Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is the Modern Lord Dunmore, Coming for Virginians’ Guns

ralph northam gun control sanctuary

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, right, applauds speakers along with Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, left, during a rally at the State Capitol in Richmond. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The Bluecoats are coming! The Bluecoats are coming!

In 1775 the Redcoats marched to seize colonists’ arms at Lexington and Concord and the Americans repulsed them. The inhabitants of Boston were ordered to turn in their guns, which were seized by British General Gage. The Continental Congress cited this perfidy in the Declaration of Causes of Taking Up Arms.

Nothing like that will happen today. Counties that have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries make clear their dedication to use all lawful means to protect their constitutional rights. Law-enforcement authorities have scarce resources and must choose how to allocate them. Work to solve murders and robberies, or track down gun owners because they have rifles with those oh-so-deadly pistol grips or adjustable stocks? That’s a no-brainer.

But those who support filling the prisons with law-abiding citizens just because they have, for instance, a rifle that will also shoot flares — which is nothing more than a distress signal — should remember our history. The Second Amendment was adopted to prevent exactly those kinds of infringements.

A Second Amendment sanctuary shouldn’t be any more controversial than a First Amendment sanctuary. Imagine if the governor signed a law banning books he didn’t like, then sent police to search houses to confiscate them and arrest their owners, who would be charged with a felony. He could then have a book burning alongside of his massive gun melting. Sanctuary that, anyone?

– Stephen P. Halbrook in Second Amendment Sanctuaries Started in 1774



  1. avatar Vahn G says:

    Uh, “blue coats”? No. Anyone coming for your guns will be red coats, once again. Get it right.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      Modern play on words, Vahn. Lighten up.

      1. avatar Vahn G says:

        No. No thanks.

        1. avatar Geoff "Bah, Humbug!" PR says:

          Really, Vahn. A touch of mellowness… 🙂

    2. avatar DC Gilbert says:

      Great play on words! It sometimes seems like there sure are a lot of donkeys in the world.

    3. avatar Erik in AZ says:

      I don’t think “Coonman” Northam is dumb enough to try to enforce his ban and registration of “assault” weapons, even if he signs the unconstitutional law. It will likely have the same compliance rate as CT did… 4%, and no one will enforce it since they don’t know who has any of the scary black rifles.

      But if he pushes it, by raiding shooting ranges for instance, it will likely turn bloody very quickly.

      1. avatar Garrison Hall says:

        The ban is largely a symbolic gesture. I doubt the gov would be dumb enough to send the national guard into people’s houses to actually confiscate. Instead, he’ll pass a coercive law that turns formally free gun-owners into felons. Then whenever you happen to run into the cops for some minor offense they’ll confiscate your guns to much fanfare and then charge you with a weapons crime. As New Zealand has discovered or intended, a significant portion of its formally free gun-owning population has been turned into felons. The gun-controllers are good with that.

        1. avatar Erik in AZ says:

          Agreed. Service calls and traffic stops will turn up a random prohibited firearm or magazine, but no active enforcement will be seen. Northam and the media will ignore the pitiful 4% compliance with registering AR’s and just claim a win. Gun crime won’t change at all. Eventually, he will get an itch and declare those registered AR’s must be surrendered, but he won’t send anyone out to confiscate them. He will just send letters with ever-increasing fines, eventually putting liens on people’s homes if they don’t surrender the guns they were dumb enough to self-report and register. And all the hidden AR’s will remain hidden, yet people will not make use of them to hunt or target shoot as that would put them at risk for a citation and jail time.

          This makes fighting the law in court and the ballot box all the more important.

        2. avatar Justsomeguy says:

          We must not allow that to happen and if it does we must immediately turn it back. It seems the Virginians are ready to stand up for themselves, the rest of us should support them.

        3. avatar Garrison Hall says:

          What we’re describing is pretty much how drug arrest go down. There is obviously far more drug usage going on with the populace that never gets police attention. Instead drugs are still illegal, you can still go to jail for possession despite the fact that you can buy drugs on almost any urban street-corner. The existence of illegal guns, like the existence of illegal-drugs will become simply be made into a major budget item on local police force. It turns policing into a shuck-and-jive with the police needing to keep the druggies around for their budgetary support.

