New laws take effect in Virginia

July 1st marked the beginning of some new laws going into effect around the Commonwealth.

Officers can now pull you over and issue a ticket for excessive load exhaust as a primary offense.

Catalytic converter theft is now a class 6 felony.

Another law that went into effect bans law enforcement agencies from establishing ticket quotas.

Quotas also can no longer be used to evaluate officer performance.

Marijuana laws have changed as well with possession of more than 4 ounces but less than a pound in public now deemed a misdemeanor.

Virginia also now allows hunting on Sundays at least 200 yards from places of worship.

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VA. Chambers pass a bill to allow Sunday hunting

According to the website lis.virginia.gov a bill passed both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly.

If signed by Governor Glenn Youngkin it will allow hunting on Sundays on both private and public land.

If approved and signed by the governor it will go into effect on July 1.

Opposition on religious grounds led to the amendment that hunting will not be allowed within 200 yards of a place of worship.

Originally the bill to ban hunting on Sundays was established in 1643 to protect the Christian Sabbath.

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