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Virginia Democrats were forced to abandon part of their extremist gun control agenda, the confiscations of semi-automatic firearms from law abiding citizens, on Monday as opposition to their anti-Second Amendment agenda has exploded across the state.

“Governor Ralph Northam (D.) and incoming Senate majority leader Dick Saslaw (D.) said they will no longer pursue their marquee plan to ban the possession of ‘assault weapons,’” The Free Beacon reported. “Instead, they will include a provision to allow Virginians to keep the firearms they already own. The reversal comes before the newly elected Democratic majority has even been sworn in, after a majority of the state’s counties declared themselves ‘Second Amendment sanctuaries.’”

Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said in a statement Monday evening:

In this case, the governor’s assault weapons ban will include a grandfather clause for individuals who already own assault weapons, with the requirement they register their weapons before the end of a designated grace period. Additional details on this and all other bills will be announced prior to the start of the upcoming session.

Opposition to Democrats’ extreme gun control policies has surged since the recent election with numerous counties, including solid blue counties, showing opposition to the anti-freedom agenda.

In early December, “an overflow crowd of gun-rights supporters turned out … to the Democratic-controlled Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting to push the locality to declare it would not help enforce unconstitutional gun laws,” The Free Beacon reported. “After sitting quietly through two hours of discussion about baseball-field lighting, the crowd erupted at the end of each pro-gun speech during the public-comment period.”

“The show of opposition to new gun-control proposals filed by Virginia Democrats, particularly in deep-blue Fairfax County, may cause some of the newly elected Democratic members of the Virginia General Assembly to proceed with caution before backing any bill. Democrats captured full control of the state legislature in the most recent election but enjoy only a one-vote majority in the Senate and a five-vote majority in the House of Delegates,” The Free Beacon added. “If public demonstrations like Tuesday’s are able to persuade even two Democratic senators to oppose proposed measures, that would mean the demise of the most radical components of Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D.) gun-control plans.”

Pro-freedom groups that advocate for the Second Amendment cautioned against thinking that the Democrats’ cave on gun confiscation was a victory, warning that Democrats are still coming after firearms.

“Gov. Northam and the rest of Virginia’s anti-gun politicians’ idea of a compromise is to threaten hundreds of thousands of Virginians with felonies unless they submit to government control,” NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen told the Free Beacon. “The NRA will stand with the Commonwealth’s law-abiding gun owners in solidarity to oppose gun bans, confiscations, and registrations.”

Virginia Citizens Defense League President Philip Van Cleave indicated that Democrats’ abandonment of their gun confiscation plan was a direct result of people getting involved in political activism and pushing back on their extreme policies.

“We’ve been down this compromise road and their version of a compromise is they never give up anything,” Van Cleave said. “We are expected to give up something every time and we’re not doing it anymore. I think gun owners are tired of this and they’re gonna stand up and fight this stuff.”

On Democrats concession that they will allow people to keep the firearms they already own, Van Cleave said, “The problem with what his suggestion is it’s still taking away guns. Yeah, we get to keep our AR-15s, but what about the next generation and the generation after them? Who are we to negotiate away their rights and accept this crap?”

On Tuesday, WHSV reported that the Nelson County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to become a Second Amendment sanctuary — which has been passed by over 40 other localities, which the Free Beacon notes is the majority of the state — in support of their citizens’ Second Amendment rights and in defiance of Democrats’ anti-freedom agenda.

  • Fast Eddie says:

    Tar and feather!

  • Raconteur says:

    Not so unusual, the AP nor the other MSM are reporting on the new “Project Guardian-DMV” that will specifically help Virginia with the problem of criminal misuse of guns. The program is criminal control, actually removing the criminals from society and deterring others from criminal misuse of firearms. Why is it being ignored? Because it doesn’t fit the gun control agenda. It accomplishes what “commonsense gun control” legislation is promised to do and fails at.
    The only thing the proposed “commonsense gun control” will do, is get more demands for more gun control, when it inevitably fails. That is assuming the purpose is criminal control, which it isn’t. Contrary to the protestations of the gun prohibitionists, the purpose of the proposed control laws is disarming the law-abiding citizens. Even in that, gun control is a failure, other than making normally law-abiding citizens into felons and giving criminals a safe working environment.
    The real agenda is to make everyone equally helpless and defenseless against the government and criminals, yet totally reliant on government for individual protection. What could possibly go wrong? Soviet Union, Mexico, Venezuela, Armenia, Cambodia, Brazil, Great Britain, WWI and WWII Germany and the countries it subjugated, like France and Poland, or closer to home: Chicago and Baltimore , Camden, NJ. The list of the failures of gun control goes on ad nauseum, including the American revolution.

  • Raconteur says:

    So the prohibitionists want “a middle ground”. They think we need “compromise”.
    If the 2nd Amendment rights advocates compromise and let the gun ban advocates have new “commonsense gun safety” laws, what do the gun ban advocates offer in return? Compromise is a quid pro quo. What do gun owners get? What do the gun banners give up?
    The gun prohibitionists always suggest and then demand, compromise. It sounds so — fair and equitable. But the only ones who are expected to compromise are the gun owners. We are expected to compromise our rights, freedom and safety so that the uncompromising anti-gunners can “feel” safer. Have you ever heard of them compromising and repealing a bad gun law because it didn’t work? All 20,000+ gun laws are working so well that we need more? It is not compromise, it is capitulation that is being demanded.
    Actually, I know what gun banners are offering in return for our capitulation. They’ll agree to let us keep some of our arms; the ones they decide on. Isn’t that generous? Gun owners give up your guns and in their magnanimity, the gun banners will let you keep a few (that they choose). Then after a little time, they’ll demand the rest.
    We have already been down that path, multiple times. It is not compromise, it is capitulation. Pass all the laws you want. We have had enough. The answer is “NO! I will not comply.”

  • Alison says:

    Stay on these socialists, 2A sanctuary counties, because they have NOT backed off 100%. In the meantime, 2A sanctuary counties, thank you for setting the precedent for the rest of the country! Well done!

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