    4. avatar Missouri_Mule says:

      Looks like they won’t wear tan & brown! 😆

  2. avatar Dennis says:

    Yeah, and we all know how that ended!

  3. avatar pwrserge says:

    They won’t get that far. Northam knows he won’t live out the year if he gives the order and like every commie, he’s a coward.

    1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

      *modern commie, much as I hate the ideology they did have some ballsy members in the past. Naturally they were lined up against the wall and shot later because can’t have competition for power and all.

      1. avatar RGP says:

        Lots of them weren’t lined up against a wall and shot, they were just shot, because they couldn’t afford a wall.

    2. avatar moreadventuresonotherplanets says:

      Get used to it the Second Amendment is dead in Virginia and a lot more states to follow in 2020 after a Democratic President takes over. The Storm Troopers will be coming to your house first. I have put you at the top of the list. The Clock is ticking down Komarade Power Brain.

      Your local Commissar, Komarade Stalin III

      1. avatar Void says:

        You can still improve your life, nobody is holding you back but yourself.

        1. avatar Richard Scott says:

          There’s not going to be a Democrat president in 2020. Trump’s going to be president in 2020 and then Pence is going to be president in 2024. Most people not as stupid as Virginia

      2. avatar pwrserge says:

        Lol… good luck with that… I don’t see my local police letting any of your thugs keep breathing. What did I say about bullets counting more than ballots?

      3. avatar anonymous4goodreason says:

        Vlad, you’re hilarious but I fear you may be correct about the 2020 election. What I like to call the “real America” (once called the silent majority) still will not vote. It’s because they are conservative that they do not. Activists vote and conservative activist is a contradiction in terms therefore there are too few willing to step up. Unless or until someone is able to light a fire under them we will continue losing ground until there is no ground left to lose.

        Keep stirring the pot though Vlad…

  4. avatar Tracy says:

    Everyone in the county should tape a high capacity magazine to the inside of their car windows as an act of civil disobedience.

    1. avatar Geoff "Bah, Humbug!" PR says:

      There may be some wisdom in that –

      If your window gets broken and the mag stolen, it was by a Leftist…

      1. avatar Jeff in CO says:

        Everyone should also paint them yellow and use duck tape. Might increase the value of the vehicle…

  5. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    Having lived in Virginia for 8 years and interacted with the rural people there I can say the gun grabbers have kicked over a “hornets nest”. The gun grabbers don’t know there own history in the Commonwealth. Including the Klansman governor who attended Virginia Military Institute. I wonder what the school and its history department think of their most famous graduate?

    “History of New Market looms over VMI cadets”

    Or watch the Trailer
    I saw the movie. It’s a very good one.
    “FIELD OF LOST SHOES” – Battle of New Market 1864 – movie Trailer 1.5 minutes long.

  6. avatar Baldwin says:

    113 of 133 Virginia jurisdictions tell the governor to pound sand.

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      well,..I guess it had to start somewhere…VA..[the land of Patrick Henry] as good a place as any…

  7. avatar PATRON49IFT says:

    I was starting to lose faith in VA as it seems to be turning blue faster than one would imagine. Except for the growth of the Federal workforce and all the folks moving to the DC area to fill those jobs from lots of blue states; it still likely would be reliably red. Here’s hoping the virtue-signaling governor and his lt. governor are both turned out at the next election.

    1. avatar Erik in AZ says:

      Immigration had a HUGE impact on the political shift. Twenty years ago, only 1 in 20 Virginians were foreign born. Now it is 1 in 7. And a large portion was due to foreign nationals illegally invading America, yet being protected from federal immigration law.

      The government in VA ignores laws it doesn’t like, such as immigration and drug laws, yet demands compliance to unconstitutional gun control laws.

      They forget Marbury vs Madison from 1803, “All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.”

