Gun bills get closer to becoming law in Virginia
In Richmond Monday, a number of high-profile pieces of gun legislation took a step toward becoming law.
Extreme risk protective orders, universal background checks and limiting handgun purchases to one a month all got the go-ahead from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Pro- and anti-gun groups packed the hearing room.
The bills were advanced on a largely party-line basis, with Democrats arguing the new laws are urgently needed, and Republicans saying the bills are being moved forward too quickly.
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) says, "We don’t consider everyone extremists and fanatics. There’s a lot of hyperbole getting thrown around here."
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) says, "There’s a desire to move along a bill that is deeply and fundamentally flawed."
Some lawmakers say there are tweaks they want to see made to some of these laws before they go up for a full vote on the Senate floor.