Assembly 2018: Gun Bills Shot Down
Today (1/15) marks day six of Virginia’s 2018 General Assembly session, and many of the Governor’s top-priority gun proposals have already been voted down by the Senate Courts Committee.
The bill to require universal background checks went down on a 6-to-9 vote Monday.
Another bill - birthed from the executive order task force on public safety and civil unrest - was sponsored by Richmond Senator Jennifer McClellan, would’ve allowed localities to prohibit guns at permitted events. “The events of Charlottesville show a new brand of protests where firearms are prevalent, where firearms can and are being used.”
The Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety has 6 remaining proposals under it‘s “preventing gun violence” legislative initiative.
They are scheduled to go before the chambers’ courts committees.