CLAIM: In an August 29, 2023, op-ed, Gabby Giffords claimed, “gun legal guidelines are saving lives” in Virginia and referred to as for voters within the state to reject Republican candidates to be able to defend gun management.
VERDICT: False. Virginia Democrats handed and secured quite a few gun controls that had been enacted in 2021, but 2022 was extra violent than 2021.
Writing within the Richmond Occasions-Dispatch, Giffords famous:
We now have an epidemic of gun violence in the USA and within the commonwealth of Virginia. Greater than 110 individuals die every day from gun violence nationwide, and in 2021, almost 1,250 individuals died from gun violence in Virginia. … If radical Republicans take management of the state Senate and preserve the Home of Delegates, a lot of the progress we’ve remodeled the previous 10 years shall be misplaced. Not solely will they not repair the issue, they’ll additionally go backward, weakening gun legal guidelines and making the issue worse.
Later within the op-ed, she wrote, “In 2021, Virginia made huge progress and enacted a powerful package deal of gun security legal guidelines that included measures to guard survivors of home violence and restrict open carry, however extra could be carried out.”
The legal guidelines handed in 2021 included a ban on carrying a gun to Capitol Sq., an allowance for college boards to ban weapons in their very own buildings, a ban on weapons for home abusers, and an enlargement of the time frame a gun seller has to finish a background verify.
The 2021 gun controls had been handed after Democrats enacted common background checks, a crimson flag legislation, a one-handgun-per-month buy restrict, and gun storage legal guidelines in 2020.
However even with all of this gun management, WRIC pointed out that violent crimes, together with homicides, had been larger in 2022 than in 2021.
Total, violent crime “elevated from 16,823 offenses in 2021 to 17,655 offenses in 2022” in Virginia. Furthermore, “the reported homicides in Virginia elevated from 562 to 621 from 2021 to 2022.”
Giffords’ declare is fake. Gun management legal guidelines aren’t saving lives in Virginia.
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