Senators Working on Gun Control Bill


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A group of Democratic state senators are continuing to work on plans to ban gun sales to certain people.

They include those who either involuntarily committed for a mental health evaluation or anyone convicted of stalking or a violent sex crime.

Andrew Goddard, whose son was shot at Virginia Tech in 2007, is a member of the Virginia Center for Public Safety and said these plans can end up preventing gun violence by expanding background checks to target people not eligible to own a gun.

"You can't call a law abiding person somebody who beats their wife, or is a domestic abuser, or a stalker, none of these things would target law abiding people," said Goddard.

On the other side, Dennis Golden, who owns Ashby Arms, LLC. in Harrisonburg, said the wording of these plans is important because it may cause people in need of mental help to not seek therapy so they don't lose their gun rights.

"If they were forced to make decisions to seek help counseling or treatment, they may be afraid to do so because they don't want to lose their gun rights. So I would say it's further pushing these guys back into the shadows," said Golden.

There is still much that has to happen before these plans would ever become law.

The biggest challenge to this idea will be in the Republican controlled House, where delegates are likely to bring up issues with the plans.


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