Richmond, Va, -- This afternoon, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter’s (R-Prince William) HB560, making it legal to brandish a firearm if there is no intent to induce fear, passed the Virginia Senate on a party-line vote.

Said Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax), “Intent notwithstanding, brandishing a firearm is an inherently threatening act. It’s a fine line, but we need to err on the side of public safety.”

Said Senator Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax), “When you’re walking down the street, how do you know if that man over there is a good guy with a gun or a bad guy with a gun? All I know is he’s brandishing a gun, and that is not conducive to a safe and peaceful community. Lawful open carry, with or without brandishing, scares the heck out more people than you can imagine." 

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