The rule was hailed by Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group seeking to reduce gun violence, as a step that would ”support enforcement of federal firearm laws by ensuring that prohibited people cannot pass a background check simply because their mental health records were not submitted to the system.”
Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam issued the following statement in response to the vote:
“President Trump and House Republicans often talk about making our country safer. Yet, they voted to reduce to the effectiveness of our national gun background check system. They also continue to roll back, and block, commonsense regulations that protect our communities.
“Too many times, our Commonwealth has experienced the devastating effects of gun violence. At Virginia Tech, families and loved ones dealt with unimaginable losses. Instead of weakening our laws and regulations on guns, we need to be strengthening them. As governor, I will continue to fight for commonsense gun reforms.”