NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ORGANIZATIONS CALL FOR EFFECTIVE FEDERAL ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN IN WAKE OF ALABAMA RAMPAGE SHOOTING LEAVING 11 DEAD, INCLUDING SHOOTER
Joint Release From Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Violence Policy Center, and Freedom States Alliance
March 11, 2009
Washington, DC - Following yesterday's assault weapon rampage shooting in Alabama leaving 11 dead including the shooter, America's leading national gun violence prevention organizations—Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Freedom States Alliance, Legal Community Against Violence, and Violence Policy Center—issued the following joint statement...
VIRGINIA SENATE DEFEATS LEGISLATION TO CLOSE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE
Febuary 4, 2009
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
A bill that would have required background checks on all firearm sales at gun shows, S.B. 1257, was defeated in the Virginia Senate today by a vote of 19-21. This legislation was co-sponsored by Senator Henry Marsh (D-Richmond) and Senator Janet Howell (D-Reston) and had the backing of Governor Tim Kaine, the Virginia State Police, and an overwhelming majority of Virginia residents. In a 2008 poll by Christopher Newport University, 68% of Virginians listed “requiring gun purchasers at gun shows to undergo the same background check required for guns purchased at gun shops” as their highest priority for the Virginia General Assembly.
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