FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2019
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The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Applauds Governor Northam’s Commitment to Gun Violence Prevention
Governor Ralph Northam Introduces Package of Popular Gun Reform Proposals
Washington, DC (January 4, 2019) — This morning, Governor Ralph Northam introduced a package of strong, commonsense gun violence prevention proposals that are supported by an overwhelming majority of Virginians.
This list of proposals includes establishing a life-saving Extreme Risk Law, requiring universal background checks on all gun sales, re-establishing a one-gun-a-month policy, banning weapons of war from Virginia’s streets, and making final domestic violence protective orders gun prohibitory.
The Virginia General Assembly has been controlled by the extremist gun lobby for far too long. It has done them no favors. Gun violence prevention policies are supported by the wide majority of Virginia residents — it is time for all of our leaders in Richmond to listen to their constituents and pass these proposals with bipartisan support.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Virginia State Director Lori Haas issued the following statement:
“We applaud and thank Governor Northam for his strong commitment to gun violence prevention. Governor Northam ran loudly and proudly on implementing stronger gun laws to create a safer Commonwealth. Today’s announcement follows up on that promise.
“Gun violence prevention is the moral and political high ground in Virginia. For the past two years, voters have sent a clear message: we demand action from our officials on the gun violence epidemic in the Commonwealth.
“We demand a tool to remove guns from those who are at a high risk of violence towards themselves or others. We demand background checks on all gun sales — including at gun shows and online. We demand that dangerous abusers be prohibited from accessing firearms. We demand that the people we elected listen to us.
“The gun lobby has been rejected by the voters. Their influence is dwindling and their reputation is damaged. Officials in Richmond embrace the gun lobby at their own peril. Action on these policies is long overdue. If our politicians refuse to act, we will once again replace them with those who will.”