Gun Control Bills Advance In Richmond

Assault Weapons Ban Pulled

January 13, 2020 - 4:30 pm

Andy Doernen/Newsradio WRVA


Richmond, Va. ( - The Senate Judiciary Committee forwarded several gun control bills Monday morning, on a day in which NRA members descended on the Capitol to make their views known.  The crowd, plus the new gun restrictions at the Capitol, led to long lines to enter.

Among the bills approved, along party lines, was a re-instatement of the one-handgun-a-month law, as well as universal background checks, and a red flag law.  Red flag laws would allow police, with a court order, to temporarily seize the guns of a person determined to be a hazard to themselves or others.  The committee did strike, or withdraw, Senator Dick Saslaw's (D-Fairfax) assault weapons ban proposal.  The bill was often discussed as a "confiscation" bill.  Saslaw himself admitted issues with the bill's wording.

The measures still have multiple steps before they would become law.