My fellow bloggers, My beloved Commonwealth of Virginia is about to become the new front line of gun control. The Democratic party has taken control of both houses of the Virginia General Assembly. The party has not held total power in the Virginia General Assembly for nearly 30 years, and the current mood of the party is that it wishes to make up for lost time. This comes on the heels of a high profile mass shooting in Virginia Beach that the Governor used to push for more gun regulation last summer. Many gun restriction bills were put forward last summer but have been delayed until the new legislative session which begins in January. Now that the Governor’s party controls both chambers of the legislature as well as the governor’s mansion, you may certainly expect a flood of gun regulations.... Meeting with reporters afterward, Northam said he would support eight “common-sense” bills he proposed for the special legislative session he convened in July, after the May 31 mass shooting in Virginia Beach. Republicans who controlled the General Assembly shut down that session after 90 minutes, sending all the bills to the crime commission and promising to reconvene after the election. He mentioned universal background checks, banning the sale of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, restoring the law that limits purchases to one gun a month, and a “red flag” law that would empower a court to temporarily remove a gun from a person deemed to be a risk to himself or others. “We will at least start with those,” he said. Asked if he supported confiscating military-style weapons from gun owners, Northam demurred. “That’s something I’m working [on] with our secretary of public safety,” Northam said. “I’ll work with the gun-violence activists, and we’ll work through that. I don’t have a definitive plan today.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/loca...89621e-00af-11ea-8501-2a7123a38c58_story.html Although the legislature does not convene until January, General Assembly members can “pre-file” bills they wish to be considered as early as November 18, 2019. I would expect to see most, if not all, new gun control proposals filed before the legislative session starts. From then until the 2020 session ends gun control will be a red-hot topic. The Democrats have the votes to pass whatever they want for the next two years if they don’t break ranks. Virginia now finds itself in the national spotlight on gun control.