Gov. Northam signs gun violence prevention bill

Gov. Northam signs gun violence prevention bill

The signing will take place at 2 p.m. on June 2. (Source: VPM) RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation aimed at preventing gun violence across the state on Wednesday. The bill temporarily takes away gun rights for people convicted of domestic violence against a co-parent, spouse or ex-spouse. Under the legislation, violators who knowingly purchase, possess or transport a gun, despite being banned, could be charged and face a year in jail. “Prior to this, law enforcement did not have the legal authority to disarm domestic violence persons convicted of a misdemeanor crime. Right now, if law enforcement comes across a person who has this conviction on his or her record, they can immediately disarm that person there and then…it is a good law and it’s going to save lives,” Lori Hass with Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Northam said the next priority will be to ban assault weapons, which would have to be done during the next General Assembly session in the spring.

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