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RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded the Virginia House Committee on Public Safety for passing a slate of gun safety bills, including legislation to close dangerous gaps in Virginia’s background check laws and empower law enforcement to seek extreme risk protection orders when an individual exhibits dangerous warning signs.
“We’ve seen a sea change on gun safety in Virginia, and today’s vote is further proof of that,” said Nancy Spooner, a volunteer with the Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Last session, common-sense gun legislation wasn’t even given serious consideration, but thanks to the new gun sense majority, we’re one step closer to a safer Virginia. We’re grateful to our elected officials for taking a stand on gun safety.”
In November, gun safety was the number one issue for voters in Virginia and both chambers flipped to gun sense majorities — even in the NRA’s own backyard. Recent polling has continued to show that a bipartisan majority of Virginians favor gun safety laws, with large majorities supporting background checks and red flag laws.
On the first day of the 2020 legislative session, the Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action held their annual advocacy day and had more than 70 meetings with lawmakers to show their support. On Monday, as gun extremists descended on Richmond, Virginia to intimidate lawmakers, Moms Demand Action held a phone bank to support lawmakers who have stood up for common-sense gun safety policies. More than 100 volunteers with Moms Demand Action from Virginia and 23 states made nearly 3,000 calls on Monday alone.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
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