Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation on Friday into law that introduced universal background checks and rations on gun purchases.
Northam: “These Commonsense Laws Will Save Lives”
Northam announced that he had signed a number of bills relating to gun control on Friday, implementing them onto Virginia’s statute books. The bills that Northam signed included: SB 70 and HB 2 which mandate universal background checks on gun purchases, effectively banning private arms sales; SB 69 and HB 812, creating a rule that law-abiding citizens of Virginia are only allowed to purchase one handgun a month; and SB 240 and HB 674, which allows police to issue “Extreme Risk Protective Orders,” also known as a red-flag law.
“We lose too many Virginians to gun violence, and it is past time we took bold, meaningful action to make our communities safer,” Northam said in a statement. “I was proud to work with legislators and advocates on these measures, and I am proud to sign them into law. These commonsense laws will save lives.”
Starting July 1, Virginia will have background checks on all firearm sales, an Extreme Risk Protective Order, a one-handgun-a-month rule, and other commonsense gun safety measures.
I am proud to sign these new laws. They will save lives, period.https://t.co/nfL4aGwmwY
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) April 10, 2020
Other bills signed included HB 9, which forces Virginians to report any lost or stolen firearms to local law enforcement within 48 hours or face a civil penalty – effectively punishing gun owners even more for having their property stolen. HB 1083 also creates a penalty for “recklessely leaving firearms” in the presence of children, which will apparently protect them from accidents involving guns.
These Laws Won’t Save Lives, Only Strip Away Your Rights!
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We all knew this was coming as soon as the Democrats took control of Virginia’s legislature in November last year, when Northam immediately announced he would implement an assault on guns and the 2nd amendment. This isn’t about saving lives from gun violence as Northam claims, but about violating your liberties. None of the bills he signed today would have stopped the Virginia Beach shooting in May of last year that he constantly uses as an excuse to push his agenda.
Let this be a lesson to anyone who votes Democrat – every time they take charge, they strip away your freedoms. Let’s just hope Virginians once again vote red, and not blue.
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