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    Ask your city council to write a resolution to have the city removed from the Assault Weapon Ban list.

    Here was my e-mail, sent to all members of the Newport News City Council:

    Please Support the Repeal of the Assault Weapon Ban in Newport News.

    Dear Newport News City Council,

    Our city is on the list of places where the Commonwealth of Virginia has instituted an Assault Weapon Ban in § 18.2-287.4. This law abridges the rights of Virginians affirmed in the Commonwealth’s Constitution, specifically article I, Section 13.

    Although the Newport News City Council does not have the authority to change Commonwealth law, I am asking that the city council request, by appropriate resolution, that the General Assembly remove Newport News from the list of cities and counties covered by § 18.2-287.4.

    Please keep me informed about what you intend to do.

    Thank you for your time,

    xxxxxxxxxxxx

    xxxxxxxxxxxx

    Newport News, VA 23607

    Not included is the letter are the ban and Virginia Constitution sections:

    § 18.2-287.4. Carrying loaded firearms in public areas prohibited; penalty.

    It shall be unlawful for any person to carry a loaded (a) semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock or (b) shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered on or about his person on any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, public right-of-way, or in any public park or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public in the Cities of Alexandria, Chesapeake, Fairfax, Falls Church, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, or Virginia Beach or in the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Henrico, Loudoun, or Prince William.


    Constitution of Virginia


    ARTICLE I


    Bill of Rights

    Section 13. Militia; standing armies; military subordinate to civil power.

    That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.


    He wore his gun outside his pants for all the honest world to see. Pancho & Lefty

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    In using the term "Assault Weapon", you have already lost your cause.

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    Well, we will see. The Code of Virginia uses the term. If I get no, or unfavorable responses, I will carry my SKS (Not a Virginia Assault rifle) to the city council meeting.
    He wore his gun outside his pants for all the honest world to see. Pancho & Lefty

    The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us....There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! ...The war is inevitableand let it come! I repeat it, Sir, let it come . PATRICK HENRY speech 1776

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    Thundar wrote:
    Well, we will see. The Code of Virginia uses the term. If I get no, or unfavorable responses, I will carry my SKS (Not a Virginia Assault rifle) to the city council meeting.
    Just gotta ask... where?

    TFred


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    TFred wrote:
    Thundar wrote:
    Well, we will see. The Code of Virginia uses the term. If I get no, or unfavorable responses, I will carry my SKS (Not a Virginia Assault rifle) to the city council meeting.
    Just gotta ask... where?

    TFred
    The Code of Virginia uses the term "Assault firearm" in 18.2-308.2:01, 18.2-308.2:2 and 18.2-308.7, but not in the section you cite.
    A law-abiding citizen should be able to carry his personal protection firearm anywhere that an armed criminal might go.

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    2a4all wrote:
    TFred wrote:
    Thundar wrote:
    Well, we will see. The Code of Virginia uses the term. If I get no, or unfavorable responses, I will carry my SKS (Not a Virginia Assault rifle) to the city council meeting.
    Just gotta ask... where?

    TFred
    The Code of Virginia uses the term "Assault firearm" in 18.2-308.2:01, 18.2-308.2:2 and 18.2-308.7, but not in the section you cite.
    Ah, thanks. I looked for "assault weapon" and it was not there.

    TFred

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