GOA & VCDL File For An Injunction To Halt Universal Background Checks In Virginia


National Instant Criminal Background Check System NICS
National Instant Criminal Background Check System NICS

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA-(Ammoland.com)-On Monday, Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) filed a lawsuit in Lynchburg, Virginia, for a temporary injunction to block the universal background checks law from going into effect in the Commonwealth.

In the previous legislative session in the Democrat-controlled legislature passed sweeping gun control measures, including a universal background check law. During early 2020, Virginia became ground zero for the battle over gun rights. Over 96% of jurisdictions within Virginia have declared themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries with Sheriffs Jenkins of Culpepper County threatening to deputize all residents.

The lawsuit names Colonel Gary T. Settle in his official duties as the Superintendent of the Virginia Department of State Police as a defendant. The suit claims that VCDL/GOA member Raul Wilson intends to sell a firearm to Peter Elhert, another VCDL/GOA member after the law goes into effect in July. The lawsuit alleges that the mandatory background checks violate the defendants’ gun rights under Article One, Section 13 of the Virginia Constitution.

Another plaintiff in the case is Wyatt Lowman. Lowman is an 18-year-old resident of Lynchburg. In Virginia, 18-year-old residents can own and purchase handguns if they are buying it through a private non-dealer sale, but the new law requires anyone going through a background check for a handgun to be 21 years old.

The new universal background check law effectively raises the minimum age to acquire a handgun from 18 years old to 21 years old. The legislature never intended to change the age for gun ownership in Virginia, but it did through an unintended side effect.

GOA and VCDL view this stealth law change as just another overreach by a government out of touch with its citizenship.

The plaintiffs also argue the universal background check statute presumes that any and every citizen intending to buy a firearm is a prohibited person. The law puts the onus on the gun buyer to prove to the state that they are not a criminal who turns the due process clause on its head. The case argues that this requirement shifts the burden of proof from the government to the gun buyer.

The case also highlights that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is not always instant. In many instances, the Virginia State Police or the FBI delays the background check results for days. The lawsuit views these delays as an undue burden on the rights of the gun buyer and the seller.

The Virginia State Police charges a fee for each background check it performs. In addition to the state charged fee, the dealer also charges the gun buyer an additional cost. Gun rights advocate sees these fees as a charge to exercise a right.

Gun rights groups also claim that background checks lead to a gun registration. These groups then claim that these gun registrations can lead to confiscation. With anti-gun politicians clamoring for an “Australian style” confiscation, these fears seem real.

VCDL and GOA won in this same court district to reopen a Lynchburg area gun range. The two gun groups have also teamed up to sue for an emergency injunction against Virginia’s one handgun a month law.

Virginia State Police didn’t return AmmoLand’s request for comment at the time of this writing.

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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“Some guy” has a point about how timidity and cheap, tough talk gets us nowhere, and I personally feel the same, but what other options do we have short of civil war? In my mind, the line we can’t cross is complying with any firearms registration mandates because the next and final step will be confiscation.

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Some guy

You have no other option. It’s time to fight, and a lot of us are going to die. But we still hold the upper hand. They are blue dots in a red sea, and there is nothing we need in those cities. Democrats are the enemy, the same as the imperial Japanese and the Nazi party was 80 years ago. Our only choice now is how we die, not if. They are going to come at us, you can die as a prisoner, or die as a man…..

Some guy

I admit, I have found it amusing to watch you people desperately trying to convince yourselves that somehow, by some miracle, your useless protests, your voting for the NRA A rated candidate, was going to do something for you. That something was going to happen, that many, many people, perhaps even you, were not going to have to die for the constitution to survive……… But I have become tired of it. Think about this…. Last weekend, or perhaps in a few days, on July fourth, you’re all going to be at cookouts and gatherings with people who have, and will… Read more »


in violation of about ten laws that you and I would be imprisoned for. Yet not a single arrest is made. BECAUSE HE IS ONE OF THEM. Yeah, I thought at first Raz should be picked off by a sniper, suppresed fire, from about two blocks away. But another would take his place quickly. I’ve read, credible source I can’t rememrber just now, that he is a convicted felon, and wondered BHY BATF/FBI did not move in and take him. But then I had to remember that there are many ,perhaps hundreds, of involutnery victims of that armed takeover, simply… Read more »

Some guy

The problem is, not one bit of the collapse you envision will be shown to anyone. The media is theirs, just like that dopeboy is. This will be shown to America as a resounding success. Even now they are pushing the story that it’s us coming in and shooting people. And they will continue to push that. In the end, you’ll shuffle into the “showers” with the rest of them. The only questions are, are you an American or a democrat? And are you willing to fight and die to preserve America for your kids or grandkids. Because there’s no… Read more »


The all-seeing Eye of Horus is always above the pyramid. Looking down, keeping his minions in line. Starting with the top row of bricks under the capstone, The Council of 13. The Bushs, Windsors, Bronfmans, Rothchilds, etc., and on down through the tiers to the Commitee of 300, and all the way down to the bottom row, you and I.
But we are the foundation. When we shrug, the entire rotten statue comes down. It’s why the elite are so desperate. Because we are just about to shrug them off as a dog scratches his fleas.

Ryben Flynn

Where I live the NICS background check is free. LGS do not charge for it. So Virginia does their own background check and charges a fee, but I bet the State Police just call NICS. Money grabbing scheme.