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Gov. McAuliffe gets tough on gun control, signs Executive Order

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Governor McAuliffe signed several executive orders to tighten state measures, but there is growing criticism from gun advocates, who say there are already measures in place to keep firearms out of the wrong hands.

The governor met side by side with law enforcement and lawmakers Thursday, all calling for more gun control.  He signed the Executive Order 50, creating a task force to make sure only legal dealers are selling guns and to make it harder for those prohibited from having firearms to get them.

"We are not helpless to gun violence. We can prevent it and we are willing to act here in the Commonwealth of Virginia," Gov. Terry McAuliffe said meeting applause from a room full of supporters Thursday, including the parents of Allison Parker. Parker and her photographer, Adam Ward, were gunned down on live television in August.

"Deaths from individual incidents of gun violence are equally unacceptable,” McAuliffe said.

Jim Reynolds of Proactive Shooters is critical of the plan.  He says he encourages sellers to be prudent and mindful of who they are selling to, but he isn't sure if the state government should get involved.

"I’m not sure that rising to the level of government requiring that is going to be the right answer either,” he said.

The governor is also calling for those convicted of domestic violence crimes to forfeit their guns. He’s also ordering state police to make sure every gun used in a crime is traced.

"When you go to the government having a list of serial numbers of things you own, again that goes back to the idea of trying to criminalize gun ownership,” Reynolds added.

However, McAuliffe insists the changes are necessary and he's using his power as governor to enforce them.

"No more excuses. No more politics. No more senseless and preventable deaths while elected leaders play their partisan, petty political games. It is time to end it,” he said.

The Executive Order is effective immediately. McAuliffe is giving state leaders 30 days to define the guidelines that would ban the carry of concealed weapons in state executive offices. Law enforcement and military would be excluded. He's also creating a state hotline where callers can be eligible for a reward for information that leads to the conviction of a gun violator.

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