Gun-rights advocates are planning what they hope will be a historic rally at the Virginia Capitol next month. But they may have to leave their guns at home.
Incoming House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn confirmed Thursday that Democrats have discussed the possibility of banning guns on Capitol Square through the rules resolutions that will be one of the first orders of business when new Democratic majorities convene in Richmond.
“That’s definitely something that we have discussed amongst us,” Filler-Corn said in an interview. “But we’re not willing to say what direction we’re going in.”
A no-guns rule could be significant for the crowds expected to fill the Capitol as Democrats take up numerous gun-control proposals, including universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and a red flag law. In an email to its members this week, the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League said several militia groups from Virginia and nearby states had “graciously volunteered to provide security.”
VCDL also urged supporters not to bring long guns to the event, calling them a “distraction” from the group’s gun-rights message. “VCDL’s important messages inevitably get lost as the press rushes to get pictures of anyone carrying an AR or AK,” the group wrote. “The stories then become about the rifle, not VCDL’s agenda. … Long guns are not easy to carry in a crowd, either.”
I would check reciprocity laws before carrying a hand gun across state lines as well!!
THEY meet 01-08-2020.