Mark Downey (VA H96) Tweet

Qasim Rashid (VA Sen-28), "Va. Senate candidates Rashid and Stuart clash on guns, ERA in first debate"

On the issue of gun reform, Rashid said he is in favor of comprehensive gun reform in Virginia, including universal background checks and so-called “red flag” laws, measures that would allow a judge to issue a protective order to temporarily remove firearms from someone deemed a threat to themselves or others.


“My opponent has voted against every single one of these commonsense measures and it when it came time to debate them, he adjourned the session,” Rashid said.
— Daniel Berti, Prince William Times

Sheila Bynum-Coleman (VA HD-66), "Gun debate raises stakes in battle for Virginia legislature"

Bynum-Coleman knows that fear all too well. Three years ago she got a call no mother wants to receive — her daughter had been shot. A bullet went through her shoulder and grazed her chin, but Bynum-Coleman's daughter survived. 

“I’ve knocked on so many doors and I talk to people who are very Republican and I also speak to Democrats. I talk to everybody who I can reach, and no matter who I’m talking to, the majority of people say we want universal background checks,” she said. “Not to take away our guns, but let’s make sure the people who have them should have them.”

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Mark Downey (VA H96) Issue Statement

Guns are the third leading cause of death in American children. It doesn’t have to be this way – we have the tools to address our epidemic of gun violence, we just need to elect leaders with the courage to tackle this issue.

As a dad and pediatrician, I know how important it is to take action on common sense gun safety. Like many parents, I trust that my son and daughters will be safe when I send him to school, but we know that nowhere is really safe in a country that allows guns to easily get into the hands of people who would do others harm.

It is long past time us to take common sense steps to prevent gun violence. If elected, I will fight for solutions that protect our children and families, including accountable and responsible gun ownership measures, universal background checks and registration for both firearms and people who sell them.

Jess Foster (VA H88) Issue Statement

Gun violence should also be viewed as a public health crisis. We must implement common-sense reforms such as universal background checks and protect the victims of domestic abuse by removing firearms from their attackers - this will not only protect our communities but also our law enforcement personnel.

Suhas Subramanyam (VA H87) Issue Statement

My wife, Miranda, went to church in Newtown, Connecticut and her congregation lost a young member that day in Sandy Hook. We need to make progress on gun violence prevention so that we and our loved ones feel safe in our schools, places of worship, and public places. I would support comprehensive solutions to reducing gun violence, including expanding mandatory universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, banning the sales of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and supporting studies on gun violence as a public health issue.

Nancy Guy (VA H83) Issue Statement

Nancy supports common sense controls like universal back ground checks and limits on the volume of gun purchases. Chris Stolle has an “A” rating from the NRA (93%) and has voted against even such common sense controls as the one gun a month purchase limitation. He voted multiple times for a bill that would authorize those who have a restraining order filed against them to carry a concealed firearm. The grip of the gun lobby on Richmond is so strong that, once again in 2019, Virginia failed to let a bill that would require universal background checks to even get out of committee for a vote on the House floor.

Len Myers (VA H81) Issue Statement

In May of this year alone, there were over 45 victims of gun violence in Hampton Roads. Twelve of those souls were lost during the horrific mass shooting in Virginia Beach. Len was just across the street from a Chesapeake Memorial Day Block Party when 10 partygoers were shot less than a week prior. Every day, between three and four of our neighbors die from gun violence in Virginia.

The time to protect our kids and communities from senseless gun violence is tragically overdue. Len deeply understands the grief and gravity of gun violence after having both family and friends suffer its all too now familiar and tragic consequences. Support for common sense gun safety measures is almost universal, but it will take new leaders like Len to make gun safety a reality in Virginia.

Rodney Willett (VA H73) Issue Statement

Almost all of us remember where we were when we heard about the Virginia Tech shooting. Too many preventable gun-related tragedies have unfolded in our Commonwealth. Common sense gun safety measures are not a political issue, they’re a public health issue. Establishing universal background checks is a proven way to keep guns away from violent criminals and potential terrorists. Rodney will advocate for legislation that keeps guns from domestic abusers, protecting our families. Rodney will support red flag laws so that those who present an immediate danger to themselves or others can have firearms temporarily removed. Rodney will fight for bipartisan gun safety laws in the House of Delegates. He will not settle for continued inaction.

Janie Zimmerman (VA H60) Issue Statement

Janie believes that guns are a safety issue the way they are handled now. She believes in universal background checks with a database the connects across all states. Automatic weapons and large magazines should be outlawed. Open carry laws should not allow people to carry a gun anywhere they choose, there should be more restrictions, just as an officer can’t bring a gun into a prison, civilians should not be able to bring guns into a school, a church, or other highly populated areas.

Tim Hickey (VA H59) Issue Statement

The 59th District contains its fair share of hunters and other law-abiding gun owners. And most of them agree that we must insist on responsible gun ownership. I believe in common-sense measures that have broad support across communities. For instance, every Virginian should undergo a background check before purchasing a gun. A simple background check requirement has been effective in other states. In fact, states that have universal background checks have roughly half the rate of gun violence against law enforcement officers, almost half the number of gun suicides and almost half the number of women shot and killed by domestic partners. Almost everyone also agrees that people with serious mental illness should not be purchasing firearms and that neither people with felony records nor domestic abusers should be buying guns. People are also starting to recognize that we need to listen to families and household members when they petition courts to temporarily remove firearms from those who are acting in a way that indicates they may carry out a shooting. This is just good sense. Devices like bump stocks and semi-automatic weapons with high capacity magazines are unnecessary and are endangering our communities. I will work to implement measures that will reduce gun violence while still respecting the 2nd Amendment. Every family has a guaranteed right to life and liberty.

