Virginia Senate Republicans Reject Commonsense Measures to Curb Gun Violence


    From the Virginia Senate Democratic caucus: 

    Republican Senators ignore evidence, law enforcement, and mainstream opinion 

    RICHMOND, VA — Today, Republican Senators on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee defeated several proposals to reduce gun violence on a party-line vote. These measures were all backed by substantial majorities of Virginians in recent opinion polls.

    Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) said, “This is most unusual. The Republicans decided to hear every piece of gun-related legislation on a single day at an unscheduled committee meeting at an irregular time. It’s clear what the Republican agenda is: get rid of commonsense proposals to reduce gun violence when the public isn’t looking.”

    Rejected: Universal Background Checks
    Senator Donald McEachin
     (D-Henrico), Democratic Caucus Chair, said, "I am deeply disappointed that my Republican colleagues failed to support this commonsense measure to prevent terrorists, felons, or the mentally ill from obtaining dangerous weapons. Fixing background checks to include the sale of all firearms is supported by the evidence, law enforcement, and a majority of Virginians. Rejecting this measure flies in the face of mainstream opinion of both citizens and public safety officials. In light of the mass gun violence in the past year, this is the least we can do to prevent future tragedies.”

    Rejected: Giving Localities Increased Flexibility
    Senator Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax), Democratic Leader, said,  “Localities currently don’t have any control over firearms on their property. This is just common sense: giving municipalities the ability to make their own rules about guns on property they own. I know the localities I represent need this flexibility.”

    Rejected: Magazine Size Limit
    Senator McEachin said, “Virginia Republicans are so far out of the mainstream they can’t even accept limiting the high-capacity magazines manufactured for just one purpose: killing people. Hunters don’t need super-high-capacity magazines to bring down a deer.”

    • Quizzical

      The Republicans are in control, so I guess I’m not surprised.  In fact, the trend in Virginia over the last few years is the steady erosion of Virginia’s gun safety laws by the Republicans.  

      Is there a better place to monitor this than the NRA’s website?  That’s a serious question.  It looks to me that for anyone interested in this issue in Virginia, it pays to watch the NRA watch Virginia.

      For example, here’s the announcement of the hearing that the NRA ran the day before it happened:

      Clearly they wanted the folks in camouflage clothing to show up for this.

    • DJRippert

      The M1 Garand was a famous military weapon.  A semi-automatic battle rifle, the M1 Garand was used by US forces in many critical battles of the 20th century including the D Day invasion of continental Europe.  Gen. George Patton called the M1 Garand “the greatest battle implement ever devised”.

      The M1 Garand carried an 8 round magazine.