We Only Partially Succeeded in Virginia

Just days ago Virginia House Bill 961 went to a vote in the Virginia Senate. The bill was essentially a ban on “assault weapons,” “high capacity magazines,” and firearm suppressors. The bill was backed by most democrats, the governor, presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, and many anti-gun organizations.

After only narrowly passing in the House, with a couple democrats crossing the aisle to vote with republicans, Virginia's gun owners must have felt a breath of fresh air that helped give them confidence that they could win this fight. And, win they did, at least for now.

The Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee voted “NO” by a margin of 10-5 after four democrats broke from party lines, against the bill.

But, while it's dead for this session, the “assault weapons” ban can rear its ugly head again next year. In fact, one of the democrats who voted to give the bill another year is on the record as stating that he still wants the bill passed. He just wants “to tighten it up” some. Here's a quote from 25th District Senator Creigh Deeds:

I did what I thought was reasonable thing to do and that’s carried over for a year so we can try to figure out how to tighten it up and get a bill passed.

In other words, he still wants an “assault weapons” ban passed, he just doesn't know how to put it through yet so it doesn't piss off the 100+ municipalities who've turned into pro-gun sanctuaries.

They've essentially given themselves one year to figure it out.

At least a part of me suspects that the 20,000+ patriots who showed up in Richmond in January had something to do with it. Nobody in their right mind is going to purposefully piss off that many armed people. Well, at least these four democrats have some sort of brains preventing them from starting something that could really have bloodied things up.

Let's just not forget that they're still anti-gun. At least some of those democrats still want some form of an assault weapons bill passed, it's just not happening yet.

Then again, some Virginia democrats seem to have better heads on their shoulders than others do. Senator Chap Peterson, for example, had this to say:

In other words, if you went out and legally purchased a weapon or legally purchased a particular part, just simply by owning that you could become a class VI felon or class I misdemeanor. And that, to me, it's not fair, it's not due process, and that was what really bothered me the most.

Thank you, Senator Peterson. Hopefully your common sense is contagious throughout the rest of your party.

But I doubt it.

Moving on …

While many of us are saying this is a win, me included, it isn't really a win. More of a one year delay, and there are several other bills that are detrimental to our freedoms that are still going full steam ahead.

These are things that nobody else really seems to be talking about, and that's the other gun control measures that are moving forward in this legislative session. Things like universal background checks, red flag laws, and a limit on the number of handgun purchases an individual can make are all moving forward.

That's still a huge blow dealt to Virginia.

While this “assault weapons” ban has been pushed back, the positive note here is that many seats will be coming up for election making this bill really hard to pass if all the anti-gunners are voted out of office. Given the makeup of Virginia being the “woke” masses that they now are, I suspect that any and all anti-gun democrats are going to struggle to get the votes needed to pass this baloney.

Time will tell, but just for general knowledge Virginia tends to vote in odd numbered years. So, for example, 2021 is the next time a governor can be elected and the clown that's in there now will be unable to run again.


All we can do at this point is plan to vote no matter where you lay your head at night. The coming years are important as the anti-gun politicians don't even hide their motives anymore. Get out and vote no matter where you are. We must take our country back.

Leave your thoughts on this in the comments below.

About Joshua Gillem

Josh is a lifelong practitioner and student of the gun. He grew up shooting/hunting with his dad, and was given his first gun, a 12 gauge shotgun, when just a small boy. After high school, he joined the Marines where his love for firearms blossomed as he qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G. Josh has been writing about firearms and tactics for several years, owns the blog Gunners Den, is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and believes that each individual person has the right to self-defense by any means necessary. Currently residing in gun-friendly NC, he carries a concealed gun on a daily basis, even in his own house.


  1. Albert on February 21, 2020 at 5:52 am

    Want more?? Keep voting DEMOCRAT @ the local and state level…

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