Virginia Lawmakers Shrug Off Protests, Pass 7 Anti-Gun Bills
By Chris Eger
Lawmakers in Virginia swiftly rushed seven gun control bills through the House of Delegates on Thursday. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
The Virginia House of Delegates Thursday passed seven Democratic-sponsored gun control bills only a week after thousands protested such measures.
The measures, which only cleared committee last week, were muscled through the body on a largely party-line vote after just over an hour of debate. The bills would impose handgun rationing, limit firearm transfers without background checks, establish a controversial “red flag” gun seizure mechanism, and allow local officials to restrict lawful gun possession in some circumstances.
Many of the bills have been DOA in past legislative sessions, but with Democrats narrowly seizing single-party control of state government last November, those past roadblocks have been removed.
“I’ve worked on this important issue for a long time, and I am thrilled that we have taken this major step forward to fulfill our promise on gun safety reform,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair Rip Sullivan in a statement.
The seven bills approved by the Virginia House, as reported by the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action:
House Bill 2 passed by a vote of 54-46. It criminalizes private transfers of firearms without first paying fees, with limited exceptions. Most transfers