Washington, D.C., January 23, 2021 – Brady urges the Virginia House of Delegates to quickly pass five gun violence prevention bills passed out of committee last week. These bills, four passed by the Public Safety Committee and one passed by the Privileges and Elections Committee, will make Virginia materially safer.

Brady Senior Director of State Policy Kelsey Rogers Shared:

“Following the historic 2020 legislative session, the General Assembly continues to prioritize common-sense gun violence prevention bills to keep Virginians safe. The bills passed will help to keep weapons out of the hands of domestic abusers, improve the state’s background check system, ban the sale of untraceable ghost guns, and ban guns from the state’s Capitol grounds and buildings. Each of these will help prevent gun violence in all of its forms.

Furthermore, the bill banning firearms from polling places and from locations where recounts and meetings are held is a needed step to safeguard our elections and protect voters and state workers from intimidation. All of these policies, taken together, will help to keep residents of the Commonwealth safe, whether in their homes, out in public, raising their voice at the state Capitol, or exercising their rights at the ballot box.

We urge the House of Delegates to pass these bills at once.”

About the Bills:

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

HB 2081 – This bill will prohibit bringing firearms within 40 feet of a polling place, or any building being used during an electoral board meeting or location of a recount.

HB 2128 – This bill expands the number of days that the Virginia state police have to complete a background check from three to five business days.

HB 2276 – This bill prohibits the manufacture, import, sale, transfer, or possession of ghost guns and 3-D printed firearms.

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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