Virginia House of Delegates passes seven gun safety bills

The Virginia House of Delegates passed seven Democratic gun safety laws 10 days after large protests at the state capital over the proposed measures.

The bills include regulations implementing universal background checks and “red flag” legislation allowing officials to take guns from those determined to be dangerous to themselves or others.

The other regulations involve requirements to report lost and stolen firearms, a limit of one handgun that can be bought per month, rules to ensure those under protective orders cannot own a gun, child access prevention and legislation giving local officials the authority to determine how firearms are regulated in public spaces.

“Today we answer the majority of Virginians who called for gun violence prevention legislation at the polls last November,” state House Majority Leader Charniele Herring (D) said in a statement. “Our goal is to save lives and promote responsible gun ownership in the Commonwealth. Public safety is our number one concern.”

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These bills were previously passed by the Senate.  Now that the bills have passed both houses of the General Assembly, they will go to the governor for his signature.

Elections have consequences.  For years and years, polls have shown that between 70 and 80 percent of Virginians want these common sense gun safety bills passed.  Republicans controlled the Virginia General Assembly for the past ten years during which they all but destroyed all gun safety laws.  In November 2019, Democrats swept into control of the General Assembly by running on a platform of healthcare, gun safety, education funding and other progressive policies.  Now Virginia voters are getting what they have wanted for a decade.