Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Fairfax City officials say they want the regional authority to stay out of the gun control debate.
The City of Fairfax joined Frederick County and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in urging the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) to withdraw a resolution calling for an assault weapons ban and other gun control measures. However, Mayor Scott Silverthorne said the March 20 letter was not a ratification of the anti-gun-control movement. The city council voted unanimously in favor of the letter because the city wanted the regional authority to stay out of the gun control debate. Further, Fairfax City will not withhold dues to the regional organization. Loudoun approved a resolution to withhold its dues for Fiscal Year 2014 until MWCOG repeals its support of the weapons’ ban that was endorsed by the International …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Vice President holds panel with Sen. Tim Kaine and other leaders on gun safety, gun laws, expanding mental health.
Saturday, January 26
By Katherine Johnson and Mechelle Hankerson, Capital News Service Vice President Joe Biden held a round-table discussion about gun violence Friday at Virginia Commonwealth University, saying “we cannot remain silent” on the issue. The discussion was closed to the public, but in remarks outside the panel he said the group reached a “broad consensus” that certain parties should be denied access to guns. They include convicted felons, those guilty of domestic violence and those who are legally found to not be capable because of mental capacity. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jim Cole joined Biden for the discussion. Virginia officials …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Virginia Citizens Defense League protested the university's policy excluding students and faculty from carrying guns on campus.
The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) protested at George Mason University Wednesday. VCDL members and volunteers were visibly and legally armed. Anti-gun advocates from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence counter-protested. The university has a ban on weapons for all students and faculty. However, those who aren't students or faculty may carry guns on campus, if they have the proper permit. The Constitution of Virginia protects the right of citizens to keep and bear arms from government infringement. An overview of Virginia's gun laws are posted by the Virginia State Police. "I kind of understand both sides, I'm not really lenient towards either," said Julie Manausa, a conflict analysis major at Mason. "I understand the need for …