January 29, 2015
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Legislation to keep guns away from stalkers, domestic abusers and toddlers will be considered

Richmond, VA−Today at 4:00PM, the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1 will take up several important pieces of legislation that would enhance public safety in the Commonwealth of Virginia.Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) staffers including Virginia State Director Lori Haas is available to provide to context before, during and after the hearing.

On the agenda is HB 2085, a companion bill to SB 943, which was approved by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee yesterday after controversy over the vote count.

HB 2085 would prohibit those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, sexual battery, and stalking from purchasing and possessing firearms. Other bills of importance include:

  • HB 1904: Would make it a class 1 misdemeanor crime to knowingly authorize a child between the ages of 0-4 to use a firearm.
  • HB 1923: Would require background checks on all private sales of firearms, with an exemption for immediate family members.

“We will learn a great deal about the delegates on this subcommittee today,” said Haas. “Is their fealty to the National Rifle Association so great that they would arm violent criminals and toddlers? Or do they care about safe communities?”

“Virginia residents overwhelmingly support common-sense policies to keep guns out of the wrong hands,” said CSGV Executive Director Josh Horwitz. “That was confirmed again this month in a poll by Roanoke College. The delegates on this subcommittee would do well to listen to their constituents over the gun lobby.”

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy. CSGV can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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