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Delegate John Bell Speaks Out Against Irresponsible Weapon Bills

RICHMOND, Va.: During the Reconvened Session of the Virginia General Assembly, Delegate John J. Bell (D – Loudoun) voted against bills that would make firearms and other weapons more prevalent in the Commonwealth.

“As a military veteran, father, and legislator, I cannot support making deadly weapons more readily available in Virginia. The safety of my country, family, and constituents always comes first to me,” said Delegate John J. Bell. “These attempts to allow concealed guns and other weapons challenge public safety officers, reduce security, and are just plain irresponsible.”

Delegate Bell was instrumental in sustaining vetoes of bills that would have increased gun violence and made Virginians less safe:

  • HB 1432 would have legalized concealed carry of switchblade knives in Virginia.
  • HB 2077 would have allowed firearms to be carried in emergency shelters
  • HB 1852 would have allowed a personal protective order serve as a concealed carry permit
  • HB 1582 would have lowered the age from 21 to 18 for active duty service members to apply for a  concealed handgun permit

Delegate John J. Bell is a 26-year Air Force veteran serving his first term in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 87th District in Loudoun and Prince William Counties.