RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gun advocates are critical of the executive action taken by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday.
Executive Order 50 was signed Thursday in an effort to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. But gun supporters say the measure is all political hype and posturing.
“The governor’s announcement is nothing but politics, and the problem with it being just politics and actually not doing something is that it actually endangers people,” said Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. “We’re not having any problems is any of our government buildings, but (McAuliffe) wants to suddenly make them a gun-free zone.”
David Hancock, Manager of Bob Moats Gun Shop in Midlothian, also believes the governor’s announcement was unnecessary.
“It’s just a waste a waste in general,” he said. “It’s, ‘let’s make everybody feel good, let’s make people think we’re doing something.’ We’re not doing anything that we haven’t already done.”
Van Cleave pointed out that gun-free zones are where many of the recent mass shootings, such as the one at the community college in Oregon, took place.
“It’s like he taunting the bad people to do a mass shooting because he’s taking the guns away from the good people,” Van Cleave said. “Virginia Tech was a gun free zone, South Carolina church was a gun free zone, the Louisiana theater was a gun free zone, the Aurora theater was a gun free zone, you can go on and on and on. You look at them all they were all gun free zones.”