Virginia Democrats are seeking to use their newly gained majority in the state’s legislature to pass a series of anti-gun bills but have run into a blockade.
The bills, which include implementing universal background checks, outlawing certain weapons, and allowing a “red flag” warning system, are being openly contested by more than 75 of the state’s counties.
Democrats, in return, are having to theorize how they would have these potential new laws enforced if state law enforcement agencies are refusing to abide by what they claim is an attack on their constitutionally recognized right to own a firearm.
The Washington Examiner reports these Democratic lawmakers have said “local police who do not enforce gun control measures likely to pass in Virginia should face prosecution and even threats of the National Guard.”
Over 75 counties in Virginia have so far adopted such Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions.
Virginia Democrats say they may have to call in the national guard to enforce the law.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 12, 2019
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Over 75 counties in Virginia have so far adopted such Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions in the commonwealth, the latest being Spotsylvania County. The board of supervisors voted unanimously to approve a resolution declaring that county police will not enforce state-level gun laws that violate Second Amendment rights.
Virginia Democratic officials, however, already say local law enforcement supporting these resolutions will face consequences if they do not carry out any law the state Legislature passes.
“I would hope they either resign in good conscience, because they cannot uphold the law which they are sworn to uphold, or they’re prosecuted for failure to fulfill their oath,” Democratic Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly told the Washington Examiner of local county police who may refuse to enforce future gun control measures. “The law is the law. If that becomes the law, you don’t have a choice, not if you’re a sworn officer of the law.”
According to the report, another individual of the Virginia Legislature, Democratic Virginia Representative Donald McEachin, suggested cutting funding from counties that do not comply with the anti-gun measures.
“They certainly risk funding, because if the sheriff’s department is not going to enforce the law, they’re going to lose money. The counties’ attorneys offices are not going to have the money to prosecute because their prosecutions are going to go down,” he said.
McEachin then pitched an idea to have Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to call in the National Guard to enforce the potential laws.
“And ultimately, I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law,” he reportedly said. “That’s his call, because I don’t know how serious these counties are and how severe the violations of law will be. But that’s obviously an option he has.”
Oh just Dem Congresspeople from #Virginia advocating to prosecute police & send national guard in if they don't enforce laws that would take away your constitutional rights. #2ndAmendment
— Scott Taylor (@Scotttaylorva) December 12, 2019