Rep. Elaine Luria says some Richmond gun bills ‘probably not worded the best way’

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — In the wake of Monday’s large gun rally in Richmond, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va. 2nd District) shared that she can see why some of the proposed gun control legislation caused such a stir.

“I think, unfortunately, it was probably not worded the best way possible and caused a lot of discontent,” Luria said to a crowd at Virginia Beach’s Larkspur Middle School on Wednesday night. “People do have a Second Amendment right to own firearms. And I am not trying to knock on someone’s door and take someone’s guns away.”

Luria’s response came out of a question about what she is doing to enact gun control as a member of Congress, one of the dozens she answered during her 90-minute town hall.

She was likely referring to the most controversial bill pre-filed ahead of the 2020 Virginia General Assembly session, Senate Bill 16. It would have expanded the definition of “assault firearm” in the commonwealth, making it a felony to own pistols, rifles and shotguns considered an “assault weapon.”

The bill has since been withdrawn, but was the focal point behind a movement that led gun rights supporters to flood city halls demanding governments declare themselves “sanctuaries,” from what they deem “unconstitutional gun laws.”

Monday, thousands protested tougher gun laws outside the state Capitol.

While the Navy veteran-turned politician was quick to say she supports responsible gun owners, she also touted her vote last year to expand background checks nationwide.

“I think that it is truly a balance between the safety of our community and responsible gun owners … and that’s what I am looking for in this kind of legislation,” Luria said.

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