Virginia: Sic Semper Tyrannis

Blackface Governor Ralph Northam to Ban Black Guns

Virginia is poised to be the next California unless members of the commonwealth can live up to their state's motto: Sic Semper Tyrannis.

Democrats now control the entire state government in Virginia — House, Senate, and Governor’s office — and are postured to enact massive restrictions on the second Amendment. This puts clown world Governor Ralph Northam in a position to sign proposed gun control legislation into law. Governor Northam was humiliated earlier this year as a yearbook photo surfaced of him as one of the people in the below photograph. Northam issued an apology for his behavior but it remains unknown whether he’s the klansman or the one in blackface. After Governor Northam realized that no one could tell which person in the photo was actually him, he rescinded his apology and said he wasn’t in the photo at all.

Governor Northam apologized for his involvement here, but it’s unclear whether he’s the one in blackface or the klansman.

Virginia Assault Weapons Ban and Mandatory Surrender

VA House Bill 4021 is waiting to be moved forward, and would impose sweeping laws prohibiting “assault” weapons and would also require citizens to surrender their firearms to law enforcement. The bill reads in part:

Any person who legally owns an assault firearm, large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator on November 1, 2019, may retain possession until July 1, 2020. During that time, such person shall (i) render the assault firearm, large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator inoperable; (ii) remove the assault firearm, large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator from the Commonwealth; (iii) transfer the assault firearm, large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator to a person outside the Commonwealth who is not prohibited from possessing it; or (iv) surrender the assault firearm, large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator to a state or local law-enforcement agency.

Virginia House Bill 4021

At the state level, Virginians will legally have the choice to either destroy their own firearms, turn them in at local police stations. Ironic, given that the state’s official seal is Virtus standing over a slain king with the motto “Sic Semper Tyrannis” (thus always to tyrants; suggesting that kings and tyrants will always be opposed).

Turn your rifles in, champ. Someone wrote some words on paper somewhere.

Imagine unironically going down to the local police station with your son so that you can turn in the rifle you protect your home and family with to some shithead with a few months of low-intensity police academy training. Yeah. Fuck you.

New Definition of Assault Weapons

Perhaps even more concerning is the expanded definition of an “assault” weapon, which can be read in the full text of the bill.

“Assault firearm” means:

1. A semi-automatic center-fire rifle that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material with a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 10 rounds;

2. A semi-automatic center-fire rifle that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine and has one of the following characteristics: (i) a folding or telescoping stock; (ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the rifle; (iii) a thumbhole stock; (iv) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand; (v) a bayonet mount; (vi) a grenade launcher; (vii) a flare launcher; (viii) a silencer; (ix) a flash suppressor; (x) a muzzle brake; (xi) a muzzle compensator; (xii) a threaded barrel capable of accepting (a) a silencer, (b) a flash suppressor, (c) a muzzle brake, or (d) a muzzle compensator; or (xiii) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (xii);

3. A semi-automatic center-fire pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material with a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 10 rounds;

4. A semi-automatic center-fire pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine and has one of the following characteristics: (i) a folding or telescoping stock; (ii) a thumbhole stock; (iii) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand; (iv) the capacity to accept a magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip; (v) a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the pistol with the non-trigger hand without being burned; (vi) a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; (vii) a threaded barrel capable of accepting (a) a silencer, (b) a flash suppressor, (c) a barrel extender, or (d) a forward handgrip; or (viii) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (vii);

5. A shotgun with a revolving cylinder that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material; or

6. A semi-automatic shotgun that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material that has one of the following characteristics: (i) a folding or telescoping stock, (ii) a thumbhole stock, (iii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the shotgun, (iv) the ability to accept a detachable magazine, (v) a fixed magazine capacity in excess of seven rounds, or (vi) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (v).

“Assault firearm” includes any part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert, modify, or otherwise alter a firearm into an assault firearm, or any combination of parts that may be readily assembled into an assault firearm. “Assault firearm” does not include (i) a firearm that has been rendered permanently inoperable, (ii) an antique firearm as defined in §18.2-308.2:2, or (iii) a curio or relic as defined in § 18.2-308.2:2.

Of note is the part that would classify “any part designed to alter a firearm into an assault firearm”, because this theoretically would define a simple vertical foregrip, lower parts kit, or standard AR-pattern magazine as an “assault firearm” itself.

There are preliminary talks of an Armed 2nd Amendment Rally at the Virginia General Assembly Building on January 20th, 2020. The Virginia Citizens Defense League is likely to be involved. This information is from IG @trijicontinued.

The situation is just now developing. But there’s a very real chance that we’ll get to see if anyone with a “Come and Take It” sticker or a Gadsden Flag on their bumper is worth their salt when the time comes. Virginia is poised to be the next California unless members of the commonwealth can live up to their state’s motto: Sic Semper Tyrannis.

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Lee Enfield
Mr. Enfield can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @enbloc_lee. Enjoys politics, 3D printing, and guns. Infantry veteran and longtime shooter.

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