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Brady Celebrates Passage of Two Common-Sense Gun Violence Prevention Bills in the Virginia House of Delegates

Bills to ban untraceable "ghost guns" and expand the time that police have to complete a background check will help ensure that those who should not legally possess a firearm are not able to obtain one.

Washington, D.C., January 27, 2021 – Brady celebrates the passage of two gun violence prevention bills in the Virginia House of Delegates. These bills, expanding the number of days for Virginia’s state police to complete a background check and banning ‘ghost guns’ in the Commonwealth, are common-sense, needed, and will make all Virginians safer. The House of Delegates was right to pass these without delay and Brady urges the Virginia Senate to quickly do the same.

Brady Senior Manager of State Policy Kelsey Rogers shared:

“The House of Delegates has acted to make Virginia safer from gun violence today, passing a bill banning ghost guns and 3-D printed firearms in Virginia and a bill to expand the number of days that the state police have to complete a background check. These bills will help to ensure that those who should not possess a firearm are not able to obtain one.

Expanding the number of days the Virginia state police have to complete a background check adds needed time for law enforcement to ensure that a prospective purchaser is not prohibited from owning a firearm. This is not abstract, federal data showed that from 2006 to 2015, 30 percent of background check denials involving misdemeanor domestic violence crimes took more than three business days to return. The number of background checks requested in Virginia broke records in 2020, with 716,563 checks for firearm sales in the first 11 months of the year, compared to the previous annual record of 505,722. We must give the state police extra time to adequately and comprehensively perform these background checks.

In the same way, banning ghost guns will help keep Virginians and Virginia’s law enforcement safe from a growing threat. Ghost guns are untraceable and can be purchased by any person, undermining all existing, common-sense state and federal gun safety laws. This bill will stop these weapons from proliferating across the Commonwealth where they are a weapon of choice for those seeking to circumvent public safety laws. We saw this last year, when the FBI arrested a white supremacist cell planning to incite racial violence using homemade ghost guns ahead of the planned, armed protest at Lobby Day in Richmond.

We urge the Virginia Senate to follow the House of Delegates’ example and to pass these bills at once.”

About the Bills:

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.

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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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