Gun Violence Prevention
Here’s the Problem
Our Commonwealth has witnessed countless lives lost — and many of whom were disportionately Black and Brown. Over the years, there has been a significant increase in mass shootings and homicide rates, and what’s more, research shows that the leading cause of gun deaths is suicide. This is an ongoing problem that deserves immediate and thoughtful attention.
My Plans as Governor
I respect the right to safe and legal gun ownership, and I also believe in making communities safer from gun violence. It’s also important that we go one step further to address the underlying inequities that fuel gun violence, including poverty, inequality, and mental illness.
As Governor, I will:
- End universal reciprocity for concealed carry permits.
- Establish and promote violence intervention initiatives aimed at tackling gun violence in neighborhoods and communities where it is most prevalent. These programs are community-centered and strengthen partnerships between “community members, law enforcement, and social and mental health service providers.”
- Coordinate with local governments to implement and improve gun buyback programs to ensure the removal of firearms commonly used in gun violence.
- Build on firearm training standards for concealed carriers to ensure everyone has information on basic gun handling, safe storage, and the hazards of gun ownership.
- Pass legislation to prohibit the sale of assault style weapons, including trigger activators, within the state and the possession of assault style weapons purchased outside of the state.
- Eliminate loopholes in the state code, such as the voluntary requirement for background checks at shooting ranges, that make it possible for dangerous individuals to access a weapon.
- Create a Director of Gun Violence Prevention within my administration.
- Allocate funding to create public awareness campaigns about Virginia’s red flag law.
My Record & Experience
During my time in the House of Delegates, I fought hard to make our communities safer in the Commonwealth. I continually supported evidence-based gun safety measures, advocating in honor of my friend in Petersburg who nearly lost his life to gun violence — and in honor of all Virginians affected by gun violence.
As a Delegate, I:
- Co-patroned legislation requiring background checks on all firearm sales. This bill repeals the voluntary requirement of background checks for prospective purchasers or transferees at firearm shows, also known as the “gunshow loophole.”
- Supported legislation for the fair, judicious, and temporary separation of firearms from those who pose a danger to themselves or others.
- Supported legislation to bolster community awareness of missing firearms by “requiring gun owners to report their lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement within 48 hours.”
- Voted in favor of limiting handgun purchases to one per 30 days.
- Supported legislation granting localities permission to ban firearms at certain buildings, parks, and community and recreational centers.
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