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The 2014 General Assembly Session is in through March. On Monday, following testimony from veterans, anti-gun violence experts, and victims of gun violence, the Senate Committee on Courts of Justice voted to reject SB 520 with a vote of 6-9, with all Republicans opposed.  The bill SB520 would have effectively created universal background checks for gun sales in Virginia.

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From Danny Friendman:

SB520, introduced by Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico), would have imposed criminal penalties on those who avoid the need for a background check by selling or transferring firearms to someone who is not a licensed dealer. Exceptions would have been made for family members and in certain other circumstances.

Senator McEachin releases a statement after the bill failed:

“Background checks are the simplest thing that we can do to keep guns away from those who would abuse them. This life-saving reform enjoys overwhelming public support, even among gun owners. I am disappointed that my colleagues chose to reject this commo-sense safety measure.”

View the full text of SB520 at Richmond Sunlight.

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