GOA and VCDL Seek An Injunction Against Northam’s Gun Ban

Correction: This article was updated to reflect the rejection of this injunction by the presiding Judge and the move to appeal the same injunction in the state supreme court by GOA. Stay tuned on this fast-moving story.

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Richmond, VA-(Ammoland.com)- On Wednesday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a state of emergency in direct response to the VCDL Lobby Day that is taking place on Monday, January 20th. The state of emergency bans all weapons, including guns, from Capitol Square from Friday night until Tuesday morning. The emergency action will also ban items like helmets and shields.

In the Governor’s press conference, Northam claimed he was worry about another Charlottesville happening in Richmond. In Charlottesville, white nationalists and Antifa clashed at the “Unite the Right Rally”. There was widespread violence.

Many observers blamed the Governor and the police for the violent outbreaks. The Governor used his emergency powers to cancel the rally after the participants gathered to hear the speakers, and then the police funneled the white nationalist out of the park where they gathered directly into the waiting Antifa mob. The two groups started clashing with each other and fighting. The rally ended on the death of Heather Heyer at the hands of a car driven by a white nationalist.

White nationalist groups are not part of the VCLD’s Lobby Day. The only issue discussed on Lobby Day by the attendees is gun rights. The local Antifa group has also spoken out against the Democrat’s anti-gun bills.

Even though there has never been violence at any Lobby Day in the past, the Governor still insists his ban is necessary. He claims it is for the safety of the lawmakers and the public. Most attendees at Lobby Day will have conceal handgun permits which means they have been through extensive criminal background checks. CHP holders have a much lower crime rate than the general population.

“No weapons will be allowed on capitol grounds. This includes everything from sticks and bats to chains and projectiles,” Northam said at the press conference.

The Governor claims Virginia agencies have received credible threats against the Democrat-controlled government. Northam didn’t say what the danger was or who was making the threats. The Virginia State Police referred AmmoLand to the Governor’s office for information about the threats. They were not able to confirm or deny the Governor’s claims.

In response to the ban, Gun Owners of America and the Virginia Citizens Defense League have asked the court to issue an injunction to stop the gun ban from going into effect. At the heart of the request is a 2012 law that prevents the Governor from banning guns by using a state of emergency.

Complaint and Application for Temp Injunction as FILED

GOA is arguing that the Governor’s actions violate the Virginia and U.S. Constitutions, as well as, a 2012 state law which strictly limits the governor’s ability to ban gun in a state of emergency.

“Governor Northam is behaving like the royal governors who long preceded him,” Erich Pratt, Senior Vice President of Gun Owners Of America said, “He has arrogantly and brazenly tried to restrict the rights protected to Virginians by the First and Second Amendments.

For this reason, Gun Owners of America is joining VCDL in asking the courts to issue an emergency injunction forbidding the enforcement of the Governor’s unlawful ban. The Lobby Day rally is held annually with thousands of participants and without incident. The only difference this year is that, in response to the Democrats’ attempt to eviscerate the Second Amendment, a much larger crowd is expected.”

The Governor and the Democrat-controlled legislature have made gun-control their key issue. Michael Bloomberg dumped millions into the Virginia elections to seize control of the Commonwealth. The Democrats put into power by the anti-gun groups have an utter disdain for gun owners. Senator Dave Marsden went as far as calling gun owners little kids and insisting that they have mental issues.

On Monday, an estimated 50,000 to 120,000-gun owners will descend on Richmond to lobby their representatives for gun rights and to attend a pro-gun rally. More than 60 buses from around the state are coming to the Capitol. Other buses are coming from states as far as Connecticut.

Around the state, the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement has taken off. As of this writing, over 96% of the Commonwealth has declared that they will not enforce unconstitutional gun laws. There has been no violence at any of these hearings.

Gun Owners of America and VCDL hopes to get an answer on the injunction by close of business today.

About John 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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Good, there should have been consitutional lawyers filing cases to begin with. We need the socialist democrats to stop trying to destroy America ans we need democrats that don’t consider them selves socialists to wake up, your party has gone insane. They no longer represent the people.


