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Following the tragedy in Virginia Beach, Governor Ralph Northam held a press conference outlining his plans to enact new gun control proposals that will significantly restrict the rights of Virginia’s law-abiding gun owners while doing nothing to stop criminals. Gov. Northam and his media allies are desperate to deflect attention from scandals1 involving all three statewide officeholders and are trying to scape-goat Virginia's law-abiding gun owners for the actions of a madman.

If Gov. Northam gets his way, Virginia will have some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. Gov. Northam knows that none of his proposed gun control would have prevented the tragic murders in Virginia Beach, but they will make it harder for law-abiding Virginians to exercise their constitutional right to self-defense. Don't let Gov. Northam take away your rights and put your safety at risk.

Don't let Gov. Northam take away your rights and put your safety at risk.

It’s critical every gun owner in the Commonwealth contact their legislators, urging them to OPPOSE Gov. Northam’s anti-gun agenda, and attend the Special Session on Gun Control on July 9!

Would any of Gov. Ralph Northam's gun control proposals have stopped the tragedy in Virginia Beach?

So-Called "Universal" Background Checks
NO.

According to law enforcement, the perpetrator of the shooting in Virginia Beach legally purchased the firearms used in the attack.
 
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"Assault Weapons" Ban
NO.

The Virginia Beach tragedy was committed with handguns, not so-called "assault weapons."
 
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Standard Capacity Magazine Ban
NO.

Following the shooting, Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera stated, "As far as more legislation on gun issues. I’m a member of Major City Chiefs, we did publish something about a year and a half ago. I don’t think most of that would have mattered in this particular case. We do have the Second Amendment it is very stringent for our country. In this particular case, the weapons were obtained legally. Everything was done in a legal manner by this individual."
 
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Silencer/Suppressor Ban
NO.

Despite its name, firearms are still very loud when using a silencer/suppressor. The outcome of the attack at Virginia Beach would be no different with or without a silencer/suppressor.
 
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One-Gun-A-Month Purchase Law
NO.

The perpetrator used two handguns to carry out the attack. The perpetrator bought one of the pistols in 2016 and the other in 2018.
 
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Requiring Reporting Lost or Stolen Firearms
NO.

The firearms used in the Virginia Beach tragedy were purchased through a Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL) dealer.
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Government-Mandated Firearm Storage
NO.

The alleged perpetrator of the attack was 40 years old at the time of the attack. A government-mandated safe storage law would have had no effect on the attack.
 
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Weakening State Firearms Preemption
NO.

Like many of the other proposed gun control ideas, weakening state firearms preemption would have done nothing to prevent the tragedy in Virginia Beach because criminals, by definition, do not follow the law. These laws and others are only effective in restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
 
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Say NO to Gov. Northam's extreme gun control agenda. This is anti-gun politics as usual. Let's demand real solutions from Richmond, not failed gun control schemes.

Gov. Northam recently suggested that this is not a complete list of the gun control measures he wants the General Assembly to consider. Read the latest articles. 

It's critical that every gun owner in the Commonwealth contact their legislators and urge them to OPPOSE Gov. Northam’s and his media allies' gun control agenda. 

NRA-ILA is hosting town hall meetings throughout Virginia— including in Fredericksburg, Ashland, and Belle Haven. 

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NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.