At a press conference, our wonderful Gov. Northam said he will try again next legislative session to pass some of the failed gun control bills from the 2020 session.
Nonetheless, several bills received Northam’s signature this year and they are:
1: Senate Bill 70 and House Bill 2 impose mandatory fees on private sales of firearms. Not paying fees on these sales would subject individuals to criminal penalties. Sales between friends, neighbors, or hunting companions are not exempt from Virginia’s new universal background check law.
2: Senate Bill 69 and House Bill 812 place limits on an individual’s right to purchase a handgun. Now, prospective gun owners are limited to only one handgun purchase a month unless you have a CCW permit.
3: Senate Bill 240 and House Bill 674 are “Red Flag” gun confiscation orders that allow for the seizure of a person’s firearm without due process. Dubious allegations are all that’s needed for law enforcement to confiscate firearms under this law. In passing this law, Virginia became the 18th state in the nation with red flag laws on the books.
4: House Bill 9 penalizes gun owners who either lose or have their firearms stolen if they don’t report them within a 48-hour time window of being lost or stolen.
Other bills, including Senate Bill 35 and House Bill 421, were sent back to the General Assembly for amendments. Under these bills, Virginia’s firearm preemptions law would be undermined by provisions that allow for municipalities to carve out new, so-called “gun-free zones” at government buildings, parks, and government-approved events. Like other gun-free zones, these new civilian disarmament zones will function as safe spaces for criminals.
Once again, this is why we ALL need to vote at EVERY upcoming election!!!