Pillion votes to adjourn
Northam's special session on gun control

Today I voted to adjourn Governor Northam's special session on gun control.

Virginians I talk to are frustrated—they’re frustrated that we have a Governor who is more interested in his own political rehabilitation than following the will of the people. Just a few months ago, the people—through their General Assembly members—voted to defeat many of the same proposals put forward for this special session. 

We are committed to a thoughtful and deliberative process based on facts and evidence, not political talking points. The Speaker and Senate Majority Leader have asked the Virginia Crime Commission to conduct a review of the tragedy in Virginia Beach and any proposed legislative changes to Virginia’s laws concerning firearms and public safety. The Crime Commission is a widely-respected, bipartisan panel known for its substantive work on matters of public policy. 

The Governor has already acknowledged that his proposals would not have prevented the horrific Virginia Beach murders. As The Roanoke Times reported, “Northam conceded that his proposals wouldn’t have necessarily prevented the Virginia Beach shooting.” 

Outright bans on multiple firearms, the failed one-gun-a-month scheme, new restrictions on private sales, and laws that would allow for warrantless seizures have all been considered before – and rejected. His package emulates laws already on the books in places like Chicago and New York – that have done nothing to curb gun crime. 

The Supreme Court has made it clear: the Second Amendment protects a fundamental individual right to keep and bear arms. This right is co-equal with all the other rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights. The right to keep and bear arms is treated the same as the right to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion. 

Enforcing the laws that we have -- laws that keep guns out of the hands of criminals -- and punishing those who commit crimes with guns have proven time and again to be key to reducing gun violence.

Like the overwhelming majority of constituents in my district, I support the second amendment. Whether it be the Governor's special session today, when we convene November 18th, or regular session next year, I'll always defend your constitutional rights and our values in Richmond.
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