Virginia Senate Tells Governor to Pound Sand Over His Anti-Gun Amendment to Gun Bill

April 24 2014
by GSL Staff
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Today, the Virginia Senate rejected Governor Terry McAuliffe’s (D) NRA-opposed amendment to Senate Bill 377 by a 15 to 23 vote.

As previously reported, the McAuliffe amendment to SB 377, legislation sponsored by state Senator Bryce Reeves (R-17), would have created a de-facto gun registration scheme for those seeking to sell, trade or transfer their lawfully owned firearms to a gun dealer.

While SB 377, as passed and sent to the Governor, requires a gun dealer to destroy all submitted consent forms for transfer of a firearm determined not to be lost or stolen within two weeks, the Governor’s amendment would mandate that those consent forms be kept by the dealer for at least ninety days, with no requirement to ever destroy them.

With the Senate rejection of this anti-gun amendment, SB 377 will now be returned to Governor McAuliffe in its original form.

Here are some more details about the amendment that was shot down,

On Monday, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) returned a NRA-opposed amendment for Senate Bill 377. Sponsored by state Senator Bryce Reeves (R-17), SB 377, as amended and passed in the General Assembly, would allow gun dealers seeking to purchase, trade or transfer a firearm from a non-dealer individual to submit information on that firearm to law enforcement to determine if it has been reported lost or stolen.

Included in this process is a consent form which must contain all identification taken in writing from the person selling, trading or transferring the firearm to the dealer as well as the firearm information. As passed in the General Assembly, SB 377 stipulates that should the firearm be determined to not have been reported lost or stolen, the dealer is required to destroy the consent form within two weeks. SB 377 was passed unanimously in the House of Delegates on February 25 and the state Senate concurred unanimously on February 27.

Governor McAuliffe’s action to SB 377 has deep anti-gun implications. While SB 377 as passed and sent to the Governor requires the gun dealer to destroy the consent form for a firearm determined not to be lost or stolen, the Governor’s amendment would mandate that those consent forms would be kept by the dealer for at least 90 days with no requirement to destroy them ever. Such an amendment would create a backdoor registration of those seeking to sell, trade or transfer their lawfully owned firearms to a gun dealer.

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