Virginia Senate Passes ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law Over Fierce Opposition

Virginia Senate
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Republican Sen. Amanda Chase called supporters of the legislation “traitors.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others, as the state moves closer to joining a growing number of states enacting so-called “red flag” gun laws.

The Democratic-led Senate voted for the bill despite fierce resistance from Republican lawmakers. GOP Sen. Amanda Chase called supporters of the legislation “traitors” and said the proposed law would embolden criminals and hurt law-abiding citizens.

Democrats said the bill could help prevent mass shootings and said similar laws have worked well in 17 other states. Democrats said the bill had been carefully crafted to preserve due process and protect individual rights.

The bill now moves to the House. It is one of several gun-control measures the new Democratic majority at the General Assembly is set to pass this year.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Associated PressCopyright Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Learn more about gun legislation being considered in Virginia:

Democratic Push to Ban Assault Weapons in Virginia Meets Resistance (From Within)

Bloomberg, Northam Push Back on Gun Law ‘Misinformation’ in Virginia

About the author

Avatar

EfficientGov Staff

EfficientGov is an independent information service providing innovative solutions to fiscal and operational challenges facing cities and towns around the world.