Virginia Republicans Plan To Expand Gun Rights

Virginia Republicans have won both the legislative majority as well as the governorship. They are now pushing legislation to repeal the gun laws passed under the former Democratic Governor. Ralph Northam. 

Northam will be a major player in 2020 Signed billsThis ban prohibited handgun purchases exceeding one per 30 day period. 

Second Amendment supporters raised objections to these bills. It is counterintuitive to try and win a victory lap over such controversial issues at a moment when Virginians are purchasing firearms at an unprecedented pace in order to protect their family and themselves. House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert stated in official statement

Virginia Republicans are now in control Prepared Each individual will have their own list of billsExpand legal protections for gun sellers and gun owners. 

Senate Bill 75Virginians would be allowed to legally own firearms and explosive material within state buildings such as the Capitol Square and Virginia Capitol. It is currently considered a crime to carry firearms or explosive materials in such locations. 

Republicans plan to also eliminate the requirement for concealed handgun permit applicants to attend an in-person competency course. It is proposed to repeal the requirement that concealed handgun permit applicants attend a competency course in person. H.B. 292, would allow permit seekers to demonstrate competence through participation in online, video, or electronic courses administered by a state-certified or National Rifle Association–certified firearms instructor. 

H.B. H.B.204 states that the period of time buyers wait to have their criminal record checked will be reduced from five days to three. It is directly reversed by Ralph Northam’s H.B. 2128. A state police officer may tell a gun dealer that background checks information won’t be made available for three business days. The dealer could legally conclude the transaction.

H.B. 23 will attempt to abolish a prohibition on guns in places religious worship. According to the law in force, carrying a weapon into a church is considered a misdemeanor. 

D.J. Spiker is the director of National Rifle Association Virginia. He believes these are good signs.  

The Second Amendment is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. It’s a constitutional rights.” He said.While Virginia still has a lot of work ahead of it to protect those rights, we have two legislative priorities: restoring preemption in Virginia and ending the confusion caused by anti-gun ordinances that were sprung up all over the state.