Access to Guns

Gun control advocates converged on the State Capitol to speak out against several bills that extend certain rights to firearms owners.  But a new Senate committee that is considering the legislation may not be as receptive as those in the past to the idea of reducing gun accessibility.

One bill simplifies the application process for criminal history record checks through State Police, while another eliminates the need for fingerprints for concealed handgun permits. A third measure excludes rifle purchases from background checks, and another lifts civil liability for using deadly force on an intruder with the intent to cause harm.

Bill supporters say that criminals will disregard campus gun laws …and that Virginians with concealed-carry permits could help protect lives in the event of a public safety-emergency.

–Tommie McNeil

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