Virginia Congressman: If Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Gun Control in Violation of the 2nd Amendment, the Governor 'May Have to Nationalize the National Guard'



In Virginia, some sheriffs have said they won’t enforce statewide gun laws they believe violate the 2nd Amendment. Therefore, Democratic congressmen are bringing out the big guns.


As reported by The Washington Examiner, “Over 75 counties in Virginia have so far adopted…Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions in the commonwealth, the latest being Spotsylvania County.”

That would be, sanctuary from certain restrictions on gun ownership, which are surely on their way.

Since November — and for the first time in 25 years — Virginia’s General Assembly is under Democratic control. Subsequent to the takeover comes a bill which Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw summarized thusly:

Expands the definition of “assault firearm” and prohibits any person from importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, or transporting an assault firearm. A violation is a Class 6 felony. The bill prohibits a dealer from selling, renting, trading, or transferring from his inventory an assault firearm to any person. The bill also prohibits a person from carrying a shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered in a public place; under existing law, this prohibition applies only in certain localities. The bill makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to import, sell, barter, or transfer any firearm magazine designed to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Governor Ralph Northam — who, incredibly, previously endorsed killing babies after they’re born (here) — told CNN’s New Day he’s ready to reintroduce a host of restrictions, come January:


“Getting rid of bump stocks, high volume magazines, red flag laws. These are common-sense pieces of legislation. I will introduce those again in January. And I’m convinced, with the majority now in the House and the Senate, they’ll become law and because of that, Virginia will be safer.”

It’s an interesting thing — people keep buying guns in order to be safer; and politicians keep taking away guns in order to make them safe.

We’ve got a real lack of agreement here.

So what of the sheriffs refusing to uphold resolutions?

Here’s what Dem Rep. Gerry Connolly had to say about it:

“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. 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.”

But that’s by no means the limit of the state’s resolve.

From Democratic Rep Donald McEachin:

“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.”

Ready for something radical? Here ya go:

“And ultimately, I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law. 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.”


Can you imagine that actually happening — the National Guard coming into a town in order to enforce gun restrictions?

Not a good look, Virginia Democrats.

Not a good look.



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