Virginia AG Vows To Enforce New Gun-Control Laws As Prison Budget Gets Boosted

Sandy Malone

Democratic lawmakers are getting prepared to lock up people who violate the newly-proposed gun-control laws.

Richmond, VA – The Virginia attorney general vowed to enforce controversial new gun-control laws even as Democratic legislators in the state were gearing up for the showdown by increasing the state’s corrections budget.

"When the General Assembly passes new gun violence legislation, they will be followed, and they will be enforced," Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Friday, according to WUSA.

"We’re talking about very reasonable gun violence legislation that has broad public support," Herring insisted.

But other politicians and law enforcement officials had a very different opinion on what will happen as a result of new gun-control laws passed in the 2020 legislative session, WUSA reported.

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman-At-Large Corey Stewart represents an area that has declared itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

"That doesn’t mean that the localities and the local sheriffs have to use their resources to enforce a gun confiscation law, or any other unconstitutional law that Democrats and the general assembly pass,” Stewart pointed out to WUSA.

He said opposition to the newly-proposed gun-control laws is strong across the entire state.

"The Attorney General is delusional if he thinks this is just some movement that’s been ginned up by the so-called gun lobby," Stewart said. "This is a groundswell movement if there ever was one."

A number of sheriffs have spoken out and said they will not enforce the proposed gun laws if they area passed.

When Virginia Governor Richard Northam threatened there could be consequences for the counties that didn’t follow the new laws, some sheriffs announced that they had figured out how to do it without violating their oaths of office.

“If the legislature decides to restrict certain weapons I feel harms our community, I will swear in thousands of auxiliary deputies in Culpeper,” Culpepper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins, who was just re-elected for a third term in office, said. “There’s no limit to the number of people I can swear in.”

Despite the pushback, the Democratic-controlled state legislature is getting prepared to lock up Virginians who refuse to fall in line with their new gun-control laws, and they’ve even added money to the state budget to account for that additional load on the state agency that runs the prisons.

Item 402 in Virginia House Bill 30, the state’s most recent budget proposal, included a $250,000 bump for the Department of Corrections “for the estimated net increase in the operating cost of adult correctional facilities resulting from the enactment of sentencing legislation as listed below.”

Specifically, the bill allotted $50,000 to cover the cost of offenders locked up because of the new law that allows “the removal of firearms from persons who pose substantial risk to themselves or others.”

It also dedicated another $50,000 for housing those offenders who violated the new law that prohibited “the sale, possession, and transport of assault firearms, trigger activators, and silencers.”

The legislation gave the Department of Corrections another $50,000 to put towards increased sentences of individuals who allow a child access to an unsecured firearm.

The budget also allowed $50,000 for incarceration of those who violate the new law prohibiting possession of firearms by persons subject to protection orders and another $50,000 for offenders who violate the new required background checks for all firearms sales.

Sheriff Jenkins told the Culpepper Star-Exponent that he didn’t think that all of the proposed anti-gun measures would pass on the first try.

“Personally, I don’t think some of the bills that are proposed will pass, I don’t think we’re that far left in Virginia,” the sheriff added, according to the Culpepper Star-Exponent.

He said thousands of residents in his county already had concealed-carry permits, including for guns with normal-capacity magazines – something the Democrats believe should be outlawed.

Sheriff Jenkins quoted Founding Father Richard Henry Lee of Virginia to make his point.

“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves and include all men capable of bearing arms,” he quoted.

The sheriff called efforts to restrict magazine size ridiculous and “insane,” and criticized lawmakers who wanted to punish everyone for the misdeeds of a few, the Culpepper Star-Exponent reported.

“You can create just as much harm and death in a school with an environment of an active shooter with a shotgun in five or 10 minutes as you could with most other weapons,” Sheriff Jenkins told the assembled group.

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flybynight
flybynight

Wonder if he will be the one knocking on the door to pick up the guns?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Oh shit. @Jim H. - Virginia US, is it time for you to start rioting yet? I don't believe your area is making enough noise about this, personally. No trending hashtags, no YouTube blitzes... No one really knows generally what's about to go down in rural VA unless you start getting much, much louder about it.

Or will all of you just wait until they start taking your guns? By then, it might be too late.

flybynight
flybynight

Maybe lowestcomdom can help the AG in his door to door gun collection efforts. 👻👌

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

"Forget the meth lab boys" "We have a legal gun owner who has a registered Glock!"

amlee
amlee

I won't be putting a mourning band on my badge for ANY cops killed enforcing Virginia's tyrannical laws of confiscation..........they will get what they deserve if they enforce them.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno

I'd guess county sheriffs will prioritize their work and bouncing peaceable, lawful citizens will be last on the list.

