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Friday, October 6, 2017

RTD: McAuliffe Says He'll Seek New Gun Restrictions in Virginia After Las Vegas Massacre

If we did not already know that this year's election is important to gun owners, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported earlier today that Governor Terry McAuliffe will seek new gun ban initiatives as he walks out the door.  McAuliffe, who cannot seek reelection, knows any such legislation faces an uphill battle, but according to the RTD, his intent is more cynical than realistic, hoping to put GOP candidates in a tough position in the final weeks of the campaign having to defend their opposition to his proposals after the Las Vegas shooting:
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that he'll seek new gun-control legislation in Virginia in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, including bans on bump stock devices, high-capacity magazines and "military-style assault rifles."

McAuliffe has already pushed unsuccessfully for universal background checks and restoring the state's scrapped one-handgun-a-month law, but the Republican-controlled General Assembly has routinely blocked new gun restrictions.

The legislation McAuliffe called for Friday would also face steep odds, but the announcement might put Republican lawmakers on the defensive with all 100 seats in the House of Delegates up for grabs in next month's election.
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