Bill Filed Yesterday in Virginia Would Outlaw Indoor Shooting Ranges

Richmond, VA—A bill pre-filed before the January legislative session yesterday would take a shot at indoor shooting ranges across the state of Virginia.

House Bill 567 was filed by Dan Helmer, of House District 40.  It includes outrageous new language about indoor shooting ranges.  We’ll include the text here:

Indoor shooting ranges; prohibited in buildings not owned or leased by the Commonwealth or federal government; exceptions; civil penalty. Prohibits the operation of an indoor shooting range, defined in the bill, in any building not owned or leased by the Commonwealth or federal government unless

  • fewer than 50 employees work in the building or
  • (ii) (a) at least 90 percent of the users of the indoor shooting range are law-enforcement officers or federal law-enforcement officers, (b) the indoor shooting range maintains a log of each user’s name, phone number, address, and the law-enforcement agency where such user is employed, and (c) the indoor shooting range verifies each user’s identity and address by requiring all users to present a government-issued photo-identification card.

The bill provides that any person that violates the provisions of this section is subject to a civil penalty of not less than $1,000 nor more than $100,000 for the initial violation and $5,000 per day for each day of violation thereafter.

They Think They’re God Walking On Earth!

Read that again!   The government must own all indoor shooting ranges unless they have 50 employees or less (or are basically only for police use).   What stops them from changing that number down to 5 next session? Nothing, and now that they have the majority, you can all but bank on it.

They don’t even want us to practice and become proficient with the few guns we’d have left after they’ve confiscated the guns that they don’t want us to have.

In the radical new Virginia, you’d only be allowed to practice under the government’s watchful eye, in a government owned, government operated indoor shooting range.

If you dare to try to let your buddies use your indoor range without following these rules, you can be charged $100,000 for the very first offense!

This is nothing less than British style, top-down gun control.  The kind where the guns are locked up in police control and only allowed to be shot under their supervision.