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Newsletter: Massive Virginia Gun-Control Package Vetoed

This week, we learned the destiny of a huge collection of gun-control measures that have been sitting on Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s desk. There had been some suspense over what Youngkin might do with all the bills. His veto pen put an end to the speculation and sealed the fate of dozens of new restrictions. But Youngkin uniformly rejecting a slew of aggressive gun policies that only made it to his desk on party-line votes also capped off a back-and-forth that shed a lot of light on the state of the fight over guns. That lesson leads in well to the Presidential race, where the same polarization is at play. The incumbent in that race is facing a tough task to win re-election, and the latest measure of his performance on guns paints an ugly picture. Fewer than 30 percent of Americans now approve of how Joe Biden has handled gun policy through his first term. The gun industry faced another setback in a liability suit this week. A federal judge determined Mexico’s lawsuit against Arizona gun dealers could move forward despite liability protections afforded under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. It’s the second case where Mexico has cleared early procedural hurdles to move forward with its suits. Contributing Writer Jake Fogleman also examines whether Colorado is likely to pass an AR-15 ban of its own this year. If you’re a Reload Member, you should definitely check that detailed analysis piece out. Plus, FIRE’s First Amendment Scholar Bob Corn-Revere joins the podcast to discuss how the NRA faired in oral arguments for its Supreme Court free speech case. Youngkin Vetoes Slew of Virginia Gun-Control Bills By Stephen Gutowski Dozens of new gun restrictions won’t become law in Virginia. That’s because Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin vetoed them this week. He rejected measures that did everything from banning the sale of AR-15s and other guns to restricting gun-carry to expanding the state’s “Red Flag” law. All told, he vetoed 30 different gun-control measures. “I swore an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of Virginia, and that absolutely includes protecting the right of law-abiding Virginians to keep and bear arms,” Youngkin told The Reload. Click here to read more. Analysis: Virginia’s Gun Politics Mirror America’s Polarization [Member Analysis] By Stephen Gutowski This week, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R.) sided with his party and vetoed a slew of gun-control bills. That came after those bills made it to his desk from the Democratically-controlled legislature on strict party-line votes. The purple state’s back-and-forth fight over gun policy encapsulates that of the nation at large. On Tuesday, Youngkin rejected 30 different gun bills. The move cemented Virginia’s gun laws in nearly the same place they were before the legislative session began. Youngkin argued Virginia already “has some of the strictest gun laws in the country,” and the proposals would “affect law-abiding citizens” by “violating our constitutional rights.” Virginia Democrats trashed his decision. House Majority Leader Charniele

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