By: Ashleigh Meyer
Judge Timothy K Sanner, of Goochland, Virginia, has denied an injunction attempt initiated by Second Amendment advocacy groups to block the “one-handgun-a-month” law, which is set to take effect with a barrage of other gun laws on July 1.
The lawsuit, filed by the Virginia Citizens Defense League and four other partners, argues that the law is unconstitutional. Virginia attorney and firearms advocate David Browne also argues that the limit was an arbitrary violation of rights, stating, “It’s the right to bear arms: plural.”
Sanner, urged to deny the injunction by VA attorney General Mark Herring, pointed to Virginia’s history as an alleged gun trafficking hotspot when making his final ruling. “The government has a substantial interest in limiting gun trafficking,” he stated as he killed the injunction from the bench.
Herring, delighted by the court’s decision, issued a statement claiming that it was a “huge win for public safety.” He also claimed that Virginians had “sent a clear message last November that they were ready for gun reform in the Commonwealth.”
Herring had described the one-handgun-a-month law as a “reasonable balance” between citizens’ rights and the state’s interest in “stemming the flow of [illegal] handguns.” Apparently, however, he has forgotten about the more that 22,000 Virginia citizens who showed up to protest the newly Democratic legislature’s slew of unconstitutional gun laws in Richmond this past January.
As GPM reported previously, the law in question reflects a previous statute in place from 1993 to 2012, that was overturned by former Gov. Bob McDonnel. There are exemptions that allow certain individuals to purchase more than one handgun a month under certain circumstances. Among them are police officers and concealed carry permit holders.
Other Virginia gun laws set to roll out on July 1 include Northam’s beloved “red flag” bill, a bill mandating background checks on all firearms sales, increased penalties for leaving firearms in the presence of children, and one that requires gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement within 48 hours of the incident.
Ashleigh Meyer is a professional writer, and Conservative political reporter from rural Virginia.