Gov. Northam outlines gun control policy agenda

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WRIC) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is promoting a series of gun-control measures he says promote public safety while still respecting individual gun rights.

The Democratic governor announced seven proposals at a Capitol news conference Friday ahead of the start of the legislative session next week.

The proposals include a so-called “red flag” measure to take away guns temporarily from people who are considered dangerous. A number of other states have passed similar measures since a mass shooting at a Florida high school last year.

All of the proposals have failed previously in the Republican-controlled General Assembly and will likely face a similar fate this year. But Northam and gun-control advocates say they believe there is a growing momentum on their side for stricter gun laws.

“We lose too many Virginians each year to senseless gun violence, and it is time we take meaningful steps to protect the health and safety of our citizens,” Governor Northam said in a release. “I look forward to opening a dialogue with the General Assembly on this legislative package of reasonable gun violence reforms, which appropriately balances Second Amendment Rights with public safety.”

Other proposals include a universal background check bill, protective order bill, child access prevention bill and a lost and stolen firearm bill that would require any person who loses or has a firearm stolen report it to law enforcement within 24 hours of discovery.

A state delegator and senator will also patron legislation to ban the sale, purchase, possession and transport of assault firearms in the Commonwealth. 

CLICK HERE for a full outline of the governor’s gun control policy agenda.

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