Reneer
Reneer

You cannot create laws that go against our constitution. Our constitution prevents a-holes like this from attempting power plays like this. This guy will lose in court each and every time. You CANNOT legally confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens. This guy is asking to be criminally prosecuted for taking away constitutional rights. He can't do it. It's as simple as that. Citizens would legally be allowed to fight back.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Those laws will not be enforced.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

This AG has his head so far up the governor’s ass he can taste his breakfast... the laws they are trying to pass are unconstitutional, they will not be upheld nor will they be enforced...the greatest president ever elected has made sure the SCOTUS and now most of the federal judges will not let this bullshit happen.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

So we let drug heads out of jail because of overcrowding, but now we want to put people in jail for excising their 2nd amendment right?

LEO1529
LEO1529

Start of next civil war!

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

“You can create just as much harm and death in a school with an environment of an active shooter with a shotgun in five or 10 minutes as you could with most other weapons,” Sheriff Jenkins told the assembled group. You can create even more carnage in 5 or 10 seconds if you aim an vehicle at a group of kids. Why don’t we ban vehicles too?

Back'nTheBlue
Back'nTheBlue

The Democratic party has become the party of "Anti-American."
They'd rather flood our Nation with illegal aliens, many who are violent gang members, and early release programs that allow violent offenders back out into society, endorse Unconstitutional "Sanctuary Cities/States, and try to overthrow a duly elected President (who has America/Americans at the top of his list.. President Trump truly loves his Country) and harass law abiding Pro-2nd Amendment folks,,
than to actually do something about the ridiculous amount of homelessness (in their own districts/cities/states), pass laws for better health care/pharmaceutical prices, etc... These new gun laws will create an extremely dangerous situation for many of our good, honest LEOS. As the saying goes, "I'd rather have my gun and not need it than to need my gun and not have it." I pray that those ridiculous gun laws will not pass in Virginia. 🇺🇸 God Bless America and Her President! 🇺🇸

bryantrent
bryantrent

O boy

MertMelfa
MertMelfa

VA counties should follow Tazewell's example and form their county militia system in a civil manner, to protect their guns.

NomonK
NomonK

I'll admit I don't know the particulars of the new laws BUT if they are contrary to the Constitution here's my question: WHY HASN"T THIS BEEN BROUGHT BEFORE THE SCOTUS for an emergency hearing? I will make this promise IF the Possession of My Guns are being Threatened by someone at my door I have a 12 gauge simi-auto that harm the one or two possibly 3 coming thru my door before I meet the Lord.
Some may call this suicide by cop. I don't. I look at it in the same way I felt when UNCLE SAM shipped me off to Vietnam. I only fired my weapon to protect myself or my US MILITARY FAMILY. I never fired my weapon unless we were put into a life threatening situation. As I have stated many times I HAVE A GOD GIVEN RIGHT FOR SELF DEFENSE of myself and my family.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Why in world is the Democratic Party doing everything they can to start a civil war on American soil? From what the people of Virginia are saying violence will erupt if this law passes. Why is the democrats bound and determined to do away with our US Constitution? Our founding fathers wrote this so future generations would not have to worry about these issues and the Democrats are causing so much trouble in today’s politics. It’s about time to eliminate the Democratic Party!!

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

It is my hope that a smart person and good lawyer will get together with law enforcement to arrange a charge that can then be challanged in court. I am worried about this situation. I want it escalated in the court system as soon as possable. Virginions need to be pro-active on this in order to avoid needless violence. God forbid any officer or citizen commit harm on one another on account of these kinds of unconstitional laws. We can do better.

ogdentoys
ogdentoys

Sure hope the taxpayers of Virginia are ready for more taxes to pay for all the lawsuits that this will generate. You will see the Supreme Court of the United States shot this down quickly just like it did the DC suit.

maxx1676
maxx1676

You must remember history. 1st,they take your guns, then they start population control. Happened in Russia, China, Cuba, Nazi Germany, and parts of the middle east. That's how it starts. They think it makes everyone safer. I wounder if people like MS13 gang members will give up there guns. Instead of going after law abiding citizen's, go after gang bangers. Oh wait, now that's racial profiling. Give me a break.

flybynight
flybynight

James Madison, in Federalist Paper No. 46 wrote that the Constitution preserves “the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

Thomas Jefferson wrote: “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”

Too many Americans believe the Second Amendment grants Americans the right to own firearms only to go hunting and for self-protection. The framers of our Constitution had no such intent in mind.

