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Virginia Senate Passes Universal Background Checks, One-Handgun-a-Month, Local Authority Legislation

Two Republicans vote for universal background checks bill

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From the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus:

SENATE DEMOCRATS ADVANCE COMMON-SENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION THROUGH VIRGINIA SENATE

RICHMOND– This afternoon, Senate Democrats advanced three common-sense gun safety measures through the Senate. Today’s historic vote is the first time in at least ten years that gun safety legislation reported through the Senate committee, the Senate floor, and is now making its way to the House for a vote.

The Senate passed the following bills today:

  • One handgun a month – presented by Senator  Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) SB 69.
  • Universal background checks– presented by Senator  L. Louise Lucas (D- Portsmouth) SB 70.
  • Local Authority– presented by Senator Scott Surovell (D- Mount Vernon) SB 35.

“Today we celebrate yet another milestone in making Virginia a safer place,” said Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke. “Common-sense gun safety measures such as universal background checks, one handgun a month, and giving localities the authority to protect their residents are all simple measures that will save the lives of many Virginians. The safety and lives of all Virginians are not and should not be a partisan issue.”

“I am ecstatic that the measure for universal background checks has advanced through the Senate with bipartisan support and is making its way to the House,” said Senate President pro tempore LLouise Lucas. “Ensuring the safety of Virginians is of extreme importance, and one major step in guaranteeing the safety of  all Virginians is keeping weapons out of the hands of dangerous people by requiring background checks for all gun purchases.”

“Assault weapons and farmers markets don’t mix,” said Senator Scott Surovell.  “Our legislation allows localities to protect their residents from firearm violence in their buildings, parks, and community events.”