Washington, D.C., February 1, 2020 - Brady applauds the Virginia House of Delegates for passing HB 2295, a bill that would prohibit individuals from bringing firearms onto the grounds of the state Capitol and into buildings owned or leased by the Commonwealth, and HB 1992, a bill to prohibit those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes from purchasing a firearm.

Brady Senior Manager of State Policy Kelsey Rogers shared:

“The House of Delegates continues to demonstrate its commitment to keeping Virginians safe from gun violence and armed intimidation.

Following armed protests in Richmond over the last year where demonstrators carried long guns and military-style gear to intimidate lawmakers, the House of Delegates has prudently worked to ensure that such displays do not affect our legislative processes. This bill builds on the House of Delegates’ action earlier this week to prohibit firearms at polling places. Firearms have no place in our democratic processes and are a tool and symbol of intimidation when used to menace lawmakers and suppress free speech. You do not need a gun to pass or argue against a bill.

The House of Delegates has similarly acted to prevent gun violence in all its forms by passing HB 1992, which would prohibit individuals who have been convicted of assault and battery of a family or household member from being allowed to purchase or possess a gun. This bill will help to address the deadly link between firearms and domestic violence. We know that the presence of a gun in a home with a history of domestic violence increases the risk of homicide by 500 percent and that a woman is shot and killed by a former or current partner roughly every 16 hours in the United States. This bill will save lives.

The Virginia Senate must take up these bills without delay.”

About These Bills:

HB 1992 - This bill will prohibit those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes from purchasing a firearm.

HB 2295 – This bill prohibits bringing firearms onto the Capitol grounds, including within Capitol Square, the surrounding area, and into buildings owned or leased by the Commonwealth.

Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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