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General Assembly - Jan. 16, 2020

From the State Capitol in Richmond, I’m Craig Carper. 

Ahead of a gun rights rally planned for Monday the Virginia Senate passed several bills that would place further restrictions on firearms. This includes universal background checks for fire-arms sales and a bill giving localities greater authority to regulate guns within their jurisdictions. 

Finally the Senate passed a bill that would reinstate the Wilder era One-Handgun-Per-Month purchase limit which was in effect for 19 years. 

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw. 21 seconds

“During that period you could have purchased 228 handguns. I maintain that if 228 guns isn’t enough for you, something has gone terribly wrong in your life, That’s a lot of guns, okay.”  

Senator Amanda Chase R-Chesterfield

“When I go to a gun show with my husband, I like to shop and I might want to get multiple guns to match my purse. I don’t know.” 

The one per month limit would only apply to handguns and not rifles. 

The bills now go to the House for consideration where they are expected to pass. Governor Ralph Northam has said he will sign all of them.

For Assembly 20, I’m Craig Carper. 


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