Virginia Legislative Update: Restrictive Gun Laws Proposed for 2020

Virginia is facing restrictive gun laws in 2020. Almost overnight, the political climate toward firearms has gone from Texas-or New Hampshire-style laws, to New Jersey-or California-style laws.

Proposed Bans and Restrictions

High on the list of proposed laws are measures intended to make the purchase of “assault weapons” illegal. The proposed laws define “assault weapon” by listing features of weapons the law would ban. As written, the law would ban the purchase of most common AR, AK and similar types of weapons. The potential for these weapons to be “grandfathered in” for those who currently own them has been considered, with the caveat that owners register their weapons.

Other proposed laws include: restricting purchase or transfer of magazines capable of holding over 10 rounds, raising the minimum age to purchase any firearm to 21, banning binary triggers, and even a measure with the potential to outlaw some firearms training in the state.

Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions

In response to these proposed measures, many Virginia counties and cities have passed Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions. In most areas, these resolutions are passed by the board of supervisors and stand for the proposition that the county or city will not spend public tax monies enforcing laws that violate the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, or Article I, Section 13 of the Virginia Constitution (both of which protect an individual’s right to bear arms).

The language of these resolutions varies greatly from county to county. Most resolutions send a strong political statement to lawmakers in Richmond, but are not binding measures and will not change the law in the county or exempt those in the county from prosecution. This means, should the proposed laws pass, enforcement is possible even in Second Amendment Sanctuary counties. State police will still be tasked with enforcing the law as written. Some Virginia lawmakers have even considered using the National Guard to enforce gun laws in counties where the Sheriff refuses to do so. Most Commonwealth Attorneys have currently refused to comment on how they will handle a juxtaposition between state law and the resolution passed by their county.

What Should Virginians Do?

These laws are currently mere proposals; there is still hope some of the potentially unconstitutional measures will be walked back before being ratified by the legislature. Virginians should get involved in local Second Amendment movements and consider joining gun owners in Richmond on January 20th for Lobby Day. In the meantime, lawyers across the state are preparing for the legal challenges these proposed gun laws will entail.

U.S. LawShield members in the state should also begin planning ahead. Determine which of your current weapons may be impacted by the proposed legislation and what to do with those weapons. Do not panic and begin selling weapons now. Any law that may regulate your currently owned weapons is merely a proposal at this time and will likely include a grace period before taking effect. Be sure to pay attention to emails from U.S. LawShield and watch for more legal updates.

For further questions about how the proposed laws may affect weapons you currently own, contact U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to an Independent Program Attorney.

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5 comments on “Virginia Legislative Update: Restrictive Gun Laws Proposed for 2020

  1. I live in VA and if VA passes these laws I will move my company of 300 employees and our home out of VA the West Virginia of a 2nd amendment state….So VA will loss that tax income from my company amd employees.

  2. I also will move out of the state to a 2A friendly state. I am a law abiding citizen who practices proficiency and keeps up with laws and regulations. They are trying to make good citizens into criminals. Its totally ridiculous

  3. The article says they are looking at a grandfather clause if you own a AK, or AR. All you would have to do is register them. If you are law abiding, why would you object to that? How are they making law abiding citizens into criminals? They are only trying to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. I do like the idea of a person having to be 21 to purchase a gun. No one under that age should have access to guns.

  4. I can understand a few of those gun laws being passed but what about state parks. Is it true that you can’t carry in the parks now? Not only do you have to worry about psychotic people that wonder around in those parks, what about the animal element. That alone would keep me and my family out of your parks if I ever decided to visit, which now will not be happening. Leave the law abiding citizens alone and focus on the fools that will never give up there guns. You all in Virginia need to vote these fools out of office that are against you protecting yourselves.

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