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VA: As Northam decries gun violence, Virginia Senate OKs guns in churches
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The governor spoke at an event in Richmond organized by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. Just hours later, however, the Senate passed a bill allowing people to bring guns and knives to churches and other places of worship.
Split along party lines, senators voted 21-18 in favor of SB 372, sponsored by Republican Sen. Ben Chafin of Russell County.
Currently, state law provides that “If any person carry any gun, pistol, bowie knife, dagger or other dangerous weapon, without good and sufficient reason, to a place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held at such place he shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.”
|That's why people carry guns... to prevent violence, with guns or otherwise. Or to stop it, and prevent it from being worse than it already was.