It could have been worse.
The Senate Judiciary Committee spent a few days on SB240, the “Red Flag” bill and restored some due process. It still violates rights by penalizing people who have not committed a crime, or even been accused of one, but there was compromise on this bill. The Red Flag request must come from the Commonwealth’s Attorney or two policemen, and not just an angry neighbor or estranged spouse and the police must make peaceful contact initially to ask for surrender of firearms before obtaining a warrant to enter forcibly. That will save some lives.
The Committee rejected ALL of Sen DeStephs bills that would have provided mandatory penalties for the use of a firearm in the commission of certain violent crimes. That was very disappointing. They even rejected one that provides a mandatory penalty for knowingly selling a stolen gun to a felon. Amazingly, convictions on that charge normally get probation. One has to wonder if the Democrats are truly interested in keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.
There are more bills coming next week, and then the House Bills come up too and get exchanged.