Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Applauds Advancement of Firearms Ban at the Capitol, Domestic Violence Prevention Bills in Virginia
If passed into law, these bills will prohibit guns at the Capitol and in state buildings and prohibit gun purchases by domestic violence perpetrators.
RICHMOND — Today, the Virginia House of Delegates advanced two bills dedicated to preventing gun violence and armed intimidation, HB 2295 and HB1992, that will move to the state Senate for further review. In response, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Senior Director of Advocacy Lori Haas issued the following statement:
“Throughout this legislative session, we have seen time and time again that Virginia legislators are taking strong steps to end the deadly gun violence epidemic facing Virginia. If passed, these bills will ultimately save lives.
“HB1992, if enacted into law, would prohibit firearm possession by persons convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors. A woman is five times more likely to be murdered when her abuser has access to a gun.
“HB2295, if enacted into law, would ban any guns at the Virginia Capitol and at all state buildings. We know particularly well after the armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 that we cannot allow firearms to be used for armed intimidation or in response to political disagreements
“CSGV applauds Virginia delegates, including Delegate Mark Levine and Delegate Kathleen Murphy, for listening to their constituents and advancing these bills working to end gun violence in the Commonwealth.
Ending armed intimidation of lawmakers and constituents at state Capitols and state office buildings is a top priority for CSGV around the country. A fall 2020 report released by CSGV – Guns in Public: A Threat to Safety and Democracy – shows how the gun lobby’s efforts have weakened regulation around openly carrying loaded firearms, fueling gun violence across the United States. If unchecked, the report warns, weak public carry laws will continue to create space catalyzing political violence and insurrectionism, threatening public safety and democracy.
More information about the intersection of domestic violence and gun violence is available from the CSGV’s sister organization, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.
About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.
View Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s 2021 Virginia Bill tracker to view updates on all bills the organization is monitoring during the January legislative session.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2021
Alyson Malinger, West End Strategy Team