Keeping Guns Out Of Unsafe Hands

2024 Top Virginia Legislative Success!

Safer Country is excited to report that one piece of legislation was drafted and introduced as a result of a new legislator attending our November fundraiser and conversing with our longtime Advisory Committee member and newest Board member, Andrew Goddard.

HB916E, introduced by Delegate Kannan Srinvasan, would require the “State Police to establish a Substantial Risk Order Reporting System for the purpose of tracking and reporting the entry of orders issued…”  Importantly, names and other personal identifying information would not be published on the website that would provide valuable transparency.

Although the Governor vetoed this law, along with almost all the other common sense gun tragedy prevention laws that passed the General Assembly, this measure will be re-introduced until it passes.

Beyond supporting a wide range of other common sense laws introduced in this past session, Safer Country has initiated the first ever effort to change the state firearms brandishing law to add a critical penalty for persons convicted of the misdemeanor charge.  The change would add a penalty that removes the right to carry a firearm for a minimum of ten years.  Illegally brandishing a firearm is the definition of someone who is unsafe with a gun.

This Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit from December 9, 2023 is an example of illegally brandishing a firearm.  This is a dangerously funny skit.  What’s not humorous is that in a nation with more and more people using guns to express their anger towards others this skit won’t do anything to reduce that problem.  Airing this was extremely poor judgment.

Read Safer Country Executive Director Paul Friedman’s 10/10/23 Op/Ed on Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s refusal to take federal funds to prevent mass shootings and suicides, including military suicides.

It was published in the Richmond Times Dispatch and republished in The Daily Progress in Charlottesville.

Learn about the Gun Violence & ERPO (Extreme Risk Protection Order) Study.

This study was commissioned by The Joyce Foundation.

URGENT:  If you feel concerned about your mental health and are in need of special help, call 988, the SUICIDE & CRISIS LIFELINE.