By Jon Dougherty

(TNS) As part of its efforts to beat back or otherwise circumvent a bevy of new gun control measures being proposed by majority Democrats in Virginia, the National Rifle Associated has come up with a novel approach.



The gun rights group plans to hand out 1,000 30-round magazines to Virginians on Monday as Second Amendment advocates gather for their annual gun lobbying effort in the capital of Richmond.

The magazines are compliments of Magpul Industries — a renowned magazine and firearm accessory maker.

Monday is the day that the NRA asked Second Amendment advocates to flood the Senate and Assembly offices of lawmakers in an effort to overwhelm gun control voices.

Breitbart’s Awr Hawkins notes:

Democrats in the Virginia legislature have already put forward a number of bills, one of which is Delegate Mark Levine’s (D) HB 961.

Levine’s bill bans “assault weapons,” “high-capacity” magazines, certain triggers, and suppressors, among other things. The bill puts forward a means by which “assault weapon” owners can apply for a license to retain their gun, but the trade-off is that their names are entered into a database.

Owners of “high-capacity” magazines, certain triggers, and suppressors, will have a grace period to get rid of the accessories/devices, after which they will face felony charges for possessing them.

We reported on New Year’s Day that the NRA warned the first few weeks of the year were vital in stopping a rush by Democrats to destroy gun rights in a state that has long enjoyed them:

Law-abiding gun owners throughout the Commonwealth must continue to join together to fight against gun bans, gun rationing, and confiscation this January in Richmond. Your NRA has events planned for the early, critical days of the 2020 legislative session.

The first hearing of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee is January 13th, where lawmakers could hear the first slate of bills to restrict our freedom into oblivion. It’s critical that law-abiding gun owners are heard on this day, because waiting even one week to make our voices heard, whether individually or at an organized event, will simply be too late. 

Anti-gun zealot Gov. Northam wants the entire package of gun control bills fast-tracked for passage in the first week of the short session.  We must defend freedom at the very first hearing on the 13th and show the new bought and paid for anti-gun majority that our rights are not for sale – to Bloomberg or anyone else. 

In response to the raft of gun control legislation Democrats are preparing, most jurisdictions in the state have declared themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries,” meaning local officials will not assist state authorities in enforcing new gun ordinances they believe are unconstitutional.

Democrats don’t like that, of course, and the state AG, Mark Herring, has declared such sanctuaries to be ‘null and void’ — but of course, he hasn’t taken a similar stand against the state’s sanctuaries for illegal aliens, so the gun rights folks aren’t paying his hypocrisy much heed.

There’s a showdown coming in Virginia over gun rights. We can just sense it.

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