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Virginia Proposes 8 New Gun Control Bills for Special Secession

Governor Ralph Northam at a press conference

Governor Ralph Northam has called for a special session of the General Assembly to specifically address gun control regulations following the mass shooting in a Virginia Beach city government building in May.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam at a press conference
Governor Ralph Northam has called for a special session of the General Assembly to specifically address gun control regulations following the mass shooting in a Virginia Beach city government building in May.

According to a release, this special session is intended to address gun violence in the Commonwealth.

We continue to lose too many lives to senseless and preventable acts of gun violence, but we have the power to make meaningful change,” said Northam. “Now is the time to act. Virginians deserve votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers. I urge the members of the General Assembly to engage in a thorough, meaningful discussion about these proposed bills and to allow every member to cast their votes on the floor.

One bill would require background checks on all firearms sales and transactions, mandating that any person selling, renting, trading or transferring a firearm must first get the results of a background check before the transaction can be completed.

Another would ban “dangerous weapons” such as assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, bump stocks and silencers/suppressors.

Northam also wants to reinstate a law that allows only one handgun to be purchased within a 30-day period by a given person.

He also wants a law requiring lost and stolen firearms to be reported to law enforcement within 24 hours of the weapon’s disappearance.

Another bill would create an Extreme Risk Protective Order, which would allow law enforcement and courts to temporarily separate a person from their firearms if the person exhibits dangerous behavior that presents an immediate threat to themselves or to others.

Still another bill would prohibit people who are subject to final protective orders from possessing firearms, expanding on a current law that prohibits people subject to final protective orders of family abuse from possessing firearms.

Northam has also proposed legislation to enhance the punishment for allowing access to loaded, unsecured firearms by a child. The bill would raise it from a class 3 misdemeanor to a class 6 felony and raises the age of the child from 14 to 18.

The final bill in Northam’s agenda enables localities to enact any firearms ordinances that are stricter than state law, including regulating firearms in municipal buildings, libraries and at permitted events.

This last bill has been an issue of contention in the Charlottesville area following the events of the Unite the Right rally in August 2017.

In the end, the legislature abruptly ended the session and tabled it until after the November elections, which ensures gun control will be an election issue. Currently, the Republicans hold a slight majority in both the House and Senate in Virginia. How will the pending gun control vote affect the next election? Share your answer in the comment section.

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Comments (22)

  1. So how does these laws keep illegal off the street most laws only affect legal gun owners if you realky wanted to do something create or have a existing agency find out how all these illegal are getting on the streets. Some of the laws are common sense it just seem like they want to disarm us but criminals will still be armed.

  2. This will just be one more state where I won’t spend my travel dollars. Hopefully I will always be able to find firearm friendly states to spend my tourist dollars and maybe to even relocate to in the future.

  3. The grandstanding by liberal politicians on gun control is just another way to assure that an unarmed citizenship can be controlled if necessary in the future. The very reason our Founding Fathers envisioned the 1st and then 2nd amendment.

    Beware of the slippery slope of legislative control. Remember Hitler disarming the Jewish population? What happened next?

  4. I grow tired of politicians on the Left saying thoughts, and especially “prayers are not enough.” My God is greater than any tragedy/mass shooter. As soon as they take prayer out of the picture, you are asking for trouble to come into the house. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Evil will always be present in this life. Prayer, preparation, and courage will defeat any enemy.

    1. They say faith without works is empty, but many people of faith work behind the scenes, praying is just one way. Many also write their representatives and promote Gun Safety in ways that do not mean Gun Restrictions. Next time you get the chance, take a non-shooting friend (yep, we all got some) to the range with you. You might be surprised how many will become shooters, then eventually concealed carriers.

  5. All anybody has to do is look at Chicago and New York all the gun crimes there. Georgia made (I believe I’m right) it mandatory for people to be armed which after that was done, crime went down. Not just 2 mentioned above, but others places that outlaw guns in their area.

    1. Kennesaw Georgia made a law that the head of every household would be an armed citizen, but this was after a suburb of Chicago banned all firearms. The law is not enforced, but crime in Kennesaw is lower than the surrounding suburbs. Yes, there could be a number of reasons for that, but it did decline.

  6. According to FBI statistics more people are killed with common carpentry hammers, wheres the outrage?

  7. Blackface Northam reminds me of the Ohio Gov, Kasich. Pasty faced and low IQ trying to kick up some dust over one madman shooter. It has nothing to do with the guns. Guns are tools for good and self-defense. In London the madmen just took up knives when guns were outlawed, but now
    they are trickling back into circulation. Guns don’t just go away like bad politicians. They live forever. You have to learn how to live with them, be responsible with them. I”m surprised gun controllers will drive a car, they’re so afraid of everything. Cars are much more dangerous and kill many more people than guns, and they’re not very handy for self-defense. I just don’t get it.

  8. What is also in the eight new laws is a confiscatory provision that does not give any compensation. If you are a Virginia gun owner, consider joining the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Contact them at 804-639-0600 or VCDL.ORG/Join.

  9. same old thing, blame guns for their lack of leadership and failure to address the problems they have created. ban guns ,no everyone should be armed as our forefathers were. no respect in this world.

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