RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday unveiled his legislative agenda for a July 9 special session he is convening to address gun violence in the Commonwealth.
In a news conference last month, the governor discussed some of the measures he is asking lawmakers to take up in next week’s session. This includes a ban on silencers and high capacity ammunition magazines and broadening the ability of local governments to limit guns in city buildings.
A news release issued by Northam’s office Wednesday offers more details on the legislative package the governor is proposing. Under the proposed legislation, localities across the Commonwealth would be able to pass firearms ordinances stricter than any state law.
This package calls for a law requiring background checks on all firearms sales and transactions — and the reinstatement of a law allowing only one handgun to be purchased within a 30-day period. It would place a ban on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, bump stocks and silencers.
Laws proposed in the package are designed around making it more difficult for certain people to access firearms.
One of these laws calls for the creation of an “Extreme Risk Protective Order” that would afford law enforcement and courts the ability to separate a person from firearms if they are showing “dangerous behavior that presents an immediate threat to self or others.”
Another law would prohibit people who are the subject to final protective orders from possessing guns. It would expand current legislation that solely bans people subject to final protective orders of family abuse from having firearms.
Northam’s package would make it a Class 6 felony for allowing the access to loaded, unsecured firearms to anyone 18 years or younger.