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Virginia Senate approves bill to prevent dangerous individuals from owning firearms
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Virginia Senate approves bill to prevent dangerous individuals from owning firearms

The Virginia Senate approved a so-called “red flag law” on Wednesday, which allows authorities to take away guns from those labeled as dangerous to themselves or others.

The bill, numbered SB240, was passed by the state’s Senate, composed primarily of Democrats. The bill would require a court hearing in the circuit court for the jurisdiction where the order was issued within 14 days from issuance of an emergency order to determine whether an individual poses “a substantial risk.”

The bill is facing strict opposition from Republican lawmakers over the fear of infringement upon the values of individual liberty and due process. As the bill moves to the Virginia House it is joined by several other firearm control bills passed by the Virginia Senate.