Yeah I would agree. I was concerned at first that he didn’t want to respond to surveys from VCDL and others, but I think that turned out to be a wise strategic decision. He took the issue away from Terry and made a dent into the vote margins in NoVA esp with the education issues. It was clear that the dems were desperate to make it an issue when they ran the ads attacking Glenn as being soft on gun rights. Fortunately voters realized that even a worst-case Youngkin would be infintely better than the best-case McAuliffe.
I think Youngkin will be much better than worst-case. He won’t be running for re-election so he won’t have to strategically avoid the issue like he did to a degree in the campaign. The challenge (at least for the next two years) will be getting things through the same Senate that passed all the recent gun control. Unless there was something that went to a tie-breaker by the L.G., you’d need to flip at least one vote to repeal something they voted to pass 1 or 2 years ago. On the other hand, it would only take one, and they’re much closer to running for re-election than they were 1 or 2 years ago. I’d be surprised if there aren’t some state senate districts that Dems won in 2019 that flipped to red this month.
I also think there are some things the A.G. can do unilaterally. I’m not certain, but I sort of recall hearing that the restrictions on carrying at state rest stops was something that Herring put in place, as well as the reciprocity issue mentioned in that article.