by JD Heyes, Natural News:
The Democratic defiance of the Constitution and the will of a majority of Virginia jurisdictions continues to spiral out of control, as newly empowered tyrants in the Donkey Party continue pushing restrictive new anti-gun measures.
On Thursday, Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam (D) issued an emergency edict barring Virginians from carrying firearms on the grounds of the state capitol during the annual gun rights lobbying event coming up on Monday.
In his declaration, Northam claimed that his edict only sought to enhance public safety after officials said they’d received “credible and serious threats” (who’s really going to know whether or not that’s true?). And yet, in all the years gun owners have descended on the capital for their annual event, not a single incident involving a firearm has occurred.
What’s more, Virginia state law recognizes the Constitution’s “shall not be infringed” clause in allowing open carry of firearms without first having to obtain government permission by getting a license.
So clearly, Northam’s edict is not only a violation of state law, but it is a direct violation of the Second Amendment (which does not contain a provision allowing for ‘some’ gun control but only if it’s done for the purposes of ‘public safety’).
Several gun rights groups immediately filed a lawsuit, CBS News reported:
A lawsuit challenging Northam’s decision was filed by Gun Owners of America, Inc. (GOA), Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), and citizens Kenneth VanWyk, Erich Pratt, and John Velleco, who are all planning to attend Monday’s rally, according to CBS Richmond affiliate WTVR. Of the three individuals filing the lawsuit, two are executive members of the GOA, and the third is a member of the VCDL.
But a state judge quickly upheld the governor’s edict because state power must be preserved at all times instead of the people’s rights.
Why are some laws valid and others…aren’t?
The suit challenged Northam’s authority to issue the edict, claiming it violates the First and Second Amendments, as well as his power as governor. But, The Associated Press noted, Judge Joi Taylor said in her ruling that the governor has authority under state law to take action pertaining to the “safety and welfare” of the state.
Translation: ‘Some state laws must be enforced but not others, and being members of the state’s power structure, we will decide what laws those are.’
The plaintiffs immediately filed an emergency appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court, but here, too, the Democrat tyrants intervened.
No sooner than the appeal had been filed, there was state Attorney General Mark Herring trying to deny them their day in court (another constitutional violation).
He issued a ‘legal’ brief in which he used the prototypical ‘public safety’ excuse to deny Virginians their gun rights. (Related: You have NO IDEA what’s coming: Virginia Dems to unleash martial law attack on 2A counties using roadblocks to confiscate firearms and spark a shooting war.)
“Determined to prevent another tragedy, the Governor issued a carefully limited Executive Order. The Order does not prevent anyone from speaking, assembling, or petitioning the government,” he wrote. “Instead, it temporarily precludes private possession of firearms in a sensitive public place during a specified time to protect public safety and safeguard the rights of all citizens to peacefully speak, assemble, and petition their government.”
Republicans are no longer in the majority so they can’t do much except complain.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is probably the first assault on the Second Amendment. And we’re going to see many after that,” said GOP Sen. Bill Stanley, who further argued that the bill giving localities control over guns in public spaces would create “little pockets here and there where guns are good and guns are bad.”