PA Bill Number: HB785
Title: In minors, providing for the offense of access to firearms by minors; and imposing penalties.
Description: In minors, providing for the offense of access to firearms by minors; and imposing penalties. ...
Last Action Date: Mar 5, 2021
Gun Control Groups Pushing Ban On Open Carry :: 01/18/2021
While Virginia Democrats appear reluctant to push for new gun control laws in the state this year, given the fact that statewide elections will take place in November, gun control organizations Everytown for Gun Safety, Brady, Giffords, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence are urging lawmakers in the state to approve at least one new restriction on the right to keep and bear arms; a ban on open carrying of firearms across the state.
The anti-gun groups have penned a letter to every lawmaker in the state legislature, arguing that “the threat that armed intimidation poses to both public safety and our properly functioning government has never been clearer or greater.”
When extremists are armed, they jeopardize the safety of all residents trying to exercise their freedoms — and simply live their daily lives — in public. The sheer presence of firearms has the effect of chilling the exercise of Americans’ First Amendment right to assembly and freedom of speech. When firearms are brought to polling places, they are used as tools of voter suppression that have proliferated in recent years. …
This is why the undersigned organizations are calling for a complete ban on the open carry of firearms in Virginia. …
We must ensure that when making [the voices of Virginians] heard on an important issue, when voting, peacefully protesting, shopping at a farmer’s market, or going for a walk in their community, all Virginians are safe from the threat and intimidation of open carrying of firearms.
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Cam Edwards has covered the 2nd Amendment for more than 15 years as a broadcast and online journalist, as well as the co-author of "Heavy Lifting: Grow Up, Get a Job, Start a Family, and Other Manly Advice" with Jim Geraghty. He lives outside of Farmville, Virginia with his family.