      1. avatar JP Ruiz says:

        I looked up the 2001 Census of Virginia and data to the present for a little compare and contrat.

        2001: 8% of Virginia’s Population was either Immigrant or Naturalized Citizen and that percentage of the population was very evenly distributed throughout the entirety of the State. Virginia was a Purple-Red Republican State where Bluedog Democrats could get elected.

        As of 2020: 15.5% of Virginia’s Population is Foreign Born, and the overwhelming super-majority are clustered in 3 Urban Metropolitan Areas, all located in their own BALKANIZED Ethnic Enclaves. The State is now a 1-Party Democrat Dictatorship FUCK-UP, and the Virginia Democrat Party is a spitting image of that of NYC, SF, DC, Chicago, Newark NJ, MD, Seattle.

        The Democrat Party needs BALKANIZATION and SELF-SEGREGATION to seize power among the apparatus of The State.

        We on the Right need to turn the tide of the Culture Wars, or we will become about as functional as Mexico.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          “As of 2020: 15.5% of Virginia’s Population is Foreign Born”

          Transplants from DC, NYC and California should count as “foreign born.”

      2. avatar Chris T in KY says:

        Libertarians Liberals and the Left are for open borders.

        1. avatar Richard Bunn says:

          Libertarians are not gun grabbers. Please don’t confuse liberal with libertarian.

        2. avatar Chris T in KY says:

          Richard Bunn
          You sir are sadly misinformed. The Libertarians mask came off when they put former Governor William Weld on the VP ticket.

          Libertarians are weak on gun civil rights. But very strong on drug legalization. Priorities.

  8. avatar Geoff "Bah, Humbug!" PR says:

    “Counties that have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries make clear their dedication to use all lawful means to protect their constitutional rights.”

    “…against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

    I love this great country, and all’s fair in love and war… 😉

  9. avatar Earth Pig says:

    Careful Ralphie. You could shoot your eye out.

    1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

      Truly a Christmas story worth telling.

  10. avatar GunnyGene says:

    Power always seeks more power, never less. And inevitably begets violence and war. This country is not exempt.

  11. Especially the guns of law-abiding black Virginians.

    He is not going after rural whites.

    He is not going after black gangbangers.

    He is going after the young black man who works two jobs in the crime-infested inner city to support his family, and has an “illegal” gun for protection because racist cops would not give him a permit.

  12. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    I dont care who he is picking on. If he tries to take anyones guns. Where do I sign up to shoot back????????

    1. avatar WI Patriot says:

      No sign up sheet, it’s ad hoc, just join in…

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      Don’t think of it as “shooting back.” Think of it as rapidly unloading.

      1. avatar UpInArms says:

        If they want to confiscate ammo as well, you can think of it as compliance, one round at a time.

  13. avatar WI Patriot says:

    Well, he has the stones to talk shit, lets hope he has the stones to be the first one through the door as well…

    1. avatar Hush says:

      WI Patriot, don’t expect the politicians to be any where near the front lines!

      1. avatar pwrserge says:

        Fortunately, in modern warfare, “front lines” aren’t a thing. After the first door gets kicked, the Demokkkommie politicos are going to have the life expectancies of squirrels locked in a cage with meth riddled rabid Rottweilers.

        1. avatar Geoff "Bah, Humbug!" PR says:

          “… the life expectancies of squirrels locked in a cage with meth riddled rabid Rottweilers.”

          “Drugs down the toilet could cause ‘meth gators,’ cops warn”

        2. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

          I thought I sensed Florida Man (likely former NY resident) at work.

    2. avatar Justsomeguy says:

      If we let them come to our houses and pick us off one by one, we lose.

    3. avatar Ralph says:

      “lets hope he has the stones to be the first one through the door”

      He’ll show up late at night, all in black.

  14. avatar DixieBiker says:

    Just wondering……..wouldn’t violating the State of Virginia and US Constitutions be an impeachable offense?????

    1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

      Not until something drastic happens but it should be a normal response.

