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The bill has since been withdrawn, but was the focal point behind a movement that led gun rights supporters to flood city halls demanding governments declare themselves “sanctuaries,” from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