GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

Two reports involving guns were released in the past week – one on possible firearms legislation in Richmond, the other studying the horror of the massacre at the Virginia Beach municipal complex this spring.After reading both, call me bewildered. The lack of recommendations from the former, and the absence of...
Was the decision to adjourn a special session called to address gun violence legislation after only 90 minutes a fatal tactical error for state Republicans?Matt Moran, the former chief of staff to outgoing Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox, who won his race, says it’s the most asked question he’s...
Virginia Republicans promised a “thoughtful and deliberative study” of gun legislation when they abruptly adjourned a special legislative session called by Gov. Ralph Northam following a May mass shooting in Virginia Beach.GOP leaders released the resulting report Tuesday — a three-page document that makes no recommendations.Virginia State Crime Commission...
Virginia Democrats have selected Eileen Filler-Corn as the next speaker of the House of Delegates, putting the the 55-year-old lawmaker from Northern Virginia in position to become the first woman ever to wield the gavel.At a closed-door meeting Saturday in downtown Richmond, the House Democratic Caucus voted to stick...
In a victory speech in Richmond Tuesday night, Shannon Watts, the founder of gun-safety group Moms Demand Action, finished by mentioning a get-out-the-vote tweet from the National Rifle Association. In the video posted a few days before Virginia’s General Assembly elections, a woman in an NRA hat said people...
The card itself is pretty unimpressive considering the privilege it conveys.They don't even laminate it for you.Last month, in a terse letter, Richmond's circuit court clerk notified me that my Virginia concealed weapon permit was enclosed. There was no "Spider Man"-style admonishment about great power and great responsibility."Please sign...
The National Rifle Association dropped a $200,000 donation into House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert’s political action committee this week, a departure from its usual practice in Virginia of relying on grassroots support to stop gun law changes.Before this week’s donation, the Fairfax-based NRA had donated less than a million...
State Republican legislators resistant to new gun laws should’ve met 18-year-old TyQuisha K. Craig – or, at the very least, now learn about her brief life.Someone shot and killed the young community college student in 2014 as she was leaving a house party in Norfolk. Her mother told me...
The same advocates. The same arguments. Many of the same pieces of legislation.Five hours of public testimony on gun safety legislation Tuesday tread familiar ground in a statehouse that’s been debating the issues in tightly-packed committee rooms for decades.A Falls Church City Council member pleaded with lawmakers to allow...
A researcher at Boston University told a state panel weighing gun legislation Monday that passing three new firearms laws in Virginia could lead to 124 fewer homicides a year – an estimate she said she considers conservative.Claire Boine, who co-authored a study on the most effective policies in reducing...