See below for video and a press release from the “Safe Virginia Initiative,” which is “hold[ing] a press conference to discuss their findings and policy proposals ahead of the 2019 legislative session.” Proposed legislation includes “Red Flag Laws,” universal background checks, child access prevention and other 100% commonsense measures to reduce the scourge of gun violence in Virginia. We’ll see, but my expectation is that Virginia General Assembly Republicans will block all of these, just as they did in the 2018 session, giving Democratic voters a LOT of motivation to boot these people from office in November!
Today: Safe Virginia Initiative to Hold Press Conference on Gun Violence Prevention Proposals
What: The Safe Virginia Initiative (SVI) will hold a press conference to discuss their findings and policy proposals ahead of the 2019 legislative session. Over the course of the year, SVI held six regional town halls across the Commonwealth to hear Virginians’ experiences and concerns with gun violence in their communities. Each event featured a distinguished panel including legal experts, law enforcement, educators, advocates, survivors, and students. SVI co-chairs and regional chairs compiled the feedback and synthesized the information in a final report, to be released January 7, with common-sense policy recommendations.
Who: Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, Co-Chair; Delegate Kathleen Murphy, Co-Chair; Delegate Chris Hurst, Regional Chair – Southwest; Delegate Delores McQuinn, Regional Chair – Central; Delegate Cliff Hayes, Regional Chair – Hampton Roads; Delegate John Bell, Regional Chair – Northern
When: Today – Monday, January 7 at 10:00 AM
Where: House Room 2 (Minority Caucus Room), Virginia State Capitol
About Safe Virginia Initiative
In April 2018, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus created Safe Virginia Initiative (SVI) to develop real, substantive and bipartisan solutions to gun violence. Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn and Kathleen Murphy serve as co-chairs for SVI. Following a series of events across the Commonwealth, SVI will issue a report based on suggestions and recommendations brought to the working group by Virginians that will lead to a package of substantial legislation to be introduced in 2019 legislative session.