Violence Prevention Group Wants Limited Rights for Domestic Violence Offenders

July 9, 2014

Senate Bill 510 prohibits any person who is convicted of stalking, sexual battery, or assault and battery of a family member from possessing, transporting, or carrying a firearm or any other weapon for a period of five years after their conviction.

However during the General Assembly earlier this year, that bill was not passed by the House of Delegates, causing concern for victims of domestic violence.

“I myself was a victim of domestic violence and it's so important to hold these perpetrators accountable for their actions,” says Donna Lloyd, domestic violence advocate.

Members of the Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention (CCGVP) met with Delegate Rob Bell Wednesday morning to discuss why the bill wasn't passed.

“We felt like this was a win for the GA this past session and when it wasn't even voted on in the house, we felt like we haven't made any progress, but now we're able to see maybe why it was not allowed to come to the house,” explains Gay Lee Einstein, from CCGVP.

Del. Bell explained that a majority of those crimes in SB510 are misdemeanors. Current laws with gun restrictions apply to convicted felons and people with protective orders against them.

“We have different ways that you have guns taken away from people,” says Del. Rob Bell, 58th district. “You have felonies, you have protective orders.”

“If we're going to have some new criteria we kind of like to work within that criteria if we could.”

The coalition for gun violence hopes to come up with new criteria that can be added to the current laws.

“We've got some new ideas about how we can succeed in further gun violence prevention, but taking it from a different angle,” says Einstein.

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