McAuliffe's Gun Control Proposals Die Quick Death in Virginia Senate

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe whined to the press Monday after a Republican Senate wasted no time in dispatching McAuliffe’s anti-freedom agenda:

A package of nine gun control measures that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made a centerpiece of his legislative agenda this year died Monday morning in a state Senate committee.

McAuliffe (D) announced in December that he would push for a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases, a requirement that buyers at gun shows undergo background checks, a ban on anyone subject to a protection-from-abuse order having a gun and the revoking of concealed-handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.

In a statement Monday after the bills died, McAuliffe said, “I am disappointed to see these common-sense measures to keep Virginians safe fall to special interest politics. Too many families in Virginia and across the nation have lost loved ones to gun crimes that these proposals could help prevent.”


Nothing in McAuliffe’s agenda was likely to have any effect on reducing crime, violent or otherwise. His schemes are nothing more or less than a laundry list of agenda items shared by all gun control supporters.

Two pro-gun bills passed out of committee, and a third was sent to the Senate finance committee. The bills that advanced were a preemption on local laws regarding the carrying of loaded long-guns, while the other would allow firearms on school campuses after school hours. The bill passed to the finance committee was a bill to make a concealed carry license a lifetime license, instead of the current five-years.

A grandstanding Democrat from Alexandria, Sen. Adam P. Ebbin, attempted to introduce a bill making it illegal for children four years or younger to use a firearm.

Ebbin’s bill was dismissed, apparently for its self-apparent lunacy.

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