SENATE DEMOCRATS ADVANCE COMMON-SENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION THROUGH VIRGINIA SENATE

Richmond  This afternoon, Senate Democrats advanced three common-sense gun safety measures through the Senate. Today's historic vote is the first time in at least ten years that gun safety legislation reported through the Senate committee, the Senate floor, and is now making its way to the House for a vote. 

The Senate passed the following bills today: 

  • One handgun a month - presented by Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie E. Locke (D-Hampton) SB 69.
  • Universal background checks - presented by Senate President Pro Tempore L. Louise Lucas (D- Portsmouth) SB 70.
  • Local Authority - presented by Senator Scott Surovell (D- Mount Vernon) SB 35.

"Today we celebrate yet another milestone in making Virginia a safer place," said Senator Locke. "Common-sense gun safety measures such as universal background checks, one handgun a month, and giving localities the authority to protect their residents are all simple measures that will save the lives of many Virginians. The safety and lives of all Virginians are not and should not be a partisan issue."

"I am ecstatic that the measure for universal background checks has advanced through the Senate with bipartisan support and is making its way to the House," said Senator Lucas. "Ensuring the safety of Virginians is of extreme importance, and one major step in guaranteeing the safety of all Virginians is keeping weapons out of the hands of dangerous people by requiring background checks for all gun purchases."

"Assault weapons and farmers markets don't mix," said Senator Surovell. "Our legislation allows localities to protect their residents from firearm violence in their buildings, parks, and community events."

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