Don Beyer on Gun Control



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

Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer.

Beyer voted YEA the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".