I spoke at the King George County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on 03 December 2019. We were allotted 1 hour for public comment on the Second Amendment resolution, with each speaker having a strict 3 minute time limit. There were 32 people who had signed up to speak. They went through half of the list, and approximately 15 people all asked for support of the resolution. They then opened the floor to dissenters. There were two who spoke against the resolution, then we continued with speakers who supported.
There were over 400 people inside and outside the meeting room. It was awesome to see such support! In the end, the board voted unanimously to pass the resolution.
Here is my speech:
Chairman, Members of the Board
It is imperative that we pass Second Amendment Sanctuary Status in King George County in an effort to send a message to Richmond that Virginia will not accept any restrictions to our right to keep and bear arms that is guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Section 13 of the Constitution of Virginia.
Multiple bills which stand to infringe upon our rights have been pre-filed in the Virginia General Assembly for the 2020 session. The most onerous is SB16:
SB16 – Prohibiting sale, transport, etc., of assault firearms and certain firearm magazines; penalties
This bill has multiple components, but the primary change is to redefine the term “Assault Rifle” so that it includes most commonly owned AR-15 rifles and many other commonly owned firearms and instantly makes them illegal to the tune of a Class 6 Felony. Proposed § 18.2-308.8 A.2. states in part: A semi-automatic center-fire rifle […] that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine and has one of the following characteristics: (i) a folding or telescoping stock; (ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the rifle; (iii) a thumbhole stock; (iv) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand; (v) a bayonet mount; (vi) a grenade launcher; (vii) a flare launcher; (viii) a silencer; (ix) a flash suppressor; (x) a muzzle brake; (xi) a muzzle compensator; (xii) a threaded barrel capable of accepting (a) a silencer, (b) a flash suppressor, (c) a muzzle brake, or (d) a muzzle compensator; or (xiii) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (xii);
This definition makes nearly all AR-15 sporting rifles ILLEGAL to own or possess in the Commonwealth of Virginia
So, anyone who owns or possesses these items after enactment of SB16 would be required to destroy, render inoperable, or otherwise absolve themselves of possession of these items, or be subject to arrest and conviction of a class 6 felony. This would be in direct violation of the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution which guarantees the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.
The second major component of SB16 is the restriction of the sale, bartering or transfer of any magazine with a capacity larger than 10 rounds.
Once enacted, SB16 would most certainly be expanded in future legislation to include even more restrictions and penalties for firearm ownership.
None of these restrictions will stop criminals from possessing or using firearms in the commission of crimes; they will only restrict law-abiding citizens (those intent on following the law) from protecting ourselves and our families from those who would do us harm.
I respectfully ask that the King George County Board of Supervisors stand for the rights of the citizens of the county by adopting a resolution declaring King George County to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.
Thank you for your time.