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General Assembly - Jan. 13, 2020

From the state capitol in Richmond, I’m Craig Carper.         

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed several bills today that would place additional regulations on firearms. 

The new Democratic majority advanced bills that would require universal background checks for gun sales, give localities more control over where citizens can carry firearms and a red flag law which would allow law enforcement to temporarily confiscate guns from individuals they deem to be a threat to themselves or others. 

Democrats say these bills and another that would reinstate a one handgun per month purchase limit, will reduce violent crime.

Democratic Senator Mamie Locke of Hampton.

“For 19 years when this law was in place, prior to 2012, public safety was enhanced not only in Virginia but in our neighboring states as well.”

Republicans say Virginians are safer with less restrictions on their access to firearms. 

Republican Senator Mark Obenshain of Rockingham.  

“This is all about appearance. It’s not about public safety.” 

Republican Senator Ryan McDougle of Hanover. 

“Every Virginian should be afraid.” 

The bills now go to the full Senate for a vote.

Hundreds of Virginians came to the capitol today to share their thoughts on gun issues. However, this year, lawmakers and members of the general public were barred from bringing firearms into the building.  

For Assembly ’20, I’m Craig Carper.


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