Updating the list of bills on the VSSA web site, it became evident that State Senator David Marsden has become the point man for bills at the top of the gun ban lobby's list. Here's the list of what he has pre-filed ahead of tomorrow's opening of the 2016 Session of the General Assembly:
SB 95 Use of firearm in commission of crime; civil liability
SB 96 Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty
SB 97 Handguns; establishes limitation on purchases, penalty
SB 184 Firearms magazines, certain; prohibition of sale, transfer, etc., penalties
SB 185 Firearms, loaded; prohibits carrying certain firearms in public places, exception
SB 186 Concealed handgun permits; proof of competence, training courses
SB 187 Transfer of firearms; permit required
SB 217 Firearm or pneumatic gun; allowing access by children, penalty
Of the 21 firearm related bills introduced in the State Senate, Marsden has 1/3 of them. And when you look at just the anti-rights bills of the 16 intoduced, Marsden has almost half. If Marsden gets his way, an individual would have to get a permit to sell a firearm from his or her personal collection (SB187), parents teaching their six year-old child firearm safety with an air rifle or pistol would be guilty of Class 1 misdemeanor (the most serious) (SB217), and would effectively end open carry (SB 185).
VSSA's legislative team is already hard at work talking to legislators ahead of the official opening of the session. VSSA will be there the entire session protecting the rights of Virginia's gun owners. Be sure to check this blog and the VSSA web site regularly for updates, as well as subscribe to the VSSA email list as our weekly eBullet will provide a wrap-up of the weekly activity.