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Virginia: For lovers, background checks and medical marijuana

Virginia voters like their guns, but they also like background checks for gun buyers, in addition to medical marijuana and Medicaid.


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Warner, Kaine, on failed Senate gun votes

The U.S. Senate blocked two measures to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists and expand the criminal background check system.


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McAuliffe statement on passage of gun safety legislation

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement today after the Senate of Virginia voted to pass two pieces of gun safety legislation.


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Creigh Deeds: Snow, guns and Nelsonite

Many elected officials view the issue of guns in black or white terms. Legislators either vote for gun control or they vote to protect the Second Amendment.


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Tim Kaine introduces bill to end gun industry liability shield

The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act would ensure that the gun industry is not shielded from liability.


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House Democrats release Terrible Bill Watch List

House Democrats are highlighting some of the bills that are the most troubling introduced in the 2016 session.


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Bernie Sanders backs measure to amend firearms manufacturer liability law

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday made good on his promise to support legislation to amend a 2005 law on firearms manufacturers’ liability.


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Obama’s tears for ableist fears

President Obama has said he’ll increase the efficiency of background checks. Obama’s reasoning comes from the belief that gun violence is on the rise.


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Property dispute leads to gun charges in Waynesboro

The Waynesboro Police Department arrested a Lyndhurst man on several misdemeanor charges stemming from a property dispute between two men that escalated into an armed showdown.


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Fact sheet: Obama executive actions on gun violence

President Obama is set to announce executive actions on Tuesday aimed at curbing gun violence. The White House released a fact sheet detailing the actions late Monday.


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Poll: Latest views on guns, mass shootings

Republicans are less likely than Democrats – and, in some cases, even gun owners – to see gun violence as a greater threat than terrorism, and are more likely to advocate for more guns as a way to reduce shootings, according to results from the latest Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll.


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Sen. Tim Kaine introduces bill to hold gun owners responsible for sales to prohibited buyers

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act to hold people responsible if they sell or transfer a firearm to someone who is barred by federal law from possessing firearms.


Tim Kaine delivers Senate floor speech on eighth anniversary of Virginia Tech shooting

In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine marked the eighth anniversary of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, highlighting the resilience of survivors and the entire Virginia Tech community, and challenging Congress to stand up against groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA) by taking action to reduce gun violence in America, including passage of comprehensive background check legislation.


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Tim Kaine co-sponsors gun safety legislation in Senate

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) today to introduce the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, a common-sense bill that bans the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition and are designed for shooting en masse.


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Toscano gun safety bill killed in House subcommittee

House Republican members of Subcommittee #1 of the House Committee for Militia, Police, and Public Safety voted to kill legislation carried by Democratic Leader David Toscano (D-57) to provide resources for voluntary background checks to be conducted for sales between individuals at gun shows.


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Backroom deals killing Virginia gun safety bills?

Less than two weeks into the General Assembly session, Republican lawmakers have resorted to backroom deals in order to kill a package of gun safety bills in an effort to avoid attracting attention from the media and public.


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State Senate defeats Republican bill to allow guns on school property

This afternoon, the Senate defeated Senator Tom Garrett’s (R-Buckingham) SB 1132, a bill to allow guns onto school property outside of “normal school hours” – that is, at times when communities of faith, civic organizations, and other outside groups could easily be using school facilities.


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Democratic Leader David Toscano on Republican vote on gun safety bill

House Democratic Leader David Toscano (D-57) released the following statement on the House Republican Caucus killing multiple bills that would provide commonsense gun safety reform.


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House Republicans reject legislation to disarm stalkers, domestic abusers

A Virginia House committee today refused to take common-sense steps to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals who have been convicted of crimes including domestic violence, sexual battery and stalking.


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Senate committee changes vote to protect women over guns

In a dramatic turn of events, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 10-4 today to approve SB 943, a bill that would prohibit those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, sexual battery, and stalking from purchasing and possessing firearms.


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Senate committee should capitalize on second chance to prioritize lives of women over guns

Following a controversial vote on Monday, a Virginia Senate committee will again on Wednesday consider a bill that would prohibit those convicted of domestic violence, sexual battery, and stalking from purchasing and possessing firearms.


