RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Lawmakers in the Virginia Senate passed three gun measures Thursday that would require background checks on all firearm sales, limit gun purchases to one in a 30-day period and allow localities to ban guns from public buildings, parks and events.

The state Senate advanced all three bills mainly along party lines, with Senate Bills 35 and 69 passing 21-19 and Senate Bill 70 getting through with a 23-17 vote.

Thursday’s votes came as gun-rights advocates filed a lawsuit demanding an immediate block on Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order temporarily banning firearms and other weapons on Capitol grounds and the arrests of three suspected neo-Nazi members who allegedly discussed traveling to Richmond for a pro-gun rally scheduled on Monday.

The suspects face several charges after reportedly possessing several firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

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