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Hampton, Va. City Council Ignores Firearms Preemption Law

Friday, April 1, 2005

In a move that defies Virginia law and reeks of elitism and contempt, the Hampton, Va. City Council has publicly voiced their intention to ignore Virginia's firearms preemption law by refusing to remove invalid local firearms prohibitions from city code. During a March 23, 2005 City Council meeting, several Council Members questioned to what extent they would be accountable for ignoring state firearm law. When the City Attorney offered that criminal charges were not likely, but that civil penalties could certainly be a possibility, nobody on the Council seemed too concerned! Apparently, the City Council is more than willing to defy state law as long as it is the taxpayers who will pay the price.

NRA Members in the Hampton area are strongly encouraged to contact your City Council Members and demand that the City of Hampton abide by the state firearms laws enacted by the General Assembly, specifically the state firearms preemption law.

Hampton City Council
City Hall, 22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-6315
Fax: (757) 728-3037
E-mail: council@hampton.gov

For those Virginia Members not living in the Hampton area, please contact your State Delegate and State Senator and urge them to take decisive action against the rogue Hampton City Council for their disregard of statewide preemption law. (You can find contact information for your legislators by using the "Write Your Representatives"  tool at www.NRAILA.org ).

To view the Hampton City Council meeting tape, and witness arrogance at its worst, please access: http://www.vcdl.org/new/HAMPTON.MPG -- please bear in mind that the video make take a few minutes to download, depending on your internet connection.

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