We’re less than a month away from the start of a special legislative session in Virginia, and rumors of a renewed push to ban so-called assault weapons, large capacity magazines, and suppressors are continuing to swirl around the Commonwealth. On today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co, Delegate Nick Freitas joins me to talk about the odds that Democrats in control of the General Assembly will try to revive HB961, Governor Northam’s gun grab bill.
According to the delegate, Democrats in the legislature are likely to introduce several gun control bills, but he wouldn’t be surprised if House leadership and Gov. Ralph Northam delay any attempt to pass HB961 during the special session for purely political reasons. Virginia gun owners are already wide awake and eager to vote out anti-gun candidates this November, but the adoption of a gun, magazine, and suppressor ban just months before the 2020 elections would ensure that the Second Amendment is first in the minds of many voters when they head to the polls.
Instead, Freitas thinks that Democrats will aim their fire at police during the special session. While there are several criminal justice and policing reform measures that he believes will garner bipartisan support, like de-certifying officers who are fired with cause so they can’t be hired in another jurisdiction, the delegate is certain that Democrats will go even further, and mentioned one bill that would reduce the penalty for assaulting a law enforcement officer from a felony to a misdemeanor offense.
Freitas is also the GOP candidate for Virginia’s 7th congressional district, where he’ll square off against first-term Democrat Abigail Spanberger in November. The seat has been a fairly reliable GOP stronghold until the 2018 blue wave election, when Spanberger narrowly upset Rep. Dave Brat by less than 7,000 votes to become the first Democrat to represent the district since the early 1970s.
Spanberger’s done her best to present herself as a moderate, but Freitas has hammered the fact that even Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has voted in line with President Trump more often than Abigail Spanberger has. When it comes to Second Amendment issues, Spanberger is “all in” for gun control, according to a 2019 story from the Washington Post:
But the freshman congresswoman is backing a raft of gun-control measures, and not only those with bipartisan support, such as universal background checks and “red flag” laws that would temporarily take guns from people deemed to be dangerous. She also wants to ban military-style weapons.