Since the November election, the new legislators have introduced bills that many consider Radical and Outrageous. Across the State, large groups of people have gathered to protest and speak out against this legislation, ask their representatives to kill the bills, and protect our Fine State. We had over 2,000 turn out for the Board of Supervisors on December 12, 2019 with over 150 speakers, as reported by Fauquier Now.
Due to the overwhelming plea from the citizens, the Board of Supervisor Chris Butler tabled the BOS vote to create a Fauquier 2A Constitutional Resolution that had more TEETH. On December 23, 2019 with a 5 to 0 vote the NEW VERSION passed, as reported by Local Media. The Board of Supervisors, with the support of the Sheriff, Commonwealth Attorney, and their Lobbyist will continue to fight against any law that infringes on the rights of Fauquier citizens.
The Legislative Session (House and Senate) in Richmond is ending on March 7th, when the House & Senate Bills will be forwarded to the Governor to become Laws. Now is the time to come together to hear from our legislature and expert speakers about how these new laws will impact us, the people of Virginia.
As bills become law, what will happen? If the gun ban happens, will they break down my door to take my guns? (NO!) Will new laws make my taxes go up? What will actually influence or change my daily life?
There are ways to fight against the unconstitutional laws. There are ways to flip our government back into a balance that could mitigate the damage done. There are real issues in our culture. How do we address these issues? This is not about partisan politics. This is about AMERICAN LIFE & LIBERTY.
ALL ARE WELCOME – Join the RALLY on February 29, 2020 with national, state and local speakers from 10am-3pm. Gates open at 9am. The rally will have food, vendors and music. *No hate or violent protesting allowed.
SPEAKERS As of Right Now
US Representative Denver Riggleman
VA Senator Jill Vogel
VA Senator Amanda Chase
Fauquier Board of Supervisor Chris Butler
DJ Jordan, Won up to 76% in Fauquier!
Tim Anderson, 2A Attorney
Paul Coyer, Institute of World Politics
Maj Toure, Black Guns Matter
Kerry Slone, We the Female
Vaughn Neville, The Man Spot
John Crump, Virginia – Gun Owners of American
Erich Pratt, VP Gun Owners of America
Suzanne Sloane, New Laws, Government & Education
John Green, Why Education?
Brandon Bowser, Young Republicans
Rev Jose Andres Ruiz
Rev Dr James Kelly
Pastor Robert Grant
Liz Dickinson, American Majority
Rev Dr Jason Garwood, Fauquier 2A
Patrick Heelen, Culpeper 2A
Will Billerd, Prince William 2A
And more ….
VENDORS, FOOD & MUSIC… Come meet folks who stand with you and our Constitutional protections!
This press release is approved by American Life & Liberty, a new non-connected Political Action Committee dedicated to helping American Citizens have a government that supports their Values and ensure their Life & Liberty.
Tactical training with a buddy within sight of an anti-gun neighbor: Class 5 felony
Two or more people open carrying within sight of an anti-gun neighbor: Class 5 felony
Teaches proper firearm handling to anyone who will resist tyranny: Class 5 felony
Teaching martial arts/self-defense to anyone who will resist tyranny: Class 5 felony
Organizes a constitutional militia to resist tyranny: Class 5 felony
SB69 makes it illegal to purchase more than 1 firearm in 30 days.
Exceptions for concealed carry permit holders, private sales and trade-ins.
Found a better deal on a firearm you just bought: Class 1 misdemeanor
Want to buy 2 lowers on a Black Friday Sale: Class 1 misdemeanor
Want to buy a matching set of pistols: Class 1 misdemeanor
SB240 makes possessing firearms a Class 1 misdemeanor (jail time) if someone thinks you’re threatening, and a judge issues a risk order.
Refuse to voluntarily give up your guns after an issued risk order: Class 1 misdemeanor
HB961 can’t buy, transfer, sell or make ARs. Grandfather clause for existing ARs. 12 round mag limit. Can’t own suppressor, binary trigger or bump stock.
Buy an AR15: Class 6 felony
Own a magazine that holds more than 12 rounds: Class 6 felony
Own a suppressor: Class 6 felony
Own a binary trigger: Class 6 felony
Carrying a loaded shotgun with more than 7 rounds anywhere open to the public: Class 1 misdemeanor
HB960 delayed until next year. Slaps an ADDITIONAL 10% tax on all firearms and ammunition sales
Want to buy a firearm: +10%
Want to buy bullets for that gun: +10%
HB2 Selling or transferring a firearm without a background check is a FELONY. Exceptions for immediate family members, at a shooting range, letting a friend look at a gun in the owners presence or extreme circumstances to prevent death.
Selling of private property (a firearm) without paying an FFL: Class 6 felony
Letting a buddy borrow your hunting rifle: Class 6 felony
Giving a niece a gun for self protection without a background check: Class 6 felony
There is a lot to be said for being able to win an argument in defense of our right to keep and bear arms. You get an opportunity to not only win over someone who is arguing with you (unlikely), but anyone around you who is undecided (very likely), so keep these ground rules in mind:
Be respectful: The person you are arguing with is most likely not evil. They are just victims of a mind virus that has overtaken American society. It’s not their fault. You need to keep reminding yourself no matter how heated the conversation gets. Ultimately they want the same thing as you – a safer America.
Ask lots of questions: Asking questions makes people think on their feet. If they’re just repeating talking points they have heard from someone else they will find it difficult to be coherent. Ask them to define their terms, “assault weapon”, “semi-automatic”, “mass shooting”, “gun death”, etc.
