Starting on July 1, some cities in Virginia are planing to take advantage of a new state law that allows them to expand gun-free zones, an act that they couldn’t take before the new law was passed.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a staunch opponent of the second amendment, signed HB 421 earlier this year. The bill circumvents the state preemption law and gives local authorities the power to prohibit firearms and ammunition in local and municipal locations.
The Washington D.C. suburb of Alexandria is one of the first cities looking to exploit the new law and severely restrict gun rights in the city. Alexandria city councilors are moving forward with public comment and a vote on a proposed ordinance to ban guns completely in government buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, and at permitted events and adjoining streets.
The new order would make otherwise law abiding gun owners into criminals for merely walking on a street or through a park that has now been designated as a gun-free zone.
The locations include:
- (I) in any building, or part thereof, owned or used by such locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality, for governmental purposes;
- (II) in any public park owned or operated by the locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality;
- (III) in any recreation or community center facility operated by the locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality; or
- (IV) in any public street, road, alley, or sidewalk or public right-of-way or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public and is being used by or is adjacent to a permitted event or an event that would otherwise require a permit.
There is some hope coming from VCDL (Virginia Citizen's Defense League) as their president already has a plan in place to monitor the expected overreach in the form of Watch Teams.
This is another giant step toward disarming Americans and stripping away yet another amendment in our Bill of Rights.
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