Both sides argue gun bills in the General Assembly

Both sides argue gun bills in the General Assembly

Gun Rights

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — In this year’s General Assembly, many new gun measures are being proposed and advancing out of committee. Some say these are common-sense gun laws, while others think the legislation already in place is more than enough. Delegate Sally Hudson (D-57th) said these proposals should come as no surprise. "These are not new bills, these are the eight priority bills that were introduced during the special session that the governor called last summer," said Hudson. "So it’s not like any of this is being rushed." She added that some of these measures are seeing support on both sides of the aisle. "We passed a bill, that removes guns from people under protective orders," said Hudson. "That’s a clear example of someone who we’re saying shouldn’t have access to a firearm, but that bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support." On lobby day, thousands of people went to Richmond to protest many of the proposals being discussed. Hudson said even though the gathering was a nonviolent event, it was far from peaceful. "That was not a civil dialogue, that was a heavily armed mob that terrified the other side into staying home," she said. For opponents of more gun legislation, they argue it was civil. "Everybody was completely polite, completely friendly, obeying the laws if a police officer came over," said Mike Farruggio, a lawful gun owner and retired police officer. "I think that shows a very strong message, that we are simple, law-abiding citizens that are […]

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