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Gov. Northam signs gun safety legislation into law

11 April 2020 News


Gov. Northam has signed several gun violence prevention measures into law, in what’s being called a historic moment for the Commonwealth.

“We lose too many Virginians to gun violence,” said Northam. “These commonsense laws will save lives.”

The new laws are as follows:

  • Background checks are required on all firearm sales in Virginia
  • An Extreme Risk Protective Order has been established, allowing law enforcement to temporarily separate a person from their firearms when they represent a danger to themselves or others
  • Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month rule has been reinstated to help curtail stockpiling of firearms and trafficking
  • Gun owners must report their lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement within 48 hours or face a civil penalty
  • Recklessly leaving a loaded, unsecured firearm in the presence of children has been raised from a Class 3 misdemeanor to a Class 1

Northam also proposed amendments to bills regarding protective orders and the regulation of firearms in public places. More details on these amendments as well as on the aforementioned new laws can be found in the Governor’s News Release.

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