Public Comments for 02/24/2022 Public Safety - Subcommittee #1
Please support the SB310 bill. It is common sense!!!
The City of Portsmouth strongly supports this bill. This matching grant fund has proven very helpful to us is upgrading the HVAC system in one of our older public schools which is used as an emergency shelter. This grant fund has been well received statewide. Out of the first round of funding in 2021, 3 other cities and 14 counties were provided aid in upgrading their emergency shelters. The bill merely requests a slight language change that would provide the opportunity for local governments that operate but do not own their emergency shelters the opportunity to compete for funding. As the bill currently stands, only local governments that own and operate their emergency shelters can seek funding assistance from this Fund. Please support... thank you
Please support SB310 - Ebbin and SB643 - Ebbin Please oppose B60 - Hackworth, SB328 - Reeves, SB353 - Vogel, and SB675- Reeves
Dear Legislators: I write in strong support of Senator Ebbin's legislation. It is critical to law enforcement and to the public that we combat the rising violent crime involving firearms. Critical to that is preventing ghost guns and the modification of firearms so they cannot be traced to the criminals using them. Thank you. Sincerely, Dave Snyder
Please support Senator Ebbin's bills which will improve public safety for ALL Virginians.
I support Sen. Ebbin's two bills. You should too. I trust the judgment of Martina Lenz and her organization. They have been level-headed and consistent in fighting the proliferation of weapons in the hands of untrained and immature citizens. I have been the wife of a Capitol policeman in DC, and I know the pressure of reckless youth and illogical citizens who fancy themselves to be "protectors of liberty"'. In fact it takes frequent and repeated instruction to handle a gun safely. Manufacture of guns without serial numbers is a careless and dangerous practice because it puts weapons into irresponsible hands. Support Ebbin's two bills. Sally Gibbs
I oppose this bill.
As a survivor of a shooting in 2009, I support both of these bills.
As a parent and Virginia resident I support both Senator Ebbins’ bills SB310 and SB643 to improve safety in our communities. I oppose SB60, SB328, SB353 and SB675. Thank you for preventing more weapons from entering our communities.
Please support sen. Ebbin’ s bills to suppress the present availability of ghost guns. They are used by criminals and appeal to young people for beginning crimes. Thanks
I am asking the subcommittee to support senator Ebbins bills and to not support any of the others.
I am writing to encourage you to adopt or affirm the two bills that Senator Ebbin is sponsoring (SB643 and SB310) and reject the rest of these bills. I have a Masters in Public Health and have a strong interest in curbing gun violence, which in our country is a major public health problem.
Please support SB 310 and SB643. And please vote against SB60, SB328, SB353, and SB675. For the safety of all Virginians!
I strongly support the Ebbins bills. We need a safer environment for ALL of us--school children and the public at large. Stopping Gun Violence is a public safety issue--not a political one. Nor is it about ego--one side being right while the other is "wrong." We have plenty of ways in America to express and celebrate our differences. Putting others at risk with as astounding number of guns should not be one of them.
I support this bill. Plastic “ghost” guns should not be allowed in Virginia. Please pass this bill.
I support Sen Ebbins GVP bill and oppose all of the others.
I call on you to support SB310 and SB643, and not to support the other bills. Keep the Commonwealth of Virginia safe with sane gun legislation. Thank you.
Please VOTE ON on SB328 and SB 675. SB 328 would allow law enforcement to acquire military hardware which would increase the number of dangerous weapons on the streets of Virginia. SB 675 would exempt retired police officers from back grounds checks when buying their service weapons. NO ONE SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM A BACKGROUND CHECK, especially police officers who may have been charged with domestic violence. We need our legislators to protect Virginia citizens from gun violence, not make it easier for anyone to acquire more weapons. Thank you. ~Linda Falkerson
Please support SB 310 and 643 so we can help law enforcement do their job. "Ghost Guns" which have no serial numbers, or guns whose serial numbers have been altered, make it impossible for law enforcement to trace weapons and apprehend criminals. Please protect the citizens of Virginia and stand with law enforcement by supporting these bills. Thank you. ~Linda Falkerson Gun Violence Survivor
I SUPPORT Sen. Ebbin’s bills and to OPPOSE all of the other bills. Virginia must do more to prevent gun violence.
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I'm the state legislative lead of the Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and I support this bill.
I'm the state legislative lead of the Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and I support this bill. Under ATF’s current interpretation of federal law, whether it’s a 15-year-old, a felon, a domestic abuser or a gun trafficker, if the person has a drill and an hour, they can undermine all of our gun safety laws and make a ghost gun.
Dear Committee members, As a parent and a concerned citizen I an asking you to support SB310 and SB643. Recently I learned from teachers and other parents that ghost and plastic guns are becoming a "major" and "cool" thing among many teenagers. This by itself is concerning, but even more concerning is the lack of responsibility, trackability and ways of identifying those weapons by law enforcement agencies. SB310 and SB643 will make it make it possible for Law Enforcement to uncover and prove crimes perpetrated with these type of firearms and bring those responsible for them to justice. It will also serve as a deterrent for ill intentioned acts while not preventing lawful and responsible gun ownership. It will Law Enforcement in an area which is currently very murky and unregulated.