Simple. The democrats hate America


GOA and VCDL should be telling the Virginia People that no matter what law KKK Northam makes concerning firearms, those ‘laws’ are void because they are in contravention to the U.S. Constitution and as such are null & void. Numerous SCOTUS rulings to that fact.
The Virginia People should be LAUGHING at KKK Northam and Richmond.
How many people in Virginia have spoken to their local police? To their Sheriff?
You must insure the police and Sheriff are on your side and the side of the Constitution.
Try acting like Americans.


So Very glad I joined the VCDL THIS morning, in fact!! Very excited that we Virginians will not be defenseless when Antifa shows up on Monday. You know that Bloomberg has orchestrated this whole thing. Well, our Virginia judge(s) did not buy into it . Thank you Judge!!!!!

HMLA-167 Warrior

Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America are the two organizations to join, in my opinion, if you live in Virginia. The (insert your state name here) Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America are the two organizations to join if you live in (insert your state name here).

BUT unfortunately, the ban was upheld by the judge who did buy into it… or maybe that should be by the judge who was bought.

Deplorable Bill

Tyranny, rather the reaction to tyranny, actually does have some good points to it; Tall trees, short ropes and windy days. When those in office or in power refuse to honor the oath they took to defend the nation, people and constitution, they would look good enough to persuade others of their ilk while swinging with a mouth full of flys for a day or two. If the courts refuse to honor the constitution and the Scripture it is founded on, the citizenry will have only two choices. One choice is slavery, the other is defending the freedoms and rights,… Read more »


THAT is how democrats do things. The Hegelian Dialectic, again. The democrats hire the radicals to rob, pillage and burn, then they claim it was conservatives. It is their tried & true method.

Dave in Fairfax

ttj, You constantly harp on the Hegelian Dialectic. Since it is based on Thesis and Antithesis resulting in a solution to a problem please explain how what you just said has anything to do with it. It isn’t misdirection, which is what you are talking about in your above comment.

There isn’t even any setup an situation, have someone react to it, offer a predetermined solution scenario, which is what some extremist commentators call an Hegelian Dialectic.
I’m confused, please explain it to me.

Dave in Fairfax

USA, Thanks, but I was really looking for an explanation from ttj as to what it meant in THIS instance. I *think* I’ve got a pretty good idea of what it means otherwise. I just didn’t see the correlation in his comment.


Let’s see… Northam wants to have his thugs armed and the citizens disarmed. I wonder what the body count would have to be for him to be satisfied…


fuck you scumbag

Wild Bill

@cav, That is really boring swearing for a former cav guy. Is ” fuck you scumbag” all you got? Complete REMF level unsat! You are a no go at this station.
My wife can swear better than that. People are going to doubt that you ever were in the military. Now, go back and try again!



Wild Bill

@hippy, If you are replying to USA, then … I think that you are misunderstanding his missive.

Wild Bill

@USA, I think what your are saying is that the left wants all Constitution supporting and America loving, gun owners dead.

Dave in Fairfax

USA, Judging by Cav and Hippybikers’ response, I’d say they misunderstood what you were saying. I’m sure that there aren’t enough people he despises to sate his blood lust.
I’m reminding them that swearing is not allowed in comments.


It has all been fabricated to fit the agenda!


Perhaps we should go “Old School “ on Northam and his Demoncrat toadies ?
You know, pitchforks, shovels, torches, and a rail or two to ride them out of town on ; oh and don’t forget the tar and feathers!
Everything on the above list is PERMITTED on the Capital grounds and chambers.


Northam has made himself a State and Federal FELON by violating the first sentence of his Oath of Office. Punishable by 4 years minimum in Federal prison. Why hasn’t the State Attorney filed charges against him.
A criminal trying to make everyone a criminal.

If you are from Virginia you a have the right to charge him, then it’s up to the Attorney General to prosecute him and it costs you NOTHING but a little effort. Win or loose it will cost him his career.

Dave in Fairfax

Old Marine, Bringing you up to speed. The AG, the Gov and the Lt Gov are are cut from the same cloth. The AG tried to do an end run around the Constitution a while ago and had to back track because of the uproar. The gov is known for his blackface pictures and his post-birth abortion stance. The Lt gov was almost tossed out due to accusations, but fought against any investigation, then said that since there wasn’t any investigation, he was innocent. They’re all in it together. None of them are going to go after any of the… Read more »

Dave in Fairfax

USA, Shocked, you say! %-)


What happened with this “update” Crumpy?

