Breitbart reports that Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe has declared that he wants to import Colorado-style gun control legislation to the commonwealth.
In the section titled “Investing in Virginia’s Urban Centers,” TerryMcAuliffe.com now contains the heading, “Support Common Sense Gun Control Measures.”
Under that heading, it says McAuliffe “will support mainstream and majority supported gun control measures like universal background checks, limiting the size of magazines, and a return to the 1-gun-per-month rule.”
The limitation on magazine capacity is a Colorado-like gun control measure that will put law-abiding Virginians at a disadvantage the moment it is enacted. This is because criminals will not obey it but will keep their “high-capacity” magazines so they can outgun their victims.
Universal background checks will mean an end to private gun sales in the state of Virginia, as they did in Colorado. This happens because Virginians will have to get the government’s permission, via a background check, in order to sell or buy a firearm.
Virginia may be trending blue thanks to the Beltway bandit and government employees infesting NOVA, but the state’s gun laws are among the most open in the country. Virginia is an open carry state. Outside NOVA and Virginia Beach, where they expel kids from school for using airsoft guns on their own property on their own time, Virginia remains pretty conservative.
When Colorado Democrats forced laws similar to those McAuliffe supports through the state legislature, two Democrats were swiftly recalled and booted from office. It’s beyond certain that Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli will use McAuliffe’s support for similar laws against him.
Terry McAuliffe may have just killed off his chance to win.