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Virginia Senators Mark Warner (L, AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) and Tim Kaine (R, Win McNamee/Pool via AP)
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By Larry Keane

Virginia’s U.S. senators want to export the gun rationing law that’s been instituted in the Old Dominion to the rest of the nation.

Gun control politicians swept to majorities in Virginia in 2019 and passed gun control immediately. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed several bills, including a “one handgun per month” rationing of the Second Amendment on law-abiding Virginians.

Virginia’s senators aren’t satisfied with limiting gun rights in their own state. They want to do it in every other state too.

Rationing Rights

Virginia Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are more focused on enabling special interest gun control than listening to their constituents. There’s no other logical explanation for their latest gun control scheme to ration the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.

Nearly every county and several cities passed Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions during the commonwealth’s gun control takeover. Virginians purchased firearms in record numbers last year, just like the rest of the nation. There were 823,513 background checks for the sale of a gun in Virginia in 2020, up from 512, 766 in 2019. So far, Virginia’s tallied 198,111 background checks for gun sales in 2021.

Sens. Kaine and Warner can’t be bothered with facts and figures. That’s why they reintroduced their Virginia Plan for national-level gun control that includes limiting Americans who pass an FBI National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS) check from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period.

“Mark and I have the feeling that if we can do it in Virginia, we can do it in Congress,” Sen. Kaine said announcing the legislation.

The plan is endorsed by Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring, the same attorney general who was embroiled in his own blackface scandal after Gov. Northam admitted, then denied his own scandal. AG Herring said Virginia’s gun rights rationing “…Proved to be extremely successful in keeping a large number of firearms off our streets.”

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He must have missed the memo that criminals don’t buy their guns at retail. They obtain them through the black market.

One-handgun-per-month proposals only limit the ability of law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment right to protect themselves. While those who follow the law are restricted and limited, criminals will continue to steal and buy guns on the black market as they have always done. The policy doesn’t do anything to solve a very real problem.

Shifting Landscape

Sens. Warner and Kaine have long been listening to gun control groups like Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords, rather than their constituents. If they had, they would recognize Americans have voted for the Second Amendment with their wallets overwhelmingly during the past year and rejected the rationing of their rights.

Sens. Warner and Kaine reintroduced their legislation this year because the duo tried once before to pass the rights-rationing bill in the previous Congress. It failed to gain traction then and will likely go nowhere this time. President Joe Biden is now in the White House, but the U.S. Senate is deadlocked 50-50 and gun control proposals aren’t gaining traction. On top of the political realities in Washington, D.C., Americans’ support for stricter gun control is at the lowest level in several years.

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President Biden announced executive actions for gun control but his administration may have recognized the changing political calculus of Second Amendment supporters and those casting votes at the ballot box.

As the pace of firearm sales has continued at blistering levels in 2021 so far, it’s even more evident that law-abiding Americans have little appetite for legislation that rations their rights and ability to provide for their self-defense. They recognize the ruse of the “Virginia Plan” federal bill offered by Sens. Warner and Kaine as a scheme to only ration their Second Amendment rights while doing nothing to solve the real problem of criminal violence and criminals illegally obtaining firearms.


Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.



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  1. Some Virginia headline…”shooter kills 8 in grocery store, fortunately could only buy one gun that month”

    Bad guys only have two hands, most only use a single gun in a crime, but even in cases where they had 2 or 3 guns on them, that only takes 3 months, any future Vegas style shooter has time to wait anyway.

    This just means you need three months to become a 3 gun competitor.

    Mostly it means stores can’t sell as much to their repeat customers, and collectors or those who might splurge on a sale can’t buy as much at a time. I wonder if Virginia stores have long layaway plans now… Build up a queue of guns for your gun of the month.

    • In my area(NW Indiana & NW ILL)most so-called layaway is 30 daze. My favorite pawn has 90 days & only one actual LGS has 90 daze. Some have no layaway now(“we would have no guns if we had layaway). I’m getting a gun next week on halfazzed 30 day layaway. There are individual towns in ILLinlois with 1 gun/month. Like Riverdale- home of the “infamois” Chucks Gunshop. There’s always a workaround…

      • I’m sorry but it looks like a lot of the people from Illinois get theirs illegally off the street. Use must have a liberal governor. Libs seem to prefer illegal including the aliens who cross the border to come to our country.

    • California has had one hand gun a month for years. and they have recently extended that to long arms. The crime rate is still rising. Such rationing schemes may only reduce the number of NEW guns in the street, but they have no effect on the ones already out there or the number of people willing to use them for unlawful purposes, or the single gun purchases by people fearful of the effects of “defund the police” who are buying their first firearms in record numbers.

    • It is nothing more than Jim Crow Gun Control. It’s in their rhetoric and in their photo above.

  2. Lets limit crappy representatives to 10 words a week, who needs more than 10. Or term limits to 10 weeks, if you cant get it done in 10, 30 wont help .

  3. Hard to believe Virginia WAS the birthplace of our constitutional republic, ain’t it!?

    • What happens when an unrestrained gov’t expands the hiring of progs and settles the freaks into your state (Obama).

  4. Well they e pretty much limited ammo purchases to one bullet a month, why not the gunms.
    theBiden isn’t worried about getting re-elected.
    1. He’ll be dead in 4 years.
    2. Hes a democrat, votes dont matter.

