The Virginia state legislature passed, and Governor Ralph Northam is expected to sign, a measure that would force all citizens who purchase any firearm to undergo a background check.
“If there’s nothing in your record, you have nothing to worry about,” Northam said in his State of the Commonwealth address, asserting that the measures were consistent with the Second Amendment.
What nation’s Second Amendment is that? I looked, and looked and couldn’t find that part about giving someone a criminal background check before they could purchase a weapon.
I guess it’s in the same place where it says “common sense” should limit a citizen’s ability to purchase a weapon.
Northam originally proposed eight pieces of legislation that would limit ownership of firearms in the state. Only one proposal, a ban on semi-automatic weapons and firearms with high-capacity magazines, failed to pass in the state Senate. Northam has been subject to scrutiny from both parties since last year after he admitted to posing in a racist photograph in a yearbook from Eastern Virginia Medical School, though it remains unclear whether he is the individual in a Ku Klux Klan costume or in blackface.
For the left, all is forgiven. That picture has disappeared down the rabbit hole of history, never to be seen again.
The speaker of the House of Delegates proclaimed the news that everyone in the state is now “safer.”
We promised to make Virginia safer from the senseless gun violence that has ravaged our communities.
Promise kept. https://t.co/voz3QlaFjt
— Eileen Filler-Corn (@EFillerCorn) March 7, 2020
What crime statistics can she cite to back that idiotic statement up? Is there even any anecdotal evidence that people in Virginia are “safer” as a result of passing this legislation?
But Democrats are overjoyed.
Democratic Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine praised state lawmakers following the passage of the bills. “I will always remember the day of the tragic Virginia Tech shooting during my time as Governor as the worst day of my life. Since then, we have been fighting for this important step forward in safety. I’m grateful to our leaders in Richmond,” Kaine said in a statement on Twitter.
Just who may not be eligible to buy a gun? The list is long.
- Are you under indictment for a felony offense?
- Are you the subject of an active misdemeanor or felony arrest warrant from any state?
- Have you ever been convicted, as an adult, in any court of a felony offense?
- If you are 28 years old or younger, have you ever been adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile 14 years of age or older at the time of offense of a delinquent act, which would be a felony if committed by an adult?
- Were you adjudicated as a juvenile 14 years of age or older at the time of the offense of murder in violation of § 18.2-31 or 18.2-32, kidnapping in violation of § 18.2-47, robbery by the threat or presentation of firearms in violation of § 18.2-58, or rape in violation of § 18.2-61? (If adjudicated as a delinquent for these offenses, you must answer yes. You are ineligible regardless of your current age and prohibited for life unless allowed by restoration of rights by the Governor of Virginia and order of the circuit court in the jurisdiction in which you reside.)
- Have you ever been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime punishable by more than 2 years even if the maximum punishment was not received?
There are 19 such questions where answering “yes” to any one of them could deny you your constitutional right to bear arms.