Virginia Lawmakers Quickly Advance 4 Anti-Gun Bills
By Chris Eger
Democrats squeaked into control of the Virginia state Senate last Fall and with the start of the 2020 session have lost no time in moving forward on anti-gun bills. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
A partisan vote Monday in the Virginia State Senate gave a green light for at least four controversial gun control bills to move forward.
In a party-line vote by the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee this week, measures to mandate background checks for private gun transfers, make it easier for police to seize guns, ration handgun purchases to one per month, and allow cities and towns to pass their own local gun restrictions.
“The Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee met today and wasted no time in passing gun control bills as their first order of business,” noted the NRA in a statement.
The measures, as outlined by the pro-gun group:
Senate Bill 35 will destroy Virginia’s firearm preemption laws by allowing localities to create new “gun-free zones” in and around public buildings and parks. Criminals will ignore these restrictions, leaving law-abiding citizens unable to defend themselves and their loved ones.
Senate Bill 69, commonly referred to as “one-gun-a-month,” would impose an arbitrary one gun limit on an individual’s right to lawfully purchase a handgun within 30