(TNS) A number of factors led to Democratic control of Virginia for the first time in decades following elections earlier this fall, but as they often do, the Garbage Party in Old Dominion appears to be overreaching with their newfound power.

In particular, Democrats are making good on promises to propose a bevy of new gun control legislation including magazine bans, ‘assault weapon’ bans, mandatory gun turn-in, and other measures that are not popular with a widening swath of the state.

In fact, pro-gun activists in Virginia report that the ‘gun sanctuary’ movement is spreading to counties throughout the state, sending a message to Richmond that they aren’t going to abide with severe restrictions on the Second Amendment.

“I’ve never seen anything like this, and I’ve been doing this for over 20 years,” Philip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a state-based pro-gun rights advocacy organization told the Free Beacon.

“It’s a sleeping giant that had been pretty much not paying attention to politics, and now they’re awake, and now they’re flooding these sanctuary county hearings. Flooding them.”

The news site noted further:

Sparked by Democrats’ capture of the Virginia legislature three weeks ago, the sanctuary movement has already passed resolutions similar to VCDL’s model in nearly a quarter of the state’s counties.

The movement could give newly elected Democrats from more moderate jurisdictions pause when considering new gun control bills—especially the confiscation plan supported by Governor Ralph Northam (D.). The sanctuary proposals could also set up a showdown between state and local officials if the former adopt new gun bans or a confiscation scheme.

“It’s sending a huge message to the General Assembly that a lot of the state does not want more gun control, certainly none of the crap that they’re pushing that does nothing but affect law abiding citizens,” Van Cleave added. “It doesn’t do anything for criminals.”

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Moderates are “gonna go ‘whoa, hey, if I vote for that bill you won’t have a Democrat delegate in this county for the next decade,'” Van Cleave said. “All we have to do is turn a few Democrats and these bills aren’t going to go anywhere.”

That said, most Virginia counties aren’t taking the chance. Van Cleave says he believes a majority of them are going to become “Second Amendment sanctuaries.”

His group plans to target Virginia’s sheriffs and commonwealth attorneys as well.

“It’s part of a multiple prong approach,” he said. “A lot of sheriffs, and even chiefs of police, are going to be watching what localities do. Some of the sheriffs have said, ‘if my locality does this then I’m going to go along with it.’ Then, if we get commonwealth attorneys to say ‘I’m not prosecuting this stuff,’ well, that closes the loop at least in the county.”

So far, 15, of the state’s 95 counties are gun sanctuaries, the Free Beacon said. And while the effort to push back against Democrat gun control will take some time, more Virginians appear to be channeling the founding fathers by the day.

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