Regardless of the personal beliefs of any resident in Virginia, it is likely safe to say that the issue of gun control is one that generates a lot of strong opinions these days. In this state and around the nation, leaders are struggling to find a way to balance the maintenance and protection of the rights handed down by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with the protection and safety of human lives.
The Washington Post recently reported that a series of bills have been introduced into the Virginia legislation that focused on gun control measures. Some of the proposals put forth included one that received support from the federal government administration and other states. Designed to prevent or reduce suicides, the bill sought to give judges the ability to remove a person's guns if it could be demonstrated that they were a risk to themselves. The bill failed in Virginia.
Another bill that did not pass would have mandated that any guns in a home day-care facility be kept under lock if near children. One bill did pass an initial step but is not expected to clear future hurdles. That bill proposed a ban on bump stocks.
Other targeted measures included a mandatory universal background check for all gun purchases and placing a limit on the number of handguns a person could buy to only one per month. The current Governor is a democrat but it is republicans in the legislature that have voted against these proposed measures.