  15. avatar Will Drider says:

    The U.S. has a long history of banning books and it continues through today. This dates back to Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Canterbury Tales. Poor choice of a comparison example as equal reason not tho ban firearms.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Indeed. In fact, the phrase “banned in Boston” is based on this.

      Nowadays, banned in Boston only applies to straight, right-leaning or armed.

  16. avatar M1Lou says:

    To all of the gun owners that think their state is safe, just wait. The Californian’s are fleeing their dystopian hell hole in droves. They are moving to all of the states that are actually livable and voting for the exact same policies that made California suck. Start fighting the plague now or you will be in the position we are in Virginia. Virginian Republicans sat on their ass and let their state slip away (22 unopposed races and failing to file for races on time? Really?). Unfortunately, economic prosperity brings the plague to your doorstep as more businesses move out of California to more favorable environments. You can’t expect the court system to save you. They have a long history of letting unconstitutional infringements stand.

    1. avatar Erik in AZ says:

      It isn’t just commiefornian transplants. Foreign immigration is drastically changing the demographics of the country, along with illegal aliens invading. Both groups largely come from countries where the governments control citizenry, and they expect and accept that. They welcome exchanging any freedoms they gain coming here for “free stuff” promised by the left. Americans are being replaced systematically. It has been the plan for one-party rule since the drunk Kennedy’s 1965 immigration betrayal bill that has flooded America with third world immigrants.

      1. avatar JP Ruiz says:

        It’s got more to do with the Assimilation Issue.
        Here’s the data from the last 2 Census Pools, and info from today regarding Virginia.

        2001: 8% of Virginia’s Population was either Immigrant or Naturalized Citizen and that percentage of the population was very evenly distributed throughout the entirety of the State. Virginia was a Purple-Red Republican State where Bluedog Democrats regularly got elected.

        As of 2020: 15.5% of Virginia’s Population is Foreign Born, and the overwhelming super-majority are clustered in 3 Urban Metropolitan Areas, all located in their own BALKANIZED Ethnic Enclaves. The State is now a 1-Party Democrat Dictatorship FUCK-UP, and the Virginia Democrat Party is a spitting image of that of NYC, SF, DC, Chicago, Newark NJ, MD, Seattle.

        It’s not Immigrants per say; It’s the Maoist Democrat Party scumbags in this country using social engineering to promote Self-Segregation Ethnic Enclave based hyper-urbanization.

        “Ethnic Enclaves” = Voluntary Self Segregation Zone. I know this. I’m 1st Generation Hispanic from Dad’s side of the Family. As a former New Jersey resident now living in Ohio, who knows damned well what “Ethnic Enclaves” are all about, this issue is personal, because I don’t want this Country being turned into a 3rd Statist Scumbucket like the Dominican Republic; the Country where my Dad is from, and a country I have visited 3 times already

        If Virginia’s Foreign Born population of today was more fluidly distributed throughout the State, Virginia would still be a Purple-Red State like before, given that the Immigrants in the State would assimilate into it, instead being clustered in their RACIST ETHNIC ENCLAVE BOUBLES and associating with the foreign lands that they come from.

        1. avatar Justsomeguy says:

          I wish this site had a like button. I appreciate what you are saying and pointing out a great deal.

        2. 2001: 8% of Virginia’s Population was either Immigrant or Naturalized Citizen and that percentage of the population was very evenly distributed throughout the entirety of the State. Virginia was a Purple-Red Republican State where Bluedog Democrats regularly got elected.

          As of 2020: 15.5% of Virginia’s Population is Foreign Born, and the overwhelming super-majority are clustered in 3 Urban Metropolitan Areas, all located in their own BALKANIZED Ethnic Enclaves. The State is now a 1-Party Democrat Dictatorship FUCK-UP, and the Virginia Democrat Party is a spitting image of that of NYC, SF, DC, Chicago, Newark NJ, MD, Seattle.


          It is like Virginia is reverting to what it was during most of the 20th century (with the exception of ethnic segregation being not so voluntary).

