Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.

Virginia gun rights advocates scored a major victory Monday night, as the state’s largest city declared itself a “Second Amendment Constitutional City.”

The Virginia Beach city council voted 6-4 in favor of the resolution, which isn’t as strong as a sanctuary city declaration might have been but is still a huge “get” for Second Amendment supporters.

It’s also somewhat unexpected – on May 31, 2019, a mass shooting occurred at a Virginia Beach municipal building. A dozen people were killed.

Democrats and gun-control activists prodded Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to call a special legislative session to address a host of gun control bills. None of those proposals were approved n the special session held in July. 

But those bills now form the core of the Democrats’ renewed push to limit gun rights – which is more likely given the Democratic victories in November which gave them control of the state House and Senate, in addition to Northam.

Our sources say Northam is reaching out to Republican lawmakers, seeking their support on gun control. Republicans, for now, are standing firm against Northam’s overtures.

A key test of both sides in the debate could occur on Jan. 20, when gun rights supporters expect 50,000 – 100,000 protestors to gather at the state capitol building in Richmond – potentially one of the largest crowds to ever assembly on the capitol grounds.

Gun control supporters will be gathering the same day to make sure Democrats keep their promise to impose universal background checks, limits on magazine capacity, red flag laws, and a so-called “assault weapons” ban.

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