Priorities: Virginia Governor Signs 5 Anti-Gun Bills into Law
By Chris Eger
Among the five-pack of new gun laws signed last week by Gov. Ralph Northam is a measure to ration handgun sales to one-per-month. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on Friday signed the vanguard of a phalanx of gun control legislation into law, to the cheers of anti-gun advocates.
Northam, a Democrat who ran for office with the endorsement and support of gun control groups backed by billionaire former New York Michael Bloomberg, took advantage of a narrowly shifted blue polarity in the state legislature to get the package of bills to his desk. The measures include a so-called “red flag” gun seizure law, expanded background checks on all gun sales, a law penalizing gun owners who had their firearms stolen, and rationing handgun sales to one per month.
Although the bills were muscled through Richmond on largely party-line votes against grass-roots efforts by thousands of gun owners, Northam said he was, “proud to work with legislators and advocates on these measures, and I am proud to sign them into law.”
The new laws include:
Senate Bill 70 and House Bill 2 expand background checks to include firearm transfers between individuals. As noted by the NRA, “Under this extreme legislation, even lending a brother your rifle for aSource: Guns.com