Thursday, May 05, 2011

Virginia Score Card of Freedom

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership provides a valuable service.

In their quest to deprive others of their rights, the Brady bunch grades each state according to THEIR idea of sensible gun laws. And now we have a guideline to improve our gun laws, but, I don't think those improvements will make them smile.

The Brady's believe that California's laws prevent gun violence. Really. They do. They believe that laws like those in Chicago, DC, and New York prevent gun crime. And those cities are now such paradises.....
"California is a model of sensible gun laws. Its universal background check system, strong gun dealer regulations, and assault clip ban are just some of the laws that provide a road map to preventing gun violence."
California earns a score of 80 out of 100. Virginia earns a 16 out of 100. (The Brady's can't even get that right. When you scroll over the state's image, it gives a score of 17) We are a spot of grey in s a sea of red; red being the color of states demonstrating states with the lowest score most freedom. Hmmm.....Red currently signifies a conservative state....Blue a liberal state. Blue in this case signifies a Brady friendly state.........coincidence? I think not.....

Let's examine the regulations that toot the Bradys' horn:


Curb Firearm Trafficking (Maximum 35 Points)

Gun Dealer Regulations (Maximum 12 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • State license required 2 2
  • Record keeping and retention 2 2
  • Report records to the state, and state retains records 2 0
  • Mandatory theft reporting of all firearms 2 0
  • At least 1 store security precaution required 2 2
  • Inspections by police allowed 2 2
  • Total 12 8

Limit Bulk Purchases (Maximum 5 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • One handgun per month, no exceptions 5 0
  • OR One handgun per month, 1 or more exception 3 3

Record Retention (Maximum 5 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • All Firearms 5 0
  • OR Handguns Only 4 0

Crime Gun Identification (Maximum 10 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • Ballistic Fingerprinting 5 0
  • Require microstamping on semi-auto handguns 5 0
  • Total 10 0

Report Lost/Stolen Guns (Maximum 3 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • Mandatory reporting by firearm owners 3 0
Strengthen Brady Background Checks (Maximum 40 Points)

Background checks on all gun sales (Maximum 17 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • All Firearms (includes gun shows) 17 0
  • OR Handguns Only (includes gun shows) 10 0
  • Closed Gun Show Loophole 7 0
  • OR Background checks on long guns at gun shows 5 0

Permit to Purchase (Maximum 21 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • All firearms 3 0
  • Safety training/testing required 3 0
  • License to possess 3 0
  • Extend three-day limit for background checks 3 0
  • Permit required for ammunition purposes 3 0
  • Fingerprinting required 3 0
  • Permit process involves law enforcement 3 0
  • Total 21 0

Ammunition Regulations (Maximum 2 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • Ammunition Purchaser Records Kept/Vendor License Required 2 0
Ban Assault Weapons (Maximum 10 Points)

Assault Weapons Ban (Maximum 5 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • 1-feature test 5 0
  • OR 2-feature test 3 0
  • OR 2-feature test on assault pistols only 1 0

Large Capacity Magazine Ban (Maximum 5 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • More than 10 rounds 5 0
  • OR More than 15 rounds 3 0
Child Safety (Maximum 7 Points)

Child Safety Locks (Maximum 5 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • Integrated locks sold on all handguns (Childproof) 5 0
  • OR External locks sold with all handguns 3 0
  • Standards on all external locks 1 0

Child Access Prevention (Maximum 2 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • Ages 16/17 and under 2 0
  • OR Ages 14/15 and under 1 1
Guns in Public Places and Local Control (Maximum 8 Points)

No Guns in Workplace (Maximum 2 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • Employers not forced to allow firearms in parking lots 2 2

No Guns on College Campuses (Maximum 2 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • Colleges are not forced to allow firearms on campus 2 2

Not A CCW Shall Issue State (Maximum 2 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • Law enforcement discretion when issuing CCW permits 2 0

No State Preemption (Maximum 2 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • Local control of firearm regulation 2 0
  • OR Some local control of regulations 1 0
Extra Credit/Demerit

Extra Credit (2 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • Disarm Prohibited Handgun Possessors 2 0

Demerit (-2 Points)

  • Category Possible Points Points
  • No permit required for CCW -2 0
Grand total for Virginia: 16

Notice that Project Exile gets no mention.

We have a ways to go to improve our score..... I'm sure we can get campus carry and parking lot carry. Just think of the score if we can get Constitutional carry and get rid of "one gun a month."

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