Political Editors / January 9, 2020

VA Dems Target Shooting Ranges

The NRA is the clear target of this latest anti-Second Amendment legislation.

In their ongoing efforts to curtail and severely limit Virginians’ Second Amendment rights, the commonwealth’s Democrat lawmakers, led by Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam, have proposed and pre-filed a litany of gun-control bills. One of them is House Bill 567, which, if passed, would essentially make it unlawful for a private company to run an indoor shooting range in a building that employs 50 or more people.

H.R. 567 states:

It is unlawful to operate an indoor shooting range in any building not owned or leased by the Commonwealth or the 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, as defined in § 9.1-101, 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 most obvious target of this clearly malicious legislation is the National Rifle Association, which maintains an indoor shooting range at its corporate headquarters in Fairfax. What possible constitutionally legitimate rationale is there for seeking to eliminate all large privately owned and operated indoor shooting ranges?

Fortunately, Virginians aren’t content to sit back and watch their Second Amendment rights be eroded without a fight. The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement continues its rapid spread, with the commonwealth’s largest city, Virginia Beach, declaring itself a “Second Amendment Constitutional City” on Monday. Currently, 88 of Virginia’s 95 counties are 2A sanctuaries, along with 30 cities.

But this groundswell of public support for gun rights hasn’t stopped anti-gun elected officials from using underhanded tactics like those displayed by the City of Lynchburg’s Vice Mayor Jane Dolan. The video below depicts Dolan seeking to change her vote after the public was removed from a council meeting…

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