As Virginia's special legislative session begins on August 18, two pro-gun bills found their way into Virginia's legislature. Delegate Glenn Davis (R-84) sponsored the bills which intend to mitigate the adverse effects of the anti-gun laws passed during the 2020 regular session. The new measures seek to protect gun owners from local anti-gun laws.
House Bill 5020 intends to counter the effects of Senate Bill 35 that undermined Virginia's preemption laws. The law allowed local governments to pass more stringent local gun control laws than the state.
Localities such as Alexandria and Newport took advantage of the measure and passed local ordinances banning firearms in public spaces and government buildings.
Newport banned transportation of firearms, ammunition, or components within any government-owned property. The city also prohibited open carry in public places, roads, streets, or right of way, thus ultimately banning open carry in all areas.
The local firearm ordinances create a patchwork of convoluted local gun laws. Such laws turn law-abiding citizens into criminals by simply crossing city limits.
Liberals undermined the preemption laws to complicate gun ownership to force Americans to give up their firearms.
However, the new bill introduced by Del Davis intends to shield concealed permit holders from local gun control laws restricting the possession or transport of firearms. Consequently, such laws will not apply to gun owners with a valid CCP, allowing Virginians to exercise their second amendment rights across local boundaries.
House Bill 5024 shields firearms buyers from Class 1 misdemeanor charges for failing to obtain "the required criminal history record information check."
Additionally, it will remove the question on the CCP application form asking the applicants if they have ever been held under temporary mental health detention and the subsequent voluntary admission.
There were speculations that Northam would reintroduce some of the anti-gun laws that failed during the regular session. One of the measures includes the "assault weapons" ban that was defeated through bipartisan effort.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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