Virginia Weapons Ban SB 16 Prefiled for 2020
Virginia State Senator Richard Saslaw has introduced SB 16 in a prefile ready for 2020: it expands the definition of “assault weapons,” among other things. It also has no “grandfather” clause. Will it lead to confiscation? IF confiscation could even occur, considering gun owners in Virginia aren’t likely to roll over and give their guns back.
The Virginia weapons ban
This is the summary of SB 16 from the state website:
Prohibiting sale, transport, etc., of assault firearms and certain firearm magazines; penalties. 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.
The bill prohibits a dealer from selling, renting, trading, or transferring from his inventory an assault firearm to any person. The bill also prohibits a person from carrying a shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered in a public place; under existing law, this prohibition applies only in certain localities. The bill makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to import, sell, barter, or transfer any firearm magazine designed to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
American Military News wrote:
The bill would also ban semi-automatic rifles and pistols with detachable magazines that also have folding and telescoping stocks, barrel shrouds, and thumbhole grips and second hand grips.
Rifles, under the new bill, would not be allowed pistol grips, bayonet mounts, grenade or flare launchers, silencers, muzzle breaks and flash suppressors.
Virginians would not be allowed pistols that accept the magazine into the weapon at any other point than the pistol grip. Pistols would also have an unloaded weight limit of 50 ounces.
The bill also limits shotguns to a magazine capacity of no more than seven shells.
While the Democrats might get the Virginia weapons ban passed, it is highly unlikely that this law can be enforced short of a gestapo-like action that even police don’t want. Even so, it instantly turns law abiding Virginians into felons. That may be the dream scenario of Democrats, but it probably is a pipe dream.
AMN also reported,
The NRA-ILA also noted the bill does not grandfather in existing owners of the firearms described. Current owners would reportedly have to give up their banned firearms or face a felony conviction. The gun advocacy group described the legislation as “clearly designed to be firearms confiscation.”
Along with the specific items listed to be banned, the law also prohibits “any characteristic of like kind.”
The gun advocacy group described the “like kind” language as “unacceptable vagueness” that would burden gun owners with guessing how courts may interpret the provision and potentially judge components on their firearms.
Michael Bloomberg, now a 2020 Democrat candidate for President, sank $2.5 million into the Virginia elections through his “Everytown for Gun Safety.” Yes, the gun-grabbers won the elections, but it has already started to backfire, with numerous Virginia counties declaring themselves 2nd amendment sanctuaries.
Will this be the last straw? Will Virginians just roll over? Not likely.
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