Virginians have a right to enjoy public spaces, especially schools and churches, without fear of attack by someone with a firearm.
I propose specific policies to address this problem:
- Require comprehensive background checks and 10-day waiting periods for all gun transfers, including transfers between friends and family members.
- End firearm transfers at gun shows and require purchasers to appear in person at an established dealer to take possession of a firearm.
- Prohibit sale and possession of any weapon or magazine that permits firing more than 10 rounds without reloading.
- Prohibit sale and possession of any weapon with a maximum effective range over 200 meters without registration with and permit from the City Police or County Sheriff.
- Prohibit the carry of loaded firearms in public places, whether open or concealed.
- Limit firearm purchases to 3 in any 30-day period.
- Hold firearm owners criminally and civilly liable for misuse of their weapons whether intentional or accidental.
Government at all levels exists in large part to protect public safety, and we know one thing for sure: more guns – especially more powerful guns – mean more gun violence and needless death. More guns don’t save more lives. More guns lead to more suicide, homicide, and tragic accidents.