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Monday, February 1, 2010

Virginia Center for Public Safety Pushing "Gun Show Loophole" Bill

The Virginia Center for Public Safety, an anti-rights organization that appears to be affiliated with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, sent out an email this morning urging their supporters to contact members of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee and ask them to support SB595, the so-called "gun show loophole" bill.

This week, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee will vote on SB 595 , a bill that would close the Gun Show Loophole and require background checks on all firearm sales at Virginia's gun shows. Currently, only federally licensed dealers are required to conduct such checks - individuals who sell handguns and assault weapons as a "hobby" are exempt.
The docket for the committee's Wednesday meeting has not been posted on the LIS as of yet but the bill was not scheduled for this morning's meeting. So, gun owners need to be proactive and contact members of the committee now and urge them to oppose SB 595. Click on the individual members to view their contact information.

Marsh (Chairman), Saslaw, Quayle, Norment, Howell, Lucas, Edwards, Reynolds, Puller, Obenshain, McDougle, Deeds, Hurt, McEachin, Petersen

The VACPS is keying on Senators that have voted to defeat this bill in the past. Those members are Quayle, Norment, Edwards, and Reynolds. In addition, they are targeting Senator Deeds, who in the past had opposed this bill but in the last two years has switch, and Senators McEachin and Petersen, who have voted for the bill in the past. If you live in the districts of these committee members, please be sure to make you voice heard and urge them to oppose SB 595.

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