RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Democratic Party of Virginia and gun control advocates pressed the republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general today for their stance on gun issues. This comes after the National Rifle Association endorsed Republican candidates Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, and John Adams last week.
Delegate Delores McQuinn, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Virginia State Director Lori Haas, former U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy, and Richmond School Board Member Scott Barlow attended the press conference outside the Capitol today. They stated that the NRA asks candidates to fill out a questionnaire before they're endorsed. They called on the Republican candidates to reveal their responses to the questionnaire, particularly on whether they'd allow the concealed carry of guns at schools.
"We have recently seen endorsements of the NRA of Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel and John Adams. This endorsement is based on a survey the NRA puts out to all the candidates and we understand from that survey how extreme this ticket is and how those policies in Virginia will make our schools less safe," said Lori Haas with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
They touted Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam's position on gun control, and they argued that background checks should be required at gun shows to keep guns out of the wrong hands.
"Every year, over 30,000 Americans are killed by guns and in Virginia, one Virginian is killed by a gun every ten hours," said Tim Heaphy, former U.S. Attorney and a member of the Virginia Coalition for Common Sense.
We asked the Republican candidates for their response.
A spokesman for Republican candidate Governor Ed Gillespie sent us a statement reading:
Republican candidate for Lt. Governor Jill Vogel's team sent the following statement:
And the campaign manager for John Adams, Republican candidate for Attorney General, wrote:
We reached out to the NRA as well. We have not yet heard back.
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