Virginia Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Del. Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington) pushing for stricter gun laws made an undercover video of themselves buying a gun without undergoing criminal background checks.
The sales were perfectly legal under Virginia law, which does not require background checks on gun sales between private individuals, or on any ammunition sales.
However, Ebbin and Hope, riding the Obama bandwagon, think the law should be changed to close the so-called gun show loophole, claiming the video
demonstrates that it’s too easy to buy weapons in Virginia. “Sadly, nearly 40% of all gun sales are conducted without a background check. In the interest of community safety, it’s not too much to ask for responsible gun purchasers to undergo a background check to screen for criminal history or history of serious mental illness.”
Philip Van Cleave, who heads the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said the video shows nothing shocking. “It makes me think I should make a video of myself buying bubble gum,” he said. “I would say this is the way America is supposed to be. The Second Amendment guarantees our right to bear arms. And the fact that it’s easy to purchase ammunition and arms is good.”
Democratic Del. Joseph Morrissey said Wednesday he will introduce a bill to ban the sale of assault-style weapons and large capacity magazines. A federal assault weapons ban expired in 2004, but several states have laws prohibiting them.
Democrat Delegate Patrick Hope, has introduced HB 2025 that says no individual can legally sell his or her firearm to another Virginia resident without first obtaining a criminal background check through a licensed firearms dealer.
Democratic Delegate Kaye Kory introduced H1693 that removes the specific exception for a person to possesses an unloaded firearm that is in a closed container, an unloaded shotgun or rifle in a firearms rack or a knife having a metal blade of three inches or longer, in their vehicle located at any public school in Virginia., making it a Class 6 felony.
Democratic Delegate Joseph Morrissey introduced HR2207 making it a Class 6 felony for any a person to import, sell, barter, or transfer an assault firearm. And, any person to import, sell, barter or transfer a firearm magazine designated to hold more than 20 rounds is guilty of a Class 1 misdeanor. Policey and Military are exempted.
Democratic Delegate Luke Torian introduced HB 1326 to eliminate certain firearms safety courses that currently fulfill the resident and nonresident requirements for a concealed handgun permit.
Democratic Delegate Mamya BaCote introduced HB 1662 that would allow localities to prohibit firearms or ammunition in libraries.
Democratic State Senator Dave Marsden says he will introduce legislation to penalize gun owners who do not report the theft of their weapon or whose guns are used in a crime if they didn’t take steps to prevent it.
The only sensible legislation introduced concerning firearms, so far, was introduced by Republican Del. Bob Marshall . Marshall’s bill – HB 1557 would allow for designated individuals to carry concealed handguns on school property. “When you’re in trouble, why do you call 911? You want someone with a gun to defend you,” Marshall told ABC7. “I’ve got grandkids in public school in Virginia. I want someone there to defend them before the damage is done. We basically have gun free zones which are magnets for malicious and deranged individuals.”
Governor Bob McDonnel said that “If people were armed, not just police officers, but school officials, there would be opportunities to stop aggressors from coming into the school I think that is a reasonable discussion to be had.”
Clearly, the liberal progressive advocates of gun control are using the Sandy Hook tragedy to challenge the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment by nefarious methods, hoping the public will not notice how their freedom to own guns is being eroded. If the progressives are successful, we will eventually be at the mercy of the criminals and the government.