Please Stand-Up and Make Your Voice Heard!
Today, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee took action on two anti-gun bills.
First, the Committee passed Senate Bill 1257 by a vote of 8-7. This legislation would require that all firearms transactions taking place at gun shows be subject to background checks, require gun show promoters to register all vendors (private citizens as well as federally licensed dealers), and maintain that registry for four years following the date of the gun show. Anti-gun activists are attempting to end gun shows in Virginia by pushing legislation that will restrict the right of citizens to sell their private property without government permission.
The Committee also referred Senate Bill 1166, sponsored by State Senator John Watkins (R-10), to the Senate Finance Committee. This bill would increase the gun tax charged by the Virginia State Police to run the mandatory instant background check from $2 to $5, a 150% increase for Virginia residents. For non-state residents, the legislation mandates an increase of 60%, from $5 to $8.
Please contact your State Senator TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to oppose SB1257 when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote. Contact information for your State Senator can be found by clicking here. Also, please contact the members of the Senate Finance Committee and respectfully urge them to oppose SB1166 when it is considered by the Committee. Contact information for the Committee can be found below.
Contact Information for the Senate Finance Committee:
State Senator John Watkins (R-10)
State Senator William C. Wampler (R-40)
State Senator Walter A. Stosch (R-12)
State Senator Edward Houck (D-17)
State Senator Janet Howell (D-32)
State Senator Richard Saslaw (D-35)
State Senator Kenneth Stolle (R-8)
State Senator Frederick Quayle (R-13)
State Senator Thomas Norment, Jr. (R-3)
State Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. (R-24)
State Senator John Miller (D-1)
State Senator Henry Marsh, III (D-16)
State Senator Louise Lucas (D-18)
State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple (D-31)
State Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D-20)