Not A Fortune Teller

At times, I wish I could see what lies ahead for Virginia, regrettably I don’t. I can only follow the evidence. Consider what some candidates ran on in their campaigns. We have no idea how serious they were or how their fellow party members felt about what they were saying. Some have offered legislative proposals that match those campaign speeches. In coming weeks we will find out if they have the votes to get these bills passed and signed by the Governor. In one instance, he has already rejected their campaign promise. Last week he publicly announced he would not approve legislation to do away with Virginia’s “Right to Work” Law. However, there are many more that you should watch and be concerned about. This week I will focus on gun proposals. Below are several that have raised concerns. Those that begin with SB have been proposed in the Senate, HB bills in the House.

New Firearms Regulations

SB16 Assault firearms and certain firearm magazines; prohibiting sale, transport, etc. Expands the definition of "assault firearm" and prohibits any person from importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, or transporting an assault firearm. A violation is a Class 6 felony.

This bill not only makes those firearms that are referred to as “assault rifles” illegal to sell, but it also adds to that definition the following: any rifle or pistol that can be operated as a semiautomatic that holds 10 rounds of ammunition or, in the case of shotguns, 7 rounds. It would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor to buy a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds.

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To read the entire column pick up the Dec. 4, 2019 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.