December 6, 2023

The Nationwide Rifle Affiliation, which is headquartered in Virginia, has launched its candidate grades and endorsements in Virginia’s state Senate races, and the GOP candidate in a key northern Virginia district not solely earned an A, but additionally boasts the NRA’s endorsement.

Republican Juan Pablo Segura is working in state Senate District 31, a key open seat in northern Virginia that each Republicans and Democrats see as a must-win in November. Segura is the son of billionaire Enrique Segura, who’s already funneling huge sums of cash into his son’s marketing campaign. He helps Youngkin’s abortion ban and has vowed to combat towards the “woke agenda.” Regardless of his full-throated endorsement by the NRA, Sugura makes no point out of his opposition to gun security laws on his marketing campaign web site and has not posted the pro-firearm group’s endorsement.

Segura’s Democratic opponent is Russet Perry, a former prosecutor within the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Legal professional’s workplace and CIA officer who is working on a public security platform that features defending susceptible Virginians from home and gun violence. She has been endorsed by Mothers Demand Motion and Giffords PAC, two main gun security advocacy teams.

“This shouldn’t be a partisan problem; this is a matter of public security and must be embraced by all members of our society,” Perry says of gun security on her marketing campaign web site. She particularly mentions limits on journal capability and an assault weapons ban as anti-gun violence measures she is going to push for within the state Senate. 

The way forward for firearm violence within the commonwealth may be very a lot at stake on this 12 months’s Normal Meeting elections. Regardless of a number of high-profile mass shootings main as much as the legislative session, the Republican-controlled Home of Delegates blocked each significant gun security proposal that handed the state Senate on this 12 months’s legislative session (gun homeowners who buy safes for his or her firearms at the moment are eligible for a tax credit score). 

In the meantime, the Democratic-majority Senate efficiently stymied Home measures that might have rolled again current gun security measures, together with the state’s purple flag regulation, background examine necessities, and restrictions on carrying firearms in state buildings.

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    Carolyn Fiddler

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