Proponents of the Second Amendment to the Constitution went to Virginia’s Capitol on Monday to oppose a series of gun control measures that were to be implemented by the majority Democratic lawmakers.
The rally that brought together thousands of people led to several of the stringent proposals being dropped and some others reformulated, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
DJ Spiker, Virginia’s state director of the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Legislative Action Institute, said they were more than impressed by the massive turnout. “You can see the passion and enthusiasm that the citizens of Virginia have in joining us in this fight” he said.
SB6, one of the controversial bills through which authorities could seize different types of firearms, was eventually withdrawn altogether. Meanwhile, some of the other measures to be implemented made headway in the state Senate Judiciary Committee despite being already weakened.
Spiker said that while the bills aimed at the state Senate were not very successful, they still represented a threat to Second Amendment rights.
“While there were some improvements to some of these bills, overall, it’s still bad legislation. (…) Putting in more regulations and making it more onerous on the law-abiding citizens of Virginia is not something we stand for,” Spiker said.
As The Western Journal pointed out, the issue of gun control has been amid a bidding war since last fall’s election put both houses of the state Legislature are in Democratic hands.
Likewise, the measures the Democrats seek to push through the state have been strongly rejected by the people of Virginia, and so far more than 40 local governments have passed resolutions to safeguard citizens’ rights to bear arms.
Thus hundreds of people moved across the state whose individual jurisdictions are declared ‘sanctuaries’ for the Second Amendment, and in front of the capitol said they were not willing to back down.
Christina Baker, a nurse who attended the hearings, said, “I’m a single female that travels the country by myself in completely new areas. (…) I never know where I’m going to end up, and protecting myself with whatever firearm I choose is important to me.”
“With the bills that are written and how they’re written, 90 percent of my firearms, including my carry firearms, would be made illegal, and I would be made a felon overnight,” the nurse told The Washington Free Beacon.
The Judiciary Committee also sought to implement on Monday an amendment to a universal background check bill to now apply specifically to sales rather than general gun transfers.
A “red flag” law was also passed, which allows a judge to order the temporary seizure of a person’s firearms, while restricting anyone’s ability to file a lawsuit against the measure.
Regarding the measures, Reco Ford, a store owner who also attended the hearing, told The Washington Free Beacon, “They all bother me, but the one that’s the most heinous is the red flag law because it violates multiple constitutional amendments. Second, Fourth, Fifth.”
“‘Shall not be infringed’ is pretty clear. It’s written in the United States Constitution as well as the Virginia Constitution.”
A similar event took place last week, which was supported by the gun control group Moms Demand Action, which is funded by this year’s Democratic candidate, Michael Bloomberg.
According to official estimates, 200 volunteers from the organization came out to lobby legislators for gun control, a comparatively small number compared to the NRA crowd at Monday’s meeting, The Washington Free Beacon reported.