September 14, 2017

Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Group Throwing Big Money At Herring

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has long sought to use his billions in personal wealth to take away the gun rights of law-abiding citizens. In 2014, he used $50 million to launch the anti-Second Amendment group Everytown for Gun Safety to further that agenda.

Now the group is opening their checkbook for Attorney General Mark Herring (D-VA), donating $300,000 to his campaign. Everytown’s support for Herring is no surprise considering they spent $1 million getting him elected in 2013. Bloomberg’s millions have gotten results with Herring. During his time as Attorney General, he’s gone after the gun rights of everyday Virginians:

“Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Tuesday that the commonwealth will no longer recognize out-of-state concealed handgun permits, part of a national push to circumvent legislatures opposed to tightening gun laws.”

Herring’s radical move drastically impacted the gun rights of millions of Americans and over 400,000 Virginians:

“Nevertheless, more than 6.3 million people who could legally carry concealed handguns into Virginia today will lose the privilege when the change takes effect next year. An additional 420,000 Virginians with concealed-carry permits will no longer enjoy reciprocity when they travel to six states.”

Editorial boards condemned Herring’s concealed carry move, drawing a direct line between Bloomberg’s money and Herring’s actions:

“Second, with regard to guns, state Democrats owe some big favors. New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his gun-control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, have spent more than $2.7 million to elect Virginia Democrats in recent years. McAuliffe and Herring would surely like to keep the money coming. Hence their efforts to roll back the rights of gun owners. Those efforts will have no effect on crime — but at least they will keep Bloomberg happy.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s words turned out to be prophetic, and now Herring is benefiting handsomely. What’s the cost to Virginians? Just their constitutional rights.