Northam Faces Opposition Over His Proposed 18-Officer Gun Control Enforcement Team

Despite 91% of Virginia state counties adopting gun sanctuary resolutions, Governor Ralph Northam is not backing away from his plan to enforce his new gun control laws with a proposed 18 officer team and $4.8 million dollar budget.

Northam’s vigilance on a key issue for the left has brought him back into the good graces of some Democrats who had spurned him during his humiliating “blackface” scandal in early 2019.

Wapo columnist Karen Tumulty even went so far as to say “We were wrong” for calling for Northam to resign, tweeting:

Back when a racist photo first surfaced in his medical school yearbook, most Va lawmakers, our editorial page (and yours truly) said ⁦@GovernorVA⁩ should resign. We were wrong.

However Virginia gun rights advocates are not just bowing down to Northam’s proposals without a fight.

Amy Friedenberger tweeted a photo of a public hearing on Northam’s proposed budget, writing:

Over 150 people in Blacksburg for the public hearing on @GovernorVA’s proposed budget. Most people in the room are here — following a call put out by gun rights group VCDL — to speak about money in Northam’s budget to support implementation of gun control.

Per Ben Paviour

Gun rights activists are paying a lot of notice to this section of Gov. Northam’s proposed budget, which calls for $250k in extra prison funding to enforce potential gun control laws.

The Washington Examiner reports Virginia’s pop-up gun sanctuary movement has turned its attention to fighting the governor’s call for a $4.8 million, 18-officer team to enforce his proposed “assault weapons” ban.

Two key groups issued an alert this week to push gun owners to four budget hearings Thursday around the state, asking them to quiz state legislators if they will vote to ban or confiscate weapons.

“We understand that this is short notice. But it would have a significant impact if many of our members could show up and make a 3-minute statement and ask questions of the legislators in attendance,” said the Virginia Citizens Defense League.

“We see in the governor’s proposed budget that he wants $4 million and 18 new law-enforcement positions to enforce a ban on commonly-owned firearms,” said Erich Pratt, Gun Owners of America senior vice president.

“Gun owners want to know: Is this money going to be used for the gun confiscation?” he added.

Both groups have been key in the surprising success of the organic gun sanctuary movement in Virginia that was prompted when Gov. Ralph Northam said he’d back sweeping gun control legislation after Democrats took control of the legislature in the 2019 elections.

The election surprised gun owners and prompted them to subsequently flood town and county meetings to demand that local lawmakers OK sanctuary resolutions to ignore Richmond’s gun control urge.

A surprising 91% of all state counties have adopted the resolutions, sending a signal to state lawmakers.