Republicans, along with two Democrats in the Virginia state Senate, took a stand against Gov. Ralph Northam’s long list of gun control measures that have made the state the nation’s center of the fight to keep the Second Amendment intact.
On Tuesday, according to Fox News, the bipartisan group of senators rejected a bill that was the subject of controversy — a bill that would have made it a felony to “recklessly leave a loaded, unsecured firearm” in an manner that gun control activists say could endanger minors.
A spokesperson for Northam said “This bill will keep children safe from loaded, unsecured firearms. Like Gov. Northam’s other commonsense gun safety measures, it is something that everyone — including responsible gun owners — should support.”
But pro-gun citizens in the state, along with senators, argued that it would likely end up punishing law-abiding gun owners in an unfair manner. State Sens. Creigh Deeds and Chap Petersen broke with the Democratic party and joined Republicans to help defeat the bill.
The bill’s rejection seemingly has given Republicans in the state legislature a boost of momentum for their future fights against a number of other bills Northam has supported, including one that would ban what anti-gun activists call “assault weapons,” such as the AR-15 rifle.
Further arguments on additional gun control bills will be debated in the coming weeks.
Last month, a massive, pro-Second Amendment rally was held on the grounds of the state’s capitol. Though the event had been treated as if violence was all but expected, not a single report of violence was issued and the rally ended in a peaceful and respectable manner.