Virginia Gov. Threatens Consequences For Police Refusing To Enforce Gun Laws

Virginia Governor Richard Northam warned that "Second Amendment sanctuaries" could face consequences for that decision.

Richmond, VA – Virginia Governor Richard Northam vowed to pass stronger gun-control laws on Wednesday even as the number of “Second Amendment sanctuaries” grew to 70 in his state.

The governor gave a speech in Virginia Beach on Dec. 11 and explained how he intended to deal with the counties and cities that have voted to become gun sanctuaries, WTKR reported.

"There's not going to be retaliation,” Northam said. “That's not what I'm about. I'm about making Virginia safer."

"If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be consequences, but I'll cross that bridge if and when we get to it,” the governor added.

Northam defended the new gun-control laws that he has personally proposed and said they were all constitutional, WTKR reported.

"We're not going to take people's guns away," he said.

The governor offered no specific details about what kind of consequences the sanctuary counties and cities would face, WTKR reported.

"They can continue to have their meetings. They can continue to make sanctuary counties, but we're going to do what Virginians have asked us to do," Northam said.

However, he warned the “Second Amendment sanctuaries” that their behavior was impacting businesses that were considering investments in their communities.

"They have concerns when they hear localities are not going to enforce the laws of the land, so I would say be careful what you're asking for," the governor warned.

After Democrats took control of the state in the November elections, legislators declared they would move quickly to enact new gun-control legislation in the historically pro-gun state, the Culpepper Star-Exponent reported.

In response, local lawmakers began passing resolutions to declare themselves sanctuary counties for guns, much like liberal counties and cities have declared themselves sanctuaries for illegal aliens.

Culpepper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins even vowed to deputize thousands of citizens in order to protect their right to guns without violating his oath of office by refusing to enforce laws, the Culpepper Star-Exponent reported.

“The right to bear arms—some believe that the Second Amendment gives us that right, when in fact it’s a God-given right,” Sheriff Jenkins said told his the Culpepper County Board of Supervisors the night the sanctuary resolution was passed. “If you don’t believe in God, it’s a law of nature that every creature can defend their lives from threats.”

“If the legislature decides to restrict certain weapons I feel harms our community, I will swear in thousands of auxiliary deputies in Culpeper,” he said. “There’s no limit to the number of people I can swear in.”

“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 high-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.

Comments (85)
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flybynight
flybynight

Hey Governor Black Face, are you okay with sanctuary cities?

ikaika
ikaika

It seems that he likes to pick and choose which laws to enforce, and to interpret the Constitution in his own way. Good luck with that, slick.

hoss377
hoss377

And this is what its came down too,leftist socialists thinking the general population will cave in to their demands,and Americans tired of the insanity.

MSK
MSK

Yeah okay A-Hole. Don’t you have a few newborn babies that you want to euthanize first. Civil war is fast approaching.

Mike bass
Mike bass

So...he wants to ignore the laws about ILLEGAL ALIENS, that's actually A LAW and attack LAWS PROVIDED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.... WHAT A FRAUD..

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

“If the legislature decides to restrict certain weapons I feel harms our community, I will swear in thousands of auxiliary deputies in Culpeper,” he said.

Assuming that he is not going to discriminate based on race, he may end up with an awful lot of African American deputies doing welfare checks and other things that auxiliary deputies do.

At least there will be good "failure to train" claims against the county if any of this large body of auxiliary deputies messes up.

The Culpeper deputy proposal would actually bring things back around to the "well regulated militia" requirement.

CapDog
CapDog

He's all over the map about this. Must be mentally unstable. Keep him away from guns.

Fire0462
Fire0462

Seems like he is giving them a taste of socialism. He will find it tasteless and nauseating.

JBoH
JBoH

"If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws..."

Umm...not sure but I think the Second Amendment has something to do with the constitutional law. Just a guess...

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

so after stepping on the 2nd amendment, whats next? getting rid of it! then getting rid of all those pesky laws and amendments that get in the way of government having full control of us! that is TYRANNY!

