So far, House Republicans have killed fourteen Democratic gun control bills, following earlier defeats of anti-gun legislation by Senate Republicans. Only four gun control bills remain alive in the House.
Governor Northam and Democratic Minority Leader Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) have made gun control a leading priority for the legislative session, proposing broad new restrictions on law-abiding gun owners, including: bans on commonly-owned semiautomatic firearms, the passage of firearms confiscation measures lacking due process, a prohibition on private party transactions, and a reinstitution of Virginia’s “One Handgun a Month” law, previously repealed in 2012.
Gun rights supporters with the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) slammed the proposal as “California-style gun control” which they said represented the broadest attempt to restrict firearms ever introduced in Virginia.
The House action comes a week after the state Senate killed legislation pertaining to Red Flag laws, limits on the number of handguns purchased in a month, and nine other bills promoted as part of the Governor’s agenda.