Virginia Lawmakers Pass Red Flag Gun Legislation

Headline Roundup January 23rd, 2020

The Virginia Senate passed a "red flag" gun law Thursday, one of several state gun control measures on the table that influenced a peaceful protest at the state Capitol two days ago. According to the bill's text, it's aimed at temporarily seizing firearms from people "posing substantial risk" to those around them. Similar laws have been passed in 17 other states and Washington D.C.

Many reporting outlets focused on Virginia's Democratic-controlled Senate passing the bill in a 21-19 party-line vote, as well as Tuesday's rally. Many, especially left- and center-rated sources, also concentrated on lawmakers' stated intentions to preserve due process within the bill.

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Red Flag Gun Legislation

From the Center
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As a Virginia Senate committee debated how to craft a policy allowing police to take guns away from people deemed dangerous, one Republican made an ominous warning about what could happen if the state starts sending officers up “Ruby Ridge Drive” to bang on the door.

“When they don’t answer the door,” said Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Russell, “… is this committee asking that that door be knocked down to find out what’s on the other side?”

It’s not clear how many of Chafin’s colleagues share his concern about the bill’s...

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From the Left
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RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate on Wednesday passed a "red flag" law that would allow authorities to temporarily seize the firearm of someone deemed a threat, a measure that was strongly opposed by gun rights advocates who swarmed the streets around the state Capitol on Monday.

The bill passed on a party-line vote of 21-19, with every Democrat in favor and every Republican against. Debate grew unusually sharp as some GOP senators suggested that the bill would violate the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

“Each legislator that votes in...

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From the Right
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Virginia Democrat lawmakers are pushing ahead with Red Flag Law legislation just days after thousands of gun owners rallied for the Second Amendment.

The Virginia Shooting Sports Association reports the Virginia Senate passed such legislation by a vote of 21 to 19.

It did not garner any Republican support.

The Virginia Mercury reports the Red Flag legislation is like similar legislation throughout the country, in that it allows court orders to be issued to prevent certain people from buying or possessing guns. These orders allow the confiscation of guns the...

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