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

Here is a picture of the crowd at my council meeting on Monday night when our council voted unanimously to declare our county a 2nd Amendment sanctuary.

It was by far (more than a factor of three), the largest turnout ever...

Charlie$
Charlie$

Impeach the POS

WARS Reaper
WARS Reaper

I find this both funny and insulting at the same time. I am Military and a LEO. Apparently he forgets that the Constitution dictates that we swear upon IT, to defend against tyranny, and to protect against all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC. Issuing an unlawful order that could harm the lives of American citizens makes you an enemy to the people and the Supreme Law of the land. And that is tyranny, why the Bill of Rights are there, and why we have the ability to immediately REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE, as it is the will of the people should it come to that.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

This a$$wipe wants to ban all semi-auto pistol, semi-auto rifles, semi auto shotguns and what they're calling assault rifles in all platforms! If they'd enforce the current laws, wouldn't have to ban nothing?

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Go ahead and try

cspcapt
cspcapt

Time to file a class action lawsuit against the governor. He can't have it both ways to pick and choose what laws he wants to uphold. He surely can't violate the US Constitution!

Jailkeeper
Jailkeeper

Hey governor, how does it feel now that the show is on the other foot? Your side (Democrats) make sanctuary city laws against the government over illegal immigration so now the right side are making sanctuary city laws for our side. You all started this

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

“ we're going to do what Virginians have asked us to do” No. You’re going to do what a bunch of fucktards who moved into northern Virginia to work in the Deep State want you to do.

IrishValkyrie69
IrishValkyrie69

First of all, that POS scumbag's name is Ralph. I live in Virginia and I DESPISE this baby murderer. If he wants a war, we'll give him one that makes the Revolutionary War look like a fricken cotillion!!!

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

The more Politicians push us, the harder our punch will be when we've had enough.

Wish505
Wish505

The only consequences I am seeing is that there is a chance that you just might be removed from office sooner than you think. A good strong grassroots recall could end you problem.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I want to live in Culpepper County!

DR226
DR226

We should have red flag laws to recall over stepping governors.😏

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Here's a thought. Put Mr. Insane Magazines in a room with a 2 300lb black men on PCP and tell the them he has 50 grand on him and it's all theirs if they can take it from him. Arm him with a "reasonable' six shooter. If he lives, he will be the embodiment of a conservative and join the NRA.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

The governor, and the good people of Virginia, may want to reread the original Constitution and the original 2nd Amendment which every lawmaker seems hellbent on rewriting to suit his/her own private agenda, not what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

Race card
Race card

It's sad but it's time for life's to be lost we must fight and die for our rights. I'm willing to be on the front line with you all.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Don’t live in Virginia but if you boys need help just put out the word and I am sure there are a bunch of able bodied Americans who will come and fight. Oh and Governor Black Face, fuck you, the horse you rode in on and the little black dog that followed you. This piece of shit is killing children, will not enforce Federal law but he is going to tell us how its gonna be. Fuck you.

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

I was thinking about the crimes that could be committed in confiscation. Breaking and entering. If I were to dare touch or pick up my personal property, potential murder. If they exercised restraint, kidnapping as they hauled me off. Grand theft firearm. And I am sure there are more. The horrifying thing is had they not barged in, all my firearms would sit quietly as they have done for years. Last time I touched them was a year and a half ago for target shooting. So they would murder me for that, or send me to the Virginia gulag.

Wish505
Wish505

Back up is on the way for the people of VA.

maxx1676
maxx1676

If this ever passes..its only the beginning of the end for the 2nd Amendment.... Fight back....Fight hard....we cant let this happen. Go after the BAD guy, not the good guy.

Txbatman
Txbatman

243 years ago, under rather similiar circumstances, A man said this "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war let it begin here." Captain John Parker, to his Minute Men on Lexington Green, April 19, 1775. We are getting to that point in this country, where Politicians think that WE are their subjects.

DanoRanger
DanoRanger

this guy is too old to be that stupid..