Someone should sew his mouth shut.
Looks like it’s time for someone to gently remind Terry McAuliffe that he’s the governor of Virginia. Not the mayor of New York City.
Shoot, I’ll do it.
Last week, the governor gave the commonwealth what promises to be a controversial Christmas present: A package of gun control measures.
Oops. The governor seems to be steering away from the term “gun control.” These are “commonsense proposals,” McAuliffe said, echoing the language then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg used the day after McAuliffe’s victory.
At the time, Bloomberg was engaging in a little CNN chest-thumping because his super PAC had pumped money into McAuliffe’s race.
Bloomberg claimed that with McAuliffe’s win – narrow though it was – Virginians had spoken in favor of more gun control.
We shall see.
For almost 20 years, Virginia had a one-gun-a-month-statute. It limited the number of handguns law-abiding folks could buy every 30 days. That law was made obsolete by comprehensive background checks that were put in place after its passage.
The gun-rationing law was repealed in 2012. McAuliffe wants it reinstated.
He also wants to close the so-called gun show loophole, which sounds as if most guns being sold at shows aren’t subject to background checks. They are, of course.
What isn’t prohibited – yet – is for private individuals to sell their property without informing the government. McAuliffe also wants to expand the pool of people who cannot own firearms. Some of those restrictions seem to make sense.
Still, the gun control package has little chance of passing the General Assembly. Read more at hamptonroads.com