Common-Sense Gun Safety Measures Advance through Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Richmond — Today, the Senate Democrats of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary reported common-sense gun legislation that limits handgun purchases to one handgun a month (SB 69), universal background check (SB 70), and extreme risk protection orders (SB 240). Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie E. Locke (D-Hampton), and the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee John Edwards (D-Roanoke) issued the following statements: 

"Today, we have laid the foundation to ensure that Virginia is a place where we are safe in our workplace, our children are safe at school, we are safe where we choose to worship, and that all of us are safe at home and in our communities” said Senator Saslaw. "Universal background checks, extreme risk protection orders, and a commonsense one gun a month policy are a big step forward to building a Commonwealth that is open and safe to everyone."

"We lose more than 1,000 Virginians to gun violence each year," said Senator Locke. "For years, the safety of Virginians has been ignored. Virginians have long cried out for common-sense gun measures such as universal background checks and red-flag laws. We listened, and we will deliver. Today's committee vote is the first step towards a safer Commonwealth for all." 

“There is no more time for inaction on these issues,” said Senator Edwards, "we must finally find consensus on what we can do to help keep the citizens of Virginia safe.”

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