Democrats made it a felony to have a suppressor in Virginia
Virginia Democrats are on the path to a gun ban. They are now making it so that suppressors will be on the list of items that can turn a legal gun owner into a felon just by being in possession of particular items.
A recent article from the Washington Examiner dug into the details of the current situation with VA Democrats and gun ownership/laws:
In a 12-9 vote, the House Public Safety Committee voted to ban “assault weapons” such as the popular AR-15 and AK-47, magazines that hold more than 12 rounds, and sound suppressors, effective July 1. (Washington Examiner)
It seems like people who already own them may not have to register them or turn them in, however the items will still be considered illegal.
The bill is expected to win passage in the full House of Delegates but faces some difficulty in the Senate, where a handful of Democrats are unsupportive. A similar bill in the Senate was previously withdrawn.
Gun advocates flooded the committee hearing room and were cleared out after the vote when there were some angry reactions.
The legislation was amended so that those who own the banned weapons would not have to give them up or register them, but the ban on big magazines and suppressors would stand.
Despite push back, it seems like Democrats will push it through. This could cause an increase in 'gun sanctuaries' where people don't bother with the new laws.
Catherine Mortensen, the spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, said: “This gun ban will make millions of law-abiding Virginians felons overnight while doing nothing to decrease crime. That’s why a majority of Virginians oppose it. The fact is lawmakers delayed bringing up this bill so they could pander to Mike Bloomberg, their billionaire benefactor who will be in Richmond next week to headline a Democratic fundraiser to further enrich themselves. It is clear that House leaders would rather bow to out-of-state interests than listen to their constituents and fellow lawmakers.”
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Mortensen makes a good point when she says it will not decrease crime. If anything, stricter gun laws could be said to leave honest law-abiding citizens unprotected because the criminals won't follow the new laws. When you consider that criminals don't follow the current laws, there's no reason to believe they would follow any new laws either.
If anything, the criminals might see the law abiding citizens as easier targets for criminal actions, such as robbery, or worse.