State of Virginia Archives: on Gun Control


Terry McAuliffe: Restore the one handgun a month law

We can no longer stand by as our fellow Virginians are lost to preventable and senseless acts of gun violence. As a gun owner myself, I fully believe that law-abiding citizens have a right to responsibly own and carry firearms. But as we have learned from far too many tragedies here and across the country, there is a difference between responsible gun owners and those who violate the law or are likely to use firearms in a manner that endangers lives.

I have proposed several common sense bills aimed at keeping Virginians safe from gun violence without infringing on the rights of responsible, law abiding citizens. These proposals will keep guns out of dangerous hands by

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Virginia Legislature Jan 14, 2015

Don Beyer: Close gun show loophole; ban high capacity magazines

Gun violence and mass shootings have become all too common in our society, and we in Virginia have felt the tragic sting. We must make our communities safer. Last year, US gun deaths totaled 11,419--a heartbreaking statistic. This is the price we pay for the political fear some have of the NRA. When I ran for Governor, the NRA made me a target, and Charlton Heston came to Virginia and campaigned against me. But that won't deter me from passing new and sensible gun laws. In fact, it makes me even more determined.

We need enhanced background checks now. Too many criminals, & those who are dangerously mentally ill, can obtain firearms at gun shows. We have to close the gun show loophole, which allows people to purchase guns without background checks. I can't understand why the NRA opposes enhanced background checks, but we need to make this a priority. I also favor banning high capacity magazines. These magazines, in the hands of dangerously mentally ill people, have caused tragedy after tragedy.

Source: 2014 Virginia House campaign website, FriendsOfDonBeyer.com Oct 10, 2014

Ed Gillespie: Fight UN gun ban treaty, & fight bans on guns or ammunition

The National Rifle Association blanketed its home state--the group's HQ is in Fairfax County--with direct-mail material touting Ed Gillespie. Gillespie, the mailer says, is the antidote to the "Obama/Bloomberg gun control agenda." And more are expected.

The ad could have unintended consequences for Gillespie, who secured the nomination in part by courting tea party conservatives--but who is now trying to woo more-moderate general-election voters. Gillespie risks alienating the electorate in vote-rich Northern Virginia who may be turned off by Second Amendment rhetoric, especially after mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 and an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in 2012.

[In the NRA flyer], a smiling Gillespie appears alongside his pledge to "strongly oppose and fight against" Obama's "anti-gun nominees for the US Supreme Court," a UN gun ban treaty, any bans on guns and ammunition, a federal gun registration database and government approval for gun sales among friends and family.

Source: Washington Post PacWatch on 2014 Virginia Senate debate Aug 23, 2014

Mark Warner: Restrict but don't ban high-capacity magazines

The NRA [is distributing a mailer that says Ed Gillespie, Warner's opponent], is the antidote to the "Obama/Bloomberg gun control agenda." Warner's campaign declined to comment on the NRA mailings or his view on guns.

Warner has a complicated relationship with gun issues. In 2008, the NRA gave him an A--a grade the group says has expired; new rankings will come out soon. After the Newtown shooting, Warner declared his support for some gun-control measures and said: "There's got to be a way to put reasonable restrictions, particularly as we look at assault weapons, as we look at these fast clips of ammunition."

Yet four months later, his votes tell a different story. He voted against bans of high-profile assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and he supported efforts to protect gun owner privacy and grant rights to carry concealed weapons across state lines.

He did, however, vote for an unsuccessful compromise that would have expanded background checks for firearms purchases.

Source: Washington Post PacWatch on 2014 Virginia Senate debate Aug 23, 2014

Robert Sarvis: Gun-control measures fail to reduce violent crime

I support gun rights and the Second Amendment. My view is this: Proponents of restricting our freedoms bear the heavy burden of showing the necessity, propriety, and wisdom of their proposed regulations. Yet gun-control measures have repeatedly failed to reduce violent crime or criminals' access to guns. Instead, they burden law-abiding gun-owners and prospective gun-owners.

Gun violence and violent crimes have declined dramatically over the last two decades. If we want to reduce gun violence and violent crime further, the first place to look is our drug laws. Drug prohibition, like alcohol prohibition before it, has produced well-financed, well-armed, violent criminal enterprises.

I also object to the Republican Party's attempts to get the information of all concealed-carry permit holders in Virginia. Republicans claim to be in favor of freedom, gun rights, and privacy, but this once again shows that the GOP's self-interest comes before the rights of the people.

Source: Virginia Governor 2013 campaign website, robertsarvis.com Sep 21, 2013

George Allen: Instant criminal records check on all gun purchases

When I was a member of the General Assembly, it was my amendment that said that when anybody is buying a firearm that--regardless of the firearm--there will be an instant criminal records check. And I do believe those criminal records checks, including mental disorders or drug abuse, are indicated in any firearm purchases.
Source: CNN State of the Union on 2012 Virginia Senate debate Jul 22, 2012

George Allen: Endorsed by NRA for record of defending Second Amendment

The NRA endorsed Allen for the U.S. Senate citing his "stellar record of defending the Second Amendment" and protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms.

The NRA is America's leading organization promoting gun safety education and the Second Amendment with more than 70,000 current members nationwide. Allen said he is pleased with the endorsement. "It's a most significant honor to receive the important endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a great American organization with so many patriotic, active members throughout Virginia. The NRA supports law enforcement professionals, gun safety education and stands strong for our foundational Second Amendment rights. I have always been proud to support the natural rights of law-abiding citizens to protect their families and themselves. "In the U.S. Senate I will remain committed to defending our rights enshrined in our Constitution," said George Allen.

Source: Richmond Republican Examiner on 2012 Virginia Senate debate May 11, 2012

Jamie Radtke: Oppose the Clinton-Feinstein gun ban

U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Radtke has questioned the National Rifle Association's endorsement of former senator and Governor George Allen. "I know all too many gun enthusiasts who would dispute this endorsement," Radtke told the Richmond Republican Examiner.

This Thursday the NRA endorsed Allen for the U.S. Senate citing his "stellar record of defending the Second Amendment" and protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms. Radtke disputes this saying she has been to numerous gun shows all over the Commonwealth and the sentiment is overwhelming: "we don't need six more years of George Allen."

"Something is wrong when you have to lobby George Allen to make sure he votes right on guns," Radtke told the Examiner. "He caved in in an election year and declared his support for the Clinton-Feinstein gun ban. Need I say more?"

Source: Richmond Republican Examiner on 2012 Virginia Senate debate May 11, 2012

Jamie Radtke: Second Amendment avoids infringement on civil liberties

Radtke said she is concerned with what she called the government's "infringement on civil liberties," adding: "The best defense for Americans is the Second Amendment [the right to bear arms]."
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch on 2012 Virginia Senate debate Apr 28, 2012

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