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Brady Applauds Virginia Senate for Passing a Bill Banning Firearms at the Capitol

Washington, D.C., February 2, 2020 - Brady applauds the Virginia Senate for passing SB 1381, a bill that would prohibit individuals from bringing firearms into the buildings and onto the grounds of the state Capitol.

Brady Senior Manager of State Policy Kelsey Rogers shared:

“The Virginia Senate has acted in the best interests of all Virginians today by banning firearms on the Capitol grounds and other buildings owned by the Commonwealth.

In 2020, protestors armed with long guns and military-style gear staged multiple demonstrations with the intent of intimidating lawmakers and silencing the free flow of ideas. Firearms are not the same as signs or petitions and such displays have no place in our legislative processes. You do not need a gun to pass or argue against a bill. This bill will protect lawmakers and free speech in the Commonwealth.”

About This Bill:

SB 1381 – 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.

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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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