Despite criticism from gun-rights advocates and GOP legislative leaders, Governor McAuliffe is not retreating on a package of gun-control measures that he has proposed for the upcoming General Assembly session. McAuliffe says this was one of his campaign promises, so no one should be surprised.
Conservatives say the Governor is catering to the anti-gun agenda of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose Super PAC donated to his campaign. But McAuliffe says this is about keeping people safe.
The issue of gun control will be on the minds of state officials today, as lobbyists prepare to deliver their message to lawmakers.
Virginia’s General Assembly will consider more than 60 gun-related bills this session. One, favored by some Republicans, would require every school board to designate a staff member or volunteer to carry a concealed handgun on school property. Another would make it illegal for public agencies to assist the federal government in completing a criminal background check in connection with the sale of a gun.
Gun-control advocates say their primary goal this legislative session is to keep firearms out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have that right. So they've revised some bills that failed last year into legislation they believe are common-sense measures which could receive bipartisan support. But the head of one gun-rights group says some of the proposals are too broad and aren’t carefully crafted.