President Trump is Wrong About Virginia’s Gun Laws

President Trump is Wrong About Virginia’s Gun Laws

Gun Ban Approved in Richmond The Richmond City Council approved a gun ban in September. Despite an increase in potential gun buyers, Trump claims Virginia’s governor plans to “obliterate the 2nd Amendment.” RICHMOND- It was a strange way for most of Virginia to wake up on Monday. President Donald Trump tweeted out that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wanted to “obliterate your 2nd Amendment. I have stopped him.” What made it strange, besides the president tweeting that from his hospital bed, was the fact the state’s gun laws haven’t been a big topic of discussion in several months. And since they took effect in July, there’s been no statements, legal action or even a tweet from the White House, raising concern. What we did get, however, is a pair of very familiar questions from readers. People emailed to ask what these new gun laws were and why lawmakers want to remove the Second Amendment. We figured now was a good time to answer both questions and explain a bit about how this process works. First off, the Second Amendment isn’t at risk. This is something that comes up every election, as a politician claims his or her opponent wants to do away with it. But that isn’t something a delegate, senator or even a governor can do. It takes a lot to eliminate any constitutional amendment and that’s by design. “It’s extremely difficult to repeal an amendment,” said UVA constitutional law professor Micah Schwartzman. “First, you need to get two-thirds […]

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