Virginia Bill Seeks To Ban Indoor Shooting Ranges

Sandy Malone

Bills now in the Virginia legislature would ban many indoor shooting ranges and cancel reciprocity for concealed-carry.

Richmond, VA – A Democratic state delegate introduced legislation banning indoor shooting ranges that would shut down even the popular range at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Virginia headquarters and cancel reciprocity for concealed-carry holders from other states.

Virginia House Bill 567 was introduced by Democratic State Delegate Dan Helmer on Jan. 6 and would ban indoor shooting ranges in buildings with more than 50 employees, WRVA reported.

"Yes, this plan would affect the NRA, we also think it will save lives,” Helmer told the Prince William Times in an email.

Helmer pointed to a number of workplace mass shootings, including one in a Virginia Beach municipal building in May of 2019 that left 12 people dead.

“This bill would make sure that we don't have people bringing large quantities of firearms and ammunition into office buildings,” Helmer’s aide, Noah Bardash, told the Prince William Times. “This bill would likely impact the NRA's indoor range.”

The legislation wouldn’t shut down all indoor ranges, just the vast majority of them.

HB 567 would allow indoor shooting ranges to exist in buildings owned or leased by the state of Virginia or the federal government.

The legislation would also permit an indoor range to operate if at least 90 percent of the people who used it were local, state, or federal law enforcement officers.

The range would be required to verify the identity of each user and keep a log of each shooter’s name, phone number, address, and where they are a law enforcement officer.

Fauquier County Board of Supervisors Chairman Chris Butler said he didn’t think any ranges in his county were affected by HB 567 but that he objected to the proposed measure for safety reasons, the Prince William Times reported.

“I would think having safe ranges that will educate novice shooters and offer a place for experienced shooters to go and remain proficient with their firearms is what we want in Virginia. I see no ‘safety measure’ in this proposal,” Butler said.

The NRA, which operates a gun range at their headquarters in Fairfax County, said they opposed the proposed law because it would do away with jobs and “destroy small businesses in Virginia without reducing crime.”

“In addition to generating about $18 million each year in revenues, the state’s ranges are the epicenter for vital safety training,” NRA Spokesperson Catherine Mortensen told the Prince Williams Times. “This is where our law enforcement community comes to train alongside families and individuals seeking skills for home and self-defense.”

Helmer has also introduced two additional gun- control bills, the Prince William Times reported.

House Bill 568 would ban the open carry of firearms in vehicles.

And House Bill 569 would effectively cancel reciprocity between Virginia and residents of other states who hold concealed-carry permits in their own states.

Helmer’s bills were only the latest attempt by the state’s newly-installed Democratic majority who have vowed to institute gun control in the famously pro-gun state that is home to the NRA.

The Virginia attorney general vowed to enforce controversial new gun-control laws on Dec. 28, 2019 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, 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 when people who violate the new guns law get locked up.

Comments (67)
flybynight
flybynight

This is liberalism. Take a good look at it folks.

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JBoH
JBoH

Sooooo...when you take guns away from law abiding people, only the government and criminals will have them? If we didn't know what will happen when only the government has firearms...just ask an American Indian.

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

What a ridiculous bill. It would ban indoor shooting ranges "in any building not owned or leased by the Commonwealth or federal government unless (i) fewer than 50 employees work in the building or (ii) (a) at least 90 percent of the users of the indoor shooting range are law-enforcement officers or federal law-enforcement officers, (b) the indoor shooting range maintains a log of each user's name, phone number, address, and the law-enforcement agency where such user is employed, and (c) the indoor shooting range verifies each user's identity and address by requiring all users to present a government-issued photo-identification card. The bill provides that any person that violates the provisions of this section is subject to a civil penalty of not less than $1,000 nor more than $100,000 for the initial violation and $5,000 per day for each day of violation thereafter. "

Complete nonsense with no chance of passing, I think. So far, it has one sponsor, the author.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Because we all know ghetto bunny gang bangers spend a lot of time in shooting ranges learning how to handle their guns with serial numbers scratched off....

lmr111702
lmr111702

This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Just another dumb idea from another uninformed liberal.

ikaika
ikaika

And he thinks he has control over the feds and their facilities? Ha ha ha!

makinbakin
makinbakin

i hate to say this but i don't feel sorry for the people of virginia. they was stupid enough to elect a bunch of liberals to office they deserve to suffer the consequences. i bet you when the 2020 elections comer around in november,i hope the people of that state has learned a lesson they will never forget and run those democrats out of office for good. i am glad i don't love in that screwed up state

Fdeunhb
Fdeunhb

As a cop, wouldn’t your job be easier if there were less guns on the street? It would certainly make your job less dangerous.

