Washington (CNN) A group of gun safety bills in Virginia are headed to the governor’s desk for his signature after passing the state General Assembly in recent days, the last hurdle in a series of legislative steps needed to finalize the measures into law.
The bills, part of a bundle of policies known as the “Governor’s Package” that represents a number of Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s priorities, have steadily advanced through the Democrat-controlled state legislature in the 2020 legislative session.
The eight bills advancing for Northam’s approval include measures to extend firearm prohibitions for those under protective orders, require citizens to report lost or stolen weapons, allow local governments to have more authority to enact gun laws in their localities, update protections to keep unsecured weapons out of the hands of children and teens and to create a “red flag law.”
Also known as an extreme risk protective order, the so-called red flag law would create a procedure for authorities, including law enforcement officers and attorneys, to apply for an emergency substantial risk order to prohibit “a person who poses a substantial risk of injury to himself or others from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm.”
Under the proposal, if such an order is issued, a judge or magistrate can issue a search warrant to remove firearms from that person.
Meanwhile, During CPAC, Culpepper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins stated that Virginia Democrats are punishing sheriffs who continue to stand against gun control. Jenkins said that he and other sheriffs who took a similar stand were threatened with having insurance coverage removed “from deputies and staff.”
He said that sheriffs throughout the state were offered a $10,000 raise “if we would tuck tail and follow [the Democrats’] lead and stop the push-back.” You can read the full story here.
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