Sunday, May 26, 2024

Opinion | A troubling history on gun control

Opinion | A troubling history on gun control

The Oct. 7 editorial endorsing candidates in Northern Virginia legislative races, “For Northern Virginia seats in the General Assembly,” cited Democratic candidate Joshua Cole advocating “gun-control laws.”

That’s ironic, because when Mr. Cole was previously a member of Virginia’s House of Delegates, he proposed a bill that would allow violent teenagers to later get access to a gun, even if they committed murder or rape.

Had it had been enacted, Mr. Cole’s bill, HB 274, would have changed Virginia law to allow certain 14- or 15-year-olds who commit “murder,” “rape” or “kidnapping” to later “possess or transport” a gun. It did this by changing the number “14” to “16” in the state law against “possession or transportation of firearms” by felons and violent offenders, which is found in the Virginia Code at Section 18.2-308.2(A).

So it appears as though Mr. Cole wants gun control only for law-abiding gun owners, not violent offenders.

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