Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 2, 2022

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Attempt to Repeal Gun Violence Prevention Efforts Fails in VA Senate

RICHMOND — On Monday, the Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee heard and defeated several House bills that would repeal gun violence prevention laws that were passed in 2020 and 2021. Virginia’s new laws to reduce gun violence remain intact thanks to the committee’s party line vote. 

House Republicans, with close to unanimous party support, passed bills that would repeal the requirement to report lost and stolen firearms (HB325); repeal localities’ authority to regulate firearms in public spaces and permitted events (HB827); reduce the time from 5 to 3 days that a seller must wait to receive the results of a background check before transferring a firearm (HB204); and repeal the Risk Order legislation that gives families and law enforcement a legal tool to remove firearms from a person at risk of harm to self or others (HB509).  

In response, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Virginia State Director Lori Haas said:

“With rising gun violence across the Commonwealth, disproportionately affecting Black and Brown communities, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence applauds members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that voted to kill these repeal bills that would have rolled back the progress made in recent years to regulate firearms.  

“Instead of repealing good laws, members of the House should be focused on ways to address the increase in gun violence across the Commonwealth like passing SB487, a bill that would establish the Center for Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention. 

“We will continue to work with legislators and our partners across Virginia to bring us one step closer to creating a safer, more secure Commonwealth.”

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About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.

View Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s 2022 Virginia Bill tracker to view updates on all bills the organization is monitoring during the legislative session. 

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