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With record breaking gun violence rates continuing to devastate cities across the country, it is crucial that local governments act effectively to keep their communities safe. In Virginia, localities have responded by passing important common-sense gun safety measures. Last week, the city of Dumfries, VA, became the 16th municipality in the Commonwealth of Virginia to pass a local gun safety ordinance. The provision, which was passed by the Dumfries Town Council with an overwhelming majority, prohibits the carry of firearms at the town office. With the approval of this ordinance, over 2.8 million Virginians are now protected by local gun laws.
Other recent cities to include:
Moms Demand Action has been on the front lines of this remarkable trend in local gun safety pushes across the Commonwealth, with over 100 volunteers in Virginia making more than 3,000 calls in support of local gun safety ordinances. In total, Moms Demand Action volunteers have supported successful efforts in 14 jurisdictions in passing ordinances limiting firearms in sensitive places since 2020. This comes after the gun-sense majority in Richmond empowered Virginia’s municipalities to pass ordinances that would prohibit guns in certain sensitive places in July of 2020.
If you would like to speak with a member of Virginia Moms Demand Action, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Did you know?
The US gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs
Last updated: 1.7.2021