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VA Dems Withdraw AR-15 Confiscation Bill After 1000s of NRA Members Flood Capitol Building

by Paul Goldberg

Thousands of NRA members showed up at the Virginia Capitol building Monday to show opposition to Democrat led legislation pushing gun control.

Per FreeBeacon, the presence of gun-rights supporters at the state Senate judiciary committee hearing appeared to have an impact, as Democrats formally withdrew S.B. 16—a hotly-contested bill that would have effectively confiscated AR-15s and similar firearms—and moderated several other proposals. The NRA, however, said the changes were not enough and promised to continue to oppose the bills as they continue to move forward in the coming weeks.

One YouTube user on site shared a video and wrote:

I am standing now inside the VA Senate Finance Committee hearing room, taking first action with the proposed anti-Gun bills. 

There are thousands of NRA & VCDL members here, but they are now only allowing the few Moms Demand Action members here to preferentially enter the hearing room because “they want to balance the viewpoint of their audience.” Only 267 people are permitted in the hearing room.

There are thousands of NRA & VCDL members waiting in line outside the hearing room, while few Mom Demand Action members are being walked in. Some NRA / VCDL members are being asked to give up their seats for anti-Gun advocates. The Democratic Majority of the Committee made the rule.

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FreeBeacon reports thousands of NRA supporters turned out at Virginia’s capitol building on Monday in a show of opposition that pushed Democrats in the state legislature to moderate or abandon some of their strictest gun-control proposals.

“We are beyond impressed by today’s turnout,” Daniel Spiker, Virginia state director for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, told the Washington Free Beacon. “You can see the passion and enthusiasm that the citizens of Virginia have in joining us in this fight.”

The presence of gun-rights supporters at the state Senate judiciary committee hearing appeared to have an impact, as Democrats formally withdrew S.B. 16—a hotly-contested bill that would have effectively confiscated AR-15s and similar firearms—and moderated several other proposals. The NRA, however, said the changes were not enough and promised to continue to oppose the bills as they continue to move forward in the coming weeks.

“While there were some improvements to some of these bills, overall, it’s still bad legislation,” Spiker said. “Putting in more regulations and making it more onerous on the law-abiding citizens of Virginia is not something we stand for.”

Gun-rights proponents who spoke with the Free Beacon after the committee meeting adjourned said they believed the Democrats’ gun-control bills represent an attack on the Second Amendment. Christina Baker, a traveling emergency nurse who came to the hearing before a 13-hour shift, said she understood that there are good intentions at work but fears an “assault weapons” ban or poorly constructed law could make her a criminal.

“I’m a single female that travels the country by myself in completely new areas,” she told the Free Beacon. “I never know where I’m going to end up, and to protect myself with whatever firearm I choose is so important to me. With the bills that are written and how they’re written, 90 percent of my firearms, including my carry firearms, would be made illegal, and I would be made a felon overnight.”

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