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Virginia recently enacted a package of strong gun safety laws, but there remains much more the state should do to protect children and adults alike from gun violence.

This package of gun safety bills included universal background checks and an extreme risk protection order. In 2019, Virginia had the 18th-lowest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns to other states at the 12th-highest rate. To save lives from gun violence, Virginia legislators could require a waiting period before all gun purchases, and strengthen its domestic violence gun laws.

What Virginia Does Well

  • Universal background checks
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Some domestic violence laws
  • Partial assault weapon restrictions
  • Certain child access prevention laws
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting
  • State database background checks
  • Partial gun dealer regulation

What Virginia Is Missing

  • Gun owner licensing
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Open carry regulations
  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions
  • Ammunition sale regulations


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.