No funds for gun confiscation

No funds for gun confiscation
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Gov. Ralph Northam, flanked by incoming Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, outlines Democrats' priorities for the 2020 legislative session on Jan. 7, 2020. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

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Title: “No, Virginia. The governor’s budget doesn’t fund an 18-officer gun confiscation squad.”
Author: Graham Moomaw
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: Jan. 7, 2020

Amid a conspiracy theory-tinged uproar over the possibility of Virginia passing new gun-control laws, pro-gun activists have scoured the state budget for evidence validating their fears about the government coming for their firearms.

But much of the pro-gun rhetoric surrounding Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed budget doesn’t match reality.

According to the governor’s office, the funding is for administrative workers who would oversee the registration/permitting process Democrats are proposing to allow gun owners to keep firearms they already have. The 18 jobs mentioned in the budget are not trooper positions, said Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky.

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