Newly minted powdered wig, Governor Ralph Northam, saw his first attempt to peel back the benevolence of the coercive association of Virginia regarding gun possession was shut down this past Monday, January 15th, when his bill that would ban private gun sales was defeated in committee.
It seems that the one powdered wig who wanted to more aggressively deprive human beings of their ability to equip themselves with tools of self-defense was overridden by more benevolent powdered wigs who, for one reason or another, decided that maybe we non-gov peasants should continue to be able to buy and sell tools of self-defense among ourselves.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s (D) push to ban private gun sales was defeated in the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee Monday morning.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Second Amendment supporters held a Monday morning rally in Capitol Square while Northam planned speak to gun control supporters mid-afternoon.
On January 10, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Northam was pushing a ban on private gun sales by seeking a requirement that all gun sales, retail or private, be performed via a background check. This would have required law-abiding Virginians to seek out a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) to do a background check if a private citizen was selling a gun to a neighbor, a lifelong friend, or a co-worker.
Colorado already has a similar law and charges a fee every time a background check is performed. In the end, the fee is like a gun tax that raises the sale price for each gun sold without offering any substantial hindrance to high profile attacks in return. High profile attackers almost always acquire their guns via background checks, which is easy to do if one has avoided accumulating a criminal history.