  5. While many people might think 1 purchase every thirty days is fine, it is not. First they start with this, then 1 purchase every six months, then once a year and then move to you can only have 1 period, and then no more. As the article states this will do nothing to keep firearms off the streets or lead to safer communities.

    True 2A supporters need to get off their rear ends and start fighting for our rights. If you give them an inch they will go for a mile.

    • “You may obtain one book (from a government-approved reading-list) per year.”

      “You may transfer no more than 640kB of data per year, encrypted only via (compromised) algorithms chosen by the government.”

    • Libturds are not interested in keeping guns off the streets or reducing gun deaths. Those are merely features of their gun control initiatives.

      The bodies in a local WalMart or grocery store or school or church……the bad guy with a gun…..or the gang member with a gun…. the mentally deficient guy with a gun……or the terribly distraught family member of a gun shooting victim…… or a gun violence survivor……or the Feelz-Gooder Social Do-Gooder….. or the the “hair-on-fire, we’re-all-gonna-die” contingent……or the skin color only voter…..are the politician’s easily manipulated Useful Idiot Tools to achieve his power and control agenda.
      The new agenda for humanity requires that no one will have the capacity to fight back. It has been said: “Our Task of creating a Socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.” No other explanation is possible.
      History has repeatedly demonstrated that disarming good people in the name of making bad people harmless only eventually facilitates politicians shooting their own countrymen. History…learn from it or be doomed to relive it….or die from it.
      And there, boys and girls, is the Xiden/KamelHo/Pigloosi/Slummer/Finestain Gun Violence Prevention Plan in a nut shell. It’s all about protecting Libtard/Socialist anti-America tyrannical politicians’ asses from American Patriots with AR-15s.

  6. What other enumerated Constitutional right is rationed? These people have been getting away with usurping OUR rights for too long.

    What it comes down to is that these self important buffoons don’t trust ordinary citizens and don’t like that ordinary people have the power – through their guns – to revolt.

    These politicians don’t recognize any limit on their power and see themselves as “leaders” and not representatives. To them, we’re nothing but dumb sheep who have to do as we’re told by our “betters.”

  7. My income and the many demands upon what money I have already takes care of “rationing” my gun and ammo buying.

    Well, that and all the panic shoppers out there driving up prices and sucking up inventory.

    No assistance in “rationing” is required, thank you very much.

  8. I am so glad I decided not to retire in Virginia after my career in the army. I love the history there. I loved the Civil War reenactors. All the various festivals that they had there. And the weather was great!
    But boy I sure dodged a bullet.

    • Chris: From a lifetime southern Virginian, Kentucky sounds really nice. Most of our representatives are carpetbaggers. Everything from Lynchburg to the northern tip of the Commonwealth has been lost. The cancer keeps creeping southward in the Old Dominion.

  9. Nobody needs to smoke more then one pack of cigarettes a day. Nobody needs to buy a new car every 5 years. Nobody needs to consume more then one once of liquor an hour.
    Those things kill more people then gunms.

    • How about applying to purchase a car through your local “people’s committees” with proof of income, approved storage, evidence of your involvement in approved recreational activities, party membership, references from employer and party officials, and a healthy bribe to the official who evaluates your request. And if you’re lucky you might be able to collect your car in 5-10 years.

  10. “VA Senators try to take the one gun a month scheme that isn’t likely to make it through next January national”

  11. So, I suppose this means that if I go to an auction and I buy a bunch of guns, say six of them; it’s going to take me 6 months to bail all my guns out of the shop?

    What if I buy one of those fancy schmancy Browning three gun sets where you get the high power, the 380 and the 25? I got to wait 3 months to collect them all?

    What about the wooden box that the three guns come in? Does that add another month?

  12. Traditionally there is confusion between Virginia and West Virginia assuming West Virginia is only western Virginia, but western Virginia is another place and this confusion might be ending.

    While these “Senators” were proposing yet another stupid infringement Jim Justice, Governor of West Virginia signed into law House Bill 2694, whereby state and local government officials will be under order to NOT enforce (or assist in federal enforcement of) ANY federal bans or regulation on firearms, magazines, ammunition, or firearm accessories.

    Virginia counties are still welcome to switch states as Article VI, Section 11 of The Constitution of the State of West Virginia explicitly permits additional territory to be admitted into, and become part of this state, with the consent of the Legislature and of a majority of the qualified voters of the state. … And most West Virginians would welcome more Virginia counties under these circumstances.

  13. I called that state(less) “home” for nearly sixty years!. they must be buying socialists to move there like our southwest border!

    Hey, Gov Justice! how about building a wall along the WV-Va border to keep the psycho-commies out!

  14. People need to wake up and remove these type people from our government by whatever means necessary, provided it is legal. Wouldn’t want to act like them.

  15. These two VA Senators have mush for brains and are unable to understand the meaning of the 2nd Amendment and the Court decisions supporting it. They must have been apart of the group which failed reading comprehension, contrast and comparison, and critical thinking skills when in school. They are out of touch with reality and the truth about who and what needs to be accomplished inorder to keep weapons out of the hands of those who should not have them or have access to them; their proposal has the same effect as hitting a small nail with a sledge hammer when a craft hammer would do the job.

  16. avatar Foreign and Domestic! Mostly domestic like 10 to 1! But that’s why we have guns! You 🖕💩👜🐀, or democrats same thing!

    Hahahahahahaha hahahahahahaha come and take it! I’ll give you everything I have one round at a time! And there are a lot more of us than you 🖕💩👜🐀!

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