Va. House passes seven gun control bills Thursday

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia’s House of Delegates passed seven gun control bills Thursday, less than two weeks after more than 20,000 people swarmed Capitol Square to rally in support of gun rights.

Since Democrats swept the House and Senate in November, more than 100 Virginia localities have declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” opposing the party’s progressive agenda.

Many of the bills that advanced on Thursday have already passed in the Senate. After years of failed efforts to tighten gun laws, approval in the House would be a significant step forward but not the end of the road for these bills.

Here’s a list of bills the House passed on Thursday.

The House will still have to vote on the Senate’s version and vice versa. It’s possible a conference committee of lawmakers from both chambers will need to resolve the differences between bills before a final version reaches Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk.

“In a set-up like we have right now, where both chambers are controlled by the same party, then there’s generally no hiccups in that process, and often no need for conference committees on the bills,” said 8News political expert Rich Meagher. “Still, some bills have Senators or Delegates with particular concerns or constituencies, so there still may be a need to amend the bill.”

House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn released a statement applauding lawmaker’s efforts to get the legislation through.

Today we fulfilled our promise to make Virginia’s communities safer from preventable gun violence.

Too many Virginians have lost a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker because their elected representatives refused to take measures to keep firearms away from those who would do harm to themselves or others.

While today’s actions will not lessen the grief of those who have lost loved ones to gun violence, the legislation passed in the House of Delegates will prevent more senseless deaths and make our Commonwealth safer.

A special thank you to House Public Safety Committee Chairman Patrick Hope and bill patrons Ken Plum, Jeff Bourne, Marcia Price, Cliff Hayes, Rip Sullivan, Jeion Ward and Mike Mullin for their leadership and commitment to preventing gun violence in our Commonwealth.”


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