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Virginia Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, Everytown Applaud Virginia Senate For Passing Life-saving Background Check Legislation

Last Week, Volunteers with Moms Demand Action Held an Annual Advocacy Day to Meet With Lawmakers on the First Day of Session

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund was the Largest Outside Investor in Virginia’s 2019 Elections, Spending $2.5 Million 

RICHMOND, Va. —The Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded the Virginia Senate for passing legislation which closes dangerous gaps in Virginia’s background check laws.

“Lawmakers are listening to the vast majority of Virginians who support common-sense gun safety laws,” said Nancy Spooner, a volunteer with Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Even as a vocal minority of gun extremists prepare to descend on the Capitol on Monday, it’s clear we finally have elected officials who will stand up for gun safety.”

“Lawmakers in the Virginia Senate are doing what we elected them to do: passing legislation to keep our communities, families, and schools safe,” said Jed Baul, a volunteer with the Virginia Commonwealth University chapter of Students Demand Action. “They won’t be intimidated by gun extremists, and neither will we.”

More information about the legislation passed today:

  • SB 70, which would require a background check on all firearm sales and help close a dangerous loophole that makes it easy for convicted felons, domestic abusers, and other prohibited purchasers to buy guns. Recent polling by the Center for Public Policy shows that a bipartisan majority of Virginians favor gun safety laws, with large majorities supporting background checks and red flag laws. While the committee amended the bill, weakening the language originally introduced by Senator Lucas and supported by Governor Northam, Moms Demand Action volunteers will continue to urge legislators to enact the kind of comprehensive background check legislation supported by the majority of voters across the Commonwealth.