Dan Helmer (VA H40) Issue Statement

Classroom safety must be a priority as well. My wife and the students she teaches should not have to practice active shooter drills during valuable learning time. We need to close the private sale and gun show loopholes and introduce common sense gun reform to protect our kids and our community, and we need to empower our police to ensure those who present a danger to themselves or others don’t have access to firearms.

Larry Barnett (VA H27) Issue Statement

As a healthcare professional, I see gun violence as an epidemic and one of our top public health crises. I support common sense efforts to effectively reduce gun violence. This includes universal background checks whenever firearms are purchased and emergency protective orders that enable family members to temporarily remove firearms from loved ones during a crisis. I have been endorsed by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

David Zilles (VA H23) Issue Statement

Protecting our families and communities from gun violence by passing sensible gun reform measures such as Universal Background Checks, Red Flag Laws, and effective Child Access Prevention laws.

Jennifer Woofter (VA H22) Issue Statement

There are few topics more polarizing than gun rights. But studies show that we are more united than meets the eye. There are plenty of commonsense steps we can take right now to reduce unintended gun violence. Things like tax breaks for gun safes, restraining orders that stop domestic abusers and those in mental crisis from getting guns, and universal background checks. These issues have wide support across party lines.

Qasim Rashid (VA Sen-28) Issue Statement

Qasim Rashid’s experience with guns began in his childhood when his parents taught him responsible gun ownership. He believes in protecting the Second Amendment but ensuring violent felons, domestic abusers, and otherwise dangerous individuals do not have easy access to guns.

Gun violence is an epidemic in America, causing over 40,000 annual deaths, far surpassing every other developed nation and western democracy. Meaningful gun laws work, in which responsible citizens have access to firearms for self-defense and hunting needs, however our citizens and schoolchildren protected from mass shooters and terrorists.

Responsible gun laws don’t curtail freedom, happiness, safety, and/or national peace — they support freedom, happiness, safety, and national peace. We can see how by looking at just four representative democracies as examples—Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, and New Zealand. Each are developed western societies with comparable economies, living standards, and demographics to the United States. Here’s what we learn by looking at these nations:

Each of these countries rank well ahead of America in the freedoms, happiness, safety, and peace that its citizens enjoy.

The conservative leaning Cato Institute’s annual human freedom index reports that on personal freedoms, New Zealand ranks 1st, Australia ranks 4th, the United Kingdom ranks 8th, Germany ranks 13th, and the United States is 17th.

The World Happiness Report states that New Zealand ranks 8th, Australians rank 10th in happiness, Germans rank 15th, Americans rank 18th, and the British rank 19th.

When it comes to the World Safety Index, New Zealand ranks 3rd, Australians are the 12th safest worldwide, Germans are 13th safest, the British are 35th safest, and Americans are only 49th safest.

Finally, looking at the Global Peace Index, New Zealand ranks 2nd, Australia ranks 13th, Germany ranks 17th, the British rank 57th, and the United States ranks an astounding 121st — ahead of only 42 countries.

If more unregulated guns truly meant more freedom, safety, happiness, and peace, America would lead each of these categories. Instead we lag far behind. Each of these vital components to a thriving democracy are stifled when guns fall into the hands of terrorists and extremists. However, democracy, freedom, safety, happiness, and peace thrive when people petition their governments to enact responsible gun laws.

As Senator, Qasim will work to assure the empowerment of Virginians to use guns responsibly, while enjoying the freedoms, happiness, safety, and peace that comes with that ownership.

Ronnie Ross (VA Sen-27) Issue Statement

I love being outdoors. Yes, that means hiking and camping, but it also means shooting. While I prefer a 10/22 rifle, I recognize that from sports to hunting, everyone has their firearm of choice. However, I also realize that we need basic, common sense rules for firearm ownership. This is why I support the need for a permit when concealed carrying. This is also why I am for universal background checks. I want to make sure that we keep guns out of the hands of people who do harm. I also want to be sure that, when I buy a gun, my seller is someone I can trust. Background checks protect everyone.

We also need to do a better job when it comes to educating for gun storage. Guns should be stored in a safe, they should be unloaded, and they should not have ammunition in the chamber. These same guidelines should apply to daycares, which is why I support legislation requiring daycares to lock up their guns.

Finally, Virginia should not be subject to the gun laws of other states. This is why I will fight against concealed carry reciprocity. Visitors to Virginia should be subject to our laws.

Annette Hyde (VA Sen-24) Issue Statement

I believe in Second Amendment rights, and I believe in gun safety. Virginia should have universal background checks and ban bump stocks, large capacity magazines and assault weapons. Domestic abusers and the mentally ill who are a danger to themselves and the community should not be allowed to own guns. If you have to be 21 years old to buy alcohol or tobacco products, you should be 21 years old to buy any type of firearm.