Read carefully trolls and if you have any questions, just ask.

Raymelson
Raymelson

This doesn't look good at all so ima be locked loaded and ready say when

Dezertgem
Dezertgem

That will be the beginning of the battleground .....

flybynight
flybynight

The look on lowcomdom face when he (if he ever does) figures out where his food comes from will be priceless.

Wish505
Wish505

Don't think these democrats realize that there is a fire storm building that is going to consume them.

RussianBot
RussianBot

No officers will be going door to door...AG will start a task force of hand picked Officers who will use paid informants to get sketchy search warrants from liberal judges...They’ll serve it when the gun owners aren’t home and arrest warrants will follow if guns are found...So hide your guns well...BTW I would never do a knock and talk for any offense let alone a gun grab in today’s environment

DRTice
DRTice

Time to remove them from office. Our constitution says we have a right to do it,.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

I hate these laws as much as the next American, but The Republic of California enacted this shit years ago and they continue to enact even more restrictive laws. Last time I checked they elected another Progressive Governor and AG who make this asshole look conservative. The 10 round magazine issue was shot down in a conservative court of appeals out of San Diego County and a bunch of folks ran out and bought the magazines again until a higher court put it on hold. God help us.

SPECKLEDTROUT
SPECKLEDTROUT

In the great United States no law stands without the consent of the majority .

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

PickyBiker
PickyBiker

The 2nd amendment was written specifically to stop politicians like this. Violating the constitution like this is a crime.

drlamb07
drlamb07

Seems to me, the Sheriff's along with their "sworn in militia's" could go around and "arrest" all members of Congress as well as the State's Attorney for violating their Constitutional Rights. Time for the table to turn on these "lawless corrupt" liberal democrats and hold them accountable for violating the rights of Virginia citizens! God save Virginia and deliver us from these EVILDOERS! May all their evil & corrupt plans come back upon their own heads and may TRUTH & JUSTICE & LAW & ORDER PREVAIL IN VIRGINIA and ALL OF AMERICA!!!!

Tomted
Tomted

Stupid Virginia legislators. Do you know how much it is going to cost you to house those people?? $250,000 will be gone in 1 day. Maybe they should just throw the Governor and AG in prison for trying to violate the 2nd amendment. Idiots!!

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Virginians I would love to see you take up arms against this fascist liberal douchebag fucking sissy bitch.

Oregngntlman
Oregngntlman

Somebody get a red flag order on the gov, the ag, and all dems who vote for or introduce these policies. They are an obvious danger to themselves and their communities. Semper Fi 1966 to eternity

Mikeacevedoisalibcuc
Mikeacevedoisalibcuc

The only agency they will get to enforce it will be the state boys. Also, what the hell is a "Trigger activator"? Have they outlawed index fingers? That will probably be next.

Slim Pickins
Slim Pickins

Who will the Virginia Governor and the Attorney General send door to door to physically take Virginia's law abiding gun owners firearms that don't have some skin in this risky game. Everyone in law enforcement and the National Guard have love ones and blood kin on both sides of this Radical Socialist Democratic un Constitutional gun confiscation trial run. Who picks who's door will be kicked in next? Treasonous Democratic law makers need to think on this before it is out of control.

Slim Pickins
Slim Pickins

Defenders Of Freedom. "A free people ought... to be armed..." George Washington, 1790. Virginia Gov, and AG have now heard it from the horses mouth. No disrespect to our former Commander In Chief General George Washington. A free people aught to be armed. Don't that mean if we the people let the Socialist Democratic law makers take our firearms we are no longer a free people? Hell yes. Exactly what George Washington was saying.

Slim Pickins
Slim Pickins

Socialist Democrats have taken away our votes for President of the United States by impeaching out duly elected President on here says and no proof of wrong doing. They want to ground our airplanes because they are somewhat bad for the environment. They want to do away with cows because they fart and it is bad for the environment. They want to open our borders and let anyone cross into the US without being vetted. They use our tax money to support the illegals that cross into the US . This tax money should go to our senior citizens ,Veterans and our schools to educate our children. They now want to disarm America starting with the state of Virginia. We the people must defend our rights to keep and bare arms at all cost. A law that is not Constitutional is not a law and should not be obeyed. The right to keep and bare arms "Shall Not Be Infringed".


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