Militias challenge gun laws in Virginia: “It’s about shooting tyrants in the face”

Militias challenge gun laws in Virginia: "It's about shooting tyrants in the face"

REVERB is a documentary series from CBSN Originals . Stream the latest episodes, " Gun Fight, Part One " and "Gun Fight, Part Two," in the video players on this page, or watch the premiere on CBSN Sunday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m., 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET. On a cold winter morning last February, a woman named Samantha assembled her AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in the parking area next to Timbrook Public Library in Campbell County, Virginia. Her husband, Chad, had his AR-15 in hand and commented, "I would trust going into a gun fight right next to my wife. I’ve seen her shoot." Samantha was one of a handful of women attending the call for volunteers to join a group calling itself the Campbell County Militia. Along with Chad and Samantha (who asked to have their last name withheld), over 200 people were at the event, most of them carrying arms. Kurt Feigel, a gun rights activist and militia organizer, told the group, "We are here today to send a clear and collective message to any would-be-tyrants that would attempt to disarm us: We will not comply." The formation of the Campbell County Militia is part of a larger movement organized by gun rights activists pushing back against gun laws Virginia enacted in 2020. They claim the new regulations, which include a "red flag" law and universal background checks for gun purchases, infringe on their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Virginia lawmakers shelved more controversial proposals […]

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