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Legislators: Bills would limit gun access for sex offenders, mentally ill

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- Several legislators including, Sen. Donald McEachin, introduced bills Wednesday they hope will prevent gun violence by keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

The proposals would mean background checks would be required in order to limit access to guns by individuals involuntarily committed for mental health treatment and individuals convicted of stalking or violence sexual crimes.

The legislators argued these are violence prevention bills, not anti-gun bills.

"This is not about the right to bear arms. This is about making sure the people who do not have the right to bear arms don’t bear arms,” McEachin said.

Andrew Goddard, whose son was shot at Virginia Tech, also spoke at the news conference.

Watch CBS 6 News starting at 5 p.m. for more on this developing story. 


  • M.L. Adams

    Trying to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable, and those who have already been convicted of violent crimes, is a commendable goal, of course. But criminals, by definition, disregard the law, and will find a source for firearms that is criminal, as well, and doesn’t bother with background checks. And defining who is ‘mentally disturbed,’ because of privacy laws, will always be a hairball!

    I wish them well, but don’t really expect much to come of this, even if the laws are passed.

  • Proofread

    Does anyone at WTVR bother to read what they have written? “Several legislators including, Sen. Donald McEachin, introduced bills Wednesday they hope will prevent gun violence…” The comma should go between ‘legislators’ and ‘including.’

    Part of the next sentence reads “violence sexual crimes.” Violent is the word you were looking for in case it didn’t jump out at you. I wonder how the author of that sentence managed to graduate from high school, much less become a journalist of some kind.

  • Tod

    Aren’t ” individuals convicted of stalking or violence sexual crimes” ALREADY denied the right to purchase or be in possession of fire arms? In fact, aren’t ALL felons denied this right?

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