Earlier today, Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) announced his intention to promote a “reasonable” package of legislation aimed at “preventing gun violence” and “improving “the safety of Virginia’s citizens and communities” during the upcoming General Assembly session in Richmond, VA. Session will commence on January 9th.
“We lose too many Virginians each year to senseless gun violence, and it is time we take meaningful steps to protect the health and safety of our citizens,” said Governor Northam. “I look forward to opening a dialogue with the General Assembly on this legislative package of reasonable gun violence reforms, which appropriately balances Second Amendment Rights with public safety.”
This morning I announced a broad package of reasonable legislation to prevent gun violence and improve Virginia's public safety. I look forward to having a dialogue with the General Assembly this session on these important issues. pic.twitter.com/g8qapNqqbe
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 4, 2019
The provisions included in this package are the following:
- Establishing an Extreme Risk Protective Order
- Reinstating the previously enacted One Handgun a Month law;
- Prohibiting individuals subject to final protective orders from possessing firearms under red flag laws;
- Banning so-called “assault firearms”—largely semi-automatic in nature
- Preventing children from accessing firearms
- Requiring individuals to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement more quickly
- Banning magazines exceeding 10 rounds
Virginia gun owners should contact their state lawmakers and attend Lobby Day on January 21st, 2019, to lobby their delegates and state senators to vote down this legislation.