Isn’t it illegal to possess a rifle in the General Assembly? I’ve been advised in the past that we can’t carry a rifle in the GA buildings. Yet I’ve found no law that says this.
Well Bad Boy Delegate, Once Disbarred Lawyer, Joe Morrissey thought it would be a good idea to bring an AK47 into the General Assembly!
§ 18.2-282. Pointing, holding, or brandishing firearm, air or gas operated weapon or object similar in appearance; penalty.
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to point, hold or brandish any firearm or any air or gas operated weapon or any object similar in appearance, whether capable of being fired or not, in such manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another or hold a firearm or any air or gas operated weapon in a public place in such a manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another of being shot or injured. However, this section shall not apply to any person engaged in excusable or justifiable self-defense. Persons violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor or, if the violation occurs upon any public, private or religious elementary, middle or high school, including buildings and grounds or upon public property within 1,000 feet of such school property, he shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.
C. For purposes of this section, the word “firearm” means any weapon that will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel single or multiple projectiles by the action of an explosion of a combustible material. The word “ammunition,” as used herein, shall mean a cartridge, pellet, ball, missile or projectile adapted for use in a firearm.
His intent was to “induce fear in the mind of another” as he went on a nonsensical rant about how scary guns are bad.
Was the rifle unloaded? How do we know? Will any investigation be done? It clearly has a magazine of greater than 20 round capacity.
More on that in the law here,
§ 18.2-287.4. Carrying loaded firearms in public areas prohibited; penalty.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry a loaded (a) semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock or (b) shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered on or about his person on any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, public right-of-way, or in any public park or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public in the Cities of Alexandria, Chesapeake, Fairfax, Falls Church, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, or Virginia Beach or in the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Henrico, Loudoun, or Prince William.
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
We are constantly made to “prove our innocence” by fools like this. And told it’s “For Our Safety”. Yet here we have this man lecturing us while having his thumb on the trigger. If that weapon was loaded (all guns should be treated as such) then it was endangering persons and property everywhere it was pointed.
If find this man insulting and stupid for his actions and he displays a total disregard for the safety of others. I also find the absence of any objection to his antics offensive. Where are the men in the building that should have said ” Hey IDIOT! Get your finger off the trigger!!!”
It is men like this that are the reason the second amendment exists. Those that would trample a mans rights must be repelled. How are WE THE PEOPLE to repel them if we are disarmed. No free man can be deprived of arms.
As I’ve been writing I’ve taken breaks to research this “gem” of a man named Joe Morrissey. Guys like this are the reason there are so many sleazy lawyer jokes. Apparently he is a shady guy. Once Disbarred for being a slime ball of a lawyer. Source
Morrissey’s lack of candor, if not outright dishonesty, in dealings with this Court and those responsible for supervising the performance of his sentence is wholly unacceptable from an officer of the court. This Court and the public are entitled to rely on the honesty, integrity, and civility of counsel. Morrissey, however, has conclusively shown himself unworthy of this trust. Regardless of his past contributions to the community and the Bar, Morrissey’s proclivity for unprofessional and unethical conduct, his lack of candor before Judge Payne, the probation officer, and this panel, and his failure to acknowledge his misconduct renders him unfit to practice before the judges of this district.
He eventually got his license to practice law returned to him. He appears to have been convicted of a brutal assault in 1999. Sounds like a felony. I thought Felons couldn’t posses guns…Well you’d need to be convicted of a felony, keep reading, Joe Morrissey I guess had a good lawyer, Commonwealth v. Morrissey, No. 99-F-2548 (Va.Cir.Ct. Oct. 7, 1999)
According to court documents, on October 7, 1999 Joe Morrissey, originally indicted for “Aggravated Milicious Wounding” (A Class 2 Felony), was found guilty of Assault & Battery:
How many other criminals are writing our laws in Richmond?
Mr Morrissey, Don’t lecture me on the law, what the law should be, or what it means to be a law abiding person. I obey the law, which is more than I can say for you! 2.5 Million times every year those of us that can be bothered to obey the law use our guns to defend our life, liberty, and property. And occasionally we use our scary “assault weapons”. How such a dispicable man such as yourself has made it into the house of delegates is disgraceful A fraud upon the sensibilities of every day Virginians.
You have no self control? Fine! But that is no reason to think that the rest of us can’t control ourselves.
I doubt that anyone will bother to look into your latest malfeasance. But I can hope!
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