RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats in Virginia are trying to make the public case for greater gun restrictions ahead of a special legislative session next month spurred by the fatal shooting of 12 people at a city office.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginia’s governor has set a July 9 start date for a special legislative session on gun-related legislation after last week’s deadly shooting rampage in Virginia Beach.
RICHMOND, Va. -- In the wake of Friday's mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to address gun violence and Virginia's gun laws.
Virginia is for (gun) lovers.
There's no other way to explain it.
There was a mass shooting in Virginia Beach last week. And Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, says he'll call lawmakers back to the state's capital to try and tighten gun control laws in Virginia. Northam says not enough has changed since 2007, when a student at Virginia Tech killed 32 people. Ben Paviour with member station WCVE in Richmond has this story.
Preliminary grades for the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly.
Trigger activators designed to increase the rate of fire of firearms; prohibition; penalty. Prohibits the manufacture, importation, sale or offer to sell, possession, transfer, or transportation of a trigger activator, which includes a trigger crank or bump-fire device, that is designed to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun. A violation is punishable as a Class 6 felony.
Provides that any person who negligently leaves a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of any person under the age of 18 is guilty of a Class 6 felony. Current law provides that any person who recklessly leaves a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of any child under the age of 14 is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.
Possession or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes; restoration of rights; penalty.
Action against parents for minor knowingly possessing a firearm on school property; civil liability. Creates a civil cause of action against the parent, guardian, legal custodian, or other person standing in loco parentis of a minor for injury to the person or property of another or for wrongful death resulting from the minor knowingly possessing a firearm on school property if it can be shown by clear and convincing evidence that the minor came into possession of such firearm because of the failure of the civil defendant to reasonably secure the firearm. The bill provides that any recovery from the parent, guardian, legal custodian, or other person standing in loco parentis of such minor shall not preclude full recovery from such minor, except to the amount of recovery from such parent, guardian, legal custodian, or other person standing in loco parentis.
Localities; regulation of firearms in government buildings. Allows localities and authorized agents of such localities to regulate the possession of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof in, or the carrying of such items into, any building owned or used by such locality for governmental purposes. The bill also removes the prohibition against a locality regulating the purchase, transfer, ownership, carrying, storage, or transporting of such items. Current law prohibits localities from adopting or enforcing any ordinance, resolution, or motion regarding firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof, except workplace rules relating to terms and conditions of employment of the workforce or unless such ordinance, resolution, or motion is expressly authorized by statute.
Children in need of services; disposition; certification by parent that firearms are reasonably secure. Provides that if a child is found to be in need of services or a status offender, the juvenile or circuit court that permits the child to remain with his parents may require the parent to certify that any firearms located in the house where such child and his parent reside are reasonably secure as to prevent such child's access.
Control of firearms; permitted events. Authorizes any locality by ordinance to prohibit the possession or carrying of firearms, ammunition, or components or any combination thereof in a public space during a permitted event or an event that would otherwise require a permit. The bill contains technical amendments.
Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence. Removes the option for concealed handgun permit applicants to demonstrate competence with a handgun by completing an electronic, video, or online course conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor. The bill does not affect any in-person means of satisfying the requirement to demonstrate competence with a handgun under current law.
Control of firearms; libraries owned or operated by localities. Allows a locality to adopt an ordinance that prohibits firearms, ammunition, or components or a combination thereof in libraries owned or operated by the locality.
Creates a Class 5 felony for any person who manufactures, imports, sells, transfers, or possesses any firearm that after removal of all parts other than a major component, defined in the bill, is not detectable as a firearm by the types of detection devices, including X-ray machines, commonly used at airports for security screening. The bill also updates language regarding the types of detection devices that are used at airports for detecting plastic firearms.