SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COMMENDS ACTIONS BY GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING TO TACKLE GUN VIOLENCE IN VIRGINIA
Richmond, Va -- This morning, Governor Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring announced executive actions designed to cut down the number of gun-related deaths in Virginia. They outlined a program which includes the establishment of a Joint Task Force to Prosecute Gun Crimes, a ban on carrying firearms in state government buildings, the establishment of a tip line for illegal gun activity, and renewed efforts to track guns used in crime and to encourage judges and prosecutors to seek gun forfeiture in felony cases.
Senator Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), Democratic Leader in the Virginia Senate, said,"In Virginia and across this nation, we have a very serious problem. Today the Governor has taken appropriate steps to ensure safety in the workplace for all government employees - not just elected officials in their respective chambers. VA is notorious for being the source in many gun crimes up and down the East Coast."
Senator Donald McEachin (D-Henrico), Chair of the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus, said, "The Second Amendment does not mean that criminals, domestic abusers, and those who are violently mentally ill are entitled to purchase guns. The actions that were outlined today and the Task Force that has been created, will help address gun violence right here in Virginia, and I look forward to working with the Governor and the Attorney General on these important initiatives.”