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Virginia Gun Confiscation Bill Pulled as Huge Pro-Gun Crowd Shows Up

By Joe Saunders – January 14, 2020

Democrats might wield power in the Old Dominion, but gun rights backers haven’t given up the fight.

As lawmakers met Monday to consider a slew of gun control bills, they were greeted by “thousands” of Second Amendment supporters determined to voice their opposition, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

Even in the face of that kind of popular discontent, four measures moved forward in the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee, thanks to a Democratic majority, though some were in slightly weakened form, The Free Beacon reported.

But one bill, known as SB 16, a controversial measure that would have “effectively” allowed authorities to confiscate weapons that violate it, was withdrawn entirely, The Free Beacon reported.

It was the potential of people power on full display.

We are beyond impressed by today’s turnout,” said D.J. Spiker, Virginia state director for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, according to The Free Beacon.

“You can see the passion and enthusiasm that the citizens of Virginia have in joining us in this fight,” Spiker said.

It’s a fight that’s been building since the fall’s elections put both houses of the state legislature in Democratic hands, along with the governor’s office, which Democrat Ralph Northam won in 2017.

In response to ambitious Democratic plans to proceed with gun control measures, Second Amendment supporters have mobilized throughout the state, with individual jurisdictions declaring themselves to be “sanctuaries” for Second Amendment rights.

But with the legislature in session, the conflict is being concentrated in the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond

And gun rights supporters made it clear they aren’t backing down.


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  1. It’s not over, from what I understand there is a house bill to replace it that is pretty much the same thing just with a little different wording like changing assault weapons to assault firearms, I believe it’s called the old smoke a mirrors tactic. Stay vigilant and don’t get complacent Virginia, the fights not over yet

  2. Woah woah woah, yeah sb 16 was pulled but only cause an even worse bilk that took sb16 to another level was introduced and passed. That bill was sb 961. And its worse than sb16. There is NO VICTORY here

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