Historic Change in Virginia

The Gun Violence Prevention Laws Coming to Virginia on July 1

Washington, DC (June 24, 2020) — Following a historic Virginia session on gun violence prevention, massive changes will be coming to the commonwealth next week that will reduce gun deaths and injuries and build a safer Virginia.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Senior Director of Advocacy Lori Haas issued the following statement:

“For 13 years since my daughter was shot and injured in her French class at Virginia Tech, I’ve been working and waiting for this day. Next week, the Commonwealth of Virginia — the home state of National Rifle Association — will have some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation. After years of being ignored and disregarded by Republican majorities, the voters elected leaders who promised them change on this issue. In a week, those promises become reality.”

The gun violence prevention laws going into effect Wednesday July 1, 2020 include:

Universal Background Checks on All Gun Sales
Domestic Violence Protective Orders – prohibitions on gun possession, purchase and transport
Extreme Risk Protection Orders
Child Access Prevention
Locality Authority to regulate firearms
One gun per month purchase limitation
Lost & Stolen firearms – requires person to report to local law enforcement
Family day care homes – requires safe storage of firearms and ammunition
Tax exemption for gun safe purchases
Para-military activities regulations
Increased training and standards for School Resource Officers
Requires data collection of incidents/interactions between students & School Resource officers
Trigger Activator/Bump stocks prohibition
Firearms prohibition in preschools & licensed day care centers
Funding for Violence Interruption Programs in the budget


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