Washington, D.C., April 22, 2020 - Today, Brady applauds the Virginia General Assembly for passing two gun violence prevention policies from the ‘Governor’s Package.’ These policies will allow localities to regulate firearms in public buildings, parks, recreation centers, and during permitted events and will prohibit individuals subject to protective orders from possessing firearms, require them to turn over their firearms within 24 hours of being served with an order, and certify to the court that they have turned over their weapons. The passage of these bills completes the ‘Governor’s Package,’ save for a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. They will now head to Governor Ralph Northam for his signature.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Just this week, the President of the United States attempted to cast Virginia’s hard-earned progress as a ‘siege’ on the Second Amendment. But we know that his rhetoric is as hollow as it is inflammatory. Virginia voters demanded action on common-sense gun violence prevention measures, showing up last November in historic numbers and sending a gun violence prevention majority to both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time in a generation. This is not a siege. This is democracy in action and a reminder that elections have consequences.
The will of the voters has been realized today, as these bills now head to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Our Commonwealth will be safer because of the laws passed by the General Assembly this legislative session under the leadership of Speaker of the House of Delegates Filler-Corn, Senate Majority Leader Saslaw, and Governor Northam. We are grateful that they prioritized liberating our Commonwealth from the threat of gun violence.”
Governor Northam signed five policies in the ‘Governor’s Package,’ a suite of eight common-sense gun and public safety bills that were proposed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam during the 2019 special session but did not receive a vote that year in the General Assembly, into law on April 10, 2020. The passage of these policies completes the ‘Governor’s Package,’ save for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that the General Assembly will reconsider in 2021.
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.