GOA And VCDL Challenge Virginia’s One Handgun A Month Law

Millions of law-abiding citizens submit to background checks, as intimated by the president's comment to reporters. (Dave Workman)
GOA And VCDL Challenge Virginia's One Handgun A Month Law (Dave Workman)

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Gun Owners of America (GOA), Gun Owners Foundation (GOF), Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), Brothers N Arms, Inc., and Valerie Trojan are challenging Virginia’s new “one handgun a month” law.

The alliance filed the suit in the circuit court for the county of Goochland. The group is asking the court to grant temporary and permanent injunctive relief from the law as well as a petition for a writ of mandamus. The write of mandamus would prevent the Virginia State Police from enforcing the new law. The lawsuit names Colonel Gary Settle (superintendent of the State Police) in his official duty as head of the state police force.

The Democrat lead legislature passed a “one handgun a month” law last session amid massive backlash from gun owners from across the Commonwealth. Last November, Michael Bloomberg funded organizations such as Everytown For Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action pumped millions of dollars into the Virginia elections. Virginia became a battleground for gun rights.

Over 96% of the Commonwealth declared itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary. In January, tens of thousands of gun owners from around the country showed up in Richmond for the state’s annual Lobby Day. Democrat Chap Peterson told Fox News that Lobby Day and the 2A Sanctuary movement was why the proposed “assault firearms” ban failed.

The suit argues that the law unconstitutionally rations an enumerated right. GOA contends that the bill would be akin to the government telling a newspaper how many times they can publish a week or limit the number of bibles a Christian could buy to one a month. The groups point out that the founders did not put a limit on how many times someone can use their rights.

In 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down Washington D.C.’s one handgun a month law. The court ruled that it was unconstitutional. Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg said D.C.’s claim that registration limits reduce the number of guns on the streets “does not justify restricting an individual’s undoubted constitutional right to keep arms (plural) in his or her home.”

Virginia had a “one handgun a month law” in the past, but the legislature repealed the law in 2012. Instead of violent crime increasing as anti-gun groups and politicians predicted, Virginia became one of the safest states in the country. GOA/GOF Senior Vice President Erich Pratt doesn’t think the new law is about making Virginians safer. He sees it as a part of a bigger anti-gun agenda.

“Gov. Northam wants a repeat of this failed law, which was previously repealed in 2012,” Pratt said in a press release. “In the past eight years, Virginia was ranked as one of the safest states in the country. This shows that the radical push for gun control has nothing to do with reducing crime, but rather is about implementing a disarmament agenda.”

Gun rights activists also worry about the law creating a gun registry. To know that someone is trying to buy multiple handguns in 30 days requires a database. Pratt calls this list a gun registry, and other gun-rights activists agree with him.

The new gun laws go into effect on July 1st in the Commonwealth. The Virginia State Police didn’t return AmmoLand’s request for comment.


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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loveaduck
loveaduck
21 days ago

Apparently the US Supreme Court will now allow this by refusing to even hear it.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
21 days ago

One handgun a month.
Seven day WAIT to pick up a PAID FOR ITEM.
MAY(not)ISSUE from the Maryland State Police who VERY SELDOM allow a LEGAL LAW ABIDING CITIZEN to obtain a VERY LIMITED —- carry permit. One MUST have RECENT JUDICIAL PROOF of IMMINENT DANGER to “MAY BE” get a permissibly granted carry permit.

Will
Will
21 days ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

,It’s not up to the Maryland State Police to determine squat! Tell them to go to hell and carry on! Even that damn HQL is unconstitutional as hell. Don’t even pay them morons no nevermind!

2WarAbnVet
2WarAbnVet
22 days ago

What’s that the Founders wrote — “shall not be infringed”? I guess they and that pesky thing called the Rule of Law, that they were so concerned about, are no longer of any consequence.

Oldvet
Oldvet
22 days ago
Reply to  2WarAbnVet

There is another point if hitlery were potus she would more than likely have the scotus Impeached .

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
21 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

@OV, I am reaching for my Rolaids! The democrat party seems to be rejecting hiLIARy as not liberal enough!

Will
Will
21 days ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@WB,how’s your horse doing?

Will
Will
21 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

,after almost 4 years she’s still a very angry, bitter bull dyke! Have you seen it’s face lately? Pitiful,just pitiful!

nrringlee
nrringlee
22 days ago

This is “standing law” in many progressive utopias like California and it has so far evaded court intervention. Ideas like these are a virus that spreads like herpes in a frat house among progressives intent on destroying your liberty. For those of you who had faith that the Supreme Court would be our reason driven court of last resort I am sorry to say that they appear to be held hostage to the threat of leftist mob violence. Won the side of law and order may joke about tar and feathers to get what we want but the mobs bought… Read more »