USA Today reports:
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a slate of gun control measures into law Friday that will increase background checks, limit handgun purchases and establish a so-called “red flag” law.
Guns became a divisive issue in Virginia after Democrats won full control of the state’s General Assembly in November, and Northam, a Democrat, promised to pass the host of restrictions.
The signing comes almost three months after more than 20,000 gun owners descended on the state capitol in Richmond to protest the measures. It’s also been almost a year since the deadly Virginia Beach shooting left 12 people dead plus the shooter at a municipal building.
VA Governor Northam just signed 5 unconstitutional gun laws the Democrats passed this year
Our state has a Governor who does not care about the Constitution, the people and our rights
We will be replacing tyrannical Governors like this all over the country @realDonaldTrump
— Jason Alexander Roberge VA-7 (@JasonRobergeVA) April 10, 2020
We beat the @NRA in their own state 🥳
Just South of the NRA’s headquarters, Virginia’s governor signed life-saving, gun violence prevention legislation into law today. The young people are winning, and we’re not finished yet. #IStandWithVirginia https://t.co/E6kETYVKMF
— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) April 10, 2020
IT’S OFFICIAL!@GovernorVA just signed a slate of gun safety bills, including expanded background checks & an Extreme Risk Protection Order.
— Giffords (@GiffordsCourage) April 10, 2020
Five gun safety bills were signed into law today by @GovernorVA and two more bills are moving forward for consideration on April 22. @MomsDemand volunteers are grateful to courageous Virginia lawmakers for answering the cries of their constituents. #VAleg https://t.co/aLB3dllUQb
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 10, 2020
In November, Virginians called out loud and clear for meaningful legislation to address gun violence. They demanded action and we delivered. I am grateful to @GovernorVA for his leadership & for signing these bills that will save lives. https://t.co/kvRUAyZrAu
— Eileen Filler-Corn (@EFillerCorn) April 10, 2020