Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam sees an opening, and it’s not an insane push this time. With Republican majorities in the state legislature vastly chipped away, he’s laying the groundwork to import Maryland-style gun control in the Old Dominion. It’s right in the National Rifle Association’s backyard. So, if this is successful, and it very well could be, it’ll be a political and propaganda win for the anti-gun Left.
Virginia Democrats want a so-called assault weapons ban, the re-imposition of the one-gun-a-month law, universal background checks, and red flag laws. The latter isn’t all that insane, but there has to be explicit language and due process mechanisms to ensure the government doesn’t abuse this power. The problem is that the anti-gun Left doesn’t want a discussion. So, in principle, red flag, or extreme risk protection orders, aren’t ridiculous, but it takes two to tango. And the Left will most certainly abuse it to take away people’s guns for absurd reasons.