“The last thing that we need is a broad government program designed to track those who are merely exercising their Second Amendment rights,” State Sen. Jill Vogel said.
Via Loudoun Times-Mirror:
State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) wants to create a firearm registry in Virginia, and the Arlington Democrat is introducing legislation in the 2017 session to study the feasibility of such a program.
Favola’s proposed Senate Joint Resolution 229 directs the state’s Crime Commission “to study the feasibility and costs of establishing a firearm registration program for firearms purchased in the commonwealth, along with the potential efficacy of firearm registration in reducing firearm-related deaths and injuries,” according to a summary of the bill.
Favola’s proposal is sure to meet opposition from Virginia Republicans, who control both chambers of the General Assembly.
While Favola’s proposal merely studies the cost of a registry, her stance on the issue is clear.
“I sincerely believe that we should require individuals to register their firearms,” Favola told the Times-Mirror Monday. “We should know who has what firearms. It should be helpful information on many levels.”
Favola said a registry could help the state identify where and why gun violence is prevalent and potentially whether there should be more restrictions in areas of heavy crime.
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