The Hail Mary Effort to Stop One-Gun-A-Month in Virginia Should Be Rejected
Richmond, VA (June 25, 2020) — This afternoon a Virginia court will hear a challenge to halt Virginia’s recently passed one-gun-a-month law before it is supposed to take effect next week.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Virginia State Director Lori Haas issued the following statement:
“This effort — brought by fringe gun groups — is nothing but a sad last minute attempt to stop a popular life-saving law from taking effect next week. Virginia’s one-gun-a-month law was on the books for nearly 20 years with no challenges to its constitutionality. It was repealed by a Governor and Virginia legislature intent on doing the gun lobby’s bidding; fortunately, those voices are now a small minority.
“Reasonable limits to handgun purchases mitigate gun trafficking into communities disproportionately impacted by gun violence. As the central state on the ‘iron pipeline,’ Virginia has served as the top supplier of crime guns in several states with stricter gun laws and the District of Columbia. One-gun-a-month saves lives and reduces crime — not just in Virginia, but across the region.
“We fully expect the judge to reject this challenge today and look forward to this essential law going into effect on Wednesday as planned.”