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

Elections have consequences. Virginia is going to flip harder red then it's ever been before. This was their one "experiment" with democrats. Now they have learned their lesson. Keep your powder dry and let the system do it's work. The People shall speak.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#gcl

Linesider09
Linesider09

The last place a mass shooting will occur is at a gun range. All the ranges I’ve been to in my state and nearby states, every employee is open carrying, plus each customer is armed. It’s large work places that don’t allow their employees to carry that have the mass shootings, such as government post office facilities.

Law makers have created the need for citizens to arm themselves for protection with all the stupid laws they pass that make it easier for criminals to victimize law abiding citizens!

Back when I was a younger we didn’t have anywhere near the crime we have now. Politicians did their jobs!

DarrellB
DarrellB

OK All. It is time to write letters to ALL your state leadership. Tell them to stop doing business with the State of Virginia or any business located there. If the people of Va will NOT stand up and stop this idiocy, this attack on OUR Constitution, then the rest of us MUST. Inside every liberal is a COMMUNIST fighting to burst free!

RugerDan
RugerDan

Komrade Governor, since you will be disarming the law-abiding gun-owners of your State, how do you plan to disarm the criminals and make them comply with this new law since they disregard all the other ones?

bryantrent
bryantrent

BS

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

What you have to understand is this is what the cabal wants. They want the criminals to have the guns, they want the violent criminals released from prison, they want to create criminals out of law abiding citizens. Why? They want to create anarchy so they can swoop in with their UN soliders and begin their one world government like Bush stated years ago. It's literally written in stone. Do your research. Georgia Guide Stones

Trefflek
Trefflek

It’s as of the Democrats are looking for a gun fight, a literal gun fight when they try and take away guns from law abiding citizens. I feel sorry for the people of Virginia.

ramrodd
ramrodd

The NRA has been selling out the American gun owner for over 100 years. They actively supported the NFA in 1934, the Gun Control Act in 1968 and the oppositely named Firearm Owners' Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA) which removed the right of Americans to purchase new automatic or AOW weapons, a clear violation of the Second Amendment. All of this was done with the cooperation of the sellout Progressive owned and run Republican Party as well.

ramrodd
ramrodd

Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Constitutional - Is a Trojan Horse.. The bill is a dastardly trick and a Trojan horse for institutionalizing licenses, permits, national ID cards, etc. And the end game of all those licenses, permits, national ID cards and such is eventual confiscation of all arms. Government has no constitutional authority to make ANY laws dictating who may and who may not carry arms; or under what circumstances people may and may not carry arms across State borders! Arms control of the people is not an enumerated power!

Nguyen
Nguyen

I am laughing at this. This show how stupid our government is. Do you they think a person who is a criminal or have mental illness will follow this law. The big answer is a NO

RunCop
RunCop

Liberals are the dumbest fucks on earth.

Den60
Den60

What is the motto of Virginia again?

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

Typical liberals; shut down a business and put people out of work. That happened a lot under obummer, but liberals still vote socialist fools into office.

Lives Matter
Lives Matter

So.. is the deal to eliminate Mega-Ranges or prevent them? To encourage more small business growth over massive profits? I can see that State buildings required issue is a real danger when federal agencies decide to walk in and start cuff ing people because they might not be in The Visitors Book because they came to visit frI ends. Yes. Very sketchy. I like the idea of new growth.

Fumanchew
Fumanchew

VA is a gun friendly state.. I guess people leaving California moved to Virginia. Only dumbass California pinhead liberals would've elected other liberals. VOTE THEM OUT. Send the damn Californians back home to Gavin Newsom.


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