Virginia Senators Want to Take State Gun-Control Reforms to Federal Level

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine. (Photo: Facebook)

If it’s good for Virginia, it’s good for the entire country.

That is the logic behind Mark Warner and Tim Kaine’s new legislation the “Virginia Plan to Reduce Gun Violence Act of 2020.

These two U.S. Senators from the Commonwealth, both Dems by the way, believe that all of the following will reduce violence on a national level if enacted by Congress: 

  • Universal Background Checks: Closes loopholes in existing federal law by requiring background checks on all firearm sales and transfers, with exemptions for certain family members, law enforcement officers, servicemembers, hunting, target shooting, and self-defense.
  • Extreme Risk Protection Orders: Establishes a federal extreme risk protection order process to temporarily remove firearms from individuals who pose a high risk of harming themselves or others, incentivizes states to implement their own extreme risk protection laws and court protocols.
  • One-Handgun-a-Month: Limits purchases of handguns to one per month to curtail firearm stockpiling and trafficking.
  • Reporting of Lost or Stolen Firearms: Requires gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to the appropriate state or local law enforcement agency within 48 hours. State and local law enforcement agencies would be directed to report data collected to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center.
  • Preventing Firearm Access to Minors: Promotes responsible gun ownership and safe storage practices by holding individuals liable for recklessly leaving a loaded, unsecured gun in the presence of a minor.
  • Protection Order Prohibitions: Bolsters safeguards for victims of domestic violence by closing the “boyfriend loophole,” expanding firearms laws to prohibit persons convicted of dating violence from possessing firearms, and prohibiting persons convicted of stalking from possessing firearms.

“Too many communities across the Commonwealth have been affected by gun violence. That’s why earlier this month, Virginia led the charge by adopting reasonable measures to help prevent future tragedies. Now it’s time for Congress to act,” Warner said in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica.

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“Today, we are introducing a commonsense approach to help make our communities safer by helping to keep guns out of the wrong hands while still respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” he continued. “We owe it to victims and their families to stop talking about the problem and start doing something to address it and this bill is an important step in that direction.”

Sen. Kaine added, “For too long, Congress has remained a bystander while states like Virginia have taken action. While no single piece of legislation can eradicate gun violence, as elected officials we have a responsibility to act.”

As GunsAmerica previously reported, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed into law many of the same measures back in April.

Because Virginia is considered by some to be a purple state, not thoroughly blue nor fully red, despite its Democratically-controlled General Assembly, many view it as a proxy for what may be possible nationally.

But it’s safe to say, at least right now, that the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate would not agree to sign-off on any one of these measures, let alone all of them at a single stroke.

Plus, one should also expect serious resistance from President Trump in the off chance that this bill landed on his desk. Trump claims to be a pro-gun president and has the full-throated endorsement of the National Rifle Association.

Gun owners would not forgive him nor re-elect him if he backed legislation that systematically infringes on the 2A rights of law-abiding citizens, which is exactly what the Virginia Plan to Reduce Gun Violence Act of 2020 does.

In a nutshell, it criminalizes private transfers and the possession of unsecured guns, limits citizens’ access to handguns, allows authorities to confiscate firearms from people accused (not convicted nor adjudicated) of being a threat to public safety, holds gun owners responsible for the actions of gun thieves and irresponsible teens, and lowers the evidentiary bar for permanently revoking 2A rights.

All very bad things that will do absolutely nothing to stop violent criminals. You can read the entire bill below:

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Paul Lech July 27, 2020, 8:46 am

    And now Virginia is teh safest place on earth! (NOT)

  • Ted July 26, 2020, 5:47 pm

    I believe it prudent that every Politician that wants to limit our 2nd Amendment right , refuse ( opt have it removed forcefully) any and all personal security protection as a show of support that their proposed change will not negatively impact the average citizen.

