Judge Rejects Gun Injunction Request

June 25, 2020 - 8:21 pm

(Matt Demlein, News Radio WRVA)


Goochland County, VA _  A Goochland County Circuit Court judge has rejected a request for an injunction to halt a new one-handgun-a-month law from taking effect on July 1st.   Judge Timothy Sanner found that the gun rights advocates were  unlikely to succeed in convincing the court that the law was unconstitutional.

Attorney General Mark Herring issued the following statement following the Thursday afternoon hearing:

“I am really pleased that the judge agreed with me today and rejected the gun lobby’s attempt to block the one-handgun-a-month law. Currently, Virginia is one of the easiest states in the country for gun traffickers to purchase large numbers of firearms to resell on the street, and we can’t allow that to continue,” said Attorney General Herring. “Virginia had a one-handgun-a-month law in effect for nearly twenty years that was extremely successful in keeping firearms out of our communities and out of the hands of dangerous individuals. 

“Virginians sent a clear message last November that they were ready for gun reform in the Commonwealth and the General Assembly delivered. Too many Virginians have lost their lives at the end of a gun and we cannot allow this status quo to continue. As Attorney General, my top priority is keeping Virginians, their families and their communities safe, which is why I am prepared to use every tool at my disposal to make sure that all of Virginia’s new gun violence prevention measures go into effect.”