Gun Violence Prevention Measures Move in Virginia

Universal background checks, one-handgun-a-month, locality control pass Virginia Senate

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Virginia State Director Lori Haas issued the following statement:

“Today, the newly Democratic-controlled Senate in Virginia took a big step toward making the Commonwealth safer for citizens and visitors. 

“Bills to establish universal background checks on all gun sales, re-establish the state’s one-gun-a-month policy, and allow localities to prohibit possession and carrying of firearms in certain locations were passed with background checks garnering bipartisan support.  

“While there are still some changes we would like to make to these policies, today is a huge step forward. For far too long, these policies and other life-saving measures have been ignored by Republican leadership in the Senate. That has changed with the new gun violence prevention majority in Richmond!

“We thank all the senators who helped pass these laws and look forward to supporting and working with senators and delegates in the coming days to strengthen some of these policies and get them signed into law.” 

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