Favola Condemns Repeal of Protections Against Gun-Running
Richmond,VA — February 7, 2012 — Yesterday, as Republican legislation that lifts Virginia’s 18-year-old restriction on handgun purchases passed the Senate, Senator Barbara A. Favola (D-31) took a stand against gun violence.
“This bill eliminates Virginia’s only practical law that attempts to limit bulk purchasing of handguns for use by traffickers, who buy guns here in Virginia and sell them illegally all over the country. This legislation affirms our shameful reputation as a gun-running state.”
“This bill makes it easier for gun traffickers to acquire weapons that will wind up on our streets. This backward-looking bill will be a boon to gun-runners, and threatens to bring more violence to Virginia’s cities,” said Senator Favola.
Senator Favola added, “Senate bill 323 will open the floodgates to bulk, interstate purchases of handguns. That’s why Governor Doug Wilder signed the existing law in 1993. Conservatives are dismantling a key part of Governor Wilder’s legacy, which has kept guns off our streets and our neighborhoods safe for a generation.”
Background: Gun-running on the rise
“Despite what supporters of this bill say, this bill will make it easier for gun-runners to export violence from Virginia,” said Senator Favola. Evidence is mounting that Virginia is already falling into favor again with drug and gun cartels. In December, ten residents of Manassas, Virginia were arrested in a “three-year investigation of interconnected cocaine and firearm distributors,” Inside NoVa reported.
In June, The Virginian-Pilot reported, “five men funneled guns from Virginia's Eastern Shore to New Jersey and put them in the hands of gang members, murderers and drug dealer.” Over the last several years, more than 60 people have been arrested in connection with bulk firearms distribution.
The Senate voted 21 to 19 to pass Senate Bill 323, moving the legislation to the House of Delegates, where a similar bill has already passed. Governor Bob McDonnell has indicated his support for this legislation.
"Sens. Chap Petersen (D-34th), Janet Howell (D-32nd) and Barbara Favola (D-31st), all Democrats, voted against the bill.
"'Despite what supporters of [Virginia Senate] Bill 323 say, this bill will make it easier for gun-runners to export gun violence from Virginia,' Favola tweeted Tuesday."
— Oakton Patch 2/8/2012
"Senator Favola added, 'Senate bill 323 will open the floodgates to bulk, interstate purchases of handguns. That’s why Governor Doug Wilder signed the existing law in 1993. Conservatives are dismantling a key part of Governor Wilder’s legacy, which has kept guns off our streets and our neighborhoods safe for a generation.'"
— Alexandria News 2/7/2012