Terry McAuliffe’s State of the Commonwealth: More Gun Control Needed

AP Photo/Steve Helber
AP Photo/Steve Helber

On January 14, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) gave his State of the Commonwealth address, in which he called for a limit on the number of handguns Virginians can buy each month and a law to allow concealed carry permits to be revoked from those who fail to pay child support.

McAuliffe also pushed for new gun control measures tied to domestic violence, something that is already law at the federal level–therefore, a redundant expanse of bureaucracy in the state. But it is an expanse that allows states to move closer to the creation of gun-owner registries.

NBC 12 posted a transcript of McAuliffe’s speech. In it, he introduced his gun control proposals by first talking about his support of the Second Amendment. This is the same way that gun control proponents like Mark Kelly and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the gun control they have pushed over the years.

After paying lip service to gun rights, McAuliffe then explained his plans to curtail them. Those plans include “closing the gun show loophole.” They also include “revoking concealed carry permits from those who do not meet their legal obligation to pay child support; and curtailing gun trafficking by restoring the one handgun a month law.”

He framed all these proposals as part of his larger plan of “keeping Virginians safe from gun violence.”

He did not provide examples of how any of these proposals would have stopped even one high-profile public firearm incident in recent memory.

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