SPECIAL SESSION ON GUNS

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...
Taking cues from other states and cities that have implemented them, Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, wants Virginia to establish more programs that encourage people to leave violent lifestyles in order to curb shooting deaths.Weeks after the General Assembly abruptly adjourned a special session called to address gun violence after...
Capitol Police apologized after an officer physically compelled a 16-year-old student to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance in the Senate gallery during last week’s short-lived special session on gun legislation.Monica Hutchinson, a Henrico resident, said her son, Jae, was at the Capitol on a trip with 42 members...
Before the short special session on gun control earlier this week, hundreds of gun rights advocates poured into the city block around the capitol and legislative building. They wore shirts and hats with the National Rifle Association’s logo and sported bright orange “Guns Save Lives” stickers. Some showed up with...
After Republicans voted to adjourn Tuesday’s special session on gun legislation less than two hours after it began, they compared their plan to send bills to the State Crime Commission for study to the approach then Gov. Tim Kaine took following the 2007 killings at Virginia Tech.Kaine said Wednesday...
On one side of Bank Street, the chant was "Floor votes now." On the other, a parody version: "More guns now."For most of the late morning Tuesday, the divide over gun regulation at Virginia's Capitol was literal and physical.Nothing that happened later in the day bridged the chasm.Republicans voted...