Gun bills get closer to becoming law in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7) - In Richmond Monday, a number of high-profile pieces of gun legislation took a step toward becoming law.

Gun rights protesters hold signs prior to the start of a meeting of the Senate Judiciary committee at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The Committee passed several bills related to gun laws. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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.

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