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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 of Delegates 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 an extreme risk protection order when an individual exhibits dangerous warning signs.
“Virginians worked overtime to see gun sense champions elected to office, and today, we’re seeing that work pay off,” said Michelle Sandler, a volunteer with the Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We’re thrilled to see lawmakers in the House pass life-saving legislation that would keep guns from those who shouldn’t have them, including those who pose a serious risk to themselves or others. This puts us all one step closer to common-sense gun safety in Virginia.”
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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