Virginia proposed a sweeping ban on numerous popular guns—just weeks after its residents voted and gave total control of the state’s Legislature to Democrats.
Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) introduced the Senate Bill 16 (SB-16) to confiscate firearms from Virginians. The SB-16 will create a total ban on America’s most commonly owned rifle, the AR-15, besides numerous other rifles, pistols, and shotguns that Virginians use for hunting, target practice, and self-defense.
“It is unlawful for any person to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, possess, or transport an assault firearm,” stated Saslaw’s proposed bill.
To make matters worse for existing gun owners, the proposed legislation does not grandfather current owners, according to the statement on the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) website. The NRA-ILA waved a red flag about the proposed SB-16.
The bill would also extend to common firearm parts. It sought to enlarge the state’s definition of “assault firearm.”
This will include shotguns with revolving cylinder, semi-automatic shotguns with countless characteristics, semi-automatic centerfire rifles with a fixed magazine with a capacity greater than 10 rounds, and a semi-automatic centerfire rifle with a detachable magazine that has one of the following characteristics such as, a folding or telescoping stock, a pistol grip, a thumbhole stock, a bayonet mount, a grenade launcher, a flare launcher, a silencer, or other specific criteria.
The NRA-ILA website listed in detail the criteria that the SB-16 included as “assault firearm.”
“A knowledgeable firearms owner will take a look at the ridiculous definition and realize that such ham-handed legislation must be born out of petty vindictiveness or a complete ignorance of firearm technology, as there is no logical public safety rationale,” the NRA-ILA stated.
“The legislation is clearly designed to be firearms confiscation, as current owners would be forced to dispossess themselves of their property or face a felony conviction,” stated NRA-ILA.
Violation of the law’s requirements would be a Class 6 felony, which is punishable by up to five years imprisonment in the Democrats-controlled state of Virginia.
This would mean that once the SB-16 is passed as legislation, law-abiding gun owners could find themselves in a sticky situation.
If gun owners are caught or found in possession of an “assault firearm,” even one the gun owners had purchased prior to the ban, they could be convicted of a Class 6 felony.
Once the SB-16 passes into law, handgun users could become instant lawbreakers, warned the NRA-ILA.
“Many handguns commonly owned by law-abiding citizens for concealed carry come standard with magazines that would be banned,” stated the NRA-ILA.
“Otherwise law-abiding gun owners who violate the magazine provision could be found guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. A Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail,” the NRA-ILA wrote.
As Virginia Democrats are pushing to confiscate guns, many residents are resisting their unconstitutional gun laws. The Virginia ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ Movement is gaining momentum.
As many as 20 Virginia counties have declared themselves “Second Amendment sanctuary counties,” Virginia Citizens Defense League President Philip Van Cleave said.
“I’ve never seen anything like this, and I’ve been doing this for over 20 years,” Van Cleave told the Washington Free Beacon. “It’s a sleeping giant that had been pretty much not paying attention to politics, and now they’re awake, and now they’re flooding these sanctuary county hearings. Flooding them,” continued Van Cleave.
“It’s sending a huge message to the General Assembly that a lot of the state does not want more gun control, certainly none of the crap that they’re pushing that does nothing but affect law abiding citizens,” said Van Cleave, who added that the SB-16 “doesn’t do anything for criminals.”
Includes reporting from Washington Free Beacon and the Western Journal