RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — On Thursday, the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker was at the Capitol to deliver a petition urging Governor Terry McAuliffe not cut a deal with Republicans on gun control.
Andy Parker, along with Moms Demand Action, handed over the petition that had more than 3,000 signatures.
“I cannot in good conscience let this bad deal go quietly into the night,” Parker said. “Governor, please stop this terrible one-sided deal. Take it off the table.”
The ‘deal’ is the one penned with Republicans that would overturn the recent decision by Attorney General Mark Herring to not honor reciprocity agreements with 25 states for concealed handgun permits. In exchange, Republicans will include a measure that will prohibit the subjects of permanent protective orders from having firearms, and will also require state police to be present at gun shows where they can provide voluntary background checks.
“The question I would ask is that, ‘if it is a meaningful deal, then why is it that the NRA and their local minions are the only ones who are celebrating it?’” Parker questioned.
A spokesperson for the governor sent 8News a statement that reads:
This bipartisan agreement will make history as the first meaningful gun safety legislation to pass in Virginia in 23 years. The Governor’s top priority is making our communities safer, and this compromise will do just that by taking guns away from domestic abusers and significantly expanding background checks at gun shows.”
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