Rumors went wild online that Kirk Cox planned to compromise on gun confiscation bills during this year’s session.
A post on Facebook accused him of cutting a backroom deal with Democrats.
However, Cox was quick to act by declaring his stance early Tuesday morning.
Kirk Cox Announces His Stance on Gun Policy
Tuesday morning, Republican Speaker Kirk Cox responded to the online rumors.
Facebook posts accused Cox of striking a backroom deal with Democrat Governor Ralph Northam.
Released by the Virginia Constitutional Conservatives early on Monday, the post was spreading rapidly and generating outrage among Virginia voters.
The release stated, “Sources inside the Virginia State Capital have told us that Republican Speaker of the House, Kirk Cox (R-66), is negotiating with Governor Northam to support his radical anti-gun schemes.”
The accusation came soon after Northam announced a major gun confiscation agenda that he hopes to pass during this year’s session.
Cox then appeared on the John Fredericks Show Tuesday morning to address the story.
Stating the post was false, Cox also described the experience as very frustrating.
“I speak with the governor, obviously. There are things that we have worked on as far as compromises go that are key things.” Cox went on to explain, but stated that he was very clear with Northam about his stance on gun policy.
Following the interview, Virginia Constitutional Conservatives (VCC) posted another update on Facebook.
“Until late yesterday afternoon, Cox had refused to comment on whether or not he would support Northam’s gun grabbing schemes, but, thanks to the efforts of patriots from all over Virginia, Cox is now on record.” The post stated, “And given his efforts to expand Obamacare in Virginia, it was vital to get him on record before the session began.”
The VCC also announced a watchdog program to monitor various anti-gun bills as they travel through the General Assembly.
VCC Director Chris Anders explained he was glad that Speaker Cox had gone on record regarding the Second Amendment, but that his group still had work to do.
“Hillary Clinton said she supported the Second Amendment” Anders stated, “There’s a lot to unpack from Northam’s agenda and we’ll be keeping a close eye on things”.
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