Help them have a positive first experience with a gun: They most likely have not had much (any) contact with guns: offer to take them to the range and show them safety around a gun as well as how to shoot.Once most people fire off a few rounds from those scary looking “military style assault weapons” – they realize how helpful they could be in a life or death situation.
Ultimately any life lost is sad, whether it’s with a firearm or not.
Open minded discusses and debates are healthy and good, especially if you can help the other person see the flaws of gun control and wisdom in the 2nd Amendment.
This week was crossover at the Virginia General Assembly, marking the halfway point of the 2020 session. This is the week we send the House Bills that passed over to the State Senate, and the Senate sends their bills to the House.
There was a definite philosophical difference between Republicans and Democrats, as bills were passed on the House floor, I cast an unprecedented number of no votes. House Democrats passed many pieces of legislation that will have a detrimental impact on our Commonwealth and I have highlighted some below. These bills must pass the Senate before they will become law.
BUSINESS, JOBS, AND THE ECONOMY
In 2019, Virginia was rated
America’s Top State for Business. Many of this year’s bills will make
Virginia less competitive with surrounding states in attracting new business,
decreasing the potential for economic growth and jobs. One bright spot,
repeal of “Right to Work” HB 153 was defeated in committee.
One of the most significant
bills to pass is HB 395 which would raise the minimum wage across
Virginia to $15 an hour by 2025. Because of this huge increase in labor costs,
jobs will be consolidated or eliminated. It will not only impact the small
businesses but will lead to fewer job opportunities for those just entering the
workforce and unskilled labor.
will impose a 5-cent fee on every plastic bag used when shopping unless you are
buying meat, ice cream, drugs or liquor.
HB 582 repeals
the ban on collective bargaining for public employees. This is the first
step in unionizing public employees – if that ever happens, stand by for
potential strikes and increased taxes. HB 833 would require
government contractors to pay the prevailing (union scale) wage, even if they
are non-union businesses, significantly increasing costs and reducing
Other bad for business bills will make it easier to businesses to be sued, increases regulations and costs on businesses.
expands eligibility for parole to hundreds of violent criminals and is the
first step towards repealing Virginia’s truth in sentencing law that was
adopted in the 1990s. Since that law was passed, our crime rate has
declined – many crimes are committed by repeat offenders. In fact,
Virginia currently has the 48th LOWEST crime rate in the nation and the lowest
recidivism rate – crimes being committed by repeat offenders.
that would make it more challenging to prosecute drunk drivers. Democrats also
led the initiative that doubles the grand larceny threshold from $500 to $1000
HB 961 prohibits
the sale, and transport of so called “assault” firearms and the possession of
magazines that hold more than 12 rounds. The US had a similar nationwide
ban in place for a decade and it had no measurable impact on crime. All
this will do is turn thousands of law-abiding Virginians into criminals
reimposes the “one gun a month” limitation on handgun purchases. HB
264 would make it more difficult to obtain a concealed handgun permit.
ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Democrats passed a slate of
legislation that will implement Virginia’s version of a “Green New Deal,”
including HB 528, HB 1526, HB 1451, and HB 1450.
The overall effect of these bills will be to significantly increase energy
cost. This means your electric and heating bills will be going up for no
real benefit to the environment or climate. This cost increase will have
ripple effects throughout the economy.
Virginia and the country are
already doing our part to reduce harmful emissions. From 1970 to 2017, the
aggregate US emissions of primary air pollutants declined by 73 percent.
Ambient concentrations of these pollutants have declined an average of 64
percent since 1990.
Virginia is doing its part in
this area as well. From 1990 to 2017, Virginia’s emissions of key
pollutants have decreased across the board. Additionally, from 2005 to
2016, Virginia’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions decreased by almost 20 percent
despite increasing population and energy demands.
While the US and Virginia are
doing our part, unfortunately, other nations are not. Countries, like
China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and other developing nations continue to dump
more pollutants into the air and oceans with little regard for the consequences.
HB 1663 places
special protections for “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” into
Virginia law without providing protections to churches, religious
organizations, and schools whose faith may prohibit such behavior. While
people are free to live their lives as they wish, that does not give someone
the right to impose their beliefs on others. I am concerned that without
religious protections, this bill may lead to lawsuits and prosecution of
religious organizations and individuals for simply living by their sincerely
held religious beliefs.
The Democrats passed
legislation that would allow illegal aliens to obtain a driver’s license (HB
1211). HB 1150 eliminates the requirement that jails, and
prisons determine the citizen status of the inmates, so that Federal
immigration officials could be informed whenever an illegal alien commits a
crime in the Commonwealth and be turned over for deportation. HB 1547
will allow illegal aliens to qualify for in-state tuition at our state colleges
These bills are steps in
Virginia becoming a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants.
Democrats have pushed through
several significant changes to our election laws which I am concerned will
disenfranchise voters and make election fraud easier.
will allow someone to register to vote and vote on Election Day, without the
opportunity to verify their eligibility or residency. There is also no
way to check to see if the person already registered and voted at another
guts the voter photo ID requirement by allowing someone without an ID to just
sign a statement and vote.
HB 177 would
cast Virginia’s Electoral Votes for President to whichever candidate receives
the most votes nationally regardless of how Virginia voted. The founders
created the Electoral system to make it harder for big states to dominate
smaller states. This would basically give control of Virginia’s votes to
California and New York.
As I said, these bills must still pass the State Senate and be signed by the Governor before becoming law, so there is a chance that they may be defeated.
I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office over the coming weeks. I value the feedback you provide. If you have any questions about these or other Virginia issues, please let me know.
Virginia House of Delegates, 88th District Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Fauquier
“Your love of liberty – your respect for the laws – your habits of industry – and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.” – George Washington