RICHMOND, Va. -- Friday governor Terry McAuliffe announced a plan designed to curb gun violence in Virginia.
Flanked on both sides by democrats and republicans, Governor Terry McAuliffe introduced a series of proposals, the group said will create sensible gun laws.
The first target, gun shows.
"First we will expand access to criminal background checks on voluntary basis for all gun shows in the commonwealth of Virginia,” McAuliffe said.
The governor wants Virginia State Police at every gun show held in the state so individual sellers can voluntarily get background checks done before selling a gun.
The second proposal prohibits anyone with a permanent protective order from possessing a firearm.
"Individuals who are subject to a permanent protective order will now be required to relinquish all firearms under their possession within 24 hours or they now will face a class 6 felony,” the governor said.
Friday's proposals came just weeks after Attorney General Mark Herring announced changes in how the state considers other states conceal carry permits and some say Friday's announcement is a setback for public safety.
"I believe the Governor does think this is not a bad thing, we simply believe that it's not enough and that there are other things the can be done that would have made a difference,” said Barbara Parker said.
"I'm cautiously optimistic, I think this is a step in the right direction but the bills still have to pass," said Republican Senator Amanda Chase, who added that the proposals still aren't law.