UPDATE 4:33 pm 01/16/2020: The Judge, in this case, has ruled that the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s Gun Ban order can not be enforced. The Virginia court is now in recess until Monday and the ruling can not be appealed before lobby day is over.

You tell us it was blocked, and then just delete it? WTF


I already posted the result. GOA & VCDL FAILED.

Judge Taylor is a Progressive, well-known in Richmond circles.

In her opinion, the court must give deference to his decision-making authority, never mind the law in question that LIMITS his authority.

She cites a US Supreme court case that refers to the MILITARY, not a Governor.

So Taylor has declared Northam to be a General.

Unquote this and read for yourself. Ralph is gloating.


HMLA-167 Warrior

Arizona is simply calling out Crump for poor reporting and then post-facto editing to hide his mistake.

HMLA-167 Warrior

It’s John Crump… what do you expect?


The progressive leftist judge ignored the plain writing of the law that specifically denies Northam the authority to ban guns. Said GOA and VCDL did not provide proof of irreparable harm. They did. People have to give up either 1st or 2nd amendment rights, and cannot petition the gov while protecting themselves, and thus by banning guns and limiting access to lawmakers, gun rights may be more restricted by legislators.

HMLA-167 Warrior

I’m not an attorney and did not even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but it seems to me that GOA and VCDL should not need to provide proof of irreparable harm. They just need to show how the ban violates existing law. The 2012 law specifically prohibits limitation of citizens’ right to keep and bear arms when a state of emergency is declared except in areas used as shelters. After the location of much of the post-Katrina violence, the intent of that law is clear to those with working grey matter in their craniums. And the law… Read more »

Wild Bill

@HMLA, The issue before the court is the injunction, not the actual case. One step at a time. But I like the rest of what you said.

HMLA-167 Warrior

I did put in a disclaimer lol.


“Changing definitions of words, manipulating language, in order to meet their desired communistic changes… ”

It is what Democrats do.


They should indeed! “Your bed looks nice, I’ll take that, Ralphie. After you change the sheets. Oh, and get me some single malt, would ya?”.
Since his house is on the grounds, it is now my shelter.

The judge was an activist legislating from the bench, and we have far too many like her.

By Blackface’s current reasoning, he can next declare a statewide emergency because one ANTIFA soyboy posts a threat, and claim the entire state is a gun free zone!


Yes, Arizona. You nailed it.

Judicial activism.

The LIMITATION is here:


See (3).


It seems the fix is in. Virginia is no longer a Republic.


Local reporter has twitter thread on Northam’s Victory:


Earlier feed:


Abject FAIL. Judge Joi Taylor is a Progressive.



Excellent! We found an honest judge who blocked it!


The article had an update at the header saying the judge approved the injunction. Now it is gone. WTF? The author screwed up, and is now hiding his error rather than owning it.


So many people have said they will refuse to comply with Anti 2A legislation. Now is the time to put YOUR Freedom where Your Mouth is.


USA, the Founding Fathers warned the American People to ignore all unconstitutional ‘laws’. They knew tyrants would try to oppress the People by unconstitutional means.
It is our duty to IGNORE all unconstitutional ‘laws’.


Yup, I know what you mean. Yes, I carry everywhere I go. I have to visit friends in Boston and Oregon. I carry no matter what. I was lucky, growing up in Oregon, we were taught what happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. We were taught that the American People are the Power and Authority in America, in our REPUBLIC. The People CREATED the governments, the governments are NOT our masters and have NO power to change Rights. But, when ever the American people kneel and obey, they tell the government that it is the master. We… Read more »


@tet, you were lucky to have grown up in Oregon, as I in WA. However things have changed radically and you know it. Oregon will follow WA and then CO will fall. I knew it was going south in ’74 and it is all due to CA and the libs moving out to their idea of the burbs and leaving that scummy mess they created to Pelosi and her likes….sad

Wild Bill

@Dark, what action are you suggesting?


