Virginia governor signs gun control bills into law

March blows past record for gun background checks amid coronavirus pandemic With the coronavirus pandemic in full swing, gun sales have been rocketing upwards as a result of fears over the worsening national crisis.

Ralph Northam, Virginia’s Democratic, blackface-wearing, gun-grabbing, abortion-loving-pediatrician governor, has signed Democratic legislation further entangling firearm owners with government regulators in the Commonwealth.

Northam signed five measures into law on April 10, including expanded background checks for all gun sales, reinstating the limit on handgun sales to one a month, and a “red flag” bill to allow authorities to temporarily seize guns from people deemed to be dangerous, The Roanoke Times reported.

Other measures increase penalties for allowing a firearm to get into the hands of a child younger than 14 and a requirement that gun owners report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement within 48 hours after discovering they are missing.

“This is an exciting day for me,” Northam said during a conference call with gun control advocates. “It was time to have our legislators come to Richmond and to take votes and pass laws, and that’s exactly what they did this year.”

Northam is sending two other proposals back to state lawmakers with recommended changes. One would allow local authorities to regulate firearms at certain buildings and events, and the other would ban those subject to protective orders from possessing firearms and require them to turn over firearms within 24 hours, according to the newspaper.

The measures come as the Democratic-led General Assembly has taken efforts to enact a slew of gun control measures. Republican state lawmakers have pushed back.

In July, they ended a special session called by Northam to take up gun control measures in 90 minutes. Gun rights advocates were able to water down some of the bills supported by the governor.


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