Senate Democrats Support Gun Violence Reforms, Slam Republicans for Short-Sighted Views on Public Safety

Richmond—Today, during the 27th Annual Vigil and Advocacy Day, Senate Democrats stand in support of commonsense gun reforms like universal background checks, extreme risk laws, and child safety laws. Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), and Gun Violence Prevention Caucus co-chair Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) made the following statements:

“More than 90% of Virginians support commonsense gun reform measures, such as universal background checks, yet Senate Republicans continue to play party politics and block these measures from a floor vote,” said Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax). “Every day that we wait to pass commonsense safety reforms, more lives are lost. I urge my Senate colleagues to put people before politics and do what is needed to protect our communities.”

“Last year, we lost 1,028 Virginians to senseless acts of gun violence, leaving thousands of loved ones in the wake. Despite this large number, Senate Republicans, once again, failed to support common sense gun violence prevention legislation this year,” said Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke (D-Hampton). “The public outcry is too great to ignore—we must pass meaningful legislation to keep our communities safe.”

Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), co-chair of the bicameral Gun Violence Prevention Caucus stated:

“After years of obstructionist policies that stand in the way of meaningful gun reforms, I have a message for my Republican colleagues: lead, follow, or get out of the way. Republicans have chosen not to lead on gun violence prevention, they refuse to follow any measures set forth by Democrats, and now it’s time for voters to get them out of the way.”

Read a full list of commonsense gun reform measures introduced by Democrats and defeated by Republicans on a party-line vote here.

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