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Virginia Senate Republicans go extreme on guns measures

The Republican-controlled Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted in party-line or near party-line votes to defeat bills to close the gun show loophole, institute universal background checks, and keep guns out of the hands of very small children.


Ken Plum: Virginia General Assembly session under way

The General Assembly convened for its annual session on January 14. Although the session scheduled to adjourn at the end of February is termed “the short session,” it will have a full agenda of opportunities and challenges.


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Playoff Preview: Can Oregon run away from resilient Florida State?

Florida State almost seems to want you to get up big on them. Double digits? Psshaw. Two touchdowns? Three touchdowns? Don’t throw us in that briar patch.


Ken Plum: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

The editorial in the September 21, 1897 New York Sun, responding to a letter from eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon who had inquired about whether there was a Santa Claus, has become the most reprinted newspaper editorial, according to the Newseum.


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The other side of gun violence, mental illness, justice

A guy shoots up a school, the right howls about not giving up Second Amendment rights because of random gun violence, says it’s mental illness, does nothing about mental illness.


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Governor McAuliffe announces legislation to prevent gun violence

Governor McAuliffe today announced a series of legislative proposals aimed at protecting Virginia residents and families through common-sense gun violence prevention efforts.


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David Swanson: 57 candidates and nothing on

I was lucky to attend a debate among the candidates for Congress from Virginia’s Fifth District just before Game 7 of the World Series. This was the kind of event you can write about while drinking beer and yelling at a television with your family. In fact, I’m not sure there’s any other way you could write about it.


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Facebook says no to self-defense ad, says it promotes violence?

An independent consultant for Damsel in Defense was blocked by Facebook from using the social-media platform to promote her like page. The reason: the page, according to Facebook, “promotes violence.”


Pushing buttons? Open carry guys seem to want their guns taken away

The open carry gun groups sure are getting what they want. If what they want is more public pressure to put restrictions on gun rights.


Ken Plum: Preventing gun violence

The total number of people killed by guns, suicide and accidental deaths between Newtown and December 2013 is 12,042. With all the fear and anguish brought on by these shootings, little has been done to address the issue in Congress or in state legislatures.


Search warrants yield drugs, cash, guns in Waynesboro

The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a Waynesboro man on drug and weapon charges after detectives and officers with the Department’s Special Operations Division executed two search warrants at city residences overnight.


Captain Mark Kelly statement on anniversary of Virginia Tech Massacre

Captain Mark Kelly, Co-Founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, issued the following statement on the 7th anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre.


Ken Plum: A Letter from Newtown

On the fourteenth of each month, the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, I join dozens of others at a vigil at the National Rifle Association headquarters to remind everyone of the need for sensible gun safety measures. After the most recent vigil, I got an email from Erin Nikitchyuk in Newtown, Conn., which I share with her permission to remind us of how we all need to be concerned about this issue.


State Senate committee votes to kill two pro-gun bills

Democrats in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted Wednesday to curb gun violence by stopping two House bills that would have weakened existing regulations to keep dangerous weapons including machine guns and bazookas out of public circulation and recognize more easily obtained out-of-state concealed carry permits.


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Universal background check bill fails in Senate committee

Monday morning, after hearing testimony from veterans, anti-gun violence experts, and victims of gun violence, the Senate Committee on Courts of Justice voted to reject SB 520, a bill that would have effectively created universal background checks for gun sales in Virginia.


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House Republicans carry bills pushing limits on gun laws

The House of Delegates passed HB 705 (Gilbert) on Monday, largely on a party-line vote, that would eliminate important requirements for an out-of-state concealed handgun permit to be recognized in Virginia.


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Waynesboro Police investigating home invasion

The Waynesboro Police Department is investigating a home invasion armed robbery in which shots were fired.


Ken Plum: Where is the outrage?

The NRA just took out of office two legislators in Colorado who had voted for modest gun control measures. The message is clear–speak out on ending gun violence and we will get you at the ballot box.


Ken Plum: Stemming gun violence

Not only are we not doing enough, but we are seeing actions on the part of congressmen and senators and state legislators fearful of the gun lobby that may well result in more gun violence.