  • Gomer July 25, 2020, 4:39 am

    On behalf of every right thinking Virginian, I apologize to America and the world, for this once great Commonwealth having sent the likes of Little Timmy Kaine into the hallowed halls of The United States Senate. Mind you, Virginia cannot take credit for this stain upon Humanity. No, this bastard is an interloping Yankee carpetbagger, and real Virginians the world over condemn Heaven Above for allowing Little Timmy to steal the oxygen of the Earth.

  • Lynn White July 24, 2020, 11:14 pm

    I’m sure this will be effective, Kane. after all, criminals obey the law, just ask any murderer .

  • Dexter Winslett July 24, 2020, 7:18 pm

    Pass it. Come enforce it. You will die.

    • Roger E Bryant July 25, 2020, 12:53 am

      Why the hell do you vote these guys to hold office? If we don’t vet them we deserve what we get!

  • Grant Stevens July 24, 2020, 12:40 pm

    Kane’s only responsibility as senator is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. This “public servant,” along with all of his communist cohorts employed by we the people, should be immediately removed from office for violating his oath to the Constitution. As long as there are no consequences for their tyranny, these power-crazed commies will continue to undermine and destroy America from within. Every “gun control” bill they author, support and pass is a violation of their oath of office. “Shall not be infringed,” means just what it says. The Second Amendment does not require “interpretation” by supreme-court justices or anyone else. Time for a real Judge Dredd to hold these treasonous politicians and federal bureaucrats accountable every time they violate the supreme law of the land. No compromise, no quarter.

  • Rangemaster11B July 24, 2020, 11:37 am

    Fortunately, this one will not pass the Senate, so the President will not have to veto. Make no mistake, it will be resurrected at the first opportunity.

  • Neal Miller July 24, 2020, 11:12 am

    Most of what is being proposed here is already in-acted. there back ground checks for all legal firearm sales.
    Criminals don’t need no stinking back ground checks.
    There are Commie state that have RED FLAG LAWS, and you get no say in the matter to defend yourself.
    One handgun a month ? what about collecting consecutive SS#’s or collectible sets ? Criminals can buy handguns by the lot and this is usually how they buy them. and no stinking back ground checks.
    Report stolen guns? You bet I would, first I want the police to know I don’t have and two I want it back if at all possible.
    Keeping guns out of the hands of children. this should just be #1 with all of us Period. I don’t need some Lefty LOON to tell me this.
    Prevent Domestic Violence Offenders from having a gun? as far as I know this question is already on the
    National Back Ground Check and it prohibits even minor offenders from buying a gun.
    And if their spouse, girl friend, or what ever in-powers them by buying them a gun, that is a straw sale and they both need to go to Jail.


  • Chained July 24, 2020, 11:05 am

    Sen Kaine and his commie ilk deserve a Columbian necktie. When will Virginians and the rest of us for that matter say enough is enough and physically or otherwise remove these traitors from office. WE ARE AT WAR FOLKS! There is a Marxist coup going on and we are playing right into their hands without so much as a wimper. Remember there is strength in numbers so march on down to your state rep’s offices and grab them by the throat and remove them from office.

  • JohnL July 24, 2020, 9:57 am

    Of course, let’s add even more firearms laws to the THOUSANDS we DON’T ENFORCE now!

    What we really need is TERM LIMITS! What we really need is to disincentivize Mediocre lawyers from getting elected to make their fortunes. How about a law that makes it illegal for an elected official To profit from Speaking tours or book deals?

  • Reticent Rogue July 24, 2020, 9:51 am

    This is what compromising on ‘common sense gun laws’ has brought us. We should argue instead that all gun laws, starting with the 1934 Gun Act, should be repealed, contingent upon the phrase ‘shall not be infringed.’

  • paul July 24, 2020, 9:27 am

    The folks supporting the senators point of view are sitting and standing behind him in the the photo.

  • Stan d. Upnow July 24, 2020, 9:20 am

    Progressive-Socialists want fines & jail time for people who don’t wear a worthless mask. Yet, here we have Clownface Kaine with his mask draped around his neck. It’s always You do as we say, not as we do, with them.

