Virginia House Public Safety Committee Passes Seven Gun Violence Prevention Bills
Washington, DC (January 24, 2020) — This morning, the Virginia House Public Safety Committee passed all seven gun violence prevention bills on the docket. These bills include establishing universal background checks, establishing an Extreme Risk Protection Order, establishing child access prevention laws, requiring lost and stolen firearms to be reported within 24 hours, limiting handgun purchases to one per month, prohibiting domestic abusers from knowingly possessing a firearm while a permanent protective order is in effect, and granting localities authority to regulate firearms. These bills will be brought to the floor next week for a full vote.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Virginia State Director Lori Haas issued the following statement:
“We are pleased to see these seven bills pass the Virginia House Public Safety Committee. The committee has clearly heard the wishes of Virginians loud and clear. Today, we are one step closer to making the Commonwealth of Virginia a safer place for everyone and stopping gun violence in all its forms.
“We look forward to seeing these bills come up for a full vote in the House of Delegates next week; we are hopeful that Virginia delegates will do what they were elected to do and pass these bills without delay.”