Now that the Old Dominion has a Democrat governor as well complete control of the commonwealth’s Senate and Assembly, they’ve made it no secret that have every intention that they plan on outlawing certain legally-sold firearms normally available on the commercial market.
Specifically, those evil looking “military-style automatic rifles.” Predictably, the Dems are going after legally sold-and-purchased AR-15 and AK-variant long guns.
Keep in mind that the Dems haven’t threatened to outlaw future sales… they’re talking about the forcible confiscation of already legally purchased weapons.
If and when the Democrat legislature passes and the governor does sign the threatened new laws, two serious roadblocks could be in the way;
- If a state government has the right to nullify a right protected by the US Constitution. Count on this going possibly all the way to the SCOTUS.
- The fact that most of the Virginia counties have declared themselves as Second Amendment Sanctuaries (SAS). This too, could possibly go all the way to the SCOTUS.
But here’s a third option I never considered; as I was checking out various like-minded FB Groups, I couldn’t help but notice quite the suggestion dropped by Ernest Huber, “Virginians, go on offense. Arrest your governor and legislators.”
To wit; I thought, “why not?”
As noted in the featured photo, the vast majority of Virginia’s counties have declared themselves SASs.
Is it really beyond the realm of possibility that a courageous district attorney (or even district attorneys) could issure arrest warrants against Gov. Northam and those legislators who voted in favor of confiscation?
After all, private gun ownership is a protected constitutional right.
Doubly so in light that as cited by the Library of Congress, in 2008 the SCOTUS ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller;
In its June 26 decision, a 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms, and that the D.C. provisions banning handguns and requiring firearms in the home disassembled or locked violate this right.
Furthermore, the LoC also notes (emphasis mine);
The outcome of D.C. v. Heller left some issues unanswered, including whether the Second Amendment restricts state regulation of firearms, and the standard for evaluating the constitutionality of other laws and regulations that impact the Second Amendment right. These issues will be the subject of future litigation. [Update: As noted above, in McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment right recognized in Heller applies not only to the Federal Government, but also to states and municipalities.]
It’s a given that I don’t have the education nor the smartitudiness of your average DA, but politically speaking, I personally believe it would be the proverbial horseshoe in the boxing glove if even a singular DA issued arrest warrants on Northam & Friends.
Imagine if all the SAS county DAs did that.