Gun rights group warns against new Virginia gun laws

Gun rights group warns against new Virginia gun laws

Stephen Willeford, who disrupted a mass murder in his small town’s First Baptist Church in Texas, speaks to the crowd of pro-gun demonstrators at the Virginia State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (The Center Square) – A gun rights group is highlighting concerns about several new Virginia gun laws going into effect July 1, which will restrict the locations where a person can legally carry a firearm. “The only people who abide by gun-free zones are law-abiding citizens, and these laws turn good people into soft targets,” John Crump, the Virginia director of Gun Owners of America, told The Center Square. “If gun-free zones worked, then all we would have to do is put up ‘no guns allowed’ signs to stop all crime, but clearly, that approach has failed miserably.” When the laws go into effect, people will be prohibited from open and concealed carry of firearms at the Richmond State Capitol and surrounding areas. Gun rights supporters had routinely held peaceful armed demonstrations on capitol grounds annually. Last year, Gov. Ralph Northam used his executive authority to ban firearms on its grounds during the protest, which led hundreds of armed demonstrators to protest on streets and sidewalks to comply with the law. A separate law will prohibit firearms within 40 feet of a polling location with a few exceptions. A qualified or retired law-enforcement officer will still be allowed to carry a firearm, as will a licensed armed security officer performing his duty within […]

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