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Va. lawmakers pass Brendon’s Law to toughen celebratory gunfire punishment

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Virginia lawmakers have green-lighted a bill to toughen celebratory gunfire penalties.

The Virginia Senate passed HB810, also known as Brendon’s Law, on a 27-13 vote Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said HB810, which was introduced by Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), mirrored Sen. Henry Marsh’s SB65.

The bills makes it a felony to randomly fire a gun into the air, hitting or killing someone and a misdemeanor worth up to a year in jail if no one is hurt.

The parents of a seven-year-old Brendon Mackey, who died after police said he was hit by a stray bullet urged lawmakers earlier in January to pass the bill to toughen penalties for firing celebratory shots.

“I’m Bryan Mackey, Brendon’s father. I was right there when he was walking to the fireworks show when he fell to the ground… and was struck in the head,” Mackey said.

Police said Brendon died after he was struck by a celebratory gunshot fired on the Fourth of July last year. It is still a mystery who fired the shot.

Since the House already approved the bill, it now heads to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for signature.


  • Belsma

    I cannot believe there is not one person out there..or more who knows what happened that has not come forward! This is insane. PLEASE! Hang your head in shame and turn yourself in! We all know you are out there. Idiotic mistake or not, this family needs and deserves closure. Get it over with already!

  • Davis

    Every vehicle has a VIN. If every bullet had a bullet identification number, it would be a lot easier to find out who purchased the offending ammunition.

  • ChristCrusader

    The article’s closing remark, “Since the House already approved the bill, it now heads to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for signature”, as of 2/20/14, appears to be incorrect.

    Apparently, this bill as passed by the Senate, experienced some heavy rewrites after the Senate received it from the House, so it must first go back to the House for reconsideration before having a chance to head to the governor.

  • William J Urmson

    The NRA is the biggest domestic terrorist group in the United States, maybe the world. They love their guns more than people. With politicians in their pockets all we can do is brace ourselves for the next NRA sponsored slaughter.
    The policies and laws created by The NRA killed the kids in Newtown and allowed the vigilante George Zimmerman to murder Trayvon Martin. Back ground checks, that the NRA strongly oppose, would help keep guns out of the hands of unstable people preventing many deaths.
    STAND YOUR GROUND is nothing more than a license to legally hunt and kill innocent people PERIOD~

  • Greg

    So that means after all the hoopla nothing happened? I mean it’s not like the killer didn’t already break a bunch of laws and murder a child. Maybe the demand action cult should work on better enforcement of the laws we have instead of agitating adding to the pain Brendon’s family is going through

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