Some states, like California, that are overwhelmingly controlled by anti-gun Democrats, gun control bills have been easy to pass. California Gov. Brown is eager to sign any gun control bill that comes to his desk.
Washington state Democrats are hopeful that they have the momentum to pass a number of gun control bills.
However, Virginia is not cooperating with the Democrats’ effort to strip citizens of their constitutional rights. Newly elected Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, ran on a campaign of gun control, but the state’s Senate Courts of Justice Committee has a different agenda and just voted down several gun control bills.
(WTVR) – Several gun control measures that Governor Ralph Northam included in his legislative priorities for the 2018 General Assembly session were voted down by the Senate Courts of Justice committee Monday morning.
Legislation requiring background checks for all gun purchases, punishing people for carrying firearms in areas where alcohol is served, allowing localities to ban firearms at permitted events, and requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen guns all failed mostly along party line votes.
Similar bills to these are still in alive in the House of Delegates; however, at the annual “Gun Lobby Day” rally hosted by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, multiple Republican delegates vowed to block attempts at gun control which they view as limiting Second Amendment rights…
Unlike the Washington state legislature, Republicans do control the Virginia state legislature with a narrow margin with 21 seats in the Senate to seats held by Democrats and a 51 to 49 seat margin in the House. Gov. Northam is having a rougher go of things than he anticipated. Hopefully, Republicans can maintain their advantage in this year’s election and continue to protect the rights of Virginians.