OMG! Gun school in Virginia will be a FELONY!

Stop. Just stop. You’re being stupid.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §18.2-433.2 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§18.2-433.2. Paramilitary activity prohibited; penalty.

A person shall be is guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity, punishable as a Class 5 felony if he:

1. Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or

2. Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or

3. Assembles with one or more persons with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm, any explosive or incendiary device, or any components or combination thereof.

OMGWTFBBQ! It says ” Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, ” and that will make gun school a crime!

No it won’t. There’s a really good reason that it won’t. Because that part of the bill is already law. Here’s the actual law as it currently stands

§ 18.2-433.2. Paramilitary activity prohibited.

A person shall be guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity, punishable as a Class 5 felony if he:

1. Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or

2. Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder.

1987, c. 720.

In Virginia the agreed upon fashion for writing bills is to put anything you’re deleting from the current law you strikethrough and put anything you’re adding in italics. Reading the bill, aside from minor changes the only thing added is paragraph 3, the part that says “if you assemble and parade about trying to scare the shit out of people, that’s totally a crime, guys, and we’re going to arrest you. Oh, BTW, it’s a Class 5 felony.”

For Class 5 felonies, a term of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or in the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.

There’s certainly a case to be made that this law could be misused to go after open carry groups and armed 2A marchers, but even that’s a bit of a stretch. In order to be guilty of a crime you have to intend to intimidate. No one cares if your average whiny Demanding Mommy acts like she’s being intimidated, you have to be “drilling, parading, or marching” with the express purpose of intimidating them. It’s Tam’s “Open Carrying” vs. “Open Carrying AT people.”

There’s another, perhaps less obvious, reason that gun training will not be considered “Paramilitary Training.” It’s how the law (the actual current law) is written. This part…

…knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder…

You can continue to teach people to defend themselves. What you can’t do is knowingly teach people how to use guns, bombs, firebombs, or “other technique” so that they can go out and murder a bunch of people.

And you know what? I’m totally OK with that.

2 responses to “OMG! Gun school in Virginia will be a FELONY!

  1. You’re perfectly okay with liberals being able to scream, “We’re afraid!” and the courts saying your behavior was intended to be scary?

    And then after any fight, going after the instructors and saying, “You should have known!”?

    How does that jackboot taste in the back of your throat?

  2. “An ordinary guy with an ordinary gun learning more about the law and the Constitution now than he ever learned in school”

    You have learned nothing. Other than how to be a good little serf.

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