  17. avatar Ark says:

    The drug dealers, drug users, and violent criminals are all being let out of the prisons in Democratic states. But, they don’t want to close the prisons, so they’re gonna fill ’em up with a new target: Previously legal gun owners.

    Do not comply, tell ’em to send bachelors, and tell ’em that after their goons are all dead, you’ll be marching on Richmond.

    1. avatar Miner49er says:

      The Democrats will have to go a long way to equal Republican governor Matt Bevin’s recent wholesale pardons a violent criminals:

      “In his final days in office, former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin issued hundreds of pardons and commutations to people he said he would not hesitate to welcome as neighbors, co-workers or members of his church.

      The pardons largely drew shock and outrage, not only because of the sheer number or apparent political motivations, but also because some involved violent criminals, including convicted murderers and rapists.

      Still, Bevin, a Republican, further enraged critics when he said during a radio interview Thursday with WHAS in Louisville that he pardoned a child rapist partly because the hymen of the 9-year-old victim was still intact.”

      It is interesting to see the public support this Republican gives to the pedophiles, releasing them from prison so they may abuse, injure and rape more children.

      But that’s OK, because republican Matt Bevin opposes same sex marriage, oh the horror of two consenting adults engaging in a relationship.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        How dare a Republican governor pardon all those Democrats!

      2. avatar Timothy says:

        I’m always amused to see people rushing to defend Democrat Governor Blackface, his Democrat Lieutenant Governor Rapist, and the Democrat Attorney General Blackface as the three of them try to undermine the constitution and strip rights from people.

        Good job! You sure showed us!!!!

      3. avatar Chris T in KY says:

        to miner49er
        It would be much better for you to fix your own backyard instead of commenting on others.
        Bevin signed Constitutional carry into law in kentucky. Now the in coming Democrat gov has announced he wants to repeal it.

        In West Virginia your state gov pulled a fast one and vetoed constitutional carry. It took another year and a house override to get Freedom back into the hands of ALL West Virginia citizens.
        It really bothers you that black people have access to guns just like whites in WV now doesn’t it?

        “West Virginia Poised for Constitutional Carry”

        I’m disappointed by the Bevin pardons. But with Constitutional carry every law abiding citizens in Kentucky can now take care of these scum by themselves.

  18. avatar Tealiban says:

    What does James C. from Dallas think about this issue?

    …asked no one, ever.

  19. avatar Prndll says:

    Sheriff: 3 killed, 1 injured after Channelview homeowner opens fire on burglars

    If Virginia law makers get their way, stories like this would go very differently. There is no telling how many people these criminals would have killed.

  20. avatar Richard Scott says:

    They were stupid enough to vote him in, so now it’s their problem

  21. avatar Rusty - Die Ruthie Die - Chains says:

    Does that make the CO of the VA National Guard into the equivalent of General Thomas Gage? He should ask himself that question before he considers ordering a raid.

    The Tree of Liberty is thirsty, but I for one would deny it the drink it wants. Our foes are reckless and bloodthirsty; they care not who or how many are harmed or killed. They see us as less than human and those they would use as cannon fodder are no more than tools to them, martyrs to be a footnote in their ascent to power.

  22. avatar Darkman says:

    I Find it of some historical significance that in the very places where much blood was spilled. Defeating a Tyrannical Government and Founding a Nation of Freedom and Liberty. That so many have forgotten. Why the blood was spilled. Not specifically because of the Tyranny. More to the point of understanding that words failed in the fight against Tyranny. Screaming against Tyrants whether in words spoken. Or words typed on the interweb. Words have never stopped Tyrants in their pursuit of control. No where in humanities history have words defeated Tyrants or the Tyranny they wield. Keep Your Powder Dry.

  23. avatar slewfoot says:

    if this does go foward i have 300 acres for any one who wants to bury those mean looking arms, bring your own pvc pipe

  24. avatar Knight says:

    I get my orders from a much higher authority, Luke : 22:36

    1. Indeed:

      “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

    2. avatar UpInArms says:

      I get mine from an even higher authority… NATO 5.56

  25. avatar Kyle says:

    “All lawful means”

    That’s the difference between us now, and US then.

