Guns.com A partisan vote Monday in the Virginia State Senate gave a green light for at least four controversial gun control bills to move forward.
In a party-line vote by the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee this week, measures to mandate background checks for private gun transfers, make it easier for police to seize guns, ration handgun purchases to one per month, and allow cities and towns to pass their own local gun restrictions.
“The Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee met today and wasted no time in passing gun control bills as their first order of business,” noted the NRA in a statement.
The measures, as outlined by the pro-gun group:
SENATE BILL 35 WILL DESTROY VIRGINIA’S FIREARM PREEMPTION LAWS BY ALLOWING LOCALITIES TO CREATE NEW “GUN-FREE ZONES” IN AND AROUND PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PARKS. CRIMINALS WILL IGNORE THESE RESTRICTIONS, LEAVING LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS UNABLE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND THEIR LOVED ONES.
SENATE BILL 69, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS “ONE-GUN-A-MONTH,” WOULD IMPOSE AN ARBITRARY ONE GUN LIMIT ON AN INDIVIDUAL’S RIGHT TO LAWFULLY PURCHASE A HANDGUN WITHIN 30 DAYS.
SENATE BILL 70 WOULD BAN MANY SALES AND TRANSFERS BETWEEN PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT FIRST PAYING FEES AND OBTAINING GOVERNMENT PERMISSION. FIREARM SALES BETWEEN FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, OR FELLOW HUNTERS, WOULD NOT BE EXEMPTED. TRANSFERS BETWEEN FAMILY MEMBERS ARE ALSO LIKELY TO BE BANNED BASED ON THE VAGUE WORDING OF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION. THIS PROPOSAL WOULD HAVE NO IMPACT ON CRIME AND IS COMPLETELY UNENFORCEABLE.
SENATE BILL 240 LOOKS TO CREATE SO-CALLED “RED FLAG” GUN CONFISCATION ORDERS. THIS BILL WILL TAKE YOUR CONSTITUTIONALLY-GUARANTEED RIGHTS AND THROW THEM OUT THE WINDOW WITH INSUFFICIENT DUE PROCESS IN PLACE.