Gun rights activists gathered on Northern Virginia’s Alexandria City Municipal Center to protest proposed local gun ban by the Alexandria City council. An estimated 300 to 400 gun rights protesters gathered in opposition to the proposed local gun ban in city parks, municipal center, and plazas.
Virginia’s preemption laws would have prevented such forms of local gun control from taking place. However, Democrats weakened the law after taking over Virginia with the help of the gun control sugar daddy Mike Bloomberg. Undermining the preemption law allows local authorities to create a patchwork of gun laws distinct from the state.
Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) organized the rally. The group was responsible for the Virginia Lobby Day rally that attracted about 25,000 participants at the start of the year. Despite the low turnout compared to other rallies, the event planners managed to achieve a decent turnout in just 48 hours.
The measure to be passed on June 20th will be the first local gun ban to take place in Virginia. VCDL is working hard to ensure high turnout during the passing of the law to show opposition against the gun ban. Local council meetings have, in the past, witnessed gun rights activists show up dressed in tactical gear and armed with guns.
“We’re hoping by showing bigger turnouts at these things it will discourage some of these localities,” said Philip Van Cleave, the president of VCDL.
The group also urges residents to contact their local politicians through the telephone, emails, and letters to convince them to vote against the measure. Political advocacy is credited for causing the defeat of the “assault weapons” ban, which was among the gun control measures proposed by Democrats in Richmond.
Having 190 local authorities enact their local gun bans would allow Democrats to achieve gun control one city at a time. Some of the localities could pass these gun bans silently, thus avoiding conflict with gun rights activists. VCDL has therefore dispatched observers in most of the localities to keep an eye on the proposed laws and inform the VCDL president.
“We have got to have eyes and ears everywhere,” said Van Cleave.
Having a patchwork of 190 local legislations would be a compliance nightmare for gun owners. Democrats hope to complicate firearm ownership to dissuade law-abiding citizens from owning guns while criminals get to keep theirs.
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