Gov. Ralph Northam Pushes Gun Confiscation After Virginia Beach Shooting

An electromagnet is used to pick up some of approximately 3,500 confiscated guns to be melted down at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 19, 2018 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons were seized in criminal investigations, probation seizures and gun buyback events, and will be recycled into steel rebar for …
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Gov. Ralph Northam (D) reacted to the heinous Virginia Beach shooting by pushing a gun confiscation bill and numerous other gun controls.

The Associated Press reported that Northam is calling a special session of the state legislature to consider a red flag law. Such a law exists in California, Washington State, and Maryland, among other states, allowing judges to issue orders for confiscation of an individual’s firearms based on accusations of dangerous intent rather than conviction of a crime.

Northam also wants state lawmakers to ban “high capacity” magazines and suppressors and to criminalize private gun sales via universal background checks. He also wants to put in place a one-handgun-a-month purchase limit for law-abiding Virginians.

Breitbart News reported that Northam is also pushing a bump stock ban in response to the Virginia Beach shooting, although bump stocks are already banned and played no role in the heinous attack.

House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox (R) dismissed Northam’s gun control push, noting that state lawmakers will, instead, work on putting stricter penalties in place for those who use guns to commit a crime.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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