    We understood that as was so well stated, “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

    We no longer believe or understand that today.

    We are under the very false misconception that the government believes in the constitution of the united states. They do not. They pay lip service to it as needed, and ignore it whenever it suits them, which is most of the time.

    Where is our George Washington? We desperately need a person of prominence to stand up and say, We’re no longer a nation that believes in the same things. Our state governments are, for the most part, just adjuncts to the fed. Bloomberg, the totalitarian of the moment, says “jump”; and the state and fed governments ask “how hi?” We need a leader to tell the government that yes we are a nation of laws, and your breaking them.

  26. avatar LUVITORLEEVIT says:

    I Salute the people of Virginia for their stance on their right’s as law abiding gun owners, and I wish them the best because I am not far away. But what also needs to be done is this piece of shit Governor needs removed from office along with the rest of these Democrats that are talking about using the National Guard and withholding funds. If they think withholding funds from Virginia citizens because of refusing to comply with ( their) unconstituitional laws, then the Federal Government should cut off all moneys to the state of Virginia for its stance on immigration. Illegal immigrant sanctuary is worse than 2nd amendment santuary. The people of Virginia need to realize that these liberal Democrats are not concerned for their safety. or they would start enforcing laws already on the books and quit releasing criminals from Jail. Whatever it takes, the people of Virginia need to get these Democrats out of Office. They need to start confronting them the way they have been confronting Trump supporters for the last 3 years. They need to rally the people of Virginia and vote these lying assholes out of office, never to run again.

  27. avatar Richard Bunn says:

    The anti-gun liberals have made a big mistake. They assume that their reasonable gun control campaign would slide into the onerous proposed legislation. I FULLY expect that once the moderates get educated the liberals will be out of office after the next elections.. So, educate you non gun owning friends. Freedom must assume some responsibility. The liberals want a world that cannot exist. They want 1984.

  28. avatar Mack The Knife says:

    Virginia and Maryland are both states that are the perfect example of why our country must keep the electoral college. If these states legislatures ever change they would be wise to set up a similar electoral college to protect the rights of the entire state.

    1. avatar Justsomeguy says:

      There is a very stupid supreme court precedent that would not allow that. The name of the case escapes me, but I think it may be where the term 1 person 1 vote originated.

      1. avatar pwrserge says:

        The court can rule however they want. They have no ability to enforce jack shit. The time of reckoning is coming for the Demokkkommie party. I’m going to enjoy open season on Demokkkommies.

  29. It is good to see something again from Stephen P. Halbrook, as he has been in the fight for the 2nd amendment for quite a number of years. And I’m glad that he used the Declaration that brought about our Revolution, as many Americans are unaware of it.

  30. avatar Jim says:

    If the Virginia Governor escalates this with what we know will eventually be declared an unconstitutional law, I bet we’ll start to see Americans from other states converging on Virginia to help them defend our 2nd amendment constitutional rights! Hopefully the Governor has enough sense not to escalate because it may lead to confrontation and bloodshed – just like it did at Concord!

    1. avatar Justsomeguy says:

      If I see the Virginians are standing up, this citizen of the great state of Texas may well go stand with them.

  31. avatar Logan says:

    Virginia just added $250,000 to the prison budget in anticipation of all the gun owners they plan on throwing in jail after they pass all the gun laws they are dreaming of. No, this is not a joke.

    Scroll down to item Q at the bottom.

    1. avatar UpInArms says:

      $250,000, eh? What are they going to use on second day?

    2. avatar DiWA says:

      Not to mention item O for prison expansion.

  32. avatar Kite Smasher says:

    I see piles of brass the size of mountains in Virginia’s not so distant future. 🍿

    1. avatar pwrserge says:

      Not really, it doesn’t take all that many bullets to execute the Demokkkommies that need executing. The rest will fall into line once you cut the head off of the snake.

  33. avatar Phuck Yall says:

    I’ll give my evil black rifles to the local Pagans MC Chapter before I hand them over to a gun-cop.

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