This is just a cautionary tale that we all need to keep an eye on government at all levels. The following is a message from the president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League and this just happened yesterday. Starting January 1, 2019, it will be illegal to have a loaded long gun in your car in Fairfax County, Virginia. There have been no problems leading to any perceived need for this new ordinance. The leftists who run the county simply want to slowly regulate guns out of existence. Nobody even knew they were considering this until yesterday, the day of the hearing.
I would like to thank the ten members who showed up tonight at the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting to support VCDL's position against an ordinance that would prohibit loaded long guns in vehicles on public roads.
I testified that based on a document provided to the Board by the Fairfax County Police Department, they should not pass the ban.
The police said two reasons to pass the ban were:
I pointed out that neither of those reasons justifies making a new law.
The police had two reasons not to pass the ban, both of which I agreed with:
no evidence of problems in Fairfax County related to the transportation of loaded shotguns and rifles
requires officers to manipulate the firearm to determine if the gun is loaded, which could compromise officer safety. I added that it could end up in a situation where an officer inadvertently shoots the guns owner because of a mistake when manipulating the gun
One of our members who is a law-enforcement officer told the Board that officers are not trained on any guns but the ones they carry. So they might not know how to safely handle all the different long guns out there. The Fairfax County PD representative said the officers would be given training on a wide variety of guns if the ordinance passes. Oh, boy - that's going to be a time consuming and expensive proposition, if they do it right. Your tax dollars at work...
For a minute it looked like the proposed ordinance was going to be improved when supervisor Cook proposed an amendment to exempt those carrying long guns for their safety. Supervisor Herrity seconded it. However, the Board voted the amendment down.
Tyranny won out and the final ordinance passed UNANIMOUSLY. It will become effective on January 1, 2019.
NOTE: simply having a long gun in your vehicle does NOT give the police the probable cause to see if it is loaded or not. But that's not a guarantee that they won't do so anyhow.
VCDL is going to address the enabling law for this ordinance at the next General Assembly session, with the intent of making some improvements.