Virginia Democratic Governor Warns of ‘Consequences’ for Ignoring Gun Control Laws

Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters

Following a wave of so-called “second-amendment sanctuary” resolutions by local governments in the state, Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said this week that there would be “consequences” if state laws, including gun control laws, are ignored by local authorities.

Speaking to reporters, Northam said the results of November’s election prove that the state is ready for more strict gun control measures and sanctuary proponents “can continue to have their meetings. They can continue to make sanctuary counties, but we’re going to do what Virginians have asked us to do.”

In January 2020, Virginia will see Democrats in charge of both houses of the state legislature and the governor’s office for the first time in two decades. The majority will give Northam the chance to pursue a progressive legislative agenda, including passing new gun control measures such as curbs on military-style “assault weapons” and stricter background checks.

Before the new Democratic legislature has even started, however, cities across Virginia have been voicing their opposition to any gun control measures by adopting resolutions declaring themselves a “Second Amendment Constitutional Cities.” The movement borrows a turn of phrase from the sanctuary city movement pushed by progressives to protect illegal immigrants.

So far, more than 70 cities and counties in Virginia have adopted such resolutions. Chesapeake City, in South Hampton Roads, was one of the latest when it did so Tuesday evening.

An account of the meeting by the Virginian-Pilot said as many as 1,200 people attended the city council meeting at which the measure was adopted. Many, the paper said, had bright orange “Guns SAVE Lives” stickers on the shirts and some held flags bearing the words, “Don’t Tread on Me.”

The measure, promising not to use public funds to restrict gun rights, passed unanimously. Afterward, the crowd in the chamber erupted in cheers and a standing ovation.

The efforts are, however, seen as largely symbolic. Existing laws prevent any local authorities in the state from refusing to enforce a state law.

Northam has pushed back on the sort of resolutions being passed by Chesapeake City, saying the laws he has proposed are all Constitutional.

“We’re not going to take people’s guns away,” he said.

But, he said, “If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books then there are going to be some consequences but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it.”

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Becky
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Becky

They let illegals in that kill American citizens with guns. They are outlawing guns to American citizens What’s wrong with this picture. Ahem. DEMOCRATS

Tom Bodine
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Better do the math Black Face you are out gunned about 100 to 1 and every one of them is a sniper.

William Conley
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When will there be consequences for the illegal invaders whom your damn party protects more aggressively than the actual citizens? Tell you what deport every single last illegal in the entire country, and I’ll get on board with your buying back guns you didn’t sell or have anything to do with.

Screwtape
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“Coonman” should be careful, especially when invoking the National Guard which has sworn to uphold the Constituton, just like he did, but fails to do.

I’m thinking that if the government sets a bad example by ignoring laws it does not like then citizens are bound to do so. IF he presses them I’m hoping for some well-placed political violence by the citizens.

Then they can bring in the National Guard.

Gerald D Cline Jr.
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Yeah…? Are those “consequences” the same as ignoring…say…immigration laws? No? I didn’t think so…. More Democratic selective outrage…ya-think…?!?!?

ron
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isn’t this the same guy that they wanted to kick out of office for his black face? also that you can kill a baby even after it is born. virginia how is he still in office?

John
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Liberal progressives feel they have a right to rule. Welcome to ternary.

Thomas Cole
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We need Northam o get these laws passed so we can get them in font of the Supreme Court ASAP! The more of these laws the court over rules the less of them we have to deal with in the future.

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