Gun Control

State Accepting Comments on Concealed Carry Ban

Aug 31, 2016
Steve Helber / AP

Last October, Virginia’s Governor used executive action to ban concealed-carry in state offices. There was an immediate backlash from many pro-gun advocates, and Wednesday in Richmond they got the chance to speak out.

State employees aren’t allowed to carry firearms into work, but the Governor’s order extended that prohibition to everyone else, including concealed carry permit holders.

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Democrats are hoping to make gun-control a central plank in this year’s elections, but Virginia Republicans say it’s a bad idea.

A Tale of Two Governments

Jun 23, 2016
Associated Press

The sit-in launched by Democrats in the House of Representatives may be over, but the gridlock in Washington over the gun debate offers a stark contrast with what happened in Richmond earlier this year. That’s when leaders from opposing parties were able to craft a sweeping compromise on the issue.

Virginia Readies to Take Guns from Abusers

Jun 22, 2016
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As Congress struggles to make any headway on gun control, Virginia is set to implement a new set of gun regulation.

In 2014, 66 people in the state were killed by a spouse or partner, using a firearm. One new measure seeks to lower that number. 

The new law, touted as an important step for bipartisan gun control, prohibits individuals who have permanent protective orders from possessing a firearm.

Brian Moran, Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, explains.


Just after 11 AM on Wednesday, June 15th, Democratic Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy seized the Senate floor and embarked on a nearly 15-hour long filibuster in order to secure a vote on gun-control legislation.

He was joined by more than 35 of his colleagues, both Democrats and Republicans, including both of Virginia's Democratic senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.