Just like most posters on here I believe the Constitution protects our rights and any laws that sadist tries to Implement is void. I honestly don’t know what he’s passed to try and disarm the people at the rally and how far it goes, meaning are even Virginia law enforcement banned from possession at the rally? I ask this because didn’t a few sheriffs say they would deputize thousands of citizens in Virginia? Wouldn’t those deputies be allowed to carry firearms under this traitors ban?

Ryben Flynn

I’m wondering when someone proficient in Photoshop will modify the State Seal to reflect the current situation. A Patriot with an AR15 standing over a defeated tyrant in a business suit. Seems hypocritical of the powers that be don’t understand what that seal means as they are the tyrants depicted in the illustration.
Remember the Battle of Athens.


VCDL & GOA have appealed to VA supreme court.


Evidently, lawyers for the Right haven’t learned the fine Democrats ploy of Judge Shopping ! Instead, they submitted there injunction action to one of the most Leftist, Progressive judges in Virginia!!!!!!!
And they are surprised when she shot down ( no pun intended ) their case !
The Right plays Airsoft and the Left plays hardball – we never learned the game.


The sooner we tie all these groups together the better. White and black nationalist/supremacists, Neo Nazi, alt right, alt left, Progressives, Liberals, Marxists, Communists, socialists of all stripes, AntiFa – they are all merely schisms of authoritarianism/totalitarianism. They all end up in the same dark place – enslavement of the masses and murder of those opposing their ideology. They merely use and denigrate different groups to get to their end game of enslavement. Once we do that this whole scheme for them falls apart. They cannot deny this truth as once you dissect their ideology it is buck naked they… Read more »

Wild Bill

@31, Tie them together, you say. I like your thinking, but that is a lot of rope!

Ansel Hazen

I hope everyone is noting the absence of a certain 3 letter group whose initials start with N.

HMLA-167 Warrior

I’m guessing that the conversation went something like this:

“Hey Wayne LaPooPoo.”

“Yes, Gov. Blackface…”

“Michael B. will buy you 5 new suits if you keep the NRA out of Virginia.”

“But we are headquartered in Virginia.”

“I mean keep the NRA out of Virginia’s upcoming political quagmire.”

“Oh, I see. Well, Gov. Blackface, I guess that depends on what kind of suits they are.”

“White… with a hood… Just like the one in my yearbook photos.”

“Done deal.”


You have to lie because you are wrong.
The NRA is NOT in bed with your buddy Northam.
How easily you stooges do the bidding of the anti-gun communist democrats and attack the NRA.
Yes, I despise WLP, but the NRA is the largest pro-gun group and the oldest. They have been at the front fighting against these bans. The articles here at Ammoland are good at not speaking about the good things the NRA does.
If you hate WLP so much, why not join and defeat him?


Forgot to add, the NRA has been in this fight, but Ammoland has an animus against the NRA.
They are providing funds and legal assistance.
You should have looked before you leapt.

Ansel Hazen

Show us then. I’d like to see it but I live in another state they ignore so I’ll need convincing.


The NRA. Working with the corrupt government since the 1930s to infringe on the people’s rights! Read some real history!


The NRA is all about $. Especially under WLP. Gun rights? Not so much. Compromised values? Absolutely


LIST one time NRA compromised anything.
SHOW US where the NRA supported the Red Flag laws or any other anti-gun ‘law’.
What you will do is show SAF or GOA claiming such, or the WAPO or NYT stating so. Because it is a lie. How easily you are willing to do the bidding of the anti-gun democrats.


Ok, how about how the NrA supported the ban and/or reclassification of bump stocks.

That was easy.

Ansel Hazen

An ommission is the same as compromise. If the NRA looks the other way in a fight for our rights it’s the same thing. 2016 Question 3 Maine. Bloomturd and his $3 million were defeated by the great work of Gun Owners of Maine and Sportsmans Alliance of Maine. They are our equivalent of VCDL


Surly you jest, Sparky! How about the NFA of 1934 also FFA of 1938 as well as the GCA of 1968 that was directly based on the NAZI weapons control Act of 1938. And the lis5 goes on!


How easily you attack pro-gun organizations. You know nothing.
Stop shilling for the anti-gun, anti-constitution democrats.


As an American, you have every right to be wrong, and express your beliefs, as incorrect and misguided as they may be. You’re welcome.


Join GOA!


They must be related to Governor Blackface.