Virginia Democrats Send Nearly 40 Anti-Gun Measures To Governor

by Vern Evans

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With nearly 40 anti-gun measures either already on Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s desk for consideration or headed there this week, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) is calling on all gun owners in the state to contact the governor as soon as possible.

“The first gun bills have finally landed on the governor’s desk and we need to act NOW!” the group said today in an action alert to members. “While we have no reason to believe that Gov. Youngkin won’t veto gun control bills, we dare not leave that to chance, as he has not said publicly what he will do. So, it is important that we have as many gun owners as possible contacting the governor.”

According to VCDL, after they sent an alert to members last Friday, 4,000 emails went to the governor.

“That’s a good start, but we can do way better than that,” VCDL told members. “Any gun-control bills the Governor vetoes will have zero chance of being overridden!”

In all, 37 anti-gun measures have passed the Assembly or will be passed and go to the governor this week. They range from banning so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines to instituting a five-day waiting period on gun purchases and allowing frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers for the criminal use of their lawfully produced products.

Here’s a full list of the measures that Gov. Youngkin will be considering. He has until mid-April to act on the legislation.

  • HB2, bans “assault firearms” and magazines holding more than 10 rounds made after July 1, 2024. The definition of “assault firearm” is expanded to capture more types of firearms. It also prohibits ownership of “assault firearms” by young adults.
  • SB2, bans “assault firearms” and magazines holding more than 10 rounds made after July 1, 2024. The definition of “assault firearm” is expanded to capture more types of firearms. It also prohibits ownership of “assault firearms” by young adults.
  • HB46, requires someone holding firearms for a prohibited person to be 21 or older and to live at a different address.
  • SB47, requires someone holding firearms for a prohibited person to be 21 or older and to live at a different address.
  • SB57, prohibits a CHP holder from carrying a concealed handgun on the premises of a restaurant or club that serves alcoholic beverages.
  • SB99, prohibits the carry of semi-automatic firearms with certain cosmetic features in public areas and removes an exemption for CHP holders.
  • SB100, requires serialization of homemade guns made after 1968.
  • HB173, requires serialization of homemade guns made after 1968.
  • HB175, prohibits the carry of “assault firearms” in public areas, regardless of whether they are loaded, and removes an exemption for CHP holders.
  • HB183, requires all firearms in a home, that are not being carried by the owner, to be locked up if there is a minor present.
  • SB225, requires schools to text or email subjective information on guns to parents at the start of a school year.
  • SB258, expands the things a judge can consider and must consider when issuing an Extreme Risk Protection Order (Red Flag).
  • SB273, requires a five-day waiting period for firearm sales.
  • HB318, allows for frivolous lawsuits against the gun industry in a blatant attempt to litigate a legitimate industry out of business.
  • SB327, makes it illegal for young adults to purchase an “assault firearm.” The definition of “assault firearm” is expanded to capture more types of firearms.
  • HB351, requires a person purchasing a firearm to sign certification that no minor lives in the home or a locking device must be included with the firearm.
  • HB362, adds “dating relationship” to the definition of a “domestic relationship” for purposes of prohibiting guns for misdemeanor domestic violence.
  • SB363, makes it unlawful to possess, sell, or distribute a firearm with an altered serial number.
  • SB368, requires all firearms in a home, that are not being carried by the owner, to be locked up if there is a minor present.
  • SB383, prohibits firearms in higher education buildings unless part of an authorized program or activity in that building.
  • SB447, creates a $500 fine and makes a vehicle subject to towing if there is a visible handgun inside an unattended vehicle.
  • HB454, prohibits firearms in higher education buildings unless part of an authorized program or activity in that building.
  • HB466, severely restricts recognition of out-of-state CHPs.
  • SB491, allows for frivolous lawsuits against the gun industry.
  • HB498, requires schools to text subjective information on guns to parents at the start of a school year.
  • SB515, prohibits firearms in hospitals.
  • SB522, removes NRA and USCCA training courses from the list of qualified training courses to get a CHP.
  • HB585, prohibits home-based Federal Firearms Licensees from operating within 1.5 miles of any elementary or middle school.
  • HB637, creates a training program to make more frequent use of Substantial Risk Orders (Red Flag).
  • SB642, adds “dating relationship” to the definition of a “domestic relationship” for purposes of prohibiting guns for misdemeanor domestic violence.
  • HB797, removes NRA and USCCA training courses from the list of qualified training courses to get a CHP.
  • HB798, takes away a person’s right to own a firearm for several misdemeanor convictions, including simple assault.
  • HB799, requires a person be fingerprinted when applying for a new or renewed CHP.
  • HB861, prohibits firearms in hospitals.
  • HB939, prohibits firearms within 100 feet of an electoral board, voter registration, voter satellite building, or a drop-off location or absentee voter precinct.
  • HB1174, makes it illegal for young adults to purchase an “assault firearm.” The definition of “assault firearm” is expanded to capture more types of firearms.
  • HB1195, requires a five-day waiting period for firearm sales.

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