Washington (GGM) Analysis | January 8, 2020
by Noreen Wise
A new legislative session has begun in states all over the country. But the one to keep our eye on is Virginia, which has just turned all blue. There’s very high expectations of what can be accomplished if legislators can smooth over the intense divisions that have surged ever since Trump was elected.
Virginia has been struggling with a turbulent force of white nationalism and hate —as we saw in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017 — as well as the combative NRA which is headquartered in Fairfax, VA, as the state perseveres through this emotionally charged environment in the hopes of steadying the course in order to pass legislation that will improve safety, security and quality of life in counties all across the state.
The apparent Democratic strategy that will be used to pass the long awaited new laws, will be a slow and steady course of action so that those in the more conservative rural areas can buy in. The goal is to find common ground and unify, rather than the typical pendulum swing that results in the opposition party getting all riled up.
Gun safety legislation is at the TOP of the LIST. Both Virginia and Congress hope to pass two critical bipartisan pieces of gun safety legislation:
- Universal Background Checks
- Extreme Protection Orders
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