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Urgent Action Needed to Defeat Anti-Gun Bills in the Old Dominion!

Monday, January 26, 2009

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)
(804) 698-7510
district10@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator William C. Wampler (R-40)
(804) 698-7540
district40@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Walter A. Stosch (R-12)
(804) 698-7512
district12@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Edward Houck (D-17)
(804) 698-7517
district17@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Janet Howell (D-32)
(804) 698-7532
district32@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Richard Saslaw (D-35)
(804) 698-7535
district35@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Kenneth Stolle (R-8)
(804) 698-7508
district08@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Frederick Quayle (R-13)
(804) 698-7513
district13@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Thomas Norment, Jr. (R-3)
(804) 698-7503
district03@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. (R-24)
(804) 698-7524
district24@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator John Miller (D-1)
(804) 698-7501
district01@senate.virginia.gov  

State Senator Henry Marsh, III (D-16)
(804) 698-7516
district16@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Louise Lucas (D-18)
(804) 698-7518
district18@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple (D-31)
(804) 698-7531
district31@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D-20)
(804) 698-7520
district20@senate.virginia.gov

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