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Private Firearms Transfers Protected by Virginia House of Delegates!

Friday, January 18, 2008

On Friday, January 18, the Virginia House of Delegates Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee resoundingly defeated two proposals that could have served as a first step toward regulating all private firearm transactions in the Commonwealth. Both bills, House Bill 592 offered by Delegate Dave Marsden (D-41) and House Bill 745 offered by Delegate Chuck Caputo (D-67), would have required state and federal background checks to be conducted on all firearms transactions at Virginia gun shows.

Federal and state law already requires federally licensed firearms dealers to conduct a background check on all prospective purchases.  These efforts were simply a first step toward requiring government approval before individuals may sell their private property, even between family and friends.

In standing up for Virginia’s law-abiding firearm owners and the Second Amendment, the full committee voted to reject both proposals 13 to 9. Chairwoman Beverly Sherwood (R-29), and the rest of the committee members who placed sound public policy above politics and voted to dismiss these misguided measures have our thanks.  

Please remember to contact and thank those Delegates who voted to protect our rights: 

Delegate Beverly Sherwood (R-29) (Chairwoman)
Phone: (804) 698-1029
Email: DelBSherwood@house.state.va.us 

Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31)
Phone: (804) 698-1031
Email: DelSLingamfelter@house.state.va.us

Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15)
Phone: (804) 698-1015
Email: DelTGilbert@House.state.va.us

Delegate Morgan Griffith (R-8)
Phone: (804) 698-1008
Email: DelMGriffith@house.state.va.us

Delegate David Nutter (R-7)
Phone: (804) 698-1007
Email: DelDNutter@house.state.va.us

Delegate Charles Poindexter (R-9)
Phone: (804) 698-1009
Email: DelCPoindexter@house.state.va.us

Delegate Terry Kilgore (R-1)
Phone: (804) 698-1001
Email: DelTKilgore@house.state.va.us

Delegate Clifford Athey (R-18)
Phone: (804) 698-1018
Email: DelCAthey@house.state.va.us

Delegate Donald Merricks (R-16)
Phone: (804) 698-1016
Email: DelDMerricks@house.state.va.us

Delegate Thomas Wright Jr. (R-61)
Phone: (804) 698-1061
Email: DelTWright@house.state.va.us

Also, please remember to contact those Delegates who voted against our Second Amendment Rights to express your disappointment.

Delegate James Shuler (D-12)
Phone: (804) 698-1012
Email: DelJShuler@house.state.va.us

Delegate Dan Bowling (D-3)
Phone: (804) 698-1003
Email: DelDBowling@house.state.va.us

Delegate Lynwood Lewis (D-100)
Phone: (804) 698-1000
Email: DelLLewis@house.state.va.us

Delegate Brian Moran (D-46)
Phone: (804) 698-1046
Email: DelBMoran@house.state.va.us

Delegate Paula Miller (D-87)
Phone: (804) 698-1087
Email: DelPMiller@house.state.va.us

Delegate William Janis (R-56)
Phone: (804) 698-1056
Email: DelBJanis@house.state.va.us

Delegate James Scott (D-53)
Phone: (804) 698-1053
Email: DelJScott@house.state.va.us

Delegate David Poisson (D-32)
Phone: (804) 698-1032
Email: DelDPoisson@house.state.va.us

Delegate Charles Carrico
Phone: (804) 698-1005
Email: DelCCarrico@house.state.va.us

Delegate Benjamin Cline
Phone: (804) 698-1024
Email: DelBCline@house.state.va.us

Delegate William Barlow
Phone: (804) 698-1064
Email: DelWBarlow@house.state.va.us

Delegate Roslyn Tyler
Phone: (804) 698-1075
Email: DelRTyler@house.state.va.us

 

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