Virginia Governor Increases Prisons Budget to Prepare for Jailing Gun Owners
Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam moves taxpayer money to fund additional corrections
As officials in Democrat-controlled Virginia prepare to introduce unconstitutional gun-control laws, Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) has increased the state's prisons budget in anticipation of jailing gun owners.
A new budget bill, authored by Northam, sets aside an additional quarter of a million dollars of taxpayer funds for corrections.
The increase is specifically allocated to incarcerate those found guilty of violating any current or future firearms laws in the commonwealth.
“Included in the appropriation for this Item is $250,000 the first year from the general fund,” the bill states.
The money is set aside “for the estimated net increase in the operating cost of adult correctional facilities resulting from the enactment of sentencing legislation as listed below,” the bill continues.
Among the list of measures Northam predicts will lead to an increase in imprisoned Americans are red flag laws, prohibitions on so-called assault weapons, and citizens failing to conduct a background check on all firearm sales.
The $250,000 is appropriated to the Corrections Special Reserve Fund in order to provide funding for Northam’s 2020 Democrat Michael Bloomberg-backed gun control measures.
Among the enumerated laws that this allocation is meant to fund are a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, the criminalization of private firearms transfers, and gun confiscation orders issued without due process.
In anticipation of the coming gun control laws, many counties have responded by declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries.
Similar to liberal illegal immigration sanctuary cities, law enforcement officials in 2A sanctuaries would refuse to prosecute people for violations of laws they don't agree with.
As WTKR reported earlier this month, Gov. Northam was asked if he would retaliate against counties that had passed the resolutions.
Northam answered, “There’s not going to be retaliation. That’s not what I’m about. I’m about making Virginia safer.”
But then added: “If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be consequences, but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it.”
Northam continued that the laws he passed were constitutional, although it is not his province to decide that matter.
At virtually the same time, Democratic Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin threatened to cut off state funds to the sanctuary counties.
“They certainly risk funding, because if the sheriff’s department is not going to enforce the law, they’re going to lose money," McEachin asserted.
"The counties attorneys’ offices are not going to have the money to prosecute because their prosecutions are going to go down.”
McEachin then suggested even more Draconian measures: “And ultimately, I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law."
Despite the Second Amendment clearly protecting Americans’ right to bear arms, Virginia’s Democratic leadership is intent on chipping away at one of our most basic protections.
Fortunately, Virginia is bursting at the seams with patriots.
The state’s gun sanctuary movement is sweeping the commonwealth, with a majority of counties enacting some form of protection for the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
Virginia Democrats may be attempting to end America’s gun culture, but it’s beginning to look like they just threw a rock at the hornet’s nest.
The gun sanctuary movement is now spreading like wildfire beyond the commonwealth, with states and counties all over the country enacting their own measures to protect Americans’ rights to bear arms.
This is undoubtedly the opposite reaction Virginia Democrats hoped for.
Instead of civilians quietly handing over their firearms, the state’s progressive leadership has only galvanized Americans’ resolve to hold on to their constitutional rights by any means necessary.
Tax-paying Virginians should not have to foot the bill for Northam and Bloomberg’s radical attack on their fundamental rights.