By Rachel Stoltzfoos – BarbWire guest contributor
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s promised push for stricter gun control laws ended abruptly Monday, when Republican legislators killed his gun control bills in a state Senate committee.
McAuliffe wanted the Republican-controlled legislature to act on eight gun control measures, including requiring background checks at gun shows, revoking concealed carry permits for parents behind on child-support payments, and renewing a law that limits handgun purchases to one per month.
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“I am disappointed to see these commonsense measures to keep Virginians safe fall to special interest politics,” McAuliffe said after the bills failed. “Too many families in Virginia and across the nation have lost loved ones to gun crimes that these proposals could help prevent.”
Republicans dismissed the plan as political posturing, and the Senate committee instead passed through a bill that would allow people to get a lifetime concealed carry permit, and a bill that would allow concealed carry on school properties in some cases.
“It was an awesome day,” Philip Van Cleave, pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League president told The Virginian-Pilot.
Rachel Stoltzfoos is a reporter at The Daily Caller News Foundation & contributor to FreedomOutpost.com.
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