On Friday, the Virginia House of Delegates' Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee approved a bill (HB2340) barring state agencies from assisting the federal government in the enforcement of any new restrictions on gun ownership or the purchase of ammunition.
The bill which was introduced by Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County), was approved by a vote of 15-7, along party lines on the Republican-controlled committee.
The measure will now head to the full House where it is expected to easily pass.
Arguing in support of the bill, Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah County) stated: "No employee of the commonwealth or any of its political subdivisions should help the federal government tread upon our long-held belief that Second Amendment rights are highly individualized and very important."
Mike McHugh of the Virginia Gun Owners Coalition testified before the committee, saying:
"I think we’re coming to a point in this country where the states are going to have to finally decide – and I hope it doesn’t end up like years ago – that we’re going to have to face down Barack Obama’s federal plantation."
Ironically, Vice-President Joe Biden was also in Richmond on Friday pushing the Democrat Party's plan for wide-reaching gun control, including the outright ban of many weapons.
Similar legislation was recently proposed in Texas that actually calls for the arrest of any federal agent trying to enforce added federal gun restrictions.
More than a dozen sheriffs across the nation have also told the Obama administration that they will refuse to adhere to any federal laws which infringe upon the 2nd Amendment rights of the people in their respective counties.