  • John July 24, 2020, 9:06 am

    Their so called “common sense” is their code word for the irrational and illogical.
    Aside from their claims being false and illogical, their main claim that “if it’s good for Virginia, it’s good for the entire country”.
    That is patently false, and illogical, putting him and Warner, and any other supporters of this nonsense on the watch list.
    Many things that may be good for one State are not good for the entire country.
    Other States should resent and reject his obvious Democrat attempt at another Unconstitutional federal overreach. Another reason to vote these Democrats out, since they illogically assume that their tyranny and idiocy is good for the entire country, and they want to spread their idiocy every where.
    Nothing should be up to DC to dictate to the entire country, other than its very few and enumerated powers.
    These uneducated and irrational politicians that suggest otherwise are suspect, and should be voted out.

    • SD July 24, 2020, 9:45 am

      Hey John, I live in Virginia. Unfortunately we’re outnumbered by the dense population of morons in northern Virginia. It’s unfortunate but area wise most of the state is conservative, but the 2 densely populated areas of Virginia Beach and northern Va outnumber us.

      • Murdock July 24, 2020, 11:21 am

        Come and join West Virginia, we will welcome you with open arms. Doesn’t mean you have to move, just join us. We will move the border to you.

  • MAS July 24, 2020, 8:52 am

    Acting responsibly would dictate you ABOLISH ALL infringements upon our UNALIENABLE right to keep and bear arms, Senator 2-hole. You swore to uphold the constitution, yet you ignore it daily.

    • Stan d. Upnow July 24, 2020, 9:26 am

      Don’t forget- Everything they want to force on us, they exempt themselves from. Why should they care about gun control to the max, when they all can afford to hire armed bodyguards, or have them provided at taxpayer expense; same goes for healthcare.

  • Terry Constance July 24, 2020, 8:41 am

    Another criminal in government trying backwards logic to complete their agenda. Any legislation against the constitution is a violation of their oath of office.
    How about a bill to put a gun in the hands of law abiding, trained citizens.

  • Murdock July 24, 2020, 8:06 am

    Do you want to start a civil war? Because that’s how you do it. Try and take my guns, you’ll get the business end of them with a paratrooper behind the trigger singing while fighting.

    Have you ever considered how long we have been at war? Have you ever considered how many people have been turned into soldiers over the past 20 years and been hardened in Iraq or Afghanistan? Do you think we will just stand back and watch while you confiscate guns and turn this nation commie?

    We have been very patient, like we were trained to be. Someday soon, we may have to come off the bench and crush this attempted commie revolution and take back our REPUBLIC!

    • SD July 24, 2020, 9:47 am

      Here here Murdock

    • Rangemaster11B July 24, 2020, 11:35 am


    • Brian Parrish July 2, 2021, 6:38 am

      Lol your all to PUSSIFIED to go on the offensive !!! All of your are just mouth pieces and that’s it ! Im a a 22 year army 11B30 with 3 tours myself and i know they take me out in 5 seconds because it will be 25 to 1 and they have full auto !!!! You have no structure or organization !!!! Trust me i wanna resist thier asses as bad as the rest do, but until as a whole unit , they will pick off the most dangerous of us one by one !!! Prove me wrong !!!! Im on the terrorist watch list 100% .

  • Jim Parker July 24, 2020, 5:42 am

    Whenever you see the “commonsense” presented as a single word in an antigunner’s commentary, you can be sure he is a jerk. Sen. Kaine resorts to all of the liberal dog whistles including the biggie–commonsense.

    Commonsense is a heavily poll-tested phrase Democrats came up with back in the 1990s when practically every word from their lips was driving people to the NRA and GOP.

    Out of desperation the liberals started literally poll testing their language, instead of making a sincere effort to gauge the hearts and minds of voters.

    • SD July 24, 2020, 9:49 am

      Calling these gun laws “commonsense” is like calling a lemon “honey”. It doesn’t make it any sweeter.

  • REM1875 July 24, 2020, 4:44 am

    “Common sense” are anything else but common sense …….. and a broad base for eventual confiscation.(demanding you to turn in specific firearms IS confiscation)

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