Yesterday, the Virginia General Assembly reconvened to consider a pro-gun amendment to Senate Bill 1378 submitted by Governor Bob McDonnell (R). This amendment passed in the state Senate by a 40-0 vote and passed in the House of Delegates by an 87-7 vote.
S.B. 1378, patroned by state Senator Thomas A. Garrett (R-22), increases penalties for individuals who knowingly assist prohibited persons in illegally obtaining firearms.
The amendment submitted by Governor McDonnell strengthens S.B. 1378 by adding protections for law-abiding citizens by exempting purchases of a firearm by a person for the lawful use, possession or transport by his child, grandchild, or individual for whom he is the legal guardian if such child, grandchild, or individual is ineligible, solely because of his age, to purchase a firearm.
Thank you to all NRA members who contacted their state legislators in support of this legislation, and thank you to Governor McDonnell for offering this amendment and to the members of the General Assembly who voted for it.