and completely avoid the… Read more »

StWayne
StWayne
7 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

I’m with you on this one. I’ve been saying for awhile now that the time for words is over, because “they” have fired the first shot called socialism. The only way to defend against a killer, is to kill them before they get you. And oh by the way: North Korea has political prisons full of people just like this, if only because they had not the weaponry to fight back. The time to act is before it’s too late.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
7 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

LOL! One of the liberal snowflakes that come on here down voted the Declaration of Independence. I zeroed you back out.

Vern
Vern
7 months ago

The desire of the democrats to disarm law abiding citizens and fully arm the criminal element and their friends in the gangs to bring about the kind of law enforcement the left really wants, full submission to them or the grave.
The left wants to become more lethal to Americans than our enemies.

Baldwin
Baldwin
7 months ago

SB16 effectively outlaws all AR rifles and pistols (2nd Amendment rights). SB64 outlaws common militia activities and the right to public assembly (1st amendment rights). Bought and paid for by Bloomberg.

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+ful+SB16
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+ful+SB64+hil

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
7 months ago
Reply to  Baldwin

I bet SB64 will not be used against Antifa, only against us.

StreetSweeper
StreetSweeper
7 months ago

I don’t get it; none of those banned features adds to the lethality of the firearm. I’m sure there will be resistance to confiscations. Are these people TRYING to start CW 2? (aka The War of Coastal Aggression)

Baldwin
Baldwin
7 months ago

SB16 flat out outlaws all AR rifles and pistols. And SB64 outlaws militia activity. Read up and resist! 20 2A sanctuary counties in 3 weeks and counting!

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+ful+SB16
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+ful+SB64+hil

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
7 months ago
Reply to  Baldwin

Never call your activity “militia”. Call it citizen defense leagues or county defense associations. Militia is a lawful term that has been relegated to the dust bit of history back in 1903 when they were disbanded in favor of “national guard” which are NOT militia.

Captain Witold Pilecki
7 months ago

Armed Civil Disobedience:

DENY-DEFY-DECEIVE-EVADE-RESIST-SMUGGLE-DEFEND

http://tfbel.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-finer-details-of-armed-civil.html

To the citizens of Virginia; it works every time it is tried.

StWayne
StWayne
7 months ago

You sir, I would follow into battle.

jack mac
jack mac
7 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

StW. We need to be by his side.

StWayne
StWayne
7 months ago
Reply to  jack mac

I at least nullified the hack that voted you down. United we stand!

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
7 months ago

“:6). DEFEND – Follow the III% Catechism #3 that states “No First Use of Force”. Just like at the Concord Bridge on April 19, 1775, let the tyrants bring the force and let them fire first.” Let’s see…did the tyrants fire first at Ruby Ridge? Did they fire first at WACO? I’d say the April 19th 1775 date rather interestingly was mirrored on April 19th 1993 when 76 innocent men, women and children (17 children that were very young) were murdered. So maybe I’m wrong, but it seems the FIRST USE OF FORCE HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE. After all, wasn’t… Read more »