Northam also signed into a law a bill allowing localities to create so-called “gun-free zones.” This will undermine the Commonwealth’s preemption laws. It will also leave law-abiding citizens unable to defend themselves against criminals who ignore these restrictions.
“Thanks to broad opposition from citizens across the state, Gov. Northam was unable to get his comprehensive gun ban passed this year. He stated during his press conference that he will seek it again next year. Make no mistake, the anti-gun majority will be back in 2021 to push their agenda once again,” reported the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.
Northam’s campaign against the Second Amendment began well before this legislative session, but it was last November’s elections that signaled this coming battle for Second Amendment freedom in the state.
Referencing those elections, Virginia Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn said, “In November, Virginians called out loud and clear for meaningful legislation to address gun violence in the Commonwealth. They demanded action and we delivered. I am grateful to the Governor for his leadership and for signing these bills that will save lives.”
Politicians like Filler-Corn either don’t realize or don’t care that restricting the basic freedom of law-abiding citizens isn’t what saves lives. Disarming good people makes them less safe. Targeting criminals is what can save lives. But then, that honesty isn’t helpful to their real goal of disarming Americans so they can gain more control over them. Gun control, after all, is really all about control.