As a parent with children who attended our public schools and a son who attended Virginia Tech, this is an issue particularly important to me. I have worked since I got to Richmond to pass meaningful gun safety reforms.
I introduced and passed Virginia’s “Red Flag Law,” which gives law enforcement the tools they need to remove firearms from someone deemed by a judge to be a serious risk to himself or others. Whether it is a potential mass shooter who has shared plans with another person, a perpetrator of escalating domestic violence, or someone who has told a loved one that she is considering ending her life, in many cases gun violence can be stopped before a single bullet is fired. Dozens of Substantial Risk Orders have been issued across the Commonwealth since the law went into effect in July of 2020. It is working, and lives are being saved.