House Democrats Ask for Sensible Gun Reform:
Yesterday, I stood beside my democratic colleagues asking that all members of the General Assembly join together to advocate for legislation that has gained bi-partisan support. I particularly spoke to raising the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon from 18 to 21.
As a mom of young children, this issue is personal to me. Listening to the voices of our nation's children today - children who have now risen as advocates and are carrying this issue, allowing it to finally to gain traction - I realize that we need to follow their lead. We need to recognize that there are sensible and practical solutions out there that can tackle this danger, such as increasing the age to purchase assault weapons in the Commonwealth from 18 to 21.
We require a person to be 21 years of age to purchase a handgun. Yet, an individual who is seen to be “too young” to purchase a handgun can gain access to an assault weapon, like an AR-15, which can wreak mass havoc on the victims of their choosing. I am not asking to repeal anyone's second amendment right, rather I am asking that we hold weapons that can shoot dozens of rounds of ammo per minute to the same standards as weapons you can conceal.
We are not asking to place a ban on guns, nor are we asking to strike 2nd amendment rights, but we are asking our House colleagues to support legislation which has bi-partisan support, nationwide. We are asking to pass legislation that holds weapons that can shoot dozens of rounds of ammo per minute to the same standards as weapons you can conceal.
You can watch the entire press conference by clicking here.
Recess Heads to Conference:
Both my recess bill, House Bill 1419, and Senator Chap Petersen's bill, Senate Bill 273 have made it out of the full House and Senate. Our bills will now go to conference early next week to find a common language which will meet the needs of the school system and our children.
I am confident that the Senator, our conferees, and I will be able to work out the final details of our bills' language and will be able to send a bill which is effective, efficient, and fully applicable to the Governor's desk in the coming days.