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Monday, December 15, 2014

Governor McAuliffe Rolls Out Gun Control Proposals

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that Governor Terry McAuliffe will travel to Arlington today to roll out several gun control proposals for the upcoming session of the General Assembly:
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday will call for a package of gun restrictions in Virginia, including a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that buyers at gun shows undergo background checks.

McAuliffe will also propose keeping guns away from people convicted of crimes related to domestic violence and revoking concealed-handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.

McAuliffe (D) will unveil his plan during a speech in Arlington County the day after the two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, according to a news release provided to The Washington Post.
Gun ban proponents have pointed to McAuliffe, who changed course late in the 2013 statewide campaign to vocally support gun control, as proof that it can be a winning issue.  At the time McAuliffe was enjoying a double digit lead in the polls.  He ended up winning by about 2% and some Democrats complained that latching on to Michael Bloomberg and his gun ban agenda may have hurt McAuliffe more than it helped.  Bloomberg dumped $1 million into advertising for McAuliffe late in the campaign.

McAuliffe also will propose giving move money to the State Police so that private owner that wants to conduct a background check on a prospective buyer at a gun show can do so.  He may want to look to Colorado before ponying up new taxpayer money for this proposal.  It turns out that the estimate of the number of background checks that would occur under the state's new so-called "universal background check" law were vastly over blown.

In any event, it's not likely that any of the proposals that will be unveiled today will gain much traction in the General Assembly.  VSSA will be vigorously opposing all legislation aimed at restricting the rights of Virginia's gun owners.

I had the opportunity to discuss this with Cam Edwards of Sportsman Channel's NRANews Cam and Company on Monday afternoon.
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