Virginia

"Red Flag Bill" Introduced in Virginia

HB 1763, introduced in the House of Delegates by Del. Rip Sullivan, is an extreme risk protection order bill that would allow law enforcement to ask a judge to prevent someone deemed a danger to themselves or others from buying or possessing firearms. From Truman Lewis, Fairfax News:

“Not only would this bill help stop horrific events like school shootings, it will help address one of the less talked-about crises in Virginia – suicide by firearm. Evidence from other states shows that this type of bill saves lives while remaining consistent with the Second Amendment. It is long past time for us in the Commonwealth to pass this critical bill to curb the emergency that is preventable gun violence,” Sullivan said.

The bill will be introduced in the Senate by Senator George Barker (D-VA39). “No one should lose a child, a spouse, a parent, or a friend because we would not take a gun away temporarily from someone who was a risk to use that gun to kill,” said Barker, of Alexandria.

Sullivan, whose district includes parts of Arlington and McLean, introduced similar bills during the 2017 and 2018 sessions, and the 2019 version reflects input from stakeholders ranging from law enforcement officials to gun safety advocates.

So far, seven states have had some form of ERPO legislation introduced for the 2109 legislative session. LEAP Forward is tracking action on HB 1763 and is grading support for the bill.